From Fullmetal Alchemist to One Piece to Tokyo Ghoul, manga graphic novels have captured the eyes and hearts of readers from all over the globe. In Japan, manga is so popular that they are read by people of both gender and all ages, and there are more papers used for printing manga than toilet papers.
Some manga stories are so captivating that one can’t help but wonder if he/ she can create or write his/ her manga. Well, if you are one of those people who wants to be a manga artist and put your story out there for the world to enjoy, we support you and wish you the best of luck. However, if you are not familiar with the Japanese language, it might be tricky even though there are many easy manga guides on the Internet.
But, fret not for we are going to share some tips on how to learn Japanese easily and faster.
However, before we begin, let’s get to know more about manga as well as its career scopes.
What is Manga?
Originated in Japan, manga are Japanese comic books and graphic novels which are usually hand-drawn in black and white. The word manga means whimsical (man) pictures (ga). Manga has taken over the world so much so that many people opt to learn the Japanese language just to read manga and its language origin.
Some popular manga includes Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, Doraemon, Fairy Tail, Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Sailor Moon, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Ouran HighSchool Host Club, etc.
Manga such as One Piece and Dragon Ball have sold more than 100 million copies.
Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece, is one of the richest and best Manga Artists in the industry, while Sasuke Uchiha of Naruto is one of the most popular manga characters.
How to make Career in Manga?
Well, there are 2 major roles in the manga industry: manga artist and manga writer and then there are assistants and editors.
If you have a passion for drawing or writing, Mangaka is a career you should opt for.
Well, manga has become an integral part of this century, and having your name linked to a series will open many doors for you, professionally, personally and financially.
What is the Average Salary of Manga Artist?
According to Shukatsu-Mirai and Chewy, a manga artist makes ¥4 million (26,80,896.80 INR) to ¥6.6 million (48,00,30,210 INR) per year. And according to Nenshuu, a manga artist assistant makes approximately ¥200,000 (1,34,082.62 INR) a month.
How to learn Japanese fast to be a Mangaka?
- Offline and online classes:
Institutions such as AKAL Japanese Academy as well as websites such as japan-recruiter.com offer courses that last for a few months where you will get to learn to speak, read and write the Japanese language. You will also be taught everything you need to know about Japanese art, culture and heritage. Moreover, if you want to live or study in Japan, they will help you in finding employment and assist you in your visa application process.
There are many books on how to learn Japanese for beginners you can buy or download online for free. These books are easy to understand as they are written in simple English. Here are some you should check out:
- Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
- Minna no Nihongo
- Yookoso! An Invitation to Contemporary Japanese
- YouTube Tutorials:
Nothing stays free and effective learning like free tutorial videos on YouTube. From how to speak Japanese to how to write in Japanese, there are tons of videos you can check out to learn this exotic language.
- Japanese TV Shows and Movies:
If you continue watching Japanese movies, anime, or TV shows with subtitles, you will be able to gradually familiarise yourself with the language. You will be able to pick up how to pronounce simple words. From there, even when you learn to write in Japanese, it will be a smoother sail. You could also surround yourself with Japanese-speaking people you know.
Well, there you have it, folks! Now that you know what you need to do to build your career in Manga, we wish you all the very best of luck!
Sayonara for now!