Kakimoji S.O.S. #17 – City Hunter: the Comical Protagonist

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Today marks the first installment of a two part, “S.O.S. Kakimoji” special, focussing on a spectacular manga that has stood the test time…I give you “The Kakimoji of City Hunter”! “City Hunter: The chapter of the Comical Protagonist” START!   “City Hunter” is a hard-boiled comedy, involving the adventures of “sweeper” Saeba Ryo, who investigates, […]

Kakimoji S.O.S. #16 – Kakimoji are not SFX!?

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So you’re well on your way to completing your manga! You’ve paneled it to perfection, your art is on point and you’ve crafted an entertaining story, wrapped around an exciting protagonist… but it’s still missing something… Onomatopoeia, of course! We all know that Kakimoji can turn a static scene into a dynamic, atmospheric feast for […]

Kakimoji S.O.S. 14 – KAKIMOJI 3D WORLD!

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The fantastical worlds in manga have no audible sound or movement, a result of the action being played out in two dimensions. But do your lingering memories of reading manga recall static and silent characters? Or do you remember them bursting from the page?!  The expressive technique known as Kakimoji perfectly introduces the three dimensional […]

Kakimoji S.O.S. 13 – Master Kakimoji

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Using Kakimoji is vitally important when drawing manga. Whether it’s used boldly, subtly or even casually, the inclusion of this element of manga making will have a direct influence on your story.  But how important are they? Foreign writers may find it difficult to fully understand the importance of Kakimoji. First and foremost, Japanese Kakimoji […]