Kodansha Ltd.’s monthly Nakayoshi comic anthology for girls has turned to a teenage artist to illustrate a new manga series.
Narumi Hasegaki, 17, is penning the art for “Tonegawa Ririka no Laboratory” (Ririka Tonegawa’s laboratory). The manga series is based on story ideas provided by Aito Aoyagi, best known as the author of “Hamamura Nagisa no Keisan Note” (Nagisa Hamamura’s calculation note), a mystery novel that sold more than 500,000 copies.
The new series started its run in Nakayoshi’s July issue released June 3. The story centers around Ririka Tonegawa, who hates science because of her famous scientist mother. But her life is changed when she meets a genius scientist named Aru. Teaming up with other great scientists, Ririka sets out to solve mysteries.
Hasegaki made her debut as a manga artist when she was only 15 years old in 2012 with “Dear Dear,” which she submitted to Nakayoshi. She caused a stir with her excellent drawing techniques and character-building skills.
At the time, there were more than 10,000 tweets about her work from manga fans who said things like “I can’t believe she’s 15!”
She went on to produce three one-shot stories, all of which were published in Nakayoshi. This is the first time for the artist to start a series.
Meanwhile, Kodansha is set to look for other uncelebrated young artists.
In addition to offering guide books to help beginners get started with creating their own works, the publisher will launch the Nakayoshi Manga Caravan 2014 summer workshop tour from July to September.
The workshop will be held in Tokyo as well as Niigata, Kyoto and Fukuoka prefectures to teach how to draw comics.
Professional manga artists will offer tips to improve drawing skills, with Nakayoshi editors showing parts of the editing process.
For more information, visit Nakayoshi’s official website at (http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/magazine/index.php/01033).
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To see the original story in Japanese, go to the official site of Anime Anime (http://animeanime.jp/).
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