Hatsuno Sei x Ooya Hiroko Dialogue Part 2: One Foot into Fantasy

First Love Sommelier
First Love Sommelier

The second part of the dialogue between HaruChika author Hatsuno Sei and book reviewer Ooya Hiroko on the fantasy elements in HaruChika and his other works. Translated from the article at honto.jp on March 30, 2016.

HaruChika has one leg in fantasy, doesn’t it?

Ooya: Hatsuno-san. In 2002 you debuted with “Mizu no Tokei”(Water Clock), which was modeled after Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale “The Happy Prince”, and won the 22nd Yokomizo Seishi Mystery Prize. After that you wrote dark fantasy mysteries for a while. For that reason the comedic youth orthodox mystery in “HaruChika” in 2008 surprised me. It was completely different from what you had written until then.

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Hatsuno Sei x Ooya Hiroko Dialogue Part 1: HaruChika Anime Adaptation

Thie first part of a translation of a dialogue between HaruChika author Hatsuno Sei and book reviewer Ooya Hiroko on the HaruChika anime adaptation and the novels. Originally posted at honto.jp on March 30, 2016.

Talking with that person about books – 6: Hatsuno Sei x Ooya Hiroko (2016/03/20)

HaruChika Anime Adaptation
Special Book Wrapper with an illustration of the HaruChika Anime Adaptation

In this corner book reviewer Ooya Hiroko talks with writers she wants to talk to. The sixth guest is Hatsuno Sei-san, who is in the midst of breaking out. His series “HaruChika” received an anime adaptation. She asked plenty of questions about HaruChika: from the original author’s impressions of the anime he watched until what happens to HaruChika hereafter.

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Yuri!!! on ICE Production Presentation: Sayo Yamamoto and Mitsurou Kubo

MAPPA’s Yuri!!! on ICE is helmed by Sayo Yamamoto and Mitsurou Kubo. This is Kubo’s first foray into the world of anime production. Originally she made a name for herself as the mangaka of Again!! and Moteki. On the other hand, Sayo Yamamoto is mainly known for directing the series Michiko & Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

I translated an article of the presentation talk with the two creators. This article was originally published on Comic Natalie on March 27, 2016.

Yuri!!! on ICE’s theme is the Grand Prix series, Mitsurou Kubo drew a large amount of rough manga drafts

Mitsurou Kubo and Sayo Yamamoto
From left to right: Moderator, mangaka Mitsurou Kubo and director Sayo Yamamoto.

The production presentation of “Yuri!!! on ICE”, the new original animation by Mitsurou Kubo, Sayo Yamamoto and MAPPA was held on March 27 in Tokyo Big Sight, inside the avex pictures booth during “AnimeJapan 2016”.

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Ono Fuyumi Dialogue Part 3: How to Make Horror Scary

At last, the final part of the “The Inerasable” Opening Commemoration Dialogue with Ono Fuyumi and Nakamura Yoshihiro from the Daily Shincho. The two discuss the scary techniques used in the movie. Although the article doesn’t reveal big plot points, be warned for some light spoilers if you plan on watching the movie one day.

The three mysteries which occurred on the film set

The Inerasable
The Inerasable

This time our creators talk about techniques to make people scared. And, what does the director attempt to aim at in “The Inerasable”? Also, what of the bizarre phenomena which occurred on set…?

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Ono Fuyumi Dialogue Part 2: “Why do people watch horror?”

This is the second part of “The Inerasable” Opening Commemoration Dialogue with Ono Fuyumi and Nakamura Yoshihiro. It was originally published on the Daily Shincho (February 4, 2016). Read the first part here. In this part they talk about why people watch horror.

Ono Fuyumi x Nakamura Yoshihiro:

“Why do people watch horror?”

The book cover of "Zange Sunde wa Ikenai Heya".
The book cover of “Zange Sunde wa Ikenai Heya”.

Nakamura: The lead actress Takeuchi Yuuko-san is a great coward. She repeatedly tried to read the script for several weeks, and failed. During the first screening of the movie she couldn’t look straight at the screen for about the last 15 minutes either. Later she stuck through it to the end, and cried when she completed watching the movie.

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