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  • Success at Shonen Jump

    Success at Shonen Jump

    Shonen Jump

    Well known and often incredibly popular animes and mangas have their roots in Shonen Jump. Such examples are One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach.
    Weekly Shonen Jump is a weekly Shonen Manga anthology published by Shueisha under the jump series. Weekly Shonon Jump is the most popular magazine in the jump series and is also mentioned in animes such Gintama or featured in Bakuman.


    Getting Serialized in Shonen Jump

    Shonen Jump


    Treasure Award

    The Treasure Award is open for anyone and is a great chance for new artist to enter and gain experience or if luck is on their side. This prize is awarded every month. The winner receives a lot of prize money and at least one work will receive up to 300,000 yen in prize money.

    Even if you do not win the Treasure Award, you can get an honourable mention if the manuscript was impressive. Getting into the final selection also means the participant receives 50,000 yen. Entrants who almost make int into the final selection can get their names published in the magazine.

    Furthermore, successful entrants, honourable mentions, runner ups, and winners will get invited to two award ceremonies that take place in Tokyo twice a year.


    Other Awards

    Tezuka Award

    A semi annual award that is given to new manga artists in the story manga category. It is on its 87th year.

    Katsuka Award

    A semi annual award for gag manga and rewards those in the comedy manga category. It is on its 80th year.

    All manuscripts must be done in Japanese. So for those foreigners who want to be serialized in Shonen Jump, must know Japanese.


    Process of Serialization

    Shonen Jump

    For an author to be featured in the Shonen Jump Magazine and get paid, they can either have won a competition or have submitted their work an editor in a small meeting.


    Won in Competition

    A meeting about the final winning work is submitted in a meeting at which a board of editors decide whether or not it should be serialized. Either that or the author has submitted a piece in a one on one meeting with an editor and they believe it is ‘worthy.’



    If the piece gets submitted into a meeting, ther are four possible outcomes: serializations, author is asked to revise and resubmit, gets one as a one-shot, or gets turned down and resubmit something else.


    Process for Publishing

    First the mangaka makes a name (rough draft). This name is then discussed with the editor and any changes will be jotted down.
    Then the work begins on the main manuscript. Light sketches and beta colors along with screen tones are written down for each panel.
    Inking is the next process. The mangaka works on inking in the rough draft.

    As the mangaka inks they may pass some sheets to the assistants for them to do the background.

    Once backgrounds are done, screen tones are added and the mangaka then discusses the next name/chapter. The details about the layout and panels will be confirmed.



    After the manga is published in Shonen Jump, reader surveys are completed and sent out back to jump.

    If a manga drops through the rankings too much, it will be droppped and cut.


    On that positive note, let’s end with a quote from Bakuman about manga:
    Darn Fukuda!!
    “You think this fluffy let’s-eat-a-giant-chocolate-cake-in-a-house-made-of-candy-surrounded-by-a-field-of-flowers story is the best?”
    -Shinta Fukuda


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  • Simba vs Kimba: The Lion King and Kimba The White Lion Controversy

    Kimba the White Lion and The Lion King Controversy

    Kimba vs Simba
    Kimba and Simba

    Kimba The White Lion was an animated TV series way before The Lin King was even thought of. With a lot of evidence stacked against Disney stealing Tezuka’s original work, most people believe it is a rip off. The history of the two men working together, the undeniable copy scenes, and the characters all give reason to believe it is a rip off though.


    Disney and Tezuka


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    Tezuka met Walt Disney back in 1964 at NY’s World Fair. The two talked and eventually Disney had people help Tezuka’s men to properly color his animated series Kimba The White Lion. Disney even said to Tezuka that he wished to create something like Astro Boy. Tezuka also got the rights to adapt Bambi into a manga series at this time.
    Disney is an over zealous company. They even once demanded that Mickey and Minnie Mouse pictures be removed from a daycare center. So when it comes to copyright issues, Disney is no fan of taking it. However they do like to create it. When they created The Lion King in 1996 they say they had no idea of the 1966 Kimba The White Lion series. When the Disney movie aired in Japan theaters over 1,100 anime artists and fans signed a petition demanding Disney to acknowledge their thievery of Tezuka’s original work. Disney of course refused saying they had no knowledge of its existence. But how can this be when an investigation revealed that three people working in The Lion King had knowledge of the Tezuka work. They admitted to this as well. They later denied this fact stating the two were completely different stories.
    Tom Sito, the head of the animators’ union and past worker of The Lion King said:
    “We were more than halfway through production with most of the story locked when one animator found a Kimba comic with a setting that looked very close to Pride Rock. He posted it and we were all very amused by the similarities but none of us felt we were ripping it off.”
    Some say at this point that the references were subliminal and that the creators may have pulled from past knowledge of the anime not remembering they watched it as a child. The fact that many people from Disney had previously worked on Kimba The White Lion and then The Lion King Gould be proof enough that the story was stolen even if it was subliminal.

    The Similarities

    Kimba vs SImba
    The Similar Scenes
    Many questions surround the Kimba and Lion King controversy. The fact that Disney made The Lion King years later an even had a hand in distributing Kimba the White Lion in the USA, many believe they ripped off Tezuka’s original work.

    1. The name of the main characters: Kimba and Simba.

    2. Both are destined to be kings.

    3. Both cubs see their fathers in the sky.

    4. Fathers died by traitors.

    5. Both cubs are followed by an annoying bird.

    6. Both have a wide and crazy baboon

    7. Both cubs have ‘cute’ girlfriends waiting for them.

    8. Hyenas are always attempting to take over their land.

    9. Antagonists in both have only one eye and have similar names: Claw and Scar.

    10. The jutting rock pose in both animations.

    These are just the most notable similarities which lead most people to believe it is not just a coincidence. Of course Disney denies any rip off state that it is all coincidence and based solely from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph. Ten similarities is no coincidence.
    Simba vs Kimba
    Original Artwork for Simba

    With evidence like this, people still side with Disney and say it is just a coincidence. So I will leave the post with one more note. In the original artwork drawn up for The Lion King Simba was suppose to be a white lion, yes a white lion. At this point it is beyond coincidental and now just a rip off. Do not get me wrong though, The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie and will always be my favorite. I hate that it was a rip off of an anime. The only thing I ask and the many Tezuka fans ask is that credit is given where it is due. I feel it is due here.