Hirohiko Araki's Manga Techniques

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I'm revealing industry secrets, so honestly, this book is a real detriment for me.
—Hirohiko Araki

Hirohiko Araki's Manga Techniques (荒木飛呂彦の漫画術 Araki Hirohiko no Manga-jutsu) is a book written by Hirohiko Araki. In the book, Araki discusses the techniques used for creating manga, along with developing stories and world-building. The book was released on April 17, 2015 in Japan.

An English release for the book, titled Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga, was announced at the Shonen Jump panel of Anime Expo 2016.[5] It was published and released by VIZ Media on June 13, 2017. On November 17, 2022, it was announced that a sequel to the book would be published in JOJO magazine 2022 WINTER on December 19, 2022.[6]


In Hirohiko Araki's Manga Technique, Araki discusses his love for Manga, and how he sees it as the "greatest" "complete work of art" (artwork that integrates music, poetry, and acting)", and reveals his secret techniques for drawing and creating manga. Parts of his method include the "Golden Ratio of Beauty" and storytelling methods he learned from reading Ernest Hemmingway. The obi band that comes with the book features a self-portrait of Araki with his character Rohan Kishibe.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Getting Started
  • Chapter 2 - Mastering the Four Fundamentals of Manga Structure
  • Chapter 3 - Designing Characters
  • Chapter 4 - How to Write a Story
  • Chapter 5 - Arts Expresses Everything
  • Chapter 6 - What is Setting to Manga
  • Chapter 7 - All Elements Connect to the Theme
  • Implementation, Example 1 - The Process of Making Manga
  • Implementation, Example 2 - How to Create a One-Shot (Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan: Millionaire Village)
  • Conclusion


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Published July 17, 2017
SJ: Much of the emphasis of your new book, Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga is on shonen manga storytelling—is your advice the same for other kinds of manga? Also, do any Western comics come close to capturing the manga panel development work you describe in your book? If so, which ones?

Araki Sensei: I think it can be applied, but I'm not too familiar with American/Western comics so I can't give specific examples. However, I believe that detailed, precise manga panel development designed to depict intricate emotions is the defining feature of Japanese manga, and that approach can be applied in various forms.

SJ: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has a lot of horror elements and quite a bit of gore. What are your favorite horror movies?

Araki Sensei: Dawn of the Dead, The Walking Dead and World War Z.

SJ: One of the endearing quirks of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga is the fact that many of the characters have names based on bands or musicians. Why did you decide to do this?

Araki Sensei: Because there are times when I find inspiration for characters and Stands through music.

SJ: How do you come up with the Stand powers? Do you come up with the character or their powers first?

Araki Sensei: It depends on the Stand.

SJ: There's been a major JoJo revival the last ten years with all the anime series being made. How does it feel to have your series reach new heights of popularity again after so many years?

Araki Sensei: I'm extremely grateful for all the support from the fans. There are new, younger fans being introduced to the original manga after experiencing JoJo through anime and other mediums. The fact that there's a new generation of readers is the core of what JoJo is about passing the torch on to the next generation.

SJ: Which of the Joestars would you want to hang out with the most and why?

Araki Sensei: Josuke in Diamond Is Unbreakable. I drew him as if he were a close friend.



  • The design of the cover for VIZ Media’s English release of the book is heavily based on the covers of the JoJonium re-releases of Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency and Stardust Crusaders.
    • The English cover art also bears an uncanny resemblance to the Brazilian coat of arms, with the presence of coffee and tobacco branches, an inscriptioned ribbon, as well as a sword going under the central emblem of a star being present in both.

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