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Working as an assistant on The Prince of Tennis p37

To see a list of all of the posts in this series, click here. (*^-^*)

Can you believe that we’re already to part 37?! So, how was your Valentine’s day?

Here we are at the recording day for Sensei’s new single! YAY recording!!! \(^o^)/ This was my first time ever in a professional recording studio AND IT WAS SO COOL!!

So far, this week had been stellar with its efficient work-week, renting a new apartment finally, and now with the recording studio. Yeah! I didn’t do anything besides meet Kaiwa-san and Watanabe-san outside and then sit in the back of the studio watching while Sensei struggled with the vocals.

I shouldn’t say that.. he’s a pretty good singer. Better than me for sure! But he was definitely struggling with the vocals. Over and over, he would record the same tiny little bits of song, while people who were recording and mixing would say, “this part one more time, from here to here.”

“That’s nice, but just this one part again, please.”

“Alright, let’s try it one more time all the way through.”

It took five hours just to record one song, a song called “Smile,” from the CD that would come to be titled, “Tenipuri tte ii na.” (In English, there isn’t really an equivalent to this phrase. It expresses envy in some cases, but in this one it’s more like saying that Tenipuri is a good thing, something that will help you feel a bit better. I guess it’s true, PoT is a drug! *cymbals crash*)

Found out that I actually took a video of a little bit of it! 🙂

The music was written and produced by a band called Script, who had done the ending song for Junjou Romantica, and for the first Tenipuri movie. They were both really nice guy, fun and easy to talk to, and we joked around for a while.

Right in the middle, photographers for a news site came in and worked with Sensei to get some photos for Shonen JUMP. He seemed to enjoy it.

After all was said and done, we went to an after-recording party at a really nice restaurant in nearby Roppongi, and the $600+ bill AND my cab ride home were all on Shueisha. I’ll say it again: the job perks are pretty nice!

I’ve also seen Sensei drink before, but not like this. Not where he was so talkative and outgoing. Maybe he was high on all of the attention, I don’t know. But it was a bit of a breath of fresh air, especially considering that I’d been annoyed more often than not by him recently.

Two days later, the honeymoon was over, and we were back in the studio again.

June had finally come. It was getting hot outside, and we went into the studio early in the month. I had a great laugh when Kaiwa-san showed up with a portable DVD player and a copy of the show that we’d been on. He wanted a copy of one of the frames, so he stuck the DVD player screen-down on top of the copy machine, convinced that it would work.

Two guesses as to whether it worked or not, and your first one doesn’t count!

Oh, Kaiwa-san. Oh, everyone.

We spent one day and evening working.. or at least, trying to, since there wasn’t much work for us to actually do, and then the next day, it happened again.

“Okay, everyone! Let’s go to the beach!”

I love love looooove the beach. I’d rather have worked, but there was no fighting the boss, and so we piled in his car and headed first to get boxed lunches, and then off to have a picnic on the beach and play in the park.

Tokyo bay is quite full of pollution and dirt, but it looked pretty under the blue sky. ^^


“Come back, Jamie!” (part 1)



We started climbing on the giant rope thing. 🙂


Tamusho and Konomi-sensei at the top. 🙂


“Come back, Jamie!” (part 2)

After that, time crawled excruciatingly by. It was work, go home, work again. Or, rather, go to work, sit around, do nothing, go home. Go back to work, don’t see Sensei at all for a week, complain between each other about it, go home. Go back to work and work frantically, staying up for three days straight, binging on coffee and chocolate, finish the chapter, and realize that you only had five days off this month (and I was working those days on the tv and newspaper stuff).

Rinse, repeat. By the end of June, I was getting really annoyed, so Kaiwa-san and I concocted a plan. Possibly not the best plan in the world, but we were getting a bit desperate, and the Japanese way of gaman was not cutting it with me…

What is gaman? What did Kaiwa-san and I do? Find out next time!

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Tray

    Sounds like it was pretty rough for you. Even just reading about it, I myself feel pretty upset with the inefficiency.

    Can’t wait to read more about it tomorrow! 😀

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Oh my god, it was so maddening at the time. Actually, even now thinking back on it, I would never want to work for him again. He is a nice guy, but it’s not a work pace that I can survive in. I prefer to work at work, and do my own thing in my idle time.

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