Japanese writer Kodansha introduced the 14 nominees in three classes for its 46th annual Manga Awards on Thursday. Kodansha will announce the winner for every class on May 11.

Best Shōnen Manga

A Couple of Cuckoos
Miki Yoshikawa
Magazine: Weekly Shōnen Magazine (Kodansha)
Summary: 16-year-old super-studier Nagi Umino, second-year scholar on the Megurogawa Academy highschool, was switched at beginning. On his option to a dinner to satisfy his beginning dad and mom, he by accident meets the brash, outspoken, Erika Amano, who is set to make Nagi her pretend boyfriend as she by no means desires to truly marry. But as soon as Nagi makes it to dinner, he finds his dad and mom have determined to resolve the hospital change by conveniently having him marry the daughter his beginning dad and mom raised…who seems to be none apart from Erika herself! (Via Kodansha Comics)

Shangri-La Frontier
Ryōsuke Fuji, Katarina
Magazine: Weekly Shōnen Magazine (Kodansha)
Summary: Second yr highschool scholar Rakurou Hizutome is fascinated with one factor solely: discovering “shitty games” and beating the crap out of them. His gaming expertise are second to none, and no recreation is just too unhealthy for him to take pleasure in. So when he is launched to the brand new VR recreation Shangri-La Frontier, he does what he does finest—min-maxes and skips the prologue to leap straight into the motion. But may even an professional gamer like Rakurou uncover all of the secrets and techniques that Shangri-La Frontier hides…? (Via Kodansha Comics)

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
Kanehito Yamada, Tsukasa Abe
Magazine: Weekly Shonen Sunday (Shogakukan)
Summary: The journey is over however life goes on for an elf mage simply starting to study what dwelling is all about. Elf mage Frieren and her brave fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and introduced peace to the land. But Frieren will lengthy outlive the remainder of her former occasion. How will she come to grasp what life means to the individuals round her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of 1 her mates confronts Frieren along with her personal close to immortality. Frieren units out to satisfy the final needs of her comrades and finds herself starting a brand new journey… (Via Viz Media)

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Taiki Kawakami
Magazine: Shonen Sirius (Kodansha)
Summary: Mikami’s center age hasn’t gone as he deliberate: He by no means discovered a girlfriend, he bought caught in a dead-end job, and he was abruptly stabbed to loss of life on the street at 37. So when he wakes up in a brand new world straight out of a fantasy RPG, he is disenchanted however not precisely stunned to seek out that he isn’t a knight or a wizard however a he is develop into a blind, boneless slime monster. But there are probabilities for even a slime to develop into a hero… (Via Yen Press)

Best Shōjo Manga

In the Clear Moonlit Dusk
Mika Yamamori
Magazine: Dessert (Kodansha)
Summary: Yoi Takiguchi has lengthy legs, a deep voice, and a good-looking face…in different phrases, Yoi is such a handsome man that most individuals do not discover or care that she is, in actual fact, a lady. Indeed, she’s had the nickname “Prince” so long as she will be able to keep in mind. That is, till she met Ichimura-senpai…the one one that’s actually appeared to see her for herself. To her shock, she’s undecided the best way to deal with this new relationship, particularly when her newfound good friend is a prince himself (and a man prince, at that). The story of the 2 highschool princes begins right here! (Via Kodansha Comics)

Nina the Starry Bride
Rikachi
Magazine: Be Love (Kodansha)
Summary: Nina had a tough begin to life, stealing to outlive—and finally being offered into slavery by her personal brother. But to her shock, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would stay the lifetime of a princess…particularly, that of the lately deceased princess-priestess, Alisha. But regardless of her altering fortune, Nina will not quit her previous life with out a combat…and Azure may simply be the one to lastly match her wits. But how a lot can she belief Azure? And can she cease the sentiments budding in her coronary heart, figuring out she should finally marry one other…? (Via Kodansha Comics)

A Sign of Affection
Suu Morishita
Magazine: Dessert (Kodansha)
Summary: Yuki is a typical faculty scholar, whose world revolves round her mates, social media, and the newest gross sales. But when an opportunity encounter on a practice results in her assembly friend-of-a-friend and fellow scholar Itsuomi-san, her world begins to widen. But despite the fact that Itsuomi-kun can converse three languages, signal language is not one in every of them. Can the 2 study to speak the budding emotions between them? (Via Kodansha Comics)

My Happy Marriage
Rito Kohsaka
Magazine: Gangan Online (Square Enix)
Summary: Born to a noble household, Miyo is raised by her abusive stepmother and married off to Kiyoka, a soldier so heartless his prior fiancées fled inside three days into their engagement. With no house to return to, Miyo slowly begins to open her coronary heart to her chilly and pale husband-to-be, regardless of their rocky introduction… This may simply be her probability at discovering real love and happiness. (Via Yen Press‘ description of the unique novels)

Best General Manga

Oshi no Ko
Aka Akasaka, Mengo Yokoyari
Magazine: Weekly Young Jump (Shueisha)
Summary: The manga’s story begins with Gorō, a physician who coincidentally handles the childbirth of his favourite idol Ai Hoshino, who took a hiatus from the leisure trade to provide beginning to her twin infants. However, simply earlier than Ai offers beginning, Gorō dies from an accident, however is reborn as one in every of Ai’s kids, Aquamarine Hoshino, along with his reminiscences absolutely intact.

Skip and Loafer
Misaki Takamatsu
Magazine: Afternoon (Kodansha)
Summary: Excellent scholar Iwakura Mitsumi has at all times dreamt about leaving her small city, going to a prestigious college, and making constructive change on the planet. But she’s so centered on reaching her targets that she’s not ready for the very totally different (and overwhelming) metropolis life that awaits her in a Tokyo highschool. Luckily, she makes quick mates with Shima Sousuke, a good-looking classmate who’s as laid-back as she is over-prepared. Can this naive nation woman make it massive in Tokyo with Sousuke by her aspect? (Via Seven Seas Entertainment)

Chi: Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite
Uoto
Magazine: Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)
Summary: Sparks of the discoveries of the Renaissance are solely starting to burn in fifteenth century Europe, whilst those that make discoveries are burned for his or her heresy. In Poland, a toddler prodigy named Rafal is predicted to be one other nice thoughts in theology, however an encounter with a sure man leads him down the trail to a heretical fact.

Police in a Pod
Miko Yasu
Magazine: Morning (Kodansha)
Summary: Female police officer Kawai had sufficient of a profession she wasn’t even that into and was about handy in her registration, when the unthinkable occurred—she met the brand new, feminine director of her station! And after spending a little bit time with this attractive position mannequin, Kawai realizes that perhaps she is not fairly executed being an officer in spite of everything. (Via Kodansha Comics)

Yankee-kun to Hakujō Girl (The Delinquent and the Girl With the White Cane)
Uoyama
Magazine: pixiv, Nico Nico Seiga, Manga Hack (Kadokawa)
Summary: The manga facilities on the connection between a delinquent named Morio Kurokawa, who guidelines the town streets, and a lady named Yukiko Akaze, who goes to a faculty for the blind.

Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii
Asuka Konishi
Magazine: Afternoon (Kodansha)
Summary: Yoshino grew up because the yakuza princess of the Osaka Somei crime household. Everyone left her alone resulting from her sharp gaze and mobster ties. But when her grandfather indicators a truce with the Tokyo-based Miyama crime household, she’s provided for betrothal to the Miyama chief’s grandson, Kirishima. At first, Kirishima appears amiable and polite–but when he exhibits his darkish aspect, he proves to be extra disturbing than any gangster Yoshino has ever met. This engagement is certain to be a wild trip for a tricky yakuza princess and her twisted yakuza prince! (Via Seven Seas Entertainment)

In previous years, Kodansha gave out a “Best Children’s Manga” award as effectively, however beginning in 2015 Kodansha has built-in the nominees for that class into the Best Shōnen Manga and Best Shōjo Manga classes as an alternative.

Last yr, Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura‘s Blue Lock received the Best Shonen Manga award. Megumi Morino‘s A Condition Called Love received the Best Shōjo Manga award. Kiwa Irie’s Yuria Sensei no Akai Ito received the Best General Manga award.

Sources: Kodansha, Comic Natalie