There are a number of reality shows seeking out talented entertainers in fields like singing, dancing and modeling. But what about writing and drawing manga? Shonen Jump + is trying it out with their new YouTube show MILLION TAG. A short trailer has been released.
There will be six competing teams. Each team has a Shueisha manga editor and a mangaka (or a writer and artist). Whoever wins gets quite a prize: not only will they be given 5 million yen (a bit over $45,000), but they’ll get their manga in Shonen Jump+, get it published as a book, and get an anime adaptation. Tatsuki Fujimoto of Chainsaw Man and Yuji Kaku of Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku will act as judges for the last round. The series is slated to be eight episodes and it starts July 2 on Weekly Shonen Jump’s YouTube channel.
What do you think of Shonen Jump taking this route to discover new talent?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.