Interview to Suzue Miuchi on NHK BS
(January 24th 2005)
Information from the NHK website
(translated by Masasumi)
Maya Kitajima is a very common girl, but she is gifted and talented in drama. She intensely rivals Ayumi in getting the role of "Crimson Celestial Nymph." The publishing of the manga began on 1976 and it still continues. Today, we have 41 volumes published. Suzue Miuchi is preparing to publish the 42nd volume after an interval of six years. When she was a junior high school student, she surprised all the school by showing her genius for making stories. But she fell into a slump in her youth. She is looking for the climax of "Crimson Celestial Nymph" by trial and error. She talks about the secrets of her creation. The then editor in chief, who discovered the talent of Miuchi who was a junior high school student, speaks of the genesis of the manga.
A summary of the interview
( written by User and translated by Giko )
Even in her early career (when she was still in high school), her story-telling ability was highly appreciated.
Her former editor says that he never rejected her idea about a story.
On the other hand, she has been famous for keeping editors waiting for her work.
She is very strict about the quality of her own work.
She thinks that contrasting "the climax" of a drama and "the down time" (or quiet time) is important.
In this respect, she does not like the construction of a paper back, where there may be succession of climaxes and down times.
Therefore, when a paper back for "Mask" was to be published, she decided to create her work specifically
for the paper-back style so as to have one major climax.
It was difficult to decide what kind of a story "Kurenai Tennyo (Scarlet Heavenly Maiden)" should be.
For these reasons, the publication of a new book of "Mask" will take a long time.
The program showed that her manga-work is her life.
It also showed that she has started working on the sequel to the 42 volumes of "Mask".
When asked when the series is going to end, she answers "Whenever..." with a laugh.
She added that she hopes the readers are going to live long and healthy lives."
Very special thanks to Shion, Giko, Masasumi and User for being so kind with me!!!
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