“We are the lucky children of history. Born too late to explore Earth, born too early to explore the universe, born just in time to read Drawing While Masturbating.” -Elon Musk
This modern masterpiece takes a deep look into the manga industry and the healthy habits of the members of a manga team, centering around a manga assistant, Ashida Mamoru, and the author, Mashiro Madoka.
Drawing while Masturbating’s primary focus, of course, is the culture that surrounds the manga industry. With an original, creative premise, it continually leaves the audience wanting more with every stroke. This master work even goes over
legendary techniques employed by manga artists that allow them to beat more than just deadlines. Readers may find themselves employing these methods while reading, even if they aren’t aspiring artists. It’s likely that you could learn to draw a relatively accurate map of Hawaii while reading a chapter. The exceptional plot (and there is plenty of it) never fails to be interesting, with climaxes occurring frequently in each chapter.
This gem goes far beyond being a typical romcom, extolling the virtues of self-love and promoting body positivity with a healthy mindset. This work of genius also demonstrates the importance of being open-minded and accepting towards others, no matter their race, sexuality, or customs. With regards to more specific topics, this magnificent creation even addresses celebrity culture and need for artists to acknowledge their audience’s role in the success of their works. With such important values presented, it really is an underrated, excellent model for self-improvement. It is a shame that such virtuous, family-friendly products are being ignored in favor of trash.
The art is extremely detailed in all the right and important places. In the crucial scenarios, faces are often highlighted to show the natural expressions made. The sound effects and angles complement the art extremely well, really illustrating the pleasure that the characters receive from their work. It’s clear that this mangaka has studiously prepared by researching 6-digit works, although it appears that he has not released any of his own. I would not be surprised if a copy of this crowning achievement ended up in the Louvre based solely on its artistic premise, although it certainly has crucial historical context surrounding it as well, as it has clearly set the standard for mangaka.
There is a diverse and interesting set of characters in Drawing while Masturbating. Ashida Mamoru is the lucky, hard, and working manga assistant and main character of the story. His reputation of finishing fast is quickly put to the test when he meets his partner. Mashiro Madoka, the mangaka that the MC works for, is far from the cookie-cutter waifus that readers may be used to. When she is first introduced, her palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, there’s stains on her panties already-and it’s not from mom’s spaghetti. Her flushed-red face and quick working hands are a constant as she works towards her goals. She has a youthful, maturing personality that screams excitement throughout the story and is indisputably the star of this (unfortunately not a webcam) show. Her older sister, Mashiro Kasumi, works as an editor for the magazine, and helped pair those two together. She is shown to be caring and sensitive, albeit in a different manner than her sister is. Tsutsui Megu, a seemingly prude girl who has difficulty staying focused, is the other manga assistant that is introduced later on. Despite being uncultured, she is serious about her job, serving as a foil to the passionate Madoka.
Together, the group learns to work at each other’s pace and familiarize their habits with one another, showing significant character development over time. This sensation illustrates how important group work and character dynamics can be. For example, a five on one session can easily result in a flurry of activity. However, even the characters are not seen together, the independence demonstrated by each character is truly inspiring. Madoka’s ability to do it herself exemplifies why she is such an outstanding role model for young women everywhere.
The title alone is funnier than most comedy manga. Expect a future anime adaptation announcement in the future, because like Madoka, it's coming. This manga is great for clearing your head, in more ways than one, especially because a lot of blood will likely be rushing elsewhere. After all, we all know why you would read this.
Truly a thought-provoking manga that everyone should read. It’s a travesty that this work of art is so ignored, and quite honestly my review is unable to do it justice. If manga ever becomes mandatory in school or university, this modern literary classic will be the reason why.