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Shonen Jump+, Animax's Scenario Writing Award Winner Announced

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
"Luger Code 1951" story by Haruto Haneki will receive manga this year, anime adaptation in 2016

Shueisha and Animax Broadcast Japan announced the winner of its Shonen Jump+ x Animax Anime Scenario Award on September 8. Haruto Haneki won the award with the story "Luger Code 1951."

The story centers around the young linguistic genius and university professor Testa. He is introduced by his senior, Sergeant Rossa, to the Allied Cryptanalysis Department. There, he is tasked to break the enemy werewolves' code, which the werewolves are using to encrypt their radio transmissions. Testa is astounded, as the only sound the encrypted code produces is the howling of a wolf. His research yields no results, and he resolves to capture a live werewolf for better cryptanalysis. After exhausting all possible means, he finally finds a female werewolf, Yonaga.

The announcement also describes the story's cast of characters (No official romanization for the characters exists yet):

Testa Lielbelle (17 years old)
A genius boy and master of all the languages of the countries that fought as part of the Allied Forces in World War II. He wrote and published a thesis on cryptanalysis, and became a university professor. He suffered from bullying during his time in boarding school. He is a civilian.

Alex Rossa (21 years old)
A young sergeant in the Allied Forces, and Testa's upperclassman during their time at a boarding school. He constantly wears his country's khaki uniform and beret. He grew up as the son of a hunter, and is thus an expert marksman. He always carries two compact pistols, which he wields in either hand.

Yonaga (16 years old)
A werewolf girl. She has a human body, but has the ears and tail of a grey wolf. The beasts who grow fangs like a werewolf's can no longer transform, but they hold a mysterious power.

Haneki will receive 2 million yen (about US$17,000) for winning the contest. "Luger Code 1951" will also be adapted into a manga within the year in Shonen Jump+, the digital manga service run by Weekly Shonen Jump's editors. Animax will air an anime adaptation of the story next year.

The panel of judges who chose the winner include: Medaka Box artist Akira Akatsuki, Kuroko's Basketball creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki, School Rumble creator Jin Kobayashi, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Junjō Romantica director Chiaki Kon, Precure scriptwriter Yoshimi Narita, Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Yoshihisa Heishi, and Animax president and representative director Masao Takiyama. The announcement posted comments by Akatsuki, Fujimaki, Kobayashi, and Heishi.

The theme of the contest was "your original scenario in the image of Shonen Jump." The contest accepted unpublished entries that could be made into an anime 30 to 40 minutes in estimated length. The contest launched last December.

Shueisha and Animax Broadcast Japan also announced that they will host the new Seiyū (Voice Actor) Dream Audition contest for voice actors. The winner of the contest will debut in the anime adaptation of "Luger Code 1951." The contest is open to those aged 13 and up, except for those currently employed or affiliated with an acting agency, or currently negotiating a contract with one. The contest is, however, open to former voice actors who have not been employed in such a capacity since January 1, and those enrolled in voice actor training schools.

The entries will undergo two preliminary judging rounds, and an audition in the final round will determine the winner. Shueisha and Animax have not yet announced the judges, but the judges will be comprised of people on the "front lines" of the anime and voice acting industry.

Thanks to Rachel S. for the news tip.

Source: ITmedia

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