Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ manga website announced back in late June a worldwide reality contest show called Million Tag, an 8-episode new “battle audition” show for discovering “the next star manga creator”, which aired on July 2nd on their Youtube Channel. Each of the 6 contestants had a Shueisha manga editor, with each team competing in four challenges. On August 20th, they aired the final episode, which ended with announcing the winner.
The winner of the contest is Naoki Fujita for his “Beat & Motion” manga. As the winner, Fujita’s manga will become an anime adaption that will stream globally and exclusively on Netflix. Fujita also won 5 million yen (about $45,000), the opportunity to serialize his manga on Shonen Jump+, and a compiled book volume of his manga. Fujita’s partnered manga editor from Shueisha was Shihei Rin (editor of Chainsaw Man and SPY x FAMILY).
You can watch the episode here. At 11:43 is when when they start discussing Fujita’s manga story, showing several pages of the manga story. The video does have an automated closed caption available, but it is a rough translation.
It’s a bit interesting to watch how the judges discuss and critique each story. You get a glimpse into what parts of a story sticks out to them and how they come to the final decision.
What do you think? Does the winning manga look interesting to you?
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