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What an editor should know to help create good manga...
“What the protagonist gains after many hardships, is an ordinary life.”
What exactly are the skills of a manga editor?
Horie: For example, humans emotions, such as euphoria or deep thought, comes from the simplest of things. Hapiness is a state of mind, free from worry or stress so, when we encounter something fun and enjoyable whilst in this state, we become blissfully content. Picture this; your job is going smoothly, you're free from troubles and you're spending your day off, lazing around your living room floor wondering what to eat for dinner... This is the happiest state any person could enjoy.
So there's not much difference in happiness dervied from trivial moments, and the joy you feel when dreams come true?
Horie: In manga, we don't just draw scenes of blissful happiness. Only by thrusting the protagonist into a stressful environment, can we make drama unfold. As with most superhero stories, what the protagonist gains after many hardships, is an ordinary life, is it not?
Horie: Rather than drawing lots of joyful scenes, to really make the feeling of happiness strong, we have to offer a glimmer of hope, amid a sea of suffering. This is the "dramatic wave" that propels the story foward and makes the reader's experience more exciting. It's these kinds of storytelling "mechanisms" that editors need to have a strong grasp of.
The editors knowledge, or lack thereof, of such concepts must greatly change the way they help create stories, along with the advice they give to creators.
Horie: In addition, human beings display six types of emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, surprise, hate, and anxiety. In manga, the emotions are drawn in an exaggerated manner, but it's now been scientifically proven that these six emotions are recognizable all over the world. It is said that this is an instinctual trait, harkening back to a time when we had no language, where early humans would communicate through facial expressions alone. Our instinct tells us how someone feels, thus the emotions of manga characters are easily recognizable, without the need for words. I believe it's a good idea for an editor to understand these kinds of mechanisms, as well.