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'Kaiju No. 8' and 'Oshi no Ko' win 1st place in Next Manga Award 2021

Written by: Adrian Andulan

Published on: August 26, 2021 at 22:30 PHT (GMT+8)

The Next Manga Awards 2021 ceremony, by Niconico and Da Vinci Magazine, has released the titles of the manga winners for 1st Place in print and 1st Place web publishing.

"Oshi no Ko" and "Kaiju No. 8" | © Young Jump / Shounen Jump +

"Oshi no Ko", the newest manga by the author Aka Akasaka, has won first place for manga published in print. This marks the second time the author has won the award, the first being the now famous manga and anime titled "Kaguya-sama: Love is War". This will also be the first time that illustrator, Mengo Yokoyari, has won the award. Both the Akasaka and Yokoyari shared their appreciation to fans who voted for their work.

Meanwhile, "Kaiju No. 8" won first place for web published manga. This will be author Naoya Matsumoto's first time winning the award. Matsumoto thanked voters for the awards profusely, surprised that their work won. Matsumoto promised to continue providing the best in their work.

Other winners for in the awards include:

  • "Uma Musume Cinderella Gray" winning 2nd Place for Print

  • "dandadan" winning 2nd place for Web Comic

  • "Frieren: Beyond Journey's End" winning 3rd Place for Print

  • "Senpai is Otokonoko" winning for 3rd Place in Web Comic

  • "SAKAMOTO DAYS" and "Reincarnated as an Aristocrat with an Appraisal Skill" winning the special U-Next Prize

  • "Blue Box" winning the Global Special Award

  • "The Happy Marriage of the Wizard Linn" winning the UGC Special Award

Next Manga Awards 2021 | © Da Vinci Magazine & Niconico

The Next Manga Awards is an annual event that celebrates the newest manga. Eligible submissions are publications with less than five chapters released by the time of voting. Some of the most notable titles to have won in the awards include "Undead Unluck", "Wotakoi: Love is Hard for an Otaku", "Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan", and the hit manga and anime series "My Hero Academia".

Here are the list of nominees for print and web publication (courtesy of Anime News Network):


  1. "Kaiju No. 8" by Naoya Matsumoto

  2. "Dandadan" by Yukinobu Tatsu

  3. "Senpai is Otokonoko" by pom

  4. "My Lvl999 Love for Yamada-kun" by Mashiro

  5. "Urabaito Tōbōkinshi" by Shotarō Taguchi

  6. "Hyperinflation" by Sumiyosi Kyu

  7. "Ibitte Konai Gibo to Gishi" by Otsuji

  8. "I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability" by Yōsuke Kokuzawa, Kenkyo na Circle and by Meru

  9. "gaming-ojosama" by dainani and yoshiomokomokomarumasao

  10. "NINJA vs YAKUZA" by Shinsuke Kondō

  11. "The Kodama's Lazy Life" by kawashiri kodama

  12. "The woman who love to cook and the woman who love to eat" by Sakaomi Yuzaki

  13. "Ushiro no Shōmen Kamui-san" by Eroki and Konoshiroshinko

  14. "Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective" by Akira Amano

  15. "Gōkon ni Ittara Onna ga Inakatta Hanashi" by Nana Aokawa

  16. "Joshiryoku Takamena Shishihara-kun" by Mii Aimai

  17. "Aragane no Ko" by Nao Sasaki

  18. "As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I'll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World" by Natsumi Inoue, Miraijin A, & jimmy

  19. "Koori no Jyōheki" by Kōcha Agasawa

  20. "WIND BREAKER" by Satoru Nii


  1. "Oshi no Ko" by Mengo Yokoyari and Aka Akasaka

  2. "Uma Musume: Cinderella Gray" by Taiyo Kuzumi, Masafumi Sugiura, Jun'nosuke Ito, & Cygames, Inc.

  3. "Frieren: Beyond Journey's End" by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe *

  4. "Onna no Sono no Hoshi by" Yama Wayama

  5. "Shangri-La Frontier" by Katarina and Ryōsuke Fuji

  6. "The Elusive Samurai" by Yusei Matsui

  7. "Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible" by Nene Yukimori

  8. "Blue Box" by Kōji Miura

  9. "Sakamoto Days" by Yūto Suzuki

  10. "Chi: About the Movement of the Earth (Chi -Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite-)" by Uoto

  11. "Boy's Abyss" by Ryo Minenami

  12. "Witch Watch" by Kenta Shinohara

  13. "Me & Roboco" by

  14. "In the Clear Moonlit Dusk" by Mika Yamamori

  15. "Magu-chan: God of Destruction" by Kei Kamiki

  16. "Medalist" by Tsurumaikada

  17. "I'm in Love with the Villainess" by Aonoshimo, Inori, and Hanagata

  18. "Prime Minister Club" by Hidekaz Himaruya and Ken'ichi Sakura

  19. "Futari Escape" by Shōichi Taguchi

  20. "Kohaku no Yume de Yoimashō" by Kei Sugimura, Nodoka Yoda, & Masoho Murano

Synopsis of "Oshi no Ko":

A teen idol, named Ai Hoshino, and a gynecologist, Gorou Honda, cross paths when Hoshino comes to Honda in need of assistance with her secret pregnancy. Helping her deliver her baby in secret, Honda finds himself dying and suddenly reborn as Hoshino's child. And with her, he learns the dark side of the world of fame and showbiz.

Synopsis of "Kaiju No. 8":

Kafka Hibino lives in a world where kaijus are real and a threat to humanity. In his world, the Defense Corps. exists to counter the threat of the monstrous creatures. Hibino wants to become one, but has failed to be accepted by the program. He has accepted his fate as a sweeper, those tasked with cleaning up the remains of kaiju. But after a series of events, Hibino finds himself changed when a parasitic organisms bonds with him and turns him into a monster. With his new abilities, Hibino tries to become the defender he's always wanted to be.



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