With the Natsuyuki anime currently airing on Noitamina, I thought a short snippet of an interview during the debut of the series would be an timely contribution.
Editorial Department: Congratulations on the release of Natsuyuki Rendezvous 1! This volume will be the starting series for Kawachi Haruka’s Five Publishing House Relay Fair, correct?
※Natsuyuki Rendezvous 1 (Shodensha) → Sekine’s Love 1 (Ohta Shuppan) → Engawa Gohan (Houbunsha) → Hate no Hana (Shueisha) → Shinkuu Katakoi Pack (Hakusensha)
Kawachi: Thank you very much. I think I was only able to do this because the editors from each publisher were laid-back about it. As for the fair, it couldn’t have been possible without the cooperation of everyone from the editors and designers, to the salespeople and booktsores. My heart’s racing, but I’m grateful. It’s as simple as that.
Editor: I’d like to inquire about the series, Natsuyuki Rendezvous. How did you come up with the concept for this story?
Kawachi: I wanted to draw something that would make the reader seethe with jealousy. Whatever the established relationships between the three of them are, I figured there was an uncertain balance there, so I wanted to take a good look and see how far I could take them. That was my little challenge.
Editor: What things did you have to take into consideration besides drawing Hazuki, Rokka, and Shimao?
Kawachi: I noticed this while drawing the characters, but all of them are so persistent. That’s their common feature. I draw with a view of which one can hold out the longest. I wanted Shimao to gradually feel more and more alive as well.
Editor: In this issue, Shimao has been acting really outrageous, hasn’t he? Let’s see, who did you use as his model?
Kawachi: I didn’t model him after anyone in particular, but I have a friend who is a store-owner, and several others who are in management, so it was easy to imagine a person whose lifestyle was centered on running a shop.
Editor: Even after his death, Shimao becomes a ghost who can’t move on from his wife. How about you, Kawachi-sensei? What would you do if you were in the same situation?
Kawachi: I’d love to be a ghost! Being a ghost comes right after wanting to own a stationery shop.
Editor: That must have had some influence on the the appearance of a ghost in one of the stories complied in the short stories collection, “Canned Strawberry Snakes.”
Editor: Up until now, is there a favorite scene or color illustration?
Kawachi: For some reason, I think love the scene leading into Chapter 2. The storyboard was very fluffy.
Editor: Please reveal some future developments.
Kawachi: It’s going to get messy.
The woman wasn’t lying. Some of that messiness is comin’ right up!
Oh, hell! Let’s just make that double!
Thank you Lilanar, niflheim, and Lypiphera for pulling through on these chapters. Oh man, oh man. Things are getting sooooo good!