The Tezuka Award is a semi-annual “story manga” award held by Shonen Jump, founded by Osamu Tezuka in 1971, the creator of Astro Boy, and a pioneer when it comes to manga and anime. The competition offers a tasty 2 million and 1 million Yen prize to 1st and 2nd placers. The 93rd award is currently in consideration.
— 少年ジャンプ編集部 (@jump_henshubu) May 9, 2017
However, something interesting seems to have occurred this time. Shonen Jump have reached out via social media searching for someone who writes under the pen name “Fujima Dora”. It seems they may have submitted to the competition, but not included contact information. They’ve reached out with some urgency for any with information to contact them via email.
Could the next big mangaka artisit be this Fujima Dora, A figure shrouded in mystery? The urgency with which the tweet seems to have been written adds a great layer of mystery to just what the work produced by this Dora could be. Or maybe it’s super offensive and horrible and Shonen Jump are just looking for justice.
The writer of Death Note and Bakuman, Tsugumi Ohba is another notable manga writer whose true identity is shrouded in secrecy. It’s also interesting that Ohba was nominated for a Tezuka Award back in 2007.
If you know anything about Fujima Dora be sure to let Shonen Jump know by emailing tezuka_93_toiawase [at] shueisha.co.jp