The Rising of the Shield Hero has become one of the most followed exponents of the isekai genre. The story of Iwatani continues to be successful, also thanks to the second season of the anime, but what do the author Aneko Yusagi and the manga adapter, Aiya Kyu, think of the series? Let’s see their relationship with the work, with the characters and with the fans.
Thanks to their willingness to answer some questions, in fact both authors revealed some rather interesting background and curiosities. The first part of the interview was dedicated toapproach Kyu has had and continues to have in adapting such a story in a serialized manga. “I thought a lot about how to make the manga interesting,” Kyu commented, before specifying that he focused, at least initially, on artistic rather than textual componenttrying to capture and convey Naofumi’s emotions.
Then we moved on to talk about how Kyu decided to become an artist, and quickly the mangaka retraced all the milestones in his careerfrom the specialist course to winning a contest and the publication of his first job, passing through the various contributions as an assistant.
Speaking instead of the success received by the series and its adaptations, Kyu admitted that he was still surprised how many people follow the story of Naofumi also showing empathy towards the protagonist. Finally, the artist specified which characters she prefers to draw: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Glass and Kizuna.
The interviewer then asked Yusagi what the best part of writing The Rising of the Shield Hero novels is, getting an answer: “It’s funny when I reveal scenes that I secretly anticipated”. Yusagi also revealed which are her favorite characters of hers to write, namely Motoyasu, Rafu-chan and Sadeena. Furthermore, the author admitted that he was moved by the animated transposition of Naofumi and her companions.
Finally, both of them were asked if they had anything to say to Western fans, and while Kyu simply replied that he will continue to do his best with the manga, Yusagi invited them to read his works which are not about the universe of The Rising of the Shield Hero. Finally we leave you to a magnificent Raphtalia cosplay, and to our review of the second season of the anime, available on Crunchyroll.