Plot, Scenario, SERIFU DASHI. Use “Name chart” to prep! – Japanese Manga 101 #027
21/07/2015 5 min read
Continuing from last week, we have some valuable tips for preparing a imaginary “name” for a 45 page “one-shot”. After “Ideas and Meetings”, come the “plot, scenario and serifu dashi”. When things reach this stage, pros have different ways of doing things. The first method is to write up your plot in text form. “What do you want to draw?” “What do you most want to tell the reader?” Take out your notepad, and jot down the answers to these questions. Get your idea for your 45 page story down on paper. The next method is to create a scenario with detailed scenes and lines. This is how Tetsuo Hara-sensei did “Child of War”. He had a clear picture of the story inside his head, and he drew a detailed plan, including the characters and text. If there is a separate scenario writer, this plan will done by them, and the artist can focus on creating pictures with lots of expression. When there is no scenario writer, the artist do the scenario also. Finally, there’s the “name chart” method, where you divide a page into boxes, where each box represents a page. In each box, you then write what scenes and dialogue you want to include. Ryuji Tsugihara sensei uses this method when he makes 31 page works. In each of the 31 boxes, he records the story elements that he wants to include, and in this way, plans out his story. Additionally, he also includes notes about the plot in boxes. The manga is divided into an intro, four scenes and an epilogue, and notes on each of those will also be included. As you can see, there are different ways of doing preparations before you begin drawing a name. However, one thing they all have in common, is that they allow the creator to organize the various core elements, such as the composition, scene directions, characters movements, and dialogue. There will probably be times when you get stuck, and can’t seem to complete the name. If this happens to you, try spending a little more time in preparation, At long last! We are onto drawing the name… or are we? There are some artists who first create a small rough name before this. This is Tetsuo Hara-sensei’s full name. You can see a small version of each page and how the panels are divided. First you make a rough name like this… and then based on that, you make the actual name, like Tsukasa Hojo-sensei’s. Now you’ve seen, how much time and effort the manga artists devote to prepare before drawing a name. The NAME is a blueprint for your manga. No Name, means no manga. You just can’t make something without prior plans. Always keep that in mind! GOT IT? Next time, we’ll be looking at name creation from the editors view point of view. About things that you need to watch out for. See you next time!