Japanese newspaper publication, Yomiuri Shimbun, has now opened the voting for the 2016 edition of the Sugoi Japan Awards, an awards body designed to increase awareness for Japanese works that deserve the attention of people living outside of Japan.


These awards also promote e “universality,” “originality”, and “potential”, and are divided into four categories, manga, light novel, anime, and entertainment novel. The 92 works listed as nominees have been chosen by industry experts, and fans get to choose the Top 10. Voting will only be until January 3, 2015, and the winners will be announced on March 22, 2016. Here are the nominees:


  • The [email protected] Cinderella Girls
  • Aldnoah.Zero
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
  • Beyond the Boundary the Movie -I’ll Be Here- Mirai-hen
  • Kuroko’s Basketball
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Miss Hokusai
  • Your Lie in April
  • Knights of Sidonia
  • Show By Rock!!
  • Shirobako
  • “20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed”
  • Ninja Slayer From Animation
  • The Case of Hana & Alice
  • Sound! Euphonium
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!
  • Yuki Yuna Is a Hero
  • Yuri Kuma Arashi
  • Expelled from Paradise
  • Love Live! The School Idol Movie

Light Novel:

  • RPF Red Dragon, by Makoto Sanda
  • Amagi Brilliant Park, by Shouji Gatoh
  • Escape Speed, Nozomu Kuoka
  • Overload by Kugane Maruyama
  • Clockwork Planet by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himan
  • Koukyuu Rakuen Kyuujou: Harem League Baseball by Hiroshi Ishikawa
  • “This Love and That Future by Bingo Morihashi
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend by Fumiaki Maruto
  • The Reading Boy and the Writing Girl by Mizuki Nomura
  • SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist by Hirotaka Akagi
  • “What are You Doing at the End? Are You Busy? Can You Save Me?” by  Akira Kareno
  • Solaris of the Abyssal Zone by Rakiruchi
  • Gun Gale Online by Keiichi Sigsawa
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?by Fujino Oomori
  • “Sky Burial” by Mitsunori Enami
  • Durarara!! SH by Ryohgo Narita
  • Alderamin on the Sky” by Bokuto Uno
  • Brain Fluid Explosion Girl” by Erika Yoshida
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash by Ao Juumonji
  • The Faraway, Frozen Canaan by Yuuri Shibamura
  • “My School’s Assassination Club” by Makoto Fukami
  • “Tales of Leo Attiel” byTomonori Sugihara
  • World End Economica by Isuna Hasekura


  • Are Yo Hoshikuzu /That’s Stardust” by Sansuke Yamada
  • An Account of Working at Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant by Kazuto Tatsuta
  • Inuyashiki by Hiroya Oku
  • Innocent by Shin’ichi Sakamoto
  • Please tell me! GALKO-chan by Kenya Suzuki
  • My Love Story! by Kazune Kawahara
  • Kasane by Daruma Matsuura
  • People of the Koudai House by Kozueko Morimoto
  • A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ooima
  • Twittering Birds Never Fly by Kou Yoneda
  • Criminal Island of Despair by Toshifumi Sakurai
  • Twilight Takako by Kiwa Irie
  • Dungeon Food by Ryouko Kui
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction by Inio Asano
  • Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida
  • Tokyo Tarareba-jou by  Akiko Higashimura
  • Torikae Baya by Chiho Saito
  • Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  • Jewel Country by Haruko Ichikawa
  • Boku dake ga Inai Machi by Kei Sanbe
  • My Hero Academia by Kouhei Horikoshi
  • Monster Musume by OKAYADO
  • One-Punch Man by ONE

Entertainment Novels:

  • Alice Koroshi (“Killing Alice”), Yasumi Kobayashi (2013)
  • Orbital Cloud, Taiyō Fujii (February 2014)
  • Kaidantō (“Step Island”), Yutaka Kōno (September 2014)
  • Kyōdan X (“Order of X”), Fuminori Nakamura (December 2014)
  • Kōjin, Miyuki Miyabe (August 2014)
  • Saraba! (“Farewell!”), Kanako Nishi (October 2014)
  • Shisha no Teikoku (“The Empire of Corpses“), Project Itohand Toh Enjoe (2012)
  • Shiroiro no Machi no, Sono Hone no Taion no (“The Temperature of Those Bones on the White Street”), Sayaka Murata (2012)
  • Dōkeshi no Chō (“The Clown’s Butterfly”), Toh Enjoe(2012)
  • Toshokan no Majo (“The Library Witch”), Daisuke Takada (2013)
  • Nankyokuten no Piapia Dōga (“The Peer-to-Peer Video from the South Pole”), Hōsuke Nojiri (2012)
  • Know, Mado Nozaki (2013) (pictured)
  • Knox’s Machine, Rintarō Norizuki (November 2013)
  • Baku no Ori (“The Baku’s Cage”), Shūsuke Michio (April 2014)
  • Banjō no Yoru (“Night on a Board”), Yūsuke Miyauchi (2012)
  • PK, Kōtarō Isaka (2012)
  • Beatless, Satoshi Hase (2012)
  • Hibana (“Fireworks”), Naoki Matayoshi (March 2015)
  • Man-Gan (“Fulfilled Vow”), Honobu Yonezawa (March 2014)
  • Micha Belyayev no Shison-tachi (“The Descendants of Micha Belyayev”), Minoru Niki (April 2014)
  • Metamorphosis, Keisuke Hada (July 2014)
  • Ryū (“Flow”), Akira Higashiyama (May 2015)
  • Watashi no Kobito (“My Lover”), Takahiro Ueda (June 2015)

You can cast your ballots via Sugoi Japan’s official website

Last year’s awards were won by Attack on Titan, Madoka Magica, and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU for manga, anime, and light novels respectively.

Basically, what Sugoi Japan aims for is to have Japanese works be acknowledged and noticed by the rest of the world and it has launched an online poll for people to vote which manga, light novel, entertainment novel or anime is their favorite work and would want to introduce to the world.


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