JManga Translation Battle 2012

Vote now in the world's first official manga translation contest!

JManga.Co., Ltd., Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs' “Project to construct a Media Arts Information Base / Consortium” and the Digital Comic Association of Japan are proud to announce that open voting for Manga Translation Battle 2012 has officially begun.

After receiving a phenomenal number of highly talented submissions from all over the globe, we have narrowed down to 11 finalists. Manga fans worldwide may read all of the finalist's submissions for free online and cast their votes for the top manga translator on the official Manga Translation Battle 2012 page:

About the Contest:
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 tried 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). Among a number of submissions, top selected 11 are entered into final judge and for online voting.

In addition to the winner selected through the open voting, translators will be judged on their Japanese-English translation abilities by an esteemed panel of judges including; Deb Aoki (manga editor for, 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).

One winning translator will be selected for each series, and the best out of three will go on to become the Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a trip to Japan and invited to a symposium during the Japan Media Arts Festival held in Tokyo, Japan in February 2013. Other winners will all receive new iPads. Online voting polls will be open until December 2nd 2012 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time). Final winners will be announced in December 2012.

For more information and to cast your vote, please visit:

About JManga Co., Ltd.:
JManga Co., Ltd. was established on December 22nd 2010 with the support of the Digital Comic Association and its comprising 39 prominent Japanese publishers. JManga Co., Ltd. designs and operates the JManga portal with the goal of sharing Japan's manga culture to as many people as possible worldwide utilizing an official platform that eases the minds of readers and publishers alike. The primary areas of business for JManga Co., Ltd. are manga promotion and digital manga retail, with the goal of contributing, alongside publishers worldwide, to the progression of the manga market as a whole.

Twitter: @JManga_official

About The Digital Comic Association of Japan:
The Digital Comic Association was formed to ensure the robust development of the digital comic industry while paving the way for a new generation of publishing culture. The Association promotes the digitalization of manga and manga culture, as a cultural treasure of Japan, aiming to propel the diffusion of digital comics, alongside manga artists, beginning with Japan and on throughout the world.

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