“I had always liked books from the beginning. I read all the completed works of masterpieces in primary school, and after that, I read Ranpo Edogawa, Maurice Leblanc, Conan Doyle, and so on.
I remember I liked biographies. Hideyo Noguchi, Fabre, Lincoln, Washington… I loved biographies of great men.
I didn’t want to become such a great man myself, but I enjoyed knowing that there was such a way of living in different times.
I encountered some valuable works of the field of nonfiction in high school.
Roh Takenaka “Uncle Kurama-Tengu … Oral Transcription of Arrakan Biography”(1976 Shirakawa Shoin)
Tetsuo Takahira “Deep Interview …… Everybody was Naughty Boy” (1977 Shirakawa Shoin)
The former is a collection of notes recording the talking of Kanjuro Arashi, a famous movie actor who performed Kurama-Tengu. Takenaka exactly reenacted everything including the tone of voice.
It is said he didn’t use a recorder but wrote down everything by hand.
Takahira is the person who worked as a constitution writer of the TV variety program “Waratte-Iitomo”. This is also a book writing down what he hears, in which he interviewed Fujio Akatsuka, Masaaki Sakai and other people who were cool at that time. I didn’t know all the people in those days.But it was interesting to understand their characters. Everyone was passionate and young.
At that time, I met this way to describe a person.I opened my eyes to the world of non-fiction, and the technique of describing a human being, so vividly.
This was a big discovery for me. I think this is the origin of my interviews.
I hope my interview will become a writing like that.
I hope it will become one that the readers can feel the interviewee’s talking tone and movement clearly.
I am glad if they think these anime creators are living in this book and am glad if they think they can meet them anytime if they open this book.
Both Takenaka and Takahira have love and respect for the interviewee. It’s like they can write about them like this because they have so much respect. I was affected by them very much. This is my textbook.”