The two authors expressed deep respect for each other’s works in their first joint interview
Kodoani.com – Two giants of the manga world recently sat down for their first joint interview: Attack on Titan’s Hajime Isayama and Makoto Yukimura’s Makoto Yukimura. Vinland Saga. The two discuss their mutual respect for each other’s work, with Isayama actively talking about how much he admires Yukimura’s artwork and storyline.
Some highlights from the interview include:
Isayama first came to Vinland Saga through an anime adaptation of Yukimura’s previous work, Planetes.
Yukimura said he was inspired to write the Vinland Saga because he wanted to explore his own ideas about “violence” through the perspective of a pre-Christian culture where violence was common.
Isayama said that there was a certain point in the creation of Attack on Titan when he was no longer able to control Eren. Yukimura agrees that part of being a manga creator is watching your characters perform according to their own will, and that sometimes creators have to fight against their own characters.
Isayama’s favorite character in Vinland Saga is Thorfinn. He’s a fan of Thorfinn’s sin and humanity.
Yukimura thinks the Vinland Saga anime is better than the manga, and advises people to watch the anime before choosing a manga. According to him, the director and writer understand manga better than he does, and the anime deals with certain pacing issues.
Both manga authors are happy that their work has been well received abroad. Because Isayama is a big fan of non-Japanese works, he feels as though he can share his fandom with the whole world. He loves watching Attack on Titan reaction videos.
Yukimura is a fan of the My Dress-Up Darling anime, while Isayama recently finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. He also wants to see The Boys and Obi-Wan.
Vinland Saga transitioned to a full online workflow during the COVID-19 pandemic, around the time he was working on chapters 168-169.
Yukimura especially respects Isayama for being able to draw Attack on Titan continuously without stopping, which he was unable to do. Despite working on a monthly magazine, he drew only 16 pages last month. On the other hand, Isayama admires Yukimura for his meticulous art of detail and foresight, remarking that periods of respite are needed to produce such a consistently high quality work.
The first season of the Vinland Saga anime premiered in July 2019. The second season will premiere in January 2023.
Hajime Isayama launched the original Attack on Titan manga in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and ended the series in April 2021. The manga’s 34th and final volume was published in June 2021.
Attack on Titan The Final Season anime premiered on NHK in December 2020. Season 2 premiered with episode 76, “Danzai” (“Condemnation”), on NHK General on January 9.” Season 3″ of the anime will air on NHK -General in 2023.
The first season of the television anime premiered in April 2013 and the second season premiered in April 2017. The first season of the third season premiered in July 2018 and the second half premiered in Tokyo. Japan on NHK General in April 2019.