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2010

Volume 1

What's a song that you like to hear during the winter?
The new winter J-pop songs.

Volume 2-3

What was the last meal that you ate that you can recalling being particularly delicious?
The boiled rice I had in Taiwan when I was doing an autograph signing was absolutely delicious.

Volume 4-5

Personally, what's the best news you heard this year?
The victory at the WBC.

Editors Note: The WBC is the World Baseball Classic, which is essentially the World Cup of baseball. International teams all play against one another and Japan has won the championship at both the first and second Classic defeating Cuba and South Korea respectively. The United States did not reach the finals.

Volume 6

If you suddenly had a month off, what would you do with your time?
Editors Note: Takahashi was absent from Shonen Sunday this week.

Volume 7

When you're alone, what sort of things do you think deeply about?
What I'm going to have for my next meal.

Volume 8

Other than Sunday, are there any magazines that you've read that stand out particularly to you?
Shonen Magazine and Shonen Champion.

Volume 9

What happened the instant you decided you wanted to become a mangaka?
I said aloud, "I want to be a mangaka."

Volume 10

If you could be reborn as an animal, what sort of animal would you like to be?
A house cat in a rich home.

Volume 11

Before you die, is there a certain kind of food you would like to try? And what would it be?
Editors Note: Takahashi was absent from Shonen Sunday this week.

Volume 12

Is there an occupation you wanted to have when you were a child?
Editors Note: Takahashi was absent from Shonen Sunday this week.

Volume 13

What is your favorite home appliance?
My TV.

Volume 14

What's your favorite four kanji word?
"Kashinshoutan" (struggling through hardships for vengence).

Volume 15

What sort of things did you like to play when you were a kid?
I drew.

Volume 16

Please tell us your favorite person from the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Izou Okada was an interesting character.

Editors Note: You can read more about Izou Okada here.

Volume 17

On mankinds final day, what would you like to do?
Anything but sleep.

Volume 18

Now that spring is here, what sort of things do you most associate with the season?
Its the time of year when the cherry blossoms start blooming.

Volume 19

Which of Doraemon's tools would you most like to have?
Anywhere Door.

Volume 20

When you were a child, what was a toy you really, unbearably wished you had?
A "real monkey" plush doll.

Volume 21

What do you do when you take a break from work?
Sleeping.

Volume 22/23

In your experience, have you ever thought, "This is amazing!"
While waiting for an appointment that I was about to cancel I got called in.

Volume 24

If you manga could be turned into a film, who would you want to play the main character?
Just please make Rokumon CGI.

Volume 25

When you go to the convience store to buy something, what do you get?
Rillakuma goods.

Volume 26

What are some words to live by?
I want to get fatter!

Volume 27

What historical figure have you ever thought "I'd like to illustrate his story" about?
Princess Sen. But I don't know much about her.

Volume 28

Please tell me what songs you like to hum along to?
Kariyushi 58's "Sayonara".

Volume 29

What was the last CD you bought?
Since I've gotten older I can't seem to remember.

Volume 30

Please tell me if there is there a manga character who gave a particularly memorable speech?
At the end of Rocky II when Adrian says, "win."

Volume 36/37

Have you ever loved a particular manga character? If so, what series were they from?
Ashita no Joe's Joe Yabuki. He's so cool!

Editors Note: Dennou Yuuki Club's Shin Ogasawara listed female Ranma as his favorite, stating "Female Ranma. She was a great dream of mine at the time."

Volume 38

When you were a child, were there any manga or picture books that made a lasting impression on you?
Guri and Gura (known as Guri and Gura's Picnic Adventure in English).

Volume 39

Please tell us some things you loved about your hometown.
The rice and fish are delicious!

Volume 40

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Or is there some other kind of animal that you prefer?
Dog person.

Volume 41

Please tell us a task you would like to attempt.
To sleep.

Volume 42

Please tell us an athlete that you like.
Hanshin's Lin Weichu.

2011

Volume 26

Do you believe you can jinx yourself?
When the staff and I were drawing during the Hanshin game they seemed to lose more often.

Volume 27

Is there a secret you'd like to apologize for?
I have nothing to apologize for.

(Editors note: In answer to this same question, mangaka Yuka Katano (of Inubu - Bokura no Shippo Senki) mentions using her cram school tuition to buy a volume of Ranma ½.)

Volume 28

What is the best compliment you've ever been paid?
Interesting.

Volume 29

If you could change your image, how would you do it?
My hairdo.

Volume 30

What is an item you have a problem with?
A TV in the bath.

Volume 31

If you could recover your childlike innocence for a moment, what would you do?
I would want to read the comics I read as a child.

Volume 32

Summer is starting, how does that make you think of?
Sunlight.

Volume 33

What is a characteristic you look for in a friend?
Someone who can understand an emotional sense of distance.

Volume 34

When are you happiest?
When work is finished and I can have a breather.

Volume 35

What's the first thing you want to do at a summer festival?
The night stalls.

Volume 36/37

What makes you self-satisfied?
Nandeshiko Japan's victory.

(Editors note: Nadashiko Japan is the Japanese women's national soccer team.)

Volume 38

If you could learn a new lesson, what would you study?
Glass crafting.

Volume 39

When you were a child, how did you spend your summer vacation?
Bathing in the ocean.

Volume 40

Please tell us where your power spot is.
The futon.

Volume 41

Please tell us of a time when you tried to be courageous?
The three meter diving board. Five meters was impossible.

Volume 42

In what ways do you most resemble your father (and mother)?
I think my personality is similar to my father's.

Volume 43

What time is your favorite time of day?
The time right before I go to bed.

Volume 44

What would you do if you were stranded alone on a desserted island?
Take a nap on the beach.

Volume 45

What subjects were you good at when you were young?
Japanese history.

Volume 46

What is something a member of the opposite sex might do that would make you fall in love?
It would depend on how they looked.

Volume 47

What color do you think best describes you?
Suddenly I feel like it's lemon yellow.

Volume 48

There is clay in front of you, what will you make?
A doll.

Volume 49

What is something you've found humorous lately?
When watching Okinawan hero "Ryujin Mabuyer 2". It's very amusing.

Volume 50

What animal would you go see at the zoo first and foremost?
Tiger!

Volume 51

Please tell us a time when you've said, "I don't like it even a little!"
Coriander.

Volume 52

Please tell us how you keep working so hard each day.
These days, by arranging my archives.

Volume 53

Please give some advice to today's youth.
Do your best.

2012

Volume 1

Please tell us your motto.
Endure thick and thin to get what you want.

Volume 2

Please tell us your favorite season and why.
Early summer, because the air is refreshing.

Volume 3/4

Please tell us your childhood dream.
I had none, but I'll lie and say bus tour guide.

Volume 5/6

What is the coolest thing?
The moment someone hits a homerun.

Volume 7

Where would you recommend as a new World Heritage site?
I would request Mount Fuji.

Volume 8

Please tell us a moment when you feel tense.
When Hanshin won.

Volume 9

If you got plastic surgery, what features of your own would you change?
The speed at which I produce storyboards.

Volume 10

Sensei, please tell us about one of your weaknesses.
Anything atheletic.

Volume 11

What's the most expensive thing you've bought recently?
I bought a ring with an interesting design.

Volume 12

What was your favorite event of the year?
The first month.

Volume 13

What do you think is going to be the "next big thing"?
I don't know!

Volume 14

Please tell us what you do to get over depression?
Sleep.

Volume 15

When you hear "student days" what do you think of?
Manga Club.

Volume 16

What sort of things have you done that have made you lose track of time?
Reading.

Volume 17

If you went to outer space, what would you do?
It would be scary, I wouldn't want to go.

Volume 18

For the time being the Q&A will shift to a weekly comment from the mangaka.
Baseball season is starting soon, I'm looking forward to it.

Volume 19

Recently I've gotten into Nietzsche.

Editor's Note: This is referring to the female comedy duo Nietzsche, not the 19th century German philosopher Frederich Nietzsche.

Volume 20

I'm afraid that I want to move near this Italian store that I like to shop at when I am out.

Volume 21/22

The CD shop in my neighborhood went out of business, now I can't finish editing my mini-discs.

Volume 23

Recently I've been taking Frisk to stay awake.

Volume 24

If you could turn back time what age would you want to be?
I wouldn't want to go back.

Volume 25

Sensei, if you could change one thing in your house, what would it be?
I would like some moveable bookcases like they have in libraries.

Volume 26

Please tell us a time when you've said "Ahh!" recently.
When I dropped a knife near my foot.

Volume 27

If you became the Prime Minister what would you like to say?
Dissolution.

Volume 28

If he became a film director, what sort of film would you like to make?
A silent black-and-white.

Volume 29

If you could change your name, what would you choose?
I wouldn't want to change the stroke count.

Volume 30

Have you ever thought, "This is what I'd like to eat at the end of my life!"?
Sakechazuke (chazuke with salmon powder).

Volume 31

What's the best pet that you can raise at home?
Generally I would say a pug.

Volume 32

Sensei, who is someone you'd really like to meet at the moment?
Haruka Kinami.

Editor's Note: Haruka Kinami is a Japanese actress. Manga fans may know her from the live action adaptations of 20th Century Boys where she played Kyoko Koizumi.

Volume 33

Sensei, please tell us about hygiene.
No thanks.

Volume 34

Please share with us something that has caught your attention lately.
Mr. Kurihara, but I don't think I'm the only one to notice him.

Editor's Note: She is referring to Japanese-English male model Louis Kurihara.

Volume 35

If you could have a year off, what would you do?
Tidy up.

Volume 36/37

Please tell us a heroic story from your life.
I'm not brave.

Volume 38

If you could be reborn in a different country which would you choose?
Japan.

Volume 39

Hey there, please tell us about an annoying experience you've had.
Hanshin in 2008.

2014

Volume 40

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Turn on the television.



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