Naoya Matsumoto‘s seemingly unstoppable Kaiju No. 8 manga series took first place in the seventh “Next Manga Awards” (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) web manga category. The series has proven itself immensely popular, becoming the is the fastest Shonen Jump+ manga to surpass three million copies in circulation as of June 2021.
Matsumoto launched the manga in July 2020 on Shueisha‘s Shonen Jump+ website. The first print volume shipped on December 4, and the volume has since had two more printings due to demand. Viz Media licensed the manga in English. The company releases chapters digitally, and it will release the first volume in English this fall.
Shueisha publishes the manga on its MANGA Plus service under the title Monster #8, and it describes the story:
A man working a job far removed from his childhood dreams gets wrapped up in an unexpected situation…! Becoming a monster, he aims once again to fulfill his lifelong dream…!
The series was nominated for the 14th Manga Taisho Awards in January.
The manga’s story begins with Gorō, a doctor who coincidentally handles the childbirth of his favorite idol Ai Hoshino, who took a hiatus from the entertainment industry to give birth to her twin babies. However, just before Ai gives birth, Gorō dies from an accident, but is reborn as one of Ai’s children, Aquamarine Hoshino, with his memories fully intact.
Akasaka and Yokoyari launched the Oshi no Ko (My Stan’s Kid) manga in Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine in April 2020. The series was also nominated for the 14th Manga Taisho Awards in January.
Next Manga Awards also honored series in its U-NEXT PRIZE, Global Prize, and UGC Prize categories. Yūto Suzuki‘s Sakamoto Days about a retired hitman won the U-NEXT award and Kōji Miura’s Blue Box (Ao no Hako) won the Global Prize category for print manga series. As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World by Natsumi Inoue, Miraijin A, and jimmy and Happy marriage of witch Lin (Mahōtsukai Linn no Shiawase na Kekkon) by Takeshi Tani won the U-NEXT PRIZE and UGC Prize for web manga, respectively.
There were a total of 50 titles nominated in both the print and web manga categories. The top 20 in each category are listed below.
- Oshi no Ko by Mengo Yokoyari and Aka Akasaka
- Uma Musume: Cinderella Gray by Taiyo Kuzumi, Masafumi Sugiura, Jun’nosuke Ito, & Cygames, Inc.
- Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe *won the 14th annual Manga Taisho Awards, licensed by Viz Media
- Onna no Sono no Hoshi by Yama Wayama (Captivated, by You)
- Shangri-La Frontier by Katarina and Ryōsuke Fuji *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- The Elusive Samurai by Yusei Matsui *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Kubo-san wa Mob o Yurusanai by Nene Yukimori
- Blue Box by Kōji Miura *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Sakamoto Days by Yūto Suzuki *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Chi: About the Movement of the Earth (Chi -Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite-) by Uoto *2nd place in the 14th annual Manga Taisho Awards
- Boy’s Abyss by Ryo Minenami
- Witch Watch by Kenta Shinohara *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Me & Roboco by Shūhei Miyazaki *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- In the Clear Moonlit Dusk by Mika Yamamori *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- Magu-chan: God of Destruction by Kei Kamiki *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Medalist by Tsurumaikada *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- I’m in Love with the Villainess by Aonoshimo, Inori, and Hanagata *Licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment
- Prime Minister Club by Hidekaz Himaruya (Hetalia – Axis Powers) and Ken’ichi Sakura (Dragon Drive)
- Futari Escape by Shōichi Taguchi
- Kohaku no Yume de Yoimashō by Kei Sugimura, Nodoka Yoda, & Masoho Murano
- Kaiju No. 8 by Naoya Matsumoto *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Dandadan by Yukinobu Tatsu *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Senpai is Otokonoko by pom
- My Lvl999 Love for Yamada-kun by Mashiro *Available on Mangamo
- Urabaito Tōbōkinshi by Shotarō Taguchi
- Hyperinflation by Sumiyosi Kyu
- Ibitte Konai Gibo to Gishi by Otsuji
- 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 *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- gaming-ojosama by dainani and yoshiomokomokomarumasao
- NINJA vs YAKUZA by Shinsuke Kondō (Judos)
- The Kodama’s Lazy Life by kawashiri kodama
- The woman who love to cook and the woman who love to eat by Sakaomi Yuzaki
- Ushiro no Shōmen Kamui-san by Eroki and Konoshiroshinko
- Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective by Akira Amano (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!) *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Gōkon ni Ittara Onna ga Inakatta Hanashi by Nana Aokawa
- Joshiryoku Takamena Shishihara-kun by Mii Aimai
- Aragane no Ko by Nao Sasaki
- As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World by Natsumi Inoue, Miraijin A, & jimmy
- Koori no Jyōheki by Kōcha Agasawa
- WIND BREAKER by Satoru Nii
Yoshifumi Tozuka‘s Undead Unluck and Mitsudomoe manga creator Norio Sakurai‘s The Dangers in My Heart (Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu) won the print and web manga categories last year. In 2019, the winners were Kusuriya no Hitorigoto (The Pharmacist’s Monologue) in the print category and SPY x FAMILY in the web manga category. In 2018, the winners were Raise wa Tanin ga Ii by Asuka Konishi and My Senpai Is Annoying by Shiro Manta manga took the top spots.
Source: Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō website