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The first ever Magademy Award 2021 announces winning manga characters

Manga e-book service BookLive has announced the winners of its first ever Magademy Awards, which awards memorable manga characters.

By: Nicole S. Castro on March 16, 2022 at 12:47 PHT

Manga e-book service BookLive has announced the winners of its first ever Magademy Awards, which awards manga characters instead of the actual artists or writers.

The awards were established to pay tribute to highly memorable manga characters who inspire us readers in our daily lives.

Yuri!!! On Ice: Ice Adolescence
©︎Magademy Awards 2021 winners

Nominations took place in December 2021, which were shortlisted in February 2022, and finalized today, March 16, 2022.

In order to qualify, the character must have appeared in a digital tankobon edition of a manga released between Dec. 1, 2020 and Nov. 30, 2021.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Best Male Lead Character: Totono Kuno from "Do Not Say Mystery" by Yumi Tamura
Totono Kuno | ©︎Magademy Awards 2021

Jury's verdict (Japanese):


Translation by AniradioPlus:

We were surprised when Kuno questioned the meaning of fighting disease, when he said, "I could've won if I had wanted to, but I lost because I didn't try hard enough, so am I going to die now?" We really appreciated his analytical skills and his ability to express profound thoughts from multiple perspectives. We think this matches the tone of today's world which values diversity.

Best Female Lead Character: Yona from "Yona of the Dawn" by Mizuho Kusanagi
Yona | ©︎Magademy Awards 2021

Jury's verdict (Japanese):


Translation by AniradioPlus:

It is heartwarming to see an initially sheltered princess grow into a strong and dependable woman through her adventures with friends. We're sure seeing Yona like this gives people a lot of inspiration. She is a fascinating character and truly shows the strength of a woman.

Best Male Supporting Character: Manjiro Sano from "Tokyo Revengers" by Ken Wakui
Mikey | ©︎Magademy Awards 2021

Jury's verdict (Japanese):


Translation by AniradioPlus:

Mikey is both an amazing character and an asset to Japan's economy. We heard that motorcycle hubs have been selling well lately. But remember, shrines are not for gang assemblies.

Best Female Supporting Character: Shinobu Wakamiya from "Chihayafuru" by Yuki Suetsugu
Shinobu Wakamiya | ©︎Magademy Awards 2021

Jury's verdict (Japanese):


Translation by AniradioPlus:

Shinobu is a stark contrast to the friendly protagonist Chihaya. Shinobu is a solitary genius who bears her burdens alone, making her attractive to many readers.

Jury Special Award: Guts from "Berserk" by Kentaro Miura
Guts | ©︎Magademy Awards 2021

Jury's verdict (Japanese):


Translation by AniradioPlus:

We can't stop talking about "Berserk." We wanted to promote Guts here because he keeps moving forward despite his unfortunate circumstances at birth. We want to express our gratitude for everything he has done.

Congratulations to all the winners! See the official website for the full list of nominees.

Source: Magademy Awards official website, Comic Natalie, Sora News24




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.


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