SPY x FAMILY is a spy comedy manga series serialized on Shonen Jump Plus. The manga has sold over 18 million copies in total, and the animated film adaptation has garnered widespread attention.
Recently, the latest official fanbook of the SPY x FAMILY series that went on sale on May 2 revealed author Tatsuya Endo’s opinion about his brainchild. This disappointed many fans to learn that he said he “didn’t feel any attachment to his characters” and that “they were the result of giving up a lot of the things he wanted.” “. That is, he gave up his style and desire to create something based on what is popular today.
Reportedly, this official fanbook includes various interviews between authors Tatsuya Endo, Amyuu Sakura (Kono Oto Tomare!), Kazue Katou (Ao no Exorcist), and editor Shihei Lin.
Participants mentioned the presence of “attractively designed characters” in SPY x FAMILY. Mangaka Endo receives praise for coming out of her shell. Because before that he has not tried to portray or create visually appealing characters in his works so far.
However, the change in SPY x FAMILY was not his intention, surprisingly Endo is outspoken about “not sticking with the characters” and that they are “the result of giving up a lot of things”. “. The editor told him about the importance of “cool” and “attractive”, so that could mean that the mangaka gave up on drawing what he wanted to create beautiful characters. as beautiful as Yor for example.
After knowing the author’s feelings and thoughts, many fans of SPY x FAMILY said, “I’m a bit disappointed when the author thinks that he doesn’t have love for these characters” or “I think that it’s completely normal for an author to feel disconnected from a character, but he shouldn’t have said it.”
Some other comments of netizens on this issue:
– This is clearly hitting the fans’ psyche, if you know that the author is not attached to the character, it will be very shocking. However, being a manga artist does not necessarily mean that one can draw whatever they want. As a commercial enterprise, you must incorporate elements that are popular with the public in order to survive.
– Editor-in-chief Shihei Lin is a great editor. The one who has worked on hits like Chainsaw Man, Jigokuraku and Dandadan in just the past few years. For this reason, it’s no exaggeration to say that he knows how to direct manga to sell better. For Endo, whose previous manga like Tista and Gekka Bijin failed, accepting the editor’s opinion as a commercial animator was the right thing to do.
– When freelance writers draw what they want to draw, they often fail. For example, in recent “Jump” versions. “Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den” by Masashi Kishimoto is a perfect example.