Made In the Abyss: interview with Akihito Tsukushi | Napoli Comicon 2019


Published on May 02, 2019


For the first time in Italy, arriving visitor of the trade fair of naples, the sensei Akihito Tsukushi, the creator of the manga to seinen which has depopulated the web Made in the Abyss, where a sweet orphan girl named Riko, and Reg, a robot child, live their adventures in the depths of the Abyss, between the fantastic monsters, cave riders and relics of the past.

Made in Abyss has been a great success both in the homeland and in the Italian peninsula. The manga, published by the publishing house J-Pop Manga (which hosted the author at her booth during the exhibition), has been made into an animated series and two adaptations of animated, the first part of which was screened in preview during the Napoli Comicon 2019.

We interviewed the sensei Tsukasa to ask questions about the birth of his style is so kawaii and the future of the series.

MF: we Thank the sensei during her son for giving us His time! Let's talk about the genesis of the series: how and when was Made in Abyss? What is behind the very idea of the Abyss which for us italians remember a lot of dante's Hell?

AT: I'm sorry, but, unfortunately, I've never read Dante's work! However, the hell of the buddhist contains a kind of abyss, that leads you to Hell, then I would say that it may be something that is common to the two currents of thought. With regard to the inspirations that are the basis of " Made in Abyss, there are a lot of things which inspired me: one of them is definitely my love for video games, especially those where you have to build things. Among all the one that I adore certainly is Wizardry, that I was very excited the imagination. Then, the main inspiration are the fantasy trips that I did when I was little, distorting the real world and transforming everyday objects into objects of fantastic in my mind of a child.

MF: as far as style and aesthetics, how did you come to combine these old fantasy settings, the character design is extremely rounded and tender of the protagonists?

AT: The explanation is very simple: you are not able to draw according to the classical style of the manga. This you see is my style! In fact, the young more than to become a manga artist, I was hoping to be an illustrator!

MF: What are the authors and the works that have most influenced his style of writing and drawing?

AT: Definitely The top of the of the of Yumemakura Baku (which was made into a manga, drawn by Jiro Taniguchi), which tells of the adventure and of the importance of undertaking a journey in the course of his life. The second is definitely the movie 127 hours by Danny Boyle: I loved it!

MF: One of the characteristics that affects, in particular, Made in Abyss is the tension created by the sudden action scenes, and “violent”. It is a choice of style aware?

AT: Here, this comes from the fact that I at the beginning I drew with a style that is rounded, kawaii. As a kid I used to draw monsters and other entities that are clearly not cute; then in high school I started to draw cute girls, given that the interests of the teens were the ones ^_^ As Made in the Abyss, I merged both things, monsters, pucciosità and beautiful girls, and here comes my style so inconsistent with himself.

MF: Staying on the theme of choices of style: the protagonists of Made in Abyss are a strange pair. Riko, a girl, and Reg, a cyborg. In terms of narrative what they offer different these two characters so “unusual”?

AT: We start from the fact that initially the series was supposed to be a series of shorter, a doujinshi. At that stage, my idea was that Riko and Reg would be a single character. Developing the story, I realized that making the two characters distinct, it would have been easier to make the narrative more fluid and also be able to expand. Riko is the head and the mind, while Reg is the body and strength.

MF: Made in Abyss was made into an animated series: what do you think of this adaptation and has been involved in some way?

AT: I really like how it was adapted in anime! At the beginning, when I knew that I would have the product, I had decided that I would simply have answered the questions that I would have been made from the production and creative team, but still leaving in the hands of their conduct. However, I must say that I was very impressed by the type and by the great amount of questions that were posed to me! Some of these were: “What form did the screws used in the construction of the city of Orth? Must have the + sign or the-sign? What is the population of the city?”: questions have been very detailed, and some of these details I never thought of that! All of them were taken, put together and received the life inside of the anime, it was very fun to work on!

MF: The transposition of the animated has in some way influenced the development of the story and/or the events as they had initially thought?

AT: at The end of the anime, there are events that have been agreed with the production house, and since I have seen an end a little better, similar to that of the anime, it would have been much better. Then I revised the manuscript and modified it slightly for the final making it better and bringing it closer to that of the anime, because this last one I actually liked.

MF: During the Napoli Comicon, was broadcast the first of two films adapted from the animated series, Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake, while the film is still in the processing stage. She has already had some anticipation? Has a his favorite scene of the anime adaptation?

AT: The film I have not yet seen anything, but I've only read the storyboard: I still can't say which is my favourite scene, however, I have already found some of the scenes which according to me will be transposed wonderfully! I hope that my expectations are exceeded! With regards to the anime adaptation, for sure I love the final scene of the first season: the air balloon that slowly climbs up to the top of the abyss. It is exciting!

MF: we Conclude with the ritual question: at what point is the serialization of the Made in Abyss? Has already in mind a final?

AT: As I said above yes, I have already in mind the ending. The story came almost to half, about 40%, I would say. But who knows, it might become even longer...

Special thanks to Matteo Gatta, Alfredo Paniconi.


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