Manga Translation Battle 2012
The world’s first official manga translation contest begins!
JManga.Co., Ltd., in collaboration with Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs’ “Project to construct a Media Arts Information Base / Consortium” and presented by the Digital Comic Association, is proud to announce the world’s first official manga translation contest; Manga Translation Battle 2012. The goal of the contest is to provide an opportunity for aspiring manga translators to become professionals while at the same time opening up manga culture to as wide an audience as possible.
Professional and aspiring manga translators alike are all welcome to try their hand at translating three of Japan’s finest manga properties; “COPPELION” by Tomonori Inoue (Kodansha), “Chocolate Cosmos” by Nana Haruta (Shueisha), and “Shindo” by Akira Saso (Futabasha).
By Tomonori Inoue
©Tomonori Inoue/ Kodansha.Ltd
By Nana Haruta
©2007 Nana Haruta/ Shueisha Inc.
By Akira Saso
©Akira Saso/ FUTABASHA PUBLISHERS LTD.
In the contest, translators will be judged on their Japanese-English translation abilities (no type-setting is required). One winning translator will be selected for each series to become the official professional translator. In addition, one Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a trip to Japan and other winners will all receive new iPads.
Winners will be selected through an online voting system open to manga aficionados worldwide as well as selection by an esteemed panel of judges including; Deb Aoki (manga editor for About.com), William Flanagan (Manga translator; “A Bride’s Story”, “Fairy Tail”), Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox (Manga translator “Fist of the North Star”, “City Hunter, “SLAM DUNK”), and Ian Condry (Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Submissions will be accepted from July 26th to September 26th 2012 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time), and winners will be announced in November 2012.
For more information, please visit and apply at:
Whether you’re an experienced translator, are interested in translation, or just love manga, now is the chance for anyone to become a professional manga translator.