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VIZ Media Asks Fans to Choose the Winner for the “Shonen Jump Manga Competition”

North America’s most recognized Japanese entertainment company, VIZ Media, announced in May that Shueisha would be launching a manga competition to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump. The competition accepted manga entries in Chinese, English, and Japanese — all by October 1, 2013.

After seven months of endless “training”, dedication, and sleepless nights, the artists will see if they’ve attained the necessary skills to be deemed worthy of Shonen Jump quality.

On Friday, VIZ Media revealed the six finalists — but with a twist that wasn’t previously revealed. Shonen Jump will refrain from choosing the grand prize winner; it’s the fans who will judge all six entries and vote for the manga they believe is SJ quality. The artists, along with their manga titles, are listed below:


  1. Aitor Holgado (Spain) — MORNING STAR
  2. Docurro (China) — BOOM
  3. Fei Xi Xuan (Taiwan) — SWEAT MAN
  4. Nick Kanoza (USA) — GOLDEN RABBIT
  5. Niu Zai (Taiwan) — EL VIENTO DEL NORTE
  6. Yu Yan Shu (China ) — THE TEAM BEFORE DAYBREAK

According to Shonen Jump, over 1,400 people entered the contest — yet only six remain. Now fans are able to read the six finalists work and vote for their next favorite manga for the new year. But which manga will outshine the rest? And will any of these new titles rival any of the big league titles, such as One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto? Let us know!

Lindo Korchi

After realizing that writing was his 'native language,' Lindo set out on creating a novel. Eventually, he realized that it would be 'impossible' to make a career out of it - discarding his dream. It wasn't until he began writing for Anime Expo's news site, Inside AX, that he would discover the multitude of routes that journalism holds. Since that time, he's reclaimed his dream and has continued to hone his skills in the art of writing. While covering conventions, he found an additional art-form that he would fall in love with -- photography. Now the journey truly begins for our young warrior.

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