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"AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, I WANTED TO BE A MANGA ARTIST"

—Hiro Mashima, when interviewed during San Diego Comic-Con[1]


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Hiro Mashima
Kanji

真島ヒロ

Rōmaji

Mashima Hiro

Alias

Superman

Characteristics
Race

Human

Gender

Male Male

Age

37

Birthday

May 3, 1977

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Brown

Professional Status
Affiliation

Weekly Shōnen Magazine

Occupation

Manga Artist

Base of Operations

Personal Manga Studio

Personal Status
Relative(s)

Wife
Daughter

Hiro Mashima (真島ヒロ Mashima Hiro) was born on May 3, 1977 and is a Japanese manga artist recognized for his fantasy mangas Rave Master and Fairy Tail.

Hiro Mashima was a notable guest at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con.

Early LifeEdit

Hiro Mashima grew up in the Nagano prefecture of Japan. When he was young, he dreamed of becoming an artist, particularly one who dealt with manga. His passion for drawing encouraged his grandfather to search for discarded manga for him to read and trace pictures with.

Two manga series in particular were the main inspiration for him to become a professional manga artist: Dragon Ball, a well known manga produced by Akira Toriyama, and Ultimate Muscle, which is created by Yudetamago. Hiro Mashima especially enjoyed parts featuring the main characters getting into trouble, but somehow always managing to win in the end. He also liked the fierceness depicted in battle scenes and this later encouraged him to incorporate his own style of fierceness into his works.

After high school, he decided to further pursue his dream career of becoming a manga artist, so he attended an art school, because he believed that going to school would help him in learning how to improve his manga drawing ability. However, he ended up detesting the approach and taught himself.

Manga CareerEdit

Early YearEdit

Around the year 1998, Hiro Mashima had created a 60 page original work called Magician that he took to editors to review. Soon afterward, it won him the amateur manga artists' competition.[2][3] After a year, he made an official debut in 1999 with Rave Master.

Rave Master (1999-2005)Edit

Also known as "RAVE", the series debuted in 32nd issue of Xmas Hearts and Fairy Tale, a sort of prototype for his latest work.

Fairy Tail (2006-Current)Edit

Main article: Fairy Tail (Series)

During the production of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima had also published the manga Monster Soul in 2006, Monster Hunter Orage in 2008, and the one-shot manga Nishikaze to Taiyou in 2010.

WorksEdit

SpeedEdit

SDCC 2008 Hiro Mashima Drawing 02:49

SDCC 2008 Hiro Mashima Drawing

An example of how fast he can draw

Hiro Mashima's drawing speed and production of manga is actually quite well known among those within the manga community. A typical workload for a Weekly Shonen Magazine manga artist (him included) may be about 20 pages of completed draft, 20 pages of rough drafts, and maybe a colored page. However, this was also the point in time when he was producing a monthly manga called Monster Soul, for which he had illustrated 43 pages of completed drafts, 69 pages of rough drafts, and 4 full-colored pages in a single week.[4] His record is 65 completed pages (3 of which were colored) within one week.

AssistantsEdit

Current AssistantsEdit

  • Sho Nakamura
  • Bobby Osawa
  • Kobayashi Kina
  • Kain

Former AssistantsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Hiro Mashima's main characters are named after the four seasons:
    • Magazine Serializations
      • Rave (Haru = Spring)
      • Fairy Tail (Natsu = Summer)
      • Monster Soul (Aki = Autumn)
      • Monster Hunter Orage (Shiki = Four Seasons)
    • Oneshot (Mashima-En, volume 2)
      • Fighting Group Mixture (MaFuyu = Mid-Winter)
  • Hiro Mashima has never served as an artist's assistant.[5]
  • When asked about Gray's habit of stripping, during his visit to San Diego's Comic Con, Hiro said that he used to be like that.[6]
  • Originally, Hiro Mashima planned to finish Fairy Tail around the 10th volume. That, however, changed from both the fans, and he wished to draw even more of Fairy Tail.
  • Mashima's assistants often refer to him as Superman for the following reasons:
    • Even after the assistants had finished working around midnight, he still continued to work on the manga.[7]
    • His level of focus and the sudden transition from video games back to working is second to none.[7]
    • The first thing he does when he wakes up is grab his tools and begin the day's work on the manga.[7]
  • Despite his busy schedule, he still gets at least seven hours of sleep per day. For some reason, most other manga artists envied him in this.[8]
  • Switched from traditional coloring to digital coloring in 2005.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. Mashima En Vol.1 Magician Author's Note.
  4. Fairy Tail manga, Volume 9 Author's Note
  5. Del Rey Manga.
  6. Fairy Tail manga, Volume 12 Author's Note
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fairy Tail+ Interview of the current assistants
  8. Fairy Tail manga, Volume 7 Author's Note
  9. Hiro Mashima Twitter: January 4th, 2013

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