JManga's Manga Translation Battle Finalists Announced

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11 finalists compete for trip to Japan; voting open to general public

The online manga website JManga announced on Friday the 11 finalists in its Manga Translation Battle 2012 contest. Those interested can vote for the winners on JManga's official Facebook page until December 2.

Jmanga is working with Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Digital Comic Association of Japan on the contest.

Contestants submitted translated chapters from three manga series: Tomonori Inoue's Coppelion, Nana Haruta's Chocolate Cosmos, and Akira Saso's Shindo. Voters can vote for one winner for each manga. In addition to the fan vote, a panel of four judges will also assist in the voting process by judging finalists on their Japanese-English translating abilities. The panelists include's Deb Aoki, manga translators William Flanagan and Jonathan Tarbox, and Ian Condry, Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

One winner will be selected for each of the three series, and then one grand prize winner will be selected from those three. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Japan and will be invited to attend the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo in February. The two runners up will receive an iPad. The winners will be announced in December.

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