Emoji Design Contest


Emoji Design Contest

Emoji Design Contest

Published: Aug 4, 2022

Updated: Aug 4, 2022


To commemorate MAL Bunkasai, we want to make a set of custom emoji created with everyone's combined effort. Doodle some expressive illustrations for:

We'll collect 16 different expressions into a custom emoji pack that you'll be able to use inside the new messaging system in clubs!

Event schedule

Submission period:August 3 ~ August 24 8pm PT
Showcase:September 8
Result announcement:September 26


For each emoji selected by our panel of judges, the creator will receive:

  • 1 emoji = 3 months MAL Supporter
  • 2 emoji = 6 months MAL Supporter
  • 3 emoji = 9 months MAL Supporter
  • 4+ emoji = 1 year MAL Supporter + 1 official MAL t-shirt of their choice

Winning designs will be combined into a commemorative MAL Bunkasai emoji pack to be used inside clubs!

MyAnimeList Official T-shirt
MyAnimeList Official T-shirt

Design not finalized


A selection of the short-listed submissions will be showcased here from September 8, so check back to see what the amazing creators on MAL have to offer.

Submission guidelines

The theme for this contest is animals! Create 1+ emoji for one of MAL's fuzzy event mascots (shiba inu, fox) or a new friend to keep them company. Since we are an anime website, try to keep to animals that you're likely to encounter in anime or manga. The creature can be based on folklore, too!

The final MAL Bunkasai pack will contain 16 different emoji, so it's better to focus on trying to express a range of emotions, rather than trying to create many different characters. Here are some example expressions for your creature creations:

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Still not sure what you need to do? Feel free to ask for help in the MAL Bunkasai club.

Technical stuff

For this contest, please submit a PNG image which is 512 x 512 pixels at 350dpi.

While designing your emoji, keep in mind that winning entries will be resized to a smaller image (think of Discord in-line emoji sizes or reactions). Display size will vary depending on location and device, but you can expect:

  • Smallest size: 16x16 ~ 18x18 px
  • Normal size: 28x28 px

Overly-detailed designs may not look good at these small sizes, so please check it before submitting.

Other rules:

  • Keep it PG-13. Please do not submit designs that contain any sort of nudity, graphic violence, foul language or otherwise NSFW content. 🙅
  • Make it your own. Submissions that are simply cropped images, clips or cutouts from anime, memes, etc. will not be considered for the contest. Please make sure your entry is your own work.

Submission form

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your MAL username*
  • Your emoji design (512 x 512px)*
  • Design name*
  • Design description (optional)*

    • A short description about your design or the idea behind it.
  • Your email address

    • To send you a copy of your submission, and in case we need to contact you.

Please note you can only submit one emoji at a time. If you want to submit multiple entries, please submit them separately.

*Will be displayed in the submission Showcase in the event your design is shortlisted.


Terms and conditions




Emoji Design Contest (“event”) is sponsored by MyAnimeList Co., Ltd. (“MyAnimeList”, “Sponsor”, “we”, “us” or “our”). The event is void in whole or in part where prohibited by law. In the event of changes to the event, we will announce them on the event page and Twitter.


This event is open to individuals who are 16 years of age or older at time of entry. Individuals who are minors in their jurisdiction must have their parent’s 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 with verifiable parental consent. We shall have the right at any time to require proof of age, parental consent, identity and/or eligibility to participate in this event. Failure to provide such proof or insufficient proof may result in disqualification from the event 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 event should such an entrant at any stage supply unsatisfactory, untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information. Sponsor’s employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this event.

※Professional and amateur artists welcome.

※By applying to participate in this event, you (“Applicant”, “you” or “your”) agree to these Event Rules, including all Terms of Application outlined below and any other instructions or terms and conditions we post in connection with the event.

Terms of Application

Please read and confirm all the terms below to confirm that your work meets all criteria before submitting.

Event period and submissions

□Works must be submitted between 23:00 PT on August 3 and 22:59 PT August 24, 2022 in order to be eligible.

□There is no limit to the number of works an Applicant may submit.

□ Applicants must own the copyright of the work they submit. If someone other than the author (copyright holder) submits the work, the Applicant must obtain permission from the copyright holder.

□The Sponsor reserves the right to decide at its discretion whether or not to publish the submitted work and, if published, the period of publication, the format and the placement of the work. Submissions that fall into any of the following categories will not be published:

  • Works of which the Applicant does not hold ownership.
  • Works that are suspected to plagiarize works for which the Applicant does not hold ownership.
  • Works which contain personal information (such as names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses etc).
  • Works which do not match the theme of the event.
  • Works of a political or religious nature.
  • Works which violate laws or are considered offensive.
  • Any material that infringes on the intellectual property rights, portrait rights, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, honor, social credibility, or other rights or interests of other applicants, the Sponsor, or any third party.
  • Any material that is defamatory, fraudulent, threatening, or harassing to other applicants, the Sponsor, or other third parties.
  • Works which are of a discriminatory nature.
  • Any other content that the Sponsor deems inappropriate for the operation of this event.

□ Should a third party claim infringement of copyright, infringement or violation of other rights, entitlement to compensation or damages, or assert other claims arising out of or in connection with any of your submissions, the Sponsor shall not bear any responsibility for such third party claims and you shall be responsible for resolving said claim. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against all such third party claims.

Regarding applications

□ Application to this event must be made by following our instructions and providing the necessary information and submitting your entry via the web page designated by the Sponsor.

□ The Sponsor may contact the Applicant directly regarding his/her application.

□ All costs associated with the event application process are your responsibility.

□ The Sponsor will not be held responsible for any accidents, damage to or loss of data during the transmission of submissions. The submitted work will not be returned to the applicant. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to back up the submitted work.

□ If it is found that the Applicant is a member of antisocial forces, or that the Applicant promotes the activities of antisocial forces, the submitted work will not be published or will be withdrawn.

Regarding copyrights

We do not take ownership of your submitted work and the copyright in your work will not be transferred to the Sponsor as a result of the submission. However, by submitting your work to us for the event, you agree that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, publicly transmit, display, distribute, and/or adapt the submitted work for the following purposes without compensation to you or any third party, without limitation as to region, period, or mode of use:

  • For the operation of this event.
  • To be posted or streamed on or to websites and social media related to this event.
  • For the purposes of promoting and advertising the event and event submissions
  • For the purposes of advertising and public relations of the Sponsor and Sponsor’s affiliates.
  • For other reasons incidental to or related to those expressed above.

By submitting a work as part of the event, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have a right to grant, to the Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, sublicensable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, license to use, reproduce, publicly transmit, display, distribute and adapt the work as described above.

□The Sponsor may, at its discretion, alter, modify, remove, or otherwise process the submitted work so long as the content is not significantly damaged.

□The Applicant shall not exercise any moral rights, including moral rights of performers, with respect to the use or processing of the submission by the Sponsor.

Prohibited actions

□Applicants are prohibited from performing any of the following acts:

  • Violation of laws and regulations or these application guidelines.
  • Sending false information.
  • Sending or posting computer viruses, other harmful computer programs, e-mails, etc.
  • Unauthorized access to the Sponsor's website or other computers related to the event.


The prizes available for this event are the following:

Prize description:Estimated value:Other restrictions:
1 emoji = 3 months MAL Supporter$8.97Prizes will be rewarded in any order or manner so long as 16 emoji in total are selected (i.e. [4x4+], or [1x4+, 2x3, 1x2, 5x1], etc.)
2 emoji = 6 months MAL Supporter$17.94
3 emoji = 9 months MAL Supporter$26.91
4+ emoji = 1 year MAL Supporter + 1 official MAL t-shirt of their choice$54.98

Selection of Winners

Once the submission period for the event ends, Sponsor will review the eligible submissions and may disqualify any ineligible submissions or Applicants.

The Sponsor may communicate with potential winners at the email address provided by Applicants. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within 72 hours, fails to respond to any attempted contact, is in any way not in compliance with these Event Rules, or declines to, does not or cannot accept the prize to be awarded, such potential winner will be disqualified, his/her entry and submission will be declared null and void and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select or randomly select (as applicable) another eligible submission, in which event these provisions shall apply to such other eligible submission.

Regarding handling of personal information

In addition to the provisions of the Sponsor's Privacy Policy (https://myanimelist.net/about/privacy_policy) and Cookie Policy (https://myanimelist.net/about/cookie_policy), the Sponsor will handle the personal information of Applicants obtained upon application in accordance with the following:

Information we collect

Email address

Reasons for use of Personal Information
  • To contact the Applicant in connection with his or her submission.
  • To perform statistical analysis to help us improve events held by the Sponsor.
  • To provide information regarding the sale of merchandise (please contact us should you wish to opt out of these types of communications) and to ship merchandise.
Disclosure to third parties

The Sponsor will not share your information with any third parties except as permitted by our Privacy Policy.


The Sponsor may outsource personal information in order to achieve the above purposes of use. However, we will not allow the use of personal information beyond the scope of the purpose.


By applying or entering this event, you release the Sponsor and its 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 event or the transmission, failed transmission or acceptance of any prize, whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or any other theory.


□Applicants may not transfer or assign their rights and obligations related to this application to any third party.

□The Sponsor reserves the right to change the contents of this event or to cancel, modify, suspend or terminate this event at any time in its own discretion.

□This event and its Terms of Application shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan, and in the event of the necessity of litigation, the Tokyo District Court shall be the exclusive court of first instance.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions or comments regarding the event to MyAnimeList at

Contact Information

Please direct any questions or comments to MyAnimeList at