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 20640 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
Welcome to the 13 minute classic - Mangaka-san to Assist-san to The Animation.
The story in itself isn't anything special, of course. It follows the perverted, young mangaka Aito Yuuki, which, because of his lack of zeal, is about to miss the deadline once again.
The story is pure comedy, so I don't really mind if its not worked out perfectly.
Cute character designs, as well as good backgrounds and just as good animations definitely help making a good anime. Just like in this case. The colors are lively, the qualitiy is consistent, nothing to rant about.
Kugimiya Rie in action. I think I don't need to tell much. But since I like her, I'll do so nonetheless.
The CVs are top notch. The seiyus of Kirito/Sora, Kagura/Louise/Shana, Haqua/Yotsugi/Yukino as well as Tsukihi/Index just deliver. Newcomer Noto Arisa does a good job as well.
Next, openings and endings. The opening "Junsui na Fujunbutsu" stood out and perfectly sets the mood for the 13 minutes to come. The ending on the other hand, while still a good song, is rather unmemorable.
BGMs suffer from the same cause. Good, but unmemorable.
They do complement the anime though.
The characters aren't new at all, instead, they're pretty much archetypical, yet still really likeable. The interactions between the characters are hillarious, but the characters miss a bit of background story. There IS backgroundstory, yes, but not that much. But then again, its an comedy anime. My personnal favorite Sena got me to the 8 points though. The second-best role of Kugimiya Rie up to date, with only Kagura being even better, but not as loveable though.
I ended up laughting every episode, so why not 10 points? Because this anime also holds the hardest borderline experience of all anime. (***SPOILER***) Beware of Episode 8 (***SPOILER END***) It really gave me the creeps, but at the same time made me jealous...
Definitely a great comedy anime to calm down. Having just 12 episodes á 13 minutes predistines it as a filler to calm down, or when you want to relax on some busy days.
Recommended for nearly everyone, who doesn't mind a fair share of ecchi and dirty jokes. 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 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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