Tokyo Revengers: Author reveals unpublished details about the origin of the manga and its inspirations | Photo: Kodansha US / Tomantrad
Tokyo Revengers It has become one of the most successful series within the anime and manga industry in recent years. Kodansha’s manga followed in the footsteps of the success of Kimetsu no Yaiba y Jujutsu Kaisen, stories that after their first anime season reached great popularity among Japanese audiences.
This story focused on Japanese youth gangs has not only won over audiences in its home country, but also managed to achieve great popularity among fans of Japanese animation around the world.
It is because of this that the Kodansha headquarters in the United States decided to interview Ken Wakui, author of Tokyo Revengers. In this, the mangaka revealed some details about the origin of his most emblematic work and the mangakas that were his inspiration throughout his entire career.
Origin of Tokyo Revengers
Wakui begins by talking about how he came up with making the story of Tokyo Revengers, the artist says that when he was talking to his editor, he asked if he would be interested in working on a universally attractive manga, so after this proposal, the mangaka began to create the foundations of this work.
He comments that gang life changes over time so when he started serializing the manga in 2017, He had no idea what was currently going on with these kinds of people, which is why he decided to place himself in a time with which he was most familiar.
They decided that the year the story would unfold would be 2005 because one of its editors in that year was studying the second year of high school like Takemichi, protagonist of the story. With this information, Wakui says it was easier for him to identify more with that era than with the present.
Creation of the characters and artistic style
Regarding the characters, Ken Wakui He says that the first thing that comes to mind is their appearance and that when they begin to move through the story their personality comes into play. It also says that when he draws a character crying, he is moved and always ends up crying.
On the other hand, about his artistic style, the mangaka says that to make the chapters he uses the traditional style, but in the case of the covers or color illustrations, he usually uses digital tools. He also mentioned that he uses as a reference for his style the works of Takehiko Inoue (autor de Slam Dunk) y Katsuhiro Otomo (autor de AKIRA).
Photo: Kodansha US
However, in his beginnings in the shonen manga he says that he opted more for the style of Akira Toriyama (autor de Dragon Ball) and Juzo Tokoro (Dolphin cartoonist). Regarding more contemporary artists, Wakui mentions that he likes the art of Haruichi Furudate (autor de Haikyuu !!) and color illustrations of Sui Ishida (autor de Tokyo Ghoul).
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