Medaka Box's Akatsuki Draws Manga for Award-Winning Luger Code 1951 Story
posted on by Karen Ressler
The manga adaptation of Haruto Haneki's "Luger Code 1951" story, the winner of the Shonen Jump+ x Animax Anime Scenario Award, debuted on the Shonen Jump+ website on Monday. Akira Akatsuki (Medaka Box), who was one of the judges in the competition, is drawing the manga.
The chapter currently available is listed as the "first half." The next chapter will be available on January 25.
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 The contest accepted unpublished entries that could be made into an anime 30 to 40 minutes in estimated length.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.
Haneki won 2 million yen (about US$17,000) from the contest. Animax will air an anime adaptation of the story next year.
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 characters are (No official romanization for the character names 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 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.
Thanks to Rachel S. for the news tip.
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