Akira Toriyama, Eiichiro Oda, Takehiko Inoue, Kohei Horikoshi, and Kazue Kato to Judge New English Manga Contest

Japanese company MediBang Inc. and publisher Shueisha have announced that they are launching a special overseas special award for the “Tezuka Manga Contest” in order to find new talent from around the world.

The “Tezuka Manga Contest” (Tezuka Shō) is one of the regular contests Shueisha and Weekly Shonen Jump holds each year to look for new talent for shonen manga, and is named after Osamu Tezuka. Shueisha held the first award in 1971, and holds the contest twice a year. The special oversees award is part of the overall 100th iteration of the contest, and is looking for entries in English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and Korean.

The judges for the contest include:

  • Akira Toriyama
  • Eiichiro Oda
  • Kazue Katō
  • Kōhei Horikoshi
  • Takehiko Inoue
  • Tezuka Productions
  • Weekly Shonen Jump magazine’s Editor in Chief
  • Jump SQ. magazine’s Editor in Chief

The same judges are also judging the general 100th award in Japan.

The first prize winner will be published in either the digital or print version of Weekly Shonen Jump, will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, and will receive 2 million yen (about US$18,670). The second prize winner will be published in either the digital or print version of Weekly Shonen Jump, will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, and will receive 1 million yen (about US$9,335). An honorable mention winner will receive 500,000 yen (about US$4,667) and will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo.

MediBang and Shueisha will announce the winners in December 2020.

Contest rules and submission information are available in English on the contest’s website.

Source: ANN

One Piece/Food Wars! Spin-off Manga About Sanji to Run in the English Weekly Shonen Jump

VIZ Media’s English-language digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that it will publish “Shokugeki no Sanji,” a one-shot manga crossing over One Piece and Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, in its next issue on July 23, 2018.

One Piece‘s Eiichiro Oda and Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma creators Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki are collaborating on the one shot.

The manga will debut on the same day in Japan, in the Weekly Shonen Jump issue marking the 21st anniversary of One Piece.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is #4 on the U.S. Monthly Bookscan List for May 2018

Ten manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for May 2018:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 12 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • RWBY: Official Manga Anthology (#6)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 3 by Akira Himekawa (#8)
  • One Piece Volume 86 by Eiichiro Oda (#9)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 4 by Sui Ishida (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 11 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

One Piece Manga to Get Two Books in June and July 2018 That Compile the Chapter Cover Stories

This year’s 25th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that Shueisha will release two books of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga that compile the chapter cover stories that appear in the manga. The two volumes are titled One Piece DOORS. The first volume will ship on June 4, 2018, and the second volume will ship on July 4, 2018. The volumes will also include a “special page.”

Shueisha will also release the 89th volume of the main manga on June 4, 2018.

Source: ANN

Eiichiro Oda Receives Award From His Home Prefecture

The Kumamoto Prefectural Government has announced that it will present One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda with a People’s Honour Award in a ceremony on April 15, 2018.

Eiichiro Oda was born in Kumamoto on January 1, 1975, and he continues to support the area to this day. He designed boxes for the area’s mandarin oranges and worked on local revitalization campaigns with One Piece art, particularly after Kumamoto Prefecture suffered a series of damaging earthquakes in 2016.

While he was still in high school, Oda was a runner-up for the Tezuka Award for new creators from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1992. He began serializing the One Piece manga in Weekly Shonen Jump on July 19, 1997.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: One Piece Volume 18

One Piece Volume 18 focuses on Luffy, a young man who dreams of finding the One Piece and becoming the King of the Pirates someday. As a child, he ate the Gum-Gum fruit, which turned his body into rubber and allows him to stretch himself in crazy ways. Unfortunately, this means that he is no longer able to swim and will drown if he goes into water. But Luffy is determined to achieve his dream, and he is accompanied by his pirate crew, who are known as the Straw Hats.

One Piece Volume 18
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 3, 2008

Volume 18 continues Luffy, the Straw Hats, and Vivi’s journey to Alabasta. During this volume, Luffy and his crew encounter two new characters: Bon Clay and Ace. One of these characters has a connection to Baroque Works, while the other has an important connection with Luffy.

But the main focus of this volume is on providing the reader with information about Alabasta and providing development for the country and its people. There’s also an important flashback included that provides backstory for Vivi, as well as for another character who appears will be playing an important role later in the story. There’s also some exposition for Baroque Works as well.

That’s not to say that One Piece Volume 18 is dull, though, because there’s still some action that takes place during the Straw Hats’ journey. It’s not as action-packed as some of the other volumes have been, but this volume is very important for helping the reader understand this new country and some of the newer characters who have been introduced to the series.

When it comes to the art, Volume 18 included several symbols that required an editor’s note to explain them. One of these editor’s note was very important, because it helped to head off potential controversy. Unfortunately, there’s a tattoo on Ace’s back that could have potentially caused readers to become very angry if they didn’t have the context for the tattoo’s design from the editor’s note.

Overall, I enjoyed One Piece Volume 18. It provided some much needed background information, and it also made me like the character of Vivi even more than I already did. Vivi was a fascinating character before this, but between getting the flashback of her past and the backstory for her country, it made Vivi an even more compelling character than she already was. This volume also provided a bit of a break from the action that’s usually prevalent in One Piece.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous volumes of the series, then I think you’ll want to read One Piece Volume 18.

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Manga Review: One Piece Volume 76

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

One Piece Volume 76 focuses on Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, the Straw Hats. They are currently in Dressrosa, trying to save the people from Doflamingo, a pirate who took over the throne of the country and rules the country like a tyrant.

One Piece Volume 76
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Volume 76 continues to follow Luffy and his crew as they try to help the people of Dressrosa. But this task has been complicated by Doflamingo placing a bounty on them, so some of the people they’re trying to become obstacles as they try to capture Luffy and the others for the bounty. And the birdcage that Doflamingo has created around Dressrosa also poses a threat as it starts to shrink.

One of the biggest issues with this volume, though, is how much the story moves around to various characters at different locations. Unfortunately, the jumping around takes place in each and every chapter in the volume, which can make a reader feel a little disoriented and lost at times. Usually, just as the story is getting going at one location, Oda suddenly shifts to a different location to continue someone else’s story. There’s a good overarching story here, but I wish Oda was willing to spend longer periods of time in one place before moving to another character at another location.

One storyline that gets a bit of focus is sprinkled throughout One Piece Volume 76, and that’s the Tontattas trying to figure out what happened to Princess Mansherry after they discover that they had been lied to in regards to her health and where she is. But their quest to find her ends up tying in with another plot point that’s taking place at the same time. The Tontattas are cute and little, and the reader can’t help wanting to follow their story.

Luffy and Trafalgar Law also receive some focus in this volume as well, especially once the two of them come face to face with Doflamingo and some of his cronies. But just as it looks like a fight between these two and a couple of Doflamingo’s officers is about to start, the story makes a very sudden change of pace.

At this point in One Piece Volume 76, we begin getting a flashback that provides backstory for Trafalgar Law. Not only does this flashback provide some important information to help the reader to get to know Law better, it also provides a much needed break from all of the frantic jumping around that takes place over the course of this volume. Unfortunately, the flashback doesn’t conclude at the end of this volume, so it’ll be continuing in Volume 77.

Even though the story may jump around a lot, I believe that readers who have been following this series will still enjoy seeing how the overarching story progresses in One Piece Volume 76.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: One Piece Volume 75

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

One Piece Volume 75 focuses on Luffy, a young man who dreams of finding the One Piece and becoming the King of the Pirates someday. As a child, he ate the Gum-Gum fruit, which turned his body into rubber and allows him to stretch himself in crazy ways. Unfortunately, this means that he is no longer able to swim and will drown if he goes into water. But Luffy is determined to achieve his dream, and he is accompanied by his pirate crew, who are known as the Straw Hats.

One Piece Volume 75
Written by: Eiichiro Oda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 4, 2015

Volume 75 sees Luffy and his pirate crew in the kingdom of Dressrosa, where they attempt to help free the people from the reign of Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the sea that has taken over the kingdom. Sugar has fallen at the Smile Factory, and the workers who had been turned into toys revert into their original forms. This brings about a lot of happy reunions, as well as a major surprise for Rebecca. The scene where Rebecca learns about this surprise is so touching, and I thought Oda’s depiction of Rebecca’s reaction was perfect.

But Doflamingo doesn’t intend to go down without some kind of a fight. He creates a birdcage that surrounds Dressrosa, and then tells everyone that this has turned into a game. They can either kill him or they can bring him all the people that he lists off. He places a bounty on all of them as an incentive for the citizens to cooperate. Not surprisingly, Luffy and most of his crew are included in the list of names.

One Piece Volume 75 is full of action and chaos as the 12 being hunted try to save themselves, yet trying not hurt the populace. At one point, several people tell Luffy they’re going to take down Doflamingo in order to repay a debt to him, but Luffy insists on being the one to do it. This scene is actually rather comical, although it feels like it runs a little on the long side. But even with that, this volume includes all of the action and humor that readers of One Piece have come to expect from the series.

While Volume 75 is full of action, there’s also a lot of jumping around between various locations, since the characters are so spread out across Dressrosa. With how often the scenes change, it can be a little challenging to keep up with and remember where everyone is and where their story last left off. This jumping around in location is the weakest aspect of One Piece Volume 75.

When it comes to the art style in One Piece, Oda utilizes a lot of exaggeration, sound effects, and speed lines to depict the action that’s taking place. With Luffy being a “rubber man,” the use of exaggeration makes a lot of sense. Oda’s art style really stands out in comparison to many other manga that are out there, and it gives One Piece a very unique look.

But even with how much the story jumps around, I believe that long time readers of the series will enjoy reading One Piece Volume 75. They’ll want to see what happens to the various characters, especially after Doflamingo places a bounty on several of them.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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One Piece Manga Is Taking a One Week Break

This year’s 34th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing that Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga will not appear in the 35th issue that will ship on July 27, 2015.

The manga will return with chapter #795 in the magazine’s 36th issue on August 3, 2015.

Shueisha shipped the manga’s 78th volume in Japan on July 3, 2015, and it has sold an estimated 2.28 million copies as of July 12, 2015. The volume’s first print run was 3.8 million.

Source: ANN

One Piece Manga Sets Guinness World Record for Copies Printed for Comic by Single Author

The official website for Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has announced that the series has set a Guinness World Record for “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” As of the end of December 2014, the manga has printed 320,866,000 copies worldwide.

Through a written statement, Oda provided comments on the award: “Thank you for this certification for the Guinness World Record. Manga is an amusing way to pass time, but when I receive reports that say ‘through One Piece I made friends,’ or ‘through One Piece I found my sweetheart,’ I am really happy.” He continued by saying, “I feel like this record number has the possibility to bring the same number of people together. I will not forget my predecessors in the manga world, the colleagues whom I work with, and my readers, and from now on I want to continue to draw a work that will not shame this record.”

A ceremony was held in Tokyo on June 15, 2015 to present the award. Oda was not in attendance, but Weekly Shonen Jump editor Yoshihisa Heishi attended on his behalf.

Oda launched One Piece in 1997, and the manga has been published in more than 30 countries.

Source: ANN