Manga prominent in literary magazine’s top 10

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Three manga titles appeared in Da Vinci magazine’s 12th annual Book of the Year top 10.

Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece,” published by Shueisha Inc., was ranked fifth in the manga and literary magazine’s list of the best books from all genres in 2011.

Chika Umino’s “March Comes In Like a Lion,” published by Hakusensha Inc., claimed the sixth spot, while Hiromu Arakawa’s “Fullmetal Alchemist” from Square Enix Co. was placed 10th. “March Comes In Like a Lion” also won the Cartoon Grand Prize 2011.

The views of 4,986 people including professional book reviewers, bookstore staff and Da Vinci readers were reflected in this year’s book of the year list.

Media Factory Inc., which publishes Da Vinci magazine, said its rankings have gained increasing attention since they were launched in 1999.

The top spot was claimed by Hiro Arikawa ‘s “Kencho Omotenashi-ka” (The prefectural government’s “omotenashi” division), published by Kadokawa Group Publishing Co. The story follows the struggles of a young official assigned to the omotenashi (spirit of hospitality) division of a local government.

Keigo Higashino was the only writer to get two books listed. His “Kirin no Tsubasa” (The wings of Kirin) from Kodansha Ltd. ranked second and “Manatsu no Hoteishiki” (The equation of mid-summer), published by Bungeishunju Ltd., came in third.

Jun Ikeido’s Naoki Prize-winning novel “Shitamachi Rocket” (Downtown rocket), published by Shogakukan Inc., was ranked fourth.

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