Manga continues to grow in popularity all over the world, and sometimes it can be hard to find a new series to pick up and read. That issue is helped by the annual Kodansha Manga Awards, which are in their 46th year this year and have once again crowned the winners of the Boys, Girls and General categories, revealing the winners tonight.
Winning the Boy’s category is none other than Fuse‘s That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime manga adaptation by Taiki Kawakami. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has already had multiple TV anime adaptations with a film on the way later in the year. Crunchyroll is streaming both Slime TV anime season as well as The Slime Diaries anime spin-off, describing the main franchise as such:
Corporate worker Mikami Satoru is stabbed by a random killer, and is reborn to an alternate world. But he turns out to be reborn a slime! Thrown into this new world with the name Rimuru, he begins his quest to create a world that’s welcoming to all races.
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The Girl’s category was won by Rikichi’s Nina the Starry Bride manga series. The series has been running in the josei magazine Be Love since October 2019, with Kodansha releasing an English version, describing it as such:
Nina had a rough start to life, stealing to survive—and eventually being sold into slavery by her own brother. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess…specifically, that of the recently deceased princess-priestess, Alisha. But despite her changing fortune, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight…and Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits. But how much can she trust Azure? And can she stop the feelings budding in her heart, knowing she must eventually marry another…?
The final prize handed out was the General category, with Miko Yasu‘s Police in a Pod taking out the honors. The series has released 20 volumes in Japan and inspired a live-action TV series that finished in September 2021, with a TV anime airing in January 2022. Kodansha releases the series in English, describing the first volume as such:
Female police officer Kawai had enough of a career she wasn’t even that into and was about to hand in her registration, when the unthinkable happened—she met the new, female director of her station! And after spending a little time with this gorgeous role model, Kawai realizes that maybe she isn’t quite done being an officer after all.
Source: Comic Natalie
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.