Kenta Shinohara

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Kenta Shinohara
Born Shinohara Kenta
(篠原 健太)
(1974-01-09) January 9, 1974 (age 44)
Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Area(s) Manga artist
Notable works
Sket Dance , Astra Lost in Space
Awards Shogakukan Manga Award (2010)

Kenta Shinohara (篠原 健太, Shinohara Kenta, born January 9, 1974) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for his manga series Sket Dance, which was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 2007 to 2013 and won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2010.


Shinohara was born on January 9, 1974, in Chiba Prefecture.[1] Starting his career as a salaryman, Shinohara decided to drop out of his white-collar job for two years while preparing for his debut as a manga artist.[2][3]

Shinohara worked as an assistant under Hideaki Sorachi on Gintama for a short time using the alias Shintaroh Nakae (なかえ しんたろう, Nakae Shintarō), an anagram of "Kenta Shinohara".[4] During his stint with Sorachi, Shinohara called him a "teacher" who taught him necessary skills.[4]

In June and September 2003, Shinohara was one of the final candidates for the monthly JUMP 12 Outstanding Rookie Manga Award (ジャンプ十二傑新人漫画賞) both months, though he failed to win either award.[5]

Shinohara wrote two one-shots for Sket Dance in the winter and summer of 2006, submitting them to Akamaru Jump and Weekly Shōnen Jump respectively. The second one-shot was a pilot arranged in a book volume format, similar to the eventual first chapter of the main series.[5] Serialization of Sket Dance began on July 14, 2007, in Weekly Shōnen Jump.

In the fifteenth volume of Sket Dance, released on September 1, 2010, Shinohara announced that he would be getting married.[6]


  • 2005 - Debuted in Akamaru Jump's Winter Issue with the article "Red Panda Puppet Show".[2][7]
  • 2006 - Wrote the Sket Dance one-shot for Akamaru Jump's Winter Issue. Shinohara rewrote the one-shot in August as a pilot chapter for a potential series in Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue No. 39.
  • 2007 - Began serializing Sket Dance in Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue No. 33 as a weekly series.
  • 2010 - Won the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen (Boys') category for Sket Dance.[8]
  • 2011 - An animated television series for Sket Dance by Tatsunoko Productions began airing.
  • 2012 - Wrote the lyrics for Water Color (ウォーターカラー), a track within The Sketchbook's first original album, Sketchbook. Shinohara stated that this was the first time he had ever written song lyrics, and that he had based them on his feelings about the "coolness" of the music.[9]
  • 2013 - Completed serialization of Sket Dance, with 288 chapters.
  • 2014 - Worked on the original character designs for the anime Battle Spirits: Burning Soul.[10]
  • 2016 - Began new sci-fi manga, Astra Lost in Space,[11] currently published online in the U.S. edition of Weekly Shonen Jump.[12] It is also being published in print near the end of 2017.


  • Red Panda Puppet Show (レッサーパンダ・パペットショー, Ressā Panda Papetto Shō) (2005)
  • Sket Dance (スケット・ダンス, Suketto Dansu) (2007–2013)
  • Battle Spirits: Burning Soul (バトルスピリッツ烈火魂<バーニングソウル>, Batoru Supirittsu Rekka Tamashī (Bāningu Souru)), Original Character Design (2015)
  • Astra Lost in Space (彼方のアストラ, Kanata no Asutora) (2016–2017)


  1. ^ "新人紹介ページ" [Rookie Introduction Page]. Weekly Shōnen Jump. Shueisha (39). August 2006.
  2. ^ a b "レッサーパンダ・パペットショー" [Red Panda Puppet Show]. Akamaru Jump, WINTER Issue. Shueisha. January 2005.
  3. ^ "「巻頭特集『第2回NEXTブレイク漫画ランキングBEST50』内インタビュー」『オトナファミ』" [Feature: The 2nd NEXT Break Manga Ranking: BEST50 - Interview]. Entermix. Enterbrain. August 2008.
  4. ^ a b Hideaki Sorachi (2006). 銀魂オフィシャルファンブック銀ちゃんねる!. Shueisha (Jump Comics). ISBN 9784088740867.
  5. ^ a b "篠原健太 - 受賞履歴 - 作品履歴" [Kenta Shinohara - Award History - Work History]. Mezefilart (in Japanese). Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  6. ^ Shinohara, Kenta (2010). SKET DANCE Vol.15. Shueisha. ISBN 9784088701035.
  7. ^ "漫画の部屋 - ジャンプの部屋・赤マルジャンプ2005 WINTER感想" [KTR's Comic Room - Weekly Jump Room 2005: Akamaru Jump 2005 WINTER Impressions]. KTR (in Japanese). 29 December 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. ^ "55th Shogakukan Manga Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ "篠原健太が「SKET DANCE」から生まれたバンドに詞を提供" [Shinohara Kenta is providing lyrics for his "SKET DANCE" inspired band]. Comic Natalie (in Japanese). 18 June 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Sket Dance's Shinohara Designs Next Battle Spirits Anime". Anime News Network. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Sket Dance's Kenta Shinohara Launches Astra Lost in Space Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Viz Media to Publish Astra Lost in Space Manga by Sket Dance's Shinohara Online". Anime News Network. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2017.

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