Q: How did Kubo start life, and what was it about this one that made you want to direct it yourself?


A: I’ve always loved big epic fantasy stories.

I think that’s kinda in my DNA because when my mother was in the hospital recovering from having me she read me J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

She loved these stories and as I grew up would buy them for me and read them with me: C.S. Lewis, Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll,

so I’ve always loved these big epic stories and have always wanted to tell a story like that.



Q: Did you still get hands-on involved with the animating too?


A: Oh yeah! I still animated!

I am one of the fastest animators at the studio

so I figured I may not be able to animate at my normal pace

but I did the math and figured I could probably do this many minutes a week,

and then I got into the directing part of it and all that went away!

[laughs] But I still got to animate on the film.

What I would do is get there really early

and animate for about an hour before anyone else got in,

then people would show up, I’d direct all day,

and then after they left I would animate all evening.

So I still got my hands dirty, but it was slow going!



Travis Knight

Moyoco Anno Told on Her Work “Sakuran”, “Happy Mania” and “the others at NY Comicon 2013






Question:  As a female reader, I’m always most drawn to stories with interesting female characters.

One of the things I find so striking about your work, is that you’re incredibly honest about both the strengths and

weaknesses of your female characters and what they must do to survive in the world.

Is this kind of honesty important to you as a writer? Do you find it difficult to achieve?


Remarks of Moyoco Anno:

Yes, very much. I always try to be very aware of my feelings,

and I don’t want to live in a way where I think,

well, this is how I should be outwardly,

and therefore I’ll just go along with that and that’s what I’m going to do.

As much as possible I like to avoid that way of living.

But of course sometimes it doesn’t work out,

and I get trapped into y’know what I should do, and I go along with that sometimes.

And if that happens then I always ask myself,

“Why? Why did I do that?”

But that doesn’t make life very easy.




Left: Moyoco Anno, Right: Her husband Hideaki Anno


Masashi Kishimoto Told His Feeling when He Finished his Work “Naruto” on 2014.




Remarks of Masashi Kishimoto: 

For Kishimoto, what was the fifteen years while he drew manga “Naruto” in Jump as one of the most famous Series?

His Serialization of Naruto got to be loved by readers soon after he started it on Jump.

However, it is said that he was distressed very much in hidden.

Kishimoto reflected the early years then and said “ I had the fever, spewed.

I guess it was because of stress. I was perplexed very deeply to draw manga every week on Jump.

I did not realize that it was so hard.” In addition to serialization on every week, the Place is Jump, it was like a battlefield.

The fan vote was executed and each manga artist competes with each other to get as many votes as they can.

Kishimoto remembered that “it was very hard to draw manga every week on Jump.

Fans decided all of the things related to manga artists.

The number of votes which I got is the most important thing.

Anyone who can not draw Manga which does not get to be loved by readers is no longer needed.”



Masashi Kishimoto

Kaori Hanzawa Enjoyed the Presents from the Fans of Comic Girls in Tokyo.


At the Autograph session in Tokyo…


Comic Girls


Remarks of Kaori Hanzawa:

Because it was just after the announcement made animation this time,

the placement from the reader is really so much …!

I brought home the raw stuff as it was, but before I joined with the one sent by courier,

I made a hand on something earlier than the expiration date so I could not take a group photo …!

I wanted to take a picture ~~

It was so fun to be fashionable cute things or stuffy things!

As I was always at home, I was happy with the local souvenirs!

Also, I am very happy that I picked it up with a character image!

I thought sorry for letting me use it and I really enjoyed it!



Letters from funs of Comic Girls

Kenji Akiyama Said He Described the Future Of Humanity In the Ghost In the Shell in 2004



Q: Things I learned through copying

A: The S.A.C. series, when compared to MiniPato, was not only a total copy of Director Oshii’s style, but I also wanted to express my respect for Shirow Masamune. So I decided to make something that was like a “cousin” to the movie and manga versions.
At the time, people were also working on Innocence at I.G, so I decided that I would not cut ties with the Oshii Ghost in the Shell. Even then, the finished product showed a slight but definite deviation.
In the first Patlabor movie, Oshii-san made Noa, the main character, say, “There are no humans!” And 15 years later, he made the movie Innocence where there are almost no human beings. I felt that human beings had finally disappeared from Oshii-san’s consciousness.
For the past four years, while working on the S.A.C. series, I tried to avoid speaking with Oshii-san. Even when I had questions, I didn’t ask him for his ideas.
The result was that Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell world and this includes Innocence, no longer had humans in it, while my S.A.C. decidedly featured “humanity.”
I wasn’t actually conscious of it, but I asked the voice actors to portray the eager members of Section 9 as 15 years younger than the characters in the Ghost in the Shell movie. I also tried to turn Motoko and Aramaki into more down-to-earth characters. (more)


Kenji Kamiyama

Eiichiro Oda Explains His Work Stile and “One Piece” in 2014




Eiichiro Oda was interviewed by a reporter of China times in 2014.

This remark is quoted from the interview.


Eiichiro Oda



Remarks of Eiichiro Oda: 


Oda frankly says “As I’m getting older, I’ve slightly adjusted my sleep time.

I go to bed at 8 (morning) and wake up at 12 (noon), making sure that I have 4 hours of sleep.

Don’t need to worry about my health, it’s all fine now.”

Oda is really kind when his wife has been mentioned in the interview.

When asked about how Oda treats his wife, he says with honesty “Hmm, I’m on my own in work,

but I indeed listen a lot to my wife in daily life.”

For his beloved manga, Oda often works day and night,

he doesn’t even have time for relaxation or travel,

when asked about why his wife could accept a marriage like this,

Oda replies with confidence “Oh, that’s right, but if she couldn’t accept the busy me,

she wouldn’t have married me!” source


Eiichiro Oda, born January 1, 1975 in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan, is a Japanese mangaka, best known as the creator of the One Piece manga. He is married to Chiaki Inaba. (More)


Akira Toriyama Said He Does Not Use Any Reference Materials For Creating “Dragon Ball”.



Dragon ball



Akira Toriyama explains how he gets ideas for Dragon Ball Z and GT.


Akira Toriyama


Remarks of Akira  Toriyama:

Q: You have an incredible ability to draw anything in the world in your own distinct personal style. Do you often use reference material to draw different objects, places, or things?

A: I almost never use reference material for places, but for objects-for example,

if there’s a particular model of car that I like-I’ll use a book as a reference to draw from.

Q: I hear that Dragon Ball was inspired particularly by a trip to China. Out of all the places you’ve been, which are particularly memorable? Do you do much sketching when you travel?

A: I’ve been to many places, but Australia,

with what I felt was a pleasant balance between its cities and its magnificent natural spaces,

moved me very much.

I don’t sketch anything in particular on my trips. (Source)


Akira Toriyama is mostly known as the creator of the popular anime “Dragon Ball”, the most popular series of which is Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto (1989) (released in the West as Dragon Ball Z (1996)).
Enjoys watching movies starring Jackie Chan.(more)

Happy New Year 2017: Nanase Okawa Told On Diversity with “Card Chaptor Sakura” on 2016


Card Capter sakura



In the work “Card Captor Sakura” the two boys play an important role and they are gey.

Okawa told her thought about diversity.




Remarks of Nanase Okawa:

“I think that it is a natural thing to measure people and measure the society with their own “ruler”.

However, if you think that only your “ruler” is correct when you see the “ruler” of a different person,

you think then that it is “weird”.

While diversity is said to be important,

I think that it is better not to hate others’ rulers.

But, if I do not feel completely dislike, I lose my own ruler.

Then it makes me painful.
You should have your “ruler” properly. In addition to that,

I think it will be easier if you have another one when confronting another person.

But it is difficult to have two.” source


Nanase Okawa (大川七瀬 Ōkawa Nanase, born May 2, 1967) is a member of the all-female manga-creating team Clamp. She is the director of the team and is primarily responsible for writing the stories and scripts for Clamp’s various works. (more)

Go Nagai Explained Why his works “Mazinger Z” and others are accepted all over the world on 2015.



Mazinger Z



From “Mazinger Z” to “Cutie Honey”, with masterful world-building skills, impactful stories, and a turn of phrase that does not fear the taboo, Go Nagai is a charismatic figure who is popular not only in Japan but all over the world. As a star of the manga world, how will he interpret the “love letters of Japanese manga”, which were sent from all over the world?


Go Nagai


Remarks of Go Nagai


Q: What particular element do you think has made your works, such as Mazinger Z7 or UFO Robot Grendizer8 so successful overseas?


A: First, I think they were surprised at the sense of… reality.

Even if you create a fictional world, it still needs to be convincing.

Regardless of how much the story escalates, or how large-scale it is,

when there’s an eating scene, people need to say “delicious!” or a girl needs to squeal and say “That’s so embarrassing!”

It’s the accumulation of these emotional expressions that give birth to a convincing reality.

Just like in Mazinger Z, you can see the people who are harmed by the robot’s activities and it has an amazing impact.

Perhaps that part felt very fresh to them.   Source


Who is Nagai?

If Osamu Tezuka is the father of manga, Go Nagai (永井 豪, Nagai Gō, born September 6, 1945) is the cool uncle

who lets you sneak sips of his beer and always tells the funniest dirty stories.

Active since 1967, he has had a great influence on the world of Manga and Anime;

he effectively created many of their tropes, such as the Super Robot Genre.

While best known for his Mecha and Horror series,

Nagai has also created a lot of comedy and erotic material and even a Magical Girl series aimed at children.(more)



Leiji Matsumoto, The Author of “Space Battle Ship Yamato” the Nature and longs for feeling it.


the space battleship Yamato



The work of manga artist Leiji Matsumoto mixes historical periods, themes and technologies, often in a science-fiction setting:

His signature comics involve steam locomotives and reborn World War II battleships sailing among the stars.

These grand flights of fancy, which have found fans around the world.


Leiji Matsumoto


Remarks of Leiji Matsumoto

“When I was a child, and indeed throughout my life,

I was always thinking and reading about the Earth and sentient beings in the past, present and future,” Matsumoto says.

“I grew up watching many American cartoons like Mickey Mouse and movies, especially ‘Gone With the Wind,’

and that memorable scene in which Scarlett O’Hara swears, ‘I’ll never be hungry again.’”




Leiji Matsumoto (born January 5, 1938) is one of the great names of anime and manga, primarily for being the principal creator of what is probably one of the earliest shared continuities over several anime series, creating a unified arc commonly referred to as the Leijiverse. The characters and settings, combined with a strong reception in the West, meant that his early series were often the primary introduction to anime for Western viewers of the ’70s and early ’80s.(more)