Mangaka Musings 11/12/2023

Thoughts from the mangaka about their manga, lives, and other random things.

By VIZ Media November 12, 2023

Takamasa Moue


The J.League is heating up! At this time of the year, I’m more focused on the promotion and relegation battles rather than which team will win the championship.

Mission: Yozakura Family
Hitsuji Gondaira

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I still laugh over how Voldemort words the “We bow to each other” line in Japanese. It does leave a strong impression though.

Two on Ice
Elck Itsumo


This week’s song is from Shoma Uno’s current-season exhibition performance. It’s great, so check it out!

Undead Unluck
Yoshifumi Tozuka

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I get as far as the gym entrance, but I leave sad when I see the buff guys inside.

One Piece
Eiichiro Oda


We rented out the Ryogoku national hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the One Piece anime! It was so fun! Now I’m extra motivated!

Sakamoto Days
Yuto Suzuki


I visited Klamp Studio the other day. The figurine process was amazing!

My Hero Academia
Kohei Horikoshi


Volume 39 is now on sale in Japan! I doubt I’ll ever get to release another volume 39, so I better say it now— “San kyu”!

Blue Box
Kouji Miura


Next week will be big color pages! And a huge announcement!! Drumroll!!!

The Elusive Samurai
Yusei Matsui


The correct spinning direction of my dial lock had reversed itself in my memory, and I started to panic when I couldn’t open my mailbox.

Kill Blue
Tadatoshi Fujimaki


I randomly saw a close-up image of an ostrich’s mouth and got so scared I almost cried.

Takeru Hokazono


While on a walk I saw some elementary school kids lying down in their yards while studying. I wanted to join them.

Nue’s Exorcist
Kota Kawae


These cold but sunny days remind me of when I used to play the video game Boktai.

Kenta Shinohara


I went for my yearly health checkup. I get some weird C grades here and there, but I’m mostly healthy.

Yoshihiko Hayashi


Even if we all had wings, I think there would be some people who would still be too afraid of heights to fly.

Me & Roboco
Shuhei Miyazaki


The M.League was great! I like how it’s a team battle. Even the announcers were hilarious!

Cipher Academy


My dream of doing mahjong manga in Weekly Shonen Jump has come true. Thank you so much!

Martial Master Asumi

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I (finally) played the popular Watermelon Game. What the?! It’s so fun I can’t stop! Uh-oh.

Ice-Head Gill
Ikuo Hachiya


Thank you so much for the fan mail! I promise to return to the magazine again someday!