Chainsaw Man’s Fujimoto Intends to Stop Drawing

Chainsaw Man Fujimoto Aki Hayakawa

Chainsaw Man Fujimoto Aki Hayakawa

With the Chainsaw Man manga continuing to be an incredibly popular series, it may come as a surprise to some that Tatsuki Fujimoto may intend to stop drawing in the future, as revealed in a new interview.

The enigmatic manga artist was interviewed recently by Shueisha, and there, Fujimoto revealed that he wishes to be like Aka Akasaka who has recently transitioned into becoming a manga writer only.

However, this wasn’t the main topic of the interview. Instead, most of the interview featured Fujimoto talking about Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s works.

Tatsuki Fujimoto Praises Hayao Miyazaki in New Interview

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Even though Chainsaw Man's latest chapters have become big topics among manga readers, Fujimoto spent a lot of time in the interview talking about Miyazaki. After all, Miyazaki’s long-awaited new film was released just recently.

As expected, Fujimoto showered Miyazaki’s work with praise. He mentioned specifically that the first Miyazaki film he watched was Spirited Away, and it left a deep impression on him, though it isn’t Fujimoto’s favorite Miyazaki film.

That honor goes to Princess Mononoke, a movie that also features his favorite Ghibli character in Ashitaka.

Of course, he didn’t spend the entire interview simply gushing about Miyazaki’s work as he also shared some interesting insight on what makes Miyazaki’s movies so good.

He said that Miyazaki can “balance business and artistry” in his movies.

Fujimoto said he enjoys watching Ghibli films, whether he wants to pick out the style or just watch without thinking too critically.

Fujimoto also praised Miyazaki’s paneling in the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga, showing the breadth of his talent.

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Fujimoto Wants to Be Like Aka Akasaka and Stop Drawing

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A decade ago, Miyazaki said that he will retire after The Wind Rises. That didn’t turn out to be the case though as he returned for his next film, The Boy and the Heron, which has become a huge box office hit in Japan.

When asked about artists retiring, Fujimoto said he’s not sure if there’s ever a retirement for creators. Though he did mention Aka Akasaka (of Oshi no Ko fame) who has effectively retired from drawing to focus on writing stories.

Fujimoto mentioned that he wished to do the same as well in the future as he feels writing is more fun.

In fact, he even said that he hasn’t envisioned himself to become a creator that only focuses on drawing.

This is quite interesting as Fujimoto’s manga are noted for their unique art style and not just for their stories.

If Fujimoto does transition away from illustration, it’ll be interesting to see if a title with his signature themes will work under a different art style.

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Source: Shueisha

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