Let’s do manga today! Previously we talked about Big koma. Big frames. We make one koma of a page bigger. That’s what we learnt previously. Then what we do today? Normally, we make rectangle frames. But it is possible to make Koma with oblique angles. We call it Naname in Japanese. Massugu(straight).
Naname. Why we use Naname Koma?
This is today’s topic. And this is very difficult technique. Though us, the professional Japanese manga artists, wondering why we use the oblique Koma. When we use oblique komas a lot, it makes feeling of quickness. So we often use oblique Komas scenes like an action scene. Like Battle manga and Sports manga. We call the quickness “Ikioi”.
Like “Boom!” We use Naname komas to make powerful pages. Like, Punch! Kick! When you draw that kind of scenes, you apply Naname Koma and it makes more of the “Ikioi”. Powerfulness. Feeling of quick speed. It is made by oblique Komas. Here’s a punch. BOOM! You make a frame oblique, and the punch seem quicker. Then, what is the difference between these Naname Komas? At least, you see the right rectangle Koma. Punch. Boom, boom! Ouch! Then the one have been punched, kicked the other one back. The scene, “He was punched but almost at the same time he kicked back.” This rectangle Koma make the tempo of the scene like Punch! One beat. And kick. When we make it oblique, the page feel like, AT THE MOMENT of punching he kicked back. At the same time. (?) This is one of the effect made by oblique Koma. The simultaneity. It happens at the same time. The time between Koma and Koma seems shorter. What do you say it in English? What if we change which side of Koma inclines? This also shows it-happens-at-the-same-time-feeling. But the Japanese language, the reading order is right to left. So the reader’s eyes moves like this. The inclined line of this oblique Koma blocks the movement of the gaze. You see how it blocks the movement?
They cross like this. In 90 degrees. So, it seems like the two Komas conflict. Tairitsu in Japanese. The power of two Koma conflict and make the scene stronger. The oblique Koma which blocks the eye movement makes conflicting feeling. These are the point you can keep in mind when using oblique Koma effectively. When you want to express speediness or confliction, use oblique Koma. Today’s summary. There is Naname Koma, oblique frame in Japanese style manga. It is used to express the simultaneity, and to express the idea of confliction. That’s all! Let’s master oblique Koma! There is a subscribe button, please push. Ikioi! Please. This is an ending talk.
Yesterday, at Shibuya, a foreign person asked me the way in English. Manga Senpai could’nt say anything clear. “Go straight” was the only thing I could say. I was like “Go straight, go straight, and then go straight.” But the person could find the way. That’s good! I hope you visit Japan! See you soon!