Interview: Sena Kondo
No one wants the most fragile parts of their hearts to be revealed. But what if it could become your strength…?
Everyone in the creative industry wants a special skill unique to them. Amazing drawing skills, brilliant story plots, specialized technical skills, etc. Amongst all these people, Kabi Nagata, the author of Hitori Koukan Nikki (Solo Exchange Diary) chose her weakness as her strength.
In her previous work, Sabishisugite Rezu Fuuzoku ni Ikimashita Report (I was so lonely I went to a lesbian establishment), she exposed the emptiness she felt, and this resonated in the hearts of many. In her next release, Hitori Koukan Nikki (in stores on December 10), she acknowledges her flaws in this personal, touching book.
Well received due to his frankness and prudence, it must have been hard for her to come to terms with the most fragile parts of herself.
We asked Kabi Nagata more about it.
I don’t mind exposing myself if it’ll become interesting content
I want to make a living off this job alone, so I aim to create work that appeal to large groups of people.
I used to search for people’s opinions and comments, and praises made me feel like I had to live up to their expectations, and criticism made me feel like I had to change this part about me. I’m really thankful for all these comments, but I don’t really read them anymore.
I can’t think of doing anything apart from manga
Conveying her strong feelings through her work
Hitori Koukan Nikki, now on sale!
Find Hitori Koukan Nikki in stores from December 10 (Sat) onwards.