The Influence of Manga

Minna-san, ohayou!

Shizuko desu!

How is everyone? Well, I’m positively exuberant! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Today, I’ll be talking about my favorite thing in the whole world: MANGA! ヾ(@^▽^@)ノ


(8tracks, 2013)

(Pictured above are items and images from many popular anime/manga series. This will test you on whether or not you are a true anime/manga otaku. If you can recognize and tell which series each item is from, then you are an otaku or on your way to becoming one.)

(If you want to check the answers, go to this link.


Drawing Manga – Materials & Process 

I’d say that these videos explain very well. I’m sorry for my laziness.  m(_ _;;m

As someone who grew up near and frequented Akiba, I’m a strong believer of electronics and technology. Therefore, please let this technological advancement known as Youtube and its users guide you. Yes, I’m a fan. I’m ashamed to admit it, but since I have no talent for drawing and little patience… I gave up on trying to draw manga or even fanart like other fans. As a manga/anime otaku, I’m kind of rare and non-commital compared to other anime/manga otaku. I fall only under the categories of ‘reading manga’, ‘watching anime’, ‘watching AMVs/MEPs/MADs’, ‘reading fanfics’, ‘looking at cosplay pics’, ‘buying manga/anime goods’, and only recently because a friend introduced it to me, ‘dabbling in video games’. The remaining categories are ‘cosplaying’, ‘writing fanfiction’, ‘drawing fanart’, ‘drawing doujinshi’, and ‘making AMVs/MEPs/MADs’.

AMVs – aka. ‘Anime Music Video’, setting clips from the anime/manga/art to music

MAD – aka ‘Music Anime Douga’, Japanese name for ‘AMV’

MEP – aka ‘Multi-editor Project’, many people working on one video (MAD/AMV)

Doujinshi — fanmade comics

Fanfiction – fan-written stories involving fictional characters from media (manga/anime, books, movies, etc.)

Cosplay – the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, esp. one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. Look below for an example and comparison.

(deviantART, 2012)

(deviantART, 2012)

(Wikia, 2013)

(Wikia, 2013)

Famous Manga Artists (Surname, Given name)

*Manga artist = mangaka

 Takeshi Obata (小畑 健)

(MyDramaList, 2013)

(MyDramaList, 2013)

What’s awesome about Obata-sensei is that, as an artist he is a jack-of-all-trades. He has done art for many different genres and types of manga, even video game character designs. Genre-wise, he has covered a lot of ground. His work “Death Note” has launched 3 movies (“Death Note”, “Death Note: The Last Name”, and “L:Change The World”) and 2 novel spin-offs (“Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases” and “L: Change The WorLd”). His ability to create vastly different character designs and works speaks about his versatility and ingenuity. He symbolizes the teamwork and cooperation going into making manga as well as the option and success of a writer and artist pair. Whether you’re a writer and artist team or a mangaka and editor, making manga is built on partners helping each other and bettering the work in order to make it in this cutthroat and ruthless industry. You should read his work “Bakuman” if you want to understand.
*Sensei = A Japanese honorific that is used to address masters in their craft. is used to refer to or address teachers, doctors, politicians, lawyers, and other authority figures. It is used to show respect to someone who has achieved a certain level of mastery in an art form or some other skill, and is also applied to novelists, poets, painters, and other artists. (Wikipedia, 2013)
Please go here for a review on the Hikaru no Go anime.
As well, go here for a review on the Death Note manga by a book review website.
Works & Collaborations 
  • In 1989 Cyborg Jii-chan G (story & art), Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-fi
  • In ???? Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp with Susumu Sendo (writer), Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural
  • In ???? Rikito Densetsu -Oni wo Tsugu Mono- with Masaru Miyazaki (writer), Genres: Sports, Action
  • In 1995 Karakurizoshi Ayatsuri Sakon with Sharaku Marou (writer), Genres: Mystery, Horror, Thriller
  • In 1998 Hikaru no Go with Yumi Hotta (writer) -supervised by Yoshihara Yukari (5-dan – title meant for a professional Go player), Genres: Psychological, Supernatural
  • In 2004 Hajime with Otsuichi (writer), Genres: Psychological, Supernatural
  • In 2003 Death Note with Tsugumi Ohba (writer), Genres: Supernatural, Fantasy, Crime Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Crime Drama, Mystery, Adventure Film
  • In 2006 Blue Dragon Ral Grad with Tsuneo Takano (writer), Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • In 2007 Hello Baby with Masanori Morita (writer), Genres: Action, Drama, Tragedy
  • In 2008 Uro-oboe Ouroboros with Nisio Isin (writer), Genres: Action, Drama, Martial Arts
  • In 2008 Castlevania Judgment (character design)
  • In 2008 Bakuman with Tsugumi Ohba (writer), Genres: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life
  • Tezuka Award (one shot: 500 Konen no shinwa), 1985
  • Shogakukan Manga Award: Shōnen (Hikaru no Go), 2000
  • Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Hikaru no Go), 2003
Collaborated With:
  • Hotta Yumi (Hikaru no Go) – Shonen Jump
  • Tsugumi Ohba (Death Note) – Shonen Jump
  • Masanori Morita (Hello Baby) – Jump Square, 2007

Mentored: Yabuki Kentaro (“Black Cat”), Watsuki Nobuhiro (“Rurouni Kenshin”, “Busou Renkin”), Murata Yusuke (“Eyeshield 21”)

(Wikipedia, 2013)

Please watch the video below for a sped-up version of Obata-sensei going over a page from “Bakuman” with marker. The actual time it took was 30 minutes and 16 seconds. If you want to watch the real-speed version, please go to the second video.


Arakawa Hiromu (荒川  弘)

(Level1, 2013)

(Level1, 2013)

It is my belief that Arakawa-sensei has paved the way for strong female characters in shonen manga. Her works have been praised for their strong female characters which are kind of neglected in shonen manga compared to male characters. I’m not saying that, there’s no strong female characters in shonen manga/anime. However, they would start out strong and later take a backseat to the male characters’ powerups. Nowadays there are many strong female characters in manga/anime. Although, there are strong female characters in shonen manga created by male mangaka such as Android 18 in Dragon Ball, Tsunade in Naruto, and Anna in Shaman King.

Please take a look at the this other wordpress bloggers’ blog post on Arakawa-sensei’s female characters.

Here’s an example so you can see where I’m coming from.

As well, so I’m not merely representing one side of the argument. Here is the supportive argument on female characters in shonen manga.



  • Stray Dog (1999)
  • Shanghai Yōmakikai (上海妖魔鬼怪?, lit. “Ghost Demons of Shanghai”) (2000)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師 Hagane no Renkinjutsushi?, lit. “Alchemist of Steel”) (2001–2010)
  • Raiden 18 (2005)
  • Sōten no Kōmori (蒼天の蝙蝠?, lit. “A Bat In Blue Sky”) (2006)
  • Hero Tales (獣神演武 Jūshin Enbu?) (2006–2010)[20]
  • Noble Farmer (百姓貴族 Hyakushō Kizoku?) (2008)
  • Silver Spoon (銀の匙 Gin no Saji?) (2011-)
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan (アルスラーン戦記 Arusurān Senki?) (2013-)



Arakawa states that Suihō Tagawa, the author of Norakuro, is the “root of [her] style as an artist”. She also learned composition and drawing during her time as Hiroyuki Etō’s assistant. She also cites Rumiko TakahashiShigeru Mizuki and Kinnikuman by Yudetamago as influences and is a fan of Mike Mignola‘s work.

(Wikipedia, 2013)






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