That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime, Police In A Pod, and more


Kodansha Manga Nominations.
Kodansha 26th Manga Awards Nominee. Photo credit: Kodansha

Famous manga That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime and Police In A Pod received 46th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2022.

This was announced by Verlagskraftwerk on May 11, 2022. Also, A Couple of Cuckoos and Sousou no Freezing were among the fourteen manga selected (sometime referred to as finalists) for the 46th Kodansha Manga Awards.

After the list was announced, there was a lot of activity on Anime Twitter and Reddit. The winners for each category were announced by Kodansha 46th Manga Awards on May 11th.

The Kodansha Manga Awards are divided into three categories: Shonen, Shojo and General.

Award for Best Shōnen Manga

This time I was reincarnated as a slime

That's when I was reincarnated as an official slime poster.
That’s when I was reincarnated as an official slime poster. Credit: Crunchyroll

Creators: Fuse, Yasuki Kawakami and Mitz Vah.

Magazine: Shonen Sirius (Kodansha)

Summary: Mikami’s middle years didn’t go as planned; He never had a girlfriend, he reached a dead end in his career, then at the age of 37 he was stabbed in the street. Then, waking up straight from a fantasy role-playing game in a new world, he’s upset but not shocked to find that he’s not a knight or wizard, but has turned into a blind, wobbly slime monster.

Maybe a slime has the potential to become a hero…

In the category “Best Shonen Manga” the following works were shortlisted:

  • Miki Yoshikawas A couple of cuckoos (Weekly Shonen Magazine)
  • Rina Hard & Ryosuke Fujis Shangri-La border (Weekly Shonen Magazine)
  • Kanehito Yamada & Abe Tsukasa Sousou no freezing (Weekly Shonen Sunday)
  • Fuse, Yasuki Kawakami, Mitz Vahs This time I was reincarnated as a slime (Monthly Shonen Sirius)

Award for Best Shōjo Manga

Nina the star bride

Nina the starry bride - cover manga volume 5.
Nina the Star Bride – Cover Manga Volume 5. Photo credit: Kodansha

Creator: Rikachi

Magazine: Be Love (Kodansha)

Summary: Nina had a rough start in life, stealing to survive – and ended up being sold into slavery by her brother. To her surprise, her captor, Prince Azur, decreed that she lead the life of a princess… more specifically, that of the recently deceased princess-priestess Alisha.

But despite her changing fortunes, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight… and Azur might be the one who finally gets her wits about her. However, their trust in Azure is not high. And can she stop the feelings surging in her heart, knowing that eventually she will have to marry someone else…?

The following manga were shortlisted for the Best Shojo category:

  • Mika Yamamoris Uruwashi no Yoi no tsuki (dessert)
  • RIKACHI’s Nina the star bride (BE LOVE)
  • Suu Morishitas A sign of affection (Dessert)
  • Rito Kohsaka & Akumi Agitogis my happy marriage (Ganga Online)

Award for Best General Manga

Police in a capsule

Police in a pod anime main character.
Police in a pod anime main character. Credit: Studio Madhouse

Magazine: Tomorrow (Kodansha)

Creator: Miko Yasu Magazine: Tomorrow (Kodansha)

Synopsis: Kawai, a police officer, was fed up with a job she didn’t enjoy and was about to give up her application when the unimaginable happened – she met the new female manager of her station! After spending some time with this stunning role model, Kawai discovers that her career as an officer isn’t quite finished.

The following six manga were shortlisted for the general category:

  • Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyaroi Oshi no Ko (weekly young jump)
  • Misaki Takamatsu Skip and loafers (Monthly Afternoon)
  • uotos Chi.: Chikyuu no Undou ni Tsuite (Weekly Big Comic Ghosts)
  • Miko Yasus Police in a capsule (Morning)
  • Uoyama’s Yankee-kun and the girl with the white cane (manga hack)
  • Asukia Konishis Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga ii (Afternoon)

History of Kodansha Manga Awards

The Kodansha Manga Prize (講談社漫画賞, Kōdansha Manga Shō) is an annual award given by Kodansha publishers for manga series published in the previous year. There are currently three categories for this: shōnen, shōjo, and general.

The awards were first presented in 1977 with categories for shōnen and shōjo. The general category received its first award in 1982, while the children’s division received its first award in 2003. Additionally, starting in 2015, the children’s category was merged into the shōnen and shōjo categories.

Blue Lock by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yusuke Nomura received the 45th Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shōnen Manga (2021). Likewise, A state called love by Megumi Morino won best shojo manga Yuria Sensei no Akai Ito by Kiwa Irie won the overall Best Manga category.

What do you think of the 46th Kodansha Awards? Do you also agree with the winners of the different categories? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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