KADOKAWA Contents Academy opened in Taiwan for the first time only one and a half years after the decision to launch it. In general, foreign-affiliated companies face difficulties starting educational businesses in any country and it can take two years or more to acquire a license. Nevertheless, the members who engaged in the launch of the school in Taiwan swiftly opened the school. Yearnings of young people from various countries sustained these efforts. Mr. Koga recalled that the government of each country was very cooperative as if they also understood such dreams.
- From the beginning we were aware of the swiftness, but upon reflection, it was a quite daring schedule. When working at such a speed, I always felt the expectations of the young people abroad. Presently we go to a wide range of countries and directly receive inquiries about establishing a school from the young people and the governments of Indonesia, Vietnam, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. Many young people are waiting for our school.
- They also have strong wishes to become professionals and their dream is to debut in Japan. The school in Taiwan provides training courses on manga, character design, card game illustration, light novels (Japanese young-adult fiction) and 3DCG. Students enrolled in any courses love Japanese content and have nurtured a burning desire to create their own work. So, their skills are much better than we imagined.
- In the manga course, students are thoroughly taught the basic skills for drawing manga and the ways to use the necessary tools before actually creating their own work. At this stage, they may be able to draw manga, but the stories and expressions may lack appeal. Such points will be directly addressed by professional lecturers. For example, the element of moe (cute, charming) is a unique Japanese expression. Ways to express and add an element of moe will be taught. Likewise for improving color schemes or wider eyes, and other things. In this way, student work will be repeatedly corrected and students will be given constant advice.
- The pictures favored by people will vary according to their ages, so no manuals are available. For example, the moe girl type and the pretty girl type are slightly different in terms of the size of the eyes and the thickness of the thighs. Lecturers are expected to teach the methods of drawing which are currently required, so they must be actively involved in the front lines. Accordingly, the selection of lecturers is also very important.
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students of the academy in Taiwan