“Moments of CRYING, SMILING or LOVE” is the theme for SMA15. With endless possibilities for stories covering each of these emotions, we’ll look at the work of Zenon’s own mangakas for inspiration. Each mangaka featured in this series started out just like you, by entering manga into the Japanese Silent Manga competition under the same emotional themes. From there, they have all gone onto professional careers with successful series in Monthly Comic Zenon.
Title: Wedding Charm
Award: Excellence Award
Current Series: Gachi koi nenchaku-jū: netto haishin-sha no kanojo ni naritakute [lit. Gachikoi Sticky Beast: I want to be a girlfriend of the YouTuber]
“Since the last time she won an award, the author has improved not only her drawing skills, but also in the way she presents the narrative with clarity. The slightly peculiar design style of the author has become a good trademark of hers, but I hope that the artist will be able to create a character that leaves as good an impression as possible at the first sight by the reader. (I hope that you will continue to challenge yourself to create a solid storyline while ensuring that the work is easy to understand.)”
Seria-sensei knows all about the human heart. Her series with Zenon, Gachikoi Sticky Beast: I want to be a girlfriend of the YouTuber, follows college student Teruya Hinahime, whose good looks have earned her the respect of her classmates. But the popular student also harbors a secret… she is “madly in love” with Subaru, a member of a certain TV personality group. Then one day, Hinahime receives a DM from a strange account and her life changes forever…
With complicated romance her “raisons d’être”, it’s no wonder Seira-sensei chose wedding anxiety as the subject of her “Smiling” SMA award winning manga. Using her real life observations, Seira-sensai has tapped into universal emotions that make her work relatable whatever your age or gender.