Shuichi “Mocchi” Mochida
Chief Editor, SMAC! Web Magazine
Born: Nara Prefecture, Japan
After graduating from Meiji University, I briefly began working at a private cramming school before entering the world of publishing. Whilst working as a journalist for Shueisha’s ‘Bart’ magazine, the chief editor, Nobuhiko Horie assigned me as editor-in-charge of Tetsuo Hara sensei. I have been working in the manga industry ever since, working closely with talented creators to produce many successful manga titles.
- 2000: Founding member of Coamix Inc., alongside Nobuhiko Horie, Tsukasa Hojo, Tetsuo Hara and Ryuji Tsugihara
- 2000: Deputy Chief Editor, ‘Weekly Comic Bunch’, working with manga creator Tetsuo Hara, Ryuji Tsugihara and Go Nagai, along with overseeing the development of many upcoming creators
- 2007: Chief Editor, ‘Weekly Comic Bunch’
- 2010: Deputy Chief Editor, ‘Monthly Comic Zenon’
- 2011: Director, Coamix Inc.
- 2014 : Chairman, SILENT MANGA AUDITION® Committee
- 2015 : Chief Editor, SMAC! Web Magazine
Favorite movie: ‘The Godfather Part 2’
Favorite band: Momoiro Clover Z
Favorite quote: “May the force be with you!” – ‘Star Wars’
Born: Rome, Italy
Ever since my first encounter with ‘Dragon Ball’ as a child, I have been fascinated, entertained and obsessed with Japanese manga and anime. But it was the discovery of Hara sensei’s ‘Fist of the North Star’ that really changed my life! This “love at first sight” moment inspired me to study Japanese and Japanese culture so I could enjoy reading this amazing manga in its original format.
After completing my studies of the Japanese Language and History at the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies in La Sapienza in 2015, I settled in Tokyo and began working for the Otaku specialist store, Mandarake. In 2017, I fulfilled my childhood dream by joining the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® editorial team.
Favorite manga: ‘Fist of the North Star’, ‘Dragon Ball’, ‘JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure’, ‘Slam Dunk’
Favorite movie: ‘Back to the Future’
Favorite band: TOTO
Favorite quote: “Kyasharn ga yaraneba dare ga yaru” (“If Casshern doesn’t do it…who will?”) – ‘Casshern’
Born: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Born in the windswept North of England, I grew up on a diet of movies, music and comic books. It wasn’t until my first viewing Otomo Katsuhiro’s seminal anime masterpiece, ‘AKIRA’, that the world of Japanese manga opened up to me. ‘AKIRA’ (the manga), ‘Fist of the North Star’ and ‘Appleseed’ were greedily consumed alongside ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Spider Man’ and Art Spiegleman’s ‘MAUS’ and Joe Sacco’s ‘Palestine’, further developing my eclectic palette for entertainment.
Moving to London in 2000, I pursued a career in publishing, culminating in positions with Macmillan Publishing and ‘Harry Potter’ publisher, ‘Bloomsbury’. In 2017, armed with ample editorial experience, I made the move to Japan where I was overjoyed to join the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® editorial team.
Favorite manga: ‘AKIRA’, ‘Domu’, ‘Uzumaki’ ‘Tomie’, ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’
Favorite movie: ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Indiana Jones Trilogy’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’
Favorite band: The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Nick Cave, Bad Seeds
Favorite quote: “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” – Monty Python’s ‘Flying Circus’
Born: El Tigre, Anzoategui, Venezuela
I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t watching anime! Ever since my first encounter with ‘Pokémon’, I knew I wanted to join the world of Japanese manga, but it wasn’t until soon after moving to Porto, Portugal, that I first encountered ‘Naruto’. My planning for a new life in Japan began then.
At university in Portugal, I juggled studying Multimedia Art and Design with learning Japanese in my spare time. My life then forever changed when I won a scholarship to study a Master’s Degree in Manga with the Kobe Design University in Japan. After submitting my thesis comparing “American comic heroes with Japanese manga Shonen heroes”, I finally realized my dream by joining the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® editorial team. I love working with creators from all over the world so let’s make some amazing manga together!
Favorite manga: ‘Sailor Moon’, ‘Card Captor Sakura’, ‘Inuyasha’, ‘Naruto’, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’
Favorite movie: The ‘Harry Potter’ series
Favorite band: Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Sound Horizon
Favorite quote: “You have got two legs, so stand up and keep walking” – ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’
Born: Kent, United Kingdom
Growing up in England I did many different jobs but, after a chance encounter with such anime masterpieces as ‘Fist of the North Star’, ‘AKIRA’, and ‘Legend of the Overfiend’, I soon realized that my inner Otaku needed to experience Japan firsthand… as soon as possible!
After celebrating my 21st birthday in Osaka, I immediately fell in love with the country and immigrated to Japan soon after. I’ve had a keen interest in the Japanese language, and after several years of hard study, I eventually went onto become a freelance translator of Japanese to English. I’ve translated all kinds of interesting manga and movie titles over the years, but I finally reached the pinnacle of my career when I helped localize ‘Fist of the North Star’ into English for the hugely successful eOne Book Kickstarter campaign! Now, it is with great honor that I have taken my passion for manga to the next level, joining the almighty ranks of SILENT MANGA AUDITION® editorial team where I will serve as your editor! Let’s make something really special!
Favorite manga: ‘Fist of the North Star’, ‘Kinnikuman’, ‘Higanjima’, ‘Legend of the Overfiend’, ‘AKIRA’
Favorite movie: ‘The Toxic Avenger’
Favorite band: Slayer
Favorite quote: “Waga shogai ni ippen no kui nashi!!” (I have no regrets of the life I’ve led!!) – ‘Fist of the North Star’
Born: Tokyo, Japan
My first encounter with anime/manga was ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ and ‘Galaxy Express 999’, which I ritually watched every morning before leaving for kindergarten! It wasn’t long before I came across ‘Urusei Yatsura’, where I first fell in love with Lum, not to mention ‘Fist of the North Star’, ‘Dragon Ball’, and ‘Lupin the Third’. My first manga memories began with ‘Kinnikuman’, but my prized collection suddenly vanished after being told to study by my mother when I was ten! (*sob!*)
Returning to Japan after graduating from university in the U.S., I worked for several years here in Tokyo within the media industry, and was involved in many broadcasts and productions. During that time, I had a strong inclination towards reading samurai-themed manga such as ‘Vagabond’ and ‘Hyogemono’, as well as revisiting old favorites like ‘AKIRA’, ‘City Hunter’, and the classics by Osamu Tezuka. Today, I’m excited to join the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® editorial team and look forward to further integrate my experience in media, as well as sate my insatiable appetite for entertainment!
Favorite manga: ‘Akira’, ‘Keiji’, ‘The Laughing Salesman’, ‘Golgo 13’
Favorite anime: ‘Paprika’, ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Lupin the Third’
Favorite film directors: Kusturica, Jodorowski, Almodóvar, Kore-eda, Kurosawa
Favorite musician: Hiromi Uehara, Soil and Pimp Sessions
Favorite quote: “I shall fulfill the gap in your mind… and of course, I shall receive no payment at all” – ‘The Laughing Salesman’