Another exquisitely amusing hour with Aya. She does some work as an assistant to Zettai Karen Children mangaka Shiina Takashi 椎名高志. And she actually seemed to do a decent job.
Here, from Aya's blog, is a pic of the mangaka with Aya and his staff, including his wife, who is his main assistant:
Aya is holding some of the work she did, which in this case was to add texture ("screen tone") to the character's hair. She also drew radial emphasis lines in the frame, as well as doing screen tone and some inking-in of lines in another frame.
Screen-caps from the show: What are we doing in this residential area? I'm going to be a mangaka's assistant? Can I do that?
The mangaka greets her at the door:
In the cramped studio with the mangaka and four assistants. It is deadline day, and Aya is afraid she will just slow them down:
Filling in black hair:
It took a while to get the radial emphasis lines right:
But after an hour's practice, she did it:
Applying screen tone to Shiho's hat (in her hands). Screen tone comes on an adhesive plastic sheet that you apply to the page and cut out around the place you want to fill in:
This is hardly drawing, but Aya seems to have a steady hand, and was able to do a sufficiently good job with both pen and knife that, as far as we know, her little bit of work will be included in the next volume of the manga.
During the show, she announced that the epsiodes of Hirano Aya-only TV will be collected on DVD, and asked Shiina-sensei to do the cover. He agreed. (No doubt it was a set-up and he had agreed before.)
In other news from Aya's blog, she is now hard at work rehearsing for various live events this summer. With her excellent band:
With Ono Daisuke (left) and Sugita Tomokazu(right):
Wearing her own snazzy sandals:
Taking off her sandals because they hurt her feet:
Watching herself in the mirror as she rehearses:
And still practicing drums, for a later live event. She says she had forgotten how much better the real drums sound than her electronic practice set:
Earlier in the summer, she got a crocheted cap made by Aoki Sayaka (r), who plays Kyon's little sister in Suzumiya Haruhi:
She went to the seaside for a photo-shoot. She's getting used to the sea, and is no longer afraid of the fish:
She stayed in a hotel where she was happy to be able to eat good food anytime she wanted it, and wore a yukata for the first time this summer: