About Us

Anime Art Academy is an e-learning academy based in Tokyo's anime culture district Akihabara.

Let our professional manga-ka and illustrator guide you from the basics, right through to the skills you will need to become a pro yourself. With our in-depth video lessons and the option for personal critique and guidance, your dream of becoming a professional manga artist is closer than you think!

And of course, once you have completed the advanced levels of our course and gained all the skills you need, Anime Art Academy is here for you! We will evaluate your work and find our most excellent students. If we think your work is the right level to make it as a professional illustrator in Japan, we will support you on your path to becoming a popular artist in Japan!

About our Teacher

Name: Toshina (1047)


Toshina is an illustrator working in Tokyo. As a teenager, Toshina received an official manga award from Shounen Jump, and since then has been working as a professional manga-ka and illustrator, gathering a huge following on the Japanese illustrator site Pixiv, and drawing crowds of fans to his exhibitions.

Message to students:

Hi everyone, I’m Toshina, a lecturer here at Anime Art Academy.

At the Academy, I want to help everyone from total beginners to casual artists fulfil their dreams of becoming professional manga and anime illustrators. I will show you how to recreate the awesome scenes you see in your favourite manga, anime and games, whilst giving you the skills you need to develop your own original style. In my lectures, I show you the exact processes I go through when creating my art, complete with commentary, guidance and professional tips.

Above all, I want my students to enjoy their lessons with me, and have fun drawing the art they love.

See you at the Academy!

Name: Mana Koh


Working as an illustrator since her teens, Mana has had experience working on the production of many popular games. Her work has been included in Square Enix’s magazine, and she has received a prize from Mag Garden.

Message to students:

“I hope that you'll be able to improve and update your creations. Have fun!”

Name: Satoru Tanaka


Former professional freelance animator, Satoru has worked on huge hit anime such as Naruto Shippuden and Heroman. His work has gained significant popularity online too; becoming the top ranked fan artist in his category on Japanese illustration site Pixiv, and taking the number one spot on Nico Nico Douga with his Hatsune Miku PV.

Message to students:

“I just want to get better at drawing!”

I believe that anyone who comes to the Academy with that strong feeling in their heart, has what it takes to improve.

Hey everyone, I’m Satoru Tanaka.

Want to self-study, but not sure where to start? Trying your best at self-study, but not improving as much as you hoped? Been drawing for a while and want to reach professional level?

Anime Art Academy is here for you! We will teach you the methods you need to start learning, or to take your drawing skills to the next level.

At the Academy, we will provide you with the knowledge, tools and advice you need to fuel your studies, and show you all kinds of tips to make your work more time-efficient. Not only will it give you peace of mind to know that our content is made up of tried-and-tested techniques coming from professional Japanese illustrators, but you will also be able to speed up your learning considerably.

However! There is one thing I would like to get clear before we start. Anime Art Academy is no magical fix. You can’t just binge one of our courses in a day and become a genius overnight! Becoming good at something, whatever that thing is, takes a lot of personal hard work and practice.

Let us join you on that journey, supporting you with effective and efficient study advice!

Above all, art is about feeling. If you have a passion for anime and manga, and want more than anything to get better at drawing the art you love, you will certainly make progress here at Anime Art Academy.

Looking forward to working with you all!

Name: Komatsu Ryu


Manga author and illustrator

Message to students:

Hello everyone, I’m Komatsu Ryu.

As an introduction to me and my style of work, I’d like to talk to you about what I think is the most simple and important method for self-improvement when studying art.

I think that is the feeling of love. When it comes to study, love is power.

If you want to get better, find an anime that love, and draw your favourite characters or scenes from that anime as much as you can. The passion you have for those characters will certainly show in your work, and it will give you the motivation and energy to continue working hard.

Here at Anime Art Academy, me and all the other lecturers want to help you learn the technical aspects of illustration, so that you can create work that you love!

Our team work hard designing courses which we believe will give you the optimum opportunity for improvement in your artwork.

I am looking forward to seeing all of your work!

Thank you for being a part of our Academy!

A message from our translator...

Hi, I'm Lumie, the translator and 'voice' of Anime Art Academy!

I am native British, but graduated with a Japanese language major and been living in Japan ever since! I'm really excited to be able to take part in this project, and have been lucky enough to learn a lot about anime art whilst translating and creating these voiceovers.

Hope you all enjoy our lessons!


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.