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
(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. http://hitsukuya.deviantart.com/journal/Contest-Answers-224840026#comments)
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.
Famous Manga Artists (Surname, Given name)
*Manga artist = mangaka
Takeshi Obata (小畑 健)
- 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
- 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”)
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)
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. http://thescholarlyotaku.wordpress.com/tag/hiroumi-arakawa/
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)
- 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-)
- 1999: 9th 21st Century Enix Award for Stray Dog
- 2003: 49th Shogakukan Manga Award, Shōnen category for Fullmetal Alchemist
- 2011: 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, “New Artist Prize” category.
- 2011: 42nd Seiun Award, “Best Science Fiction Comic” category for Fullmetal Alchemist
- 2012: 5th Manga Taishō Award for Silver Spoon
- 2012: 58th Shogakukan Manga Award, Shōnen category for Silver Spoon
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 Takahashi, Shigeru Mizuki and Kinnikuman by Yudetamago as influences and is a fan of Mike Mignola‘s work.