The official Twitter account for Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Monday that Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe's Frieren: Beyond Journey's End (Sōsō no Frieren) manga won this year's award. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday.
The company will begin releasing the manga in English this fall.
Yamada and Abe launched the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in April 2020. Shogakukan released the third volume on December 18, and will release the fourth volume on March 17.
The manga is also nominated for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize this year.
Previous winners of the Manga Taisho award include:2020 - The Blue Period. by Tsubasa Yamaguchi 2019 - Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara 2018 - BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki 2017 - Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō by Mitsuharu Yanamoto 2016 - Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda 2015 - Kakukaku Shikajika by Akiko Higashimura 2014 - A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori 2013 - Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida 2012 - Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa 2011 - March comes in like a lion by Chika Umino 2010 - Thermae Romae by Mari Yamazaki 2009 - Chihayafuru by Yuki Suetsugu 2008 - Gaku - Minna no Yama by Shinichi Ishizuka
Unlike many other manga prizes that are chosen by the editors of the manga publishers themselves, the Manga Taisho nominating committee is mostly composed of the bookstore staffers who are in charge of their respective stores' manga sections. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.")
This year's nominating committee consisted of 95 individuals, who selected from 216 titles. Any manga title that was released in 2020 and has eight volumes or less is eligible. The volume cap is intentionally added so that the prize winners would be relatively new works that have not already earned their popularity through sheer longevity. The committee nominated 10 works this year.