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Manga Artist

Fujita Kazuhiro

< 14, Jan, 2017 >

In 2016 March, Fujita Kazuhiro a manga artist started his new work "Sobotei Kowasubeshi." (means You Must Destroy the Sobotei)

Now, reading the 1st episode, I got a feeling of wrongness. Kind of confusion must be it. I considered it would bring us to the right place to know why the feeling was caused. This interview could lead you to the back side of "Sobotei Kowasubeshi."



■ I'm so honored to meet you. First, wouldn't you mind if I ask you to explain why you started "Sobotei Kowasubeshi" on Weekly Shonen Sunday?

Fujita Kazuhiro: No at all. In 2014 April, I finished "Moonlight Act" on Shonen Sunday. Then, I began a new story on Weekly Morning. I love boys' comic, however. I can't help making boys' manga anyhow.


■ Weekly Morning is a manga magazine for the youth, not boys.

F: So I always say "I'm fond of stories that a hero beats the evil. I'll write nothing but such stories." That was allowed on Weekly Morning. In 2015, the new one was finished. And I came back to Shonen Sunday, my old home.



(C) Fujita Kazuhiro / Shogakukan

Fujita Kazuhiro
(Manga Artist)


Born in 1964 Asahikawa, Hokkaido.
Made the debut in 1988.
The representative works are
"Ushio and Tora," "Moonlight Act"
"Karakuri Circus" and so on.
In 2016 March, started "Sobotei
Kowasubeshi" on Shonen Sunday.



■ In 2016, Shonen Sunday's new chief editor declared "We must reform Shonen Sunday. We desire to grow up promising artists and also need old hands there." Fujita, you were listed as one of the old hands. What did he say to you before began the "Sobotei Kowasubeshi?"

F: Go! That's all he said. I am a manga artist who tries to make mine interesting so hard. All of the artists must be doing like me. It means I don't need to care about what the editors think of.

I am pretty happy being needed by Shonen Sunday. Before everything, but, our works are always appraised by the readers, not ourselves. We have to leave when no one reads ours. So I asked the editors to fire me without hesitation when my work looked boring.


■ I heard this was a kind of contemporary horror. What's your definition of contemporary horror?

F: That's the story goes on in modern times. A contemporary horror example is the novels by Stephen King, I believe. Gothic horror's considered unsuited for boys' comic since looks quiet and sluggish. I'm trying to describe how modern people fight with old mystery. In that point, that is maybe like "Ushio and Tora."


(C) Fujita Kazuhiro / Shogakukan
from "Sobotei Kowasubeshi" Episode 1

All of my works on Shonen Sunday have needed a long time. 6 years for "Ushio and Tora," 9 years for "Karakuri Circus," needed for finish. I wondered to myself that I had to keep it as shorter as possible for the readers. So I'll make this story speedy as possible. I'll finish until it gets to the volume 10.


■ That's your challenge.

F: Not a challenge, because I have created the different stories each other. If I keep reproducing the same ones, I will be bored myself. I said I was trying to make a story of contemporary horror. That's why I have to keep it speedy.

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