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Young Ace Mag Starts Manga About Aspiring Animator

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Mahoromatic animation director Toru Watanabe writes about office drama in studio

The September issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine, released on Thursday, started publishing Toru Watanabe's new romantic comedy manga Kami-Igusa Animators.

The manga is a "somewhat realistic" office drama story depicting the behind-the-scenes life in an anime studio. The protagonist of the story aims to become a first-class animator, and the story begins just as the protagonist realizes the personal goal of entering the industry. Kami-Igusa is an area in the Suginami ward of western Tokyo, where many of the real-life anime studios are located.

Watanabe drew the art for the Battle Spirits! Watachi-tachi Battle Spirits Club desu manga (pictured left), which was serialized in Young Ace from 2009 to 2010. Watanable also an animation director for such projects as Love Hina Again and Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful. He created the original character designs for the online game Master of Epic and drew its manga version.

The same issue of Young Ace also began serialization of Eiji Ohtsuka (MPD-Psycho, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service) and Nato Kio's Todenka Shōnen Tanteidan (Todenka Boy Detectives), a spinoff of their Todenka horror comedy manga. The issue also included a special shitajiki writing board to celebrate the resumption of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion manga.

Source: Comic Natalie

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