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09 February 2009 @ 01:26 am
"The Super Long Interview with Kazuki Takahashi-sensei" Translation (3)  
Well, this is the last part. I can't believe I actually translated the whooole thing. (Lol, no one will get that reference.) Anyhow, it's always nice to see how damn warmhearted Takahashi-sensei can really be. In the end, he just wants kids to enjoy YGO--in all its creepy alter egos with suicidal tendencies and giant monsters with snake dongles glory! Huzzah!!

[Rough Sketch] Making of Yu-Gi-Oh! (1) Next, inking and toning will be done to complete it. See (2)
[Inked Piece] Making of Yu-Gi-Oh! (2)

You're Not Calling Me a Losing Mutt!
--So, basically, you're saying not to get worked up over winning or losing?

It's okay to lose because each person has their own personality that won't lose to anybody that's exclusive to themselves. Having people read "Yu-Gi-Oh!" and get that message makes me extremely glad.

I don't think there's any need to get down in the dumps on parts of losing because people are guaranteed to get stronger as many times as they lose. When they lose, there is a definite meaning as to why they lost, so people who keep that in mind are likely to succeed. What you gain from losing is likely to be substantial.

Today's society seems to be stuck in a world of nothing but "winners" and "losers," but I don't agree with that. People who lose are never really 'losers,' they should take it as a step to search for more, or, a test for winning. You may have lost, but life goes on. So, please, don't ever think, "I'm such a failure," or anything of the sort. If you go about things thinking, "It's okay to lose," you'll not only relieve the shock from losing, but you'll build up the energy to go forward. I can assure you that losing has substantial merits. So, I wish that everybody tries their best and not fear losing. You could almost say that is one's true strength.

[Panel Text]
Jonouchi: I'm not gonna lose!!

The Mediocre Man's Humble Spirit
--In that case, you could say Jonouchi is very "strong," couldn't you?

Yes, you could. I believe that Jonouchi has a quite important place in the story. I think he has great potential strength. That's why a little loss would never be enough to make him give up. There are many messages I try to convey to all my readers through Jonouchi's role.

Compared to Jonouchi, I consider Dark Yugi and Seto weak characters. In specific, I draw Dark Yugi with heroic qualities, but he has his really weak points as well. In a way, the normal Yugi is overwhelmingly more strong than Dark Yugi. It's no exaggeration to say that Normal Yugi, Jonouchi, and the others' strong points help support the single 'piece' that is Dark Yugi.

[Panel Text]
Anzu: See? Peace!
Jonouchi: What's this!?

We Are Pieces of Our World!
-- The "Circle of Peace"?

That's right. I wanted to draw human society itself. I think that our society is made up of the weak's mutual support. There is no such thing as a 'perfect human being.' I think that we each have our own levels of ability, but that it's all not perfect. It's my belief that by each person turning into a 'piece' and fitting them together to form a structure, this world would be completed. Though I believe there to be many people who long to aspire to be someone who constantly wins and pursue those dreams, people just aren't that strong.

[Page from Viz Manga Vol 1 - Chapter 1]

A Hit Even Overseas!?
--It seems to be quite the hit over in America as well. You just entered a new chapter in your story, but we wish you the best of luck.

I'm happy that it's a hit in America. What makes me swell with pride was that it was after the terrorism. I'm glad that, in that world of despair, the children were able to construct a world that they wanted. I will be doing my best, so please make sure to cheer me on!
hello203hello203 on February 10th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
In specific, I draw Dark Yugi with heroic qualities, but he has his really weak points as well. In a way, the normal Yugi is overwhelmingly more strong than Dark Yugi.

Now let's stop writing crappy fics about Yugi being a weak little wimp, ok?
cypsiman2: The final word.cypsiman2 on February 10th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Seriously, that people don't get that...IT BOGGLES THE MIND!
Arien Elensar: puppyshipping seto kaiba joey wheelerarien_elensar on February 10th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much f or translating these! <3 Can anyone please link me to other interviews with KT?
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shinhoroko on February 10th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
Hmm, well, I'm going to be doing some more stuff related to Takahashi in various guide books and whatnot soon, so just keep a look out.
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shinhoroko on February 10th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Go right ahead (:
Arien Elensar: peachshipping yuugixanzuarien_elensar on February 11th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
"Hmm, well, I'm going to be doing some more stuff related to Takahashi in various guide books and whatnot soon, so just keep a look out."

Cool, I look forward to it then. Playthedamncard could use some original YGO love. :)
jiyuu_no_kagamijiyuu_no_kagami on June 10th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
this is so wow!
It's exactly what I and my sister thought
and what I told my friends what Takahashi-sensei wanted to express
(sorry, my English is horrible!<<)
could you please link me the other interviews too? (I only found 3 parts in your journal)
and can I friend you? I would be really pleased!

I always love what Takahashi-sensei says about yuugiou
It's totally well-conceived
and what he says about it is always very warmhearted

When I met him he was also very nice in person^^
shinhoroko on June 10th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
There are only three parts. Also, sure, friend away.

Ah, where did you meet him, might I ask?
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Danny Lilithbornedannys_dreams on February 11th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I always find myself shocked when I remember that YGO came out Stateside *after* 9/11. It, like, blows my mind.
anonagain: Yuuseianonagain on February 10th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
That made me smile because it's so nice to hear the interpretation of the author. Some of the things he talked about were things I didn't even realize. Thanks for translating it.
Arynis: Pegendoarynis on February 10th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
This is pretty awesome, to think Takahashi meant to express so many things with children's card games his story. I agree with his views on winning and losing, it's quite true. :]

Thank you for translating this!
(Anonymous) on February 12th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's pretty deep. It's also cool how he incorporated aspects of human nature into his characters, like Jounouchi reflecting how we should never give up after a loss, etc. And I also agree with the bit he said about it having come over after 9/11 and everything. Plus, back then, I was getting bullied a lot in 6th grade, and it was this children's card game that ended up cheering me up and stuff (and I subsequently got into the anime, and I've been a fan since). I really would like to meet Takahashi at some point in my lifetime to thank him. XD

Horoko, as always, thanks a lot for your awesome translations. :)

worldstravellerworldstraveller on March 27th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
thanks a lot Horoko with the translations, make me admire more Takahashi than I already do *o*
wouldn't mind at all meet him in person.
rigahomo on April 8th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
Beneficial info and excellent design you got here! I want to thank you for sharing your ideas and putting the time into the stuff you publish! Great work!