All righty, that makes us up to date with the raws. Also, there was an interview with Yoshikawa in last week’s WSM issue that Shark translated. It is posted below. Read it. Now.
YOSHIKAWA INTERVIEW (14/03/12)
1. What is something you believe to be very important for a Romantic Comedy manga, having written one?
I’ve only ever drawn manga that showcases the comedy side of a Romantic Comedy, so I’m not really qualified to answer, but I believe the situation is particularly important (though this may be applicable to all genres of manga, not just Romantic Comedies). Basically, making the readers think, “Did they really just do that?!” I want the reader to have a grin on their face when reading my manga, maybe even have them squirm in their seat. That’s how I write Romantic Comedies.
2. How do you know when you’ve got a charming heroine?
It’s gotta be “unpredictability”; it’s not enough to me for her to be physically appealing. Suppose you work with a lady who’s very
serious and hard to approach. It’s off-putting. But the same lady, when you take her out to drink after work, makes a face while drinking her beer because it’s too bitter. THAT’S enough to make her cute in my eyes. It’s unexpected. Heroines with idiosyncrasies are great.
3. What’s your favorite Romantic Comedy manga, and why?
I don’t have a favorite. I’d rather have a romance than draw one. There’s nothing better than living your own story.