Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Comic Artist And His Assistants is a Japanese series written and drawn by Hiroyuki Toyama. It was originally serialized in Square Enix's Weekly Young Gangan magazine from 2021 to 2021 and then the last volumes collected into ten tankokets. Viz Media released the complete version in book form as a compiled volume with all of the original illustrations and in full color.
The story centers on the life of the Japanese manga artist, Chiaki Aoki who works for the company XYZ Company. There are various assistants to assist him in his daily work, but none of them knows the true identity of the " Comic Artist" who is actually his own assistant. This is an exciting premise that showcases the challenges and difficulties that are faced by artists in the modern world. We also get to meet several of the other main characters from the show.
The story begins when one of the assistants sees a mysterious man drawing on the wall of a train station. The man tells him that he works for XYZ Company and gives him the orders to draw some manga sketches of their most popular heroines. He tells him that he has already drawn several of these and requests a few more. The following day, he receives a call from one of the directors of the company, Yuusuke Tozawa. Tozawa tells him that he has received an order from the anime studio, Gonzo, to create a short form anime about the Shimada family.
The short is called "ShimADA!" This is the name of the manga, so this artist, Yuusuke Tozawa, is now required to draw the manga straight from the studio. This is actually a challenge for him since he did not expect anything less. This is where things get tricky for the comic artist and his assistants. They must all cooperate with each other to make sure that each of them's work will be acceptable to the studio.
When the short is completed, Tozawa sends it to the director, thanking him for his support. The next morning, Tozawa receives a call from a man named Minoru Mochizuki, who is the director of Gonzo. Mochizuki expresses his pleasure at having commissioned a young talented kid like Tozawa to draw a manga. He then tells Tozawa that he will give him a bonus check for two months of work if he can finish the manga in time. The two begin to bond over the phone, and Mochizuki even asks the comic artist what kind of work he likes to do.
It seems that Tozawa already knows what he wants to do, since he immediately starts to draw the rough sketch of the manga he wants. The two work well together, and before long, Mochizuki hands the job to one of Tozawa's assistants, Shinya Suzuki. Suzuki is surprised by the fact that the director is paying him to draw the manga. The two of them have a good working relationship, which ends up helping each other out whenever they are asked to do any editing or finalizing work.
A year later, in the second episode, the original assistant, Shinya, is asked by Mochizuki to help finish an episode. First, he realizes that he needs to improve his drawing skill so he can do better drawings for the shows. The two of them enter an animation house, which Tozawa has never been to before. The work becomes harder for the two of them, as they are required to draw episodes that would be shown in Japan and overseas. The cartoon company owner suddenly appears and Yamada gets scared, fearing that it might be something bad happening to him.
In the third episode, it is revealed that the manga artist is receiving death threats, so he goes into hiding at his own studio. He sets up a meeting with the director, but he fails to impress him and the director goes back to the animation house. The Comic Artist And His Assistants - Watanabe Masamitsu is finally released, this time in an OVA. This movie introduces the new assistant-san, and Masamitsu quickly proves to be a hit in both the US and Japanese markets. This anime is considered to be the beginning of the anime franchise, which has become a smash hit throughout the years.