JC Shoujo Mangaka “Youngest Ever”


Nakayoshi’s youngest ever published mangaka in 26 years is a 14-year-old schoolgirl, and is by all accounts rather good.

3rd year Niigata middle schooler Sato Ito ties with the magazine’s previous record-holder of 26 years past, saying she “is a step closer to her dream and hoping to become skilled in a wide cariety of genres.”

Her debut title “To Aru Neko Kaburi Shounen no Himitsu” – a school love comedy about a boy who wears feline headgear – is to begin serialisation on the second of November in shoujo magazine Nakayoshi.


From when she was 12:


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    Avatar of Tex_Arcana
    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    03:32 12/10/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Male character has a defined chin, and is slightly taller than the female character.

    In other words, she's already better than Clamp.

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    Comment by Gekokujou
    20:34 11/10/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Damn, her drawing is good. Look forward to seeing more of her work.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    20:43 11/10/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Drawing skills are certainly good, but I wonder how mature her stories will be.

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    Comment by Rya
    20:47 11/10/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's about a guy who wears a cat mask. I'd say it's up there with Hokuto no Ken.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    22:11 11/10/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    MAture? Like R18?

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    Comment by Kaarme
    23:47 11/10/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Perhaps I chose my words poorly. I meant how mature her story writing skills are in comparison to her surprisingly mature drawing skills. But then again, so feeble stories get even multiple seasons of anime that it doesn't really matter in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    just watch her make the next Berserk

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    You didn't choose poor words. The previous person was just a troll, an idiot, or both.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Usually Publishers have a word too, about the Story and stuff.
    So i would say, either her Family or the Publisher is helping out somewhat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's shoujo manga. You don't need mature storytelling when your audience is teenagers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, you don't need - that is true. And it applies to both shoujo and shounen manga.

    But then again, there are a few titles from both genres with surprisingly mature storylines, and in these cases one goes for the pictures and stays for the plot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You must mean OnePiece

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps she's got good editors. There are plenty of mangaka who can't write a proper story but know their way around layout and design like they'd been practicing since age 4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only time will tell...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Mosts girls her age in Japan prostitute herself, so...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 16/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    A small slice of the population doesn't mean that they all do that.

    It'd be like saying all Americans are fat, lazy, racist, white sacks of shit who cook meth or that Germans still support the Nazi party.

    Well...maybe the American analogy is a bit too on the nose for a good solid 30% of America, but you get my point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 09:12 Like you know Americans too well. Get out and venture America more often, goober.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Certainly impressive considering her age. I know quite a few "artists" in college who can't draw stylized characters as well as she can.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's good alright, but nothing stunning either.

    Of course, if she can tell a good story and her art keeps improving, then she's sure to have a long and prolific career by starting at 14.

    But it's too early to tell. Let's see if tis time next year we have reason to recall her at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For some reason, I was expecting a story about a girl collecting little sisters in a post-apocalyptic world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's improved since she was 12. Jesus Christ, those eyes!

    Bakuman female edition, anyone?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So... before people resume whining about how Japan is a sexist patriarchal society that suppresses women, has any country in the West ever had talented 14 year old published females?

    Personally, I think most countries aren't so much patriarchal as they are run by senile sociopaths who suppress everyone that isn't friend or family to them, male or female.

    I'd bet the most common reason for young talent being suppressed (regardless of country) is because older people often see them as a threat, both to their profession and to their ego. It's a shame, because any talent could ultimately benefit all of society.

    I can only imagine how much hidden talent is overlooked or suppressed every day.

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:07 13/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If she's this good at the age of 14, she has a lot of potential to become amazing in the future. Would be interesting to watch her grow as an artist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now to the more important questions: Is she still a virgin?

    Avatar of Kinny Riddle
    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    00:29 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    First thing that came to mind is Shiina Mashiro from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo.

    If this is indeed true, then it would seem reality IS sometimes stranger than fiction.

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    Comment by Octopi
    22:50 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    looks traced. and i think it wouldn't be rare, if we consider that artists used to take years to polish their drawing skills, and get published, while today with super high tech tracing software available, like photoshop, we see young girls get published ever more often. not to mention they keep getting younger.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yabuki's (TO Love Ru Mangaka) daughter is already starting to mimic his drawing style and he says on his twitter that her skills are rapidly improving. One day soon she could hold the title of youngest mangaka ever.

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    Comment by Renzo
    20:08 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not surprising especially if she's fond of it.

    My friend still in 6th Elementary School has already

    graduated from Manga School and fluently draw Shoujo

    character just like a mangaka. Only trouble is

    background and scenery.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    She could be the most skilled mangaka ever, but in the it's still going to be a Shoujo manga, so I couldn't give two crap about her.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I bet she is an ugly fat japanese girl. That's why she spends so much time drawing instead of becoming prettier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of my Japanese students is a 15 year old who's a great manga style artist and loves anime, B Type stuff included. She's also the student council president, very popular and has a balcony you could do opera from (and incidentally also has a pretty operatic singing voice). Don't subscribe too much to those stereotypes, it's ugly behavior.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    and I bet you're an ugly fat middle age white guy who fap to this and lives in your mom's basement.

    Comment by Anonymous

    “is a step closer to her dream..."

    Ah i remember when I had a dream, but then it got smashed by reality. Reality wins...it always does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    even vampires and zombies start preying on you.i mean,corporate zombies and vampires.Those people drains your brain and they suck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    took an arrow to the elbow?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    if your costumers did not looose either: their head which had to regenerate (beeing mindless for a year) or other parts of their body (having pain up to stage 7, birth would be 10), then your "oooooh myyyy poor "§$"§$!"§& got hit by that arabian asshole i have to do something against him :((((( " are not that convincing....

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    this individual you have never witnessed anything what happened to it.

    and now you complain about your SHITHEADS getting hit by something?

    get the fucking math !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there has to be some fairness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 12/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes. because only they receive arrows?


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fuck reality!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Only if you are a quitter! Don't give up!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 11/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're talking about the dream of becoming a decent manga-ka one of the requirement is a natural talent in artistic perception and an inborn skill.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, sadly :(

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