Ode, Fujimoto, Horikoshi and other authors of Jump share their secret to create a clear manga

The editorial department of Shonen Jump conducted a survey of the authors of Jump, in which outstanding writers from the magazine took part, including the authors of Eiichiro Odea, Tatsuki Fujimoto, Kohei Horikoshi, Gege Akuts, Koyoharu Gotouuge, Tite Kubo and others.

One of the questions in the survey concerned the authors of how they created a clear manga.All authors had their own approach to this problem, and we collected all the answers for you in this post.

The following fragments come from

Shonen Jump guide for manga


While the Ode and Fujimoto maintained a short and simple answer, Gotouge, Horikoshi, Akuts, Yusei Matsui and others decided on more detailed answers.

We Never Learn

author of Taishi Tsutsui and author

Witch Watch

Kent Shinohara definitely gave the longest answers.

P. What is your approach to creating a clear manga?

Eiichiro Odea


They stoves

Good phraseology

Tatsuki Fujimoto


Fire punch


Chain saw

Limit text and explanations to a minimum.

Kohei Horikoshi


My hero acadekaren

As a medium, the manga is read by moving from one speech to the next, so I think about their location.Recently, I played close -ups.

Gege Akutami


Jujutsu kaisen

I let my art fly right next to the safety and finish line to direct the reader’s eyes.He said that I tend to sacrifice readability for what I think is interesting, so don’t treat me like a role model.

Koyoharu Gotouge


Demon Sądzyce: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Even if the world you build is complex, do not try to explain it right away.Most readers will be overwhelmed if you fill them with waves of unknown terminology and tricky concepts.So keep simplicity – especially at the beginning – and instead refer to the senses.

Demizu slopes

, artist

The Promise Neverland


Show people what you want to show them!

Emphasize these key elements visually and blur or even skip things that are to go without much warning.For each panel, page, chapter and volume, decide which elements you want to show the most.This makes the manga readable.

Kaiu Shirai

, writer

The Promise Neverland

And determine what I want to convey and transform it into a story organized in the best possible way for my message to reach me.

I create scenes that will be unforgettable even after reviewing.They must have an engaging amount of diversity that results from the rhythm, volume and location of dialogues;what information bits are provided;page layout;A page that changes motivation and use of story bits.

Tite Kubo



Stick to vertical and horizontal panels.When I started, my editor said: “You have too many diagonal panels”, which really stuck.

Taishi tsutsui


We never learn

Give each character a clear figure, so even in a long time it is obvious, who is who.

Keep a simple page layout.The panels should remain within the right boundaries.

Follow the rules of 180 degrees of filming (e.g. the character on the right should not be suddenly shown on the left).

Make sure that every balloon with a word has a tail directed towards the speaker.When the speaker is outside the panel, add a small drawing of the chibi factor of the speaker (so that it is still crystal clear).

Do not let the panel edges, bubbles or other composition elements cut off the parts of the head or face.

Try not to have more than four lines of the text on a speech bubble with a word.At most five.

Kent Shinohara


Sket Dance


Astra lost in space


Watch watch

Art, arrangement, balloons with words.Drawings should be made carefully and intentionally.Use thick and thin lines if necessary.Always pay attention to black/white balance.Good use of half -tones makes art not painfully clear.

Remember to move the camera to some panels (annoying the task, but makes the manga more readable as a story when readers have a relative position and character distance).

Give each word a balloon a tail to make it crystal clear, who speaks.In panels with many signs and spring onions with many words, arrange all these elements in an easy -to -follow way.When placing balloons with words, always be aware that time flows from right to left and from top to bottom.Just worry about techniques, such as directing the reader when you discuss the above points and you will still be freedom to organize matters further.

Shun Saeki

, artist

Food wars!Shokgeki no soma

As an artist, I would say “placing panels that make the flow is transparent” and “good black and white balance.”Most importantly, avoid art in which it is not clear what is presented.

Yusei Matsui


Class of killings


Elusive samurai

Scroll the text as much as possible.Colorless visual composition from what you need to show.Avoid jargon and terminology characteristic of the series.Always explain at any time whether the reader should focus on art or history.Readability is the main pillar of the manga success, so I try not to worry about this fact.

Kentaro Yabuki


Ayakashi triangle

, series artist

To love ru

Cut the fat and use the minimum required number of panels.Use all tricks to direct the reader’s eyes.

On the plot side, you want each double -page spread to have one panel, which is clearly the central point (which is a separate issue from your general climax).

Creating this pace means that readers are happy to turn the site.

Ryuhei Tamura




Hard -boiled and dolphin

Larger bubbles with words, fewer dialogues, five or less panels on the page.This is perfect.I can’t always stick to these rules.

Shonen Jump guide to create a manga

He is addressed to artists, both new and veterans, to help them sharpen their skills.In addition to interviews with the authors mentioned above, the book also contains sections that talk about creating a new manga and what to do when the author gets stuck.

Section by Tadahiro Mury, author of the book

Yuuna and the Haunted Springs

, in which he gives tips on digital art, is also included in the book.

VIZ Media published a book on October 18, 2022. You can read the announcement



The book is described as follows:

From Dragon Ball to Demon Slayer, from One Piece to My Hero Acadekaren and not only, Weekly Shonen Jump published one of the best manga to honor the Earth.Now the creators and editors of several of the most popular manga in Shonen Jump sit down to discuss how to create exciting stories, how best to use tools and more.Regardless of whether you are just starting your artistic path or whether you are a veteran looking for new tips, The Shonen Jump Guide to Making Manga is the perfect book that will improve your skills.

Contains commentary and advice from Eiichiro Ode (one).Piece), Tite Kubo (Bleach), Shun Saeki (Food Wars), Kaiu Shirai & Postyka Demizu (The Promised Neverland), Yusei Matsui (Komolen class), Kohei Horikoshi (My Hero Acadekaren) and not only!

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