Monthly Archives: February 2016

Hiroya Oku on Hollywood movies (Creator Interview Part 2 of 2)

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Interview by Misaki C. Kido

Do you ever wonder where a great artist get his or her influences from? Hiroya Oku admits to his passion and admiration for Hollywood movies and other popular media, which partly explains his cinematic storytelling in manga like Inuyashiki and GANTZ. But how deep down the rabbit hole does he go for truly original expression that hasn’t ever been done by Hollywood? It’s way deeper than anyone could ever imagine.

This is Part 2 of the interview with Hiroya Oku (on Hollywood movies). Click here for Part 1 (about Inuyashiki).

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Hiroya Oku on Inuyashiki (Creator Interview Part 1 of 2)

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Interview by Misaki C. Kido

Hiroya Oku is an alchemist of storytelling. He closely studies theories behind storytelling in every popular media, imbibes them, and somehow transforms them into a truly original story that no one has ever seen before.

If you’ve been away from manga, thinking you’ve seen it all, think again after reading Inuyashiki, the newest mind-bender of manga by the creator of GANTZ.

This is Part 1 of the interview with Hiroya Oku (about Inuyashiki). Read More »

Creator Interview: Hiro Mashima on Fairy Tail

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Interview by Misaki C. Kido

For Hiro Mashima, making manga is his true calling. Just from reading his bestselling epic about the world of wizards, Fairy Tail, you can sense how devoted he is to his work. Meeting him in person, you encounter more to his personality that explains how he can make such a manga. He’s a forever-humble student of life as well as a big-hearted teacher, fascinated by the making of manga more than anybody. This perfect balance is the ultimate drive that keeps him working on a long-running—and sometimes even multiple—manga series.

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