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05 May 2011 @ 07:01 pm
Cute Kubo Tweets Re Characters  

Kubo-sensei tweeted the cutest stuff about being at a cocktail party the other day and mentioned how he doesn't know how he comes up with his characters. Translation by mezzo_marinaio :

新人さんの居る飲み会に行くと必ず「どうやってキャラを作ってるんですか?」と訊かれるんだけど、上手く答 えられた試しが無い。自分でもどうやって作ってるかよく分かってないからだ。ていうか、話を聞くとパターン にハメてキャラを作ってる人が多くて驚く。そんな器用なこと俺にはできん。

Whenever I go to a drinking party and meet some new faces, without fail I'm asked "How do you create your characters?"... but there hasn't been a single instance where I was able to answer that question skillfully. That's because I myself don't understand exactly how I create them. I mean, I've heard stories... and I'm surprised that there are so many people who fall right into a pattern while creating their characters. I can't do things that skillfully.

キャラは「なんか知らないけど、いつのまにかできてる」ってのが1番正確な表現だと思うんだけど、それ言っ ても大体「??」みたいな顔をされるので、なんかそれっぽい、納得できそうな、漫画家っぽいことを言って、 毎度言い逃れてる。すまん、みんな。

On the subject of characters... I think the most accurate representation would be if I answered "I don't really understand it myself... but before I know it, they've been created". However, even with an answer like that I get "??" faces as a response. So I say something similar to that, something that would be more understandable - you know, some sort of mangaka answer. And each time, I say that and run away. Sorry, everyone.
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Relenaali_scheggiate on May 6th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
And each time, I say that and run away. Sorry, everyone.
I feel like I want to hug him, LOL.

Fantasy works in the strangest ways, he shouldn't feel sorry for not being able to explain.
Kat: Arashikat_desu on May 6th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
LMAO~ this is sooo cute. XD
Kim!: Nose Ponies!!!!spartydragon on May 6th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Lol! I'm the same way. Sometimes I'm just doodling randomly and a character pops out, other times it's a bit more deliberate, but they ultimately decide who they want to be.
redgreendressredgreendress on May 6th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Awww, Kubo! I have such a crush on him. How can a "troll" be so damn cute?
stharridan on May 6th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh my God, that last line made me LOL! XD
Super Nintendo Chalmersstrawberries_85 on May 6th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh, that last line. Kubo, how can you be so adorable sometimes? XD
mezzo_marinaiomezzo_marinaio on May 6th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
...whoops! XD

I just noticed that I translated that last line as two verbs, while it was actually a single word! *blush*

Okay, then - allow me to correct myself. :P Kubo's saying that he 'evades' each time, not that he 'talks and runs' (though the verb itself is indeed composed of the words 'to say' + 'to escape' XD).
Super Nintendo Chalmersstrawberries_85 on May 6th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh well, he's still adorable! XD
agenttexasagenttexas on May 6th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Awww, so cute! >W< But I understand how he feels, my family is constantly asking me how I invent my characters, but...I don't know how XD It just sort of happens.

<3 <3 Thanks for the post!
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Chadapprovesla_kalaka on May 6th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
I can relate with him, there is not a method, some people can work sistematically but others can't. The important thing is that your method works.
Slipstremeslipstreme on May 6th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Lol. I feel for him actually. That is kind of how my characters pop up too. I end up drawing someone really cool randomly and decide to draw him more then start giving him a back-story. Though I hate when I end up coming up with a cool character but can't come up with a good name.
Bird: Pinoko; shimmering eyesinkedfeathers on June 19th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)