Posts Tagged ‘Kamisama Kiss’

Interview with Kamisama Kiss Manga Artist – Julietta Suzuki – Part 2

Kamisama Kiss 2_key artA few months ago, we asked fans to send us their questions for Julietta Suzuki–the manga artist for Kamisama Kiss. We compiled your questions and she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer them. Check out part 2 of our interview below. Click here to see part 1.

 

5) Who is your favorite character, and who is your favorite to draw?

 

I can’t choose a favorite, but the ones I find easier to draw are the characters who are candidly self-assertive. Characters like Mizuki and Akura-oh and Yatori clearly communicate with those around them about the actions they want to take, so it feels refreshing to draw them.

 

6) What advice would you give to an aspiring manga artist? When was it that you decided to focus on purely being a mangaka? Did your family and friends support you, and are they fans of manga?

 

My family didn’t view my drawing manga in a particularly favorable light, so I used to draw in secret, trying to keep it hidden as much as possible. The worlds and ideas that burgeoned within me during that period when I was a girl and my habit of mentally filing away the beautiful things that I come across would later on serve to fuel my stories. A sensitive soul is a rare and valuable thing. Please nurture it with love and care.

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Interview with Kamisama Kiss Manga Artist – Julietta Sukuzi – Part 1

Kamisama Kiss 2_key artA few months ago, we asked fans to send us their questions for Julietta Suzuki–the manga artist for Kamisama Kiss. We compiled your questions and she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer them. Check out part 1 of the interview below!

 

1) Can you tell us a bit about your inspiration for the series? How did you come up with this plot, and what made you decide to write a romantic comedy with Japanese mythology elements?

 

Back in 2008, Hana to Yume didn’t have a Japanesque manga series at the time, so I thought I would do one.

 

I also created the story hoping that my readers would enjoy the contrast of having a modern high school girl wander into the world of shrines, where time has almost stood still.

 

2) Nanami is a very strong and well-defined heroine! Do you have any inspirations for her personality?

 

Nanami is the outsider who has wandered into this other world, so she needed to have the strength to not be passive and to move the story forward of her own volition. Her optimistic attitude is also the polar opposite of Tomoe, so I think that makes for a good relationship. The more seriously Tomoe takes things, the more it makes Nanami’s character shine.

 

3) Kamisama Kiss is full of very colorful and interesting characters from Japanese mythology. How do you come up with your own ideas and interpretation for the gods and demons in this world? (For example, the idea of the tengu Kurama pretending to be a fallen angel pop star is very interesting and unexpected!) Is it difficult?

 

Coming up with the initial roster of characters who make regular appearances was hard, but the characters who show up later weren’t so difficult. I’ve had fun with the process of putting my own twist on existing yokai.

 

4) Can you tell us your reaction to the popularity of Kamisama Kiss in North America, especially given the cultural differences between Japan and America? Have you seen the translations of the manga or anime, such as the English dub?

 

The English version of the “Kamisama Kiss” comic gets delivered to my house on a regular basis, so I always read them. Much of the material isn’t depicted in a way that’s easily accessible for people who aren’t familiar with the culture of Japan, so I always feel such gratitude and respect for the bigheartedness of my overseas readers, who accept that and love the series just as it is. It makes me really happy!

 

 

Come back later this week for part 2 of our interview with Julietta Suzuki! Kamisama Kiss Season 2 has just finished its simulcast run, so now would be a perfect time to marathon episodes of the series.

 

Don’t forget we also have the Broadcast Dub of the series currently releasing on our site for All-AccessPass members! Click here for more information.

 

 

Show Us Your Love for Kamisama Kiss!

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Fans are really loving Kamisama Kiss Season 2, and we want to see how much! Show us your creative side and you could win a super-rare poster signed by the Kamisama Kiss manga artist–Julietta Suzuki.

 

All you need to do to enter is submit an image of something you’ve created based on Kamisama Kiss. Images can include, but are not limited to: Kamisama Kiss cosplay, original fan art, crafts or props, or even Kamisama Kiss inspired food items! Mmmmm… what I wouldn’t give to sample some of Tomoe’s cooking!

 

As long as it’s an original creation, and inspired by Kamisama Kiss, we want to see it!

 

There are a few ways you can enter:

 

1) Submit your entry via the form below

2) Instagram your image using the hashtag #KamisamaKissContest

3) Tweet your entry on Twitter using the hashtag #KamisamaKissContest

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Send Your Questions to the Kamisama Kiss Mangaka!

Kamisama Kiss 2_key artEver wanted to ask a real manga artist about their craft? Now’s your chance! In celebration of the new season of Kamisama Kiss, we’re taking fan questions for renowned shoujo mangaka Julietta Suzuki, author of Akuma to Dolce, Karakuri Odette, and of course, Kamisama Kiss.

 

Curious about how she creates Kamisama Kiss? Wondering about her influences and inspiration? How does Suzuki-sensei feel about her American fans? Post your questions for Suzuki-sensei in the comments below. We’ll select 3-5 of your questions, and we’ll post her answers soon!

 

(If you missed it before, Suzuki-sensei tweeted about her copy of the FUNimation Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition earlier this year! Click here to see what she had to say!)

 

You can also enter through the following means:

-          Respond to this blog entry with your question

-          Post your questions on the official Facebook thread

-          Tweet your question on Twitter with hashtag #KamiKissQuestions

-          Reblog our Tumblr post with your question

 

Send us your question by January 12 and you could hear the response from Julietta Suzuki-sensei herself!

 

And don’t forget to watch Kamisama Kiss 2, streaming Mondays @ 8AM CST on FUNimation.com!

 

FUNimation Returning Simulcasts for Winter 2015

Yesterday, we announced we have obtained the rights to the highly anticipated anime series–Assassination Classroom! Today, we’ve got SEVEN titles for you!

 

We’re going to see some familiar faces this winter! Take a look below at the shows returning for Winter 2015!

 

fairy tailFairy Tail

Streaming every Fridays at 9pm ET

 

synopsis:

 

Across the Fiore kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs—but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tail!

 

When four young Fairy Tail members unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don’t mess with these friends or you’ll get a taste of Natsu’s flaming fist or Gray’s ice hammer, suffer a painful blow from one of Lucy’s celestial spirits or catch the edge of Erza’s mighty blade! Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

 

Click here to check out episodes now!

 

 

one piece dressrosaOne Piece

Streaming every Saturday at 9pm ET

 

The battle in Dressrosa rages on as Luffy & Law’s alliance is put to the test against the powerful Don Quixote Pirates.

 

series synopsis:

 

Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. This daring rubber-man refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, Luffy strikes out in search of a crew – and a boat. Along the way he’ll do battle with scallywag clowns, fishy foes, and an entire fleet of marines eager to see him walk the plank. The stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! Like his hero Gold Roger, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!

 

Watch episodes now on http://funimation.com/one-piece or http://onepieceofficial.com

 

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Kamisama Kiss Mangaka Tweets about Goddess Edition!

Julietta Suzuki, the original Japanese mangaka of Kamisama Kiss, just got in a copy of FUNimation’s Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition Premium Box Set, and she posted about it on her Twitter! Check out her pictures of the set and the original tweet below.

 

Translation:

“I just received the Kamisama Kiss Premium Box Set, North American version! I was anxious to see the hair piece that was packed in and am glad to be able to check out the actual product. Thank you! *\(^o^)/*”

 

We’re so flattered and excited that she liked it! Remember that you can pick up your own copy of the Goddess Edition, with the exclusive replica of Nanami’s hair stick, as well as omamori lucky amulet, folding fan, tote bag, and postcards, all housed in a beautiful artbox.

 

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Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition + Contest

 

The Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition is now available! This release is very special to us at FUNimation because it is our first ever Premium Edition. We shot a “Hey, Nice Package!” video so you could see each of these premium items close up! Check it out below.

 

 

To celebrate the release of our first Premium Edition, we’re giving fans a chance to win an autographed Kamisama Kiss poster!

 

Here’s what you need to do:

1)  Go to our Kamisama Kiss Facebook Page

2)  Find the CONTEST THREAD

3)  Comment on the designated contest thread with why you are excited about in the Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition

 

We’ll pick 3 random winners to receive a Kamisama Kiss poster, autographed by the cast and director of the series! Click here for complete rules. You must “Like” the Kamisama Kiss Facebook page to enter.

 

There are only a limited number of these Goddess Editions being printed, and we’re running out fast! So, if you want to pick up your copy, do it now. We won’t be printing any more of these. Click here!

 

 

Follow up to our Anime News Network Interview

 

We sat down with Anime News Network recently to talk about the Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition, FUNimation’s first Premium Edition release. In the interview, we talk about why we decided to use Kamisama Kiss as our first title for this type of configuration, and why simulcasts numbers are so important. Click here to read the entire interview.

 

Since the interview was published, we’ve been reading some of the comments posted by fans, and we wanted to answer a few questions for you. So, we went to our Acquisitions Team to get the low down.

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New Release Tuesday – It’s a Yokai Valentine

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. To get you in mood, check out today’s new release–Kamisama Kiss!

 

synopsis:
Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities—and boys—are a lot to handle, like the crow demon masquerading as a gorgeous pop idol and the adorable snake spirit who’s chosen the newly minted god to be his bride. As the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

 

If you haven’t already ordered your copy of the Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition, but hurry! We only printed a very limited number of these, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good, and then you’ll be sad you missed out on all these exclusive extras! Click here! (more…)

Valentine Chocolate Recipe & Kamisama Kiss Avatars

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up, as is our release of Kamisama Kiss! To celebrate both this week, we’ve got some Kamisama Kiss avatars for download (like the one pictured to the right)—and we’ll show you how to make your own handmade Kamisama Kiss-inspired sweets: green tea-infused chocolate truffles!

 

As you may have seen in anime, Valentine’s Day is celebrated a little differently in Japan. Typically, this is a day for women to give chocolate to their friends and loved ones—giri choco (obligation chocolate) to classmates, acquaintances and coworkers; honmei choco (true feelings chocolate) to that special someone. Men reciprocate these gifts one month later on March 14 for White Day.

 

Regardless of whom you’re giving to this year (or if you just want to enjoy some chocolate for yourself!), here is an incredibly-easy-to-follow recipe for homemade green tea chocolate truffles, to add a bit of a fun Japanese twist to the sweets for your friends (or any cute fox-eared spirits in your life!). And if you’re looking for more Japanese-inspired sweetness, Valentine’s Day is a great chance to watch Kamisama Kiss, the show Anime News Network calls “a charming confection and a lot of good clean shoujo fun!”

 

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