Mangaka Musings 09/01/19

Thoughts from the mangaka about their manga, lives and other random things.

By Jeric Llanes September 01, 2019


Mitama Security: Spirit Busters
Tsurun Hatomune


If asked whether I’m a creator or a reader, I’d say creator. I’m Tsurun Hatomune. Nice to meet you.

One Piece
Eiichiro Oda

One Piece Eiichiro Oda P

I learned how to make a cake roll from Koyama-san, the top chocolatier in the world. I also ate his roll, and it tasted like happiness!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Koyoharu Gotouge

Demon Slayer V2

It’s hot, so please beware of heatstroke. Hydration and salt! I chipped a tooth, so I’m sad.

Black Clover
Yūki Tabata

Black Clover Tabata V2

Tsutsui Sensei, thank you so much for your kind words! I had so much fun meeting your family at the awards ceremony!

Shiro Usazaki

Actage Shiro

I had planned to use the week off to turn my studio into a relaxing space, but not much changed.

Riichiro Inagaki

Dr Stone Inagaki2

A fidget spinner made properly by a bearing manufacturer will keep spinning for dozens of minutes.

Haruichi Furudate

Haikyuu Furudate V2

I went to the Takeshi Obata Exhibit! I got too close to the art and got yelled at by the staff. Sorry!

Mission: Yozakura Family
Hitsuji Gondaira

Yozakura Gondaira

I got my brother to draw the background on the chapter title page. He’s superfast at drawing forests and trees. Give me those skills!

The Promised Neverland
Kaiu Shirai

Promised Neverland Kaiu Shirai V2

Tsutsui Sensei’s daughter is supercute! Her energy was infectious. Thank you for the boost!

Chainsaw Man
Tatsuki Fujimoto

Chainsaw Author22 V2

I’m drinking that saltwater stuff they sell at the supermarket. It’s salty and delicious.

My Hero Academia
Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Kohei Horikoshi V2

The star just above the front leg of Canis Major is now named Endeavor.

We Never Learn
Taishi Tsutsui


I’ve started collecting GameCenter CX DVDs. The show’s perfect for when I’m working.

Jujutsu Kaisen
Gege Akutami

Gege Akutami Image1

I’m not consciously trying to be self-deprecating, but I sometimes make people feel awkward by being overly critical of myself.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru
Masashi Kishimoto

Samurai8 Kishimoto2

I finally saw Alita. The image quality was so high, and I loved it!

Yui Kamio Lets Loose
Hiroshi Shiibashi

Yui Kamio Lets Loose Shiibashi V2

When I ride the Shinkansen I have so many options, but I always end up ordering the bamboo leaf sushi.

Double Taisei
Kentaro Fukuda

Double Taisei Fukuda

I drew this week’s chapter in analog form for the first time in a while. It’s so fun drawing lines with a G pen.

Tokyo Shinobi Squad
Kento Matsuura

Tokyo Shinobi Squad Matsuura

My parents’ home doesn’t have air-conditioning. I’ve been fine in the past, but this summer is hot!

Beast Children
Kento Terasaka

Beast Children Teresaka

I’m really happy about Little Nightmares 2. Can’t wait till next year!

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
Yamato Yamamoto

Seraph Yamamoto

Volume 19 is now on sale in Japan! We’ve got a lot of projects going on and I’d love it if you enjoyed them all!

World Trigger
Daisuke Ashihara

World Trigger Final

I’ve been playing Super Mario Maker 2 during my time off. I even get my staff to play the stages I create. It’s so fun and brings back memories from when I was young!

Blue Exorcist
Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist

I’m addicted to mikan this summer. I’m getting them straight from the growers.

Platinum End
Tsugumi Ohba

Platinum End Ohba

The Takeshi Obata Exhibition was wonderful. It’s going to be in Niigata starting on 9/14. Question: Will the merchandise get more expensive in October? Answer: Sales tax is going up so the price will rise.