Marksmanship, Mayu-tan Style



Shoujo mangaka Mayu Shinjo, or Mayu-tan, recently obtained a sniper rifle, using it to take aim at her critics.

For those unaware of the episode in question, Mayu-tan became the butt of much ridicule for the imaginative firing stance one of her characters took up – she has apparently acquired a scoped (air) rifle in part to prove detractors wrong.


“My sniper rifle arrived… Hey you guys! It’s so huge and heavy there’s no way I can fire it without putting it over my shoulder! Come on, I was right all along!”

“I can’t look through the scope and reach the trigger with my arm at the same time! What the hell. Are you saying a 150cm woman can’t become a sniper?” she complains.


She seems to have managed it in the end, if barely.

Mayu Shinjo herself is cute in more ways than one (she is 37):


Far from being a stereotypically poverty stricken and downtrodden mangaka, she apparently lives in a spacious and highly stylish residence:


She was recently recruiting assistants – of course, assistants get their own desk:


In fact they each get a TV and PC…


And a “PC refresh room” and a coffee room, and an editorial meeting room, all immaculately furnished as if from the pages of an interior design catalogue:


This is all apparently situated in Shibuya, one of the most expensive areas of Tokyo – leading to the conclusion that Mayu-tan herself must be a wealthy woman indeed.

She also loves cars and Gundam, and owns a specially tuned BMW 330 which she has on occasion taken out on the track:


Other hobbies include gourmet dining and indulging in a taste for brand goods through high class shopping.

Far from being a poster-child for successful mangaka-publisher cooperation as might be suspected from the mountain of cash she appears to possess, her relationship with her publisher, Shogakukan, was famously acrimonious.

She accused her editors of being abusive, exploitative and domineering, saying she first heard of adaptations of her works from the Internet rather than her editor, and was threatened by editors vowing to take her earlier works out of print if she left – she left anyway, using a lawyer to counter their threats, and became a freelance mangaka.

This appears to be a trend amongst mangaka sick of unreasonable treatment at the hands of publishers.

Wherever her fortune comes from, it is probably in spite of and not because of her artistic talent:


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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol i saw a parody of this image featuring loli alucard and walter of hellsing:the dawn

    nice to see the source XD

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    Comment by Pantsu_Rider
    20:21 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    she seriously need watch action shooting movie

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I guess she never saw the clip where a girl tried to shoot a rifle with the stock over her shoulder and ended up having the scope slam straight into her eye because of the recoil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sight... the weapon in question is M4 CARBINE. Its not a fucking sniper!

    M4 and PSG-1 are simply not comparable. M4 has wight of 3.1kg loaded when PSG-1 has wight of 8.10kg unloaded! Also lengh of M4 with stock extended is 838mm when lengh of PSG-1 is 1208mm.
    She has not proved anything other that how stupid she is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow, she sure doesn't know how to hold a fucking gun. Bitch should research her shit before stepping forward and drawing.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by wargalley20011
    16:12 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cool, Thanks, Now I can spend all day watching cartoons, and coloring in coloring books.

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    Comment by Usagi-sempai
    21:16 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ugh, this article made me so depressed. I know I might get a lot of hate for this comment but I gotta speak my mind. I hate Shinjo Mayu's work. I'm not saying I hate her personally, although I hate the fact she's living a lavish life style after writing the most despicable shitty manga I've ever seen and posing with that gun she seems like a poser. Like a girl who tries too hard to look good for guys by doing 'hawt' things. She seems to have no gun knowledge at all. I know barely anything about guns but I know the when you hold a gun that big on your shoulder it won't work out well at all for you. But anyways back to the topic of her manga. I'm an avid shoujo manga reader, I have NO idea why her manga is so damn popular. Are mainstream girls that stupid? My guess is they're only in it for the smut and not the story (although her art is so mediocre and sometimes bad, so I don't fully understand that either). But her stories are TERRIBLE. Her heroes and heroines look pretty much the same in every manga. There's the tall, dark (and usually dark haired), "cool" hero. The there's the timid, weak, short and busty "heroine", who has no self respect or inner strength. The plots of her stories are basically boy meets girl, boy rapes girl, and the girl hates the boy at first, but then learns to "love" him. That's what every single one of her manga boils down to, minus the cosmetic changes and locations. I'm no feminazi, I don't usually have a huge problem with rape in manga, in fact when handled well it make a powerful impact. But this isn't right AT ALL. Rape is not love, you can't teach girls that rape is okay if he "loves" you. It's disgusting when your message to boys (intentional or not) is if you rape a girl enough/preform well during the rape(s) she'll love you. The girls in the manga are only okay with it because the guys look sexy to them. Man, I couldn't even get through Haou Airen because I was gonna rage so hard if I had to read another page of it. It just makes me so mad a manga-ka can be so successful with such shitty work. She's like the Stephenie Meyer of manga, except with more than one series under her belt (well that's debatable since the plot and characters are basically the same). It frustrates me that there are soooooo many better shoujo series out there, but the manga-ka who write are pretty poor. If there's any lesson to learn from Shinjo Mayu, after you get a hit manga, go freelance. It may be hard at first, but once you've established yourself you'll make so much more money. Then you won't have to blame foreign pirates for your cash losses, because the real pirates are the publishers who high jack your profits. Also no dealing with editors who want to control your story and censor you. :D Hopefully in the near future we'll see an increase in free lance manga-ka due to manga-ka sick of editors and meager paychecks. Phew, that rant felt good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 29/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    First, its your right not to love her painting style and her manga, that's your taste. I have no problem with it. But ... 1. Not all women and men are the same in all her manga, her you're wrong! I know case i read them alot, including old , very and less known. in one was the young man there was little, weak, cute and kind!! and no rape. 2. Not all her manga is rape and I do not think you got the message it sends if you think that rape is OK if you like the guy, on the contrary!
    of course that will be rape in Haou Airen, it was really a hentai style! in hentai have rape, do not expect anything else!! And this is where the manga was a lot of HENTAI! 3. I recommend you to try her other works, more subtle. So you'll understand the difference between all of her mangas, rather than generalizing it to one particular formula.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She looks poor compared to the messed up Mormon chick that wrote Twilight. Want to bash on crap that has made someone rich, I'd throw Twilight in there. Even if, yes, it has nothign ot do with manga. Some people just hit a niche and that's all it takes.

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    Comment by Ezra Lileikis
    00:39 08/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She needs to keep her finger out of the damn trigger well.

    Nothing is sexier than proper gun control (even with an airsoft rifle).

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:46 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vat zee hell iz zis?!

    She's no gunslinger girl, that's for sure!


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    reminds me. when i wuz in army. our firing instructor said on 1st time that THIS ISNT THE RIGHT STYLE TO SHOOT. YOU DONT FIRE RIFLES LIKE RPG's and showed us. it missed liek everything ;D so yeah.. that doesnt work..

    also another cool thing he showed is ALSO THIS ISNT SOME GANGSTA GUN. YOU DONT SHOOT LIKE IN GANGSTER MOVIES. and did put m4a1 front with 1 hand. sideways and shot whole clip with only one hand :Dw

    like in movies ;P yeah those stances did look cool but they dont work ;3 unless you are in really really close range.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Of course it never works because physics says otherwise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is her car a left-hand drive??

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because it was imported from a country that uses left-hand drive?

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    Comment by motaku96
    11:07 29/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, she's loaded. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interesting that she could find success as a freelancer mangaka. The entertainment industry in Japan is dominated by only a handful of insanely powerful agencies, it's almost impossible for a musician, actor etc to find real success without the backing of one of the big companies.

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    14:12 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So.. that tall guy in his manga has the equal strength to hold a sniper like her.. albeit the one the guy's using is a lot smaller? Oh well, she's cute anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Christ! It's a comic book. If she wanted him to fire a sniper round out of his ass it's OK.

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    Comment by wargalley20011
    15:27 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can her her asking," Am I doing it right?"

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    15:15 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    holy shit that's one huge mansion she got there O_O

    hmm i guess being a mangaka is like a hobby of hers, even if she's not famous she still have alot of money and stuff. man life must be sweet to her(besides the editors)

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    12:24 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont see a problem, thats the exact way people shoot in Call of Duty :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 20/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You dumb bitch. Do you think everything you see in a video game is real? Shit. Get educated, bro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCK shes THAT rich?!

    I'm never paying for my manga again

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:37 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks like an M4 rifle, but I don't see a scope anywhere on the carrying handle, but the other panels make it seemed like the guy is looking through TWO different types of scopes. Even though an M16 and an M4 fires the same type of ammo, the longer barrel length of the M16 has less recoil than its shorter brother. If you don't properly shoulder the rifle to you before shooting, you'd risk the thing smacking you in the face no matter how "light recoil" the weapon is. Also the M4 has a collapsible stock. If the man had so short arms, he could have retracted the stock to the shortest position and even a 10 year old can hold up the rifle with no problem there.
    The Airsoft rifle Mayu-tan bought looks like a PSG-1. It like all weapons were designed for the male body and if the stock is too long for a sniper, he or she could just swap it with something more manageable. Putting the stock over your shoulder like that would give you almost no accuracy and would most likely throw the gun off your hands when you fire. It's a rifle, not a rocket launcher

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just explain breifly cause like a saw or a intervention it has mods for its on the stock

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 06/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do like people that suck dog's cock five times a week.

    we read manga for fun ,don't need everything like a real world!!

    Spend your time on other activities.

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    Comment by Elliot
    22:05 06/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Being a training officer in a paramilitary contractor i can only say that she has FAILED in depicting a person about to fire a rifle. M4A1 is a carbine for Christ sake! And how in the world he is able to use a figgin cross hair without a scope or an EOtech sight? Damn she is a failure as a mangaka!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol rocket launcher stance for a sniper it may be practical but wouldn't her hand get burned from touch the barrel in this stance and how about the accuracy of the gun no sights or scope = no aim

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 06/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    E46 330 FTW!!!

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    Comment by Klingengeist
    21:33 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm, for 37 she looks cute... and she got money...

    MARRY ME! xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    she should have gotten a M82A1 sniper rifle. twice the firepower than that rifle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actuall a lot more than twice...


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    M82A1 is not sniper. Its anti-material rifle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude, that's notan AK-47, it's a M4 colt commando

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw art, 37 and that babe face? I'd marry her even without the money.

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    Comment by naga_jahat
    13:37 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    admire golgo 13?

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    02:40 05/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't mind if I do!

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    Comment by chicogrande
    00:52 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not the quality of the artist, but the that of the story writer.

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    Comment by メジャー
    06:52 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She really needs to focus on her anatomy, still can't get over that freaky long arm on the last pic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn I'd like a real PSG-1.
    I'd like it more than this Mayu-tan, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A real-life Nagi Sanzenin!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know almost nothing about guns, but even I know that that guy is doing it wrong. Iron sights do not make magical crosshairs appear. And the Rocket Launcher pose made me lol. Also, does anyone else want to see her fire that PSG standing like that? Might be good for some laughs.

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    Comment by HiguraShiki
    01:19 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ehh, at least she isn't one of those Cod fans who think they know all about guns and the military.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 05/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's not how one uses a gun... ;__;

    First of all, there is no scope on what looks like a toy M4 carbine and iron sights do not work like that.


    And as several people have mentioned , that airsoft rifle is a replica of a H&K PSG-1.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 08/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, after reading this i pulled out mah AR (for dipshits: its like the one in the manga) and.....what the fuck? if you try holding an AR like that you are going to get hit in the cheekbone with the charging handle. it might not have any recoil but it still isn't going to feel good. and you can only hold it at certain angles so if your target moves you are fucked.

    in any case, with a telescoping stock, you can in fact just push it in till you have a 10.5-inch LOP instead of 13 or 14 inches.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    19:00 07/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ The Master,...

    Has there been a follow-up to this story, on the other forums? Like how the Gun Otaku are laughing their asses off & posting thier opinions?

    That would be interesting too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen very small women shoot very big guns around here but I've never seen that way of holding a gun. However, I've sene people try to shoot various guns in weird ways like her drawing and pop themself in the face with the recoil. Pretty funny. Should look up vids of a girl with a hand gun that kicks back into her face or a man trying to hold a shotgun out in front of his face and shooting it with face hitting kick fun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steady Aim is pro.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the fuck then are other mangaka still being publisher and editor lap dogs then?
    If she's doing so good imagine how good the others would do.
    Fucking publishers scapegoating piracy, internet, population and the crisis when its all their fault.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's because the stuff she writes is immensely popular. Most mangaka only dream of being this popular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:14 04/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably because they don't know how to go independent like Mayu-tan here. They're more comfortable being in an organization with a bit more steadier paycheck -_-

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