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Learning magic is tough, and sometimes a magus' apprentice just needs to take a vacation! Last month we sent Chise, the heroine of the Ancient Magus' Bride, on a worldwide tour with Elias through our Travelling Chise contest! We asked fans of the Ancient Magus' Bride around the world to print out paper cutouts of Elias and Chise and take pictures of them in different locations. People posted images of the pair all around the world using the hashtag #TravellingChise, and we wanted to document a small slice of their travels here!
This past July, Crunchyroll invited members to draw their own monsters or draw the monsters from Monster Strike in order to win a trip to Japan to visit the Monster Strike Symphony and Monster Sonic! Live shows at XFLAG PARK in Tokyo, as well as visiting the XFLAG Store which features a Monster Strike themed cafe inside. Hit the jump for the exciting details.
Japanese toy/figure company Volks is now holding a "Girls und Panzer" miniature model contest on the seventh floor of its Akihabara Hobby Paradise building in Tokyo. This is the first official contest by amateur model builders for the anime franchise. Check the entries after the jump!
In addition to the previously announced live concert on February 6, 2016, Good Smile Company has also started accepting applications for the Nendoroid photo contest since yesterday, December 7, for its deformed figure line's 10th anniversary project. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese confectionery company Ezaki Glico announced the winners of the design contest for Papico Whitesawa, the package character for its popular tube ice cream Papico's white sour taste. The contest was held at online artist community Pixiv between January 21 and February 24. Check the winners' cute illustrations after the jump!
Tsutaya, one of the largest CD/DVD rental and bookstore chain in Japan, is now holding the 1st National Manga Grand Prix, a prize contest for a new manga and story. The first-prize winner will receive 10 million yen prize money (about US$100,000), and the winning manga will get a TV anime adaptation by Earth Star Entertainment. Hit the jump for more information.
"OSAKA-POP" is a new tourism campaign featuring Japanese pop culture such as manga, anime, and cosplay, which is conducted by Osaka Government Tourism Bureau. They are now holding a character design contest for its official characters "Mio & Tsukushi" simultaneously worldwide. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the two successful contests featuring snap peas, eggplant, tomato and cucumber, the organizer has announced the third moe vegetable girl illustration contest. The vegetables selected as the themes are Chinese cabbage and lettuce. Hit the jump for more information.
Megmilk Snow Brand Company held an illustration contest for a new moe mascot character "Yukicotan" for its best-selling coffee milk brand "Yukijirushi Coffee" in cooperation with pixiv in this April. Finally, the 6 finalists are announced today. Check the cute coffee milk girls after the jump!
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced the winners of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission's Anime Challenge on July 2. The two selected characters in the contest will be featured in comic series to teach and promote the mission to the public. Check the winners after the jump!
The Blue Exorcist movie had a promotion last year with a slight word play in the title called "Blue Cyclist". The movie's official Twitter account just posted photos of the prize, A custom "Blue Cyclist Jersey" that was worn by Yukio's voice actor, Fukuyama Jun. See the photos after the jump!
Tinami.com, a Japanese website dedicated to networking anime and manga creators, is now holding an official illustration contest for the characters and tanks from popular TV anime series Girls und Panzer. The winning entries will be exhibited at a Girls und Panzer festival on March 24th and the Tinami website later. Hit the jump for more details.