contests

Like creating manga? Want to visit Japan? Then enter the International Manga Awards!

The Tenth International Manga Award submission period is open now. Gold and Silver Award winners will get a chance to visit Japan!

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Famous plastic food maker’s annual contest yields amazing results【Photos】

Everyone says they’re just plastic, but they look so real!

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“Best Body Japan” winners are in just in time to make us ashamed of our holiday gorgefest

Model Saya Kagawa takes the women’s crown, distracts everyone from a bunch of ripped dudes flexing in the background.

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Shonen Jump + now taking manga submissions from Japan and abroad in new contest

The publisher of Shonen Jump + is teaming with digital distributor MediBang to hold an amateur manga submission contest. Those who make the cut will see their manga on the virtual pages of the magazine!

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Shima City needs your help in naming its tastefully swimsuit-clad anime mascot

When creating a local mascot in Japan, there are basically three styles to choose from. You can go the traditionally cute route, like Gunma Prefecture did with its adorable horse, national popularity contest champion, and confectionary model Gunma-chan. Option two is to make something so weird it puts a smile on peoples’ faces, like Funabashi City’s unofficial spokepear Funasshi.

Or, you can just draw a picture of an anime girl, like the town of Shima did. Yes, she of course has a nice smile and attractive proportions, and so far every picture that’s been released of the tourism ambassador has her posing in a swimsuit. But before you go blasting the designers for making that wardrobe choice before even giving her a name, bear in mind there’s a good reason for her attire.

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