Kodansha announced the winners of the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards on May 12. It started in 1977 and the first winners were Black Jack and Mitsume ga Tooru by Osamu Tezuka, Haikara-san ga Tooru by Waki Yamato, and Candy Candy by Yumiko Igarashi and Kyoko Mizuki.
The winners receive one million yen (about US$8,345) prize money. This year's judges were: Yuma Ando (Psychometrer Eiji), Miyuki Kobayashi (Kitchen Princess), Tooru Fujisawa (GTO), Kosuke Fujishima (Oh My Goddess!), Takeshi Maekawa (Tekken Chinmi), Norifusa Mita (Dragon Zakura), Kazumi Yamashita (Tensai Yanagisawa Kyoju no Seikatsu).
"Knights of Sidonia" (Tsutomu Nihei/Kodansha, Afternoon)
"The Seven Deadly Sins" (Nakaba Suzuki/Kodansha, Weekly Shonen Magazine)
"Yowamushi Pedal" (Wataru Watanabe/Akita Shoten, Weekly Shonen Champion)
"Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu" (Tsunami Umino/Kodansha, KISS)
"Cooking Papa" (Tochi Ueyama/Kodansha, Morning)