Yajima is the realest character in Genshiken and also very inspirational.
For me looking at her is like looking at myself in the past. She got friends that also draw, but are lots better than her (Ogiue is already a pro and Hato’s skill was recognized right off the bat), it frustrates her but she still trying to become better. Originally i started drawing with a goal of surpassing one of my friends that as i thought “was naturaly talented”. But over the years i came to understand that talent only helps a little, it won’t do everything for you, you still have to work very hard.
You draw bad until you draw good, there’s no easy way.
My contribution to Hatozine, a Fanzine centered around Genshiken’s most challenging and controversial character, Kenjirô Hato. Of course I had to include my OTP, as a lone YajiHato fighter in the midst of all the MadaHato fans (no beef against you, MadaHato shippers). I have shipped it since Nidaime early chapters and I am very happy that the latest chapters ans Spotted Flowers have excellent shipping material. I like their dynamic a lot and SF have proved me that they can work whatever gender Hato is.
A link to the zine will be provided soon if you are interested: there is a lot of lovely MadaHato fanarts, some thoughtful analysis and a fanfic with a surprising pair !