Popular Japanese YouTuber Is Getting His Own Manga

[Image: HikakinTV]
[Image: HikakinTV]
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Back in 2010, beatboxer Hikakin went viral with his version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. Since then, he’s gone on to become one of Japan’s biggest YouTubers. And this month, he’s getting a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump.

In the above clip from 2014, you can see how he went from a beatboxing super market employee to one of the biggest internet stars in the country.

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Drawn by Yuu Satou, the manga is a 42-page one-shot that apparently shows the reality of being a YouTuber.

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The blurb promoting the manga points out that among today’s kids in Japan, becoming a YouTuber is the third most popular profession. I wonder what number manga artist is...


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Arai-the fly on the wall

Should have let Takeshi Obata do the manga. That man can make every mundane thing exciting. Whether it was playing Go (Chinese chess? Sorta) or drawing manga.