Ken Akamatsu Live-Talk Session
- Before the show, Ken Akamatsu remarked: "I guess there are a lot of people who don't know who I am."
- Ken Akamatsu's script was written just before the show started.
- (Q: How did you become interested in Anime and Manga in the beginning?) "Sailor Moon was my starting point. Until I knew it, I was just an ordinary person."
- (Q: Who is your favorite character in Sailor Moon?) "You mean my favorite relationship in the show, right? My favorite relationship is between 'Mako and Ami'."
- "When I was a college student, I was writing my graduation thesis, creating Manga to apply for the "New Face Award," and taking an exam to become a book editor, all at the same time!"
- "After my Manga won a New Face Award, an editor, who was supposed to be my big boss, flunked me as an editor.”
- (Q: How long will the story of Negima go on?) "Although I'll write until the graduation ceremony of Negima, it may depend on the wishes of the readers."
- "It is not impossible that I continue to write the story semi-permanently, because there are over 30 characters and many possible combinations.”
- "Although Keitaro (Love Hina) was a central character more of the Shonen Magazine type, Negi (Negima!) is more of a Shonen Jump character.”
- "Chisame was designed by Akamatsu himself, and she reflects his taste.”
- "Most of the other characters were created by Akamatsu"s assistants. If they ask Akamatsu to use a certain character they created, he would consider the request for as long as he could.”
- Akamatsu comments on the above paragraph: "I think it is good that they have special feeling for the characters than they don"t, right?"
- Although people assume that Akamatsu-sensei must love little girls, the truth is he likes
- Akamatsu enjoys deep stories more than light love comedies.
- Akamatsu created five heroines in "Love Hina,” but he ran out of story. As a result Akamatsu"s next work (Negima!) has six times the number of heroines.
- Currently Akamatsu turns in 8 days worth of work every week, so he can get 5 times the regular break (Usually mangaka for Shonen Magazine gets one break for every 10 works they turn in).
- Akamatsu likes to go to hot spring on holidays. He didn't do any research on hot spring at all while writting "Love Hina.” Akamatsu"s assistants did the work instead.
Translated by Nakamoto