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German Artist Gets Manga Published by Shueisha

by tsubasalover
Oct 22, 2013 7:38 AM | 42 Comments
The first volume of German artist Carolin Eckhardt's online comic "Okusama Guten Tag!" was published by Shueisha on Friday. Shueisha serializes Eckhardt's comic in its "Tonari no Young Jump" online magazine.

The story follows a newlywed couple, Julia and Takashi. Julia hails from Germany and Takashi is a Japanese bank employee. The volume includes the comic itself, recipes for German food appearing in the series, and Eckhardt's commentaries on German culture.

Official manga website: http://tonarinoyj.jp/manga/okusama/

Source: Comic Natalie

Story by Nidhoeggr

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grandy_UiD said:
(I always feel like the german anime/manga fandom is made up of 95% yaoi loving fujoshi >_>)

Let me tell you, this is not the case, it just seems this way, because there's a larger quantity of new Yaoi titles in comparison to popular shounen or shoujo titles, but this doesn't mean yaoi adds more volumes in general than other genre. Many yaoi mangas have only one or two volumes, so to keep the fanbase interesed, they need to translate more different titles, because they run out of volumes much faster.
We just don't "need" this many new shounen titles, because Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Conan, Get Backers etc. are still ongoing and deliver new volumes every few months for years now.
Example: "Seven Days" is a Boys Love manga with two volumes, this is not uncommon, many BL are very short. This means the publisher needs a "replacement" after just two volumes.
"Inu Yasha" has 56 volumes, it took years for this manga to end, actually I think it was over a decade and only after all these years the publisher needs a "replacement".
You can rest assured though, there are some manga being published in Germany that don't fall into the category mainstream shounen/shoujo or Boys Love, some I never expected to be published in the first place, but the only reason these manga can be published is thanks to the money the popular titles make and since many girls apparently love BL, the money these manga make also helps publishing manga like Vagabond or Vinland Saga.


About the topic: Congratulations! =) Personally, I'd like to read that simply becasue of the reason this manga is about my own culture. I always find it very interesting to see what other people think about the stuff that's completely normal for me, or how other Germans explain to people from other countries how life is like here and what we do.
Also, I'd like to apologize that the first thing that came to my mind when I read "Eckhardt's commentaries on German culture" was carneval in Rhineland. That's about the craziest we get. And the most embarrassing. Even other Germans don't understand, I'm... just sorry.

Oct 25, 2013 6:33 PM by kennikitty

symbv said:
grumpytoast said:
I looked at it and I actually think the art is kinda cute? It's different from the usual Japanese shojo but I still though it was rather cute, the small eyes are a nice change.. I didn't like the color pages but I thought the black and white pages were rather nice.
I think the main problem would be, even if from a general point of view the quality of the drawing is not low, the art style may not be something that would be judged popular in Japan (small eyes in shoujo could be one example). And this would present a substantial obstacle to any ambition of having a manga published by an established publisher in Japan.


It kind of reminds me of a couple manga's I've seen before though.. And slightly of Asano Inio's style but smaller eyes and his manga's do pretty well

Oct 24, 2013 1:18 AM by grumpytoast

Tengai said:
Makuro said:
Good for her, I really wanted to be a manga artist but I still need to study Japanese.


Wow that's really good news :D good for her good for her ^_^

Well me and Makuro are planning on making Manga because Bakuman inspired us both to create Manga and we will be like the two main characters in Bakuman working together :3

I really hope that someday Japan will publish our Manga too :3


Don't be sure about that because we still need to study Japanese language before we start making a Manga. Well, we should start creating ideas on what we'll do on our Manga.

I'll try my best on the drawing ^_^
You should make the story thrilling or exciting :3

Oct 23, 2013 11:04 AM by Makuro

Makuro said:
Good for her, I really wanted to be a manga artist but I still need to study Japanese.


Wow that's really good news :D good for her good for her ^_^

Well me and Makuro are planning on making Manga because Bakuman inspired us both to create Manga and we will be like the two main characters in Bakuman working together :3

I really hope that someday Japan will publish our Manga too :3

Oct 23, 2013 10:55 AM by Tengai

Good for her, I really wanted to be a manga artist but I still need to study Japanese.

Oct 23, 2013 9:58 AM by Makuro

tsubasalover said:

The story follows newlywed couple Julia and Takashi. Julia hails from Germany and Takashi is a Japanese bank employee. The volume includes the comic itself, recipes for German food appearing in the series, and Eckhardt's commentaries on German culture.


Yeah, right. Blutwurst über alles! >.> How about marrying to an underpaid overworked ordinary Japanese man with five kids or something?

Seriously, the cover looks nothing like manga, the main character looks like the author herself, and looks horrible altogether.

Congrats, but "NO, THANK YOU!"

Oct 23, 2013 7:43 AM by zellami

Congrats

Oct 23, 2013 6:03 AM by Mr_Gutts

Pretty crazy, grats to her.

Would be awesome if this boosts manga/anime popularity here in Germany somehow, so we would get some more stuff from Japan published. Although I highly doubt that.

(I always feel like the german anime/manga fandom is made up of 95% yaoi loving fujoshi >_>)

Oct 23, 2013 1:26 AM by grandy_UiD

Nice to see other people aside from the Japanese working with their manga. I'm not sure about over there, but here German translated manga is really expensive. I am not sure if making their own will make it better, but a really nice sight. Does he make German versions as well though?

Oct 22, 2013 11:14 PM by Blaze_

Woah! That's actually pretty cool. D:

Oct 22, 2013 9:41 PM by LaOveja

grumpytoast said:
I looked at it and I actually think the art is kinda cute? It's different from the usual Japanese shojo but I still though it was rather cute, the small eyes are a nice change.. I didn't like the color pages but I thought the black and white pages were rather nice.
I think the main problem would be, even if from a general point of view the quality of the drawing is not low, the art style may not be something that would be judged popular in Japan (small eyes in shoujo could be one example). And this would present a substantial obstacle to any ambition of having a manga published by an established publisher in Japan.

Oct 22, 2013 9:38 PM by symbv

symbv said:
Nidhoeggr said:
Shiratori99 said:
There's shoujo manga being sold in Germany by German artists but the art is usually much worse than what's known from Japanese manga.
That's because German working time per day is restricted to usually 8 hours, which is a lot less than the amount of time Japanese mangaka (have to) put into their manga. Also, the industry framework is completely different.
But I guess quite a lot would have to do with the difference of aesthetics and art style which means the art imitating Japanese manga could look inferior to what being produced in Japan?


I looked at it and I actually think the art is kinda cute? It's different from the usual Japanese shojo but I still though it was rather cute, the small eyes are a nice change.. I didn't like the color pages but I thought the black and white pages were rather nice.

Oct 22, 2013 9:34 PM by grumpytoast

thats cool news

Oct 22, 2013 8:49 PM by j0x

Nidhoeggr said:
Kurogashi said:
Good job Nidhoeggr.
What was the process like? What made them choose your manga?


Lol.
Seriously?
I only "wrote" the news article.


Sorry. When it said 'story by you', I thought you wrote the 'story'...

symbv said:
Kurogashi said:
What was the process like? What made them choose your manga?
Read or watch Bakuman and you would get some idea how people get their manga published by Suiseisha. Of course the case with Bakuman is a lot more competitive because the manga magazine in question is Shounen Jump but the process is similar: Take your manga to the publisher or join competition.


It's a pretty big deal for a foreigner to get published in Japan's relatively 'isolated' companies, especially if he/she doesn't live there.

Oct 22, 2013 8:46 PM by Kurogashi

kenshin_sama said:
Nidhoeggr said:
Kurogashi said:
Good job Nidhoeggr.
What was the process like? What made them choose your manga?


Lol.
Seriously?
I only "wrote" the news article.

Congratulations, Nidhoeggr-sensei!


yep def grats on that manga you didn't write

the name is takashi
i am so happy

Oct 22, 2013 6:13 PM by Regicide

Nidhoeggr said:
Kurogashi said:
Good job Nidhoeggr.
What was the process like? What made them choose your manga?


Lol.
Seriously?
I only "wrote" the news article.

Congratulations, Nidhoeggr-sensei!

Oct 22, 2013 5:10 PM by -Kenshin-

Just checked the official sites, and wow, 27 chapters already. It looks like quite a funny manga. And the art is not that bad, it might be different from our usual manga (especially in the use of screen tones, I think) but that's just all, different.

Oct 22, 2013 4:25 PM by zlood

That's actually very interesting news. Might read it if it becomes available to me.

Oct 22, 2013 3:39 PM by Mirorin

Interesting. Congratulations.

Oct 22, 2013 2:48 PM by babymilo91

Seems interesting from the synopsis but the art hurt my eyes.

Oct 22, 2013 12:41 PM by ainky

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