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SILENT MANGA AUDITION®

A message from SMA Chief Editor, Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida

Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida

Board Member, COAMIX Inc.
CEO, Kumamoto COAMIX Inc.
Chief Editor, SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Committee

Thank you very much to everyone that joined SMA17!

This round we received 694 entries from 90 countries, with the top number of entries from the United States and 6 countries in Africa joining the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® for the first time!

Both myself and the other judges were excited and pleased to see so many new countries joining SMA. This is proof that the love of manga is both universal and spreading throughout the world. We also saw a large number of high quality entries this round, which is additional proof that your manga-making skills are improving with each SMA round. We could also see much potential and promise in many of the creators, so please allow me to give you a few pieces of advice that may be useful when creating your next silent manga.

Having beautiful artwork and showing your own unique style is important in manga, but it’s all for nothing if the reader cannot understand your story or what message you want to tell. By asking someone close to you early on in the manga making process, you’ll be able to find what is missing or unclear in your manga. Moreover, learning more about story construction, page layout, paneling, camera work, etc. will also greatly improve both the quality of your manga and its readability. By all means, please feel free to visit our social media accounts for manga making tips and advice from the SMA Editorial Dept. when getting ready for SMA18.

In addition, we saw many entries relating to one of the “Moments of HASTE, RAGE, or SMILES,” or even multiple moments, but the key is to focus on one of these key moments and to craft your characters and story around it. By crafting a simple story with one of the themes as the emotional core, you’ll be able to convey your message in the most simple and understandable way possible.

At the same time, you should also understand your own abilities and focus on expressing the strongest point of your manga in the best possible way to the judges. Doing this will show the judges what kind of creator you are and that you have what it takes to debut in Japan.

We’re eagerly waiting to read your SMA18 submissions and looking forward to seeing what stories you have to tell. Great job this past round, and best of luck in your preparations for the next one!


Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida

COMMENTS FROM THE JUDGES

GRAND PRIX RUNNER-UP

300,000 JPY

TITLE BONES

CREATOR Rimui

COUNTRY Taiwan

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Comments

Nobuhiko HORIE:
“Taiwan has always been a country with deep knowledge and love for manga, and Rimui’s work confirms again this reality. With their amazing paneling and satisfying story structure, Rimui created a very memorable piece of work. I really hope to see more from this incredibly talented creator.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD

100,000 JPY

TITLE Mom… please don’t kill me!

CREATOR King Shu

COUNTRY Malaysia

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Comments

Ryuji TSUGIHARA sensei:
“A great example of how a simple and yet entertaining story can be effective in SMA! The art style could definitely be improved a little, since the final result of each panel should be to have the readers feel attached to your characters. Remember this for your next entry.”

TITLE When the smiles fell like feathers

CREATOR RHanata & WMachado

COUNTRY Brazil

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Comments

Tsukasa HOJO sensei:
“The style of this manga and the story were quite good and it was a pleasure to judge it. At the same time, it left an impression on me that I’ve seen this kind of style somewhere else already. I hope we can see something original from this creator in the next SMA rounds!”

TITLE Agent Valentine

CREATOR Don Arvidsson

COUNTRY Finland

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Comments

Tetsuo HARA sensei:
“A display of intense and colorful personal style from this creator. We think you improved from your last entry, but now it’s time for you to better understand the paneling of Japanese manga so that you can display your ideas in an easy-to-understand way to the readers next time.”

EXCELLENCE AWARD RUNNER-UP

30,000 JPY

TITLE Don’t Worry, Noa!

CREATOR Dương Đức

COUNTRY Vietnam

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Comments

Tsukasa HOJO sensei:
“An amazing display of artwork throughout all the pages of this entry. The story didn’t leave a strong impression after I finished reading it and I needed to check it again and again in order to have it fresh in my mind. Since you are capable of such beautiful drawings, try to organize a story that can make your art shine.”

TITLE Butterfly Eye

CREATOR Italo Eiji

COUNTRY Brazil

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Comments

Jun TOMIZAWA sensei:
“This entry left a strong impression and made my breath stop for a second while reading through its beautiful pages. If in the end, the creator would have shown the face of the protagonist once again it would have been scored much higher. I’m looking forward to your next entry, Italo Eiji!”

TITLE Countdown

CREATOR YUKIRA

COUNTRY Malaysia

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Comments

Nobuhiko HORIE:
“As always, YUKIRA created a manga with great visuals and beautiful paneling. However, the final message of the story wasn’t really clear. We want you to debut in Japan as soon as possible, so we hope you can collaborate with the SMA Editorial Dept. from now on for more impactful manga.”

TITLE The Precious One

CREATOR Rizqiaf

COUNTRY Indonesia

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Comments

Tetsuo HARA sensei:
“I gave this work the highest score for artwork and story construction. If in the next entries the creator will be able to convey a more entertaining idea using the already top-tier abilities they have, I’m sure they will be receiving even more and higher awards.”

HONORABLE MENTION

10,000 JPY

TITLE Memories

CREATOR Behind

COUNTRY Brazil

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Comments

Ryuji TSUGIHARA sensei:
“Your idea was clear and you definitely put a lot of effort into creating a manga that could lead to a tearful ending. We felt it was sometimes difficult to relate to your characters because of the large amount of information you tried to condense on the pages. Try to make a simpler and more direct story next time.”

TITLE Don’t rush my love!!

CREATOR Cherry

COUNTRY El Salvador

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Comments

ZENON Editorial Department:
“The drawing style was quite delightful and able to leave a good impression on the readers. However, the climax was too predictable, so please try to create something a little more original in your next entry. We can’t wait to read it!”

TITLE Witch Hunt

CREATOR Samuel Anugrah Andre

COUNTRY Indonesia

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Comments

Tsukasa HOJO sensei:
“An amazing display of drawing ability from this young artist. However, in general the paneling and the story were really difficult to understand sometimes. Try to create something closer to everyone’s common point of view in your next SMA entry.”

TITLE bad day

CREATOR Azumane Kanna

COUNTRY Russia

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Comments

Jun TOMIZAWA sensei:
“The page layout and the necessary information to be incorporated into each panel were displayed clearly and effectively by this creator. I hope they can improve a little more with their style in their next entry while also trying to figure out how to impress your readers with impactful drawings.”

TITLE Paper Cranes

CREATOR NagisaYukimura

COUNTRY United States

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Comments

SMA Editorial Department:
“We were happy to see an entry from the States as one of the finalists after a long time. Since this is the first time for you to arrive as one of the finalists, we hope you can learn from your senpais from this round, as well as past rounds, in order to prepare for your next entry!”

SMA Editorial Dept. Award

Comment from Enrico

“I really liked the action scenes this creator can draw on the pages! The story is not quite clear to me, but the protagonist’s introduction and the atmosphere left a strong impression on me and I didn’t have any doubt when I selected this work for my Editorial Award. I’m looking forward to your next manga!”

Comment from Enrico

“I think this creator expressed the theme well, especially considering it’s the very first time they entered SMA. With some more practice with drawing and storytelling, I’m sure they can achieve great goals in the future. FORZA, hotarudots!”

Comment from Enrico

“Great art, great action scenes, and a great ending! …if only the story was easier to understand you would have seen your work among the awarded prizes! Please, create a simpler manga next time and send it again to us, I can’t wait to check out your new masterpiece!”

Comment from
Rose

“Your idea was quite lovely and made me feel warm and happy. However, I had some difficulties understanding it during my first time reading it; my advice to you is to get as much feedback as possible, and undoubtedly you can see your future work reach even higher. Great work for your first entry and all the best for your next story!”

Comment from
Rose

“Sometimes we put smiles on our faces, and other times smiles are a gift that we receive from others! You’re a very promising artist and I encourage you to do your best, learn as much as you can, and ask your friends for feedback. See you in the next round! :)”

Comment from
Rose

“I liked this entry because of its simple yet very relatable message: sometimes love is about letting your beloved ones go and respecting their choices. With more practice, I’m sure that you can create even more relatable stories! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of your manga!”

Comment from
Chase

“You did a great job portraying the characters’ emotions in order to create moving scenes! In particular, the expressions of the old man and the final page were great. From now I hope you can learn even more about paneling and camera angles to incorporate in your next entry! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next :)”

Comment from
Chase

“An easy to understand manga that’s overflowing with cuteness! I especially liked how you portrayed the dream sequence with the unique effect and paneling. I was hoping for a more satisfying payoff at the end of the manga, so I hope you can learn more about KI-SHO-TEN-KETSU for your next entry!”

Comment from
Chase

“Loved the protagonist, your style, and how you portrayed movement! Understanding the motivation for the protagonist to enter the contest would have made him even more empathetic to the reader, and including a twist in the story would have made it even stronger. Looking forward to seeing you in the next SMA round!”

Comment from
Taninaka

“I really liked the expression on the hippo’s face when he stole the goods. It conveys the hippo’s feeling that stealing is wrong, but he can’t win against hunger. You’re very good at drawing facial expressions, and I think you could draw more close-ups of the characters’ faces.”

Comment from
Taninaka

“Your manga was exhilarating to read because of the dynamic movement of the characters. In addition, the gag scenes were also tasteful and interesting. Now, if only you could develop a sense of perspective in your drawings, you would be able to draw even more powerful scenes.”

Comment from
Taninaka

“I really liked the story’s unexpected punchline and the expression on the protagonist’s face in that scene. I liked the girl’s character design, and I’d like to see the boy’s character design be more cool as well. I am looking forward to your next manga.”

For more amazing manga, check out the SMA17 Nominees and Candidates!

View the SMA17 Finalists – Nominees and Candidates!