Over the last two or so weeks I’ve spent a lot of time watching the UStream of Hadama Yoshikazu. Mr Yoshikazu is the author of the above manga, Tsugumomo. It turns out he broadcasts all his work sessions while he writes his manga, which is really quite amazing. I usually just turn it on while I’m at work or bored at home and just kind of see what he’s up to and see how he does a lot of his art. He’s on quite a bit, check back every now and then to see if you can catch him.
You never really appreciate the work that goes into such a manga until you see it done. There are times where he spends some 10-20 hours on a single page or spread, even something the average reader will probably pass over in just a few seconds. The detail he puts into his work and the time he spends on the small details is really quite amazing, I don’t think I could dedicate myself to the amount of time and effort he has to put in.
Anyways, since I follow him frequently enough, I grabbed his existing books off of Amazon.co.jp, which somehow made it to me in a record 2 days after placing the order. I’m not sure if it’s just because I see what he has to do to write the manga, or if his art is really that good, because I really loved the visuals in the books. The scenery, backgrounds, and details on the characters are really nice. I guess it’s an action manga, with some really cool fights. It occasionally turns a bit fanservicey, and every now and then nudity for the sake of nudity occurs (not complaining though!). The manga has a lot of cloth being drawn (the female lead uses obi as a weapon), with the shading he does giving it an impressive amount of depth. Story wise, it’s at least interesting, I’m not really sure what it’s trying to be yet. From what I can tell, I’m not sure he does either, but at least it’s fun!