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SILENT MANGA AUDITION NINE
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SMA7 Closing words from the Chairman Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida:

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Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida,
Coamix Inc. Board of Directors
Chairman, The SILENT MANGA AUDITION Committee.
Chief Editor, SMAC! The WEB/MANGA Magazine.

I start by expressing our most sincere gratitude to all those 608 entries from 64 countries, who bravely challenged this round of SILENT MANGA AUDITION®. “Taste” is not an easy subject to express via drawings only. We feared the theme may have been a little too limiting, but everyone who took part showed their strong intentions to express a unique message in a way that tickled our taste buds. Thank you for the delicious manga meals!

There is no GRAND PRIX award recipient this time, as we felt everyone is competing so closely, there is not one clear winner to award the top prize with – that means there are great many contestants, who are so close to winning the top award.
Same goes for those who just missed an award this time. So many contestants are just one step away from catching their first award. Please keep on trying, and you may find you are much closer than you think, to achieving your dream.

Common opinion along the judges, is that the levels of graphical excellence presented in SILENT MANGA AUDITION® is already at an astonishing level, that could match that of young Japanese creators debuting on Japanese magazines.
However we see many contestants struggling in finding great inspirations to express using that high art. Our editors will be contacting contestants who show strong potential, in the hope of there being a lot more GRAND PRIX winners to entertain us in the coming rounds.

SMA8 will be our 10th, commemorative round including the two extra-rounds. It is for the brave manga creators who keep on challenging themselves, and taking part in our event, that gives us the strength to continue.
I offer my hearty congratulations to Hungary, Libya and Turkey, countries who had their first award winner. No doubt more countries will follow, as the world wakes up to the joys of not only reading, but also of creating manga.

We hope to see all of you again, and looking forward to welcoming new creators in the next round.

Yoroshiku Onegai itashimasu.
SMA7 Theme

GRAND PRIX RUNNER UP

Our Promised Land

Tsukasa Hojo:

“The old man protagonist left a strong impression on me. The piece holds strong atmosphere throughout the piece. If the readers are felt more in sympathy with the final aim of the protagonist, it may have left an even stronger impact. Another strong work from Zevania and Nattorin. Congratulations guys.”

Ryuji Tsugihara:

“I’m amazed the artist Zevania has many drawing styles. It to me feels like the artist is in the process of finding his own unified style. Looking forward to seeing him drawing more works!”

Nobuhiko Horie:

“That fruit seems to cure the thirst! Illustrating ‘Taste’ is never easy but Zevania did it brilliantly, expressing it via the action of characters. Well done!”

Silent Manga in Motion “Our Promised Land by Zevania & Nattorin”

Grandma's Flavor

Nobuhiko Horie:

“BRAZIL is certainly coming on strong!!! This was my favorite piece of SMA7. Great job Eudetenis!”

Tsukasa Hojo:

“We do not recommend drawing long pieces, but I am amazed EUDETENIS managed to make this long piece work. This is top-level stuff in art, story, and being sympathizable. I am massively impressed. Keep on trying shorter works in future, to improve your skills.”

Tadashi Negishi:

“It doesn’t feel like a long story, because the creator utilized good dynamism, in showing important moments big and clear. Amazing construction skills.”

Silent Manga in Motion “Grandma’s Flavor by Eudetenis”

Tetsuo Hara on SMA7:

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Tetsuo Hara:
Coamix Inc. Board of Directors
Co-Creator: Ikusa no Ko: Oda Nobunaga ( Coamix )
Co-Creator: Fist of the Blue Sky ( Coamix )
Co-Creator: Fist of the North Star ( Shueisha )

“Many SMA contestants demonstrated drawing abilities that are on a higher level than those of young Japanese creators. The world is really showing potential to create manga on par or even better than those from Japan.”

JUDGEMENT AWARD

Pie

Tetsuo Hara:

“My judge’s award goes to DZI. Story is felt as a whole, that is felt through drawings only – that alone is a great achievement. However its the beauty of the finished pages that caught my attention. Without the speech balloons, each and every page not only makes good sense, but they all have aesthetics that would rival any non-story telling artwork. The beautiful contrast of black and white, and great “use of white” creates beautiful world that leaves strong impression. Well done DZI. Hope to see more from you.”

Like that old italian wine.

Tsukasa Hojo:

“Graphic wise, this is my favorite from SMA7. Creator Hagane presented it with rough-looking effects but his artistic excellence shines though the lines. This is art of great quality. Story feels it may need a little more explanations, but the atmosphere of the protagonist made me enjoy the piece so much. I hope to see Hagane continue to improve on story telling, and that is one sci-fi I want to read. Thank you Hagane Ishi, for this beautiful work.”

Forbidden Fruit

Ryuji Tsugihara:

“ ‘Forbidden Fruit’ entertains us so much, maybe because of the very simple message, ‘Stolen food is sweet’! It reminded of me the taste from my childhood days, stealing a cookie from the cookie jar while my mother was not watching. Judges of SMA believe the creator may have a brilliant ‘manga-mind’. that allows possibly turning every moment into an entertaining manga. Thank you NAO & Navinkin!”

Bread

Nobuhiko Horie:

“The overall story is very well put together, it shows the great ability of the creator to weave a very strong manga piece. Story loses the focus a little towards the end, if the story kept on progressing with strong focus on the boy and the dog, This piece would have received a higher award. Overall a very entertaining piece, Hope to read more from you, Spillman.”

RONC!

Tadashi Negishi:

“This is a very simple story, excecuted very well as interection between the two characters. Showing clear mission for the characters is the basics of good manga creation, and Amatsu did it cheerfully well. The ending felt a little too sudden, if Amatsu worked a little more on the rhythm this may have received a higher award.”

Tsukasa Hojo on SMA7:

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Tsukasa Hojo:
Coamix Inc. Board of Directors
Creator: Angel Heart
Angel Heart 2nd Season ( Coamix )
Creator: CITYHUNTER ( Shueisha )
Creator: CAT’S EYE ( Shueisha )

“While showing excellent art, many entries felt like a struggle of creators working hard in solitude. Manga is best enjoyed when creators and readers form a community. I wish the manga editors of COAMIX to provide them the support they need.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD

Sweet Decision My dear friend Taste of Nostalgia

Ryuji Tsugihara on SMA7:

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Ryuji Tsugihara:
Coamix Inc. Board of Directors
Creator: Commander-in-Chief Sakuraba Kouichirou ( Coamix )
Creator: Restore Garage 251: Kurumaya Yumejirou ( Coamix )
Creator: Yoroshiku Mecha-doc ( Shueisha )

“We see many creators improving at each round. To outgrow your rivals, always remember to first seek great inspiration worth telling the world. That inspiration often comes, not from your pen and paper, but from good/bad life experiences.”

HONOURABLE MENTION

Soul of Chrome World Taste Challenge Taste Of You Mom's Fried Rice GOLD Hard Simplicity Like Always I (pizza) U Cookie Powered Tom Yam Crab When Hope Blooms Best Gift The gift of Goddess Ai Pirozhki (Grandmother's pies) Flash Back Taste better than Brain

Nobuhiko Horie on SMA7:

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Nobuhiko Horie:
CEO, Coamix Inc.
Chief Editor of Monthly Comic ZENON ( Coamix )
Former Chief Editor of Weekly Shonen JUMP ( Shueisha )

“The theme may have been a little difficult because it was very specific. ‘Taste’ is not an easy subject to represent with artwork only. However the award winners expressed their own story, exciting our taste buds. Well done everyone. See you in SMA8”

SMAC! EDITOR AWARD

LEGACY OF QUEEN Sweet Dreams The Taste of Adventure Humanity's Taste Cat-Burger Boy and the Pig Strawberry Field The Lone Cyborg Kiss Me The Taste of Life Chorizo Monogatari First Welcome! BOOGY-BOOGY DREAM, LOVE, and CANDY

Tadashi Negishi on SMA7:

“Everyone is showing steady progress, but I didn’t find a clear-cut winner this round. That means everyone has a potential to grab the GRAND PRIX award. Contestants please use the materials provided by our manga editors, to cut it above the rest.”

Tadashi Negishi:
Coamix Inc. Managing Director
Former Chief Editor of RAIJIN Comics ( Coamix )
Former Chief Editor of Monthly Shonen JUMP ( Shueisha )

AWARD NOMINEE

“Anyone can cook”
by Erick P.A

Brazil

“Wasuremono”
by KanTan

France

“First Taste Of Speed”
by motivate_me

Malaysia

“Unforgettable Challenge”
by Perobense and Kachisou

Portugal

“Solty Honey”
by Saprykina Anna

Russian Federation

“Bittersweet”
by MallixT

Slovenia

“Forgotten Memories”
by Gigi Chong

Sweden

“Bitter Taste, Warm Memories”
by Anna LW

Sweden

“Apple”
by Pink Rose

United Kingdom

AWARD CANDIDATE

“Cold, warm, hot.”
by Noelia Sequeida

Argentina

“LuckyDonut”
by Sonia

Belarus

“Mistake with cheese”
by Cazz

Brazil

“The Unforgettable Taste”
by Fabiano Ferreira

Brazil

“Quindim! A big Surprise!”
by joao eddie

Brazil

“The Taste Of Life”
by Futago Estudio

Brazil

“Official Diet Taster of the King”
by Don

Brazil

“The Strawberry Pie”
by Rael Mochizuki

Brazil

“Scale”
by Daniel Bretas

Brazil

“The Price of Gluttony”
by E31

Canada

“The taste that should be forget as soon as possible.”
by Le Bouillon

Canada

“Black coffee.”
by Le Bouillon

Canada

“CHARLIE’S BAKERY”
by JuRivanna

Egypt

“The Taste of Happiness”
by Chi-Chung Ting

Hong Kong

“Biotrigger”
by Gábor Molnár

Hungary

“Fisher”
by Csenge Santa

Hungary

“Salt Water Effect”
by Yem

Indonesia

“Nasi Goreng”
by dedy koerniawan

Indonesia

“Taste Of Getaway”
by bagusseta

Indonesia

“The Coffee”
by Dedewdew

Indonesia

“Cake Box”
by Sotong-san & Domynycca

Indonesia

“Memento Mori”
by kjati

Indonesia

“Bitter Sweet Memory”
by Saya Mei

Indonesia

“Spicy Love”
by Alcula

Indonesia

“Oasis.”
by ifnarta

Indonesia

“ill.”
by sariawan

Indonesia

“No More”
by Shiro-Shiori

Indonesia

“Sweet Memory”
by Ketsu

Italy

“365”
by REDJET

Italy

“Unforgettable Taste…?”
by Licia Akiko

Italy

“Freeze Cola”
by Giada Zema

Italy

“Unforgettable Kisses”
by barbara montruccoli

Italy

“Cake”
by Noor Marji

Jordan

“IF”
by HAJIR ES

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

“Food Warrior”
by Gankuiphin

Malaysia

“0.01%”
by Phikaphi

Malaysia

“The Blissful”
by S.J. Shakya

Nepal

“The World On My Table”
by JoannaChua

Philippines

“The Critic”
by mocheekanon

Philippines

“Hostile Hospitality”
by s-dei

Philippines

“Mr. Donut”
by Volkova Irina

Russian Federation

“FoxyFox”
by akimichi

Russian Federation

“Black Coffee”
by Abdullah & glttre

Saudi Arabia

“Nostalgic Roar”
by Shaden

Saudi Arabia

“The gelid trumpet”
by Anabel Espinosa

Spain

“Marshmelo”
by Omaromoi

Syrian Arab Republic

“The Reunion”
by miimork

Thailand

“RoboT”
by pittawat

Thailand

“This Taste Is Unforgettable!”
by NUTTU!!

Thailand

“TOAD”
by DGRwah

Thailand

“Original”
by SUKE

Thailand

“Hello Girl, Notice Me”
by guinfalls

Thailand

“First Sip”
by mookzung

Thailand

“Sugary Sweet”
by Thursday’s child Studio

Thailand

“Mother’s taste”
by harumatsuri

Thailand

“Like mother like daugther”
by ahlemk

Tunisia

“Taste Of Memory”
by ahlemk

Tunisia

“A Slice of Cake”
by Rien

United Kingdom

“Where I Belong”
by Vuu Triet

Viet Nam

“Frightening Medicine”
by Van Van

Viet Nam

“Unforgettable taste”
by jeet zdung

Viet Nam

Award Winners List

GRAND PRIX RUNNER UP
Our Promised Land by Nattorin (Viet Nam)
Grandma’s Flavor by eudetenis (Brazil)
JUDGEMENT AWARD
Pie by Dzi (Russian Federation)
Like that old italian wine. by Hagane Ishi (Italy)
Forbidden Fruit by nao (Russian Federation)
Bread by nanahp197 (Viet Nam)
RONC! by heitoramatsu (Brazil)
THE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sweet Decision by kenkyostudio (Spain)
My dear friend by ahlemk (Tunisia)
Taste of Nostalgia by luleiya (Hungary)
HONOURABLE MENTION
Soul of Chrome by leacaballero (Argentina)
World Taste Challenge by Edson Kohatsu (Brazil)
Taste Of You by MiguelPerez (Spain)
Mom’s Fried Rice by agung070991 (Indonesia)
GOLD by winggantara (Indonesia)
Hard Simplicity by winsoy (Indonesia)
Like Always by winsoy (Indonesia)
I (pizza) U by Marvi (Italy)
Cookie Powered by AsiaAlfa (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)
Tom Yam Crab by purplewurks faiz (Malaysia)
When Hope Blooms by Akira Tsukimiya (Malaysia)
Best Gift by Amito Arai (Russian Federation)
The gift of Goddess Ai by LinaYu (Russian Federation)
Pirozhki (Grandmother’s pies) by Sideburn004 (Russian Federation)
Flash Back by ahlemk (Tunisia)
Taste better than Brain by thetai36a2@gmail.com (Viet Nam)
SMAC! EDITORIAL AWARD
LEGACY OF QUEEN by aru_moreno (Argentina)
Sweet Dreams by CHIKA (Argentina)
The Taste of Adventure by Fabiano Ferreira (Brazil)
Humanity’s Taste by Simone.Beatriz (Brazil)
Cat-Burger by PacoAfroMonkey (Ecuador)
Boy and the Pig by rek0588 (Indonesia)
Strawberry Field by d0d0070 (Italy)
The Lone Cyborg by Rai-s (Malaysia)
Kiss Me by CJyamaue (Malaysia)
The Taste of Life by arratasan (Russian Federation)
Chorizo Monogatari by jguarni (Spain)
First by DAIDAI (Thailand)
Welcome! by An-chan (Turkey)
BOOGY-BOOGY by wfr0590 (Venezuela)
DREAM, LOVE, and CANDY by TienDat_MARTY (Viet Nam)