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4 Reasons Why Being a Mangaka Is a Living Hell and Why You Shouldn't Criticize Them Them

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Having the passion to bring the world in your head into the real world for people to see and enjoy sounds wonderful. You get to do what you love and make other people happy as well all while making a fortune. Right? Wrong. Behind the scenes of creating a manga is a probably depressed and broke author trying to make it to the top. With this list, you'll be able to see our beloved mangakas in a new light. So whenever you're thinking of being an online critique and say something bashful online, please hesitate to click send.

1. They Live An Unhealthy Lifestyle

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen by Aka Akasaka

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen by Aka Akasaka

Japan, in general, has got a history when it comes to overworking, mangakas are no exception. With this type of lifestyle, illness is inevitable. For instance, Hunter x Hunter is infamous for being in a 1000 something day hiatus. This is due to the author's, Yoshihiro Togashi, severe back pain. Because of their dedication to their work, mangakas will throw away their own well-being aside to have better concentration in their work to be able to come up with plots and meet deadlines.

2. They Follow Hectic Schedules

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S by Coolkyousinnjya

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S by Coolkyousinnjya

According to an article, Oda Eiichiro, the author of the long-running series One Piece, sleeps three hours a day. Mangakas will work for about 16-20 hours a day. You'll be lucky if you have 4 hours of sleep. Here's the author of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto's work schedule.

6:00~9:00: Sleep
9:00~13:00: Work
13:00~14:00: Lunch
14:00~23:00: Work
23:00~24:00: Dinner/Bath
24:00~30:00: Work


3. Unsurprisingly Hard Work

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S by Coolkyousinnjya

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S by Coolkyousinnjya

The pressure they have to deal with to get through the week, the amount of work they have to deal with. It's quite miserable. From setting up storyboards, drawing panel-to-panel, and editing. One week to complete an 18-24 page chapter will really push one's mind and physical body to its limits. This is the root of their health problems, from sitting for too long and getting your hand strained from drawing too much.

4. They Don't Get Paid Much

It's no secret to otakus and weebs that the majority of mangakas are underpaid, Despite having good art and story to offer, that won't mean much. You're going to have to do a lot of work, which you're not going to be able to do all by yourself. That's where the assistant comes in, although you're still going to have to pay them through your own pocket. Mangakas can publish an entire shelf worth of content and will still be underpaid.

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Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 01, 2021:

thank you for this insightful information

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