is an epic fantastical adventure where we search for undiscovered marine life in the 2050s.
A global art contest is being held to celebrate the release of the manga.
We're waiting for all your ideas!
There is also a prize decided by fan votes, so you can take part even if you aren’t submitting any art.
The contest welcomes submissions on “BLUE HUNTER” official Instagram page!
What is “BLUE HUNTER”?
─These vast waters,
are hiding so much life─
A 15 year old boy who aims to become a Protector.
He doesn't like studying but is a master at the Wake Rider. His ambition to become a Protector is inspired by the orphans who photograph creatures in the Garden. By becoming a BLUE HUNTER and discovering new creatures, he hopes to fulfill their dreams for them.
Top minds and cutting edge technology gather from all corners of the Earth to embark on a mission to classify all species to inhabit our oceans-including millions yet to even be discovered.
Magnificent bounties await as we face the mysteries of the seven seas in this epic fantastical adventure.
Read Manga for free!
Calling for fanart for five themes!
“The BLUE HUNTER Art Contest” is looking for
entries that express original ideas, designs,
and settings that will drive the future technology of the ocean.
Use your imagination to create a piece of BLUE HUNTER art that fits one the themes below. Your free thinking will create the future of the ocean!
For your fanart,
please submit a square illustration over 1200px,
and a picture description to give your category appeal!
Please check for each fanart themes or categories will have different requirements.
The word limits will be 20 words for each subject and 150 words for description.
*You can copy your settting format by pressing the “copy” button. Please paste the “introduction” to the posting webpage.
Hunter Item Category
Introduce items and equipment that BLUE HUNTERs can use in their missions and more.
Future Vessels and Transport Category
Invent transport and other vehicles to be used in the world of BLUE HUNTER.
Undiscovered Marine Life Category
Invent as-of-yet undiscovered marine life that could appear in the world of BLUE HUNTER.
Future Landscape / Architecture Category
Bring us new visions and landscapes that push the world of BLUE HUNTER forward, such as urban landscapes affected by global warming and rising sea levels, or even buildings and infrastructure in a world where global warming has been solved.
BLUE HUNTER (Original Character) Category
Design a new ‘BLUE HUNTER’ character that can “Lead the future of the oceans” in the world of BLUE HUNTER.
- BH Grand Prize
- 300,000 JPY
- Judges’ Special Prize
- 40,000 JPY
- Narrative Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- Hunter Item Category Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- Future Water Vessels and Transport Category Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- Undiscovered Marine Life Category Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- Future Landscape / Architecture Category Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- BLUE HUNTER (Original Character) Category Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- Under-20 Prize
- 20,000 JPY
- MAL User Prize
- 20,000 JPY
*This contest will not only accept and examine fanarts through ART street, but ALL fanarts through the “BLUE HUNTER Art Contest” home website.
Fan-vote to award the
“MAL User Prize”
October 15, 2021 10:00 (Fri) -October 22, 10:00 (Fri) *Japan time
“The MAL User Prize” will be awarded to the work that you, the fans, love the most! Works nominated for the prize will be revealed here on 21 September and you can vote for the one that piques your interest the most.
Don’t forget to come back then to check out the nominations!
Enter in 4 easy step
1Draw a illustration
2Check the box next to the banner
3Select a category
4Submit to ART street
- Entry Period
- August 18, 2021 (Wed) - September 10, 2021 (Fri) 9:59AM(JST) * Japan time
- Entry Format
・JPG, PNG, PSD, MDP（File size: Under 30MB）
・No designated size, but the DPI must be at least 300
・Write and post the setting format prepared for each department in the introductory text
Please keep each section to under 20 characters. The characteristics section can be up to 150 characters.
The setting format will be different for each category. Please use the format below for your submission.
‘Characteristics’ section up to 150 characters
All other sections up to 20 characters
(1) Hunter Item Category
Name of item:
How to use:
Characteristics (When it’s used, what it’s used against etc):
(2) Future Vessels and Transport
Name of vessel:
Difficulty to manufacture (1-5):
Place of manufacture:
Source of energy:
Size / weight:
Type (Ship, weapon, capture equipment, diving equipment, transportation etc):
Characteristics: (Reason for difficulty level, development history, purpose etc):
(3) Undiscovered Marine Life Category
Name of marine life:
Difficulty to capture (1-5):
Degree of endangerment (1-5):
Characteristics (Flavor reason for endangerment, history of discovery etc):
(4) Future Landscape / Architecture Category
Name of landscape / architecture:
Burden on environment (1-5):
Scale / Size:
Type (Scenic area, degeneration, development etc):
Characteristics (Reason, circumstances etc):
(5) BLUE HUNTER (Original Character) Category
Name of Hunter:
Hunter Class (0-5):
Height / Weight:
Ranking within Hunter Class (1-100):
Characteristics (Reason for becoming a Hunter, skills, items etc):
- Entry Requirements / Eligibility
Entrants must confirm that they meet the criteria outlined below prior to application.
・Please keep your original data file until the result announcements. Preliminary winners must submit their fanart data.
・Anyone can enter the contest, regardless of whether they are a pro or just draw as a hobby.
・No limit to the number of times a person can apply. Entrants are welcome to submit multiple works.
・Sexual, political and religious content is prohibited.
・Any entries considered abusive, offensive, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate may be disqualified at any time without warning.
・Commercial use of submitted works is prohibited.
・The use of the same submission for this contest in another competition is strictly forbidden.
・After the entry period has ended, you may receive a notification from firstname.lastname@example.org to the email address registered in your MediBang account. If you do not reply within the reply deadline, your work may be excluded. Check your email and email settings. You can check your registered email address here.
*This does not mean everyone will receive an email from email@example.com after the entry period.
*We will not answer questions on firstname.lastname@example.org.
・Works that are submitted to the contest will be posted for free and without compensation on places such as MyAnimeList website, result annoucement pages managed by MediBang, Inc., social networking services/sites, catalogs, etc., for purposes like contest promotion and advertising. We ask for your understanding and cooperation.
・This contest will not only accept and examine fanarts through ART street, but ALL fanarts through the "BLUE HUNTER Art Contest" home website. For this reason, the winners will not be limited to the fanarts posted on ART street only. Winner fanarts will also be posted on the result announcements of MyAnimeList.
・You can submit any artwork that is drawn by any paint tool in analog and digital.
・Please read and agree to the rules and regulations before entry.
- Rules and Regulations
The BLUE HUNTER Art Contest is sponsored by Association for Creation of Education via Manga, Anime and Games (“Sponsor”) and organized and operated by MyAnimeList Co., Ltd. (“MAL” or “Organizer”) (Sponsor and/or Organizer may be referred to as “we”, “us”, “our”, etc.).
This BLUE HUNTER Art Contest is open to individuals who are 16 years of age or older at time of entry. However, individuals who are minors in their jurisdiction must have their parent or legal guardian’s consent before entering the contest. Further, children under age 16 in Europe or under age 13 in the United States and other countries may participate, but only: (a) with verifiable parental consent and (b) if the participation is in full compliance with Instagram’s terms and conditions applicable to children. We shall have the right at any time to require proof of age, parental consent, identity and/or eligibility to participate in the contest. Failure to provide such proof or insufficient proof may result in disqualification from the contest in our sole discretion. All information requested by and supplied to us for the purpose of the contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant from the contest and giveaway should such an entrant at any stage supply unsatisfactory, untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information. Sponsor’s and Organizer’s employees and anyone acting as a judge in the contest and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this contest.
Regarding copyright, content and handling of submitted works
□ You may only submit works for which you hold ownership rights. In the case that the original creator is not submitting the entry, the person submitting the entry must obtain permission from the copyright holder.
□ You must obtain permission from the rights holders for any art, video, photography, movie, programs, music or other content or material in the work you submit. You agree that any content or material that you submit does not and will not violate third party rights of any kind. Should a third party claim infringement of copyright, violation of other rights, entitlement to compensation or damages, or assert other claims arising out of or in connection with any of your submissions, you shall be responsible for resolving the third party’s claims and you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and Organizer from and against all such third party claims. Neither the Sponsor nor the Organizer shall bear any responsibility for such third party claims.
□ The category for which a work has been entered for may be changed by us depending on the form of the work.
□ All costs associated with the contest application process are your responsibility.
□ As a general rule, we are not required to return any materials you send to us as part of the contest application process or contest.
□ Additional materials may need to be submitted depending on the status of judgement.
□ We will not accept inquiries regarding the progress or results of the screening of entries.
□ The Organizer may reproduce or otherwise use the works and materials you submit as part of the contest, but only within the scope of the judging process and as described below.
□ The copyright of the works you submit will not be transferred to the Organizer by the submission of the entries. However, the prize-winning works and the works selected by the panel of judges may be reproduced, screened, publicly transmitted (broadcasted or published on a website), displayed, translated, or otherwise used without compensation in the announcement of the results of the judging, the exhibition of the prize-winning works, publicity, and other related activities by the Organizer. By submitting a work as part of the contest, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to the Organizer a non-exclusive, worldwide, sublicensable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, license to use the work as described in the preceding sentence.
□ You must not submit any content of a sexual, political or religious nature. Any entries we consider abusive, offensive or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate for this contest may be disqualified at any time without warning.
□ You must follow all instructions and any other rules we may post for this contest. Release
By entering this contest and giveaway, you release the Sponsor and Organizer and their employees, officers, directors, managers and agents from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with this contest or the transmission, failed transmission or acceptance of any prize, whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or any other theory.
- How to Enter
【Try to enter the contest from from this page】
1. Register or log-in ART street.
2. Click "enter" at the bottom of this page.
3. From the "Please select a category" webpage, select the one that you have drawn your illustration for.
4. Write your introductory description in the setting format.
5. Choose your artwork, upload it and press "Submit & Publish"
【Enter the contest from MediBang Paint】
1. Search for "BLUE HUNTER Art Contest" under "Contest" or "Apply for a Contest".
2. Click "Yes" when the message ”This contest cannot be entered from the app" appears.
3. You will be taken to the contest page. Click "enter" at the bottom of the page.
4. From the "Please select a category" webpage, select the one that you have drawn your illustration for.
5. Write your introductory description in the setting format.
6. Choose your artwork, upload it and press "Submit & Publish".
- Prize Categories
Professional and amateur artists are welcome to enter.
Entries will be judged for their original ideas and narratives and how well they take into account leadership of the future of our oceans. The prizes available are as follows:
BH Grand Prize (300,000 JPY)
Awarded to the most outstanding work regardless of category
Judges’ Special Prize (40,000 JPY)
Awarded to an outstanding work chosen by The Nippon Foundation, who operate the Umi-to-Nippon Project.
Narrative Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to the work with the most well-thought out setting and story regardless of category.
Hunter Item Category Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to the work which best depicts futuristic items that would be used by BLUE HUNTERs, such as wearable equipment, equipment for capturing specimens and other equipment.
Future Water Vessels and Transport Category Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to a work which best depicts groundbreaking ideas in a revolutionary vehicle, mechanism, or item that will lead future technology.
Undiscovered Marine Life Category Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to a work which best depicts undiscovered marine life targeted by BLUE HUNTERs. The award will be given to the work that expresses a new idea.
Future Landscape / Architecture Category Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to the work that has the most potential to expand the world view of BLUE HUNTER by depicting a future landscape be it beautiful or devastating.
BLUE HUNTER (Original Character) Category Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to the work which best depicts a realistic character that may appear in the world of BLUE HUNTER.
Under-20 Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to the best work submitted by an entrant aged under 20 years of age.
-Entrants must be under 20 years of age on 1st Jan 2021.
MAL User Prize (20,000 JPY)
Awarded to the work voted for by users of MyAnimeList.
*This contest will not only accept and examine fanarts through ART street, but ALL fanarts through the "BLUE HUNTER Art Contest" home website. For this reason, the winners will not be limited to the fanarts posted on ART street only. Nominated fanarts will also be posted on the result announcements of MyAnimeList.
- Regarding Judging, Selection of Winners and Odds of Winning
Judging will be conducted in two stages: preliminary selection (selection of nominated works by the Art Contest Administrative Office and final selection (open screening).
The BLUE HUNTER Art Contest Administrative Office will select 40 nominees based on a rigorous selection process of all entries. Those who pass the preliminary selection will be contacted directly by the Art Contest Administrative Office via Instagram to confirm their age and submit their work data. The nominated works will be announced on the BLUE HUNTER Art Contest official webpage.
A panel of judges will review the 40 entries that passed the preliminary selection to determine and award the BH Grand Prize, the Judges' Special Prize, the Narrative Prize, each category prize, and the Under 20 Category Prize. The award ceremony will be a recording and an edited video will be released. The award-winning works will also be announced on the BLUE HUNTER Art Contest official webpage.
Panel of Judges (Subject to change)
Marine survey and research personnel
BLUE HUNTER Original Creator Professor Asada
▼Regarding MAL User Prize
Judging will be conducted in two stages: preliminary selection (selection of nominated works by the BLUE HUNTER Art Contest Administrative Office) and final selection (web-based voting).
The preliminary selection process will be the same as for the BH Grand Prize, Special Jury Prize, Narrative Prize, each category prize, and Under 20 category prize.
The 40 nominated works of the preliminaries will be published on the BLUE HUNTER Art Contest official webpage and the MyAnimeList users will vote for their favorite using an online system. The winning entries will be announced on the BLUE HUNTER Art Contest official webpage.
The prizes listed above are available to be won. The odds of winning depends on the number of eligible submissions received by us, how many MAL user votes your submission receives and the judges’ opinions.
- How to Claim the Prize
- Prize money will be credited to your Medibang account you applied with. To receive the prize money, you need to register a PayPal account or your bank account information. (The transfer fee is borne by the winner.)
- By entering in this contest, you are agreeing to the Entry Terms , so be sure to read the full text. In addition, about the entered illustration/s, PLEASE NOTE that after the contest recruitment period is over, except for the addition of tags, it can not be edited or deleted.