Chainsaw Man author’s assistant, Yukinobu Tatsu is getting skyrocketing popularity with his brand new crazy tale of aliens and missing balls series DanDaDan. The official announcement confirms on August 24 that Dandadan has secured 2nd place in the Web Manga category of the DaVinci x NicoNico sponsored manga award event, “Next Manga Award(Tsugi ni Kuru Award)“.
The overall results are as follows:
- Oshi no Ko by Mengo Yokoyari and Aka Akasaka
- Uma Musume: Cinderella Gray by Taiyo Kuzumi, Masafumi Sugiura, Jun’nosuke Ito, & Cygames, Inc.
- Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe *won the 14th annual Manga Taisho Awards, licensed by Viz Media
- Onna no Sono no Hoshi by Yama Wayama (Captivated, by You)
- Shangri-La Frontier by Katarina and Ryōsuke Fuji *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- The Elusive Samurai by Yusei Matsui *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible by Nene Yukimori *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Blue Box by Kōji Miura *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Sakamoto Days by Yūto Suzuki *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Chi: About the Movement of the Earth (Chi -Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite-) by Uoto *2nd place in the 14th annual Manga Taisho Awards
- Boy’s Abyss by Ryo Minenami
- Witch Watch by Kenta Shinohara *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Me & Roboco by Shūhei Miyazaki *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- In the Clear Moonlit Dusk by Mika Yamamori *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- Magu-chan: God of Destruction by Kei Kamiki *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Medalist by Tsurumaikada *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- I’m in Love with the Villainess by Aonoshimo, Inori, and Hanagata *Licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment
- Prime Minister Club by Hidekaz Himaruya (Hetalia – Axis Powers) and Ken’ichi Sakura (Dragon Drive)
- Futari Escape by Shōichi Taguchi
- Kohaku no Yume de Yoimashō by Kei Sugimura, Nodoka Yoda, & Masoho Murano
- Kaiju No. 8 by Naoya Matsumoto *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Dandadan by Yukinobu Tatsu *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Senpai is Otokonoko by pom
- My Lvl999 Love for Yamada-kun by Mashiro *Available on Mangamo
- Urabaito Tōbōkinshi by Shotarō Taguchi
- Hyperinflation by Sumiyosi Kyu
- Ibitte Konai Gibo to Gishi by Otsuji
- I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability by Yōsuke Kokuzawa, Kenkyo na Circle and by Meru *Licensed by Kodansha Comics
- gaming-ojosama by dainani and yoshiomokomokomarumasao
- NINJA vs YAKUZA by Shinsuke Kondō (Judos)
- The Kodama’s Lazy Life by kawashiri kodama
- The woman who love to cook and the woman who love to eat by Sakaomi Yuzaki
- Ushiro no Shōmen Kamui-san by Eroki and Konoshiroshinko
- Ron Kamonohashi: Deranged Detective by Akira Amano (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!) *Available on MangaPLUS/Viz Media
- Gōkon ni Ittara Onna ga Inakatta Hanashi by Nana Aokawa
- Joshiryoku Takamena Shishihara-kun by Mii Aimai
- Aragane no Ko by Nao Sasaki
- As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World by Natsumi Inoue, Miraijin A, & jimmy
- Koori no Jyōheki by Kōcha Agasawa
- WIND BREAKER by Satoru Nii
Author Yukinobu Tatsu also created special illustrations to commemorate the auspicious win.
The Apothecary Diaries by Itsuki Nanao, Natsu Hyūga, and Nekokurage, and Undead Unluck by Yoshifumi Tozuka won first place in physical print category while Spy × Family by Tatsuya Endo and The Dangers in My Heart by Norio Sakurai won the first place in Digital Web Manga category in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
The Next Manga Award is an annual award for manga series of Kadokawa Corporation’s Da Vinci magazine and Niconico streaming website. It comes in two categories: one for print manga, and one for web manga.
The award was originally established on October 6, 2014, as a collaboration between Kadokawa Corporation’s Da Vinci magazine and its Niconico streaming website. The award has two categories, the first is for physical publication of a series, and the second for series published online.
In order for a series to be eligible, it must have less than five volumes published. The final decision is made by having fans vote. Until 2021, voting was restricted to Japan. However, in 2021 an English website was launched.
Dandadan has become a global sensation for its quirky take on the plot between two high schoolers, penned by Yukinobu Tatsu and led by the hit manga maker Editor Shihei Lin.
During the announcement of its first volume release, Dandadan’s author Yukinobu Tatsu and his editor in charge Shihei Lin shared a few secrets with AL(alu.jp) and Da Vinci News(ddnavi.com) about the hit series.
Chapter 1 of Dandadan generated a huge amount of buzz and trended on Twitter. It exceeded 1million PV in just two days and the first 3 chapters were released in a row which exceeded the mark of 1 million PV within a week! The series is bound to get more traction as it heads to VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service as well as Manga Plus this coming Monday.