2-Week Intensive Manga Program

This 2-week intensive Manga Program, curated by DEOW, provides students of all levels with the tools they need to begin creating Japanese Manga on their own. The course takes on a practical, coaching-style approach that emphasizes practise and skill-building in order to develop your abilities and confidence as a manga artist in an efficient amount of time.


  • One-of-a-kind Manga training program taught in English.
  • Covers all aspects of Manga and trains according to your level and style; No experience required.
  • Small class, intensive course so you can achieve results within the short term of 2 weeks.



Manga touches the lives of every person living in Japan and over the past few decades has spread in popularity to people all over the world, where it continues to grow and be enjoyed. As such, there has been an increasing number of non-Japanese people who have taken an interest in learning the craft. As its birthplace, Japan is the best place in the world to truly learn Manga.

The Japanese comic world is vast and highly developed, with various organizations specializing in the production as well as education of all of the aspects of Manga, forming an industry where thousands of professionals make their career. In many cases, educational institutions have ties to the production side, recommending students to publishers, editors and studios.

DEOW is proud to present this original course to provide efficient training in English in order to fulfill the dreams of non-Japanese people. This short-term manga camp aims to develop your interests and dreams of working in the Manga Industry in the near future.



This course has been especially designed to provide a short-term, intensive study of Manga in English for non-Japanese people of all levels of experience.

The program covers all aspects of analog Manga Production, an essential foundation to have before implementing digital methods, especially if you wish to become a manga editor or manga assistant in the future.

Through the course, you will learn how to develop characters, the techniques of manga illustration, how to write a story, story boarding, the steps and skills to produce your own manga from scratch, and the Manga industry in Japan, including the roles of Manga Editor and Manga Assistant. Moreover, due to the small class size and coaching-style of instruction, your are able to freely ask questions that are of interest to you and receive immediate and constant coaching according to your needs as you progress through the course toward your self-determined goals. You will be tasked with creating your very own short manga by the final day of the course, which is yours to keep and continue working on.

Outside of the classes themselves, your will be granted access to the Manga studio in the afternoons on both Mondays, Wednesdays, and the first Friday, where you will have the opportunity to work on your manga projects alongside real Manga artists who use the space to work and get feedback from their peers. Additionally, this course features a tour of the city, where you will be able to explore the traditional district of Asakusa, enjoy a Japanese lunch, and experience the otaku sub-culture world of Akihabara including a Japanese maid cafe.

As part of our support for students with serious ambitions to enter the Manga industry, DEOW may arrange a meeting with a Manga editor who can give you advice & feedback on your ideas and style.

Finally, as part of this program, the instructors are able to keep in touch with you to offer on-going feedback on your manga online via video after you return back home.

Key Lesson Topics

  • Vocabulary and features of Japanese Manga
  • Overview of Manga Production: from planning to printing
  • Length and styles of Japanese Manga
  • Structure & flow of plot, and the key structure of stories
  • The role and design of the main character
  • How to draw characters: proportions, perspectives, features, styles
  • Drawing for Manga: Perspective and Framing
  • How to plan your storyboard
  • Techniques for showcasing character, emotions, plot and mood through illustrations
  • The Manga Industry in Japan
  • The Role of the Manga Editor
  • The Role of the Manga Assistant
  • Popular and recommended Manga & Anime in
  • How to become a professional Manga Artist

Practical Training Areas

  • Generating the key ideas of your story and
  • How to use Japanese Manga pens and standard
  • Techniques for drawing lines, tones, shading and texture
  • How to build your repertoire of drawable
  • Drawing people and their features from multiple perspectives: body, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, eye brows, hair
  • Developing your keen eye: common mistakes when drawing people and perspectives
  • Polishing up and finishing your Manga
  • Determining the quantity and size of your frames, necessary frame content, and layout of your pages.


Program Dates

Sunday, October 13th – Saturday, October 26th, 2019 (14 days)

NOTE: Students should arrive in Japan by Sunday, October 13th, and check into their accommodations.


Program Fees

Program Tuition: ¥300,000 +tax
Early Entry Offer: ¥250,000 +tax
(If you apply and pay by September 15th, 2019)

Tuition includes:

  • Accommodations, which are provided from Sunday, October 13th until Saturday, October 26th, 2019 (Check-out)
  • Manga kit (Manga pen, pen tips of varying sizes, black ink, white ink, paper)
  • Manga textbook and original template manga for practise
  • Activity expenses during city tour on Saturday, October 19th (includes lunch)
  • Access to Manga Artist Studio
  • Special Q&A Session with Professional Japanese Manga Editor
  • Online support from Manga Instructor who can provide feedback and guidance as you continue to develop your original Manga after you return home.
  • Airport pick-up directly to your accommodations
  • Travel SIM Card with data plan for duration of course
  • 24-hour DEOW Agency Support & Guidance

NOTE: Students will need to cover the costs of food, travel to and from Japan, daily commute and travel within Japan, and any other personal expenses. We will also ask that all students obtain Emergency Medical Insurance before or by the time they land in Japan.



Students will be provided accommodations for the duration of the program.

Each student will be given a private room in a modern student dormitory in a peaceful neighbourhood in Saitama, located directly north of central Tokyo and directly accessible to the school in Shibuya.


Program Schedule


Meet the Instructor

Tanaka Yukihisa

Author & International Instructor

Coordinator and Teacher of the Manga Animation Course at Sakura International Gakuin since 2009.
Teacher at the Tokyo Game Designer Gakuin since 2003.
Taught Manga courses and workshops abroad.
Adviser of Kadokawa Contents Academy in Taiwan since 2018.
Professor of Doga Gakuin University in China.


Tokyo & The City Tour

For the city tour, which will take during the day on Saturday, October 19th, we will be spending the morning in the traditional district of Asakusa, checking out the iconic market and visiting the temple and shrine, followed by lunch (which we will provide), then go to the otaku hub of Akihabara in the afternoon to explore some specialty shops and go to a maid café!

Because we are a small group, we are able to adapt the city tour contents to your requests so that we can all get to see and do what most interests us.

Tokyo & Shibuya

Tokyo, known previous as Edo, has been one of Japan’s major cities since the Tokugawa Shogunate era. Its famous attractions include Asakusa, Ueno, Shinjuku, Odaiba, Ginza, and Shibuya.

Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro are among the top business districts and are major hubs for the city. They are significant hubs for fashion, entertainment and recreation. In these areas, people will find Japan’s major department stores, large shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment centres, and specifically in Shibuya, there is the iconic statue of Hachiko, one of most popular meet-up points for friends, and the world famous Shibuya Crossing where every change of the lights signals one of the largest crossings of people in Japan if not the world, sending people in all directions to their desired destinations in the city.


Asakusa remains reminiscent of old Tokyo, highlighted by the ancient Sensoji Temple and the traditional craft shops and food stalls, as well as the Nakamise shopping district. In addition, the area contains the Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park complete with rides, eateries and cafes, and Sumida Park, a leisure riverside escape with beautiful views of Tokyo Skytree and a popular venue for big annual firework displays and cherry blossom events.

As for the famous Asakusa Kannon Temple, it is the oldest temple in Tokyo, one of the most popular and lively, and is a symbol not only for the area but Tokyo itself, making it a must-see destination for every traveller to Japan and Tokyo, including local Japanese people. Entering the temple is through the iconic Kaminarimon, or Thunder Gate, into the traditional market lined with food and craft stalls, to the end of the stretch with the famous Temple itself. Every day in this part of Asakusa feels like a matsuri or festival, and is a perfect place to enjoy delicious food in traditional restaurants and casual izakaya, take a ride on a rickshaw, and dress up in a kimono, yukata or happi and host your own personal photoshoot, an everlasting memory of your time in Tokyo.


For any fan of anime, manga, cosplay, idol culture, gaming and electronics, Akihabara is the hub of them all, located in the northeast corner of Tokyo’s most densely populated core outlined roughly by the popular circuit route train line known as the JR Yamanote Line operated by Japan Rail. The district contains everything from small one-off shops to large and popular electronic and department stores such as Yodabashi Camera and Bic Camera, the Tokyo Animation Center as well as a radio hall with its 10 floors of toys, trading cards, and collectibles. The area is the living hub of Japanese subculture, powered every moment by the passion of the geeks within.


Inquire below

The October session now has full registration, however if you are interested in this program, please fill out this short form and we can get in touch with you about when the next planned sessions will be: