Rumiko Takahashi


 

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Another 100 Questions

Taken from an interview Takahashi
did with Yahoo Japan and translated by Harley Acres.

Takahashi was asked a series of yes or no questions to promote her then upcoming It's A Rumic World gallery exhibition, which opened on July 30, 2008.

1. Is there another occupation you would like to try other than being a cartoonist?

Rumiko: No

2. When you're drawing manga, do you use a lot of tools?

Rumiko: Yes

3. Do you take good care of your things and use them for a long time?

Rumiko: Yes

4. Does your daytime work carry on into the night?

Rumiko: No

5. Do you have any unpublished work?

Rumiko: No

6. Do you have a cel phone?

Rumiko:No

7. Do you have internet?

Rumiko: No

8. Are there any themes or subjects that you wouldn't draw?

Rumiko: No

9. Is your work desk always organized?

Rumiko: No

10. Have you thought of what your next series will be?

Rumiko: No

11. Is being a cartoonist work, do you think?

Rumiko: Yes

12. Do you listen to music when you work?

Rumiko: Yes

13. Do you listen to the radio at work?

Rumiko: Yes

14. Do you watch TV while you work?

Rumiko: Yes

15. Do you think you'll continue to draw for shonen magazines?

Rumiko: Yes

16. Have you ever thought about quitting your job as a mangaka?

Rumiko: No

17. Are there times when you go out to dinner with fellow mangaka or have drinks together?

Rumiko: Yes

18. Is there someone you consider your teacher?

Rumiko: Yes

19. With the exception of manga, are there some things you are indifferent about?

Rumiko: No

20. Would you like to continue drawing until you die?

Rumiko: Yes

21. Do you keep a notebook for your ideas?

Rumiko: No

22. Do you always wear an apron when you draw?

Rumiko: Yes

23. Do you work quickly?

Rumiko: Yes

24. Are there times when you get vexed when reading other mangaka's work?

Rumiko: Yes

25. Are there times when you reach the end of your limits with a story?

Rumiko: Yes

26. Is it easier to come up with the ending of a series, or to create a new one? If it's the ending, say "yes" if it's the series, say "no".

Rumiko: No

27. Is there a time in your life you'd like to return to?

Rumiko: No

28. If the world you draw really existed, would you like to go visit it?

Rumiko: No

29. You majored in history when you were a college student, does that help with your work?

Rumiko: No

30. Do you still have the first manga you ever drew?

Rumiko: No

31. Have you ever changed a character due to readers' reactions?

Rumiko: No

32. Do you follow the latest fads?

Rumiko: Yes

33. Are you a maudlin drinker?

Rumiko: No

34. Are you a merry drinker?

Rumiko: No

35. Do you like to travel during holidays?

Rumiko: Yes

36. When you had homework over summer vacation, were you the type to do it immediately?

Rumiko: No

37. Did you like school?

Rumiko: Yes

38. Would you like to return to your hometown to live one day?

Rumiko: No

39. Do you like karaoke?

Rumiko: No

40. Do you have a favorite song you like to perform at karaoke?

Rumiko: No

41. Urusei Yatsura seems to be set in Nerima, but have you ever lived in Nerima?

Rumiko: Yes

42. Before your debut, did you read Shonen Sunday?

Rumiko: Yes

43. Is Lum based on someone?

Rumiko: No

44. Do you think aliens exist?

Rumiko: No

45. Are you attracted to fickle guys like Ataru Moroboshi?

Rumiko: No

46. Were you ever prevented from using a certain gag or joke?

Rumiko: Yes

47. Do you like mah-jongg?

Rumiko: No

48. Were you depressed when you finished all 366 chapters?

Rumiko: Yes

49. Have you ever sung "Lum's Love Song" at karaoke?

Rumiko: No

50. Did you watch the Urusei Yatsura anime?

Rumiko: Yes

51. Rather than looking at something subjectively, can you look at things objectively?

Rumiko: Yes

52. Is Ikkoku based on a real building?

Rumiko: Yes

53. Have you lived in an apartment like Ikkoku?

Rumiko:No

54. Was anyone ever scheduled to live in Room 3?

Rumiko: No

55. Is Kyoko Otonashi modeled on anyone?

Rumiko: No

56. Did you always intend to never show Soichiro Otonashi's face even up until the end?

Rumiko: Yes

57. Ikkoku sits on top of a hill which makes an impressive sight, do you like towns like that?

Rumiko:Yes

58. Hanae Ichinose is a hearty woman, do you know women like her?

Rumiko: No

59. Concerning the names and room numbers, was it difficult to put together?

Rumiko: Yes

60. Do you think having a cell phone is necessary for romantic manga?

Rumiko: No

61. Do you observe other people?

Rumiko: Yes

62. Is Jusenkyo modeled on a real place?

Rumiko: No

63. Did you gather ideas by watching kung-fu movies?

Rumiko: No

64. If it was possible for you to change from a woman to a man, would you?

Rumiko: No

65. Do you read books before you go to bed?

Rumiko: Yes

66. Would you like to raise a panda?

Rumiko: No

67. Have you been to China?

Rumiko: No

68. Would you like to learn to fight with martial arts?

Rumiko: No

69. When you were little were you an active child?

Rumiko: No

70. Are you the type of person that always arrives on time for appointments?

Rumiko: Yes

71. Are there times when you think using witchcraft could be useful?

Rumiko: Yes

72. Have you ever seen a ghost or a demon?

Rumiko: No

73. If the Shikon Jewel were real, would you want to make a wish on it?

Rumiko: No

74. Is there a God?

Rumiko: No

75. Are there any historical novels which Inuyasha uses as a motif?

Rumiko: No

76. Do you read historical novels?

Rumiko: No

77. Do you use references or historical literature when you are looking for names such as Tetsusaiga?

Rumiko: No

78. Did you see the Inuyasha play in 2000?

Rumiko: Yes

79. Has anything you've ever dreamt come true?

Rumiko: No

80. Do you have all the anime DVDs of your series?

Rumiko: Yes

81. Is there a TV series that you must watch every week?

Rumiko: Yes

82. Is there a manga that you enjoy reading each week (or month)?

Rumiko: Yes

83. Do you prefer Japanese music to Western music?

Rumiko: Yes

84. Do you think you are a genius?

Rumiko: No

85. When Hanshin loses do you get in a bad mood?

Rumiko: No

86. Are human emotions clear?

Rumiko: No

87. Is there anything you collect?

Rumiko: Yes

88. Can you tell us the title of a popular tune right now?

Rumiko: No

89. Have you been to a comedy show?

Rumiko: Yes

90. Do you get tense when you see a cherry tree?

Rumiko: Yes

91. Do you have many friends?

Rumiko:Yes

92. Are you a passionate person?

Rumiko: No

93. Do you immediately trust people?

Rumiko: No

94. Do you pay attention to the ecology?

Rumiko: No

95. Do you have a pet?

Rumiko: No

96. Do you like children?

Rumiko: Yes

97. Are there any tastes that you have a fetish for?

Rumiko: No

98. Do you sort all of the manga on your bookshelves in numerical order?

Rumiko: Yes

99. Are you a worrier?

Rumiko: Yes

100. Do you have ambition?

Rumiko: No



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