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Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga is a satirical How-To series in manga format by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma, originally published in the seinen magazine Big Comic Spirits in 1986 - 1988. Two of the three volumes have been translated by Viz.

This work provides examples of:

  • Cliché: Every genre has its clichés pointed out as absolutely necessary components of a successful work.
  • Cliché Storm: The book itself, and the manga you would produce if you followed its advice. invoked
  • Cynical Mentor: The advice given is more about making a quick buck in the manga industry than actually making good comics; "art" is practically a dirty word for the mentor character.
  • Deconstructive Parody: Plays the advice (some of which is valid) totally seriously.
  • Forced Meme: Creating a memorable catchphrase and associated pose is stated as an important aspect of making a gag manga.
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  • Framing Device: The book is presented as a wannabe manga artist receiving training from a more successful mentor.
  • Satellite Character: Discussed in the chapter about boys' manga, with the hanger-on character illustrated as a literal satellite orbiting The Protagonist.
  • Sequential Artist
  • Sky Face: Conversed/mocked. Koji and Kentaro were discussing the elements of a successful Shōnen Genre manga. This trope was apparently one of them, and it must always happen at the ending with the main character's face after the final confrontation according to them.
  • Stylistic Suck: The framing segments are idiosyncratically awful, while the genre sections parody the worst-possible clichés of the corresponding art styles.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Any potential romance in a Shoujo manga shouldn't be satisfied immediately; dangle it in front of the readers' faces to mock them with anticipation. Hell, if you want, just never conclude it!


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