Next Manga Awards 2022: Medalist Wins the Print Manga Category and Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari for the Web Manga Category

The results for the Next Manga Awards 2022, a joint between Kadokawa’s Da Vinci magazine and Niconico were announced yesterday with “Medalist” by Tsurumai Kada being the winner for the Print Manga Category and “Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari” by Jinushi wins the Web Manga Category.

The award initially started in 2014 through a collaboration between Da Vinci magazine and the Niconico website with the aim to discover the next big Manga. For the 2022 “Print Manga Category”, it focuses on titles has published volumes of five or less, or for serialization which began in January 2021 and beyond. The “Web Manga Category” focuses on similar criteria, looking at titles that have five or fewer volumes published. Grand prize winners were decided through public voting. Since the award aims to find the next and new big hit, winners of the previous years will no longer be eligible for the awards.


(Print Manga Category Winner)

Synopsis: Tsukasa, whose dreams were crushed. Inori, left to fend for herself. These two share a dream…and their tenacity may be the only thing that sees them through. Their destination? The ice…on the world’s stage! (Source: Kodansha Comics)

Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari

(Web Manga Category Winner)

Synopsis: Sasaki, an overworked salaryman, goes through an average stressful day just for a single light at the end of the tunnel: Yamada, the always-cheerful clerk at his favorite convenience store.

One day, Sasaki takes an extra amount of time at a company meeting, and by the time he gets to the convenience store Yamada has already clocked out. However, as he leaves, he notices a young woman with piercings smoking behind the store? (Source: MangaUpdates)

Here are the following comments from the authors:


Medalist is about aiming for a medal in figure skating, and as the Manga Award’s name suggests, I have always wanted to experience being a medalist for a long time. This time, winning the gold medal at this big award, I am incredibly happy. During the nomination period, we also received a lot of support. I would like to really thank all of our readers who have given me, a person who can do nothing but draw Manga, the valuable chance to experience the feeling of being a player aiming for the winners’ podium. I believe that it is by no means being first place will ensure that this work will be recognized in the future, however, in 2022, at this moment of what I can unimaginably fathom to happen from now on, I will transform all of this emotion that is swelling up from winning the award into creating an enjoyable work that is Medalist.

Following the winners’ announcement, the official Twitter account of Medalist also thanked readers for their support:

Congratulations 🎉 to Medalist for winning the first price for the Manga category at the Next Manga Awards 2022! 🥇

We really, really, really thank you for so many votes!


This time, I would like to thank you so much for the votes and support for Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari! I am so happy to have been able to form a solid sense as to so many people that are reading the work by winning the biggest award. From now on, I will continue to have fun drawing the two, and I will be very happy if everyone would enjoy it as well.

The author for Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari, Jinushi also wrote a comment on Twitter to further promote the Manga.

From today, the Book Fair will commence.

If you purchase Yani Suu Volume 1 at the participating bookstores, you will receive something special, so please~

You can check the stores right here.

Of course, the list is not limited to only those in the above, the followings are the full lists of the Top 20 winners for both categories:

Print Manga Category

  1. Medalist
  2. Witch Watch
  3. Akane Banashi
  4. Ame to Kimi to
  6. Boku no Tsuma wa Kanjou ga Nai
  7. Futsutsuka na Akujo de wa Gozaimasu ga Hinamiya Chou Nezumi Torikae Den
  8. Watashi no Oshi wa Akuyaku Reijou.
  9. Koukousei Kazoku
  10. Shiroyama to Mita-san
  11. Tamon-kun Ima Docchi!?
  12. Sudachi no Maoujou
  13. Gachiakuta
  14. Dai Dark
  15. Mikadono Sanshimai wa Angai, Choroi.
  16. Kore Egaite Shine
  17. Kohaku no Yume de Yoimashou
  18. Kujima Utaeba Ie Hororo
  19. Futari Escape
  20. Black Channel

Web Manga Category

  1. Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari
  2. Seihantai na Kimi to Boku
  3. Kabushiki Gaisha Magi Lumiere
  4. Puniru wa Kawaii Slime
  5. Ramen Aka Neko
  6. Kaoru Hana wa Rin to Saku
  7. Goukon ni Ittara Onna ga Inakatta Hanashi
  8. Marriagetoxin
  9. Exorcist wo Otosenai
  10. Godaigo Daigo
  11. Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu
  12. Nisemono no Renkinjutsushi
  13. Tsukuritai Onna to Tabetai Onna
  14. Reiwa no Dara-san
  15. Debby the Corsifa wa Makezugirai
  16. Anten-sama no Haranouchi
  17. Nippon Sangoku
  18. Iken Senki Völundio
  19. Kuchibeta Shokudou
  20. Akuyaku Reijou no Naka no Hito

Unlike the Next Manga Awards 2021, the lists had winners that had a good track record in the sales department, particularly physical sales that were oftentimes found on Oricon’s sales charts. This year’s edition however, such Manga are not present. Medalist is not really that new, having been serialized since May 2020, and it has so far not ranked on the Oricon Top 30 charts since the Blog began tracking. Medalist winning an award is also nothing new here, seeing it has done so before in the last 6th Tsutaya Comic Awards and was ranked 15th and 12th respectively in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics in the years 2021 and 2022. If its physical copies are not up to par, fret not as it is most likely doing really well digitally.

Super no Ura de Yani Suu Futari is still a fresh new series, having only begun as a web manga in March this year. That said, it is probably one of the two series here (winners) that has the chance to perform well in the coming Oricon sales chart. The 1st volume of the Manga was ranked both on TSUTAYA and COMIC ZIN’s charts for the week between August 22 and August 28. And with such unexpected high demand for the volume, it will be reprinted according to the author’s official Twitter account.

Also announced are the winners for:

Special Awards U-NEXT
Print Manga Category: Kujima Utaeba Ie Hororo
Web Manga Category: Isekai Arigatou

Special Awards Global
Print Manga Category: Gachiakuta
Web Manga Category: Hikaru ga Shinda Natsu

Let me know what you think about the list above! Also, don’t shy away from dropping a comment or two down below.

If you missed out on last year’s edition, be sure to check it out right here!

Next Manga Awards 2022

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