Swedish Woman Voices Her Own Manga About Living in Japan in Motion Comic
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Artist and Swedish native Åsa Ekström is trying her hand at voice acting, by voicing herself in the motion comic version of her own work.
Ekstrom moved in Japan in 2011 to pursue her dream of being a manga artist. She was inspired by works like Sailor Moon and Inuyasha but would find out that the journey wasn't easy. She first went to a manga school in Sweden and wrote a short comic while there. After visiting Japan multiple times, she then moved to Tokyo to study graphic design at a vocational school. She lives in 98-square-foot apartment in a shared house and began publishing her four-panel comic Nordic Girl Åsa discovers the Mysteries of Japan on her blog last August.
The manga was picked up by Kadokawa and the publisher released a compiled volume in March. Ekstrom's work has garnered comments from Revolutionary Girl Utena's Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of her favorite anime series, and Japan's Swedish Embassy.