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What is the Kodansha Manga Award?


The Kodansha Manga Award (講談社漫画賞 Kōdansha Manga Shō?) is an annual award for serialized manga published in the previous year, sponsored by the publisher Kodansha. It is currently awarded in four categories: children’s, shōnen, shōjo, and general. The awards began in 1977, initially with categories for shōnen and shōjo. The first award for the general category was in 1982, and the first children’s category’s award was in 2003.

10 Selections from the Shojo Category (1977-2013)

1. Haikara-san ga Tooru (1977)


The tomboy Benio is forced to marry the lieutenant Shinobu, who is from a wealthy family. At first Benio doesn’t get along with the distinguished way of life at all. When Shinobu is sent to fight in Russia, Benio makes her own way… as an emancipated woman in Tokyo of the 1920s!

2. Candy Candy (1977)


The Candy Candy manga provides a “slice of life story” in the shōjo genre. Candy, an abandoned orphan taken in by the orphanage Pony’s Home near Lake Michigan around the start of the 20th century, spends the first years of her life at the orphanage, to where she will often return to repose and to decide her next course in life.

3. Yukan Club (1986)


The drama is about 6 very rich and privileged kids who go to a prestigious school where they sit around all day waiting for the day to pass and to waste time they solve mysteries.

4. Chibi Maruko-chan (1989)

Chibi Maruko-chan (ちびまる子ちゃん) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Momoko Sakura. The series depicts the simple, everyday life of Momoko Sakura in the times of when she was a little girl where everyone call her Maruko and her family in suburban Japan in the year 1974. The series is set in the former city of Shimizu, now part of Shizuoka City, birthplace of its author.

5. Eight Clouds Rising (1997)


Fuzuchi Kuraki is a quiet young high school student blessed with immense psychic powers and an ancient sword. He is searching for other magical artifacts with the help of Nanachi Takeo, a college student with latent powers of his own. They delve deep into the dark magic of Izumo, only to discover the secrets buried within the birthplace of all Japanese mythology.

6. Peach Girl (1999)


Heroine Momo is a tough, levelheaded girl whom everyone misunderstands to be a slut (she’s based, loosely, on the author during her high school days). Momo’s “friend” Sae is a horrid backstabber who’s only happy when Momo is down in the dumps. One of the main threads in the story is Momo’s feelings for two guys: Toji, Momo’s crush, who’s cute but easily manipulated, and Kiley, the playboy bishounen (pretty boy) who pushes unwanted advances on Momo while providing comic relief…

7. Honey and Clover (2003)


Takemoto Yuuta, Mayama Takumi, and Morita Shinobu are college students who share the small apartment. Even though they live in poverty, the three of them are able to obtain pleasure through small things in life. The story follows these characters’ life stories as poor college students, as well as their love lives when a short but talented 18 year old girl called Hanamoto Hagumi appears.

8.Kimi wa Petto (2003)


Tramps Like Us (きみはペット Kimi wa Petto, lit. “You’re My Pet”) is a Japanese josei manga series by Yayoi Ogawa. It is about Sumire, a young professional woman who takes in a younger man as a pet, and her attempts to keep her coworkers and conventionally perfect boyfriend from finding out about her pet. It also deals with the romantic attraction between Sumire and her pet.

9. Kuragehime (2010)


Amamizukan is an apartment complex where no boys are allowed. Tsukimi, a girl who adores jellyfish, lives there happily with her friends who all have nerdy obsessions of their own. Their peaceful lives gradually start to change when a beautiful woman helps Tsukimi out of a pinch. She stays overnight at the apartments—but it turns out “she” is really a “he”.

10.Ore monogatari!! (2013)


The more typical-looking shoujo manga male character is Suna, Takeo’s best friend. Despite their gap in appearance, they’ve been good friends since childhood. The only problem is that every girl Takeo likes ends up chasing after Suna, who never accepts confessions from the girls anyway. However, Takeo’s luck might be turning around after one girl seems to have eyes for him and not his friend. If only the awkward and dense Takeo could realize it.

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