The 6th Tsutaya Comic Awards

On June 21, at the awards ceremony held at the CCC (Culture Convenience Club Company, Limited), the winners of the 6th edition of the Tsutaya Comic Awards were announced. The awards sponsored by “Tsutaya” started in 2016, with the first prize held in 2017, and the aim is to choose the “Next Breakthrough” titles via votes submitted by readers on the comicspace review site and its Twitter account. There are two conditions to qualify, and that the Manga is still ongoing and it must have a maximum of five volumes released. As such, Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru will not qualify for next year’s edition since it will have its 6th volume released by then.

This year’s first place is awarded to the Manga by Mashiro, Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru. The Manga has been conquering a large audience since its launch, for instance, in the last Anime Japan event that was held this year it was in the 9th place in the “Manga We Want to See Animated” ranking and recently with the release of its 5th volume we got news that the Manga has reached the mark of 1 million copies in circulation (Source: Natalie). Coming in 2nd, Saka Mikami’s Kaoru Hana wa Rin to Saku makes its entrance, a Manga that has been gaining traction domestically. Reportedly, after its release, it needed immediate reprint amid great demand after launch. At Number 3, we have Medalist by Ikada Tsuruma, a seinen Manga published by Kodansha that has appeared twice in “Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics” for the years 2021 and 2022.

The following is the full list of the 10 award winners:

1. Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru

by Mashiro

Synopsis: Recently dumped, Akane is just about to quit the game she used to play with her boyfriend, when she meets Yamada in the same RPG. Yamada in real life turns out to be somewhat of a legend. The only problem is – he is ONLY interested in the game. As Akane’s feelings grow, will Yamada’s focus stay on the game?

Comment: Having its publication started in March 2019, the Manga “Yamada-kun to Lv999 no Koi wo Suru” has been collecting several awards over time. In 2020, the series was ranked 9th in the Next Manga Awards for the Web Manga category, and in 2021, it made its first Tsutaya Comic Award appearance but in the 6th place. It also appeared 4th in the Next Manga Awards for the Web Manga category in 2021. If you are interested you can read the manga chapters through the mangamo app right here.

Author’s Comment on the Win

A thank-you illustration from Mashiro-sensei for the win!
Once again, I would like to thank everyone for the votes 🙏✨
(Source: Twitter)

Thanks to the support of the readers, I was able to win the grand price of the 6th Tsutaya Comic Award. To the readers, I really, really thank you always for the warm support.
I look forward to your continuous support of “Yamada-kun”.
(Source: Twitter)

2. Kaoru Hana wa Rin to Saku

by Saka Mikami

Synopsis: In a certain place, there are two neighboring high schools. Chidori High School, a bottom-feeder boys school where idiots gather, and Kikyo Girls School, a well-established girls school. Rintaro Tsumugi, a strong and quiet second year student at Chidori High School, meets Kaoruko Wakuri, a girl who comes as a customer while helping out at his familys cake shop. Rintaro feels comfortable spending time with Kaoruko, but she is a student at Kikyo Girls, a neighboring school that thoroughly dislikes Chidori High. This is the story of two people who are so close and yet so far apart. (Source: MangaUpdates)

Author’s Comment on the Win

We have won the 2nd place at the 6th Tsutaya Comic Award! To everyone, thank you so much for the votes. From now on as well, we will continue to devote ourselves to deliver a heart-warming story to all, so please continue to support us!
(Source: Twitter)

3. Medalist

by Ikada Tsuruma

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)

Author’s Comment on the Win

At the Tsutaya Comic Award, Medalist has won the 3rd place.
It has been my dearest wish to win a Manga award 🥉
I am incredibly happy of winning for the first time with Medalist!
To all of those who voted, thank you so much!!!
(Source: Twitter)

4. Dandadan
by Yukinobu Tatsu

5. Goukon ni Ittara Onna ga Inakatta Hanashi
by Nana Aokawa

6. Takopii no Genzai
by Taizan 5

7. Omae, Tanuki ni Naranee ka?
by Tomo Nagawa

8. Joshiryoku Takame na Shishihara-kun
by Mii Aimai

9. Watashi no Oshi wa Akuyaku Reijou.
by (Story) Inori. and (Art) Sumio Aono

10. Ao no Hako
by Kouji Miura

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The 6th Tsutaya Comic Awards

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