Comprehensive Ranking of Educational Manga AnnouncedTop-ranked and other selected manga donated to TSURUMI Children’s Hospice

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Top 3 works selected by voting

Recognizing that manga (Japanese comic books) are “fun,” “easy to understand,” and “create empathy,” The Nippon Foundation launched the Manga Edutainment Project to Open New Worlds to select and promote “educational manga” that were published as general works, but have educational value as well and can open new worlds and inspire children to learn. The project selected 100 works in 2015 and an additional 50 were selected in 2016, by selection committees chaired by manga author Machiko Satonaka.

As a related event, a campaign was held from December 2016 to January 2017, using social media to allow readers to vote for their own favorite “educational manga” and compile a comprehensive popularity ranking. A total of 613 votes were cast, and 10 of the top 20 works, including the top 3, were also included in the Manga Edutainment project’s list of 150.

Copies of the top-ranked manga and other selected works from the project’s list are being donated to the TSURUMI Children’s Hospice in Osaka. TSURUMI is modeled on Britain’s Helen & Douglas House, and is Japan’s first community-supported hospice for children.

List of Top 20 Works Selected by Readers

Rank English Title Japanese Title Author(s)
1. The Rose of Versailles * Berusaiyu no Bara Riyoko Ikeda
2. Black Jack * Burakku Jakku Osamu Tezuka
3. Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun * Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi Ryoko Yamagishi
4. Doraemon Doraemon Fujiko F. Fujio
5. Master Keaton Masuta Kiton Hokusei Katsushika, Takashi Nagasaki, Naoki Urasawa
6. Parasyte * Kiseiju Hitoshi Iwaaki
7. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture * Moyashimon Masayuki Ishikawa
8. Space Brothers * Uchu Kyodai Chūya Koyama
9. Slam Dunk Suramu Danku Takehiko Inoue
10. Chihayafuru * Chihayafuru Yuki Suetsugu
11. The First Step Hajime no Ippo George Morikawa
12. Planetes * Puranetesu Makoto Yukimura
13. Investor Z Inbesuta Z Norifusa Mita
14. Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji
(also known as “Ultimate Survivor Kaiji”)
Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji Nobuyuki Fukumoto
15. This is the police station in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo; sometimes shortened to Kochikame Osamu Akimoto
16. Bold Opportunists in Turbulent Times * Fuuunji Tachi Taro Minamoto
17. Sangokushi Sangokushi Mitsuteru Yokoyama
18. In a Corner of This World Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Fumiyo Kōno
19. The Tale of Genji
(manga version of Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji”) *
Genji Monogatari Asakiyumemishi Waki Yamato
20. Haikyu!! Haikyū!! Haruichi Furudate
  • Denotes works also selected by the Manga Edutainment project

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