Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Urasawa Naoki Manben - NHK E Special Rips [S1 end]

Edit: Asano Inio's episode is being translated. If anyone with experience in Aegisub wants to help time/sub it, that'd be great. Otherwise, you'll get an amateur hack job from yours truly.

These have not been translated yet. If you're interested in translating any of them, let me know and I'll update this post.

That's the season. Until March 2016.

A Japanese documentary TV series will examine the process of drawing manga from an insider's perspective. Urasawa Naoki no Manben (which, roughly translated, means "Naoki Urasawa's Manga Exertions") is hosted by veteran manga artist Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys) and follows different artists each episode, watching them draw their manga from scratch and exploring what differentiates their styles.

The first episode looks at Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish) as she draws her Warring States Era manga Yukibana no Tora ("Snow Tiger"), emphasizing her speed and the teamwork with her large team of assistants.

The second episode focuses on Kazuhiro Fujita (Ushio and Tora), who eschews rough drafts and uses lots of white-out to draw his latest series, The Black Museum: Ghost and Ready.

Episode 3 examines Inio Asano (Goodnight Pun Pun), who draws his science-fiction series Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction with a mixture of pen and paper and computer software.

The fourth episode peeks behind the curtain of Takao Saitō's workplace, where he has labored away at Golgo 13 for 47 years.

Original pilot episode.

Program has hardsubs for main dialogue, softsubs for secondary dialogue (narrator, etc.).

Original rip courtesy of a very special anon.

Akiko Higashimura:

Fujita Kazuhiro:

Asano Inio:

Saito Takao:


  1. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! I love things like this.

    Ah Habeno, did you remember the one-shot Heroes from Inio Asano???? So, it's gonna be become a series. But it will be published irregularly in Hibana.

    1. So it is.

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  3. Pretty cool. Thanks

  4. This is interesting! I hope I can watch this with subs~

  5. anon doing work


  6. Can you translate episode 3, please?

  7. NHK documentaries and education are usually interesting. Thanks for subbing it.

  8. where's IKEGAMI Ryoichi?