On January 27 (Sun), February 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), the event “Anime Studio Meeting (Anista)” was held with WIT STUDIO as the main sponsor and studios CloverWorks, MAPPA and CoMix Wave Films as the guest companies. On the final day, February 10, various talk events were held at the two venues, Akihabara Entas, and Belsalle Akihabara, entitled as Meeting Day.
Today’s event is The Promised Neverland Production Roundtable, with CloverWorks producer Yuichi Fukushima, aniplex producer Kenta Suzuki, and Shueisha “Weekly Shonen Jump” editorial department in charge of the original manga, Taku Sugita is on the stage. The talk started with Fukushima as moderator.
The first talk theme is “About the process of turning the manga into anime”
When the serialization was started on “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine, “The Promised Neverland” has quickly become a hot topic. There were many players in the anime industry that wanted to animate it. One of them, Suzuki-san, who was involved in the animation of “Nisekoi”, presented Shueisha a proposal on making an animation.
Suzuki-san said that “Fukushima-san was still a member of A-1 Pictures, but as aniplex, he said that he wanted to work as a producer from that time.” In addition, Sugita-san commented, “Because I, of course, were very pleased with both creators. It was a dream from the beginning of the series to have the animation bringing colour, voice, and movement to the story.” did.
Although this work began its production this way, Fukushima-san said that he felt the high hurdles to animate a “Weekly Shonen Jump” manga. “There was a sense of satisfaction for the creators, but it was quite another thing to wonder if both sides would be convinced, but I was quite excited about it. That aspect was very good” said Fukushima-san. Suzuki-san also said, “The three key points were being discussed closely with each other. It was a very smooth process thanks to Sugita’s being in charge.”
Subsequently, the topic moved to “Occurrences in making the manga”.
According to Sugita-san, the manga started when Kaiu Shirai brought him the original story to read. “I asked him to bring me an original story with about 45 pages, but he sent me 300 pages. And because I was very sleepy and ended up not going to bed” he said. After that, I had a lot of hard work to find an illustrator, but as a result, I was able to find an excellent partner for him, Izumi Posuka.
Sugita-san said, “It was a little bit of luck too” and “A manga will only work well if exist a perfect match between the editors in charge and the manga artist. However, because there is more people in anime production, Fukushima-san is being amazing putting all the team working together” he said. On the other hand, Fukushima-san commented, “We can do our best because we can see the end goal in the final. Weekly manga, which we keep making for a long period every week, is not an endless marathon.” The differences between the manga and the anime scenes were highlighted.
After that, with the Q&A section in the corner, the trailer of episode 6 was transmitted on the monitor, and visitors, once again, realized the high quality of this work with their eyes. For such fans, Sugita-san “willingly thank you by all means because the latest volume of comics has just been released,” and the original story was also firmly appealing.
In this way, while the end time is approaching, Suzuki-san commented, “I am really glad to see it as an anime, so now the work that I’ve been involved will be seen by every single fan.” Furthermore, when Sugita-san and Fukushima-san each gave the last greetings to the audience, the event of enhancement that brought close to the work from both the original side and the anime side ended.
I struggle in translating some parts of the report, i hope it didn’t end up being a odd read. I have some more reports that i want to bring, specifically about the animes production. But i didn’t decide yet what i’ll bring. I hope you enjoyed, sorry for any translation mistake.