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Working as an assistant on The Prince of Tennis p38

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

What is gaman, you ask?

Gaman is a grin and bear it sort of attitude. It is the Japanese response to hardship: endure it, don’t complain, and definitely don’t try to change it.

— Sorry guys, someone told me that this post was being mistranslated into Japanese and being used to attack Sensei because some people were unhappy with what was happening in the manga, so I took it offline. This has nothing to do with that. Please do NOT attack creators, for any reason. They are real people, too. I made these posts hoping to tell my story so that other people would have hope that they could follow their dreams, and I told it honestly, the good and bad. I did not tell it to enable people to be mean. I’m sorry if it hurt anyone. —

— Jamie

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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.


  • Mona

    I think that sensei was having a block, that’s why he’s fingers weren’t moving. But I wonder why would kaiwai San would let you do the talking or texting in that case? I feel that it’s unfair! I felt sad when I read the last part but hope things will be good I will read the second part now.

  • hirami

    *sight* I can really understanding, how frustrating that must have been…
    (I can understand Konomi-sensei a bit too, I think. I guess I can’t imagine doing the same thing over days and days, months and months, years and years… always drawing the same, always having the same deadlines… There are those “creative downtimes”, maybe a Mangaka has them too and just isn’t able to do anything efficiently?
    The last years, here in Austria/Germany a sickness called “burnout” came more common, it’s when you are under constant pressure, always trying to make everything as good as you can, never really relaxing and always thinking about work. Many people just break down and can’t get themselves anymore to go to work. (okay, there are also many people who just fake it for you can’t really PROVE that you are sick because of that…)
    As Japanese are generally people who load a lot of pressure on them (hold everything in, never speak up etc.), I could imagine that they also have to deal with that kind of break down.
    “I can’t go to work, I can’t do this”,…
    But it’s really bad to not even tell the co-workers about those problems or to send them off.. But then again one probably tells oneself “I’ll go in a few minutes.. hours… tomorrow.”
    Don’t know if thats the case here, but I could imagine it =/ )

    Those short Mails hold a lot of potential for misunderstanding, I guess calling would have been a better choice. Then again he probably wouldn’t pick up the phone? At least you could explain that you WANT to work, and not just want to complain about something. (Well, Japanese Chiefs probably also don’t want workers who complain about anything…)

    Shitty situation, really….. OTL

    So, I’m curious what comes next :c

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      I hope that you’ve read the next part– it all comes to a head! Although maybe it’s a bit anticlimactic. :D;;

      I understand about burnout, I really do. I’ve been there a few times, too. It was just very harsh to live through someone else’s burnout. I’d have much rather that he called us in when he actually had work ready for us, like many other mangaka do. 🙁

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