- Minori Chigusa
- Illustrator, manga artist, and student. Since their debut as a mangaka in their teens, they've been gradually expanding their area of expertise to manga serialization, light novel illustration, and VTuber design.
Their works include Irozuku Kisetsu to Tonari no Kimi to and Kokoro Irozuku Koi ga Shitai.
Article by Ichibo Harada ＠HEW
An unexpected debut as a mangaka while hoping to make it as an illustrator
── What's the story of your debut?
── Nevertheless, were you hoping to make it as a creator?
── Did you talk to anyone before making your debut?
Apparently, Twitter synchronizes with your address book, so my account showed up in my parents' recommendations (laughs). But I'm relieved that it didn't turn out to be a big deal.
── What was the hard part of making your debut as a student?
── Do you have trouble balancing your schedule with your vocational school?
I draw something every day, whether at school or by myself, but I don't stick to a daily quota. I just work at my own pace, and if I'm tired I just stop. So things can be tough just before deadlines... (laughs)
I prefer character relationships to pretty bishoujo characters by themselves
── Many of your works revolve around the themes of youth and love. Have you always enjoyed romantic comedies?
── Which authors influenced you?
── Your style includes fetish elements typical of the so-called men's genres, but also the excitement of shoujo manga. Where are your roots?
── Are your readers mostly male or female?
── What kind of setting do your readers enjoy the most?
── The way you manage to portray the softness of the female body is quite impressive. What kind of references do you use?
A teacher's valuable insight about getting input
── How do you come up with the exciting situations that you portray in your manga?
── So when you get stuck, you go back to the input phase. Is there anything you keep in mind when getting input?
── Getting input comes in two ways: some try to be exposed to a wide range of genres, including those far from their own, while others tend to delve deep into the genres they enjoy, although the choice is narrower. Which is it for you?
The convenience of getting your work checked in class
── I think many readers hope to make their debut at a young age like you. What are the things one should do in their teens?
── Your graduation is your last chance to take a peek at the school's pool, isn't it?
── What do you focus on when drawing your illustrations?
"The creases on that actor's pants look really nice!"
── Have you always been drawing original works?
── What are you mindful of when creating your fascinating characters?
── I have a feeling that sometimes illustrators and manga artists look at everyday things a bit differently. Do you have any examples of that?
I guess I have a maniacal side that makes me really want to draw the wrinkles of clothes.
Chigusa's impressions after trying the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo notebook PC
── Tell us about your workspace.
── What do you look for when choosing a computer or tablet?
── You were provided with the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo, a notebook PC released by MSI Computer Japan. What were your impressions of it?
Working on this PC feels really smooth, even with a lot of drawing and erasing.
── Indeed. It's convenient how this PC also doubles as an LCD tablet, right?
── Are you currently attending all of your classes remotely, or do you go to school some days?
── What do you use your computer for, except drawing?
── That's why you should consider using the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo... (laughs)
── After trying it yourself, who do you think the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo is suitable for?
── Finally, what are your future plans as a creator?
── Thank you very much for today!