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’

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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’

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Ken Dene

Born: Tokyo, Japan

My first manga memories began with ‘Kinnikuman’, soon followed by ‘Dragon Ball’ and ‘Fist of the North Star’.  My prized manga collection suddenly vanished after being told to study by my mother when I was around ten! (*sob!*). Returning to Japan after studying in the U.S., I worked for years in Tokyo within the media industry, in which I was involved with entertainment content.  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. I am excited to further integrate my experience in media, as well as sate my insatiable appetite for entertainment as a part of the SILENT MANGA AUDITION® editorial team!

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’

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