The executive committee for the 13th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 12 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.")
Manga Taisho 2020 Nominees
Ashita Shinu ni waSumako KariIkoku NikkiTomoko YamashitaSkip to LoaferMisaki TakamatsuSPY×FAMILYTatsuya EndōChainsaw ManFUJIMOTOWave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiite Kure)Hiroaki SamuraThe Blue Period.Tsubasa YamaguchiBoku no Kokoro no Yabai YatsuNorio SakuraiMaku MusubiShin HotaniMystery to Iu Nakare (Do not say mystery) Rui MoritaMizu wa Umi ni Mukatte NagareruRettō TajimaMuchū sa, Kimi niYama Wayama
The nominating committee is composed mainly of bookstore staffers who are in charge of their respective stores' manga. This year's nominating committee consisted of 94 individuals, who selected from 238 titles. Any manga title that was released in 2019 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 second round of voting will determine the winner of Manga Taisho 2020, which will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held sometime in mid to late March.
Previous winners include: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
Ikoku Nikki, The Blue Period., and Do not say mystery were also nominated for the awards last year.
Sources: Manga Taisho, Oricon News