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The Comic Artist and His Assistants
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of The Comic Artist and His Assistants volume 1 by Square Enix
マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと
(Mangaka-san to Ashisutanto-san to)
Genre Comedy, Slice of life[1]
Manga
Written by Hiroyuki
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Gangan, Shōnen Gangan, Gangan Online
Original run 20082012
Volumes 10
Audio drama
Released January 26, 2011
Episodes 1
Manga
The Comic Artist and His Assistants 2
Written by Hiroyuki
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Gangan
Original run August 2013September 2014
Volumes 1
Anime television series
The Comic Artist and His Assistants: The Animation
Directed by Takeshi Furuta
Written by Aki Itami
Music by Tomoki Kikuya
Studio Zexcs
Licensed by
Animatsu Entertainment
Network Tokyo MX, AT-X
Original run April 7, 2014June 23, 2014
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
The Comic Artist and His Assistants: The Animation
Directed by Takeshi Furuta
Written by Aki Itami
Music by Tomoki Kikuya
Studio Zexcs
Licensed by
Animatsu Entertainment
Released June 25, 2014November 26, 2014
Runtime 6-10 minutes (per episode)
Episodes 6 (List of episodes)

The Comic Artist and His Assistants (Japanese: マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと Hepburn: Mangaka-san to Ashisutanto-san to?) is a Japanese 4-panel manga series by Hiroyuki. It was serialized in Square Enix's seinen manga magazine Young Gangan from 2008 to 2012. It was collected in ten tankōbon volumes, with the last being published on December 25, 2012. A sequel titled The Comic Artist and His Assistants 2 began serialization in August 2013. An anime television series adaptation by Zexcs began on April 7, 2014 and ended on June 23, 2014 with streaming service Crunchyroll offering an English subtitled version.

Plot[edit]

Manga author Yūki Aito is an incredibly perverted man whose main loves and desires is to love everyone close to him and draw panties. His assistant, Ashisu, is constantly put into awkward situations and is forced to cope with Aito's shenanigans.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Yūki Aito (愛徒 勇気 Aito Yūki?)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (anime), Jun Fukuyama (drama CD)
Yūki is the manga artist of the currently serialized "Hajiratte Cafe Latte" (HajiCafe). He is mostly viewed as perverted by many and does not hesitate to tell his interest or asking his assistants to be his model for reference. Yūki has an uncontrollable fetish for women's undergarments, specifically panties, even so that his main philosophy and theme of his manga revolves around panties, much to the chagrin of others. Yūki has the habit of doing his manga work at the last minute before fixed deadlines due to engaging in his interests, much to his editor's distress. Yūki's goal in life is to be confessed to by a girl before he dies. Yūki is said to be a very skilled manga artist, who could rank much better if he truly wanted, but his interest in drawing panties as his priority gives him only a decent ranking at best. He is 22 years old and happens to be a major masochist.
Sahoto Ashisu (足須 沙穂都 Ashisu Sahoto?)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (anime), Mamiko Noto (drama CD)
Sahoto is Yūki's 19-year-old assistant. Sahoto is described as serious on her work ethic yet very down-to-earth. She is often the target of Yūki's mischief, much to her chagrin, and doesn't hesitate to lash out at him. Albeit as a manga artist assistant, Sahoto also aims to serialize a manga series of her own; however, her attempts in doing so were constantly rejected by editors. Although she is more often than not annoyed by Yūki's antics, she deeply respects him as a manga artist.
Mihari Otosuna (音砂 みはり Otosuna Mihari?)
Voiced by: Arisa Noto (anime), Haruka Tomatsu (drama CD)
Mihari is Yūki's editor. Mihari is usually violent around Yūki, often scolding and beating him for his shortcomings. She is conscious of her small breast size and thus has a breast complex. She and Yūki were once classmates and is noted to have a liking for the latter at the time. Despite constantly berating Yūki for his irresponsible or otherwise perverted behavior, she's been shown to be quite tolerant on his deadlines, and she constantly encourages him to do better, knowing he is more than capable of doing so. She denies it, but it is hinted that she has not completely gotten over the enormous crush on Yūki she has had forever from high school.
Rinna Fuwa (風羽 りんな Fuwa Rinna?)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (anime), Aki Toyosaki (drama CD)
Rinna is one of Yūki's assistants. Despite being an assistant, Rinna knows nothing about drawing manga, as she was hired by Mihari due to Yūki wanting someone who is cute. Rinna greatly admires Yūki and his work, being one of his fans. She is easy going and is generally cheerful, playing along with Yūki's weird perverted ideas. Rinna is 18 years old.
Sena Kuroi (黒井 せな Kuroi Sena?)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (anime, drama CD)
Sena is a recurring assistant of Yūki. Sena is known by the manga industry as a hardworking and reliable assistant. Due to her small, childish stature, Sena is usually mistaken as a child and, at times, acts like one, especially when she is drunk. At first, she is shown to have weak strength, being unable to even open an ink pot, causing her to leave many manga artists out of pure embarrassment, which was rumored to be because the manga artists had offended her. She later develops feelings for Yūki. Sena is 19 years old and happens to be a major sadist.
Branya (ブラニャー Buranyā?)
Branya is Yūki's pet cat and mascot character. It can draw very well, and has been the subject of jealousy from Ashisu, who notes that it can draw better than her despite being a cat.

Monthly Shōnen Gongon manga artist team[edit]

Kazuma Tsuranuki (貫 一真 Tsuranuki Kazuma?)
Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita (drama CD)
Kazuma is the manga artist of the currently serialized "Hot Blooded (Fire) Fighter". His manga's popularity is 14th out of 20 works in Gongon Comics.
Meisei Tomito (兎美都 冥聖 Tomito Meisei?)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (drama CD)
Meisei is the manga artist of Gongon Comics' second most popular manga "J.O.D (Judgement of Darkness)". He has a habit of looking down on others.
Ichika Konno (今野 一華 Konno Ichika?)
Ichika is the manga artist of Gongon Comics' most popular manga "Adventure World". She is almost 30 years old but has never been in love before because she has spent most of her time on manga.
Tamako Motoki (元木 たまこ Motoki Tamako?)
Tamako is the manga artist of Gongon Comics' new manga "Tension 1000%". She speaks like a cat and is a very energetic girl.

Monthly Shōnen Gongon editing department[edit]

Matome Minano (皆野 まとめ Minano Matome?)
Voiced by: Manami Tanaka (anime)
Matome is the chief editor of Monthly Shōnen Gongon. Despite her position, people sometimes get confused about her identity due to her young age and small stature.
Kouken Tomito (富都 剛健 Tomito Kōken?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (anime)
Kouken is the assistant chief editor of Monthly Shōnen Gongon. He is Meisei's older brother and his editor.
Aoi Tanemochi (種持 葵 Tanemochi Aoi?)
Aoi is a new editor of Monthly Shōnen Gongon.

Others[edit]

Sahono Ashisu (足須 沙穂乃 Ashisu Sahono?)
Voiced by: Miku Ito (anime)
Sahono is Sahoto's 13-year-old little sister.
Manabi Namida (波田 まなび Namida Manabi?)
Manabi is Yūki's 14-year-old student. She is a middle school student who wants to become a manga artist.
Sasae Enoshita (榎下 紗々絵 Enokishita Sasae?)
Sasae is Ichika Konno's chief assistant and manager.
Mamori Sumino (住野 まもり Sumino Mamori?)
Mamori is Yūki's apartment manager.
Mirei Sumino (住野 美麗 Sumino Mirei?)
Mirei is Mamori's older sister.
Rinna's father (りんなの父 Rinna no Chichi?)
Rinna's father visits Yūki and tries to make Rinna to quit as Yūki's assistant.
Jun Kiyosaki (清崎純 Kiyosaki Jun?)
Jun is Ashisu's first assistant after Ashisu successfully becomes a manga artist. She is introduced in the manga The Comic Artist and His Assistants 2.
Panchū (パンチュー?)
A mascot character created by Yūki.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga was serialized in Square Enix's seinen manga magazine Young Gangan from 2008 to 2012. It was compiled in 10 volumes released between October 27, 2008 and December 25, 2012.[2][3] A sequel titled The Comic Artist and His Assistants 2 began serialization in August 2013.[4]

Drama CD[edit]

A drama CD of The Comic Artist and His Assistants has been released on January 26, 2011.[5]

Anime[edit]

The anime adaptation began broadcast on Tokyo MX from April 7. Anime streaming service Crunchyroll hosted a simultaneously released English subtitled version.[6] Shortly after, Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for digital and physical release in North America.[7] The series was released in Japan on 6 Blu-ray and DVD discs at a rate of one per month from June to November 2014. Mini OVAs were included with each volume of the Blu-ray/DVD packages.[8] Sentai released the series on subtitled-only Blu-ray and DVD on September 15, 2015.[9] The opening song titled "Pure Impurities" (純粋なフジュンブツ "Junsuina fujunbutsu"?) and ending song titled "Spica." are both sung by idol group StylipS.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
01 "Master the Boobs!"
"Oppai o kiwamero!" (おっぱいを究めろ!)
April 7, 2014
"The Dream job"
"Yumemiru oshigoto" (夢見るお仕事)
"Panty wars"
"Pantsu wōzu" (パンツウォーズ)
"Mihari Otosuna's Day Off"
"Otosuna mihari no kyūjitsu" (音砂みはりの休日)
02 "The New Assistant"
"Shin ashisutanto tōjō" (新アシスタント登場)
April 14, 2014
"That's Most Important"
"Sore ga daiji" (それが大事)
"Together for the First Time"
"Hajimete no futari" (はじめての二人)
03 "Smutty Magazine Panic"
"Etchi-bon panikku" (エッチ本パニック)
April 21, 2014
"Can I Nurse Her to Health?"
"Kanbyō dekiru ka na" (看病できるかな)
"The Black Comet"
"Kuroi suisei arawaru" (黒い彗星現る)
04 "S & M"
"S to M" (SとM)
April 28, 2014
"The Mascot Character"
"Mascot Kyara" (マスコットキャラ)
"Introducing Bra-Mew"
"Buranyā Tōjō" (ブラニャー登場)
"Seventeen Mihari"
"Sebuntīn Mihari" (セブンティーンみはり)
05 "Shock in the Park"
"Kōen Shokku" (公園ショック)
May 5, 2014
"Someday"
"Itsuka wa" (いつかは)
"Using Those Around You for Inspiration"
"Midjikana Hito o Sankō ni" (身近な人を参考に)
06 "Let's Go to a Hot Spring"
"Onsen ni Ikou" (温泉に行こう)
May 12, 2014
07 "The Attack of the Little Sister"
"Imouto Shuurai" (妹襲来)
May 19, 2014
"Their Night Together"
"Futari no Yoru" (二人の夜)
"A Piggyback for the Super-Assistant"
"Super Assistant o Onbu" (スーパーアシスタントをおんぶ)
08 "Looked Over by the Editor-in-Chief"
"Henshū-chō chekku" (編集長チェック)
May 26, 2014
"To Feel Like a Girl"
"On'nanoko no kimochi ni" (女の子の気持ちに)
"Overdoing It"
"Yari-sugi" (やりすぎ)
09 "Past Mistakes"
"Kako no Ayamachi" (過去の過ち)
June 2, 2014
10 "Sena's Close Call"
"Sena-chan Kikiippatsu" (せなちゃん危機一髪)
June 9, 2014
"I'll Cheer You on!"
"Ōen shimasu!" (応援します!)
"Rain Talk"
"Ame Tōku" (雨トーク)
11 "The Feared Transformation"
"Osoreteita Henka" (恐れていた変化)
June 16, 2014
"You Can Do It, Sena"
"Ganbare Sena-chan" (がんばれせなちゃん)
"Know Thyself"
"Jibun o Shirou" (自分を知ろう)
12 "Progress"
"Zenshin" (前進)
June 23, 2014
"The End of Summer"
"Natsunoowari" (夏の終わり)
"Psychological Profiling Using Underwear"
"Pantsu de Wakaru Seikaku Shindan" (パンツで分かる性格診断)
OVA 1 "Ashisu's Holiday"
"Ashisu-san no Kyūjitsu" (足須さんの休日)
June 25, 2014
"You Never Know Until You Try"
"Yatte Minakucha Wakaranai" (やってみなくちゃわからない)
OVA 2 "The Dreaming Comic Artist"
"Mangakka-san no yume" (漫画家さんの夢)
July 23, 2014
OVA 3 "Study Date"
"Date de Obenkyou" (デートでお勉強)
August 27, 2014
OVA 4 "Protect the cute"
"Kawaii o Mamorou" (かわいいを守ろう)
September 24, 2014
OVA 5 "Little Sister VS Editor-in-Chief"
"Imōto VS Henshū-chō" (妹VS編集長)
October 29, 2014
OVA 6 "The Perfect Day for a Nap"
"O Hirune Biyori" (お昼寝日和)
November 26, 2014
"When Assistants Snap"
"Kireta Ashisutanto" (キレたアシスタント)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foronda, Anthony (March 23, 2014). "Anime Spotlight Spring 2014". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ "マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと 1 (ヤングガンガンコミックス)". Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと(10)(完) (ヤングガンガンコミックス)". Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ コミック情報 (in Japanese). Square Enix. Archived from the original on August 2, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと Drama CD". Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds The Comic Artist and His Assistants Anime Shorts". Anime News Network. April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses The Comic Artist and His Assistants". Anime News Network. April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Products". Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hamatora Anime Gets English Dub". Anime News Network. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 

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