Tuesday, December 31, 2199


Because of Corona-virus, we decided to accept online lesson applications on weekdays besides Sunday. If Sunday lessons are fully booked or you can't attend available time-slots on Sunday, write your preferred time and date (Japan time*) in "Request, Question" of the application form.
*Japan doesn't have summer time.

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The Directions

New program has started New

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Programs/Online class

How to participate in an online lesson

Standard Lesson

Standard Lesson General Information

Programs/Standard Class

Tools which are available at Manga School Nakano

How to apply .

1) Fill the application form: Online Lesson Standard Lesson
*You can check the availability of the class on our calendar (below). 

2) Manga School Nakano emails you your schedule and payment request for deposit (1000 yen) You can pay with paypal or credit card. (Standard lesson) We'd like to ask you pay the rest of tuition on the lesson day, in cash.

Manga School Nakano emails you your schedule and payment request for tuition. You can pay with paypal or credit card. (Online lesson) 

3) when your payment has been completed, the school sends you a confirmation e-mail.

This calendar shows Nao Yazawa's availability. But if I (Nao Yazawa)  was booked, Rena Saiya might be able to give the lesson (She is not regular teacher). Feel free to contact us. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Students' works

Students' drawings are displayed on Manga School Nakano Instagram

Books you can buy at Manga School Nakano

There are some books (in English) you can buy from the author directly, at Manga School Nakano. With author's sign, of course. 

Manga Drawing Deluxe 1800 yen 
Renowned Japanese manga artist, international instructor, and illustrator of the Wedding Peach series Nao Yazawa guides you step by step through all phases of manga drawing, from developing characters to creating a story line and story boards.

Moon and Blood (special edition) 284 pages 1000yen
When high schooler Sayaka awoke one morning, she found an unexpected guest at the family kitchen table -- Kai, a cool, handsome, aloof, and so-called family friend of Sayaka's father. His temporary stay in her household and attendance to Sayaka's school is more than she's bargained for. But what secrets does Kai hold? What are his true intentions for his sudden appearance into Sayaka's life? Where does he disappear to every night? And what's up with that black cat? 

Nozomi (full color comic), 58 pages 600 yen
A shy young girl whose life changes the day she wishes on a falling star. Her wish is unexpectedly granted but not in the way she expected. A playful demon comes to Earth to teach her about love… the hard way. Full color, 59pages

Thursday, July 16, 2020

New Program has started

Lesson with Manga Drawing Deluxe 
6 months + graduate work

"Manga Drawing Deluxe" is this school's teacher, Nao Yazawa's How to draw manga book. It covered all process of manga drawing, making story to background.

The students study with this book, start from drawing character, background, effect and story&storyboard. The teacher (Nao Yazawa) checks the result and give some advice and new homework every week.
And as the graduate work, he/her supposed to draw a short one shot story manga. (16-24 pages)

(For online lesson, it sets 12 months program)

Manga Drawing Deluxe course (6 months / once a week)

You can take one / some subjects you like separately.In each section, the student draws 1 or 2 inking illustration.
  • Face  Basic 4 times  Advanced 4 times 
  • Body Basic 8 times Advanced 8 times
  • Background Basic 8 times Advanced 8 times 
  • Composition 8 times
+ graduate work One shot manga around 16 pages (under 24)
  • Plot 4 times
  • Storyboard 4-8 times
  • Character sketch 2 times
  • Inking   2 times
  • Background 4 times
  • Inking background 2 times
  • Tone-work 1-2 times

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Manga Drawing Deluxe

My first How to Draw Manga book "Manga Drawing Deluxe" (in English) has been released, you can buy it online/ a bookstore now.. I have drawn many instruction drawings for Chris Hart's how to draw manga books, acceding to his request, but I did everything this time. It was not easy, hard work but it was worth it. 
German edition is on the line, it will be released in September. 

”Introduction” of Manga Drawing Deluxe.

My name is Nao Yazawa. l'm a Tokyo-based, self-taught manga artist and teacher. Throughout the years, I've searched for good how-to books for drawing manga to use in my class- especially ones that discuss composition and story/panel flow. I finally decided to make one myself.

Manga Drawing Deluxe isn't your ordinary how-to book. I wrote it with a story-line, so you can follow Anne and her brother Dan along their manga adventure, guided by two manga elves and me (with a little help from my cat, Kuro).

I've included as many topics about drawing manga as possible. From drawing characters to composition, you can learn the entire manga-making process here. My hope is that you can use this book for many years, so I included some advanced techniques in the background and construction sections.

Once you embark on your (and Anne's and Dan's) manga journey to get an idea of the manga drawing process, you can go through this book in order or jump to whichever part you'd like to focus on -- face, body, background, or composition. Learning how to compose a graphic novel will give you a new perspective on manga and will help you enjoy reading them even more.

lf you don't draw manga, this book is a good resource to learn how Japanese artists create their work.

I hope you enjoy this book and learn a lot about how to draw manga!





Friday, December 20, 2019

Teacher (Nao Yazawa)

Nao Yazawa is a Japanese manga artist residing in Kanagawa, Japan. She is most well known for her manga series Wedding Peach, which was made into an anime series of the same name. Both the manga and anime series were translated into several languages. Since 2008, she has been teaching manga workshops (in English) internationally, in Germany, Denmark, Austria, Canada, and the United States. 
She teaches in-person workshops at Nakano Manga School, in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, where she also maintains the studio where she hosts her online classes. 
She is the author of the instructional guide Manga Drawing Deluxe.(will be released on 12 May 2020)
Articles about Nao Yazawa
Tokyo Weekender   A Day in the Life of a Manga Artist
The Japan Times   I never imagined I'd need English as a manga artist
Bits Lounge(Japanese) マンガを通して日本文化を伝えたい

Revel insiders (Singapore airlines's video/ from around 55 seconds) 2019
Animuc 2014 - Interview mit Nao Yazawa
Faszination Comic 2006 - Interview mit Nao Yazawa
Nao Yazawa at Colossalcon 2016
Nao Yazawa at Colossal Con 2017
Youtube (manga drawing videos)

Nao Yazawa's Book



Wedding Peach
Nao Yazawa Collections
The Isolated Zone : Shinku Chiai

Wedding Peach

Nao Yazawa's Books you can buy at the school

Manga Drawing Deluxe  1800 yen 
Moon and Blood  284 pages 1000yen
Nozomi all page color comic, 58 pages  600 yen

You can ask if you'd like to buy those books. I'll sigh on the book if you'd like. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Short manga course in 2018, Aug.

 for beginner
6 People more until minimum number of participants right now.

Date:   August 29th 
Level: Beginner (for everyone, from 8 years old) 
Contents: 2 lessons (1.5 hours each) 
Fee:      JPY 8000 (You can use the school's manga supplies.)
★This is actually a trial course. We have set the course at a special price because we want to see if it is possible to have it on a regular basis in the future. 
Regular price of the same lesson:  One-to -one  15,000 yen  
                                                        In a group(5-9 ppl)  10,500  yen/person. 
 You can save more than 20%! Don’t miss this chance! 

Application period:
          20th February - 30th June.
How to apply:
  1. 1)  Fill application web form.
  2. 2)  You will receive a confirmation email from school.
  3. 3)  We will email you when we have enough applicants by 20th June(*).
  4. 4) Pay deposit.(**) (We'll send you money request email after this course is officially approved)
  5. 5)   The rest of tuition should be paid on the first day, in cash.
    (*) The minimum amount of participants are 6 people. Maximum is 8.
If the number of applicants do not reach 6 people, this activity will be cancelled automatically. 
(**) Deposit will not be refunded when you cancel this activity. We’ll take it as a cancellation fee. 

Contents  How to draw manga character (face)

Lesson 1
Drawing face step by step
Front, three quarter, profile
After step by step practice, start pencil drawing for inking on Manga Paper.

Lesson 2
How to use manga pen and screen tone.
After a few practice, ink drawing which students has done the first half and complete it.

More students' works are posted on our FB page.
If you have any questions, send message or leave comment here!