Anime's Oshii, Yuri Manga's Miyabi, Boys of Summer's Otsuka Interviewed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The English website for the Japanese anime studio Production I.G has posted the first part of a 2008 interview with director Mamoru Oshii about his recent film The Sky Crawlers. In the first part of the interview, Oshii discussed the similarities between our world and the world of The Sky Crawlers, and his opinion on the man and machine interface today.

The Akibanana website has also posted an interview with Oshii, regarding Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, which Oshii wrote the screenplay for. In the interview, Oshii discussed why he decided to write about Musashi Miyamoto, his manuscript for the movie, and his working process with the director for the film, Mizuho Nishikubo.

Erica Friedman, president of Yuricon and ALC Publishing, has posted an interview on her blog with yuri manga artist Miyabi Fujieda (Iono-sama Fanatics, Kotonoha no Miko to Kotodama no Majyo to, Di Gi Charat contributor). In the interview, Fujieda discusses how he became a manga artist, his influences, his motivation to start creating yuri manga, and his drawing process. Fujieda also discussed being a male writer in the yuri market, and how two of his manga, Iono-sama Fanatics and Ame-iro Kouchkan Kandan were received in Japan.

Publishers Weekly has posted an interview with Hiroki Otsuka, the manga artist who created the Boys of Summer title with Chuck Austen for Tokyopop, and is currently the Japan Society's "mangaka artist-in-residence." In the interview, Otsuka discusses his residence at the Japan Society, his work in the ero-manga industry, and his interactions with Happy Mania manga creator Mayocco Anno.

Image © Miyabi Fujieda / MediaWorks

Thanks to Kite for the Miyabi Fujieda news tip. Production I.G's Mamoru Oshii interview via AICN Anime's Twitter.

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