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Title: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on June 10, 2009, 05:39:32 PM
The subject heading is a little misleading, but I hope to one day make it become a reality!  :carcus:

Inoue gives us insights into his daily life, his troubles, his success stories, or just little comments on life. Not every mangaka goes out of their way to let their fans know how their lives are going in such detail (I'm looking at you Miura). Anyway I'd like to see these updates centralized, posted in one place to be read in sequence.

I know Inoue's site doesn't offer archives on it. But with the Internet Wayback Machine, I think it could be possible. Is anyone else interested in lending a hand in making this a reality?
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on June 10, 2009, 05:51:17 PM

Sure count me in, for whatever I can lend a hand on to add to this thread.


EDIT: Does something like this counts :  Inoue Interview (http://manga.about.com/od/mangaartistswriters/a/TakehikoInoue.htm)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on June 10, 2009, 06:49:12 PM
Here's the wayback machine archive link for http://www.itplanning.co.jp/newse.html:

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.itplanning.co.jp/newse.html (http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.itplanning.co.jp/newse.html)

And everything I was able to snag from there. I don't know how complete this is, considering it only goes from December 2007 to January 2008, with plenty of BIG holes in between what looks like daily updates, there's got to be a lot more to find out there.

Enjoy!



Quote from: Takehiko Inoue
Thanks to everybody that came out to the preview screening for "DRAW" the other day.
It sounds like the staff that created it were all nervous then.
I hope everybody who is waiting for the DVD is looking forward to it.

I'm still reading all your thoughts about Real Vol. 6, the Vagabond series and the illustration collections.
Thank you.
There's nothing that encourages me more.

I'm going to keep things rolling like this for the remaining 3 issues this
year!

I feel sleepy everyday...


Time for some news.
"Shinpei's Everyday World of Wheelchair Basketball" is a new column starting this month. Shinpei Aikawa, a good friend of mine, as well as someone who I couldn't draw "Real" without, and a real wheelchair basketball player, has agreed to pen the column for us from the perspective of everyday life.

Experiencing the strengh of his words, his character, his warmth (it's hot!) and his love and passion for basketball led me to ask him to do a column for us.

I believe that everyone who reads Real will feel something from Chinpe-'s.. no, Shinpei's words.

We're planning on running it every other week!

Plan on it!

I'm happy that we found a good column to complement Mr. Kazuhiko Shimamoto's "Nan Tora".

I need to make sure that I don't let more than a month go by without a new Inoue News column myself...


Please look forward to it.


And also, 2 of my staff just won Kodansha's New Artist "Chiba" award.
This is great news.
They've made it to the starting line.


Please take care of yourselves everyone.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
1 December 2006



Happy New Year.
I hope this will also be a good year for everybody.

It looks like I'll have a lot of things to do again this year.
Work on the Slam Dunk Scholarship has basically started, and there are several
things that I can't announce yet.
Of course there's always having everybody enjoy the continuation of Vagabond and Real.
Lost Oddysey is also close to being released.

Aside from work, there are personal things that I'd like to do, but haven't been able to that are piling up.


I fel that I got a lot accomplished last year.
I feel some sense of accomplishment for the large number of books, DVDs and other material results that I was able to turn out.

Nevertheless I don't want to rest on my laurels.

If you feel too much of a sense of accomplishment you develop a "mountain"
inside.

If you develop a "mountain" you'll also develop a "valley".

That's why I only feel "some" sense of accomplishment for last year.


Mentally, the theme for this year is:

"Lightly and Easily"

That will also be a challenge.

I hope for your support again this year.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
7 January 2007



I'm in the middle of the manuscript for Real, but it's not proceeding very well so I thought I'd take a break and write some News.

I want to thank everyone for the number of well wishes I received for birthday in December.
I turned 40.
"At forty I had no more perplexities...." Hmm... I wonder if that's true for me...?

On the first day in the office this year, all the staff gathered together and wrote down their goals for the year.
These were placed in a sealed envelope.
Nobody will know what anybody else wrote until we open it at the end of the year party for this year.

I wonder if everyone will be able to meet their goals!

...... I wrote up until here on 1/13.


Now it's 1/17.

We're almost done with the 33 pages for Real 38th. All the human figures have been drawn.
The staff is just finishing the last bit of work on it.
I'm writing this in the bits of free time that crops up while doing that.

I had made one of my goals for this year to go "Lightly and Easily", but already with the work on Real 38th it's been neither "light" nor "easy"!
From working on the drafts to working on the final images, it has taken more time than expected.
This caused our schedule to become even tighter.
Because of that I've had more mental and physical stress and I spent a long time sitting and drawing.
It was very "heavy" work. This wasn't what I was hoping for....

Of course I'm going to put all my effort into doing what is in front of me.
But that being said, I don't want to do it too long.

In that way I want to keep things "light and easy", but I haven't been able to...
I hope that I can by the end of the year.

I was really happy to get a mug with a tea strainer on it so I've been drinking several cups of pu-erh tea and now I have a stomach ache.
I guess pu-erh teas is rather strong.
Maybe I shouldn't drink so many cups.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
17 January 2007



Right now I'm on a trip to visit South Kent School.
This is the school that the recipient of the Slam Dunk scholarship will attend.

I just arrived in Boston via Chicago. Chicago was -12 degress and snowing.
Boston feels even colder than that.
I wonder how cold it is?
It will probably be even colder when I go out for dinner.

I wasn't able to sleep on the plane like I had intended, but watched 3 movies and read 2 magazines.
In between, I took notes about ideas I had for manga.
And I also thought about what I wanted to ask the head coach of South Kent's basketball team and their students.
This made the whole12 hour flight feel like it passed quickly.
Wow, it suddenly got dark outside.
It's 5:30 PM.
I'm really sleepy.
I'm glad I didn't schedule anything for today...

The Duke and Boston College game is on TV.
It's a heated game -- the specialty of college games.
They are even better than the pros at getting across their intensity and emotion.
You can say that one reason for the scholarship is to give players a chance at this stage.
The first step is to get the SD scholarship to play at South Kent.
Next, they can aim for getting a scholarship to a NCAA Division I school by playing well.

Tomorrow I'll be visiting Cushing Acadamy which is about an hour and a half away from Boston by car.
This is where they will study the language June through August while South Kent is on Summer vacation.

It looks like it will be cold tomorrow too.

Today I'm just going to eat, then go to sleep.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
29 January 2007



I put on a down jacket and left to go outside for dinner, but after walking for 10 seconds I was chilled to the bone! I hurriedly went back inside, and went to a restaurant that I didn't have to go outside to get to instead.
Weak.
The students who come here will need to figure out how to deal with the winter's cold.

Boston is a city known for it's seafood so the food won't be a problem for somebody Japanese.
You can have oysters, clam chowder, lobsters and other things that aren't too bad.

After coming back to my room and staring at my computer for a few minutes I've gotten slammed by an incredible drowsiness.
I'm just going tosurrender to it.
It's 9 PM.

Adding it all up, I've been awake for 27 hours straight, but I still "wake" up at 1 AM.
Then I stay half-awake, slipping in and out of sleep until I finally wake up for real at 5 AM. Eyes wide open.
This always happens right after I come to America.

It must be really hard on the International soccer players who come back to Japan to play in national games.

Well, I have to checkout at 9 AM today to go to Cushing.

I think I'll grab breakfast at Starbucks.

According to the weather report it's going to be colder today
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
30 January 2007



After driving for 2 and a half hours, I've arrived at a tiny hotel in the small town of Kent in Connecticut.
It's call the Starbuck Inn.
The owner came out to meet us, and he seemed to be called Starbuck, so it's probably his name.
It feels like I'm staying as a guest in somebody's house.
It feels cozy and at home.
But they have a LAN connection in such a small hotel in the country -- that's America.
I'm going to South Kent tomorrow so I'll be staying here for 2 nights.

I went to the Cushing Academy, a high school, today.
It's in a (very small) city called Ashburnham, an hour and a half out of Boston.
The collection of red brick buildings standing on the fabulous heights caught
my eye.
Shivering from the intense cold as we got of the car, the 3 of us 40 year old men were given a friendly greeting by one of the students.

*

The scholarship program is set up so that the 2 summer months (from the end of June to the end of August) will be spent here at Cushing Academy, not South Kent.
They'll live with other students in the dorm, study ESL (English for people whose native language is not English) in the morning, and go through their own training program at the gym.
Of course the number 1 purpose of having them go to summer school here instead of spending summer vacation at home in Japan is to improve their English.
The 2 months here will help build their communication skills for the new school year in September.

The person who met us was the head(?) of the summer session, Daniel.
He was a friendly gentleman who gave us a complete, detailed tour of the school.

In the end, I came away with the impression that it was a very well equipped institution.
I have never gone through an American school, so I consulted one of the people on the scholarship staff who had done an exchange in high school, Mr. Sasaki. I had wondered for a moment whether this was normal.
When I asked him, Mr. Sasaki said that they were very lucky.
It was completely different than when he went!

I was especially impressed with their art and exercise facilities.
Danielalso stressed that the art facility is one of the school's characteristics
that they are very proud of. Art?

They can choose from 3 different subjects for the afternoon classes -- art (fine art - drawing, ceramics, engraving, etc), performing arts (music, dance, theater, etc), or academics (science, math, etc).
Although it's not directly related to why they'll come here, I think it would be great if they took advantage of the great art and performing art facilities they
have here.
There were even a lot of high level pieces made by students.
I actually wanted to try those facilities out myself.

Since the exercise facilities were old compared to the art facilities, Daniel wasn't as proud of them.
He even eagerly said that if they were going to renovate, those facilities would be part of it.
But to my eyes, they more than enough compared to the normal high school facilities in Japan.
They have a gym specifically for basketball, a large locker room, and their weight training room has all the normal machines.
There's normally an exclusive trainer present, and they can take care of failures or small injuries that don't require a trip to the hospital right there.
In addition, there is a service where if you put your clothes in a box, they'll clean it and return it to you (for a fee).

For about 2 months, the recipient of the scholarship will be able to set their own training menu.
They have 7 basketball teams, but they mix players of different levels together (8-9 people per team), they don't play teams outside the school, and they mostly practice on a half court so I don't think it will be that challenging.
But they have full court pickup games on the weekends so I imagine that they'll have more fun and be more satisfied with those.

But they do have all the equipment to let you make your own training menu.

There's also soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, an ice hockey
rink, footbal and field hockey fields, a lacrosse (very popular in New
England) field and an artificial field on campus.

The campus restaurant isn't just for the students but is also used daily by the teachers so it's probably very good. It is buffet style, like a hotel restaurant, and even Daniel said it was very good. But he did say that the coffee was bad.

The typical day will go something like this:
- Attend ESL class in the morning until lunch.
- Eat lunch, then go to either art or academic class.
- Dinner.
- Go through their training menu in the free time through the day up until
now.
- After dinner from 8 PM to 10 PM, study English in their room.
- During this time they will be checked on. TV and the internet are off limits.
- After 30 minutes of free time, lights out at 10:30 PM.
- Sleep

Lights out at 10:30 may seem early to us, but given that they will be in a new environment, communicating in a language they're not used to, attending classes, and training, if they understand what the priorities are that they will need to focus on, then they will naturally fall asleep then.
From tiredness.
Daniel's recommendation is to make up for it by going out on the weekends.

Whether you have time to focus and work toward a goal in your youth makes a large impact on the rest of your life.

Even though they seem similar, there's a complete difference between doing
something you want to do and just going along with the flow.
We are so tired from the inundation of things and information that I think that it
might be nice to make our lives simpler.

*

It's 3 AM. I'm wide awake. Ahh....

I've given up on sleeping. It looks like the night's snow has built up.
Today I'm going to visit the main purpose of my trip, South Kent.
I'm going to see where the recipient of our scholarship will live and what type of people they'll be with.
I'll also watch a game, which I'm looking forward to. Yeah.

Somehow it's gotten light outside, and I can smell bacon frying.
I wonder what Starbuck's breakfast is like.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
31 January 2007



Mr. Starbuck's breakfast was delicious...
I can't describe the goodness of what was served by the stern faced, solidly built man in an apron.
A dark brown labrador was sniffing around our legs.
She was a girl, named Madison.
I didn't ask how old she was.
I scratched her under the chin.

South Kent School's director, Richard came to get me at 10 AM.
He was small for an American and was a bright eyed gentleman.
For some reason all the people I'm meeting this time all seem like good people.
He was a graduate of South Kent.

One of our important scholarship staff members, Mr. Nakamura from Shueisha came here in April.
It looks totally different now.
Yes, this season is also beautiful in its own right.
I kept remarking on it's beauty as I walked through the snow-covered campus.

I had a different impression of it than Cushing Academy.
Each of the buildings were small and they felt like they were standing in the middle of nature.
They were built on a gentle slope.

They also had an art facility.
That seems to be characteristic of all the private high schools in this area.
Their ceramic facilities were very good.
They have several students who decide to go to art school afterwards.

I took a look at the dorm.
They had several rooms, from old to new, very dirty rooms, somewhat dirty rooms and slightly dirty rooms.
I guess that the rooms of young boys everywhere are the same.
The recipient of our scholarship will also be staying here.
In such a boarding school, all the teachers and staff also live on campus with their families.
You could even say that they play the role of parents for the students.
Compared to when I was in high school (in Kagoshima), there's much less distance between the students and their teachers...

Of course they also had a very good gym and training facilities.
Yesterday. Daniel wasn't satisifed with Cushing Acadamey's facilities, and compared to this, I can understand how he wouldn't be.
Now I get it.

One thing that I was jealous of was that the gym is always open.
All the boys live on campus, so they can come practice shooting or do weight
training when they have no class or in their free time.
Even during our tour, we saw student after student come out to shoot.
Their prep team will be playing a game against another school tonight.

I ate lunch and had a conversation with Japanese and Korean exchange students.
One of them told me that he wanted to become a car designer in the future.
Another one, a 15 year-old Japanese boy, said that he wanted to play basketball and that he came here because of a friend of his was already there.
He wasn't very tall, but you could look at his body and tell that he had undergone training.
He's currently playing on the varsity (second string) team, but he's still young so I suspect that he's dreaming of playing on the prep (first string) team and getting a scolarship to college.
Of course there's an even bigger dream after that, but regardless, he said that he wanted to make a living out of basketball.
He's promising.
Hang in there.
Thank you for telling me all of this.

This school and the makeup of their basketball team is different from Japan so I think I need to explain it here.

*

South Kent School has students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade (In Japan, it would be the second and third years of high school?) and post-gradute (PG, one year past the third year of high school in Japan) students.
Because they have the PG system, they are called a prep school.
80% of the students at the post-graduate level go on to play sports in college or aim to do so (I don't know if this percentage is only for this school or not).
There were many exchange students here regardless of their acadamic year.
That's is what I understood.
If I'm wrong, please let me know.

They have a third string basketball team.
The most elite team is the prep team, and they play in the area's Prep League and play in tournaments against comparable teams across America.

The prep team's members aren't all PG students.
It doesn't matter what year you're in, if you're good, then you can get on the prep team.
Currently, a 17 year old Korean athleate is on the team.
Dorell Wright, who was drafted in the first round by the Miami Heat, played 3 years here and made it onto the prep team as a 12th grader (third year high school in Japan).

Also, the teams are very international.
There are players from Korea, Senegal, Nigeria, England and Croatia.

*

In the afternoon I had a lengthy interview with head coach Chillius.
I asked him about his teams, exchange students, Dorell Wright -- one of his players that went to the NBA --, Japanese people, his philosophy as a head coach and more... There was a lot of material so I won't write it here, but I'll publish it in Shonen Jump and Business Jump and post it to the scholarship website soon, so please check it out if you're interested.

Then at night I watched a home game.
In order to make the 6 o'clock start, I ate a quick and early dinner with Richard.
I ate steak, which I don't eat often.
A very thick one.

Game time.
In all honesty their opponent's weren't that strong... South Kent's full court pressure in the first half prevented their opponents from moving the ball, resuling in 10 second violations.
The defense Was the deciding factor and quickly decided the result of the game.
The players ran a lot. But it was a game with a lot of flavor where both teams made a lot of mistakes.

I was imagining a Japanese athlete playing here while I was watching it.
Personally, I think that a good Japanese athlete has the power to compete here.
On the other hand they will need both physical and mental strength.

I gave my thanks to Ricahrd and took my leave.
The three of us had some casual beers before calling an end to a long day.

Tomorrow I'm driving 2 hours to New York and flying from JFK airport to
Maimi.
I'm going from the extremely cold Connecticut to the blazing hot (I've actually never been there so I'm just guessing) Florida.

I'm going to talk with South Kent School's prep team alumi Dorell.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
1 February 2007



The people and atmosphere of New York all felt so brusuque.
My apologies for feeling that way to the people of New York.
I think my heart was unkowningly cleansed after spending only a few days in the cold and quiet New England countryside.
The waitress is staring at me like I'm her enemy (that's what it feels like).

I'm flying from JFK to Miami.
I stuffed my down jacket and muffler into my check-in lugage.
Packing for this trip was tough.

*

After my eyes were cleansed by spending several days in a place where you wouldn't be surprised to see a deer appear, the bright blue sky and the heat, the extravagant mansions and cruisers of the rich and famous, the vividly colored palm trees and the sky-rise buildings all seemed to me to be signs of a city obscenely deteriorating.

The biggest sporting event in America, the Super Bowl, will be held here in Miami this weekend so it's impossible to find a hotel (so I've heard).
I'm in a strange little hotel called Aqua. It's outside looks like something from the 1930's art deco period, and I'm not sure if it's that quaint or not.
I don't know if it was from the guest before me, but the room reeked of perfume which made my eyes water.
I left without taking a shower because it was getting close to the time for my interview.
Mr. Nakamura, who may have been tired because he was older or may not have
been feelinig well, complained that the shower didn't have hot water, but we ignored him since we didn't have much time.

We headed over to America West Arena where the Miami Heat met the Cleveland Cavs tonight.
I was to talk with the 21 year-old third-year graduate from South Kent, Dorell Wright, before the game.

*

I happened to run into Mr. Aoki, a sports writer living in Detroit, at the entrance to the areana.
We talked for a bit about basketball.
He had a worried look on his face as we discussed how Keijiro Matsui, known as KJ, was getting less playing time these days.
I guess every day is an unknown, and there's no telling what tomorrow brings for the young players battling on the front lines.

*

As I entered the locker room, I saw the name plate "6 JONES". The Heat had just impossibly signed a contract with Eddie Jones today.
The ex-Laker, one of my favorite players, Eddie, showed up shortly and all the media that were there crowded around him.
"1 WRIGHT" was next to that.

Dorell Wright appeared next with a big smile on his face, and hugged Eddie with a "My main ma-n!" Dorell is originally from LA, so I'm sure he was a fan of the Lakers' Eddie while growing up.
There's probably a lot that the 21 year-old Dorell can learn from the seasoned veteran.

He's a young man of good character, just like coach Chillius said yesterday.
That's how he looks. Compared to when talking about his team's situation with the Heat not able to improve very well, his face naturally lit up and relaxed when talking about South Kent, and especially coach Chillius.
You could say that his smile was still innocent.

I'll be publishing details of the interview in the Shonen Jump to be released soon, Business Jump, and this scholarship's web site, so check it out.

At the end, he hoped that if a Japanese player went to South Kent that they would enjoy the entire experience.
That message was from a graduated alum.

Now then... the game wasn't the main reason for coming, but of course I had to enjoy it. But, honestly, LeBron (Cavs) was coming off an injury and was far from 100% percent, the same for Shaq, and Wade wasn't his usual self -- not moving well and giving up turnover after turnover -- so we were in real danger of losing the battle against jet lag and sleep during the mediocre game.

But that was just the clever lead up to the start of the "Dwayne Wade Show".

It was the fourth quarter, and just as I had thought that the game was over, this aura -- like you can hear the electricity in the air -- sprang up around Wade, and he drove recklessly towards the basket.
Or so I thought, when he suddenly stopped and sunk a jump shot.
Then he drove in again impossibly quickly.
His opponents were obviously trying to stop him, and they had him covered so that it was impossible for him to do anything.
But.
He sank another one.
He didn't even consider passing the ball for a second.

Is that what you call selfish?

Nope.

It's that fact that he knows he can carry the tema and the confidence that he can win the game.
In spite of playing badly the first half, his extraordinary, stellar performance at the end awed me.
That genius, the level of effort to make his polished play moves my heart.

I don't have much of an opinion about the Miami Heat (I'm a Lakers fan after all), but even a critical observer such as I was almost moved to tears a few times.
It wasn't because I knew the players' backgrounds or I was watching a human drama unfolding, but just because of the exciting play of 1 man in front of me.

It has given me strength.
This is what you call being satisifed.

Back at the hotel.
The reek of perfume was still attacking my nose, but I fell asleep within a minute.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
2 February 2007



I made a mistake in yesterday's News! The Heat's home arena isn't Amerca West, but American Airlines Arena! America West is Phoenix's. I'll fix that.

*

After spending 2 nights at the Aqua Hotel, it's beginning to grow on us.
I'm not as bothered by the lingering smell of perfume in the room, or the soggy cereal at breakfast.
And I'm not particularly concerned about the slippery wet floor tiles.
Mr. Nakamura's shower has hot water, and Mr. Sasaki is so used to the strange sounds in his rooms at night that he's thinking about recording them.
People just get used to things.
But when you do get used to something, it's time to move to the next town.

I took a shower before we leave.
It even had hot water.
My body is tired from more things than I can think of while traveling, so I'm grateful for the chance to take a shower.
But when I tried to hang the bath towel on the wall, the metal towel holder fell to the floor with a crash.

It was a great hotel.

*

I'm currently on the plane to Los Angeles.
It's a domestic flight, but it will take a little more than 5 hours.
What's up with that?
It's almost like travelling a bit internationally.
The climate is also very different depending on where you are, and there's a 3 hour time zone difference between the East and West Coast.
For us, that means we'll have a 27 hour day since we're flying from East to West today.

You have to be tough enough to withstand the stress of traveling and have the discipline to take care of yourself if you want to play sports for a living in America.
I had known about this before, but now I had truly experienced how difficult it is first hand.

I've watched a high school game at South Kent and a NBA game in Miami.
Tonight I'll watch a callege game in LA to wrap things up.
This will actually be the first time that I watch a college basketball game in person, so I'm really looking forward to it.
The next goal for the recipient of the scholarship to aim for is the NCAA Division I stage.

I'm going to watch the University of Portland and Loyola Marymount University game.

The University of Portland's starting PG is a Japanese freshman.
There's another brave person here.

I'll arrive at LAX in a little less than 2 hours.
There's still another 2 hours?!
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
3 February 2007



I'm wrapping up this trip with a visit to a college game.
It's been a very long time since I've been in Los Angeles, California.
Even in February, the sun shines down strongly, but it's cool in the shade.
At night it's a bit cold if you don't wear a jacket.

As soon as we got out of the airport, Mr. Nakamura was muttering to himself that the air hair suits him better and that he's more comfortable here.
It looks like he's feeling better now.

The suitcase that I had stuffed everything into died a tragic death so I'll have to buy a new one to replace it.

*

College facilities and gyms are on a different scale than high schools.
I came to see a game so I didn't directly see the training facilities, but I could tell that they were large from what I could see of their outsides.

The college I visited was LA's Loyola Marymount University (LMU).
They were playing the University of Portland tonight.
Both colleges are in the West Coast Conference.
Both LMU and Portland are in the bottom of their conference.
Gonzaga, which turned out John Stockton and Adam Morrison is at the top of the conference.

I bought popcorn and water and went in.
I passed on the beer.
I wasn't watching it as a reporter so it was ok, but for some reason...

Yoko Miyaji, a sports writer, was already there.
I had asked her for help with the scholarship early on, and she gave me a lot of advice.
It was on her advice that we set it up so that the recipient would be sent to a prep school.

I've gotten a lot of help from a lot of different people.
You all have my thanks.

I met Japanese person after Japanese person inside the arena.
People form the media, coaches who were there -- in America -- to observe, interns getting experience and the owner of the Bakersfield Jam, where Yuta Tabusa is playing.
I'm glad I wasn't holding a beer after all.
I wonder why...There was a lot of lively talk with Japanese who love basketball.

There was room to seat 3000, but it was only a third full even though it was a Saturday night.
I had imagined the stands would be full of students nosily cheering, like they show on television, so I was a bit surprised.
I wonder if it's because they aren't doing so well? Or is there a bit of a difference from colleges that are nationally ranked?
In any case, there were cheerleaders and a brass band, so it certainly was noisy.

"#5, Taishi Ito from Japan" was introduced amid the obligatory booing during the introduction of the away team.
Taishi Ito is a 20-year old point guard.
He's the reason why there were so many Japanese there.

It would be good if the booing got louder.
The larger his reputation, the louder the booing will be wherever he goes, which would be a sign of how well he plays.
Of course it would be the complete opposite at home.
I was excited just imagining that happening.

I had heard that the University of Portland had won the last game between them.
LMU was going to get their revenge tonight.
Their good shooting sealed it.
Portland's D (defense) may also have had some problems.

Aside from all that, the one player that stood out above everybody else trying to prove himself on the court tonight was Portland's small-statured Japanese player.
I don't think that I was playing favorites.
I think that if you asked an American, there wouldn't be many who would disagree.

He was very vocal from the start.
More so than any one else on the team.
He was clapping his hands, yelling, directing plays and communicating with his teammates trying to rouse the team from its struggles in the tough game.
He wasn't your typical "quiet Japanese".
I was able to see what he had learned in the 4 years after he had come to America as a high school freshman.

I can imagine the effort the put in.

He couldn't speak English at first.
He couldn't communicate his thoughts, but if he couldn't get them across, then it would be the same as if he wasn't there and the world would move around him and leave him behind.
It was the language that would allow him to make who he was known, and would
let him express himself.
He ventured ahead and got hurt, got depressed, and got over it.

There were probably days when things were uncertain when he couldn't answer whether he had chosen the right path.
It would have been easy to decide not to follow such a difficult path and then he wouldn't have so many stupid problems.
But the moment he decided to do so, the path would disappear.
So he kept moving ahead.
He fiercely held on.

*

After the game I had the chance to talk to him a bit.
What I got from it was that if there is a difference between Japanese and American basketball, and if the latter is the world standard, then it is really important to cross the ocean and accustom yourself to basketball in that country while you're young.
On top of that, the way to show how good a Japanese player you are is probably to "sell" yourself.
He didn't have a lot to say objectively about the differences between Japan and America.
Of course not.
That's because he's already become one with American basketball.
Because of that, he's already showing leadership as a freshman starter.

The first things he said where words of thanks for the trust his coaches and teammates have given him.
He won't forget his gratefulness to his parents for letting him go to America, and his brother who went to America first and opened his eyes.
That's the type of youth he was.

He is grateful for what he has, which gives him the courage to battle unafraid.
He knows the trials of battle, which deepens his gratefulness.

Which gives him the strength to venture forward again.

*

For me, the purpose of this trip was to go to where the recipient of the scholarship will go next year, to visit the school and the team, and to see what they are like with my own eyes so I can present them.
This is to give strength and encouragement to those who love basketball and who want to apply for the scholarship but who haven't taken a step to do so.

The bus won't come for those who just wait for it.
You have to raise your voice and call for it.

Have courage.

I'm waiting for you.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
4 February 2007



In parallel.

I found out from a fan that he had seen an article that plans for a live action "SLAM DUNK" movie were moving forward in Taiwan or China.

I don't know if the article was for real, but if it was, then it troubles me that something like this could proceed without me knowing anything about it.

I wonder what's going on.

Of course I haven't given them permission for it.

*

On a brighter note, it's been a while since my report on my information gathering trip to America last time.
How are you all doing?

My eyes were feverish and heavy and my nose was runing last week.
For a day, I thought that it was the onset of allergies, but they cleared up right afterwards so it wasn't allergies.
It was something else. Hmm.

I don't do much in public when I'm on "break" from my serials, but I'm still working late into the night everyday because of various deadlines.
First, I finished the package illustration for Lost Odyssey, the Xbox 360 game due out this Fall.
I kept thinking that it would take more concentration and focus than normal while I worked on it, so I'm relieved that it's finished.
I think that it turned out pretty cool.

The first installment of Vagabond after my "break" will appear in the issue of Morning coming out on the 22nd.
You can find it by looking for a scary Musashi on the cover.
I've finished the cover and color pages and am working towards finishing the final manuscript.
It's tough to draw all 70 people of the Yoshioka school... nonetheless the deadline has come even faster because of holidays.

Vagabond Vol. 25 will also come out that day.
It will also have a scary looking Musashi on the cover... In keeping with the current state of Musashi, he has a tired look, but for some reason he's still scary.
Vol. 25.
It seems like time has gone by so fast and so long at the same time, to get here... And sometimes I feel ike I should change how I view this work.
But I still feel like it's a "major" piece of work for me.... (I wonder if I got the nuances across).

There's no doubt that it's a piece of work that makes me grow and mature.

And Real 39th is scheduled to appear in the Young Jump coming out on the 29th.
The daedline for this is exactly the same as for Vagabond, so I'm in the odd situtation of having to do two sets of drafts and manuscripts in parallel.
But I now know that I just can't do 2 of them at once... I'm going to work on Vagabond first.

That's how things are going.

My apologies to the overseas readers as this information is always for Japan.
Thank you for all your messages, I do read them.
I can't read the ones that aren't in English, but almost all of them are, which I am grateful for.
I've gotten an especially large amount of mail from Argentina this last month.
The reason why is that Slam Dunk Vol. 31 just came out and ended the series.
I always say this, but the readers' voices are the basis of my motivation.
Thank you!

There are many movies that I want to see.
And the number of books that I buy and leave unread is growing.
And it's almost the good season for going golfing.

But it doesn't look like I'll get to any of that.

Take care.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
11 March 2007



A weekly serial

I'm currently working on Vagabond #228.
I'm running out of time -- the deadline is only a few hours away.
I'm putting all my strength into my arms and shoulders. Every once in a while I feel a powerful drowsiness try to overtake me.
I read all the feedback on Vagabond in the LOUNGE.
I want to thank everybody for all the feedback that I've received since Vol. 25 went on sale.
There were many people who deeply read it, for which I am grateful, regardless of how it was interpreted.
There's only a few pages left. I think I'm going to make it by the deadline!
It gets even better this week... he he he.
A weekly serial is tough, but it's good.
I've gotten help from a lot of people, which will help me make it all the way to the end.

That's it for this time!
Atoonsu!
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
6 Apr 2007



On a tangent.

In Eiji Yoshikawa's novel "Miyamoto Musashi", there is a scene of the decisive battle at Ichioji Sagarimatsu.
In this setting, the most prominent figure of the Yoshioka line is a child.
Considering Musashi's tactic of killing the most important figure in battle, he kills the child.

I've been thinking about what to do about this scene ever since I started
work on Vagabond using "Miyamoto Musashi" as a base.

There may even be those of you who have read the novel that are wondering the same thing.

From the very start of "Vagabond", I've wrestled with whether the novel is historically accurate, and even whether "history" itself is accurate.
I've been leaving that decision to my instincts and have been moving
forward with what feels "real" to me.
Because of that, most of it is different from history (although the history itself is vague) and it's very different from the novel.

So what about the battle of Ichioji Sagarimatsu?

In the society that we live in now, it is sad that news of children being
killed and put into danger is too numerous to count.

I draw manga for people living now (and for people to come).
I'm not drawing for people who lived 400 years ago or even 60 years ago.

In this world, is it meaningful, for me to draw a scene where the hero
kills a child?
Especially when so many children today are in such trouble?
Is that a reason itself to draw it?

Or, would it be meaningful for me to not draw such a scene?

If it is to raise awareness of the problem, I think that what can be done
already is more than enough.
Personally, I don't think that we are at that stage anymore.

I've come to believe that there is meaning in deciding not to draw it.

Even though it was tangential to the story, the author of "Miyamoto
Musashi" -- Eiji Yoshikawa -- probably decided to depict what he felt as "real" in the background of that era (to add more detail, Musashi regreted that he killed a child ever after that).
Hoever, I have decided on a different way to depict what I feel as "real".
This whole section has been on a tangent, but it's been running around in
my head lately, so I thought I would get it off my chest...

                 *

The NBA playoffs have started.
Spurs vs. Nuggets (the combination of Melo and AI heated up at end of the regular season), Suns vs. Lakers (just like last year, they've caught up to the Suns in the blink of an eye), Heat vs. Bulls, and Cavs vs. Wizards make up the starting round.
As for the Lakers, while Kobe has arguably had an MVP season, the rest of the team has been stalled since the All Star game.. I wonder if they'll be able to fulfull their dream or not.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
22 Apr 2007



Japan Playoffs

For those of you who said you worked all GW, you're not alone...!

At this time, there's only 2 chapters left to finish for Vol. 26 of Vagabond.
Lately all I've been thinking about is how to "efficiently slay large groups of people".

It depends on the type of drawing and the number of pages, but it's very hard to finish a chapter for a weely serial without having assistants work on some parts of it.
As a general rule for my work, I basically draw all the people and leave the rest to my assistants.

The amount of "people" work in this volume that I couldn't leave to my assistants has been the most I've ever had, and I feel like I'm getting mired in it.

I want to try to work my way out of it coolly and lightly.

*

According to "Nan Tora", Mr. Shimamoto is going to the High School Noshiro Cup in Akita.
I also went to the Japan Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Sendagaya.
The first round of the NBA Playoffs has also ended (the Lakers were eliminated...).
There's no lack of basketball related material right now.

So... the Championships.

It was great!

Wheelchair basketball is similar to "normal" basketball in some ways, but there are also several interesting ways in which it differs.
"Real" hasn't yet shown some of these interesting things, and I realized again
that I'm just not familiar enough with them.

If you understand those things, then it becomes much more interesting to watch as a sport.
It may even be that it will appeal to people who don't really like sports.

I think I want to add what I've discovered so far into "Real".

I wonder if the tough play of Shinpei's (author of the "Everyday World of Wheelchair Basketball" column on our site) team, NO EXCUSE, in this tournament has blown new life into the world of wheelchair basketball.
I suspect that seeing how good of a fight such a new and powerful team put up has inspired other teams across the country.

On the other hand, the strengh of 3-time Consecutive Champion Chiba Hawks was the highlight.
All their starters were Japanese National Team level players.
It was easy to tell that each single player on their team felt that there was no way they could lose.
Just like a sumo tournament is interesting when a Yokozuna is at his best, the wheelchair basketball scene is currently interesting with Chiba standing firm as a rock, and NO EX, Miyagi MAX, Shimizu and World coming after them and challenging them hard.
I'm looking forward to seeing how these teams come back after coming so close to tasting victory this year.

I'm also looking forward to the next installment of "Everyday World of Wheelchair Basketball".

The Japan Men's National Team will be playing in the Asia/Oceania qualifiers in Australia (Women's is in June).
It will be a tournament for a slot in the Beijing Paralympics.
I can't look away.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
7 May 2007



Feverish.

I think I've finally realized that it's impossible for me to continue to write every week. Hahaha...

A long time ago I wrote that "I started a diary. I'm going to keep writing in it..." , but I can't even remember how many days that lasted now.
I'm not writing it anymore of course.
I'm sorry.

I can't even respond to mail I've received in a timely manner.
I think I'll start by trying to update this column once every 2-3 weeks.

*

About a week ago I developed a fever and was out of commision for 4-5 days straight.

But the hostpial I normally go to happened to be closed, so I ended up spending time with myself -- moaning and nursing a high fever.

There's no question that I was thankful that I normally have good health.
I was thankful that I could normally do what I wanted, and since I couldn't eat anything, also thankful for my food.

I was also thankful for my family who watched over me while I was helpless.

I also couldn't work as I had planned to, and I'm thankful for the help of the editors who came to check up on me and everyone else's help.

When I stumbled outside, perhaps because my senses had become acute, the
landscape of the city looked different.
It was stressful.
Tiring.

I saw a parade of many things of the type that people don't need to see - things that aren't good for you.
It brings a shiver to my spine when I think about how I can blissfully live in the midst of all of that.

I wonder if you get more sensitive with a high fever.
It was problematic that I was quickly moved to tears by small passages of writing, songs, and even some small piece of Vagabond that I had come up with.
The worst thing was when I picked up the newest work by Kiyoshi Shigematsu in a bookstore and just reading the tag line on the book lining brought tears to my eyes.
Even though I hadn't opened it yet...

But those few days were a rich chance for me to experience what it is like to rise up from nothing.

Since I started with nothing, I feel like I'm working up the energy to go forward.

... which I can say now that I'm better ...

*

In other news, our website will also be availble in Korean starting in July.
I hope our Korean readers will look forward to it.
Annyeonghaseyo! Sojyujyuseyo.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
19 June 2007



A famous Asian doctor, AKA "God Hand".

Precise, quick.

It feels like all the parts of my body that I had (unkowningly) locked up
and made tight are slowly loosening up one after another.

Without hestiation he promptly pinpoints the places that need attention.

As I lay flat on my back, It feels like air is returning to my body as he
works his magic.
I can breath deeply again.

It seems that some tightness in my spine (above my lower back) was
affecting my heart.
My neck bones, shoulder blades and hip joints were misaligned.
And my tired eyes have a bad effect on my body.

I feel wordlessly happy as my body loosens up.
I don't know if I can describe it as a feeling.

Basically, I could tell that I was really happy because there was a smile on face before I realized it.

It felt like I couldn't help smiling and being thankful even if I didn't
want to be.

Humans don't actually "have" anything.
Except for one thing that they are given.
It doesn't matter what country, what environment a person was born
in, but the one thing that all humans are given is a body.

While bodies are not all created equal, there are no exceptions to the
fact that every human has one.

Not only how you feel physically, but how you feel emotionally --

the answer is in your body.

I'm convinced of that now.

I had fallen into a situation while I was working, without a break, on
Real 41st and Vagabond #234 where I couldn't get up without it taking a
lot of time.
It was at that time that I was introduced to the famous doctor.

I'm thankful for the timely meeting.

*

Vagabond Vol. 26 is now on sale.
It has the climax of the Yoshioka sotryline.
Once again, I welcome your thoughts on it.

*

Japan, Korea, Argentina, Indonesia, Chile, China, Spain, Brazil, Norway,
America, France, Germany...

I'm sorry if I left one out.
When I checked my mail this month, this was the list of countries that they were from.
I really want to thank you for sending me your thoughts.
I'd like to visit all of the countries if I get a chance.
Please forgive me for not being able to answer each one individually.

There are 4 countries in that list that I haven't been to.
I couldn't imagine that my work would be read by people in so many countries when I first started drawing.
I'm thankful that I've already had more success than I had hoped for.
The current state of Japanese Manga is undeniably a baton that has been passed from our predecessors, who made it what it is through their hard work and dedication.

*

The first manga I ever bought was Dokaben, Vol. 13, and I read many of
Mizushima's baseball manga over and over again.
This year marks the 50th year that Shinji Mizushima has worked in the manga industry, and I was asked to write a congratulary piece for him in Shonen Champion.

50 years... that's a great achievement that I can't even imagine.

I'm happy that the Tonoma that I drew this time will appear in the same
magizine, Champion, that I had enjoyed reading every week in primary
school.

I was suprised when I realized that I am now at the same place in my
career that Mr. Mizushima was when I first read his work.
And it's been 30 years since then... I simply can't imagine it.
I just drop my head in wonder.

*

And just one week later, I drew a small piece to celebrate the 10th year
that One Piece has been serialized.
One Piece started right around the time when I ended Slam Dunk and was absorbed in watching basketball games in America.
I remember reading the first few chapters and thinking to myself that it would be a hit.
Even though that's what I thought, I haven't actually read any more of it.
It's already been 10 years... When I have the time, I plan to read them all at once.

*

Did you know that an Olympic qualifier for the Beijing Olympics will be
held in Tokushima starting on the 28th?
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/07/fibaAsia/men/index.asp

China is already qualified, so this is a golden opportunity for you to see
them compete locally!
Those of you who will go the games and help make the most out of the home advantage -- please add my support as you voice yours as loudly as you can!
For the players!
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
22 July 2007



I am currently in America.

I'll be in Hawaii for 3 days for an interview and photo shoot for November's issue of SWITCH (with the special on Lost Odyssey).

After that I'll be in San Francisco... I'm going to pass on a planned meeting and lock myself in a hotel room to work on my manuscript for Real.
I still have another (planned) 17 pages of edits to make for the continuation of Real 42nd which was published the other day.

It's cold. I only brought light clothes with me, so I bought a jacket and a knit cap at the Barney's next to the hotel.

The turkey sandwich I bought for lunch was so bad that I feel strange after eating it...

I'm flying to New York tomorrow, then going to South Kent, Connecticut the next day. I'm going to visit the school where the recipient of the Slam Dunk Scholarship will be going again. This time I'll be bringing the player with me and he will participate in some practices. The selection process was done via applications and DVDs, so this will be the first time that I (only me) has met him. But the fact that he applied makes me feel as though he's my own son...

I'm just a manga artist, but I feel that I should put more weight into work like this.

I was in so much of a hurry when I left Japan that I forgot my watch. But it's something that I can live without.

*

Looking at the last Inoue News, I discovered that it was 7/22!

Looking at my notes, I found that I've built up a collection of things that I just jotted down or that I couldn't pull together and forgot about.
Since I'm already here (?) I'll try to write them up, like a diary.

*

July:

I received a postcard from a reader with a drawing of the Yoshioka brothers. The two that are now dead.

It was a drawing that showed them smiling and looking like brothers.

Suddenly, I mean really suddenly, I got a scratchy feeling in the back of my through. I almost cried.

I don't know if it was tears for the fact that a reader had imagined and drawn a side of the characters that had not been shown in the manga

or if it was for the story of the brothers themselves. I don't know myself.

August:

Lately, in sports, I've seen that the Japanese representatives have been suffering naive defeats. There may have been some that could have been avoided if they had better skills and strategy, but I'll leave those for the examination of experts. I'm talking about a problem with the heart and spirit during a competition.

You can consider that the weaknesses of these players who represent us Japanese aren't just limited to themselves, but are also present, on average, in each and everyone of us.

This is a self criticism, but I took a look to see if there's something missing:

Our ability to sense danger, the ability to sense when you're on the edge of danger and to quickly quell the feeling. The ability to sense when you're opponent is on the edge themselves and to realize that that is the moment to attack, and to do so.

Whether you can see that even though there is risk to yourself, there is equal risk to your opponent. Whether you can audaciously flaunt that and put on the face of a winner.

Putting away a match without being afraid of the consequences when the chance presents itself.

Being strong and confident, and keeping your cool when moving in to finish things. Being aware that if you fail, you will be giving them the chance to come back. It's not reckless courage, but not letting cowardice and strength interfere with each other.

Understanding that competition has a certain flow, a certain momentum.
Things will not continue to flow the same way the whole time. If you don't take advantage when the chance arises, you're letting the momentum move away from you, thus inviting defeat.

Understanding that danger will not be present forever, and that you can take it and you can overcome it.

....

Somehow, we've lost sight of these things or forgotten them somewhere along the way.

There are many ways to look at things, and "competition" is related to only a small number of them. Something that appears short term from one perspective may be long term from another.

But in the world of competition, I've never seen a person whose goal was to lose.

*

Wow, this has gotten long. I'll cut things off here.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
5 October 2007
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on June 10, 2009, 06:52:27 PM
Quote from: Takehiko Inoue
Continuing where I left off in my notes file....

August:

I don't want to make an excuse for the slow pace. Really, I don't.

The process of putting energy into making a good product gives me the motivation to move forward no matter how much energy I've spent on it.
This is a good cycle that doesn't break.

I'd like to have my serializations follow a cycle like that, but this type of work also comes with deadlines. Whether it's my sketches or my drawings, sometimes a week is too short to make a good product. Even as I agonize over it, time slips away minute by minute.

When I try to make a deadline that's too close, the energy needed for that not only takes a lot out of me physically, but I don't get motivated to continue on. In fact my motivation goes down.

It's not like the beer commercial where everybody is toasting the fact that they just barely finished before the deadline. At times like that I can't even taste the beer. It's like my tongue loses all sensation.

 

The one thing that always stays with me at the end is the desire to turn out a good product.

I wonder if anything exists that would make it worthwile to continue working until even that desire is taken away from me.

I wonder what the best pace I should work at is.

 

August:

I just ran into a wall with some sketches that were going relatively well so I thought I'd work on my News for a change of pace. Hmm...? I just noticed that it's been a month since I've updated it...!

I don't have anything to write...

 

September:

I've only lived in Fukuoka a little bit, the last time right before I debuted when I was 20. At the time I was living in Ogusu, and the nearest station was Nishitetsu's Takamiya station and I worked by Yakuin station.

**

There's a bunch of stuff piled up... (and some I haven't been able to get out)

... well then...

 

Work is a part of my life, but it's not all of it.

I think I'm getting to the age where it's about time for me to say something like that, but I don't think that my readers want to hear that from the one doing the drawing. That's no surprise. An author and his readers are connected only by his work, so it goes without saying that his work is everything for them.

I noticed my shallow breaths, so it's time for deep breaths. Well, time to start concentrating.

By the way, some people may feel reassured becaue they feel that I'm still giving my all into drawing even though I say that it's a part (only a part) of my life, but that's different. I'm doing it because I like it.
I'm just saying that there's only so much that can be done in a limited amount of time. But that's besides the point.

*

I was suprised to hear of the death of Asic's Chairman, Kihachiro Onitsuka, the other day. The reason I was surprised is that up until recently he was the president of the Japan Baseball Association and I just thought that he was doing well. I'm still surprised that the association would ask the 87 year-old (at the time I think) Onitsuka to take on such a large responsibility.

I had the opportunity to meet him at Asics headquarters when I worked on the design for the "High Time" shoes. I was just in my 20s and I'm sure I was nervous. I had probably over reached myself a bit. It was as if he treated everyone he talked to this way, but I still remember the warmth that he radiated and his unique openness and frankness for people who had built something from scratch.

I only met him that one time, and I'm sure he didn't remember me. But I think that he has had an influence on all the mature and experienced characters in my manga.

I will pray for Mr. Onitsuka with all my heart.

*

 

It's still quite lively outside even though it's the middle of the night...

I leave for New York tomorrow morning.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
5 October 2007



"New York"

11/16

I'm on the plane now.
I'm watching the white aurora out the window as I listen to same guy snoring some where in the plane.

I'm going to paint a painting of Vagabond on the inside walls of the newly opened Kinokuniya in New York.

After I took a short nap, I've been working on the proofs for Vagabond chapter #243.
I brought the 10 pages that I couldn't finish before I left.
I don't have any slack before the deadline. Even at this hour, the staff back in Tokyo should be working on penning the background on the pages that were left them, right this minute.

I'm only drinking water.
This is a good time for me to focus on my work in the middle of such a hectic schedule.
It's made me think that long flights might not be so bad after all.

I saw a ray of light on the horizon break through the darkness.
I wached as it widen and expand as it slowly cascaded through the color spectrum from navy to blue, to green, to yellow-orange and to a dark red-purple.
All my trifles and trivialites unknowingly melted away while I watched such a beautiful sight.
I felt like something within had been reset.
I was left with a feeling of thankfulness.

*  *  *

Well, I was going to ride my momentum and finish my News segment and then
post a piece about the wall painting in Kinokuiya, but...! I was also working on the Vagabond manuscript in parallel and I didn't have the luxury.
That was too bad.

And so, I made it back to Japan and submitted the Vagabond manuscript ok.

The person in charge of it arrived in New York a day after me.
He said that he needed to return with 6 of the 10 pages I had brought with me in order to make the deadline.
I finished inking the people in the 6 pages and wrote more careful and detailed instructions than normal for my stuff and hand delivered the 6 pages to him at dawn.
He was only in New York for 15 hours before he left to go back.
He wasn't able to watch me work on the wall painting.
But it looks like he was able to enjoy himself a bit and visit a jazz club and some other (?) places.
The energy of youth...

Work on the painting went at the pace I had planned and didn't turn out too badly.

I used a black paint from Turner's line of Neo Color paints (they are like water color paint, but when they dry they become water resistant).
I had also used it when I worked on the "uno" commercial for Shiseido.
I also prepared white paint just in case I made a mistake but ended up not
needing it.

I had prepared 15 brushes of different sizes and thicknesses, but ended up only using 3 of them.
The 5 cm wide brush turned out to be very useful.
I think I improved my skill with thick brushes this time. I discovered several things about working with large paintings.

It was a white wall so I wanted to use the contrast with black by emphasizing the shadows in a close up of Musashi.
And with a full body painting of Kojiro. It was a normal wall so they were large.
The most difficult part of it was to get everything to balance.
I didn't just treat them as larger versions of normal drawings, but took the time to view them from a distance to see the overall balance.
That was one difference between this and a normal drawing for manga.
That, and having people watch me as I drew it.
But that didn't really bother me when I got into it.
A drawing is a drawing.

That was fun.

I think I've had more work this year than any before, but the act of painting a large painting on a wall mentally refreshed me.

It was the third day after I started painting.
The painting was about 90% done when I had an interview with 5 local media companies and took part in a reception afterwards.

To be perfectly honest, I just wanted to be an anonymous employee going earnestly about his painting.

*

There were many things that I couldn't fully elaborate on in the short time we had for the interview.
One of them was my thoughts regarding whether sports manga like Slam Dunk and Real could be hits in America.

I just found out this time, but it seems like the general view is that sports manga can't be successful.

... I like to be in situations where I'm the underdog, but I don't think that's the case this time.

What is it about basketball, or any sport, that catches at the heart of people?
Besides survival, what do people consider important?

Where you were born and raised or what color your skin is makes no difference to what is in the depths of your heart.

When I used basketball as my subject in 1990, it was unpopular in Japan and people said that it wouldn't sell.

I thought that people said that because they didn't know anything about basketball.

All I needed to do was draw why I liked basketball.
I drew it thinking that if I just drew basketball as it was, then people would read it.

Basketball as is. Soccer as is. If you draw a sport as is, the manga will draw people together, just as sports do.

I'm looking forward to that.

I'm thankful to the people from the media for welcoming me, for truly learning about Japanese manga and for directly asking me sincere questions.

*

That was how my short stay in New York went.

If you have plans to go, or if you live there, please drop by the new Kinokuniya Bookstore across from Bryant Park.
Musashi is glaring out within it.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
25 November 2007



1229

It's been a month since Real and Vagabond came out on 11/29.
There's only a little bit of 2007 left.

Thanks for all the feedback on both books.
I probably say this all the time, but I get energy from all my readers' thoughts.

Even though I think that there are things that I'm not sure if I'm making clear, I'm really happy when it the drawing does make it clear.
I myself am moved in turn by letters from my readers' who tell me they are moved.
What goes around comes around.

Manga is great, isn't it?

Thanks to you, I made my goals for 2007 - 3 volumes of Vagabond (25, 26 and 27) and 1 volume of Real (7). Yes!

Oh, yes. I can't elaborate on the "Last Manga Exhibit" flyer that was included with the books (I'm thinking hard about it), but FLOWER's site will be updated in the coming days.

* * *

I watched high school basketball (the Winter Cup) for a few days in a row.
Partly because I'm inolved with the Slam Dunk Scholarship.

Fukuoka Daiichi, the school that Narito Namizato -- the first recipient of the scholarship -- goes to, lost in the finals to Rakunan and came in second. Watching the finals, I realized how hard the balance is between playing yourself and helping other people play. That's an important subject for a highly talented PG.

I had thought that Rakunan would come in second, but they had put together an extremely high quality team.
They had a lot of good players.
Am I the only one who has felt that Rakunan's teams have had a good "vibe" for a long time?
I want to send them my heartful congratulations at achieving the difficult task of winning the the WC in consecutive seasons.

On the other hand, Daiichi had a very compelling team even though they didn't win the national championship.
They had a very good offense.
Maybe they can learn from their defeat today.
Life goes on, basketball goes on.

On a personal note, it felt strange to go to a high school basketball game.
I felt like I shouldn't be where I was, and that I should just be a normal observer sitting in the second floor bleachers.
That's how I felt.

I'm probably thinking too much, and it wouldn't be work otherwise, and it's probably a case of respecting it too much, but I wasn't able to put that much into the basketball world which is probably why I feel that I can't climb over the wall between the court and a spectator.

It's been a couple decades since I got my material for SD, but I still feel the same.
It makes me a bit sad....

Basketball is great, isn't it?

* * *

Well, to wrap up this year, I regret that I wasn't able to keep things "Light and Easy".
Thinking things through is important, but taking too long is the same as not doing anything. I need to do things right away.
All the e-mail I haven't answered, all the phone calls I haven't returned, all that I can't anymore because I'm too ashamed too. (Upon serious self reflection.)
I need to deal with things right away.

I need to be more diligent with my proofs. Right away.

I need to be more diligent with Inoue News. Right away.

I'd like to take the time here to give my apologies to everybody I've imposed upon this year.

*

Well.

I hope that 2008 will be a great year for everyone.

Let's do it...
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
29 December 2007




It's the new year


Happy 2008.

When I think about it, I felt sick in December, but it wasn't a constant feeling so I just ignored it.
But now it's turned into a fever and I can't work, so I finally gave in to the cold and went to the doctor.

My throat is weak, so I always find myself in a pattern of coughing, getting swollen tonsils, then a fever.
According to my medical records, I've had to go to the doctor for the exact same thing each year for the past 3 years around this time.

This year is the year after my "bad luck" year.
Since the year before my "bad luck" year I've been to the doctor at the beginning of each year.
"Bad luck" years are scary...

* * *

Well, thanks to an IV drip and sticking a suppository in as far as the first knuckle on my index finger, my fever has dropped.
So I think I'll write my New Year's Resolution here.

"Do things right away."

That's it.

I think I wrote that last time too. Oh well.
It may be part of the nature of my work, but when I'm worried about something I tend to get stuck and run around in circles.
It has been taking me too much time to get back to the real issue.

That process is important sometimes, but this is the year for me to push past that and take things in a new direction.
For some reason that's how I feel.

Similar to how you aren't supposed to stay in one place in martial arts, I want to go forward by taking care of things quickly and not spending too much time on one thing.

* * *

Speaking of which, I had an incredible dream last night.
It felt so real, so different from a normal dream that I wondered whether it wasn't a dream.

I was in something like a high rise apartment when I looked out the window and saw something flying.
It was a brass, almost yellow-gold UFO.
I kept seeing more and more.
They were pretty small.
They came really close to the window, then suddenly lined up.
They came to attention without any confusion and filled the air as far as I could see.
They stayed there looking at us.
It felt like they were juding us.
My family and other (imaginary) residents of the apartment building were there too.
When somebody was found guilty of something, something flew out at them.
I was also found guilty of something, and I felt like I got covered in something, but I can't remember anything after that...

Those UFO's were living, sentient beings.
They were like a cross between a plate and a ball, kind of like Saturn.
They were about as big as a volleyball.
I wonder what they were.

* * *

I cried when I read the interview between the high school golfer Ryo Ishikawa, who is currently making headlines, and pro golfer Mr. Sakata of the Sakata Juku that appeared in the magazine "Par-Golf".

I cried when I watched the new Exile DVD that I received.
I cried while I was eating my bento box.

I cried when I found something I really loved, or that was truly beautiful.

 

I hope that 2008 will be a good year.

I'd like to keep that hope alive throughout the year.

I look forward to your continuing support this year.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
8 January 2007



Winter.

Tokyo was kinda warm today.
I wore a down jacket while I was prowling around outside today working on my drafts and it was a bit hot.
But the cold will probably crowd back in tonight.
That's ok.
It's winter so it should be cold enough to be numb.

Let's use the difficulty of my drafts as an example.
This would be about right if we were heading for spring.

There will come a day when I fondly recall the the time when I was scrambling my thoughts working on my manga like this every week.

And those won't be bad memories.

I should be thankful for days like this.
 
INOUE TAKEHIKO
30 January 2008
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on June 11, 2009, 06:51:53 PM
 :isidro:  :isidro:  :isidro:

I never expected to get such amazing results so quickly! I know how Im spending the next hour of my work time  :carcus:

Thanks for all the hard work Griff. I'll keep my eyes peeled for any earlier entries, but this is already way more than I expected we'd get.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on October 08, 2009, 06:17:21 AM
We really should be doing more to keep up with this current after retrieving what we could. It still bothers me that IT Planning itself doesn't archive all this stuff. Imagine having Inoue's little thoughts concerning literally hundreds of Vagabond episodes just lost! :beast:

It's what stops me from cataloging the official English translations even now. So much has been lost already. :judo:

His entry for 281 anyway:

"My staff is out for a break during work, eating pork bone ramen at 2-3 in the morning.
And they're getting seconds!
Having passed 40 2 years ago, I can't do random stuff like that anymore.
I shouldn't...!"

 :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on October 23, 2009, 07:55:36 PM
Inoue News, 21 October 2009:

Quote
"You are not alone"

I like "Billy Jean" and "Thriller", but I think that is the song I left best from Michael.

I learned about Kazuhiko Kato's death much later than most of the public.

I wasn't a particularly devoted listener, but my heart has been buzzing
ever since I heard the news.

I'm sure that there are people who are buried in their work alone tonight
who won't have found an answer by morning.

As someone who works to "produce" something, if I were to send a message
to other people doing the same thing, it would be:

"You are not alone"

There is nothing better to say.

May he rest in peace.
 INOUE TAKEHIKO
21 October 2009
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on October 27, 2009, 07:27:08 AM
Interesting take... on the lighter side, I thought Inoue's blurb on his eating habits in his latest REAL update from this summer was amusing:

Quote
I think we're all in agreement that you don't really want to work in the summer if you can help it.

When it gets hot I end up eating ice cream. I know that it's not good to chill your body, but I can't break this habit. I remember when I was younger, I would always look forward to taking 2 100 yen coins and buying a copy of Shonen Champion (150 yen) and a 50 yen ice cream. And so it's very difficult for me to graduate from ice cream.

But I never imagined that I'd still be eating Gari Gari Kun at 42.

Especially coupled with his most recent update from Vagabond 284:

Quote
The amount of Red Bull consumed at the office has gone up.
It's mostly me drinking it.
I wonder what's in it?
He's getting worse. :troll:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on November 16, 2009, 04:58:42 AM
Quote
Museum of Contemporary Art

I've finished painting it!

Aside from sleeping, I spent every minute holed up in the museum drawing
(including putting up a tent). During that time the NBA season started as
well as the MLB World Series.

I had no exprience with a 7m x 5m sized canvas.

With something this large, I think you would normally draw a sketch on a
smaller sized canvas that had a grid on it first. Then you would put the
same grid on the larger canvas and use the smaller one as a reference.
But that style doesn't fit me, so I didn't do that.

Besides, the schedule didn't allow me the time for that.
I started at midnight on the 27th, and had to finish it by the morning of
the 30th.

It was a very large panel of washi, so we placed... no, spread it out on
the floor. I felt myself at a loss for what to do as I stood in the
middle of that white washi area.

Then I laughed.
I thought that it was ridiculous.
I just had to buckle down and do it.

I think people who draw will understand, but drawing without being able to
see the entire piece is like drawing with your eyes closed. It was
worrying. I couldn't tell if I had it balanced right, etc.

I was able to get a feel for it by looking at it on a monitor that showed
an image of it taken from a camera placed 7 meters above it. But it
wasn't very clear and it was distorted so I couldn't be confident in what
it showed.

But when I upped my concentration, I found that the mix of drawing
something so ridiculously large was fun and I really got into it.

As I worked along, I used the finished parts next to me as a hint to get a
vague impression of the overall balance.

However, because I was working on the floor, my back quickly became sore
due to my posture.

I finished the sketching at 4 AM.

I knew that the next day would be difficult if I didn't have a soak in the
tub, but I didn't make it and went to bed instead.

It had been a while since I'd slept in a bed, so I couldn't fight it.

The next day, the 28th, just as I had known, my entire back was so sore
form the top to the bottom that it brought back memories of the day after
I had first gone surfing...

The washi I used this time was kochima paper. It's very tough and really
nice. It was a switch from the normal paper used for ink painting and
calligraphy at school to something a bit more professional(?). The
difference comes out when you paint on it lightly... probably

I decided to start on the lighter parts by using a large brush.

I carefully stretched before I moved onto the washi panel.

I felt that it would be good progress for the day if I finished the core
of the mist on both sides.

For lunch, I had a tasty neighborhood set lunch. I hadn't really been
around the area (Kiba) before. The small alleys were enjoyable as they
had the Shitamachi atmosphere. It was surprisingly warm for the end of
October.

I worked to paint a very abstract mist.

It was so big that sometimes I wasn't sure if I was drawing or cleaning
up.

As I was drawing, I thought that I should focus more on the mist and make
it sharper to bring it in sync with the painting. Or that I would find
myself in a sitution where I was fatigued and running of time. But my
heart was surprisingly calm about it. I wonder why?

Only my body became really tired.

I had inari and rolls for dinner. It was delicious.

I'm sure that those who helped around the washi, those who took pictures,
those who provided materials and everyone else were very tired. Thank
you.

I drank Red Bull. I wonder what's in it. It works. It's probably bad
for me.

I left a little bit of the bottom, and I finished the core of the right
and left. My body had reached it's limit for the day. It was midnight
and there was only 1 day left so I should have finished more, but I
stopped there. I went home to sleep for the next day. I was able to soak
in the tub that night.

I started again at 8 AM on the morning of the 29th. As I had thought, I
wasn't half as sore as I was the day before. Baths are great.

I began in the white center of the canvas, painting Musashi over the lines
I had sketched before.

I wanted to paint Musashi in more detail compared to the mist on the right
and left. So I had to be careful, but if I took it too far, the sheer
size would make the detailed effort bring my progress to a halt. I had to
be cautious and take risks at the same time.

I forcefully made up my mind and boldly began to draw. I felt everybody
watching around me stiffen for a moment. Freshly applied ink looks very
dark, so it looked like something had fallen onto it by mistake. It faded
as it dried, and everybody breathed easier.

That night we ate oden, outside in the moonlight. I was very grateful.
It was delicious. I had many bowls of it.

But...

I found myself asking for what I couldn't have... just another 10 days
to work on it.

If you had all the space in the world, would you be able to make something
to equal all that space? Just as you would have more hurdles to face
then, if you had all the time you wanted, your obstacles would increase.
And so, things were fine the way they are. What I haven't learned about
drawing can be a help or a hinderance depending on how it constrains me.

But I think I'd like to really taste the enjoyment from just the act of
drawing itself. If I could only go a bit farther.

As I started to work on the details, I found the path to the end suddenly
looming ahead. The goal that I had thought was so far away was really
just around the corner.

Actually, to be more accurate, there were several goals, but that was the
one that I had found myself at.

I finished the rest of the mist. As there wasn't a defined shape, I
enjoyed just pushing my brush around without thought. On the other hand,
Musashi is a human manga character, so this was a purposeful combination.

The existence of both, and the fact of me drawing them felt so strangely
paradoxical and in reverse that it was very interesting.

Drawing the mist, because it was mist, was very freeing and enjoyable.

I called it good at 3 AM.

The big challenge of standing it up against the wall and the final review
was left for the next morning.

It would be the first time I'd be able to look at the entire drawing from
a distance, so I was rather nervous.

I was a bit hungry and wanted to go out for some ramen, but my fatigue and
sleepiness handily won, and I went to bed.

The 30th had good weather too. It looked different when viewed in the
morning light. It's at the entrance and not part of the exhibition space.
So I can't use any type of lighting effects. It's just placed there as
is. It will look different depending on the daylight.

As expected, standing up a 7m x 5m (I don't know the exact measurements)
painting was no easy task. With the help of a machine and many, many
hands, we finally got it stood up. It really went all the way up to the
ceiling. I was surprised.

It was my first time to see the painting that I had stood and drawn upon.

It was a wonderful feeling.

Because I wasn't able to to see everything as I was sketching it, I was
sure that there would be spots that I needed to fix (and there was one on
his head), but after standing it up, I felt like I should not touch it
again.

It felt like it was no longer mine.

Thinking back on it, I realized that I hadn't gotten very worked up about
it while I was painting it.

It's strange, but after finishing it, I did not really have a sense that
it was my accomplishment.

Thank you for letting me have such an important experience again.

You can find more information about the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art
here.
http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/

5th of November

Proabably the coolest blog post he made, and it's only available in English. I wonder if they translated that exhibit blog's post because Griffith asked them to!  :magni:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Grovel on November 16, 2009, 11:53:43 AM
Proabably the coolest blog post he made, and it's only available in English. I wonder if they translated his blog post because Griffith asked them to!  :magni:

Very cool post, thanks Eluvei!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on November 16, 2009, 06:57:43 PM
Wow, that is one of the coolest updates I've read from Inoue, what insight into his thinking and work. Though this also highlights my frustration with his site, the fact that his varies blogs and series diaries aren't all readily archived for viewing, and my big fear, and the only reason I haven't already inquired... what if they aren't saving them at all!?

Proabably the coolest blog post he made, and it's only available in English. I wonder if they translated that exhibit blog's post because Griffith asked them to!  :magni:
Nah, it's available in the other languages on the site too. So much for my influence. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on November 16, 2009, 07:33:12 PM
Wow, that is one of the coolest updates I've read from Inoue, what insight into his thinking and work. Though this also highlighta my frustration with his site, the fact that his varies blogs and series diaries aren't all readily archived for viewing, and my big fear, and the only reason I haven't already inquired... what if they aren't saving them at all!?

Yeah, that would be such a big loss. Maybe we should email them a request for the older news.

Nah, it's available in the other languages on the site too. So much for my influence. :ganishka:

Oh, you're right. I missed it thanks to so many other stuff highlighted there now.  :casca:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on November 16, 2009, 09:00:59 PM
Yeah, that would be such a big loss. Maybe we should email them a request for the older news.

Definitely, it's something I've wanted to do for a while, but like I said, I'm almost afraid to know if it has all been lost.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 06, 2009, 02:12:54 PM
I really wasn't sure where to post this, since what he says concerns a lot of threads we made, but I think this is the most appropriate place for it.

Quote
   

This wraps up Vol. 32 which goes on sale 1/15. Unfortunately, there were a couple breaks during this series, as I had other work such as Real and the Museum of Contemporary Art. I wasn't able to meet the expectations of all the readers who follow me every week. I'm sorry. I'd love to have everybody continue reading every week, but I only have one body and it can only do so much. It's frustrating.

I had to make the most edits in a graphic novel ever for this one. It could be that the weekly issues aren't showing what the final version will be. In other words I haven't "completed" them in time. I feel that I may be nearing the end of my life as a serialized manga artist (although to be honest, I think I've been heading in that direction for a while now...).
Or if I want to continue, I have to change something.
   

INOUE TAKEHIKO
3 December 2009

This is pretty shocking to me. That last bit got me seriously worried. I wish he would be more positive, there's just too much stuff going on in his life right now.

It appears he'll change a lot of things on the episodes for the volume release (I wonder if it's just the art?), which probably explains why the next episode will only show up in late January.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on December 06, 2009, 03:16:19 PM
 :magni:

If he's feeling so constricted by the release schedule, maybe he should just change publications? Maybe something monthly or biweekly? Miura isn't confined to a strict release schedule, and takes breaks when necessary in order to polish and plan everything. It's a little frustrating for readers in the short term, but the end result cannot be argued with.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 06, 2009, 03:59:41 PM
Yeah, I personally wouldn't mind if he started releasing the episodes monthly. When I reached Berserk's Chapter of Falconia in 2004, I almost had a heart attack of course, but now I got used to waiting.

He was always mentioning that he could barely make the deadlines, with little comments on the sketches between episodes or the interviews. It has always been a big deal to him, and now that he has two series, it's probably gotten worse. Watch that NHK special (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=10840.msg177560#msg177560) and you'll see how stressful his life can be.

I think Inoue kinda allowed himself to be treated like a celebrity in Japan and, for this reason, is always in contact with the media and his fans, which should be very stressful too. Although I didn't notice a drop of quality, he keeps apologizing and hoping we understand his situation, as if he's too insecure about his work...
And it's actually funny that this is happening to him while in Vagabond we're in a part of the story where Ito's finally around, kicking ass and being awesome, and Musashi's learning a lot about himself and the world... I never would have guessed Inoue was feeling like this.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on December 06, 2009, 04:19:25 PM
That's a good point about him being somewhat of a celebrity among mangaka. Not everyone organizes museum displays of their work, and fewer still draw an entire series of art strictly FOR the museum (The Last manga exhibition).

It seems to me like all his myriad projects have caught up with him in his personal life. Just thinking off the top of my head, I can name about four different projects he's dabbled in over the past 5 years on TOP of his regular series (Slam Dunk: 8 Days Later, Lost Odyssey character designs, The Last manga exhibition, Buzzer Beater seasons 1-2). And I'm sure I'm missing some as well...

Maybe it'd be best if he took a year-long break to rethink how he approaches and prioritizes things instead of considering quitting his profession.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 06, 2009, 04:59:54 PM
Maybe it'd be best if he took a year-long break to rethink how he approaches and prioritizes things instead of considering quitting his profession.

Well, maybe he was just being overly dramatic because it's the end of a stressful year or something. It has been two years since he started these exhibitions, and they seem to take a lot of what would be his free time. I don't know how his publishers would deal with a year-long break, the way he talks about deadlines makes it seem like he's got no privileges at all.

I hope Young Animal has a place for him!  :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on December 06, 2009, 07:03:01 PM
I hope Young Animal has a place for him!  :guts:
That would be ... beautiful :isidro:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on December 07, 2009, 10:47:31 AM
I'm actually not too worried about this. To put it in terms Inoue would understand, I'm taking his possible retirement announcement about as seriously as Allen Iverson's. It's also hard for me to believe anyone is pressuring Inoue more than himself; at this stage of his career, whatever his contract, he can probably do what he wants (he already took a year off from Vagabond to recharge once), and most of this pressure on him probably comes from within. I don't think anyone that self-motivated is just going to stop either, for a while a maybe, but Inoue's work almost seems like a compulsion. In a sick selfish way, I'm kind of looking forward to how he will channel these feelings into Vagabond going forward (as he's already been doing). Best case scenario, his work becomes that much more personal, unpredictable, and inspired... worst case, he detaches himself and just starts grinding it out. I don't think that could happen though, even if he tried.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 07, 2009, 10:59:19 AM
You're probably right, the pressure most likely comes from himself. He probably feels that way for not spending as much time as before on Vagabond because of so many new things, and like everyone that pushes himself to the limit, he's feeling unsatisfied. And oh well, just imagine how many fans are sending him letters and emails and whatever because of that journal entry. He'll feel better in no time!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on December 16, 2009, 06:05:31 PM
He'll feel better in no time!

Yeah, I hope so, it's hard to imagine how this Musashi is going to genuinely come to an enlightened contentment when his author isn't. Smile more, Inoue. :SK:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 17, 2009, 01:50:43 PM
For some reason this didn't get translated. Google will have to do, I guess:

Quote from: http://www.itplanning.co.jp/news.html
Osaka finally

SD is that traveling to America on a scholarship. ,, Was. I'm writing back on board now.
(Sausukentorepoto this here.)
http://www.itplanning.co.jp/images/news/sd/news4.html

Vagabond Vol 32-minute work is over all year 〆 minute cartoon series of the cutting work was fulfilled. The best shot. All happy and satisfied not to say Dearimasu. Thank you very much and everyone this year.

Well, early in the new year is "the last manga exhibition / Osaka Edition" is held. So the work goes down then immediately draw back. Arrived from Osaka, so there is not time to draw coherent not be crowded, they will all draw in the studio in Tokyo. Facing the normal height from 3 to the size of Massive meters, draw a picture of the first version introduced in Osaka.

Was first to draw paper Ueno Tokino panel of three meters at the time, bigger! And I would like to feel like they were confronted with Semmy Schilt on the ring, drawing even have anything that size, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo recently got used much, so I struggled with m 7. Is not any longer be carried Gongon Bibiru large panel studio, "Hey, come" like that. ,,, Is a lie. Also protect your E! I think.
Or is it like to get used to this size?

So New Year will be ready in Osaka. Just bothers the staff is so very luck to have a break and give up your valuable unique to Osaka, I "cartoon exhibition" By building an takes only reward I can feel the joy . One is very よろしく you!

"Cartoon Exhibition / Osaka Edition" is 1 / 2 is held at the Suntory Museum from Tempozan.
http://www.flow-er.co.jp/
Please come around so please just to warm a cold gusty wind from the sea.

Takehiko Inoue
12/14/2009

In the beginning, he tells us about the Slam Dunk Scholarship program. He was with some students in New York because of this (you can read more in that first link he mentions, also in Japanese) and just returned to Japan, apparently. I hope we get a decent translation.

He seems happy with volume 32, which is great news!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on December 18, 2009, 11:18:56 AM
For some reason this didn't get translated. Google will have to do, I guess:

Hopefully it'll come up later, sometimes they're woefully behind on translating these updates.

He seems happy with volume 32, which is great news!
Yeah, it's nice to hear something positive from Inoue on his work for a change. :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on January 18, 2010, 10:26:15 PM
Although the discussion will probably happen on the Vagabond's End thread, I've decided to post the whole news here, for archiving purposes.

Quote
Year of the Tiger.

It's 2010. Happy New Year everyone!

I'm writing this while hidden alone in the staff room at the Suntory
Museum in Tempozan, Osaka. Thanks to everybody, the "Last Manga
Exhibition (Osaka Chapter)" opened on time today. We had been preparing
for the exhibit ever since the last half of December. I'm extremely
thankful to the staff, who gave up their valuable New Year's vacation,
including New Year's itself. I'm very thankful that our support group
came out from Ueno and from Kumamoto. It gave us confidence. Atonsu,
everyone!

The space is different, and there are also drawings exclusive to Osaka
(take a look to see which ones they are), so I think that the atmosphere
here is different from both Ueno and Kumamoto. I finally completed
everything at 5 AM the morning that it opened! (It happened again...) I'm
nervous and excited to see what all the
visitors think.

I watched the opening, and I'm going to fix some things tonight that we
discovered then (there already are some of things to fix -- a Manga
Exhibit is really a living thing), then return home. I'll take a short
break, then start working on the chapters that will come out in magazine
issues at the end of January.

2010 is Real's 10th Anniversary and its 10th volume. Vagabond is hitting
its 12th Anniversary, and it will probably be its last year... It should
be. It will be. The Chinese zodiac has come full circle (it's been a
long time), which is a good place to stop. The manga exhibit that
started in Ueno in 2008, which is now showing the "Osaka Chapter", will
have it's "Sendai Chapter" in May. And that's a good stopping point.

It will certainly be a very busy year on many levels. But I don't want to
treat it any differently. I hope to have your continued support for the
coming year.

I pray that it will be a good year for everyone.
 INOUE TAKEHIKO
2 January 2010
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on January 20, 2010, 10:42:17 AM
Good call. It's a very interesting glimpse into his life right now. It also gives some context to his Vagabond announcement, considering he just finished an exhaustive amount of work, so I don't think it's a coincidence he's writing that now. Another funny thing is how he's almost touring with this Vagabond material like a musician would on an album, and he's planning on moving on from this material altogether once the tour is over... except he's an visual artist/author, not a musician. I'm trying to think of a parallel example of something like this. :iva:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on June 23, 2010, 04:24:44 PM
Quote
I't been a while.

It realy has been a long time.
I'm still alive.

I'm working on the color drafts for Real Chapter 58.

Vagabond Vol. 33 has come out. Thank you for all the thoughts and
feedback I've recevied. They are the fuel that will keep me moving forward.

I really like the layout for the cover this time... Well, I always like
it, but especially this time. Thank you, T-shima-san and thesedays-san.

Some readers of the serialization in Morning may have noticed, but there
were a lot of edits this time. Actually, that's been the case in every
recent volume. That means that my mind and body aren't keeping up with
the weekly pace. It can't be helped. We'll just have to live with it and
move forward.

Well! Last time I wrote about the end of the Osaka Managa Exhibition, but
some time has passed (hey!) since then and now "The Last Chapter - Sendai"
has only a little time left. Time flies...

Of course I've been to Sendai several times, and I've watched the season
change beautifully (this is really the best season), and it's become a
city that I really like.

And, this was true with Osaka as well, but I haven't really had the chance
to take the shinkansen much before so I never realized how much I would
enjoy the time spent eating a bento while riding it. Even when I'm not
that hungry I'll buy a bento and eat it. I haven't had cow tongue in
Sendai, but I've had cow tongue bento on the shinkansen! Bento and
shinkansen are now forever linked for me.

The "Manga Exhibition" has only a few more days before it ends. But it's
been 2 years since we started it in Ueno... I was able to try
expressing some things in a third dimension, by taking another dimension
and breaking from 2-D where I've done various things with manga. I'll
probably talk about what I've learned and seen through this experience
some day. I don't feel like expressing any conclusions right now.

I've certainly expanded my horizons. I'm sure this will be the seed of
something else to come. And there will probably be something that it
replaces and that I will stop doing.

6/13 is the day it all ends. At the Sendai Mediatheque. If you're interested, please hurry.

I ran 2.5 km this morning. I wonder how many years it's been... I should run tomorrow too.
 INOUE TAKEHIKO
2 June 2010



Quote
Mori no Miyako.

There's only 3 more days left for the "Last Manga Exhibition - Sendai
Chapter". Only a little more time left for the manga exhibit overall.

Those of you who came on the final day in Ueno, Kumamoto and Osaka already
know, but on the last day of those exhibits a new piece was added.

I always feel like I should show my gratitude in some way for the people
who come, and the staff who are working so hard. And the new piece is a
way of saying "Thank you".

Sendai is the last Manga Exhibition, so the new pieces for each of the
previous locations will be shown starting about today -- a little before
the last day.

It's the middle of the NBA Finals. I'm looking for the Lakers to go 4-2!
Muahaha.

And the World Cup has started. I'm looking forward to it...

 INOUE TAKEHIKO
11 June 2010

Man we almost missed the last one.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on June 24, 2010, 07:37:02 PM
Both great updates, thanks Eluvei. The first one sure is cryptic at the end concerning what Inoue will start and stop doing in the future. Also, not happy to hear about those additions to the Last Manga exhibit, admittedly for selfish reasons since my expensive art book is now technically obsolete.

Also glad he was following the Lakers. I wonder if he sees any thematic parallels between what happened on the court and Vagabond?

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/unrivaled.jpg)

 :zodd:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/kobebill.jpg)

It's like Yagyu passing the torch to Musashi... MJ is Ittosai of course. :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on August 24, 2010, 06:51:48 PM
The first one sure is cryptic at the end concerning what Inoue will start and stop doing in the future.

Yeah. Let's just hope he makes another episode soon, so we can see the direction he'll take Vagabond now. It was supposed to be back in May and there was no mention of a bigger break or anything. I admit I'm not as comfortable with this as I am with Miura's breaks, since God knows what Inoue's gonna do next.

Also, not happy to hear about those additions to the Last Manga exhibit, admittedly for selfish reasons since my expensive art book is now technically obsolete.

I don't think they were significant additions, though. Looks to me like they were more like extras, since they were all different at each exhibit. The only difference is he decided to show all these extras at once in Sendai since it's the last time the exhibit's gonna happen anytime soon (I still hope we'll get to see it once Vagabond becomes an all-time classic :judo:).

And all the other changes between one exhibit and the other were most likely slight adjustments so it could blend in the different environments. That's what it looked like when we followed that blog he made.



Quote from: http://www.itplanning.co.jp/news.html
Sorry for the inconvenience to worry Temashi.
So much wrong body, has received a dock dock brain and heart.

Test results are not unusual! Was.
Some symptoms for some time, which lead to serious illness know that no relief was relieved. The people who visit your messages and encouragement, we are grateful.
Thank you.
I thank my parents gave birth to a strong body.
Thanks to his wife has helped in terms of careful diet.
Erakatta sometimes I have moved the body to reduce drinking.

But this is just a test, I was not able to treat the symptoms of this "real" writing is still to have symptoms. The state could do so, "Vagabond" had been scheduled minutes of posting, and received a one week rest. Thank you.

By this time, one is now felt that there are at a crossroads.
If you still continue this work will slow down some of the work, the stress (if any) good to escape and sleep properly. Balance of body, mind and balance.

More aware and not be such a regular basis, continue to speak out like this is not a natural thought. I quite understand, but I was vaguely unpleasant.

I want to do anything yourself, what do want to be.
Ask yourself one more case and proper.
My way to anyone about to say something. Chose his own road.

Itadakimashita I think the opportunity to do that again.
Thanks to health problems.

One New Year's plans to now, "Vagabond in the year to complete," that is carried over to next year and I decided in August!

Well and good, my way also.

This week, Kumamoto, spent surrounded by natural beauty in Kagoshima has excellent talent to feed. We wanted to feel what I got.

Thank you.

He's healthy! And apparently he's gonna finish Vagabond in August 2011.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on August 24, 2010, 07:16:07 PM
He's healthy! And apparently he's gonna finish Vagabond in August 2011.
Haha, he's like Yagyu playing go, he's going to continue his one year plan... by starting over! :ganishka:

Anyway, I'm happy about the former and incredulous about the latter, and I think the solution to both issues is an extended break. I actually really dislike the one year plan and that whole mentality; I wish he would just admit it didn't work, say it'll be done when it's done, and drop it. Just the thought of the material being rushed, condensed, or otherwise adversely affected because of some arbitrary deadline he's placed on himself is maddening.

He needs a call from Kentarou Miura.(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Smileys/Berserk/miura.gif)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2010, 07:19:28 PM
I actually really dislike the one year plan and that whole mentality, I wish he would just admit it didn't work, say it'll be done when it's done, and drop it. Just the thought of the material being rushed, condensed, or otherwise adversely affected because of some arbitrary deadline is maddening.

He needs a call from Kentarou Miura.(http://www.skullknight.net/forum/Smileys/Berserk/miura.gif)

Hey, it worked with Lost, didn't it? Oh, right... :schnoz:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on August 24, 2010, 07:21:23 PM
Hey, it worked with Lost, didn't it? Oh, right... :schnoz:

Oh God, I never even thought of that parallel! :???:

Thankfully, I have a lot more faith in Inoue to do the right thing in the end, whatever that may be.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Rhombaad on August 24, 2010, 08:08:43 PM
Oh God, I never even thought of that parallel! :???:

Haha, I'm sure it'll be fine. :carcus:

Thankfully, I have a lot more faith in Inoue to do the right thing in the end, whatever that may be.

So do I. Besides, it's not like his end date of August 2011 is set in stone. It'll probably get pushed back the closer he gets. I just want it to end well and not be rushed, like you said.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on October 01, 2010, 06:06:47 PM
Quote from: http://www.itplanning.co.jp/newse.html September 6, 2010
Cicadas.

I've never seen so many dead cicadas as I have this Summer. One day at
the end of August, I went to the park and their bodes littered the ground
like somebody had just taken a bucket and thrown them everywhere. I saw
that as some type of metaphor. I've probably been clinging to it up until
now, but this is the end of some of my beliefs. I'm going to erase the
loud voice, and instead turn my ears toward my inner voice which I've
probably forgotten to listen to.

I'm grateful to the lives of the cicadas who provided me with a chance to
think things over. I guess every instant has the possibility of spurring
such a change.

Well...

My original intent was to have Vagabond start in Morning again with the
9/2 issue. I even announced it here. But I had issues with my health
after that.

After consulting with our editors, I think I'm going to first get healthy
so I can start working again at full strength. At this time, on top of
healing my body, I want to take the chance to calmly and peacefully
personally focus on the story, which is coming to an end. Even though the
amount of time without a new chapter coming out will become longer in the
foreseeable future, I would be happy if you could take this in stride and
ask that you not be surprised by all of this.

As for Real, Vol. 10 is slated to come out this November. At the very
least, I want to be able to keep my planned pace of publishing 1 new book
a year. But I can't push myself, so things are going very slowly.
However the preparations are moving forward.

I am thankful for your understanding on all these aspects.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 07, 2010, 11:31:55 PM
I've got some kind of bad news. Inoue has made an entry in his websited titled "Stop". Gottsuiiyan has summarized (http://twitter.com/gottsuiiyan) it:

Quote
Inoue says that Vagabond is suspended with no imminent plans to resume - http://www.itplanning.co.jp/news.html (Japanese)
Quote
He also said Vagabond won't resume until he gets back the desire to do it, and misses the sense of fun he used to feel in his work.
Quote
In essence, he wrote a big apology to Vagabond fans about why he stopped working on it & explained he stopped and won't start again yet.
Quote
Oh, yeah, and Inoue said that he finished Real # 10 after stopping Vagabond because it was already so close to completion anyway.

Well, I guess that's it. Can't help but feel a little disappointed, but it's not such a huge surprise either. We can only hope it comes back someday.

Also, Inoue has set up a twitter account: http://twitter.com/inouetake
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: slan69 on December 07, 2010, 11:49:21 PM
Well, I guess we'll never now what happened with the battle between Musashi and Kojiro for some time... or maybe never. :sad: And what happened to Otsu, did she disappear off the face of the earth or what?
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 07, 2010, 11:58:09 PM


I'll just be patience and wait for Inoue to get better and inspired to continue Vagabond. I don't mind this for now.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on December 08, 2010, 12:04:18 AM
I wasn't expecting him to be back any time soon, but to make an official announcement like this... wow. I'm reminded again of Matahachi's words in volume 33, "Didn't expect to be this popular. Maybe I should run away. From here on... the tale's not so pleasant to tell."

I can't complain though, I've basically been advocating for this:

I think the solution to both issues is an extended break. I actually really dislike the one year plan and that whole mentality; I wish he would just admit it didn't work, say it'll be done when it's done, and drop it. Just the thought of the material being rushed, condensed, or otherwise adversely affected because of some arbitrary deadline he's placed on himself is maddening.

Anyway, if he doesn't feel like writing Vagabond, he shouldn't until he does again. In a way, I'm actually kind of relieved. Instead of seeing this as Vagabond being over for now, it's more like Inoue's given himself, and the series, an indefinite extension.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on December 08, 2010, 02:43:05 AM
Artists are a fickle lot. He'll be back within a year  :slan:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 08, 2010, 02:58:30 AM
He's been unhappy with being a mangaka for more than a year now, and has expressed a wish to make something unrelated to this medium, so I won't be surprised if Vagabond has come to an end. That's probably what inspired him to make the exhibition: it's both something that isn't a manga and, at the same time, the end of Vagabond. :badbone:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Rhombaad on December 08, 2010, 06:14:06 PM
Nah, he'll be back. I don't think Vagabond is over at all. It's just an indefinite break until he finds his motivation again.

I agree with Griffith. I think this is a lot better than Inoue limiting himself to just under a year to finish Vagabond. This way he'll find his motivation again and finish the series with the ending it deserves.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on December 10, 2010, 03:19:32 AM
Yeah, I don't think it's over by any means, and I'd like to think I have a pretty good read on Inoue. Here's what I said concerning his first hint that he was ready to lay down his pen:

I'm actually not too worried about this. To put it in terms Inoue would understand, I'm taking his possible retirement announcement about as seriously as Allen Iverson's. It's also hard for me to believe anyone is pressuring Inoue more than himself; at this stage of his career, whatever his contract, he can probably do what he wants (he already took a year off from Vagabond to recharge once), and most of this pressure on him probably comes from within. I don't think anyone that self-motivated is just going to stop either, for a while a maybe, but Inoue's work almost seems like a compulsion. In a sick selfish way, I'm kind of looking forward to how he will channel these feelings into Vagabond going forward (as he's already been doing). Best case scenario, his work becomes that much more personal, unpredictable, and inspired... worst case, he detaches himself and just starts grinding it out. I don't think that could happen though, even if he tried.

I'm just glad it wasn't the worst case scenario, and I'm happy I used that sports analogy, because I honestly think it's the same thing. When you're the best at something, it's hard to retire, and even harder to stay retired. Like Wally said, he'll be back. New worst case scenario... Vagabond: 20 Years Later. :guts:

Again, not even really surprised, as Eluvei pointed out, Inoue has been vocally unhappy for a while now, and specifically concerning Vagabond. Speaking of which, this text from the back of Last Manga stands out to me:

Here's what Inoue had to say about it:

"I thought "The LAST Manga Exhibition" could become an
opportunity for me, to turn the "Musashi" I depicted and
his lifetime of killing dozens of people into a positive, despite
everything.

What I'm trying to say is--

The people that read "Vagabond" all along.
The people that accepted my many twists and turns during
these 10 years, and kept following me.
I really, really wanted to make them feel good.
"I'm glad I kept reading." --
I absolutely wanted to make them feel that way.

Drawing "shadows" to draw "light."
Conflicts and killing people are "shadows."
I thought I had to draw that side, or I wouldn't be able to see
the "light."
I thought that was what I was proceeding towards.

However, even if it was something along the path to my
destination, the pictures that depict killing people, although
pictures, also had the power to unconciously hurt people's
hearts.
Unseen thorns were left remaining in the reader and the
artist.
When I discovered a part of myself that felt, I don't want to
show these to people that still have God-like, bare open souls,
like young children, I felt this was a certainty.

I'm glad I was able to draw this story at this time.
No, it had to be this time, and it had to be a "Manga drawn
in space, experienced with one's entire body," or it really
wouldn't have been possible to get across.

I now truly feel that I finally had an opportunity to depict
"light" itself.
When I think so, it all wasn't a mistake. It turned into the
exact form I was proceeding to.

Even when I depict sorrow, it is no longer sorrow without a
destination.

July 2008
Inoue Takehiko"

It's like he's not just tired of being a mangaka in general, but specifically because of the toll Vagabond is taking on him. I've been wrong before though, here was my fan-tastic take at the time:

Wow, Musashi's journey has been Inoue's and vice versa far beyond just the relationship between author and character. I'm taking it altogether, I can't really see any other way, and what's interesting is how all this co-exists; Vagabond as it continues now is both taking place before and yet spiritually beyond "the end" Inoue has depicted here. For Inoue, is The LAST Manga Exhibition an epilogue, or is that what the rest of Vagabond is now?

Well, now we know what it means for the rest of Vagabond. :ganishka:

Finally, since this might be our last Vagachat for a while, I thought I'd share my convo with Wally about this. I basically covers the rest of my feelings if I haven't made them clear:



Griffith 7:23 pm
"Didn't expect to be this popular. Maybe I should run away. From here on... the tale's not so pleasant to tell."
Walter 7:24 pm
    ?
Griffith 7:24 pm
    Matahachi in volume 33. =)
Walter 7:24 pm
    ah, havent bought mine yet
Griffith 7:25 pm
    Well, you have plenty of time to catch up.
    It's the last volume as things stand.
    You've followed Inoue longer than I, and there's already precedent with his break after 20, but is this... usual?
Griffith 7:26 pm
    Did he ever burn out on Slam Dunk?
Walter 7:27 pm
    nah
    it was differnet though
    it was for Jump, and they have very strict deadlines
    and since he was young back then, he couldnt just let it slide on his name.
Griffith 7:27 pm
    Plus, the material had to be more lighthearted.
Walter 7:27 pm
    quality suffered at times. the art is very, very simple.
Griffith 7:28 pm
    It's like this is killing him.
Walter 7:28 pm
    it's much more circuitous than Vagabond, as far as pacing and direction.
Walter 7:28 pm
    what's the newest word on Inoue?
    i know he's expressed frustration or difficulties
    but... has he said IM DONE?
Griffith 7:29 pm
    Yep.
Walter 7:29 pm
    wha? really?
    jesus...
    what a way to end
Griffith 7:30 pm
    http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=10392.msg193391#msg193391
    Well, it's more an indefinite break.
    STOP
    For now...
Walter 7:30 pm
    very weird
    is there precedent for something like this?
    like, other series?
    ive never heard of something like it.
Walter 7:30 pm
    i wonder what his plans are.
    like, what's replacing Vagabond, if anything?
Griffith 7:31 pm
    He just says he's not starting again until it's fun again... uhhh.
    I don't know, the guy has seemed tortured for a while now.
    I think he might hate his series. =)
Walter 7:31 pm
    hehe
    he's so close to the end though
    i mean, you can almost reach out and touch it
Griffith 7:32 pm
    http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11141.msg179313#msg179313
    I also think he's a bit lost.
    Like, he doesn't know how to end it.
Walter 7:32 pm
    "Even more a conclusion than the actual releases will prove to be?"
Griffith 7:32 pm
    I mean, everything he says about it is conflicted.
Walter 7:32 pm
    CORRECT
Griffith 7:33 pm
    Maybe he feels the same way about the last manga as you. =)
    "Well, I've seen the end already"
    And yeah, fitting.
Walter 7:33 pm
    no kidding, I think the Yoshioka 100-man-battle broke him.
Griffith 7:34 pm
    It gave him PTSD.
Walter 7:34 pm
    wasnt that where the release pacing started to drift off
Griffith 7:35 pm
    He's still done 6 volumes since then.
Walter 7:35 pm
    thing is, that volume,w hat is it, 26? is awesome
Griffith 7:35 pm
    But there's been no... arc since then.
Walter 7:35 pm
    quality wasnt suffering
    yeah...
Griffith 7:35 pm
    Other than the prison stuff.
Walter 7:35 pm
    there've been great moments to be had, but a lack of direction.
Griffith 7:35 pm
    He's sort of wandering as much as Musashi is.
Walter 7:35 pm
    and thats not a problem, per se.
Griffith 7:35 pm
    Lost in the woods.
    Yeah, I've enjoyed it.
Walter 7:35 pm
    but apparently it is for  Inoue.
Griffith 7:36 pm
    But it suggests he's not any closer to finishing.
    Like he wants to, but can't without settling./
    "They fight, Musashi wins, Good enough."
Walter 7:36 pm
    Artists are a fickle lot. He'll be back within the year =)
Griffith 7:36 pm
    Yeah, I'm not worried.
    Enjoying the ride.
    Guy seems so pained though, they're just cartoons Inoue!
    They didn't really have families. =)
Walter 7:37 pm
    heheh
Griffith 7:37 pm
    "I killed them."
Walter 7:37 pm
    and yeah he's diverged from the "historical approach" so much he shouldn't be overly concerned with that stuff, if it's weighing him down.
    just stuff id like to tell him
Griffith 7:38 pm
    I think its the opposite problem, he's undecided what HE wants to do with it.
    Going the historical route or following MUSASHI would be easy.
Walter 7:39 pm
    ah, yeah
    the bookend for the series has to be substantial
    i get that
    i dunno though... i feel he could come up with something
    i have a great visual in my head of what it'll be like
    and he can do better than that
    Just draw Mushi and Kojiro on the beach, not squaring off but dueling with sticks =)
    the end
Griffith 7:42 pm
    He already has them walking away on the beach together in LAST manga.
    Also, the way he seems to feel about, like he's done a terrible thing here
    His writings makes it sound as if he's been chronicling a romanticized version of Hitler's life. =)
Walter 7:43 pm
    he needs to visit Miura. needs a mentoring session
Griffith 7:44 pm
    Like Musashi can't be redeemed.
    Or hasn't been in his eyes.
Walter 7:44 pm
    i got that sense too
    but, i dont feel that.
Griffith 7:44 pm
    We're on the same page.
Walter 7:44 pm
    and i think it's wrong for him to feel that way.
Griffith 7:44 pm
    Yeah
Griffith 7:45 pm
    If he wants to reconcile those feelings though, he could make that the motivation for why Musashi is more or less done after the Kojiro fight.
    In that case, he should make it starkly horrible.
    Kojiro's death.
Walter 7:45 pm
    hahahah
Griffith 7:47 pm
    So, I don't know, but I honestly am kind of relieved that the series has been stopped rather than rushed to an end.
Walter 7:47 pm
    its also good to know where it stands.
    before i kept thinking i was just missing the releases.
Griffith 7:48 pm
    lol
    I thought you were referencing the new Berserk anime.
    I almost did.
    "Nice to KNOW!"
Walter 7:48 pm
    what new anime? =)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on December 11, 2010, 04:02:45 PM
Interesting read this. I'm a pretty new fan to the series, and this 'time off' allows me to slow down and take in Vagabond over and over again. I've re-read the current volumes three times now, and each time I go through an arc or a certain conversation, it just hits me right back, like I can't get enough of it. The art is strikingly beautiful too, and I notice some changes in the art style with the last volume or last two (I think! He has more straight lines on faces to show shadows/ expressions than prior volumes, but it's been a while since I re-read the series, will go back teehehehe).
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 13, 2010, 04:35:41 PM
He's been posting lots of quick drawings lately, check it out:

http://twitpic.com/photos/inouetake
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on December 13, 2010, 05:33:41 PM
He's been posting lots of quick drawings lately, check it out:

http://twitpic.com/photos/inouetake
Thanks for the heads-up. Some cool stuff on there. Sakuragi from Slam Dunk, and I think that's Musashi.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 18, 2010, 03:14:42 AM
It has finally been translated.

Quote
Stopped in my tracks.

There's less than a month left in the year. Time has flown by swiftly.
It's been a rather long time since I last saw you.

First, let's talk about Real Vol. 10 which went on sale the other day.
It's been a little over 10 years since it started publication in 1999.
When I first started drawing it, I had intended for it to be able to be
read in full, but I never thought that it would continue for so long. That
being said, it's only at its tenth volume...

I've already had a chance to read some of your reactions. Thank you.

I haven't been in very good health the last half of the year and I have
gone through various changes so I've been treading somewhat of a tightrope.

Through it all, I somehow managed to get the book out and I feel even more
strongly that I am glad I did after reading all your reactions. Thank you.

And thank you for all your positive thoughts about the advertisement in
the Yumiuri Shinbun that appeared the some day. Our efforts were reward.

To our readers, everyone who helped with research, everyone on team
Real... and also just everybody -- Thank You! I hope that we can also
enjoy the next year in a great way.

               * * *

One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to wrap up Vagabond this
year.

I don't know whether that well happen with less then a month left in the year.

... I may not have expressed that in the best way.

I am very sorry that I have to disappoint everybody who had hoped to see
the ending that I had wanted to show everyone this year. I also feel a
sense of failure.. a sense of having lost the fight. With not being able
to meet a goal that I had set for myself this year.

Well... trying to wrap up Vagabond this year was a "whip" for myself, and
also a "hunch". I'll leave the "hunch" for later and talk about the
"whip". I had tried to give myself some constraints in order to give
myself strengh. It was more effective than I thought. But it wasn't quite
the right thing to have.

I got too focused on "finishing". I was looking too far forward into the
future. Of course, I did not realize that until now. But now that I've
allowed myself some space and have stopped in my tracks, I realize that is
what happened. A boxer in the 8th round who is worried about what punch
to finish off with in the 12th round is bound to lose before ever getting
to the 12th round.

My health suffered this summer and I was not able to continue my publications.
Afterwards, I consulted with my editors and we decided to take a break for a while.

I've gone through various examinations, but we haven't found a cause for
my condition, and so I stopped the magizine publications and reduced my
work load, and have slowly been getting better. Right now it's gotten to
the point where the symptoms only come out when I get too focused on
something.

This may come across the wrong way, but if I had to say it, I'd say that
for me, the amount of physical and mental stress that comes from Vagabond
and Real are 10 to 7 respectively. Therefore I felt that since there was
only a little bit of work left work for the 10th volume of Real, I could
complete it.

Now for the "hunch". I had a "hunch" that something internally was
changing in a big way, and so I wanted to bring the work to completion
before that happened.

Now that I've stopped in my tracks, I feel that it may not have been a bad
thing for the change to happen in the middle of the series. I mean, the
work has always changed as it has continued.

I wonder if that seems inconsistent. But that itself shows that it is
only temporary. I feel that even if it is your own work, letting things
go with the flow, trusting that there is a larger path then your own
consciousness will lead to a something better.

I'm in the process of getting that feeling back again. Still in the process.

I've mentioned that I am "stopped in my tracks" several times now. And
for Vagabond, it has completely stopped in its tracks.

At the time, I could not suppress the thoughts that if I didn't finish
things right then, that it would come back to haunt me later... that I
had to do things right then... which really worried me.

But after a while, I came to think that "It's not good to have to do
things right now".

"Let's think that it is something I want to do."

"And stop there."

"Who are you trying to impress when you think that you have to do things
right now?"

Of course, the readers are the reason for a manga's existencees and there
is no question that I have to impress them (and take responsibility for
it). That is the right thing to do. However, what is the limit of the
unbounded happiness inside the artist?

"Are you focused on what makes you happy?"

I've felt for some years that I have gone past the time where I could do
it just for the fun of it. That's a fact. I can't avoid having things
shroud the light of enjoyment at my center. I think that I just need to
deal with that and things will be fine.

I have a responsibility, but if my manga were to be suddenly erased from
the earth, it wouldn't be that big a deal. Since it is something that we
can live without, and since it's not a profession I entered because
someone asked me to, I think that I need to create my work while feeling
happiness from within my center.

As I was cleaning my desk, I discovered documents that were 5 years old
that had been left untouched for those 5 years. I started to enjoy the
act of wiping down the area under my chair. I wonder how much I had been
looking forward without looking at what was at my feet? I had felt this
several times before, but this time, the feeling was huge.

I decided to share my current situation and what I'm feeling -- not
necessarily with the public -- but more for the Vagabond readers.

I will let you know when we decide when and how things will start again.

For now, it is still undetermined.

I am grateful for your understanding. Thank you.

 INOUE TAKEHIKO
6 December 2010
http://www.itplanning.co.jp/newse.html
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on December 18, 2010, 09:04:36 AM
Thanks Eluvei, that's actually more encouraging than it could have been, and confirms many of the things we already thought about Inoue.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 18, 2010, 02:41:31 PM
Thanks Eluvei, that's actually more encouraging than it could have been, and confirms many of the things we already thought about Inoue.

Yeah, I can say the bitterness I expressed earlier is pretty much gone after reading this. It also confirms we must send him that letter.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on December 18, 2010, 08:24:56 PM
Pretty good read. I like how he expressed a sense of relief in the end when he cleared his desk, or the things under his chair. I can relate to that a bit when it comes to my own at work. Filed pile on, and when they reach a stage when I have to get rid of them, it feels good.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on December 26, 2010, 11:23:11 AM
(http://imgur.com/nUNJ8.png)
http://twitpic.com/photos/inouetake
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on January 12, 2011, 08:06:44 AM
http://twitter.com/inouetake/status/25071158755852288 :badbone:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on January 12, 2011, 10:14:33 AM
http://twitter.com/inouetake/status/25071158755852288 :badbone:

Good to know he's keeping an eye on games. Relax Inoue, we'll be here for your return.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 01, 2011, 10:56:10 PM
 Inoue's 18-Meter-Tall Vagabond Mural Looms Over Tokyo  (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-05-01/inoue-18-meter-tall-vagabond-mural-looms-over-tokyo)

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A mural that manga creator Takehiko Inoue drew of his Vagabond lead character Musashi has been blown up several stories tall and plastered against a store tower in Tokyo on Sunday. At 18.2 meters (about 59.7 feet) tall and 10.3 meters (33.8 feet) wide, the painted samurai is now larger than the 18-meter-tall life-size Gundam figure.

Inoue originally drew the mural over the course of 12 hours on a 3-meter by 1.7-meter (10-foot by 6-foot) canvas. The food maker Nissin used three video cameras to record Inoue painting every brush stroke, and it edited the footage into a television commercial that encouraged Japan one month after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai). Next to the mural is another giant ad with the commercial's tagline: "In this country, there is untapped strength."
That looks pretty cool
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on May 04, 2011, 08:28:03 PM
That looks incredible maan ... wow, if I were driving I'd crash my car every time I'd pass that street.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on October 04, 2011, 01:35:37 PM
BUMP

Article released on Oct 02, 2011 :carcus:

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/10/02/vagabond-takehiko-inoue-creates-a-samurai-masterpiece/

‘Vagabond’: Takehiko Inoue creates a samurai masterpiece

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To my eye, Takehiko Inoue is the most extraordinary draftsman working today in manga or comics: His ability to draw the human figure in any pose and from any angle puts him in the rarified company of Burne Hogarth (“Tarzan”), Hal Foster (“Prince Valiant”) and Milt Caniff (“Terry and the Pirates”). “Vagabond,” a fictionalized account of the life of samurai hero Miyamoto Musashi, is his masterpiece to date.

Musashi (1584?-1645) is a Japanese national hero: One of the greatest swordsmen in history, he was also a skilled artist (with works in painting, calligraphy, sculpture) and the author of “A Book of Five Rings,” a treatise on strategy. (It’s still studied in Japan, and gained a cult following in America during the 1980s as a way of understanding — and fending off — Japan’s surging economic power.)

Inoue based “Vagabond” on “Musashi,” Eiji Yoshikawa’s sprawling historical novel. “Musashi,” which has been filmed seven times, is often compared to “Gone with the Wind”: history not as it happened but as people like to think it happened. Yoshikawa presents an endless series of separations, reunions and fights that allow his characters to strike heroic poses and deliver speeches: Musashi; his feckless childhood friend, Matahachi; Otsu, Matahachi’s beautiful ex-fiancée, who loves Musashi; the irreverent monk Takuan.

Although “Vagabond” also rambles, Inoue trims many of the digressions and deepens the psychology of the characters. In Yoshikawa’s version, Musashi’s father was “only a country samurai” whose family once served a noble clan. Inoue makes him into a cruel disciplinarian: Musashi’s struggle to become “invincible under the sun” grew out of his desire to surpass his father.

Inoue discards Yoshikawa’s duller chapters, focusing on action sequences suited to the visual format of manga. In the novel, Sasaki Kojiro, Musashi’s greatest rival, is an overcivilized young fop who drops in and out of the story as needed. Inoue devotes a substantial portion of “Vagabond” to the origins and training of Kojiro, whom he depicts as a deaf-mute with a childlike delight in his dazzling skill as a martial artist.

Inoue first won widespread attention for “Slam Dunk” a hugely popular manga series about high school basketball. But in “Vagabond,” those broadly comic images gave way to powerful pen and brush lines that showcase his polished draftsmanship. Even when he draws a close-up of a foot touching the ground, the reader senses the weight of the entire body and the intention behind that step.

The influence of the films of Akira Kurasawa can easily be seen in “Vagabond.” Like Kurosawa, Inoue uses black and white to create a rich but subtle palette of grays. His elegant pen and brush lines capture the power, beauty and horror of the bloody duels. When Musashi fights Inshun, a young monk who is the master of fighting with a pole similar to a Western quarterstaff, Inoue shows the moves each combatant executes–and the intensity of their concentration in the face of a formidable opponent.

But “Vagabond” takes the reader beyond mere feats of derring-do. When Musashi strikes a foe with a wooden bokun (practice sword) or his razor-sharp katana (long sword), Inoue communicates the pain of each blow. In his climactic battle against 70 students of the Yoshioka school whose leaders he’s defeated, Musashi is badly wounded in one knee. In Yoshikawa’s novel, he heals in a few paragraphs and is none the worse for wear; Inoue draws him barely able to stand, unsure if he will ever walk normally again. Inoue’s Musashi also learns from this terrible encounter that “invincible,” the title he sought so fervently, is “only a word.”

Inoue, who has sold more than 157 million books worldwide, has put “Vagabond” on hold. The ten volumes published to date by Viz (and priced at $19.99 each) are as far as he’s taken the story — although he’s only a little more than halfway through the Yoshikawa novel. He’s been concentrating on “Real,” his manga series about wheelchair basketball players, and did paintings to celebrate the 750th anniversary of an important temple in Kyoto. Inoue also created “Smile: Pray for Japan,” images drawn on an iPad with the app Zen Brush, to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross to aid victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Even a cursory glance at “Vagabond” shows that manga and graphic novels have a greater artistic potential than even devoted fans suspected—when they’re drawn by a talent of Inoue’s stature.

– Charles Solomon
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Gobolatula on November 26, 2011, 01:26:00 PM
Johnny the Newsbringer presents:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-11-25/vagabond-inoue-receives-award-from-hometown
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on January 23, 2012, 02:58:15 PM
http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/11/07/video-pepita-takehiko-inoue-meets-gaudi-trailer

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Award winning manga artist Takehiko Inoue's (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond) interaction with the work of Spanish Catalan architect and craftsman Antoni Gaudi (1852 - 1926) will be the subject of a book and DVD, Pepita: Inoue Takehiko meets Gaudi, set to be released in Japan on December 12th. The books and DVD, which feature photos and skteches from Takehiko Inoue's trip to Spain, explore the creative process and the idea of genius, themes that the manga artist has explored in series like Vagabond.

If you click the link, there's a trailer for what's on the DVD.

I've been looking for it and finally found a copy yesterday, picked it up. My dumbass dumb dumbity dumb self didn't realize in my frenzied state of mind that the Region 2 video wouldn't work on my PS3. So now, I'll look for a player that can. The book itself is rewarding to view, page by page. Everything unfortunately is in Japanese. I guess this is motivating enough to rejoin the Japanese language class I went to last year. Sorry for the blurry pictures >_>'

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/20120122_192032-1.jpg)

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/20120122_191856.jpg)

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/20120122_192055.jpg)

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/20120122_192218.jpg)

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/20120122_192239.jpg)

Under the DVD, there's a slot with a book-style post-card set (12 for each month) which also acts as a monthly calendar. I brought Jan to work
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on January 23, 2012, 03:04:17 PM
My dumbass dumb dumbity dumb self didn't realize in my frenzied state of mind that the Region 2 video wouldn't work on my PS3. So now, I'll look for a player that can.
I might be able to help you with that. Most standard DVD drives in computers can have their region altered a set number of times. Mine has 5 changes built in, but there are ways to restore this number, if you really want to know...

To change your region, first go to Device Manager. The quickest way there is windows key+pause. Then click Device Manager on the left-hand side. In Device Manager, look for CD/DVD drives. Under that heading, locate your DVD drive, right click it, go to properties, then the DVD Region tab. Once there, you should be able to figure it out.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on January 23, 2012, 04:25:29 PM
Oh wow, thanks a lot Walter. I'll try it tonight and cross my fingers that it all works! Thanks again.

I posted about the DVD on the other topic (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=12444.msg203543#msg203543), if anyone wants a quick review or info on the DVD/ Booklet, please let me know and I'll be happy to share.

Here's a quick recap of his news from the last few entries -

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http://kenplatz.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/building/news/20111111/555251/

"Not that I was attracted to Gaudi," said Takehiko Inoue, manga artist
2011/11/14
GaudiTakehiko InoueSagrada FamiliaBarcelona
By Takehiko Inoue Representative Man has the greatest cartoonist of contemporary higher calling, traveled to Barcelona in order to reinforce the representation of the picture. The range is determined, by the architect Antoni Gaudi's world famous works are represented in the Sagrada Familia. Inoue asked to contribute to the Gaudí not drawn. (Ken Pratt)

My knowledge about that Gaudi would never have above-average Japanese. Go to Barcelona, ​​we have still heard たくさん, yes indeed does not change. I am a amateur cartoonist of such construction, had no interest in that world.

The request is received and at one time or another. Why was that I took this job in what was drawn.

This, remember that this time is also approaching deadline of the first motive, or that the feelings come aboard Imaichi?

No different, that question is always the thing would be heard in an interview.

Do not think so, but rather the image is still in my Gaudi, if things remain in the realm of distant exotic adult, to have the feel of a person that might be a step now.

First, I felt attracted to this work anywhere.

Perhaps rather than the building, that building (creatures?) Had led to interest in the people who make no doubt Gaudí.

That person, we are looking for flora and fauna and other natural motifs.

That person, orderly nature, the underlying form "management" heading Hugging the utmost respect, it seems to let his 息Dzuka the heart of what makes it known that it comes according to me is not ignorant raises the excitement and unfathomed Ooo, be it.

But abstract words, I make a comic in there "frame" that want to rid the. Most of the world thinks, "cartoon" or what would What. It is probably one of the frame. Have defined themselves unconsciously most of the world's inhabitants and their cartoonist "manga" is. It is one of the frame. Promises to deliver a lot of people, fashion, and symbols. Provided today prior to his work, his frame is projected to now.

Whatever the case manga, sturdy frame is covered with hard, from what appeared to be complete in it but that is guarded, became interested in what is going to leap over its borders. Not like a loon for sale and also easily be cut off and say, from the inside if there is something inevitable, like so compelled.

Broken egg shells must come a time. Unbreakable egg inside the shell is dead.

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4th November 2011

Barcelona, ​​Gaudi, pepita

Leaving in May 2011, Spain went to travel and research in Barcelona.
Architect Antoni Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, known for (e) • The Gaudi touch the work, the footsteps, and the creation of human species and its journey into one's heart goes out to what I was.
This may sound somewhat lofty ones say, but I lay such construction. Chittomo was not such a thing. Those mentioned in the journey, people I met, whether this was in the form of what appeared in his time (with DVD) or "pepita" get entitled to 12 December. (Spanish meaning of that species pepita.) has received a request for a some time ago. Why was that I took this job in what was drawn. Are looking for, came out取Ri持Tsu who have an email sent to me between this work and how the original order earlier this year. The meeting heard about it was the fact it looks like the end of 2010. This was in the mail. "(Dear) for the Catalan architect Gaudí is interested not know much. and to serve you wan to do a job do not know exactly though! go to Barcelona because the spring anyway somehow just sounds fun We want to cod. (Abridged version) " While we are in何Tomo irresponsible. Too loose. However, the thought certainly that time, this is in line with the trend that it's great for me. In the side street that dead end and somehow I felt rather than those in the mainstream. There are several progressive in their homework. Musashi called homework. Shinran called homework. Merely stood still in the beginning of one of its subjects, but also presumptuous that homework is a major sin in the sense that his heart is in the mainstream. Feel what is in that same stream for me also touch on Gaudi. How should I say Well, I would not touch the essence of that. I was sent to school without studying much, which desire springs gradually and actually want to learn now. Even though, you want to learn particularly where the essence is not the exact answer to the question of what is, not necessary to distinguish it from pure imagination it oneself, like a few assumptions. Information in the first place knowledge at the beginning, people who can understand the scale is quite seem. And my to-do, will Gaudinari Musashi, or if that person was a "fact" by showing it is not properly investigated. The person behind the "truth", in essence, it aims to show the journey to know whether people get there. The premise is, if you follow the person deep inside everyone, there is a desire to have led to square one. It relies on there. If so, in the life of individuals, will also want to hit the truth of the moment Gaudí. These work without it is not contrary to fruition. In the scuffle the whole body rather than the head. Left with feeling, it's bad for secondary力N構Etara. Want to be like a baby. Have fun and fortunately able to work. Oh, Oh, speaking of fun, there was surprisingly little late this week deployment. Fold that of the sculptor Bruno interviewed Sagrada Familia. When Bruno is in the middle of carving a prototype of the door of the gate, the door was carved with the characters closely. From the flow of the story Futoshita So I try to add a passage of Japanese also were told to write a statement and Kurenai. To me.

Yes?

Why do not you and your autograph original carved 起Koshitara.

No that, but it is the gate of the Sagrada Familia, the real, eh?

I just thin, not thick handwritten font is more, eh look if there is an interesting character.

Yes, that's right.

He always came up'll write.

For exampleーーー exact conversation was flowing like big streaks do not remember. Let us listen to half the story well, and as I write I write from being employed if not useless, in a hotel room that night, the passage from the Bible written in Japanese. In brush and ink borrowed locally, write the same sentence until it fills all got a bunch of半紙chose what seems better and best. Gaudí teacher while How am I feeling, what's this expansion and the edges were encountered in this work and felt a thick Yappari What a thing. In a side street that was for me a strong feeling that I have rather thick in the mainstream. According to hear, its doors are finished間近Rashii Bochibochi

-Takehiko Inoue 
11/4/2011
 
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April 18, 2011

http://nike.jp/nikebiz/news/other_110418.html


Takehiko Inoue and his collaborative project with NIKE
"NIKE AIR ZOOM BRAVE IT IV"
combines inspiration and innovation of Nike's Takehiko Inoue
Nike Japan Corporation and, in Cartoonist "Slam Dunk" The collaborative project with Dr. Takehiko Inoue, author of the basketball players for the Japanese club activities, combining to give them a strong inspiration and innovative technologies to improve performance basketball shoes "NIKE AIR ZOOM BRAVE IV IT" on sale from May 14 to.

Original design by Takehiko Inoue product so far with Nike, Nike limited edition to commemorate the opening of Harajuku in November 2009 "NIKE HYPERIZE" was developed with the popular sell out within hours of sale. Now, Takehiko Inoue's "me to a pulp with the activities of high school students, to make a pair of shoes as you can become a favorite" The players love it more and more club activities To deliver, that planning and development of Japanese players in order to improve quickness "NIKE AIR ZOOM BRAVE IV" and, DRI excellent quick-drying sweat-items used in daily training activities employing the FIT "Nike DRI-FIT IT club activities S / ST Shirt ", which made a joint product of two high-performance design. "NIKE AIR ZOOM BRAVE IV TI", "Nike DRI-FIT IT club activities S / ST Shirt" is starting a new season, according to a new challenge for the Japanese players club activities, such as plans to sell more Nike Harajuku May 14 has.

Known as the "courage" of the moment have no hesitation to deliver the best quickness, basketball shoes were developed to support the Japanese player's weapon will speed up. The entire shoe sole to upper, specially drawn down by Takehiko Inoue, the club activities are carved scenes. Always look down at your shoes when you wear, the back of the tongue is "Draw your own wish," "Listen to the voice of a" named by Mr. Inoue, Yale has been embroidered on the young athlete.
Graphic TEE as indispensable in the daily practice of the club activities. Nike DRI-unique features that include FIT, which is always pleasant to work on practice.

(http://nike.jp/nikebiz/img/news/110418/01.jpg)

Known as the "courage" of the moment have no hesitation to deliver the best quickness, basketball shoes were developed to support the Japanese player's weapon will speed up. The entire shoe sole to upper, specially drawn down by Takehiko Inoue, the club activities are carved scenes. Always look down at your shoes when you wear, the back of the tongue is "Draw your own wish," "Listen to the voice of a" named by Mr. Inoue, Yale has been embroidered on the young athlete.

Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on February 08, 2012, 08:07:57 AM

Anime News Network (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-08/vagabond-takehiko-inoue-to-resume-manga-next-month)


Quote from: animenewsnetwork.com

Manga creator Takehiko Inoue revealed on Wednesday that he is planning to resume his Vagabond series next month. The next installment is now being colored.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Truder on February 08, 2012, 09:29:12 AM
YES!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on February 08, 2012, 02:23:44 PM
Supacool, thanks Branded~san.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Rhombaad on February 08, 2012, 04:39:50 PM
At last! Thanks for the update, Branded! :serpico:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Uriel on February 09, 2012, 12:01:55 AM
Glad to see someone beat me to the news!

Yeah, I'm stoked to have Berserk and Vagabond back in full swing!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 01, 2012, 07:48:33 AM
Glad to see someone beat me to the news!

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-29/vagabond-manga-return-slated-for-march-15 (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-29/vagabond-manga-return-slated-for-march-15)

I beat you again!  :ganishka:
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An announcement in the March 1 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine states that Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond samurai manga will resume its serialization in the magazine on March 15 after a roughly 18-month-long hiatus. The series will resume as monthly installments, published on the third Thursday of each month, with chapters twice as long as before. The March 15 issue will feature Vagabond on its cover, and the 44-page-long chapter serialized in the issue will feature color pages.
 
Inoue revealed on his Twitter account earlier in February that the series would resume in March after being put on indefinite hiatus in 2010 due to health issues

Whoo hoo, more pages!! :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Rhombaad on March 01, 2012, 05:23:03 PM
Thanks for posting that, Branded! That's excellent news! More pages per chapter! Yes! :mozgus:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on March 02, 2012, 09:09:11 AM
Hell yeah :guts:!!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on July 30, 2012, 06:15:22 PM
BUMP - FYI - for those wondering/ interested, there was no Vagabond episode in this month's (July's ... it's been coming out every 3rd week of the month since it was reinstated) Weekly Morning issue.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on July 30, 2012, 07:33:01 PM
BUMP - FYI - for those wondering/ interested, there was no Vagabond episode in this month's (July's ... it's been coming out every 3rd week of the month since it was reinstated) Weekly Morning issue.
Has it really been coming out all this time? Man, I'm so behind! Viz should get their act together.  :puck: Looks like Volume 34 has a March 2013 release date, according to Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Vagabond-Vol-34-Graphic-Novels/dp/1421549301).
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on July 31, 2012, 12:18:30 AM
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET, thanks for the heads up on Vol 34 Walter, put it on my phone to visit KinoK that week ^_^.

Since Vagabond's resumption this year, he's been pretty on-time with it with just the July skip. Nothing on the website about the skip and I've been a bit busy this past month to pick anything up on Twitter, but will check for any hiatus messages.

Here's a snapshot of the issue numbers (for anyone interested) and 3 covers outta 4 had Musashi drawn on em (if it helps entice anyone to buy em :carcus:)

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/Morningissuenos.jpg)

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/Mushicovers.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on August 31, 2012, 03:19:11 PM
Inoue is covering the wheelchair basketball Olympic games currently.

Speaking of Volume 34, here's what Inoue recently said - "Vagabond, Volume 34 revision fixes done good. · I write because I think I'm glad I wrote, so let's not be forced from the edit for some reason, "Give me the good manuscript" and even though there is between writing or until the deadline." (Per the translation my browser did)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on October 23, 2012, 08:07:14 PM
ITS OUT!! VOLUME 34 officially comes out today (Japanese Edition) :guts:

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/V34_zps04aead0b.jpg)

ISBN: 978-4-06-372947-4

Also, below is his recent post (pardon the translation, it's from Google Translate). I had no clue he was the Assistant Couch of the Japanese National team.

Quote
Once a celebration of sport, Paralympic Games was held in September in four years.
I was the tournament that was held in London as an assistant coach of Japan national team.

Many thoughts and memories are clogged too.

I want to write I, honest ...

So I decided to write a column divided into several times.

(Towards the London Paralympics)

After the 2010 World Championships two years ago, I became the assistant coach of the Japanese national team.
At that time, under the super-elite sports greatly cut the rudder, Japan has the world's wheelchair basketball leaves the result of 10th and worst World Championships.

Signed a professional contract with the world's top players, club teams in Europe, was to strengthen the team.
In Europe, there is a club team tournament championship.
It is similar to the shape of the football you have a mechanism, such as ceria A and Premier League, UEFA championship there.
also the last two years that I was appointed to the national team, there were many times the offer of a professional contract in Japan national team from European teams.

That the Turkish team Galatasaray but still a new team, a contract with the top athletes in the world just a hefty contract, made ​​several times to win the European Club Championship tournament this.
Should also referred to as a result, his first in Turkey Paralympics in London, I broke their opening qualifying round talent, America.

In this way, with the help of the world's top players, all over Europe have been working on the development of wheelchair basketball.

Australia, who won the gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics, was loaded (professional agreement), sent out into the world to experience the athletes actively.
Plan of 300 international matches over the past four years, he was preparing to also second consecutive.

The world will continue to strengthen with the "stage of the world" on its own.

World of wheelchair basketball will develop rapidly!
It was the start of the in such.

I did participate in the first Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China in December 2010.
In overcrowded: in the roar of "Jayo! (Oil pressure meaning good luck)", their opening qualifying round was China.
From frigidity or not take the rhythm from beginning to end, Japan was defeated by a narrow margin.
Japan I have continued much the Asia No.1.
I felt the fear that we will break that stronghold.
Chinese athletes are collected in one place from all over China, has been strengthened in the national policy to this day earnestly.
Speed ​​of development is different.

China to go through qualifying but lost to second place, play a rematch with China, in the final revenge, Asian No.1 title he somehow protect.

Towards the top of the world from here, no time to lose in challenge!
Just when I thought,

3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Japan national team players, more than half of the staff had get a direct hit of this disaster.
Shed a confirmation email to safety if they have spare time, after a few days, I hope the safety of the players and staff of Sendai and Fukushima.
MAX Miyagi practice gymnasium had been the core of the team is a victim, was disabled long-term use.
Players who have worked in nuclear power plant in Fukushima, I was lost in my future while feeling a lot of pressure from the public.

Notwithstanding home also was carried away by the tsunami, the head coach he has contributed to many things about life beyond rescue, reconstruction of the city, the imagination.
As an assistant coach, who was next to me heard a lot of really unbelievable happening.

Among them, I kept the basket.

However, during the time-out in Japan, the flow of wheelchair basketball in the world, and it was a development to proceed regardless.

Over a berth in London Paralympic Games, in November of that year the Asia-Oceania qualifying was held in Korea.
Welcome to head coach when the coach of Australia to host this qualifying, won the gold medal at the Atlanta Paralympic Games, South Korea is a rival, and was preparing to vigilantly.
Australia Korean War determines the # 1 passing, challenged over the rest of the frame 1.
In the seesaw game, the last game was tangled up all the time.

First 0.3 seconds remaining in 4Q one point, led by Japan.

Foul Japanese team is blown, became a free throw ace Korea.
We can no longer be. Just pray.

Since the 1988 Seoul Paralympics local, South Korea towards the Paralympics for the first time in 24 years participated.
Asia? 1, Japan, over qualified for Paralympics has taken over the years.

I was multiplied by the historical game.

I was watching from behind the head coach while sitting on a bench, standing on the court side.

"No more, no bad things happen. Happening! Absolutely wrong,"
I felt very strongly so dearly.

Also missed free throw with 2.

Dohyogiwa, I somehow survived.

Basketball for the first time in my life, I have tears welling.

I just won a berth but still.
Opponents are a lot on it.

Enter into the Year 2012 Paralympics, while participating in a number of international competitions, representative of Japan, he went forward to prepare for London.
Also close to the narrow margin in Europe expedition was going to lose everything continuous.

"While defeated, it will be strong."

It was the only way to take us.
I went one by one crushed issues seen from defeat.
In full of things that can not be, staring at their own weakness, his players, he will continue to move forward step by step.
I became little by little and strong.

Just to imitate the way of Europe and the United States, I can not win the West.

What is the strength of Japan?
There was a need to consider it seriously.

The theme is finished,
"sum" and "denseness"

You can dissect an opponent, make a precise strategy, will continue to run with the sum
That's when things go wrong, you can use the most of the power of this sum.
The players began to practice this under the theme itself.

Indeed, Japan's best team was completed.

And London!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on October 23, 2012, 08:08:53 PM
That's great news. The cover is fantastic too. What's with the new logo?
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on October 23, 2012, 08:21:05 PM
He mentioned the new logo earlier this year, let me look for my post ... there! http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11028.msg209762#msg209762 ... it's been part of the new episodes. I'm not decided whether I like it or love it as yet :azan:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on January 19, 2013, 06:35:07 AM
Quote from: http://www.viz.com/manga/print/vagabond-volume-34/16114
Release Date: 03/19/2013

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/34.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on January 19, 2013, 02:39:08 PM
YES! Thanks for this news!

The December issue of Weekly Morning had Inoue's art on the cover, my copy will get to me early February and I can't wait to read that episode. Will keep you guys updated.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on January 29, 2013, 07:53:50 PM
Here's the google translation of Inoue's latest missive:

Quote from: http://www.itplanning.co.jp/
Vagabond 2K13

Physical condition is not good through the end of 2012 beginning of the year 2013, the year has dawned unsatisfactory feeling weak for even now I am lean. Well personally if what situation (or do nothing) or do what one can do in that situation, go spend heading pleasure in it like that is probably a human social standing.

When I look back on the old year belatedly, then you can talk about Vagabond 310 published in the last issue of the end of the morning, it may have been one of the most happy moment was in 2012 personally.

I think when you are talking about this one, I personally only, and because there was such a rewarding feeling. Because I felt an instant sense to quite understand the relief found in the series Vagabond, all of which was a road that leads to here (and future) properly, surface plate of Othello such as changes to the color of them all yourself. For people who want to say "thank goodness" will spring out, I put that amount of energy in the manuscript.

If all does not mean that just because no one talking about this one, I would become a series of new discoveries, while also ahead. I think that should enjoy the encounter with the story, and you want each time greeted with a flat mood.

Shake fueled rapid-fire feeding stimulation, anxiety, cartoon reach such a goal is not the way.

Takehiko Inoue

2013.01.17

I think things have taken a turn for the better. :iva:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on March 25, 2013, 04:04:43 AM
He either currently still is or left Paris!

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/Paris1_zps86be31b8.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on September 25, 2013, 06:39:46 PM
Pepita 2 comes out in a few days - http://ec.nikkeibp.co.jp/item/books/223590.html

Here's a video for the release - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-53TdNYGFk&feature=youtu.be (interesting to see some similarities in the video to the current Vagabond episodes :carcus:)

Pepita's Japanese and English versions have some differences, I forgot to post about them, will do this by the weekend.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on October 18, 2013, 02:50:55 PM
I hit up Kinokuniya last night real quick to pick up Pepita 2 and REAL 12, they've put up a nice display dedicated to Inoue's stuff. New Vagabond volume comes out next Wednesday as well. 

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/20131017_183904_zps0aa365e7.jpg)

They switch it up every month, last month was for Toriyama, prior to that it was Araki, Oda, Tatsuo Hara, and Attack On Titan.

EDIT: sorry I couldn't take close ups, pictures aren't allowed inside =_=
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on November 07, 2013, 02:47:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68llV8AMQeI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Recently uploaded video of Inoue. According to the video's info it says (Google translated) - "Message Inoue Takehiko, author of Slam Dunk, Real and Vagabond, thanking the award received in the nineteenth Barcelona Manga Manga as best author, and apologizing for not being able to attend."

I'll prolly pause every frame and translate it in Google either tonight or tomorrow, for a transcript since I don't understand Spanish text.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: m on November 07, 2013, 06:59:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68llV8AMQeI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Recently uploaded video of Inoue. According to the video's info it says (Google translated) - "Message Inoue Takehiko, author of Slam Dunk, Real and Vagabond, thanking the award received in the nineteenth Barcelona Manga Manga as best author, and apologizing for not being able to attend."

I'll prolly pause every frame and translate it in Google either tonight or tomorrow, for a transcript since I don't understand Spanish text.

I watched the video and decided to try to translate it for you, though I'm not much of a translator. I hope I can do at least a little better than Google.

Hola soy Inoue Takehiko (Hello, I'm Inoue Takehiko). Greetings to all the people that will attend "Salón del Manga", Barcelona. I'm Takehiko Inoue.

Thank you very much for reading my manga, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

It's been almost 400 years since the cultural exchange between Japan and Spain started. Last year I published a book called "Pepita", in which I share my views on Gaudí through drawings and words. Next year, Tokyo will host the Gaudí Expo, which is currently being organized by people from Japan and Spain. I will also be involved in the expo.

I just received an email regarding "Salón del Manga" of Barcelona, where I was notified that thanks to the votes from the readers I was awarded the award called "Gran Premio" (Grand Prize). Thank you very much, I'm truly honored; particularly because I was selected by the readers, which is something that makes me really happy as a mangaka. Thank you. I won't be able to attend "Salón del Manga" this year, but I hope that in the near future I will be able to meet with all of you. I can't wait for that day to come.

Thank you very much.

Hasta luego! (Until next time)

Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 07, 2013, 07:57:13 PM
You're right on it Mo. Even Inoue's Spanish it's good pronunciation
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on November 08, 2013, 03:24:12 PM
Thanks for translating that, m!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on November 22, 2013, 04:32:35 PM
Inoue talking to a wrestler ... reminds you of Shiratori?? Heh.

Google translated the original text, apologies in advance.

(http://youngjump.jp/real/realtalk/images/rt_title1.jpg)

Quote
Truth of wrestling hen became a feature unexpected ...

Suzuki - I have read with pleasure all the way in '30 the "Shonen Jump" I love comic tell the truth, and you let me read much work depicted in the youth magazine Inoue teacher.

Inoue - Thank you.

Suzuki - So this time, wrestling knitting began suddenly in the "real" Nde, Become What? "Eh" (laughs). It 's is from near the end of the 12 volumes that's books. We did not expect it when you rush to leave that wrestling ed.

Inoue - It did not think even my own (laughs).

Suzuki - Have a lot you are reading the comics teacher, for example's I depiction that does not draw only to the person who was doing the basketball to the "SLAM DUNK", Tan exudes a real great depth of the club, is such as Mendokusa the Desuyo. There have drawn most in wrestling editing of "real" why.

Inoue - It is an honor to me to say so towards the professional wrestler. For wrestling, I feel like did not draw if you do not 's what I am after all I got to. Such as the swan, even if the way of life of the heel that is doing a cool face in the table and to include various things in practice, and something like the coolness of the more normal If I had the time of the 20's I think I was trying to draw in pursuit. The Na I would not draw the focus on something like that heel like.

Suzuki - Will do there is also a career that kind of life, but I view is sharp teacher after all. Oh, I was out in the "real" Come to think of it! Once, wrestler that floated fearless laugh by wearing a black towel and bang in the color page is has come out, there is not it (laughs).

Inoue - Oh, and cover (laughs).

Suzuki - Moreover, "accustomed to" month ". -" Copy is has become I, I thought! "Oh, or month, rather than 's wind" and (laughs). At the same also the scene of the goods department of the venue lobby, to buy wrestler like me obviously (laughs).

Inoue - I was allowed to draw Come to think of it (laughs).

Suzuki - I thought the "...... Naa 's there? Me this." For many years, it's really thought you are asked to read the comics teacher, I'm not partitioned explained in words even if something happened. Now that you do not finish explained that, I also do can imagine on its own lot.

Inoue - It is the view of those who are reading '30 the "jump" indeed (laughs). In other words it is that "there is room" I. Because there is a place that is left to the reader to interpret me after all, "people who know me this is known, it is good at it without you able to understand Apart" Tteyuu. I'm think you are making in the sense As long beyond the hurdle of certain entertainment as properly, and to include something in the above that he has.

Suzuki - The I comes through is that so very painful and is done the trick. There was a lot of wrestling comics in the past, but by all means, written description is I would come in, "I'm not go to undergo even this painful technique" Tteyuu when that was done the work and Bakon to the other party. It is great to have undergone a place that must be received that, something like that. But I want to tell and we'll be doing wrestling really, I want to watch more of the guy who did a great skill. How to Get the do not care really Nantes pupil. But know about Knowing I wrestling, "He shines so" or "He is not seriously injured because How to Get good" or, I'm lead to the view of the side a little. Was not it Nde I like this cartoon.

Inoue - The Tteyuu? "How to get someone to read who" after all in there. Becomes I anybody has really familiar with wrestling at a rate how much in the reader, I think that it is therefore better for people not familiar with readers of "real" is more probably, or concerns, such back like a professional wrestling in reverse, and painted it, this part of to does not make sense to stand. I met it's it 's such or should I Egakere on the assumption that such people not familiar to read, and because I have watched wrestling so well myself after.

Suzuki - It was good that professional wrestling is very essential, and we'll like to tell really usually is - was it something included in that work full. At the same there is a scene or came out feeling people on the side are watching the wrestling (Hanasaki full), but I found that I get such as letter full of the children of facilities such as child car chair actually. And also to be visited or actually such as such facility. Then, the body does not move freely, but they, someone to keep an eye on professional wrestling, like I are a best I very often in what you are moving.

Inoue - I like professional wrestling is larger players Isubasuke car.

Suzuki - It will do a professional wrestling, rather than 's Martial Arts other Why?

Inoue - I guess why. Winning or losing the game or you will was important such as MMA such as K-1, but I do not care about there wrestling will do not ... divided, but where Tteyuu contains "something that is not only winning or losing" is greater I do not may.

Suzuki - Get it. I found that I mean that the game in order to compete for the winning or losing of course, but the applause of Tteyuu such as or sent towards you lose when I finished it there as professional wrestling unique. I, I put out a DVD of the 25th anniversary of his debut this time, but I did you chose a lot on your own game to be recorded in it. Soshitara in the game which about half is lost (laughs). I like "Do not pick me either, Bakka game losing by yourself why."

Inoue - I'm's gonna be in the unconscious among Suzuki's criteria of such side you are watching.

Suzuki - I also happen to do not know yourself. But, speaking in that martial arts other, I was put in the DVD also game that you've done with (Jushin Thunder) Liger in MMA rules in Pancras era, but I prevailed, that game is my life and yet The'm such date of change.

Inoue - It means that the day you decided to Suzuki's return to wrestling again?

Suzuki - That's right. Are you sure that wash the feet again with that game, I'm done with the intention of leaving active duty. The play against liger is thinking of quitting players without regrets now, I'm've see the enlightened world and Buwa~tsu on the other side of the liger and if you win. Where it is thought to be "! Want to do Yabee, professional wrestling."

Inoue - I'm not familiar with the background of the game, but it would do was decided that why liger players and Suzuki-san fight in the ring of Pancras.

Suzuki - I was there are various factors at the time, but the one was great most to be "do not show unless absolutely young players of the future." I'm have got his chance to show what 's professional competition of that too is gradually went on even MMA, desperate to win.

Inoue - I too have seen from the PRIDE MMA. Martial Arts wrestling other than to be a win-loss-oriented as well.

Suzuki - MMA right now from doing high-level game terribly, it is now the world Tteyuu still funny, but the one Tteyuu ten years ago it was a time when so much is also not ended up yet. So they did not may become a collection of human beings "because whatever good at judging just want to win" only Tteyuu. No, I do not think so. I dont show to be absolute "under the philosophy of this kind of thing is a professional, Pancras'm started" from Tteyuu. The thought that I Na passed to me please "After" confidentially When you are show it.

Inoue - I see. Pancras era is a translation was "professional wrestler" The Suzuki much.

Suzuki - The "real", I have a full exchange or something like a mind of my era of the neighborhood, is part of overlapping as you. So I was talking a while ago, but that your teacher has given him to draw an essential part of professional wrestling, I am truly grateful to be with it was him to draw things strike a chord in my heart.

Inoue - Is outrageous. Welcome here, I support you in the future.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on February 16, 2014, 06:41:38 AM
Inoue is putting Vagabond on a 4 month hiatus starting this Thursday and will resume on June 19.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-02-16/vagabond-manga-to-go-on-4-month-hiatus
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on February 16, 2014, 02:31:04 PM
Inoue is putting Vagabond on a 4 month hiatus starting this Thursday and will resume on June 19.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-02-16/vagabond-manga-to-go-on-4-month-hiatus
I'm at least 4 months behind, so no big deal  :void: It's nice that he gives lengths for his breaks, but it seems a little problematic to me.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on February 17, 2014, 08:31:07 PM
His schedule could be pretty busy. There's a Gaudi exhibit that'll go on display in Barcelona in April, plus the Japanese Foreign Ministry appointed him as one of three goodwill ambassadors to Spain up until end-July.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on April 24, 2014, 01:38:26 AM
Inoue appeared in a press conference via Skype on the Gaudi exhibit/ collaboration - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWCYMYaFvuo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Fun to see his mannerism at 3:33 or 6:40, something we've seen him draw Ito or Musashi do ^_^. No subtitles unfortunately. The YT channel says this -

Quote
Korabore by cartoonist Inoue Takehiko on behalf of Japan and the great architect Gaudi in Spain this summer, application exhibition will be held in Roppongi.
The exhibition press conference that took place on April 9, Inoue Takehiko stay in Barcelona is the Skype relay appearance! Trade Description: "Special Exhibition Gaudi × Inoue Takehiko - source of creativity that synchro -" 7 days July 12, 2014 (Saturday) to September (Sun) Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F) Opening hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (last admission 19:30) :0570-063-050 inquiry (10:00 to 20:00) Lawson Chike~tsu To in TV Asahi event web
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on May 31, 2014, 05:51:10 AM
Inoue helps make record breaking sheet of Japanese paper and will use it as a canvas for an exhibition called "Gaudí x Takehiko Inoue - The Source of Synchronized Creativity"
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-05-25/takehiko-inoue-helps-make-record-breaking-sheet-of-japanese-paper/.74861
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on June 03, 2014, 06:31:28 PM
There's a video of Inoue's Synchronized Creativity exhibition - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da_lZCDJ3v0#t=0

This exhibition will be held at Mori Arts Center Gallery (52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower) on the 12th and 13th of July.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on November 07, 2014, 04:07:28 PM
[XX Manga Hall BCN] Interview with Inoue - http://ramenparados.blogspot.com.br/2014/11/xx-salon-manga-bcn-entrevista-takehiko.html

By the way, those Slam Dunk Jordans he briefly speaks of in the interview sold out so quick, I couldn't get a ticket (pre-order) cos I reached the line late and couldn't grab it online on the day it came out. Bloody hell.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 07, 2014, 05:28:29 PM
So, we don't know yet when he will resume vagabond. He still seems like he wasn't having fun lately with it.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: ghats on December 22, 2014, 12:49:22 AM
Hello everyone
does anybody got any news about the vagabond hiatus ? almost a year now, I've searched all the web and no news..
why the hell do I only like mangas that go on hiatus...
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: MASTER-AMIR on December 22, 2014, 07:43:01 AM
Quote
Hello everyone
does anybody got any news about the vagabond hiatus ? almost a year now, I've searched all the web and no news..
why the hell do I only like mangas that go on hiatus...

Inoue said that manga will Return this fall But still nothing happened.
he working on REAL manga too very busy.i think we should more wait
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Mangetsu on January 06, 2015, 02:39:07 AM
And so it return's

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1484122_831180933608133_1075469844390402615_n.jpg?oh=ac8b0c13c83fc5afa1d473a181d8063a&oe=553F3A53&__gda__=1428320026_0670d362714bf323c1fa79c8baca85e5)


I am so fucking happy  :guts:
It is slated to return on the 29th of January.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on January 06, 2015, 03:11:54 AM
Wow, that's some Kojiro hype. I'm a volume behind, but it seems like it's been forever since we've seen him.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Kaladin on January 06, 2015, 03:50:25 AM
YES! THE HIATUS IS FINALLY OVER :ubik: :ubik: :ubik:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on January 06, 2015, 04:36:34 AM
i just been reading the last volume not to forget too much. great news, thanks!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Constantly_Shaved on January 06, 2015, 12:49:39 PM
It is slated to return on the 29th of January.

I´ve just finished the last Volume a few days ago ! I sure am lucky I didnt have to endure the almost 1-Year hiatus.  :ganishka:
Really looking forward to the epic fight thats about to go down !
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: SpaceyLauss on January 06, 2015, 10:46:43 PM
It is slated to return on the 29th of January.

This is awesome news! Thanks Mangetsu!
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on March 10, 2015, 04:30:58 PM
There's a new feature on Inoue-Gaudi in an upcoming Brutus magazine and comes with a special appendix - creative notes & illustrations sheet. Info below -

(http://i.imgur.com/o5D1aLL.jpg)

http://magazineworld.jp/books/paper/5001/
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on April 26, 2015, 01:16:45 PM
Inoue drew the character Naruto for a Naruto Premium Fan Book (source JUMP) -

(http://i.imgur.com/2llsPDf.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on April 26, 2015, 06:02:29 PM
Looks... kinda... generic?
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on April 27, 2015, 02:01:00 PM
Slam Dunk vibe and I agree. Here are the other drawings -

http://i.imgur.com/cSULXNP.jpg - Rock Lee by Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball)
http://i.imgur.com/x1uVkl7.jpg - Rock Lee by Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
http://i.imgur.com/uGPmwAQ.jpg - Jiraiya by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (Toriko)
http://i.imgur.com/caiVjk2.jpg - Naruto by Haruichi Furudate (Haikyuu)
http://i.imgur.com/Nimk3tR.jpg - Gaara y Dosu Kinuta by Kouhei Horikoshi (Boku no Hero Academia)
http://i.imgur.com/qoqiR0w.jpg - Sasuke by Hiroyuki Asada (Tegami Bachi)

I like Oda's the best.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Mangetsu on January 21, 2016, 08:38:28 PM
Inoue's tribute for Dragonball's 30th anniversary!

(http://i.imgur.com/YduKUYm.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Johnny Apples on January 22, 2016, 03:21:38 AM
Inoue's tribute for Dragonball's 30th anniversary!

(http://i.imgur.com/YduKUYm.jpg)

That's awesome!!  :ubik:
I really dig Takehiko Inoue's less cartoonish and more realistic interpretation of Goku.  I wonder how other DB/DBZ characters would have come out looking like if they were drawn by Inoue.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on February 11, 2016, 04:50:43 PM
Vagabond's being re-released by Panini and it's different than their earlier (and cancelled) run ... I like the spine. There's some vague info about a signed copy or signed copies that might go on sale. As I get some clarity on it, I'll update this post.

(http://i.imgur.com/8ocx1Ul.jpg)

Available for pre-order (some sources listed below), releases end of February.

Amazon: http://goo.gl/pUrkjg
Fnac: http://goo.gl/H5VKSS
Jworld: http://goo.gl/P62gOf
Universo Lumina: http://goo.gl/A04Wql
Livraria Travessa: http://goo.gl/VGMXb6
Saraiva: http://goo.gl/k6Q7g0
Livraria Cia dos livros: http://goo.gl/BAqIBY
Livraria Cultura: http://goo.gl/jqBEzw
LigaHq: http://goo.gl/AGSOim
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on July 08, 2016, 02:38:49 AM
I saw this new Vagabond illustration at Viz Media's booth at Anime Expo. It's a tribute to Viz Media's 30th anniversary as a company.
(http://i.imgur.com/QCfuP9L.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on April 12, 2017, 03:30:02 PM
^ that's gorgeous.

Below is a recent drawing by Inoue for the Kumamoto International Manga Festival.

(http://i.imgur.com/afjYm0i.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Johnstantine on April 16, 2017, 09:54:35 PM
^ that's gorgeous.

Below is a recent drawing by Inoue for the Kumamoto International Manga Festival.

(http://i.imgur.com/afjYm0i.jpg)

Not a fan myself, but that's absolutely fantastic.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on April 18, 2017, 05:23:48 PM
This is just a mean tease. No sign of Vagabond for what, more than 2 years?
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 08, 2017, 08:53:13 PM
So, it's been two years since any new Vagabond was released, almost as long since Real volume 14 came out, and aside from the illustration above as far as I can tell from researching the status of both series (zilcho), Inoue himself (little, except that he did Slam Dunk), and finally his twitter, Inoue has basically become an ambassador/promoter/illustrator-at-large to Japanese basketball clubs. See for yourself:

https://twitter.com/inouetake?lang=en

Maybe we should organize Musashi and Kojiro Basketball clubs in Japan and solicit Inoue to draw illustrations of what the mascots of these two teams dueling might look like to promote the big game! :carcus:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on May 08, 2017, 10:04:28 PM
Maybe we should organize Musashi and Kojiro Basketball clubs in Japan and solicit Inoue to draw illustrations of what the mascots of these two teams dueling might look like to promote the big game! :carcus:

:ganishka: aye aye! He was briefly in the US for a Lakers game couple of months ago ^_^. Ohhh yeah, he was also the brand ambassador to the Gaudi exhibition and took trips to visit Gaudi's works a few years ago before releasing the Pepita art book and two companion, smaller sized books.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on May 09, 2017, 02:20:29 AM
The other day I was watching a Japanese reality show about young people asking each other out on dates (don't ask), and a member of the typical panel of commentators that these shows usually have compared a guy who plays baseball to Hisashi Mitsui, and the entire panel seemed to know exactly who he was talking about. It surprised me, even though I knew Slam Dunk was very popular in Japan.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 09, 2017, 04:29:04 AM
:ganishka: aye aye! He was briefly in the US for a Lakers game couple of months ago ^_^. Ohhh yeah, he was also the brand ambassador to the Gaudi exhibition and took trips to visit Gaudi's works a few years ago before releasing the Pepita art book and two companion, smaller sized books.

The Lakers this year? Oh, poor Inoue; he'll never feel better now. But yeah, it's strange that he's almost more like some presenter at this point.

The other day I was watching a Japanese reality show about young people asking each other out on dates (don't ask), and a member of the typical panel of commentators that these shows usually have compared a guy who plays baseball to Hisashi Mitsui, and the entire panel seemed to know exactly who he was talking about. It surprised me, even though I knew Slam Dunk was very popular in Japan.

Oh yeah, it's wild to me how that's the enduring basis of his celebrity; Vagabond has sold over 80 million volumes, twice as many as Berserk, and it's like nobody gives a shit about it anymore. He's defaulted back to being the famous basketball manga guy. I mean, it's understable given Slam Dunk's popularity, but it's still weird how transcendent it is, like beyond being a highly successful and, until recently, working mangaka. It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Johnstantine on May 09, 2017, 11:52:19 AM
Oh yeah, it's wild to me how that's the enduring basis of his celebrity; Vagabond has sold over 80 million volumes, twice as many as Berserk, and it's like nobody gives a shit about it anymore. He's defaulted back to being the famous basketball manga guy. I mean, it's understable given Slam Dunk's popularity, but it's still weird how transcendent it is, like beyond being a highly successful and, until recently, working mangaka. It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.

That would be like people recognizing Miura for Japan over Berserk :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: RaffoBaffo on May 09, 2017, 12:17:49 PM
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Johnstantine on May 09, 2017, 12:43:01 PM
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].

I understand, but I've heard more of Vagabond than I have Slam Dunk.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on May 09, 2017, 02:52:17 PM
The other day I was watching a Japanese reality show about young people asking each other out on dates (don't ask), and a member of the typical panel of commentators that these shows usually have compared a guy who plays baseball to Hisashi Mitsui, and the entire panel seemed to know exactly who he was talking about. It surprised me, even though I knew Slam Dunk was very popular in Japan.

You're talking about Terrace House on Netflix, aren't you :farnese: and yeah I thought that was a cool, funny little reference, too. Slam Dunk is mentioned a few times on that show, including by a model who apparently reads it in her spare time.

So, it's been two years since any new Vagabond was released, almost as long since Real volume 14 came out, and aside from the illustration above as far as I can tell from researching the status of both series (zilcho), Inoue himself (little, except that he did Slam Dunk), and finally his twitter, Inoue has basically become an ambassador/promoter/illustrator-at-large to Japanese basketball clubs. See for yourself:

https://twitter.com/inouetake?lang=en

Pictures of his cats and promotional art for basketball events? Sounds about right. It seems to me that his priorities in life changed. He's getting older, and I can understand him not wanting to be chained to these series forever. But my god, why not finish the story before going into the great post-manga hereafter? Vagabond is/was close to a potential conclusion when we last left it. I figured it was maybe 2-3 years off from a finale, but that was 2-3 years ago.


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It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.

It makes sense though. Slam Dunk is incredibly popular, even today. Consider that it was a basketball manga serialized during the time of the fucking Dream Team -- probably the biggest international milestone for basketball in living memory. Anecdotally, I think its success is due in large part to bringing in a lot of non-traditional readers to manga. Even those who maybe didn't stick with it remember it from when they were young. Also it had an incredible ending, and didn't peter out like many serialized series do.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on May 09, 2017, 03:04:47 PM
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].

157 million copies as of January 2017 per an article I'd read earlier this year ^_^.

The other day I was watching a Japanese reality show about young people asking each other out on dates (don't ask), and a member of the typical panel of commentators that these shows usually have compared a guy who plays baseball to Hisashi Mitsui, and the entire panel seemed to know exactly who he was talking about. It surprised me, even though I knew Slam Dunk was very popular in Japan.

You'll hear a second reference on that show's Aloha version/ season, giving nod to another character from Slam Dunk :slan:. It took me by surprise as well when it happened in a "Whoa, COOL!" way.

Oh yeah, it's wild to me how that's the enduring basis of his celebrity; Vagabond has sold over 80 million volumes, twice as many as Berserk, and it's like nobody gives a shit about it anymore. He's defaulted back to being the famous basketball manga guy. I mean, it's understable given Slam Dunk's popularity, but it's still weird how transcendent it is, like beyond being a highly successful and, until recently, working mangaka. It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.

You articulated what I've been feeling so well. Anyone new I meet who talks anime or manga with me don't really know of Vagabond, even if they've been watching anime or reading for the last 7-8 years ... or in the last decade to play it safe. Sometimes they look at my phone sticker or wallpaper and ask where I got it from, you know. It's unfortunate and it almost makes me want to wish I was carrying a volume or two on me so I could put to paper what I was describing to them. It's also a little disheartening to see some of his art in the last 2 volumes drop (while other details are still great like backgrounds or the plot which I know is slow and has been met with criticism but I still enjoy the melancholy and the struggle of Musashi at this point in the story), and can't help but compare it with how Miura's art is not on still on point but gets better or might I add, pushes the envelope with every volume. I'd love for Inoue to get back to focusing on REAL or Vagabond on a daily so ideas/ art/ everything else comes back to him seamlessly without much of a struggle or writer's block.

EDIT

You're talking about Terrace House on Netflix, aren't you :farnese: and yeah I thought that was a cool, funny little reference, too. Slam Dunk is mentioned a few times on that show, including by a model who apparently reads it in her spare time.

Goddamnit Walter, you beat me to it and I was keeping it a bit of a secret for his sake. But we're all in on it!! :farnese:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on May 09, 2017, 04:40:15 PM
But we're all in on it!! :farnese:

Honestly, this is more surprising than the Terrace House people being into Slam Dunk. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 09, 2017, 11:46:54 PM
That would be like people recognizing Miura for Japan over Berserk :ganishka:
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].
I understand, but I've heard more of Vagabond than I have Slam Dunk.

It would be more like if Miura had done Fist of the North Star before Berserk. =)

Pictures of his cats and promotional art for basketball events? Sounds about right. It seems to me that his priorities in life changed. He's getting older, and I can understand him not wanting to be chained to these series forever. But my god, why not finish the story before going into the great post-manga hereafter? Vagabond is/was close to a potential conclusion when we last left it. I figured it was maybe 2-3 years off from a finale, but that was 2-3 years ago.

Yeah, it's a catch 22, he's had numerous chances to just wrap it up, moments where he's shown the fucking island of the duel, Kojiro's arrival in Kokura, Musashi being recruited to go, AND... 4 volumes of farming malaise! But, at the same time, if he's just going to do a shit job because his heart is not into it, and he cares enough not to end it that way and THAT'S why he *Jerry Seinfeld voice* REFUSES TO DRAW, then I can live with that because I don't want it to end that way either. He's talked pretty frankly about his physical/mental/creative struggles:

Quote from: https://mangabrog.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/takehiko-inoue-the-vagabond-hiatus-interviews/
Inoue: Well, speaking in terms of what I want to do: As I said before, I really don’t at all have the urge to work on it right now, but  I do know that if I don’t work on it, I’ll be in trouble down the road, and that’s basically what was keeping me going up until I went on hiatus. I don’t think that’s a good way of going about it. My hope is to stay away from Vagabond until all those unnecessary worries and emotions are gone and I’m ready to draw it because I want to draw it. I’m not sure if I’ll be allowed to wait that long, though.

I see this hiatus as sort of a death for myself as an artist, which sounds like a pretty dramatic way to put it, I realize, but there’s so much baggage that I’ve been dragging along for so long, and I know I’ll become a much better artist if I shed all of that. After I return to that state of innocence, the manga I make will be several times better than what I’m capable of now, I’m sure of it. If I prematurely go back to working on it before that, I’ll just end up going through this all over again. I mean, I’d manage to churn out something decent, I suppose, sheerly out of a sense of professional duty– but it probably wouldn’t be anything outstanding. Although, really, the fact that I’m still talking about making it something “outstanding” is itself a sign that I’m still carrying that baggage around. Anyway, I’m not touching Vagabond for now, because I think that’s what I need to be able to eventually produce something that feels right to me.

Yeeesh... but I'd rather he leave it at that and unfinished than do a completely uninspired, perfunctory ending where even HE doesn't understand what he's trying to say about Musashi. At least the potential is still there, and there's hope in some of his previous hiatuses:

Quote from: https://mangabrog.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/takehiko-inoue-the-vagabond-hiatus-interviews/
Inoue: There was a period after the Kojiro arc, between volumes 20 and 21, that was a really rough time for me, so I set the series aside for about a year. The urge really built up inside me during that time, so I remember really enjoying the work when I started doing volume 21. It even came through in the art: the characters’ faces changed a lot, because all that pent-up urge to draw made me extra attentive to every little detail when I got back to work. It really does show on the page when you come back to a manga after a break, so in that sense I don’t think going on hiatus is all bad.

In my opinion this was the total peak or apex of the series, the culmination of Musashi's journey in volume 12/13 was great, the Kojiro arc was even better, but that was when it all came together... but it also exposed the flaw in the series. Musashi's overarching series rivalry with the Yoshioka basically supplanted Kojiro as his main rival(s), and Inoue tried to correct this with the Kojiro arc, but obviously ran out of gas before he could complete the much bigger and more ambitious story that signaled, so I feel like he kind of blew his wad bringing Musashi's arc with the Yoshioka to completion because that's what he setup for payoff from the beginning, not Kojiro. Maybe if Musashi had met Kojiro earlier, had he taken the place of Koun for instance, a Musashi analog in many ways, perhaps it would have dovetailed into a more natural conclusion.

It makes sense though. Slam Dunk is incredibly popular, even today. Consider that it was a basketball manga serialized during the time of the fucking Dream Team -- probably the biggest international milestone for basketball in living memory. Anecdotally, I think its success is due in large part to bringing in a lot of non-traditional readers to manga. Even those who maybe didn't stick with it remember it from when they were young. Also it had an incredible ending, and didn't peter out like many serialized series do.

I get it, it's a cultural phenomenon that transcends the medium, while Vagabond, with all it's pedigree and success, simply isn't. I still need to check out Slam Dunk. >_<

You articulated what I've been feeling so well. Anyone new I meet who talks anime or manga with me don't really know of Vagabond, even if they've been watching anime or reading for the last 7-8 years ... or in the last decade to play it safe. Sometimes they look at my phone sticker or wallpaper and ask where I got it from, you know. It's unfortunate and it almost makes me want to wish I was carrying a volume or two on me so I could put to paper what I was describing to them. It's also a little disheartening to see some of his art in the last 2 volumes drop (while other details are still great like backgrounds or the plot which I know is slow and has been met with criticism but I still enjoy the melancholy and the struggle of Musashi at this point in the story), and can't help but compare it with how Miura's art is not on still on point but gets better or might I add, pushes the envelope with every volume. I'd love for Inoue to get back to focusing on REAL or Vagabond on a daily so ideas/ art/ everything else comes back to him seamlessly without much of a struggle or writer's block.

Yeah, it's a bit sad, though fascinating, how rudderless the series, Musashi, and Inoue has become; Musashi's struggles mirroring Inoue's own. He's either going to have some synapses explode into a brilliant epiphany or we've already seen the end of the slog, where the spiral of death and killing leads, and Inoue has found nothing there worthy of exclamation.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on May 10, 2017, 12:28:51 AM
" I do know that if I don’t work on it, I’ll be in trouble down the road, and that’s basically what was keeping me going up until I went on hiatus."

Ouch! That is incredibly damning of his passion for the story.  I'm trying to imagine Miura saying something similar about Berserk. It'd be heartbreaking.

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Yeeesh... but I'd rather he leave it at that and unfinished than do a completely uninspired, perfunctory ending where even HE doesn't understand what he's trying to say about Musashi. At least the potential is still there, and there's hope in some of his previous hiatuses:

Yeah, I agree. Better nothing and  our imaginations of where the story is headed than a definitive wet fart of an ending.

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"There was a period after the Kojiro arc, between volumes 20 and 21, that was a really rough time for me, so I set the series aside for about a year. The urge really built up inside me during that time, so I remember really enjoying the work when I started doing volume 21. It even came through in the art"

It came through in everything. When he came back from hiatus, it was inspiring. He was on fire. I remember it when it was being serialized...

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Musashi's overarching series rivalry with the Yoshioka basically supplanted Kojiro as his main rival(s), and Inoue tried to correct this with the Kojiro arc, but obviously ran out of gas before he could complete the much bigger and more ambitious story that signaled, so I feel like he kind of blew his wad bringing Musashi's arc with the Yoshioka to completion because that's what he setup for payoff from the beginning, not Kojiro.

I'm interested in hearing more, but I don't agree with this. The Yoshioka were always a stepping stone for Musashi. From his perspective his rivalry with them was symbolic, not personal. It became personal after he swept through them like a storm. But with Kojiro, even from the beginning there was more to their relationship than with any of the Yoshioka.

Fun to have an active Vagabond thread, even if it's for a somber occasion...  :guts:

Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on May 10, 2017, 09:06:34 AM
This is a belated post, but there was a collaboration between Inoue and his mentor, Hojo Tsukasa, in an issue of Grand Jump & Monthly Comic Zenon few months ago.
(http://i.imgur.com/awFVNbJ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/13wxFk0.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/k5gwtXu.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/joqgjz9.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/602sa6N.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/ZvxUSDH.jpg)

English summary of their conversation in Monthly Comic Zenon.
http://www.manga-audition.com/takehiko-inoue-hojo-tsukasa-manga-master-and-apprentice-exclusive-report/

And here's a REAL illustration at Jump Festa 2017.
(http://i.imgur.com/IppOe3d.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 10, 2017, 02:26:42 PM
Ouch! That is incredibly damning of his passion for the story.  I'm trying to imagine Miura saying something similar about Berserk. It'd be heartbreaking.

Yeah, it definitely makes me appreciate Miura's steady consistency even more.

It came through in everything. When he came back from hiatus, it was inspiring. He was on fire. I remember it when it was being serialized...

I'm interested in hearing more, but I don't agree with this. The Yoshioka were always a stepping stone for Musashi. From his perspective his rivalry with them was symbolic, not personal. It became personal after he swept through them like a storm. But with Kojiro, even from the beginning there was more to their relationship than with any of the Yoshioka.

I think that was the intention, but just as the Yoshioka arc benefited from Inoue being on fire at the time, the relationship with Kojiro has suffered from Inoue's and series' unevenness, especially lately. Like he's trying to make the Musashi/Kojiro connection this "outstanding" or meaningful thing beyond a mere sword fight, and it was certainly poised to be with the way he set up Kojiro, but for me, between the two of them individually, it always feels awkward and like Inoue is grasping at something that's not quite there yet. I mean, a lot of their rivalry is one sided or second hand (it doesn't help that Kojiro is deaf and mute, even to the audience) with people, such as Ittosai, comparing the two. That doesn't exactly get the personal juices flowing, and has anything between them been as riveting as that chance encounter with Ito? Or Musashi's individual relationships with more practical, relatable opponents like Den, Seijuro, Ueda, or even the ten swords of the Yoshioka?

The Yoshioka became more than just a stepping stone because he's already the renowned Musashi because of them, and basically was after his surprise duel with Seijuro, a gifted sword genius himself, not unlike Kojiro. That was Musashi's coming out party where everything flipped, he wasn't the underdog in over his head nymore, and everyone realized this guy had arrived and was truly different, not just from a year before, but maybe apart from anyone else... except for the almost mystical Kojiro!? It's the final question and should be the point everything is building towards, but in a weird way the overtures towards their showdown is what's felt perfunctory or like an obligation, almost like an afterthought even (Inoue tries to bring it around to that, but can't). Anyway, I feel like it's all building toward Musashi deeply regretting killing Kojiro, because he represents such purity in swordsmanship, the kind that Musashi, and Inoue, are struggling to connect to. Whereas I just want to know how he's going to get even with Ittosai; killing Kojiro? =)

Fun to have an active Vagabond thread, even if it's for a somber occasion...  :guts:

Yeah, even if we're just forcing the issue, I could probably write about any of the above topics at length.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on May 12, 2017, 12:34:06 AM
Like he's trying to make the Musashi/Kojiro connection this "outstanding" or meaningful thing beyond a mere sword fight, and it was certainly poised to be with the way he set up Kojiro, but for me, between the two of them individually, it always feels awkward and like Inoue is grasping at something that's not quite there yet.

Yeah, it is a little awkward but it doesn't stand out much, to me. The only real problem with Kojiro/Musashi as depicted by Inoue right now is that most of the development between the two has happened when they aren't even around each other.  Inoue seems to be grasping at how to develop their relationship/rivalry into something quite different from the novel, while also not wanting to put the two characters in the same space. So of course it's going to result in something slightly stilted.

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has anything between them been as riveting as that chance encounter with Ito? Or Musashi's individual relationships with more practical, relatable opponents like Den, Seijuro, Ueda, or even the ten swords of the Yoshioka?

I don't know, maybe it's not riveting, but I like the atmosphere between Kojiro and Musashi. It isn't about bloodlust, or revenge, like all of his other rivalries. It's the pure pursuit of the sword that they each respect in each other. And I think Inoue intentionally wrote in a hint of tragedy about their whole relationship, knowing where it's headed, despite these two in another circumstance could have probably been best friends. Or, maybe that's not where Inoue is headed with it, and the result of the duel will be transcendental for both of them. Will we ever find out?  :troll: ...  :rickert:

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Whereas I just want to know how he's going to get even with Ittosai; killing Kojiro? =)

 :ganishka:

Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 12, 2017, 01:34:14 AM
The only real problem with Kojiro/Musashi as depicted by Inoue right now is that most of the development between the two has happened when they aren't even around each other.

That's probably the main thing bothering me, it's a lot of tell instead of showing us why they should be so connected (though the snowman and stick fight is delightful). I also think it's a bit one-sided because when they're not around each other Kojiro is just doing whatever and it's not like we get to hear him contemplating Musashi or their relationship to each other via the sword.

Inoue seems to be grasping at how to develop their relationship/rivalry into something quite different from the novel, while also not wanting to put the two characters in the same space. So of course it's going to result in something slightly stilted.
I don't know, maybe it's not riveting, but I like the atmosphere between Kojiro and Musashi. It isn't about bloodlust, or revenge, like all of his other rivalries. It's the pure pursuit of the sword that they each respect in each other. And I think Inoue intentionally wrote in a hint of tragedy about their whole relationship, knowing where it's headed, despite these two in another circumstance could have probably been best friends.

That's true, Musashi has been indifferent at best about his opponents, at least when it comes to killing them, whereas I definitely think he'll feel bad about killing Kojiro because he's this unicorn that speaks through his sword. Whereas the novel took the whole "rivalry" to an extreme, making it almost good versus evil. Hell, Musashi still felt bad about killing him in the book and Kojiro was an grinning evil bastard in it. I appreciate that on a certain level though, Musashi evaluating the art rather than the man. I can appreciate there being something more profound than a personal rivalry at the heart of their duel though, maybe something that'll get to the point of Yagyu's philosophy, with Ittosai being the other extreme. There's also the danger of it continuing to be a bit stilted as you put it, or to paraphrase Musashi something that is purporting to be profound, but is actually gobbledygook. Another thing that was totally on point in the Kyoto arc was the philosophy and analysis of and by the swordsmen. It was simple and insightful, even if delightfully off the wall (Musashi was like a door, but became like cotton =).

Or, maybe that's not where Inoue is headed with it, and the result of the duel will be transcendental for both of them. Will we ever find out?  :troll: ...  :rickert:

Back to the whole unicorn thing... how fucked up would it be if their duel amounts to some sort of a communication first for both of them, Musashi being the only one adept enough to truly comprehend what Kojiro is saying through his sword, like they're truly talking for the first time in harmony with the sword, and then Musashi has to kill him and be alone? Quick, let's write Inoue a letter and get the ball rolling again! Inception! :guts:

:ganishka:

I'm serious, I care about this shit; Inoue's point almost seems to be Musashi is a fraud that lost all the time! Ittosai needs to be made to see Musashi's superiority either before, during or after the duel to balance the scales. It would be poetic if Musashi was able to do it demonstrating the wisdom of Yagyu since it was something that genuinely confounded Ittosai.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Aazealh on May 13, 2017, 06:44:10 PM
You guys can't say I didn't warn you to not waste your time on this shit! :troll:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Rhombaad on May 13, 2017, 06:45:44 PM
Haha, I was wondering when Aazealh was going to troll this thread. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Aazealh on May 13, 2017, 07:02:29 PM
Haha, I was wondering when Aazealh was going to troll this thread. :ganishka:

I held out for as long as I could. :iva:
In truth I find it unfortunate though...
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 14, 2017, 02:58:35 AM
You guys can't say I didn't warn you to not waste your time on this shit! :troll:

(http://www.skullknight.net/girffith/miurainoue2.jpg)

"What's tha matta? Vagabond got you pushing too many pencils?" (https://youtu.be/ftsLV5_tQY4?t=16)

I held out for as long as I could. :iva:
In truth I find it unfortunate though...

Yeah, it actually makes me grateful how Miura's approach has evolved and endured. He seems steady as ever whereas Inoue has fallen off a cliff.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Aazealh on May 14, 2017, 03:03:15 PM
"What's tha matta? Vagabond got you pushing too many pencils?" (https://youtu.be/ftsLV5_tQY4?t=16)

:ganishka:

Yeah, it actually makes me grateful how Miura's approach has evolved and endured. He seems steady as ever whereas Inoue has fallen off a cliff.

Yeah... To be fair it must be really tough, but bailing out mid-story really sucks for the readers.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Eluvei on May 14, 2017, 06:01:01 PM
Yeah... To be fair it must be really tough, but bailing out mid-story really sucks for the readers.

To be fair he bailed on attempting to tell the story before he bailed on the actual production of the manga, so we were kinda eased into it. :rakshas:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on May 15, 2017, 04:57:17 AM
:ganishka:

Miusashi defeats Inojiro! :carcus:

Yeah... To be fair it must be really tough, but bailing out mid-story really sucks for the readers.

Yeah, what's weird is it's not like something he's not good at or should cause him this much trouble, but that seems to be the rub.

To be fair he bailed on attempting to tell the story before he bailed on the actual production of the manga, so we were kinda eased into it. :rakshas:

Ouch, the long knives are coming out for Inoue. =)


It is frustrating as a fan, especially since it's stranger than him just stopping considering the alleged health issues it's caused him, but if doing it genuinely makes him feel bad there's not much to say. The "pressure" on him seems self-inflicted though as clearly nobody is in a position to make him do anything. Best case for the story is he just got a little too involved in it, is stuck right along with Musashi, and needs the time to work it out and have a breakthrough. Worst case is he's got nothing left and just needs to retire and/or do something else.
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on August 24, 2017, 12:48:24 PM
B.LEAGUE × Takehiko Inoue
(http://i.imgur.com/59Swl08.jpg)

Inoue talks with 13 players in the 1st year of the Japanese Basketball League. Releases on 9/5.

https://twitter.com/inouetake/status/900617441637617664

Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: IncantatioN on October 26, 2017, 11:40:22 AM
According to Jump World's FB page -

(this is translated)

Quote
The #48 edition of the weekly young jump magazine has revealed that publishing will launch a new magazine for the 2020 Olympic games held in Tokyo.

The New Magazine will be called "for jump", will be in A5 format and the first issue will be dated November 29 at a price of 1,000 Yen (tax not included).

The theme of this magazine will be disability and will be a collaboration between the editors of the weekly young jump and sportiva site.

Your first number will have:

1-Photos and articles about disabled athletes.
2-A manga by Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond) that will be named Kamiji! - Yui Kamiji Story-(Provisional Title) in which she tell the life of Japanese tennis player Yui Kamiji.
3-Special episode of tough saruwatari as a tough----, Judo-focused.
4-A new manga, theoretically a series of Youichi Takahashi (Captain Tsubasa) on football for the blind.

(https://i.imgur.com/FecP0xx.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Walter on October 26, 2017, 02:23:26 PM
Hmm, so ah... I guess I'll ask: What about Vagabond?
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on October 26, 2017, 03:25:30 PM
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Jump cover illustration in color.
(https://i.imgur.com/bf3nyiC.jpg)

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2-A manga by Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond) that will be named Kamiji! - Yui Kamiji Story-(Provisional Title) in which she tell the life of Japanese tennis player Yui Kamiji.
*Masahiko Aoki

source:
http://natalie.mu/comic/news/254252

Hmm, so ah... I guess I'll ask: What about Vagabond?
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Griffith on October 26, 2017, 06:53:30 PM
Hmm, so ah... I guess I'll ask: What about Vagabond?

Maybe we should rename the thread Inoue News & Not News, the latter covering Vagabond. :sad:
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: Hitoshura on December 17, 2017, 01:42:50 AM
New REAL illustration at Jump Festa 2018.
(https://i.imgur.com/n2V9xJN.jpg)

Source:
https://twitter.com/young_jump/status/942220204527927296
Title: Re: Inoue News Archive
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 17, 2017, 09:33:17 PM
Nice!!!