Japanese Industry Professionals Name Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back, John Tarachine's Umi ga Hashiru Endroll As Best Manga of 2021
Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2022 edition lists the two manga as favorites
Image via the official Chainsaw Man Twitter account
With the 2022 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! reference mook set to be released in a few days, the publisher announced which manga series' from 2021 topped manga and publishing industry professionals, as well as other entertainment professionals and students, top lists from the last year. Kono Manga ga Sugoi! surveys professionals working in the industry every year, along with high and junior-high-school students (though are weighted less than industry professionals), and compiles a male and female ranking based on their findings.
Topping the male ranking was Tatsuki Fujimoto's Look Back one-shot manga. This is the second year Fujimoto has topped the male list, making him the first manga creator on the male ranking to be ranked first twice in a row and the first manga creator to top a ranking for two different manga, with Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man topping it on the 2021 ranking. Nao Iwamoto topped the female list with two different manga in 2017 and 2018, while Chica Umino won twice in a row for Honey and Clover.
On the female ranking, John Tarachine's Umi ga Hashiru Endroll ranked first. The manga was so popular when the first volume was released, it immediately got a reprinting.
Last year's top manga was Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man for men, while Yama Wayama's Onna no Sono no Hoshi ranked number one for female readers.
Source: Comic Natalie
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