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kuroshitsuji [May. 16th, 2009|07:25 pm]
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The June Pafu had a Kuroshitsuji special with an interview with Yana-sensei. Fun to read, I also learned something very important. The book cover under the dust jacket shows the character on the dust jacket cover in the same pose doing something else! The back cover has some humorous bits in the same vein...I looked at the couple of volumes I could find and was delighted to see how adorable and funny the secret covers were! XD;

In any case, I thought I'd summarize the parts of the interview i found interesting. Sorry, as usual I have almost no interest in the artist and focused exclusively on the work.

Yana-sensei had started with only an idea for a butler who is really powerful. But when she came up with the idea for a demon butler, it brought a Western image to mind. She could've set it in Japan if she was only going for just a powerful butler.

Yana-sensei had the hardest time creating Sebastian's image. He can't be flashy since he's a butler, but he's the main character. She always has problems with Sebastian's position as a demon and a butler. She had a very easy time with Ciel. She had chosen to make him a boy for the unbalanced effect of having a small master and a big butler, but they are so much a set now that it doesn't feel right when Sebastian stands next to someone else.

Yana-sensei had come up with the setting, Ciel's past, the servants' pasts, the stance demon's have about humans, the Phantomhive family's role in the underground society, and Sebastian and Ciel's final enemy and final outcome when she started the series. She's been inserting foreshadowing elements from volume 1. But since it was slated to only be a short 4-chapter series, she wanted to make sure that readers wouldn't be left hanging at the end of one volume. Luckily she's been able to continue the series, and she's glad that she's been able to insert bits earlier in the series.

When Yana-sensei draws Sebastian, she has to be careful that he doesn't look frail or weak because he is rather slender. She draws him with the idea that he looks thin but is quite muscular and toned under his tuxedo. As for Ciel, she tries not to make him too adult. She takes care that he seems like a child with the actions and expressions of an adult.

Yana-sensei emphasizes the butlerness or the demonness of Sebastian at different points. Volume 1 emphasized his butlerness, but the current circus arc emphasizes his demonness.

Yana-sensei has to be careful about not letting Sebastian just fade into the background when the spotlight is on Ciel. Her ideal butler is a gentleman who smartly yet subtly supports his master. She particularly loves an older man as a butler.

Yana-sensei would love to have Sebastian and Ciel do something together, such as cooking or a three-legged marathon. She has a feeling it'd turn into a competition to piss the other guy off, though.

Scenes that had particular impact on Yana-sensei:
Volume 1, when Sebastian does his "akuma de, shitsuji desukara" (how is this typically translated?) statement. This is the basis of the series.
Volume 2&3, when Grelle and Sebastian throw around quotes/references of Shakespeare during their battle. She wanted a very theatrical feel to the whole thing. Most of Grelle's lines come from Juliet's lines in Romeo & Juliet.
Volume4&5, when Sebastian laughs and says "Ningen nate mono wa ne..." (sadly, I don't have those books and can't look up the context to translate) after the curry contest. It's also the first time Sebastian has made a friend...

Ciel can see in the eye with the seal in it. He uses a patch with a hole in it for depth perception while fencing, and takes off his patch when reading in his room.

Yana-sensei would love to write a side story about Grelle and Madame Red, or about Ciel's father and Queen Victoria.

Yana-sensei particularly likes the outfit Ciel wears on the color cover of chapter 21. It's even been used for a figurine. She also likes Ciel's riding outfit from the G Fantasy March 2009 cover. The key is how he is wearing a small silk hat tightly.

[User Picture]From: ramble_corner
2009-05-17 10:09 am (UTC)
Ooh thanks for the write-up.
It's amazing to see that it was initially for 4 chapters only ^__^
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-05-19 06:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome! It's interesting how many series started out as one-shots.
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[User Picture]From: genkischuldich
2009-05-17 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the report. I love hearing about Toboso-sensei's thought processes and these little details.

(Akumade... is translated as "I'm one hell of a butler" in scanlations (I had the same question!), but "After all, I'm just a butler" in official translations.)
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-05-19 06:23 am (UTC)
Hm, I think I like the scanlation version better than the official translation. Neither really gets it, but the former is definitely better.
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[User Picture]From: _neith_
2009-05-17 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the summary! I've always wondered whether Ciel could see with both eyes, so that was an interesting tidbit.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-05-19 06:23 am (UTC)
I never wondered about Ciel's eye, but it was an "ah ha!" moment. XD;
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