The editorial staff of Jump Square have accused the new generation of aspiring mangaka that they don’t put enough effort into drawing “cool” male characters.
From their Twitter account, in this case written by veteran editor Masahiko Ibaraki:
We’ve got a lot of followers who are looking to become mangaka, and there’s something I noticed about their works – I’d like to write a bit about what we’ve noticed.
It’s about art – there seem to be few people who can draw cool looking men. Especially their faces. People who can draw a man who looks cool to other men, with a sense of sex appeal. Are there no rookies about who can do that…
Looking at recent contributions, everyone can draw cute girls. But however you look at it they put no effort into men. I suspect those who can draw cool men will command the next era in manga (though this is an exaggeration). Keep trying!
It seems the impact of the moe boom continues to be felt.