Interview with Manga-ka Nao Yazawa

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Nao Yazawa (谷沢 直, Yazawa Nao, born on July 29) is a Japanese manga-ka born in Tokyo, Japan. She discovered her passion for drawing already in her childhood and studied Chinese History before she got to publish her first manga arts.

She worked on several stories until 2000. One of the most famous was the shojo story Wedding Peach, which is about teenage girls becoming love angels and saving the world against demons. The manga was soon published as an animated series which has been very popular and loved by many fans until today.

In 2003, she released the shojo manga Nozomi, a story about a girl who makes a wish upon a falling star that leads her to a demon who teaches her about love. It was the first manga she drew for English readers.

In 2010, she released Mizuki. The story is about a teenage girl who transforms into a devil whenever she gets angry and must fight against evil monsters. In 2011, she released Moon and Blood, which is about a teen vampire boy who lives with a family.

In 2012, she began teaching classes on how to make manga in Tokyo as well as teaching overseas through Japan Foundation Toronto. In 2013, she published her autobiographical four-panel manga Go-Go Nao-P in English. Her most recent work is called “The isolated zone” which talks about a post-apocalyptic world.

 

Geeks Life Luxembourg: It is a great honor for the staff of Geeks Life Luxembourg to do  an interview with you, Yazawa-sensei, and we want to express our deepest thanks.

 

At first, let’s talk about your current work.

  1. What role does Chinese history, which you’ve studied, play in your work? 

Yazawa-Sensei: Nothing specific. I was interested in history, anthropology and sociology and decided to choose history for university. Just pure interested, but I thought studying history would give me some ideas about stories and characters of manga. Choice for chinese history is no specific reason. It was less popular than Western history. (In Japan, history is separated in Japanese history, Eastern history (Chinese history) and Western history.)

2.   You currently teach manga classes. Have you noticed any differences between Japanese students and those overseas?

Yazawa-Sensei: Non-Japanese people have disadvantage compared with Japanese people. I think it’s because the time when they have started to read manga and the contents of their first manga. There are many manga for kids in Japan, simple and easy ones. Then it gets complicated, with sophisticated expression little by little, along with growing up. So many Japanese get basic method of manga without knowing, which non-Japanese people struggle to get sometimes. It’s especially clear the field of composing, storyboard (panel work) part.

3.   Your current work, The Isolated Zone, is very different from your previous ones. How did you come up with the plot? Do you have similar projects planned for the future?

Yazawa-Sensei: This is not my new work, rather old work – it is non-commercial work, started as Dojinshi. In a way it is my oldest work because when I started to draw the work, I was university student and it’s before my debut (although it is Dec. 2010 when I finished). So in a way, you can say it is my true taste. I made it just as a hobby – what I wanted to draw. (The very beginning, I did it for a doujinshi my friend started. It was focused on Fantasy/SF, so she asked me something Sci-Fi and that was my answer.)

I still have some more story idea about the series, or something similar. If there is no order/limit, I might make something like that. But I also love to draw light touch comedy, slapstick type gag, like I’m doing at Coffee Party project.

Now let’s focus on one of your most famous works that is still very loved by many fans over the world, Wedding Peach.

  1. How did you get inspired to create Wedding Peach and especially the character designs? 

Yazawa-Sensei: It is not my original, as you know, I have Sukehiro Tomita, he created original concept and Kazuko Tadano designed characters. Her design is sort of proto-tpy (very anime), so I gave some changes for Manga (Discussed it with my editor and chief editor). Momoko’s painted hair (black hair), school uniform were done with strong insistence by Chao’s chief editor, for instance. (I wasn’t completed agree with it, though. lol) The visual appearance was based on Kazuko Tadano’s work, and basic concept had done by Sukehiro Tomita. But I interpreted them to move them as my characters. I think during my interpretation, the concept would have been changed.

The concept is flowers, frills, dresses and young girls – so I checked many magazines for young girls and Wedding. Since it was a total unfamiliar field to me. My editor gave me “Bridal” Magazines.

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2.  In your opinion what makes the Wedding Peach girls stand out in the world of shojo heroines?

Yazawa-Sensei: We didn’t try to be any specific. At least I didn’t. The three (4) characters are typical anime-shojo group characters, especially Momoko. No ordinary girl but very typical anime girl. I wanted to put weight on story/character part, that what I cared. If a girl fell in love with someone, there must be a reason. Not because he is good looking, not because he is smart, nor “destiny” person. There must be something special. It might make Wedding Peach different from others. 

Wedding Peach is Magical fighting girls story, so there are enemies, there is fight, save something and so on…but I tried to describe characters personality and the process how it’s going to change, especially building relationship. If this part could have got fans attention, I’m pretty happy.

3.  Many fans wanted to know why the anime story ended after the 4th episode of Wedding Peach DX even if it seemed like an open ending.

Yazawa-Sensei: Just because of commercial reason, budget. It’s not sold well enough to continue. The producer had tried, he said to me and was planning but he couldn’t.

4.  Wedding Peach celebrated its 20th anniversary and many fans are hoping for a remake, continuation or new merchandise. But until now, nothing’s been announced. Do you think there could be a chance for something like that or should the fans enjoy the already existing story?

Yazawa-Sensei: Again, simply commercial reason. Not enough fans voice to make new series, unfortunately. KSS got in charge for the anime making, but the company got bankrupt and there is no more. It might be one reason why it’s hard to make sequence. (I don’t know, though) 

For some reason, the series got popular in Germany and Korea – especially in Korea. Some new merchandise were released there, such as smartphone cases… etc.

5.  Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach was transformed into an animated series. Were you happy about the way the anime turned out or would you have changed anything?

Yazawa-Sensei: Wedding Peach was a so-called “media mix project”. Anime was the plan from the first, but it was hard (We had problems to get a toy company sponsor) and we were almost giving up – it was almost the last minutes all problems were cleared. Yes, we were so happy and so busy because of it. 

Because Anime and Manga walked different ways, I enjoyed the anime a lot. I’m not sure but might have got some ideas from the anime.

It has set me free – in a way. Tomita was a chief scenario writer of anime, and it kept him busy, he stopped to write manga story – withdrew manga team and concentrated on the anime. I had been already free, gave a lot changes to story Tomita did, but after the anime had started, both of us had worked individually.

We want to thank you again for your time and patience and hope to see more of your beautiful work in the future.

Yazawa-Sensei: Thank you! 🙂

 

Die Otaku Lounge in Saarbrücken schließt

Sie war einzigartig in der Region. Teilweise nahmen Menschen mehrere Hundert Kilometer auf sich, um ein kleines Stück Japan im Saarland zu erleben. In der Otaku Lounge wurden japanische Spezialitäten wie Matcha, Ramen und Curryreis angeboten.

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Ob zum Chillen, Essen, Mangalesen oder Zocken, das Lokal bot Lounge-Feeling und Spaß zugleich, es war Mangacafé, Restaurant und Arcade-Spielehalle in einem. Denn in einem eigenen Bereich standen die beliebten Spiele-Automaten.

Damit aber nach rund einem Jahr Schluss: Am 31. Januar öffnete die Otaku Lounge um 16.30 Uhr zum letzten Mal ihre Türen und schloss um 22.30 Uhr dann endgültig.

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Am 22. Januar kündigte das Mitarbeiterteam auf Facebook an, dass am 31. ein Schlussstrich unter das Abenteuer Otaku Lounge gezogen werde.

“Nach 12 Monaten ist es nun an der Zeit sich von Euch zu verabschieden und die Schürze an den Nagel zu hängen.

Wir möchten uns bei allen bedanken, die dieses tolle Jahr überhaupt möglich gemacht haben. Ein besonderer Dank geht an unsere treuen Kunden, Freunde und Mitarbeiter.

Bei unserem Räumungsverkauf ab Donnerstag (25.01.18) erhaltet Ihr Rabatte auf alle vorrätigen Artikel (Bilder, Shirts, Tassen, Gläser, Figuren usw.). Kommt also schnell bei uns vorbei und sichert Euch noch Artikel zu unschlagbaren Preisen! Natürlich nur solange der Vorrat reicht.

Wir werden unser Geschäft zum 31.01.2018 in Saarbrücken schließen, sofern Ihr noch in Besitz von Gutscheinen seit, bitten wir Euch, diese noch vor Ablauf der Geschäftstätigkeit einzulösen.

Wir freuen uns auf Euch!

Euer Otaku Lounge Team Saarbrücken”

 

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Eine letzte Gelegenheit wurde jedoch geboten, um sich beim Ramen-Essen von der Otaku Lounge zu verabschieden.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2065411210371964/?event_time_id=2065411217038630

 

Hier noch einmal unser Video zur Eröffnung vor rund einem Jahr:

 

Wir bedanken uns beim gesamten Otaku-Lounge-Team für den freundlichen Service und den netten Empfang, den sie uns in der kurzen, aber schönen Zeit geboten haben. Ob es in der Richtung eventuell an einem anderen Ort weitergehen könnte, ist zurzeit noch nicht bekannt.

Conventions, Festivals & Events 2018

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January

6. Expo Creativ Luxemburg

19.-21.1.

Luxexpo The Box, Luxemburg

BoardGameCafé

20.1., 14.00-0.00

Centre Wirtspesch, Kopstal

Dynamiccon (NL)

21.1., 10.00-17.30

Dynamo, Catharinaplein 21, Eindhoven

Metalbörse

28.1., 11.00-18.00 h

Kulturfabrik Esch/Alzette

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February

EpicCon (D)

3.-4.2.

Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland, Münster

Geeky Speed Friend-ing

10.2., 18.30-23.50 h

Inked Geeks, Esch

The Toxic Ball Vol. II

24.2., 20.00-0.00

Mix N’ Kawa – MK Bar Belval

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March

35e Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la citoyenneté

2.3.

Luxexpo The Box

Salon du Vintage du Luxembourg

3.-4.3.

Luxexpo The Box

Comic and Manga Convention Düsseldorf (D)

4.3.

Weiterbildungszentrum VHS, Düsseldorf

Mercatus Phantasticus (D)

10.-11.3.

Messepark Trier

15.-18.3.

Leipziger Messe

LuxGameFest

16.-17.3.

Forum Geesseknäppchen, Luxembourg

MagicCon (D)

23.-25.3.

Maritim Hotel & Kongresszentrum Bonn

Gameland 2

30.3., 18.00 – 1.4., 18.00

Centre Wirtspesch, Kopstal

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April

Sakura-Festival (D)

7.-8.4.

Nordpark, Düsseldorf

LuxCon

14.-15.4.

Forum Geesseknäppchen, Luxembourg

Fukumi Expo (B)

14.-15.4.

Halles des Foires, Liège

11th Metalfestival Kopstal

21.-22.4.

Kopstal

Destination Star Trek Germany (D)

27.-29.4.

Messe Westfalenhallen, Dortmund

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May

Intercomic (D)

5.5.

Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim

German Comic Con Frankfurt (D)

5.-6.5.

Messe Frankfurt

Role Play Convention (D)

12.-13.5.

Kölnmesse

The Storm – International Tattoo Convention

18.-20.5.

Luxexpo The Box

DoKoMi – 10th Anniversary (D)

19.-20.5.

Stockumer Kirchstraße 61, Düsseldorf

Japantag (D)

26.5.

Düsseldorf

Metz’torii

26.-27.5.

Parc des expositions, Metz

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June

Japan Addict Z

2.-3.6.

Zénith, Strasbourg

Wie.MAI.KAI 2018

16.-17.6.

Stadthalle Flörsheim

Rodemack Cité médiévale en fête 2018 (F)

30.6.-1.7.

Rodemack

CCON – Comic Con Germany (D)

30.6.-1.7.

Landesmesse Stuttgart

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July

Japan Expo (F)

5.-8.7.

Parc des expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte

Nico Walk by RevolAsia

14.7.

Luxembourg-city

CosDay (D)

21.-22.7.

Nordwestzentrum Frankfurt

DoCon (D)

21.-22.7.

Eissportzentrum Westfalenhallen, Dortmund

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Festival StreetA(rt)nimation

3.-4.8.

Luxembourg-city

AnimagiC (D)

3.-5.8.

Congress Center Rosengarten, Mannheim

Steampunk-Convention: La transformation de la petite Marquise

4.-5.8.

Echternach

LudiCon (B)

11.-12.8.

Campus 2000, Liège

9. Phantasie- & Mittelaltertage Saarbrücken 2018 (D)

17.-19.8.

Saarbrücken

Gamescom (D)

22.-25.8.

Kölnmesse

Karaoke Night by RevolAsia & Inked Geeks

25.8.

Inked Geeks Store, Esch

Lanarama 2018 Gaming Festival (D)

31.8.-2.9.

Losheim am See

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September

Convention All4geek (B)

1.-2.9.

rue de l’Athénée, B-4130 Esneux

Butschebuerger Buergfest

8.-9.9.

Dudelange

21st Vianden Tattoo Convention 2018

8.-9.9.

Vianden Castle

Back to Rétro 4: Space Adventure (B)

8.-9.9.

Hall polyvalent Arlon

Famecon (D)

8.-9.9.

Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland, Münster

Man.ga.mes 3 (B)

11.-12.9.

Centre culturel, Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont

Connichi (D)

17.-18.9.

Holger-Börner-Platz 1, Kassel

MOD 4.2 : Convention Cosplay & Brocante Geek, Otaku & co. (B)

25.-26.8.

Centre de delassement Loverval, Hainaut

Anno 1900

29.-30.9.

Fond-de-Gras

Luxembourg Gaming Xperience

29.-30.9.

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October

Frankfurter Buchmesse (D)

10.-14.10.

Messe Frankfurt

Game On, Lëtzebuerg Spillt!

13.10.

Schungfabrik, Tétange

J-Con (D)

20.-21.10.

Stadthalle Merzig

SPIEL (D)

25.-28.10.

Messe Essen

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November

Enter Game (D, Party und Retrogaming)

10.11.

Das Modul, Saarbrücken

Broc’Otaku 2018 (édition Yamato)

17.11.

Liège

To be announced:

TropiCon

Yukon, Solingen

MangaNews – Februar 2017

Die neusten Mangas im Februar!

Veröffentlichungen ab dem 31. Januar 2017

ALICE IN MURDERLAND, Band 4
ATTACK ON TITAN – SHORT PLAY
DEVILS AND REALIST, Band 11
FOOD WARS – SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA, Band 6
KILLING BITES, Band 4
KLEINE KATZE CHI, Band 11
MANGA-ZEICHENSTUDIO: SPANNENDE GESCHICHTEN ERZÄHLEN
MURCIÉLAGO, Band 1
MY HERO ACADEMIA, Band 4
NARUTO DOJUNJO NINDEN – EIN REINES HERZ (NIPPON NOVEL)
ONE WEEK FRIENDS, Band 1
SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Band 12
THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN, Band 3

Und ihre neuen E-Manga ab dem 01. Februar:

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, Band 14
DRAGON BALL, Bände 6-10
NARUTO – Der 7. Hokage und der scharlachrote Frühling
ONE PIECE PARTY, Band 1

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Veröffentlichungen ab dem 02. Februar 2017

AJIN – Demi-Human 08
Beast Boyfriend 10
Corpse Party – Blood Covered 09
Darwin’s Game 08
Draw 04
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 – Human Error Processor
Golden Time 07
High Rise Invasion 05
Kurokoi
Kuroneko – Nachtaktiv 02
Kyokai no RINNE 21
L-DK 20
Noragami 17
Pakt der Yokai 14
Rainbow Days 04
re:member 03
Shinobi Quartet 05
Snow White & Alice 09
Testament of Sister New Devil 08

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Veröffentlichungen ab dem 02. Februar 2017

Blue Exorcist – Band 17: http://bit.ly/2l0p3ln
Dimension W – Band 6: http://bit.ly/2l0p9JL
Küss ihn, nicht mich! – Band 6: http://bit.ly/2kwl2bg
Mein verfluchter Bräutigam – Band 3: http://bit.ly/2jZPE1P
Nisekoi – Band 17: http://bit.ly/2jZHRB5
ONE-PUNCH MAN – Band 4: http://bit.ly/2k3ZNNC
Seraph of the End – Band 6: http://bit.ly/2jAFAAh
Übel Blatt – Band 14: http://bit.ly/2l0pTyL
Wolf Girl & Black Prince – Band 12: http://bit.ly/2kwqDib

MangaNews – Januar 2017

Die neusten Mangas im Januar!

Veröffentlichungen ab 20. Dezember 2016

10 DANCE! Band 1
ACID TOWN, Band 5
AKIRA – Farbige Gesamtausgabe in limitierter Box
ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, Band 14
ATTACK ON TITAN, Band 17
BECOMING A GIRL ONE DAY, Band 2
BILLY BAT, Band 15
BLACK BUTLER, Band 22
DIE SCHOKOHEXE, Band 13
EIN MELANCHOLISCHER MORGEN, Band 6
FAIRY TAIL, Band 48
FINAL FANTASY – TYPE-0: Der Krieger mit dem Eisschwert, Band 4
GHOST TOWER, Band 7
JUNJO ROMANTICA, Band 18
MANGA LOVE STORY, Band 64
ONE PIECE PARTY, Band 1
OUSAMA GAME ORIGIN, Band 1
POISON CITY, Band 1
SKIP BEAT! Band 36
THE DEMON PRINCE, Band 7
TORIYAMA SHORT STORIES, Band 7: Kajika
TRIAGE X, Band 12

Und ihre neuen E-Manga ab dem 22. Dezember:

BECOMING A GIRL ONE DAY, Band 2
DOES YUKI GO TO HELL, Band 1-3
DRAGON BALL, Band 1-5
FOOD WARS, Band 5
I AM A HERO, Band 17
MY HERO ACADEMIA, Band 3
ONE PIECE, Band 80
THE DEMON PRINCE, Band 7
TORIYAMA SHORT STORIES, Band 7 – Kajika

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Veröffentlichungen ab 12. Januar 2017

Black Clover, Band 3
Bleach, Band 72
Dem Himmel entgegen, Band 1
Dein Verlangen gehört mir, Band 4
Die Stadt, in der es mich nicht gibt, Band 8 (Abschlussband)
Dreamland, Band 14
Eine Geschichte von unendlicher Traurigkeit
Fire Force, Band 1
Haus der Sonne, Band 3
Hyouka, Band 10
Magical Girl Site, Band 3
Mein göttlicher Verehrer, Band 4
Miyako – Auf den Schwingen der Zeit, Band 6
Platinum End, Band 2
Psychic Detective Yakumo, Band 13
Qualia unter dem Schnee
Re:ZERO – Capital City, Band 2 (Abschlussband)
Romantica Clock, Band 10 (Abschlussband)
Scary Lessons, Band 20 (Abschlussband)
Shinshi Doumei Cross – Allianz der Gentlemen, Sammelband 4
Terra Formars, Band 15
The Breaker – New Waves, Band 9
The Legend of Zelda – Perfect Edition: Majora’s Mask / A Link to the Past
Verliebter Tyrann, Band 10

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Veröffentlichungen ab 12. Januar 2017

A Silent Voice 04
Arata Kangatari 22
Big Order 09
Darwin’s Game 07
Death Edge 02
Detektiv Conan 90
Fort of Apocalypse 02
Kagerou Daze 08
Knights of Sidonia 14
Last Hero Inuyashiki 05
Love Live! School idol project 02
Show me your Gun
Snow White & Alice 08
UQ Holder! 06
Vanilla Fiction 08
Waiting for Spring 01

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Veröffentlichungen ab 12. Januar 2017

Akame ga KILL! – Band 5
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia – Band 8
Love Stories – Band 8 (Finale)
Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic – Band 25
Maria, the Virgin Witch – Band 3 (Finale)
Midnight Spell – Band 5 (Finale)
Tokyo Ghoul:re – Band 3
Toriko – Band 30
Yo-kai Watch – Band 2

Fullmetal Alchemist – Live Action Movie

Alle Fullmetal Alchemist Fans aufgepasst! Der erste Trailer zum offiziellen Live-Action Movie wurde nun veröffentlicht!
Erschienen ist er am 16. November 2016 und kündigt den Film fürs Ende des kommenden Jahres (2017) an.
An sich verrät der Trailer noch nichts von der Story. So weiß niemand was einen genau erwarten wird. Die Effekte sind jedoch jetzt schon faszinierend und vielversprechend.

Gedreht wurde/wird er in Italien. Die Rollen werden alle von japanischen Schaupielern gespielt und wurden auch schon bekannt gegeben:

  • Fumiyo Kohinataas General Hakuro
  • Ryuta Satoas Maes Hughes
  • Misako Renbutsuas Riza Hawkeye
  • Natsunaas Maria Ross
  • Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes
  • Yo Oizumias Shou Tucker
  • Jun Kunimuraas Doctor Marco
  • Yasuko Matsuyukias Lust
  • Kanata Hongouas Envy
  • Shinji Uchiyamaas Gluttony
  • Kenjiro Ishimaruas Father Cornello

Hier geht es zum Video!