If you’re a budding mangaka with an interest in honing in on your skills through education from some of the industries best, you might just be in luck. During April 2018 the town of Saku, Nagano saw the grand opening of a new manga academy, one which is being helmed by legendary creator Buronson who is best attributed for creating Fist of the North Star. Through his new course, “Buronson 100-Hour Manga Academy,” a select number of students at Sakudaira Community Center are offered the opportunity to better their skills over the course of a year. The best part? Tuition is completely free.
When announcements initially went out about the school, over one-hundred individuals applied, with only 31 students being accepted. Of those 31 students that were accepted, 17 were women, while 14 were men stemming from all across Japan. The students range from teenagers to young adults, all with various levels of experience in the industry. While the course is also still only within its first month of operation, it will definitely be interesting to see the works that come out of it.
Quite possibly one of the most recognizable manga series within the history of the medium, Fist of the North Star has been a staple in the industry for quite some time. It’s a manga that’s stood the test of time, originally published in 1983 via Shonen Jump Magazine, with chatter about Fist of the North Star still continuing to date through various pop cultural references.
Source: Anime News Network