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There was an interview with Rumiko Takahashi published today in a Malaysian paper that I thought was interesting. I'm not sure at what point the interview was conducted; the writer indicates the series just ended, but Takahashi is quoted as saying,

When it came to the fate of the series’ heroine, even with a publication deadline already on the calendar, Takahashi told me: “I still don’t know what I should do with Kagome in the end.”

Takahashi said she does not decide things in detail when she creates manga for weeklies since some improvisation is necessary for such publications. “My story in a way automatically develops according to the characteristics of the characters.”

I wonder when she made up her mind? Wish the article had given some hint as to what her next project is. Whatever it is, she probably has an outline for the first 10-20 chapters, and she'll wing it after that. lol Takahashi.

Date: 2008-08-31 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rya-kelley.livejournal.com
I could never wing it. Not knowing Kagome's fate? Did she know the others' fates? I guess that's just my aversion to WIP shining through. That leaves the door wide open for contradictions and plot holes. I could never do that.

But at least that answers the question of why the last chapter felt so rushed. She had a deadline.

Date: 2008-08-31 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarzal.livejournal.com
Yup, deadline, though I have to wonder why it would have carried much weight with her--she's freakin Rumiko Takahashi. What are they going to do if she's late?

I've been reading WIP's (comics) almost since I was first able to read, so I accept that there will be contradictions and plot holes. (See: everything that Marvel and DC have ever done.) Still, she knew it was going to have an end sometime, shouldn't she have planned for it?

Date: 2008-08-31 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rya-kelley.livejournal.com
She's freakin Rumiko Takahashi. What are they going to do if she's late?


Still, she knew it was going to have an end sometime, shouldn't she have planned for it?

Exactly.
Edited Date: 2008-08-31 05:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-08-31 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quillwing717.livejournal.com
*grin*

And the best part about that is, as much as we might moan an marvel and complain about it all, she's still freakin' Rumiko Takahashi. She's managed, despite her lack of intricate planning, to write some incredible stories that people like us read and enjoy and bond over.

Considering the way that I moan and agonize over every little detail, I have to say, I'm ridiculously jealous.

Date: 2008-08-31 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarzal.livejournal.com
Yeah, plotting is not her strong point--what is her strength is her ability to spin out these beautifully realized characters, who apparently write themselves on the pages of Takahashi's mind. Maybe that's why she didn't know how Kagome would end up, even so late in the game: Kagome herself hadn't decided. ;)

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