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CHILD OF WAR: How your characters COME ALIVE! – Japanese Manga 101 – #015

Today we’ll show you how to make your characters COME ALIVE, right in the first scene.

There are a variety of ways you can breathe life into your characters. We’ll show you one that is often used and very effective.

Here’s Tetsuo Hara sensei’s latest “Child of War”, a current serial on Comic-Zenon.

The hero Nobunaga is beating the enemies in style! But the ones we wanna focus on here is not him, but the mobs around him. Take a look at the parts surrounded with blue lines!

For every action by the hero, the mobs show a colourful reaction. They go from being shocked, to fearful, to admiring him. They even speak about how and why the hero is so great.

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Of course, the hero’s actions are very well drawn, but it’s the mobs who really make the hero stand out from the rest. They make the reader really feel the greatness of our hero.

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Here is an example of a football manga.

Let’s say the hero scores a goal! How exciting would it be if there were no one in the field or in the audience? If it was just the hero “explaining” how great the shot was?

No matter how well you draw the action, it just won’t work.

On the other hand, how about if, without a word, the hero shoots and scores. Then the audience stands and cheers, the announcer screams, and not just his own team, but his opponents also praise the shot, explaining how amazing it was. This a MUCH better illustration of the hero’s finest moment.

So, the key to making your character COME ALIVE is making the MOBS support your character.

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In the next episode, we’ll show you the MOBS. They are the sub-characters, but the ones your hero can’t live without.

See you next time!


Taiyo Nakashima