It is not uncommon for serialized manga to have different patterns in the early and late stages. If you are a manga fan, you may have had the experience of rereading the work that reached the final episode from the beginning and being surprised at the difference in how to draw the characters. The longer the work, the stronger this tendency, and it is none other than the fact that the daily research of the manga artist being serialized was reflected in his drawing power.
Therefore, this time, we conducted a questionnaire survey of 300 men and women in their teens to 40s and asked them to list one “manga that was surprised by the change in drawing power between the early and late stages.” Among the various works that received votes, I would like to introduce the top manga with comments, focusing on opinions. (Cooperation with the questionnaire site “Voice Note”)
Speed and power! The action scene is fantastic from the beginning.
First of all, the debut work “Attack on Titan” (Kodansha) by Hajime Isayama, which was serialized in “Bessatsu Shonen Magazine” from 2009 to 2021, was selected as third place by collecting 9.0% of the votes. It was a famous work that was made into an animation and a movie, and the story of human beings vs giants was drawn, and the ruthless worldview in which people died in the war became a hot topic.
The same work that had frequent discussions among readers about the design. Various opinions were scattered during the serialization, but the one that was praised by fans in common was “reading response as a manga”. The speed and power of the action scene were highly evaluated from the beginning. Since the latter half of the series, the number of shadows and lines drawn has increased, giving a strong impression that the facial expressions and characters are drawn differently. In the end, it can be said that the power that was initially possessed was further added to the trash, leading to an attractive work that many people love.
In this questionnaire as well, many people commented that “the power is amazing”, “I like the pictures in the early days because they are delicious, but the power of the pictures in the latter period is amazing” (37 years old, male), “The composition is getting more and more amazing. “I was surprised” (29 years old, female), “I was shocked when I read the first episode for the first time. Compared to that, I think the final volume was a messed up picture” (40 years old, male). A voice was sent.
No longer a realm of art! Take off your hat with a unique design sense
The second place (12.7%) is “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” by Hirohiko Araki, whose serialization started in 1986. It is a series work that continues from Part 1 to Part 8, “JoJolion”, and currently, Part 6 “, Stone Ocean”, is being broadcast on TV animation.
At the beginning of the serialization, it was a graphic novel-like pattern, but as the story progressed, it changed artistically, gaining a unique touch and world view. In particular, many voices say that there have been significant changes since the fourth part, in which Josuke Higashikata is the main character.
There are many unusual designs and compositions, and it stands out among the “Weekly Shonen Jump” serialization team from the design viewpoint. “(41-year-old male) and” As with the paintings, the standability has become more and more complicated “(38-year-old male),” I think it’s fantastic to see the colour and the illustrations of one picture. Araki, The teacher, is evolving steadily, isn’t it?” (32-year-old female), “In the early days, it seems like a man because of the times. Looking at Jojo now, I feel a gap” (37-year-old female). It was sent.
Forty years of history is not Date! Make changes that even the author cannot reproduce
And the 1st place (15.0%) was “This is Katsushika Ward Kameari Koenmae Hakkosho”, which was serialized from 1976 to 2016 by Osamu Akimoto. The comic has been released up to 201 volumes, and if you like manga, you probably don’t know it.
Because it had been serialized for 40 years, the design has changed multiple times. At the beginning of the serialization, there are many lines with a graphic novel-like touch, but the characters become rounded and change as the serialization progresses. In addition, there are many characters whose words and actions have changed according to the changes in the design.
Also, like a gag manga, there was an episode that made a story about changes in the pattern, and when drawing the early pictures, it seems that he was drawing by imitating his way at that time. A nostalgic character reappears in the final episode of the 200-volume comic series, “It’s the 40th Anniversary, All-Member Assembly Volume.” The nature and design are entirely different, and the main character, Kankichi Ryotsu, makes a meta-statement saying, “I can’t draw the picture at that time anymore.”
According to the votes received this time, “I was reading about 70 volumes for the first time, so when I looked back and read volume 1, I was surprised at the difference in the design” (37-year-old male), “When I read back volume 1. Both Ryotsu and Nakagawa will be “Who !?” (41 years old, male), “I think it’s a manga whose design has changed according to the times by continuing to draw with Showa Heisei. Professor Akimoto is a great cartoonist again. I think it is” (36 years old, female), and there were memorable voices from each fan.
The results of this questionnaire, various works were ranked in after 4th place. The sophisticated touch of the latter half of the series and the early design is one of the histories of the work. Was your favourite manga in the rankings?