Is a ninja dog who dreams of becoming the greatest manga creator in the animal world. To help achieve his dream, Mocchi gives him a mission… “Learn how to create manga at the Manga Dojo.” His favorite food is Ramen.

“Shihan” Manga Master

The master of the dojo and Penmaru’s tutor in the ways of manga. An experienced editor who had worked in the manga industry for over 30 years. His favorite food is Niku-jaga (Japanese Meat & Potato Stew)


<Previously in MANGA DOJO…>

“If you want to develop your skills in creating manga, draw SILENT MANGA!!”

Motivated by Shihan’s lesson, Penmaru decided to join the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®, his first step to become a professional manga creator.

He immediately attempted to create his first manga, fueled by passion and determination… but…?




Penmaru: Aha, that’s true! Alright, I’m definitely going to try!

Penmaru: Now it’s time to order manuscript papers, inks and pens!!! Here I goooooooooooo!!


Shihan: Wait wait waaaaaaaaiiiiit!! Hold it!!!


Penmaru: Eeeeeeh!?!? What is it , Shihan!? I want to draw manga, and entertain everyone right now!!


Shihan: And that is exactly why you must “WAIT”!

Shihan: Manuscript paper? Inks and pens? Penmaru, are you planning to start drawing without any preparation?


Penmaru: No way! I have the idea in mind already. All I have to do is draw a draft on paper and ink it! That’s how I make manga!


Shihan: ……


Penmaru: (Oh, he’s finally silent! I bet I’ve shocked him with how right I am, he has no reason to scold me this time!)


Shihan: Penmaru… how much have you thought about your idea?


Penmaru: ?? Well, I am planning to draw a manga where the protagonist cooperates with his all his teammates, plays well, and wins the match!


Shihan: I see… and can you tell me how they play so well?


Penmaru: Ah that! Well, I’ll come up with a reason as I draw. I wanna start drawing the cool action scenes and a charming protagonist first! 😉


Shihan: Penmaru… how many pages do you intend to draw, in how much time?


Penmaru: Hmmmm, I’m not sure yet but I think I’ll have it finished in 2 weeks.


Shihan: (I see, this boy…)

Shihan: (He’s absolutely haphazard!!!)


Penmaru: Hm? What’s the matter, sir?


Shihan: Penmaru…In order to become successful, there is but one goal you must aim for. Do you know what that goal is?


Penmaru: Win an award?? Become the top voted manga? After all, it’s better to aim for the best, if you gotta aim for anything!


Shihan: I see how you think. But I think of it this way…




Penmaru: !!!


Penmaru: Huh!? Isn’t that too humble of you? Isn’t that aiming too low? Of course I need to get the manga done!


Shihan: When you want to become the best, it may pretty obvious. However, this is at the very core of manga. No manga creator has been successful without working on the basics.


Shihan: Just think about it, Penmaru. How much time does it take for you to draw one page?


Penmaru: ??? About 4 hours I think, if you mean drawing the draft and inking it……


Shihan: I see. Now imagine… “What would you do if you change the story as during drawing?”


Penmaru: Huh? Well……I would probably re-draw from the beginning. I don’t want something half baked, you know.


Shihan: I see… so do you still think you could complete your manga in 2 weeks?


Penmaru: !!!! I didn’t think about that!!!!!


Shihan: Kazuo Koike sensei, a manga writer who co-created works include ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ amongst many others, told this to the students in his manga classes:

“An ironclad rule to becoming a manga creator is to “complete a manga, no matter what”. This is very important. Whatever the content, once the END mark is added, a manga is considered completed and is now “a piece” or “a production”, which can be read by anybody, or sent to a manga competition. Also, completing a piece gives you confidence to move onto the next work…

If you’re starting your manga career, first aim for completing your work and adding the END mark. Then, when you move to your next work, keep in mind your action to finalize/polish your manga while trying to complete it.”



Shihan: Creating a single manga episode… is already a very hard and time consuming task to accomplish. Just like you tried to do right now, if you start aimlessly drawing, you will most likely bump into an unexpected obstacle.


Shihan: Needless to say, it’s absolutely absurd to just give up drawing the work you promised to complete, just because you faced an obstacle. You can never the win trust from either the editor or the reader this way!


Penmaru: Nooooo!!


Shihan: Right? However, things can be simple. All you have to do is prepare throughly, complete the manga, show it to people and get opinions.

Shihan: You cannot make an aircraft if you don’t have the parts or the blueprint. You cannot cook without the recipe or the ingredients. Likewise, you cannot create a manga episode without a prepared idea. As they say, “more haste, less speed, better safe than sorry”!

Shihan: A well prepared manga is easier to draw,, and less likely to fail. If you want to complete a manga sooner, it is important to plan one step at a time and go through it steadily.


Penmaru: OK…! (Sweat)


Penmaru: Ah… there’s so much to learn from Shihan… I still have lots to work to do. Can I really become the manga creator I dream of?


Shihan: ……Penmaru. You do tend to go wild, and move mindlessly…


Penmaru: (Ugh, he’s quite harsh!!)


Shihan: But you have a strong weapon inside you… “Passion”. Just like Tezuka sensei insists,  being able to continue drawing is a talent in itself. You are gifted, in the way you continue to work to make your dream come true.


Shihan: As long as you are facing the right direction, your passion will lead you to become a beloved manga creator!


Penmaru: !! Shihan…!


Shihan: Good! Let’s rest for the day! Let me see your passionate, eager face tomorrow!


Penmaru: Yes!!



Thus, Penmaru’s noisy first day at the Dojo ends.

How will he grow, under the strict yet loving tutelage of Shihan!?
The manga journey of this Ninja Dog to has only just begun…
What kind of lessons will await this young manga creator?
Read the next episode, to know the steps of manga creation!!


< NEXT EPISODE… March 19 MON >

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