CELEBRATING MANGA IN… ?

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Hello Silent Manga Audition Community! We are overjoyed to announce the “Celebrating Manga in…” campaign! But what is this exciting new event you may ask? Well, it’s a chance for us to look back at the wonderfully entertaining manga of past SMA entries, with regular SNS updates of course! This retrospective walk down memory lane […]

SOME WORDS FROM THE NEWEST JUDGE OF SILENT MANGA AUDITION®

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Dear SMA Community! We are delighted to officially announce the appointment of manga legend, not to mention indispensable SMAC! manga consultant, Jun Tomizawa sensei to the position of SILENT MANGA AUDITION® judge! From SMA10 onwards, Tomizawa sensei will be joining Tetsuo Hara sensei, Tsukasa Hojo sensei, Ryuji Tsugihara sensei and CEO Nobuhiko Horie in assessing […]

MASTERCLASS TO COMPETE IN SMA EXTRA ROUNDS

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From SMA-EX3 onwards, entries made by SMA Masterclass members will be entered into all Extra Round competitions, alongside all other entries. This radical new change offers members of the SMACommunity, new and old, the opportunity to compete against seasoned SMA manga creators, thereby allowing you to realize your full potential! For all standard SMA competitions, […]

COUNTDOWN TO THE SMA-10 DEADLINE BEGINS!

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With 2 weeks left until the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Round 10 deadline, you still have time to create an amazing Silent Manga that will astound the judges!   The themes for SMA-10 are “Friendship”, “Effort” and “Victory”. These three themes not only embody the ethos of Japan’s longest running Manga magazine, “Weekly Shonen JUMP”, they […]

EX4 CRAM SCHOOL – LESSON #2: Kit Kat… A Taste of Home

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Exam and Trial, two words that strike equal measures of fear and determination in any school student! With the encouraging Japanese phrase キットカット (kitto katto), meaning “sure to win”, friends and family can rally around those about to embark on examinations, a life changing event in Japan, by gifting the student a “Kit Kat” chocolate […]

Making a Mangaka: #14 Asano Inio

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“The voice of his generation”, Inio Asano has built a career to rival the greatest poets and musicians of our age. By transforming the personal struggles of his youth into beautifully melancholic manga, Asano has gifted the world his own unique take on pain, isolation and depression, and provided a lifeline to disenfranchised youth everywhere. […]

Making a Mangaka: #13 Tite Kubo

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From battling the Weekly Shonen Jump deadline to defending humanity from evil spirits, this week’s #MakingAMangaka knows well the struggle for success. This week, I plunge into the spiritual mind of Bleach author, Tite Kubo!   Name: Tite Kubo (久保 帯人 Kubo Taito) Born: June 26, 1977 Place of Birth: Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan Speciality: Mixing […]

Making a Mangaka: #12 Hiromu Arakawa

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From honest toil in the fields to creating one manga’s biggest titles, this week’s #MakingaMangaka is no stranger to hard work. With over 70 million volumes sold worldwide, the author of Fullmetal Alchemist has used her tireless work-ethic to achieve record breaking status. This week, I transverse the magical mind of Hiromu Arakawa!   Name: […]

Making a Mangaka: #11 Yoshitoki Oima

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This week’s #MakingAMangaka shines a light on a young creator that has turned past trauma into instantly identifiable stories that are as poignant as they are beautifully crafted. This week, I deconstruct the themes and struggles of manga’s most promising rising star… Yoshitoki Oima.   Name: Yoshitoki Oima (大今良時 Ōima Yoshitoki) Born: March 15, 1989 […]

Making a Mangaka: #10 Hajime Isayama

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With his first and only series exploding onto the manga stage to much critical acclaim, this young manga creator’s future is one watch. An uncompromising creator who gambled with his career and won big! This week, I’m stepping into the titanic mind of Hajime Isayama.   Name: Hajime Isayama (諫山 創 Isayama Hajime) Born: August […]