Interview: Hitomi Wada
Editorial/Photography: Takafumi Sekiguchi
Serialized in KADOKAWA's Young Ace, Bungou Stray Dogs hit a total of 4.1 million books sold. The popular anime just released its 7th Blu-ray and DVDs last month as well. You can even read it for free on the comic magazine, pixiv Ace! Apart from scenes from the anime and manga, you'll find a mix of things linked to places connected to Osamu Dazai, collaborations with Aomori, as well as with the Yokohama Education Committee.
So how did the writer Kafka Asagiri and illustrator Harukawa 35 come up with this intriguing plot? What's behind the birth of these characters and what makes this series so special? Let's find out more!
The joy in seeing something coming to life with a chemical reaction
Asagiri So when I first decided to create this series, and Harukawa 35 decided to join in, I sent the character background information over first. Just like 3 lines or so per character. And then Harukawa did up the rough sketches, and seeing them helped me come up with stories.
I focused on the eyes and silhouette of the character designs
- Was there something that changed significantly from the rough drafts?
It would be much more convenient if the author did the illustrating?!
Asagiri I was able to be relieved by the lovely character illustrations from Harukawa.