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Manga NAME : How to avoid CONFUSION – “Where and When”. Japanese Manga 101 #031


Silent Manga Audition Community Channel! Yay! Hello everyone, I’m Mocchi Hey guys! Your guide, Taiyo! (Speaking Japanese) Today, We’ll be looking at two points from the checklist. 3. “Where” the characters are, and What” they are up to? 4. Are “Scene changes”, “Sense of time”, “Flashbacks”, convincing? (Speaking Japanese) When a manga is seen as“confusing” to the readers, most of the time the reason is that, The readers can’t follow your characters actions, and movements. (Speaking Japanese) The artist gets all excited, but the readers are left behind. Not very good. To avoid that tragedy, we must detect and remedy that, at the Manga NAME stage. (Speaking Japanese) About point 3, we talked a little about this last time. The key is using good balance of long shots, and close ups. Don’t just draw characters faces, but mix it with panels that shows the scenery. (Speaking Japanese) “In what environment / who and who, are / facing / speaking?” When you have long-shot panels that shows the scene, the reader will understand the situation, and immerse deeper into your world. Always think of the best long-shot, in each double page spread. (Speaking Japanese) On to checkpoint 4, about sense of time. Are “Scene changes”, “Sense of time”, and “Flashbacks”, put in a way that is clear and easy to follow? (Speaking Japanese) The scene changes, but the readers move on without realising the change! That is a situation you wanna avoid. Make sure you clearly illustrate how the Scene changes, and the Sense of time (How it progresses), and if there’re any, how flashbacks begin and ends back into the scene. (Speaking Japanese) Again what’s important here is the “5W1H” that we talked about. Read and watch not just manga, but movies and stage plays, and so on. See how they work on scene changes, sense of time and flashback scenes. Finding you own ways of directing a scene, is the fun part of creating manga! Try it, and remember to have fun doing that! GOT IT!? (Speaking Japanese) Next week, we’ll finally be looking at the checkpoint 5, Characters EMOTIONS. The last piece of the puzzle, that separates good works from GREAT ones. See you next time! Bye bye!!

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