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#1 blackjohn1991

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:45 PM

Credit to bleach wiki

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This interview was given by Tite Kubo on 16th March 2013, 12:45-13:45 o'clock at the "Leipziger Buchmesse" in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (booth E600, "The Black Sofa"). Questions were collected among the users of Tokyopop Germany's forum and asked by publishing director Dr. Joachim Kaps via an interpreter (oral translator). Kubo's answers were told to the audiance by the very same interpreter. If I phrased something in a weird way you did not understand, please notify me. I will try my very best to clear up any missunderstandings. Please bear with typos and poor grammer (especially syntax and consecutio temporis), since English is not my native language.


Joachim Kaps: "Have you ever expected BLEACH to become this popular?"

 

Tite Kubo: "It was never my intention to create a manga that becomes popular. I merely started drawing a story I wanted to draw."

 

Jo Kaps: "Is there any character that is particularly difficult to draw?"

 

Kubo: "Ichigo is very diffucult."

 

Jo Kaps: "What's so difficult about him?"

 

Kubo: "Pretty much everything." (*laughs*)

 

Jo Kaps: Then, would you say you made a bad choice in designing him this way?"

 

Kubo: "Well..." (*makes a broody face*) "I'm always wondering why Ichigo has so much screen time."

 

Jo Kaps: "Because he is the protagonist?"

 

Kubo: "You might be right." (*laughs*)

 

Jo Kaps: "Speaking of desing, would you ever desing characters for another medium that is not Bleach? Like characters for someone's video game?"

 

Kubo: "That would be very difficult for me, since I'm not good at guessing what other persons have on their mind regarding the matter in question. It might be easier if their mindset was close to mine."

 

Jo Kaps: "When coloring pages, do you use anything besides copic markers?"

 

Kubo: "Well, I sometimes sneak in a little bit colored pencil. I do, however, not use personal computers, since I lack experience in using them."

 

Jo Kaps: "Many readers are wondering why you tend to draw minimalistic to no backgrounds and focus on the characters instead."

 

Kubo: "Backgrounds distract the reader from what's going on inside the character. Whenever I leave backgrounds out, this is to allow my readers to see the heart of the character."

 

Jo Kaps: "Besides manga, you also enyoy listening to music. But if you had to choose one of them..."

 

Kubo: "I could never give up manga." (Audience cheers for him)

 

Jo Kaps: "Some resourceful readers found out that you listen to music while drawing. Do you really?"

 

Kubo: "I do."

 

Jo Kaps: "And the music matches the scene? Like something calm when the character is deep in thougth or hard rock when there is a battle?" (Audience laughs)

 

Kubo: "Sometimes. The music is rather to support myself than something I choose to match the situation. One time I might listen to calm music when drawing a battle, the next time I might listen to hard sounds."

 

Jo Kaps: "Many mangaka have assistants that take over a part of the workload. Do you have any assistants?"

 

Kubo: "Yes, I have four."

 

Jo Kaps: "How do you distribute work?"

 

Kubo: "My assistants do [...] and the backgrounds." (Note: He said something else, but I could not unterstand the interpreter. It was something about lines.)

 

Jo Kaps: "Is there anything you would never allow an assistant to do? Something you absolutely want to draw yourself?"

 

Kubo: (*smiles*) "Explosions and other effects. They mirror a character's emotions."

 

Jo Kaps: "BLEACH is full of different languages. Quincys utilize the German language, the Arrancar name everything in Spanish. Fullbringers use English terms. Why?"

 

Kubo: "As for the Arrancar, I think that Spanish sounds very passionate and a little erotic, so it matches their wild lifestyle. German sounds cold, harsh and methodic, something that matches the straight-forward methods of the Quincys. I would also like to use French at some point, because it sounds very elegant. But I can't figure out a good way to include it into the story."

 

Jo Kaps: "I think it's about time for some drawing, isn't it?"

 

Kubo: "Alright. What do you want me to draw?"


Kubo's companions pick four people from the audience, each one may choose one character from BLEACH. Post-timeskip Hitsugaya and child Nel (audience complains, wanting to see adult Nel) are picked first, Kubo draws them like this: Crying Nel is clinging onto an irritated Hitsugaya's left shoulder. Hitsugaya stands in 3/4 profile, his head turnded towards Nel. The next pairing is Ulquiorra (leading the audience to boo at the girl who picked him) and Yoruichi (audience applauds in agreement). Kubo draws Yoruichi in the bottom right corner, having jumped down from one of Hueco Mundo's giant red pillars and still falling, looking back over her right shoulder with a stern face. Ulquiorra jumps after her, his right hand extended towards Yoruichi's back. [Note: The drawing process was recorded and will most likely be made availible via internet.]


Jo Kaps: "Now that was quite something. Let's come back to topic. When other BLEACH-related media besides manga is created (movies, merchandiese, games), are you involved in the process or do you have no time for this?"

 

Kubo: "I'd like to get involved. Sadly, I just don't have the time."

 

Jo Kaps: "As far as we know, you are a passionate gamer. Have you ever played a BLEACH video game? Which was you favorite?"

 

Kubo: "I played all of them, but I cannot name a favorite. Those games' names sound so similar to each other, I can't distinguish between them." (Audience laughs)

 

Jo Kaps: "BLEACH got several Rock Musicals, which is totally amazing. We know that you have seen at least one of them. What were your feelings?"

 

Kubo: "That was a strange situation for me. Those people on the stage were a mixture of human actors and fictional characters I created. It was a very weird feeling."

 

Jo Kaps: "Let's talk a little bit about the contents of BLEACH. Your German readers would like to know if they will be given more information about Ururu."

 

Kubo: "Ururu will stay a mystery. I might, however, change my mind, if revealing her background would benefit the story at some point."

 

Jo Kaps: "How about Grimmjow? Will he appear again?"

 

Kubo: "His fate will be revealed when the time has come." (Audience moans unpatiently)

 

Jo Kaps: "Why do Kaien and Ichigo look so much alike?"

 

Kubo: "That's what the manga in Japan is about right now."

 

Jo Kaps: "Well, that means we will also know in the forseeable future. Why is Aizen still alive?"

 

Kubo: "He is still necessary for the story."

 

Jo Kaps: "After Kaien died, why did Ukitake not choose a new Vice Captain for such a long time?"

 

Kubo: "Neither Sentaro nor Kiyone wanted to take that position, so they carried out the Vice Captain's tasks together als two 3rd Ranks."

 

Jo Kaps: "Is Ichimaru dead or does he, like Grimmjow, still have a chance to reappear?"

 

Kubo: "He is dead." (Audience groans in disappointment, me being the loudest one to complain) "It was the best for him to die there."

 

Jo Kaps: "You introduced Kugo Ginjo as the first Substitue Shinigami. Why having him as the first one, and not Ichigo?"

 

Kubo: "The way of turning a human into a Substitute Shinigami had to been known at the point Rukia turned Ichigo into one. How would she have known of the whole procedure, if she was the first person to ever turn somebody into a Substitute Shinigami?"

 

Jo Kaps: "Are there any stories you wanted to tell, but couldnt?"

 

Kubo: "Such an untold story exists for pretty much every single character, most of them were scrapped to to time issues. There is, for example, the story of what Grimmjow did before Aizen captured Hueco Mundo. I have this one all fleshed out, but could never tell it."

 

Jo Kaps: "Reder request demanding a new artbook arise more constantly now. There are lots of new pictures and characters, but no artbook to show them. Are you, by any chance, planing to release a new one?"

 

Kubo: "My editorial office recently began asking me to do so, and they ask quite frequently. I would love to make a new artbook, but there are timing issues preventing me from doing so."

 

Jo Kaps: "Thank you very much, Kubo-sensei."


Since several important questions I wanted Jo to ask Sensei were not asked in favor of stupid questions no one actually cares about, I bugged the staff of Tokyopop Germany about Kubos schedule and if there was time to talk to him personally. Initially a staff member told me about the possibility of Kubo answering questions right after the official interview. It did not happen. However, I talked the staff into giving me a ticket which allowed me to get Sensei's autograph on a shikishi. When I asked that aforementioned staff member if asking questions would be possible this time, she shook her head. "Don't bother trying", she recommended to me. But since Kubo's interpreter was present when he signed the shikishi, I tried. I have to admit, much to my shame, that due to lots of impatient fans waiting behind me and due to my heart hammering at 150bpm, I totally forgot about Buzzbee and only could ask two questions, which were about Äs Nödt (since I love this magnificent Bankai-stealing un-smile freak). At first Sensei was a bit startled by my sudden approach "Sensei, onegai!" (his reaction was kind of cute, though), but then he kindly told me that:

Äs Nödt is male. (Much to my personal disappointment)

 

His epithet, abbreviated as "F", is indeed "The Fear".

 

It was a real hassle to get close enough to Sensei to get this information, so I hope you can derive any kind of benefit from the interview and those two answers Sensei gave me.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:48 PM

Jo Kaps: "Well, that means we will also know in the forseeable future. Why is Aizen still alive?"
 
Kubo: "He is still necessary for the story."

And slowly but surely, my hope returns.

All in all that was a pretty good interview. Way more direct answers than Kubo normally gives.
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:57 PM

Kubo needs four assistants to draw his backgrounds?


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:06 PM

Kubo needs four assistants to draw his backgrounds?

 

well he said something about lines too, so id imagine a lot of the basic linework they do too, like far off characters or less detailed characters, sword lines, stuff like that

 

but yeah bleach does have a lot of backgrounds, they fight in huge cities pretty much all the time weather its soul society, human world, FKT. HM was pretty lax on backgrounds but looking at the current arc theres a lot of background stuff going on that would be tedious and impossible for him to just draw.

 

i think oda actually has 4 assistants too and his art style is much simpler so who knows.

 

also ofc aizen is importan, hes freaking aizen  :wub: , i agree he was less dodgey then he is in other interviews, but imo nothing there is new information.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

 
Kubo: "Well..." (*makes a broody face*) "I'm always wondering why Ichigo has so much screen time."

This is why I love you, Kubo. This.  :perv:

 

 Jo Kaps: "Well, that means we will also know in the forseeable future. Why is Aizen still alive?"

 

Kubo: "He is still necessary for the story."

Sh*t. You mean that eventually Aizen's going to die???? No. Just.... no. Here I was hoping that since Aizen is immortal, he'd be one of my few favorite characters to survive a manga, but no.  :glare:


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

This is why I love you, Kubo. This.  :perv:

 

Sh*t. You mean that eventually Aizen's going to die???? No. Just.... no. Here I was hoping that since Aizen is immortal, he'd be one of my few favorite characters to survive a manga, but no.  :glare:

 

oh yeah the ichigo part was pretty funny, that was great, totally agree kubo, totally

 

oh yeah aizen is for sure going to die, i mean if hes a bad guy and ultimate villian then he dies, if hes a good guy and is just helping ichigo, well he still dies.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:21 PM

Jo Kaps: "Well, that means we will also know in the forseeable future. Why is Aizen still alive?"

 

Whoever asked that question should have received a nice pimp hand.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

/CTRL+F

 

/types Ichimaru

 

/reads post

 

Damn...


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:23 PM

"Why does Kaien look so similar to Ichigo?"

 

Uhm, can Kubo be interviewed by someone who actually reads Bleach to ask some questions? Or at least someone who knows about what questions Kubo has already fucking been asked in an interview?


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

well he said something about lines too, so id imagine a lot of the basic linework they do too, like far off characters or less detailed characters, sword lines, stuff like that

 

but yeah bleach does have a lot of backgrounds, they fight in huge cities pretty much all the time weather its soul society, human world, FKT. HM was pretty lax on backgrounds but looking at the current arc theres a lot of background stuff going on that would be tedious and impossible for him to just draw.

 

i think oda actually has 4 assistants too and his art style is much simpler so who knows.

 

also ofc aizen is importan, hes freaking aizen  :wub: , i agree he was less dodgey then he is in other interviews, but imo nothing there is new information.

 

I remember an interview where he mentioned something similar to this one, where he'll just get rid of a background if it's distracting or if he wants to draw the reader's eye to something important like a character. I know the usual thing is "lol bleach has no background" but Kubo is pretty sparse with his detailed backgrounds. Sometimes they're there, but then other chapters are essentially people floating in white space.

 

I guess you're right about the current arc being more consistent with the frequency/detail of its backgrounds though.  ^_^


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:25 PM

Aizen is like a cockroach; he keeps coming back.



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

Ginjou was the first merely because there NEEDS to be a first, or is Kubo being Kubo?

Also the audience's reactions are hilarious.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:30 PM

Ginjou was the first merely because there NEEDS to be a first, or is Kubo being Kubo?

Also the audience's reactions are hilarious.

 

He dodged that question i think, its obvious ginjou is important for the arc, i mean kubo brought him back, but he was just saying that the only way rukia knows to give ichigo her powers is if someone already did that to give ginjou his powers, which is pretty meh considering were are expected to believe that rukia does not know the face of a previous captain but knows the way to make substitute shinigamis off hand, an event thats only happened once.

 

also for the booing ulq  :angry:


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:31 PM

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Damn...

 
"It was the best for him to die there."
 
SHUT UP KUBO YOU DON'T WHAT WAS BEST FOR HIM
 

"Why does Kaien look so similar to Ichigo?"
 
Uhm, can Kubo be interviewed by someone who actually reads Bleach to ask some questions? Or at least someone who knows about what questions Kubo has already fucking been asked in an interview?

 
 Indeed. How about: "What does Unohype's goddamn Bankai actually do?"
 

Aizen is like a cockroach; he keeps coming back.

 
Aizen is like a cockroach: not even a nuclear explosion can kill him.  B)


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:33 PM

 
 Indeed. How about: "What does Unohype's goddamn Bankai actually do?"

 

Interviewer:"What's a bankai?"



Confirmation for blackjohn that Kubo doesn't give a f*ck about adult Nel.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:33 PM

I have a feeling the people in germany are not quite up to date with bleach, they are probibly like 10-20 chapters behind, obviously no online readers got their questions picked x.x

 

Still though they probibly screened questions for ones that kubo could answer without giving big things away

 

i mean you could ask stuff like: "when was ginjou made a SS" "how old is shades (ive honestly forgoten his real name cuze i call him shades all the time)" "Who are some other members of the origonal gotei 13"

 

but they would screen all those out im sure :(


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

What Grimmjow did after flashback but before becoming Espada? Confirmed VL?



After Bleach ends Kubo needs to release a whole book called "Memories In The Rain" with all the short stories he couldn't include in the manga


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:36 PM

All in all, they asked Kubo stupid questions. Most interesting parts IMO:

 

Jo Kaps: "Many mangaka have assistants that take over a part of the workload. Do you have any assistants?"

 

Kubo: "Yes, I have four."

Holy crap. So his assistants are not tied up in the basement like I thought.

 

(audience complains, wanting to see adult Nel)

YOU WILL NEVER SEE HER. SHE DEAD.

 

The next pairing is Ulquiorra (leading the audience to boo at the girl who picked him)

I laughed hard. 

 

 Jo Kaps: "Many readers are wondering why you tend to draw minimalistic to no backgrounds and focus on the characters instead."
 

Kubo: "Backgrounds distract the reader from what's going on inside the character. Whenever I leave backgrounds out, this is to allow my readers to see the heart of the character."

THANK YOU KUBO. AT LEAST NOW WE KNOW WHY.

 

 Jo Kaps: "How about Grimmjow? Will he appear again?"
 

Kubo: "His fate will be revealed when the time has come." (Audience moans unpatiently)

Laughed hard again.

 

Jo Kaps: "Is Ichimaru dead or does he, like Grimmjow, still have a chance to reappear?"

 

Kubo: "He is dead." (Audience groans in disappointment, me being the loudest one to complain) "It was the best for him to die there."

Ouch. My feels tickled.

 

 Jo Kaps: "Are there any stories you wanted to tell, but couldnt?"

 

Kubo: "Such an untold story exists for pretty much every single character, most of them were scrapped to to time issues. There is, for example, the story of what Grimmjow did before Aizen captured Hueco Mundo. I have this one all fleshed out, but could never tell it."

I find it extremely disappointing that Kubo still wants to write more about characters like Grimmjow. Seriously dude, WHY? We know what he was doing before Aizen came. He was eating hollows. 

 

Äs Nödt is male.

Uh... Why did people think he was female to begin with? He was pretty much like Nnoitra.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:41 PM

Interviewer:"What's a bankai?"



Confirmation for blackjohn that Kubo doesn't give a f*ck about adult Nel.

 

THOSE BIG GIANT FLASHY THINGS THAT I USE FOR INCREASING SALES 

 

That reminds me!

"Kubo-sensei, what was the fucking point of even giving Ginjou a Bankai if it didn't have a name, and wasn't detailed in terms of ability?"  :hurr:


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:44 PM

Kubo: "Backgrounds distract the reader from what's going on inside the character. Whenever I leave backgrounds out, this is to allow my readers to see the heart of the character."

 

I'm sure that's a famous bumper sticker in Japan.


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