No\Name, the manga by the creator of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, has won the first-ever MANGA Plus Creator’s Gold Award, receiving a monetary prize and the opportunity to be published by Shueisha. The manga is set in a world where the government chooses people’s names at birth and follows the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a mother and daughter. It has a suspenseful storyline and a unique power system. No\Name’s popularity with more than 2 million readers helped it win the contest. Shueisha’s publication of it would provide the necessary resources and guidance to continuously release more chapters and set a precedent for foreign authors in Shonen Jump.
Creator and executive producer of the popular anime adaptation of the video game Cyberpunk: Edgerunners had the opportunity to have his new manga published by Jump Shonen. The prolific creator of Netflix’s hit anime series has ventured into the world of manga with his new series No name.
Rafal Jaki is an experienced writer, whose work on Cyberpunk 2077, Witcher Ronin, and other projects led him to become the showrunner and writer of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Along with artist MACHINE GAMU, he participated in the MANGA Plus Creators program recently with the first chapter of the manga titled No\Name.
No\Name has won the inaugural Manga Plus Creator Gold Award, which comes with not only a monetary prize but also the opportunity to be published on Shueisha’s leading digital platforms, Jump+ and Manga Plus.
No\Name Wins MANGA Plus Creator Gold Award
The original manga by the author of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will be published by Shueisha.
The MANGA Plus Creators program allows people to upload their comics to the MANGA Plus Creators site and the series is available to read for free. There are also cash incentives for popular series, and the most popular series have a chance to be published by Shonen Jump itself after being reviewed by editors. Rafal Jaki and GAMU’s manga was very popular and received much praise from fans for its unique and engaging story, which eventually won the contest.
No\Name is set in a world where a person’s name is chosen by the government at birth and it corresponds to their special abilities and future career. The story takes place in a Nordic-inspired setting where a mother and son disappear. Two government employees from the agency decide on the names of the people sent to investigate, and they discover that there is more to the case. Even though it’s only one chapter, the manga has a suspenseful plot that will leave you craving for more. The commendable point is that the series’ creative power system is completely different from the stereotypical power of shōnen.
The series was so popular that it attracted more than 2 million readers, leading to winning the contest. The original premise and attractive art make one feel like this is a full-fledged manga. Although only one chapter has been released yet No name getting noticed by the publishing giant will ensure that Rafal and GAMU will receive the resources and advice needed to publish more chapters consistently. Jump ShonenShueisha’s publisher has made great strides in making manga more accessible outside of Japan and publishing the work of a foreign author (and one who is globally recognized for his work). on Cyberpunk: Edgerunners) in their magazine would set a great precedent and an example that the door is always open to anyone with a great idea, Japanese or not.
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Source: Rafal Jaki, Manga Plus.