His first original work is Magician which won him first place in an amateur manga's artist's competition in 1998. This paved the way for his first series, Rave Master (Groove Adventure Rave), that became well known series with 32 volumes (1999-2005). However, his anime adaptation of Rave Master fell short when the series got cancelled on it 51st episode in September 28, 2002. In the present day, his third work, Fairy Tail, is his longest anime series (104 episodes) to date, and for the manga, it is in its 29th volume and on its 258th chapter.
For more infomation: See Hiro Mashima's page.
In this interview, Hiro Mashima is interviewed by Brigid Alverson of MTVGeekand the AnimeNewsNetwork staff, Crystal Hodgkins, at the New York Comic Con. Last October 14, 2011, Hiro Mashima and some of the dub voice actors talk in a panel; Oct. 15, 2011, Hiro Mashima did a public signing event. Since there are two interviews, I will list Crystalyn Hodgkin's conversation of ANN first (Her name is staff for some reason) then post Brigid Alverson of MTV Geek second. Thank you.
ANN: Last time we spoke with you was in 2008. Since then, Fairy Tail has been made into an anime. What do you think of the anime adaptation?
Mashima: I've been having a great time, just going along with the ride. I wanted to tell [ANN] about the anime during that earlier interview, but I couldn't.
What is your favorite part about having your manga turned into an anime?
Just watching Natsu and Happy move around. There's a limit to the effects I can draw regarding the depiction of the magic in the manga, so seeing that in the anime is so much fun, and it looks very beautiful onscreen. It made me realize how fun my characters are when I saw them moving around.
Did you read manga or watch anime as a child, and if so, what were your favorites?
Dragon Ball, and a lot of the works by Hayao Miyazaki.
At that time, did you ever think that you would become a manga creator?
It all started with me copying and tracing their works, and then, before I realized it, I knew I was going to be a professional. It was what I wanted to be so badly, that I knew I was going to be one.
Loyalty to family and friends is a frequent theme running throughout Fairy Tail. Is this also something you feel passionate about?
Absolutely. My friends have helped me a lot in the past, and that's something I wanted to directly show in this manga. And that was the beginning of Fairy Tail actually. But, because I've so busy lately, my list of friends in my cell phone has been quickly edited down (laughs).
Monster Hunter Orage is based on the Monster Hunter videogame franchise. And yet, it's a manga that those who don't know the game very well can read and enjoy. How is it different to create a manga about a world you didn't make, as opposed to Fairy Tail where it's all yours?
Of course, the first thing I understood was that I couldn't destroy the world of the original authors, so I had to respect that. But there were a lot of similarities, the vision of the world of Monster Hunter was very similar to the world I often depict, so it wasn't too difficult.
In Fairy Tail, often the "villain" characters get redeemed in one way or another. Do you believe in giving people second chances and that anyone can be redeemed?
Absolutely. However, I value life heavily, and that's something to keep in mind. Sometimes I depict where a character passes away, but then it turns out they actually hadn't, but I never draw how someone who was actually already dead coming back to life; that's not something that I depict.
Fairy Tail is a very imaginative manga. It has a lot of surprises in it, and it's also very funny. How do you come up with ideas for your characters and stories, and what do you do when you run out of ideas and inspiration?
So, at the actual moment that the idea is born, I'm not aware of it. It happens coincidentally and spontaneously. But I'm constantly thinking of ideas. Even as I was walking here from the staff room I was thinking about it, and even now, in the corner of my mind, I'm actually thinking of ideas. But when I can't think of ideas, I sleep it off. I just have to change my emotions and feelings.
What message do you have for your English-speaking fans?
There are 15 volumes of Fairy Tail out now in English, but many more interesting and surprising stories await you, so I hope you read on. There are also many more characters, and the plot is thickening and getting ever more passionate. I'm well aware that I have readers not just in Japan, but all over the world, so I hope everyone will look forward to my work.
From AnimeNewsNetwork: Interview: Hiro Mashima by Crystalyn Hodgekins
Crystal: Our company interviewed you three years ago. Since then, Fairy Tail has been made into an anime. What do you think of the anime adaptation?
Hiro Mashima: I have been having fun, I have just been having a great time just going along with the ride. I wanted to tell you then, but I couldn’t.
Crystal: What is your favorite part about having your manga turned into an anime?
Hiro Mashima: Just watching Natsu and Happy move around. There’s a limit to the effects that I can draw, the depiction of magic in manga so in anime it’s so much fun. I realize how much fun my characters are when I see them move around.
Brigid: I wanted to ask about Monster Hunter Orage. I know this is based on a game, yet it’s a manga that people who don’t know the game very well can read and enjoy. But for you, how is it different to create a manga about a world you didn’t create, as opposed to Fairy Tail, where it’s all yours. What are the challenges?
Hiro Mashima: Of course the first thing was that I couldn't destroy the world of the original author, so I had to respect that. But there were a lot of similarities. The vision of the world of Monster Hunter is very similar to the world that I often depict, so it wasn't too difficult.
Crystal: Back to themes in Fairy Tail: Often the villain characters get redeemed in the series in one way or another. Do you believe in giving people second chances and that anybody can be redeemed?
Hiro Mashima: Absolutely. But, however, I value life heavily, so that's something to keep in mind. Sometimes I depict … where a character passes on and it turns out that they actually weren't [dead], but I never depict … somebody that was already actually dead coming back to life. That’s not something that I depict, resurrections.
Brigid: Fairy Tail is a very imaginative manga; it has a lot of surprises in it, and it’s also very funny. How do you come up with ideas for characters and for stories, and—here’s the hard part—what do you do when you run out of ideas, when you have no inspiration?
Hiro Mashima: At the actual moment of the idea being born, I am actually not aware of it. It is the most spontaneous moment. But I am constantly thinking about ideas, and even as I was walking here from the staff room I was thinking about it, and even now, in the corner of my mind, I am thinking of ideas… But when I can't think of an idea, when my idea runs dry, I just sleep if off. I just have to change my emotion and my feelings.
Crystal: What message would you like to give to your English speaking fans?
Hiro Mashima: There are 15 volumes now, but a lot more different and interesting and surprising stories await you, so I hope you read on. There will be so many more characters, and the plot is thickening, and I am ever more passionate. And I am well aware that I have readers all over the world, so I hope that you will look forward to my work.
From MTV Geek: Hiro Mashima talks about Fairy Tail by Brigid Alverson
*On 2nd Examination: These interviews are similar, so it seems redundant to post two. I'm sorry about that. I collapse the second one into a spoiler block. Feel free to read the second one if you like. Please, click on the other sources for more information.
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Team W.I.K.I. Nation
Welcome to the ninth weekly Sket Dance article/ review! I'm your host, Takashichea, and my teammates for Team W.I.K.I. Nation are Annabanana, KuroNekoXIII, MohsinMan99, HalberdierV2, Piface314, and Hibaru. We have some trivia questions and wiki progress to reveal after this episode's review. For the recap, last week's episode, Crank up the Nyora!, was about an addiction to collecting toys and Momoka's Moe character change. Now, this episode (ep. 31 - Samurai and Clothes) focuses on Shinzo and the shenanigans of SKET Dan. Be sure to check our wiki work and the image gallery.
This episode has two stories. The first and major story is about Shinzo's pen pal who wants to meet him. Wanting to impress the pen pal, Shinzo asks SKET Dan to help him be a fashionable man. In the second story, Hime and the gang receive a DVD from Shinzo who is tired and decides to give away his pen pal's DVD. Hime tries out the DVD only to feel the burning and bizarre exercise routines.
Will Shinzo be able impress his pen pal and take his friendship to a higher level? What happens during the exercise DVD and what effects it has on the SKET Dan crew? Tune in and watch Sket Dance episode 31!
Beware of Spoilers!
Compared to the last episode, this episode is roughly the same because both of these episodes had great and hilarious episodes about one character but suffers from the other story's small time humor. The minor story in episode 31 is better than the minor story in episode 30 because the humor flows better without dragging the time. If you are Momoka fan, you'll dig episode 30 more than 31. Same for Shinzo fans except it's for episode 31. As for the anime and manga differences, I have not read the manga chapter versions yet, but I can tell you the anime is skipping around the manga since volume 5. It's strange.
Be yourself when you date someone. There's no use in pretending to be someone just to get the person to love you back.
I thank you guys for reading this weekly article; I thank my team for doing an impressive job on the Sket Dance and other projects. KuroNekoXIII is doing great on his Guilty Crown while Anna is working on Beelzebub project with her teammates. As for this episode, it is my turn to work on it since last week is Anna's turn. I need to upload more images since I did not cover enough of the episode. When you love a show or a manga series, get involved in this community and write a blog or a review. You do some wiki work or even start up your own weekly reports. That sounds exciting.
Team W.I.K.I. Nation and Beelzebub
Welcome to the eighth weekly Beelzebub article! I'm Takashichea, and my teammates are Annabanana, ShadowKnight508, and Sreenivas. We have another user who is not on the team yet, Arussel. Arrussel is doing the weekly Beelzebub manga. If you guys are on the manga track, go and support him. This week's episode, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Assassins, has a lot of action compared to the last episode which is basically a day at the amusement park.
Please check out the image gallery and thank Anna for the lovely images.
While Lord En and his wet nurses spend their time at the arcades, Aoi tries to figure out about demons; Oga and Hilda spend some quality family time with Oga's mother. Toujou and Shizuka remember the old days together. When Oga and Hilda have to get some cooking ingredients, they bump into Aoi and then a new enemy appears and grabs Aoi. His name is Hecados (Hecatos), and he will carry out his order to wipe out Oga and Beel.
Will Oga and Hilda rescue Aoi and what are Toujou and Shizuka doing together? Tune in and watch Beelzebub episode 40!
Beware of spoilers!
Hecados is the eighth general in Behemoth's 34th Pillar. He is a loyal to Lord En and will carry out his orders with zero hesitation. He's deadly and cunning; his weapon is a wicked spear.
*One Note: I have read the episode's manga counterpart after viewing the episode. I'm a strange fellow who keep the manga at the anime's pace. I do noticed a lot of differences with the manga. I'll be brief. Be sure to voice your opinion.
Overall, this episode has some nice action, hilarious scenes, Hilda and Oga moments, and a great cliffhanger. You really want to find out what happen next! The anime did a good job with adding extra scenes for Toujou's flashback compared to the manga.
Thank you guys for reading my team's weekly report on Beelzebub; I thank my team for doing a great job. On this episode, ShadowKnight508 formatted the page and added characters and such, Anna did the synopsis and full plot with images and Points of Interests, and I did the seiyuu and points under anime and manga differences. Also, Anna added a scene comparison of Hecados stabbing Hilda in manga and anime and added Behemoth 34th Pillar's characters on Nov. 3. Please see our work and our team's vitae list of all the wiki contributions (except episodes and volumes).
If you guys love a show or a manga series, feel free to blog, wiki edit, or review it. Make a difference in this community by getting involved.
Team W.I.K.I. Nation and Beelzebub
[Updates 11-4-11] = Added Trivia Questions and link Sket Dance's Weekly Report and Community Spotlight
According to the sources below, Sket Dance and Bakuman will have 3 episodes for the crossover, 2 in October and 1 in November. It's already past October, and there is no release dates for these episodes. Not much is said from both creators or producers who are going to make these crossover episodes possible. Plus, Gintama X Sket Dance crossover episodes already occurred in September 26 and 29.
**I have no idea if the crossover for both Sket Dance and Bakuman will occur. I'm hoping for it since they did announce to do it.
Bakuman is about a young teenager, Moritaka Mashiro, who thinks he can't be a manga creator/ mangaka due to his mother's disapproval, disinterest in life, and his lack of confidence in his drawing skills. When he meets Akito Takagi, Akito rekindles Mashiro's dreams of becoming a manga creator and marrying his crush, Miho Azuki. Akito and Mashiro team up to become the best and to serialized their first show.
| Moritaka Mashiro|
The artist whose dream is to have his own series and to marry his sweetheart.
| 2. Akito Takagi|
The smartest guy drops his ordinary career goal to make a successful manga and anime series with Mashiro.
| 3. Miho Azuki|
Her dream is to become a talented voice actress for a leading role in an anime.
Bossun is the leader who solves dire problems with his concentration ability; he's is a killer marksman with a slingshot.
| Hime Onizuka|
Hime is the powerhouse of the team; she is only female member with a wicked field hockey stick. Don't be fooled by her pretty appearance.
| Kazuyoshi Usui|
Switch is the anime Otaku and computer whiz who invents inventions and formulate strategies.
「週刊少年ジャンプ」（集英社）連載の人気作品を原作としたTVアニメ、NHK Eテレ『 バクマン。』とテレビ東京系『 SKET DANCE』 がコラボすることが10月3日発売の「週刊少年ジャンプ」で発表されました。放送の日程は10月に2回、11月に1回で詳しい日時は発表していません。ま たコラボの内容に関しても一切触れておらずベールに包まれたままです。次の発表は10月24日発売の「週刊少年ジャンプ」にてコラボのカギを握る人物が発 表される予定です。
『バクマン。』は、「週刊少年ジャンプ」で2008年から連載されている大場つぐみ・小畑 健原作の作品です。内容は、一握りの者にしか得られない栄光を手にするため、険しい”マンガ道”を歩み、プロのマンガ家になる決意をした二人。高い画力を 持つ真城最高と、文才に長ける高木秋人がコンピを組み、新たなマンガ伝説を創る成功物語となっています。2010年よりNHK EテレにてTVアニメ放送が開始され2011年10月1日から第2シリーズが放送開始されています。
『SKET DANCE』は、週刊少年ジャンプで2007年から連載されている篠原健太原作の作品です。内容は、生徒達が学園生活を円滑に送るためのサポーター集団、 ボッスン、ヒメコ、スイッチの三人からなる開盟学園・学園生活支援部、通称「スケット団」が舞い込む依頼を解決していく、時には笑えて、時には真面目な痛 快学園群像劇です。2011年よりテレビ東京系にてTVアニメ放送が開始されています。
If anyone can read this, please inform us. I wanted to see if there were any information that the English version was missing.
The second source is a website in Japanese. Sorry about that.
Team W.I.K.I. Nation
*If I confused you, I'm sorry. There was not enough information to explain.
Welcome to the eight weekly article of Sket Dance! I'm your host, Takashichea. By now, you have heard of Team W.I.K.I. Nation; if you have not, please visit our team's blog. My great teammates are Annabanana, KuroNekoXIII, MohsinMan99, HalberdierV2, Hibaru, and Piface314. Please follow these individuals because they making history in our community. Back to Sket Dance, this week's episode is a riot. I promise that you will laugh and cry.
Like most Sket Dance episodes, this episode has two parts that covers two manga chapters. Let's break it down.
First Story: It's about an addiction or a compulsive obsession disorder on little toys. I don't have the exact name for these toys but the machine is called a capsule toy vending machine. They are toys that you get in those slot machines and come in a ball. You get a surprise. Anyway, Hime, Bossun, and Switch have an adventure collecting toys in front of a shop. Will Sket Dan get over their addiction?
Second Story: Momoka visits Sket Dan, and she has a complete character change! Her old friends tell Sket Dance to change her back into her rough, Yankee delinquent self.
Will Sket Dan be able to restore Momoka to her old self or will they lose her forever?!
*That image really did spoil those that who haven't see the anime. Oh yes, I do not have a fetish for Moe characters. Switch and Otakura does.
Beware of Spoilers!
I had an idea for Momoka. It's when she turns from bad to good. See this image, but I'm going for the face shot for Momoka. I'll get it soon. I'm sorry. I got too distracted with the other blogs I created today.
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