English: The Comic Artist and His Assistants
Synonyms: The Comic Artist and Assistants
Japanese: マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと THE ANIMATION
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2014 to Jun 24, 2014
13 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.471 (scored by 22893 users)
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SynopsisThe story depicts the work-life of a perverted mangaka, Aito Yuuki, and his assistant, Ashisu Sahoto. Constantly pressured by his editor and lacking experience with girls, Aito asks Ashisu to act as a reference.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
Side story: Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation Specials
Characters & Voice Actors
As Spring Season for 2014 comes to a close and I start to reflect back at the series I followed, there will be a handful of series that will be memorable. Such a series as Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation that will be a part of the few series I will most definitely remember. It has been a long time where I have came across an anime that is extremely hilarious and to have me in hysterics multiple times in one sitting, and all it takes you might ask? All it takes is 13 minutes. This is hands down the best comedy series of the season thanks to some clever word play followed up with good punch lines and a colorful cast of characters. It follows a episodic format and is lacking in plot but this is really about the highly enjoyable characters and their day to day interactions among each other and the activities they get up to.
The story centers around Aito Yuuki a perverted young man and his daily work life of being a Mangaka and trying to make it to the big time. He lacks focus for the most part and normally finds himself getting off-track due to his careless and free nature that always has him struggling to make the deadlines. To help him with his manga "Hajecafe" that is dedicated to his love of cute girls and their lingerie are his Assistant that also play part to keep him on the straight and narrow in Sahoto Ashisu, Rinna Fuwa and Sena Kuroi who are later hired by his Editor and High School peer Mihari Otosuna. From here on out is just a roller coaster of fits of laughter.
The Visuals are super clean, bright and vibrant and the animation is crisp, Zexcs did a solid job in maintaining a solid quality throughout. The designs of the characters add to the contrast of the series, such a colorful cast and all fitting the look of their personalities very well. Most Ecchi tend to always step over that fine-line with a heavy amount of scandalous camera angles focusing and zooming up on body parts but Mangaka-san to Assistant-san keeps things well under balance....for the most part.
The Opening song, "Junsui na Fujunbutsu" by StylipS sets the mood instantly, and is fun and tends to get very catchy. At some point and unaware, I even found myself singing along to the series and I don't even know Japanese nor remember the words however, in the moment, it magically comes out...weird ain't it? It cracks me up before the episode has even started, since it airs early morning for me, the song wakes me up...even better than coffee, surely this speaks volumes of the vibes this series presents.
The soundtrack overall compliments the dialogues and makes most of the comedic moments and punchlines even more enjoyable experience. The voice acting for the characters fits superbly, they are all on point and fit each characters personalities. I found that Yoshitsugu Matsuoka who plays Aito's character did a fantastic job, he really brought that character to life and played the over the top and exaggerated moments in an excellent manner with out over doing it. The Ending song, "Spica" also by StylipS is a much calmer and peaceful melody, I was expecting something that keeps the happy vibe going but I'm not complaining.
Now back to the colorful cast of these characters, the chemistry between each of them is what makes this show highly enjoyable and a pleasure, this is what brings you back every week. The entertainment value you get from these characters is like hitting the jackpot. As mentioned before, Aito Yuuki, the lingerie fetish loving and major masochist is the keystone to the comedy but he is greatly complimented and supported by his fellow assistant's.
Satoho is a well mannered aspiring mangaka and Aito's main assistant. Most of her work is always rejected so she has come to be Aito's underling to learn from him, but due to his nature, she is often annoyed by his antics which are normally targeted at her. Her interactions with Aito are hilarious and normally ends with Satoho heavily lashing out him but as much as she can be cold towards him, she deeply respects Aito as a artist.
Mihari comes with a gimmick that never get's old, her chopping board-like chest. As mentioned before, she is Aito's editor who is usually violent and often lashing out at him with all the mischief he get's up to but at the same time she can be tolerable and often encourages him to strive to be better. One of the gold moments in the series is when Mihari further develops feelings for Aito, it creates a lot of awkward scenario's and leave me in fits of laughter.
Rinna is a fan of Aito's manga and admires him, she was hired solely on the fact that Aito wanted a cute girl to help inspire him. She is a happy-go-lucky and cheerful person and she has a tendency to play along with Aito's perverted ideas. And lastly there is Sena who is the super assistant and also a tsundere with a sadistic nature. She is very sensitive about her height and often deals to those that make light at it.
In conclusion, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san is a well executed and excellent comedy series that has become 1 of my favorites of this season and I really appreciate what it presents and that is the entertainment value that you receive. I would feel really comfortable recommending this to anyone, it's just a treasure and I just wish that the episodes were longer but yet it is still satisfying. If you are looking for a fun show that rich in humorous moments that makes you laugh so hard that it hurts than look no further than here. Everything just gels well and creates a very enjoyable and memorable experience. read more
"Pantsu are number one!" -Aito Yuuki
This slice of life - or rather, a slice of a perverted mangaka's life anime contains a wonderful mix of colourful characters, absurd settings and best of all: the erotic, crude humour. Slap all these ingredients together, and you bake up this tasty treat: Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to: The Animation, almost guaranteeing laughter in every episode.
Story:- 6 out of 10.
You really wouldn't expect it to be driven by plot given it's premise and so it follows the main character; Aito, an extremely perverted mangaka; and his assistants in their chemistry of daily happenings. Humour is the central concept that drives this anime with some sub-concepts here and there.
Art:- 7 out of 10.
The art is solid, crisp, consistent and sensible. The animation smartly split into sections (to match the manga's structure), which keeps the anime fresh so it doesn't get stale over the 13 minutes. The body language, facial expressions are very well done.
Sound:- 8 out of 10.
I feel like this is one of the winning point, no, not the catchy music, not the beautiful OSTs but the voice acting. They definitely got the perfect voice actors for each of the characters. The way they express through voice is flawless, this is especially true for the main character Aito (Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu or Kirito from SAO, yeah.. I know). A mesh of tone, amplitude and pitch really sets the mood and allows you to properly connect to the anime and its scenes for example: you could just listen to the audio and figure out what they're doing.
Character:- 8 out of 10.
If you could describe the anime's two winning points as a one-two punch: one being the voice acting, then two would definitely be the character chemistry and interactions.
The characters themselves all hold true to the generic band of tsundere, sensible girl, loli, and etc. However with the dynamics being in harmony with the magnificent voice acting, it really packs the punch when the characters interact with each other and differentiates themselves from other anime's by giving each of the characters distinctiveness: e.g. Ashisu's S side. I feel like this gives a better comedic sense in the anime i.e. certain reactions would only work between characters which have built up a certain relationship and this works with Mangaka-to because they communicate well.
This being said, there is almost no character development except for maybe one or two other characters.
Enjoyment:- 10 out of 10.
Despite being 13 minutes long, and something I first didn't think would be worth watching - oh boy was I wrong on so many levels. I would always anticipate for the next episode and would wish the episodes would be longer - and hope for a 2nd season. Definitely recommended for people who love perverted humour in strong small segments. It's very unfortunate this is overlooked and underrated.
So wrapping it all up I think this anime is very deserving of a 8 out of 10, despite its weak plot, the voice acting and character dynamics really pull through an extremely good sense of humour.
(N/B: The scoring system I used is relative to it's genre,) read more
Both are anime about a mangaka and his assistant(s) but Mangaka-san is more ecchi.
The same situation where it involves a manga artist and his assistant, except in one anime it is the guy who is going after the girls while in the other anime it is the girl who is going after the guy.
- A male main-protagonist who publishes his own manga (included in a monthly manga-magazine).
- A female assistant (literally in Mangaka, although "of the sorts" in the case of Nozaki-kun).
- Both of the male Protagonists work under the pressure of deadlines, and had (up till some point,) been searching after someone to help them keep on schedule (these are iow. obviously the females mentioned earlier).
- The Main-lead in Nozaki-kun, is a girl named Sakura Chiyo, and everything (as far as we know,) is viewed from her perspective. (... and let's hope it stays that way).
This strongly contrasts from Mangaka, within were everything was (for the most part) viewed from multiple POVs.
- Mangaka is borderline harem-ish, the other not at all or even reversed.
- Mangaka: male-oriented, however it was still universally fun.
Nozaki-kun: Shoujo-ish. Although as a guy, I find it one of my favorite series.
- In Mangaka, it is primarily the Male Main-Lead whom is sexually/romantically or otherwise, interested in the female cast around him. And who even thinks about to any higher degree.
In Nozaki-kun, the Female Main-Lead is in-love with the male protagonist, who (as of so far) only seems to recognise her potential in inking (etc...).
- In Mangaka, the assistant is (for better or/and for worse,) trying to distance herself (to some extent) from the male-Protagonist,.. this is whilst in Nozaki-kun, the female Lead is rather trying to make the male-protagonist, fall in love with her.
The same scenario where it has that mangaka X assistant kind of relationship, except one has an extra ecchi and harem genre, while the other is more on the romance side.
Both of the main characters in the story are manga artists, during the show, we reveal their secrets, their assistance and more comedy related stuff.
Both are about a mangaka and his assistant. Both are really funny but Mangaka-san to Assistant-san has more ecchi whereas Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun has more romance.
Both are comedies about mangaka and his assistants. While in Mangaka-san to Assistant-san his manga is ecchi and the whole anime is more ecchi, in Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun his manga is shoujo and the whole anime is more romantic.
Both involves MC who are into manga.
Both also involves an MC who has a rather peculiar attitude.
Both have a short duration time.
One was more of a shojo type while the other was more on ecchi.
One anime was more of a gag type of comedy, while the other one was more of an ecchi type of comedy.
The same situation where obnoxious characters are into the manga business, except the MC in one anime was pretty much hyperactive while the MC on the other anime is a bit horny.
Both have the same group of people making manga and both have the same main character who is a bit wired, except the main character in one anime was eccentric, while the other one is a pervert.
Opening Theme"Junsui na Fujunbutsu (純粋なフジュンブツ)" by StylipS
Ending Theme#1: "Spica." by StylipS (eps 1-11)
#2: "Owarinaki Pantsu (終わりなきパンツ)" by Yuuki Aito (CV: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) (ep 12)
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