Manga-ka Café Opens In Nagoya For Aspiring Manga Creators

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https://www.siliconera.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/manga_kukan.jpg Aspiring manga-ka in Nagoya city in Japan have recently been blessed with a manga café geared specifically toward them. Café owner, Yashuhiro Naitou — not to be confused with the creator of Trigun — has even outfitted the shop with equipment for manga-ka-in-training to use.

 

The establishment, named Manga Kukan, is no ordinary manga café though.

 

In addition to a collection of 10,000 volumes of various manga and offering equipment for manga production, the café is also host to professional lectures, the first of which was given by a Weekly Shounen Jump creator and a two-time Akatsuka Award-winning creator. Included in Manga Kukan’s vast collection are several out-of-print works by Shigeru Mizuki, Yumekichi Minatoya, Yoshiharu Tsuge and various other items from Naito’s own personal collection.

 

Naito, a manga enthusiast, says he established the café in order to help preserve the uniqueness of individual manga-ka after witnessing the closure of numerous manga magazines in recent years. Manga Kukan, he hopes, will help preserve and foster the creation of unique works.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.