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Here's a schedule breakdown of the average week for a working Mangaka in Tokyo.


how bad do you want it? :-)

Good luck on your projects!!!!!
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AngelX111 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Want it. If doing what I love for my job means no sleep and no time to eat and no social life. No fucks given.
zexal-lover Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
This schedule seems extremely ineffective.
If he'd re-arrange it a bit he could get the same amount of work done but get to sleep between 00:00 and 6:00 each day.
The rest would look largely the same but he'd be "well-rested" each day.
Or he has considered it and come to the conclusion that it's not possible. The way I see it is that if you make sure to get a longer period of rest each day, your abilities increase immensely, sleeping an average of six hours on set times seems like a better option than mixing it up like he does.
ruidechan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Man the schedule looks as hectic as ever! It looks like the schedule goes like this. First, we start with Saturday, at the end of the Assistants' shift, where they finish the good copy of the chapter of the manga, and give it to the department, and he gets a well deserved 8 hour of sleep, then gets some free time, and he meets up with the editor to discuss the new idea/plot for the next chapter, once the meeting is over, you start to work on your rough draft (nemu) and then on Monday, you meet with the editor once again, with the rough draft and the editor tells you some improvements and changes, and you spend the rest of the Monday and Tuesday morning finalizing your draft, and have one final meet up with the editor for him to give you the approval. Then you spend your time working on the cover, and then the assistants come in for the next 3 days to finish the manga chapter, and you send it in on Saturday, and once again, it repeats. That is some crazy working schedule, I mean 2 hours of sleep on Monday? how do you get by! :( Respect to Manga-kas
JulieAdeolaGoldDust2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Writer
I cant read all this!!!!!! :(
AnimAaron Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you gotta use the key underneath the schedule
JulieAdeolaGoldDust2 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Writer
DisturbingFrequency Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I WANT to, but I can't even draw. :/
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still want it BAD
BAKAFOOLS Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh if I was a manga artist I would make myself sleep eight hours a day. Sleeping is where most of my ideas come from. If I can't sleep at all than all of my hopes and dreams are gone.
zexal-lover Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
He probably would like to sleep eight hours a day too. It's just that he can't because if he does, he won't make his deadline.
RedVulpix009 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seeing this for some reason doesn't make me feel frightened at all. I'm fully aware of what I'm getting into and I'll embrace that challenge with open arms. Work is work and as long as I reach my dream, it'll all be worth it.
DetectiveMask Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First question: Why is this "anonymous" when I can see the name of manga artist Hiroshi Shiibashi at the top? And based on my Google search, he is a legitimate manga artist who is best known for Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. So yeah, it ain't exactly anonymous.

With that being said, this puts a lot of things into perspective. Why is Monday so hectic? Probably because Shonen Jump (the magazine in which Mr. Shiibashi is working for) is released on Mondays, which means that by this time they should start preparing for the next week.

It really is quite harsh, and the fact that free time is very limited is just disappointing. It somehow makes me understand more why these artists also wish to be compensated properly and not be devalued as simply machines. The case of the Zatch Bell author and his missing drawings come to mind.

However, I don't think this applies to all manga artists. Again, this is for those who get published in weekly magazines like Shonen Jump and Shonen Sunday. There are other magazines that are biweekly or monthly in format. Of course, there's a possibility that it also has its own hectic schedule as well (Maybe more pages to fill in since they're a monthly magazine? Not really sure.)

Thanks for sharing this.
zexal-lover Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2015
I honestly think this is an extreme case. The shape of a manga artist's schedule really depends on a few variables
A) how good the artist is, sleep-deprived or well-rested.
B) How skilled the assistants are, how fast they can finish inking, screentones, etc.
C) How good the script writer is. If the mangaka is also the one making the story he probably already knows what he wants it to look like.
However if it's a duo writing the story, it's all about how well he/she can convey what they want to be written.
D) What type of magazine they're published in. A monthly magazine typically have longer deadlines than weekly but monthly magazines usually also have less assistants.
realteruchan Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
The monthly magazine artist responsible for titles like Ayashi no Ceres and Fushigi Yuugi said she works ten days out of the month and spends the rest of her time watching movies and playing video games. She was making about $20 million USD per year at the time of that interview. There's always another perspective.
DetectiveMask Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And I think we also have to consider the culture of the Japanese work environment when we look at this. I remember reading an article (actually, a summary of Haruki Murakami's book Underground) stating that many Japanese give high regard to work that it's already usual for them to spend so much of their daily hours at work. Then again, it's also likely that not all of the minutes scheduled to work are actually spent on work.
legomaestro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*can't see the image
aoda Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
getting high. drawing rough drafts. letting assistants ink and tone. a little bit of coloring. this is easy. I've done 15 pages in 3 days before. this is the dream life 
michaeldearon8 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Try 41 pages in three days , Why would you want someone else to ink your work ? '' A little bit of coloring ''  I think your taking this way to simply this is hard work and when your done you can't go to the club or stay up all night you'll be working on the next chapter/issue and the next and the next one and the next one. Get it ?
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SpecialFantasy300 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! I'm up for it! :D idc how hard it Iis!
ovAman Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013   General Artist
This is disgusting. I cant believe you all are applauding this. This work schedule is pretty inhumane and needs reform.
kirachaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist

Of course it's hard. But if someone really loves drawing they will be able to do it- and be happy


Sometimes I start drawing in the evening and suddenly when i look up it' already morning :D

of course it's not good for health (or grades -___-') but i just can' stop myself from doing it... so why not make a job out of it?

O-F-G-Studios Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
No wonder Akira T. said F*** it.
KindergartenTeacher Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
OMG :faint: When they get eight hours they call it sleeping in!
Artisan567 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
OMG!!!! ever sense i was six years watching Cowboy Bebop & FLCL I want to grow up to be a Mangaka. Now im just figuring out do i really want to be this
TedTeddNTeddy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
takes over your entire life
ART-of-Lizzy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Crazy work schedule much? This is just insane, i'm surprised the famoue mangakas are still alive to this day O.o I don't see how this can be healthy in any way. How do they have time for friends and family? but then again, i'm not japanese, nor can i write or speak the language so my dream of working with manga is currently thrown away :(
HeyitsGoku1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Artist
Honestly, this just makes me more excited to become a mangaka!
Mearns Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
And bear in mind those hours they actually -work-, heads facing down on paper and not taking any time to stretch or think.
KIRKparrish Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
holy fuck...
Marshall-Turner Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Man, this has actually inspired me to structure my time during the summer so I can actually finish this comic I've been working on! Thanks for sharing this, man!

Shoot, with all that time spent on comics, I better live these last few "relatively responsibility-free" years of college to the fullest. (Learning all I can and having the most fun I can, because apparently that won't be happening after college.)
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow .. it seems that i'll keep making comics as a hobby ... somehow i feel this kind of work schedule would drain all the fun out of making manga or drawing ... i'd rather work at my own pace rather than work at a rapid pace and under too much pressure which would suck all the fun from my most beloved hobby XD

Just wondering, does this kind of extreme work schedules also apply to small studios, also .. from the title it says "weekly" .. that would kinda explain the extremeness here .. how about artists working on monthly releases or a big single issue manga release that's the equivalent of a graphic novel .. do they work at a slower less savage pace ?
JoniVera Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So..guessing they live with their parents or something ? Gotta pay rent and utilities somehow. :/
GenkiGoth Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think the only other artists that could handle this kind of schedule would be animators, LOL!! My god, this looks so intimidating!!
adony Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Never thought it was about fame, more about doing what you love!
adony Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
So insomnea is an asset? All this time, I thought my sleeping patterns needed adjusting!
Cavalierstylez Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The grind is real. Gotta respect that!
Kungfuremix Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I want some of that lol my life right now is basically nothing :D
InfernoShiroku Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
It makes me excited. I want that to be my life my life. Im even more pumped now that I see a real schedule
KoujaRyn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, it's hell.
Still want it, though, I don't care how tough it is.
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tuff man, tuff work.
FcomBaT Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Japanese comic artist are pretty intense. im sure animation is more intensive though. this looks about accurate to what i thought comic artist overseas do. but with all that hard work, im sure it will pay off. this is pretty nice, id love to see a animation schedlue
ezeboii Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
manga is a walk in the park compared to animation ur art has to be what they ask for u cant have ur own style and it could take a long time and if u dont do it well u have to fix it or do it all over again, u get paid by how many scenes u draw and that still wont be enough, most will probably have to stay with their parents, people with great talent give up animation
Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But i think animation projects have way more working on them people than a manga/comic project ... thus the work load is distributed over a large number of people, i know work load in animation is much larger than manga but still .. having more people is always a plus ^_^
rod-man Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
when does he have sex?? that's quite essential for me
DelinquentDeego Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Huh, average six hours of sleep a day. That's not bad. Lack of free time is a problem.
fallout161 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
my God
zkzkan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
ha faqk my future looks...bleak. D:
LadyCat17 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
And I'll cry. Both joy and sadness. :D hehehe
EricJonRussell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always wanted to do something w/ art and it's been like maybe 2 years since I decided comics is the way I wanted to go. I have a bad worth ethic now but this is something I want, really want.
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