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:
- Aitor Holgado (Spain) — MORNING STAR
- Docurro (China) — BOOM
- Fei Xi Xuan (Taiwan) — SWEAT MAN
- Nick Kanoza (USA) — GOLDEN RABBIT
- Niu Zai (Taiwan) — EL VIENTO DEL NORTE
- 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!