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Interview with Sugiura Shiho in the December 2008 Pafu [Dec. 6th, 2008|07:23 am]
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The December 2008 Pafu has an interview with Sugiura Shiho. Some of the interesting tidbits:

-When asked if the story is proceeding as she'd planned initially, Sugiura-sensei responded that things were going smoothly. The only problem she has is that there are so many characters she needs more pages than expected (such as one chapter's worth of story taking three chapters to draw out).

-According to Sugiura-sensei, Rakan sees Chigusa as "honest" and "open," a "friend" (as opposed to "pervert" or "weirdo" like the other characters XD). She plans on developing that relationship further, so stay tuned.

-When asked if there was a significance in Rakan wearing a gakuran instead of a blazer-type school uniform, Sugiura-sensei responded she wanted to connect the reader to reality in some way. A gakuran immediately conjures up "school uniform." She also just likes gakuran. She likes manga in which the characters fight in gakurn. She'd always wanted to draw someone fighting in a gakuran at least once.

-Rakan is supposed to be the most powerful sanome (ever?).

-Chigusa can't read people's minds, but he can sense the aura or atmosphere around people. He puts that aura together with a chart in his head that associates certain auras with certain emotions and figures out what a person is feeling. It's something all people do, he just can do it much better.

-Sugiura-sensei finds characters with no darkness, who are only happy or cheerful or gentle, to be rather unnatural. She thinks that having a negative side along with that positive side is more balanced. She likes to see people who lack something realize that emptiness and fill it.

-There is no connection between the "thousand" character in Senrou and the practice of giving names with numbers in them to extraneous children. She hadn't even realized it until after she'd established the numbered children idea.

-Until chapter 35, the Prince had never been interested in Kinrei. He'd only thought of Kinrei as someone who did what he was told to do. Sensei compares the Prince to a hamster that becomes attached to the person who feeds it...

-When asked which character is the stupidest, Sugiura-sensei responded with two characters. Hakubi in an adorably stupid way, Yoruaki in a pitiful and unfortunate way. When Hakubi turned out the way he did when she'd tried to write a smart enemy, she realized she can't write a smart character...

-The Prince's "voice" in people's heads essentially sounds like Rakan's voice, with differences in tenor due to their differing personalities.

-The interviewer points out that none of the characters can be described as pure bad guys. Sugiura-sensei agrees, as she prefers stories that do not feature black and white good and bad and thus seems to write that way as well. She does try to write truly bad guys, but she can't get their personalities down and has a hard time with them.

-Things Sugiura-sensei would like to do with the various cute animals that appear in the manga: She'd give Kou a fast-moving, furry toy to play with. She'd ride Kuro. And she'd like to brush her. Give the birds fruits and take a picture of them. She'd like to wet the stone creatures with water...

-Sugiura-sensei does love her characters but they don't hit her moe points (if Rakan's grandpa had been completely bald he would've done it, tho). Instead she gets excited over things like futon. If she could've made it work within the story, she would've liked to have Rakan and company have a big pillow fight. Just thinking about the pillows filled in with cute tones excites her.

-Sugiura-sensei's favorite character is Rakan since she created him when she was in high school.

-Yoruaki makes Sugiura-sensei feel sorry for him. His name is "night," he's into a blond, he speaks politely...He reminds her of Nei from "Koori no Mamono."

-When asked if there were characters that "acted on their own" or wouldn't easily get moving, Sugiura-sensei mentioned the Prince and Chigusa. She hadn't planned on the Prince cutting his own throat, but when it happened she agreed that he totally would've. Chigusa often ends up looking out quietly from behind in everyday life, but when she makes him say something he never says something reasonable...

-Sugiura-sensei apologizes to each of the four main character: Rakan, for not drawing him in cooking scenes more. Chigusa, for writing him as more like a chick (baby chicken) instead of the black panther she'd intended to. Narushige, for turning him into a mother-in-law type instead of the cool, gorgeous, smart young man she'd meant to. Touji, for intending to have him teased from the beginning and actually going through with it. And as a bonus, Kinrei, for always putting him in the same clothes. She'd wanted to put him brighter colored clothing, but he is laughably unsuited for such things.

-Sugiura-sensei's favorite scene so far is the entire latter half of the last story in volume 4 (I don't have my manga so I don't know what happened). The scene she'd most wanted to write is yet to come.

-Sugiura-sensei thinks Chigusa is the character that's grown the most, even though he's still incomplete as he's without his memories.

-Sugiusa-sensei has drawn storyboards up to volume 17. She feels the series is about 75% complete. She hadn't taken into account the sheer number of characters she'd have to give some kind of end to...In any case, the manga has entered the final stage.

[User Picture]From: nozomi_no_da
2008-12-06 07:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the summary. ♥ I love Silver Diamond, and wish there were more scanlations to read, or that Tokyopop would hurry and release the volumes faster. XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-06 08:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm so glad this series comes out pretty quickly in Japanese. Hopefully Tokyopop will catch up...
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[User Picture]From: flyby311
2008-12-06 09:56 am (UTC)
<333 Silver Diamond. I'm getting the first three volumes in english soon (well, the third when it actually comes out T__T already preordered!), but it's killing me because I've read scanlations up to volume 8 already. XD So nothing new for me for a long while. :/
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-07 10:02 am (UTC)
It is nice having physical copies, though. I really enjoyed getting the physical copies of Totally Captivated and reread them even though I'd already read the scans a lot. XD;
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[User Picture]From: baka_neko
2008-12-06 10:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's absolutely wonderful to read her thoughts about her own series, but I totally loled when she compared the prince to a hamster. WHAT PART OF HIM LOOKS LIKE A HAMSTER?!

Her cast is ridiculously huge! I can't imagine how she handles it -- yet you get the sense that everyone is their own individual person, just they don't have enough screentime for everyone.

And I love her pillow fight idea! (It would suck in the entire bodyguard troop as well and Chigusa would have a totally unfair advantage (swirling feathers or giant fluffy pillows -- nobody else would be able to see what the hell they're hitting except him.)
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-07 10:05 am (UTC)
*laughs* I don't think she meant he looked like a hamster. Now I'm imagining a freaky monster hamster wearing a gauzy shawl thing and talking via telepathy...Not good.

She does an excellent job of making each character an individual. I'm glad she cares about giving closure to them, there's nothing as irritating as side characters that you've come to care about just dropping off at the end.

A pillow fight would be fabulous, especially if the animals try to join in and making things more of a mess.
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[User Picture]From: nokiirat
2008-12-06 12:32 pm (UTC)
I liked the apologies. ♥

Thanks for the info. It's interesting that it's wrapping up now...and looking forward to the conclusion. It's been a long manga.

(gonna post a link to the sd community if that's ok)
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-07 10:06 am (UTC)
You're welcome. It's gone on a lot longer than I thought, I'm looking forward to seeing how she concludes it.

(No problem about linking to the comm. I don't do things like that anymore, but I don't mind other people doing it.)
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[User Picture]From: rikiki_angel
2008-12-06 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this.
Since I read Koori no Mamono no Monogatari, I've always felt her story is really best to be made into anime. The adventure story is just great! Although a bit too long for anime. Silver Diamond too!
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-07 10:07 am (UTC)
I think both could be made into an anime if they cut some of the less...non-action parts. She has a lot of random pointless interaction that is enjoyable but would make things too long. :P
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[User Picture]From: chrysan
2008-12-06 02:45 pm (UTC)
Awesome interview~ Thanks for sharing it!

Sugiura-sensei's stories are always lovely to me, and I've always loved her hard work in striking a balance in everything.

I sincerely wish for Silver Diamond to be animated. ~^^~
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-07 10:08 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I love how she has it all: the nice art, the great characters, the interesting stories.
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[User Picture]From: madamada_chan
2008-12-07 01:08 am (UTC)
omg!! thank you so much for summarizing this ♥ Sugiura-sensei said some pretty interesting things. there were a lot of funny stuff too, but i laughed sooo hard at the ...Chigusa often ends up looking out quietly from behind in everyday life, but when she makes him say something he never says something reasonable... part. my goodness, that's so true XD

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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-07 10:09 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. She seems to give good interviews, with a nice mix of funny stuff and interesting tidbits.
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[User Picture]From: zierli
2008-12-07 10:54 am (UTC)
I loved the interview, thanks a lot.
Hakubi is the character with the stone-animals isn't he? (not sure, I have to look up the info in my manga)
I just heard the volumes are in english out as well, I live in germany and I'm exited about Vol. 9 which comes out in a few weeks, but I also wish the volumes would come out faster.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2008-12-09 05:24 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Hakubi is the second assassin sent by Kinrei.

So the German edition is coming out much faster than the English ones? You'll soon catch up and be stuck with the rest of us waiting. ^^;
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[User Picture]From: vada_1881
2009-04-08 01:57 am (UTC)
ooh, thank you for posting the interview ^^

i'm so happy when sensei said she'll further develop rakan relationship with chigusa *kyaah, here my inner fujoushi jumping here and there* lol

i dont wish for a crash boom bang relationship, i want ideal rakanxchigusa relationship only sensei can make it XDD

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[User Picture]From: waterbaby12us
2009-11-18 01:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you sooooooooo much for the interview! I really love reading about mangaka talking about their manga and the characters, it somehow makes everything about the character and plot a bit more clearer ^^

75%? I guess Silver Diamond will probably end up like Koori with 20+ volumes then....>_< Though the story is reaching the climax XD

I like how she mention she doesn't like to characters who's always happy, kind, gentle, but rather have them filling the emptiness. That's what I like about her characters ^^
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