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Okazaki Tsuguo
Born in 1960. Debuted in 1980 with "Two Years Class A Seiko-sensei".
His masterpiece is "I'm in class! "Justy", "Lagnarok Guy", etc.
"Cyborg 009 BEGOOPARTS DELETE" at Akita Shoten "Monthly Champion RED"
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How did you start doing this project?

Okazaki

もともとは私が「サイボーグ009」の企画を構想していたんです。ただ、私も009ファンとして、いかにリメイクが難しいかはわかっていたので、当初から、やるならリメイクはしたくないと思っていました。本編で描かれたことを視点を変えて見せるか、本編の裏側を描くか……石ノ森先生がお描きになった作品世界そのままで、自分がマンガにしていいんだったら、と考えていたんです。

実は最初のアイデアは、「サイボーグ009」ではなく「サイボーグ003」というタイトルでいこう、というものでした。原作にはいろんなエピソードがあります。それをすべて003の観点で、009たちの活躍を描くのはどうかなと。

At that time, I drew 009 graffiti on Twitter and asked the fans how they would react ... (laughs). The reaction was quite good.

After a while, Masato Hayase of Ishimori Pro who was watching my behavior on Twitter called out. At that time, first of all, "I do not want to do remake" "I think that it will be fiddled with the main part, but I do not want to be annoying as the name of Mr. Ishinomori will be damaged" "A completely new thing using 009 I don't even think of doing it with me. "

 

それで、構想していた「サイボーグ003」のネームを早瀬さんに見てもらったら、「いいんだけど、もったいない」と(笑)。たぶん「サイボーグ009」を岡崎さんが描く機会はそんなにないと思うから、やるならやっぱり「サイボーグ009」のタイトルでやりませんか、と言われました。

I was wondering what to do. I thought that I would never be able to start again from the birth edition. I was worried about it, and I wanted to draw a sequel to the unfinished angel, but this time, I went into that direction.

 

そこから具体的に企画が進むまでには、ちょっと時間がかかったのですが、あるとき早瀬さんから「秋田書店の『チャンピオンRED』はどうですか?」という連絡があったんです。その担当さんが非常に石ノ森作品のファンで、若いけれども「サイボーグ009」に対する思い入れが強いと。「こういう担当さんに巡り会えることはめったにない!」、と強く勧められまして(笑)。

 

First of all, I showed Mr. Kobayashi, who was in charge, about the name that I had drawn and accumulated about 160 sheets. Then, "This is too core." The average reader said it was a bit difficult ... (bitter laugh). Honestly, I thought so. After all it is difficult (laughs). So my feelings began to break, but Mr. Kobayashi's enthusiasm from that was amazing. "I want to somehow shape 009." After various discussions, I like Mute's Cyborg and say, "I want to see that one more time." But Mutos Cyborg is a very difficult way to end, so even though it was said to be a continuation, I couldn't imagine the image. Actually, at first, if I couldn't pass through the name I had drawn, I was going to give up saying, "It's not my turn anymore, other people should write." However, Mr. Kobayashi enthusiastically stopped by whether he liked my paintings quite a bit. "I want to see 009 in this picture" was the first opportunity to decide on this series.

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Can you tell us how you got serialized in "Champion RED"?

Kobayashi

実はずいぶん前に石森プロさんに「サイボーグ009」のスピンオフをやらせてほしい、とお願いしたことがあるんです。そのときは、色々とタイミングが合わず実現出来なくて、残念だなぁと思っていました。私は「チャンピオンRED」で松本(零士)先生の「キャプテンハーロック」「銀河鉄道999」のスピンオフを担当していまして、松本先生のイベントに早瀬先生がゲストに出られていて、直接お話する機会があったんです。その時に「自分は松本先生の作品も当然好きだけれど、石ノ森先生も大好きです」と話していました(笑)。「サイボーグ009」も子どもの頃ずっと読んでいたし、「黒い風」や「龍神沼」なども読んでいて本当に好きだったので。いつか何かご一緒できたら…なんて話をしていたものですから、この企画で声をかけていただけたときには「今回こそ実現できるんじゃないか!?」と興奮しました。私にとって009は悲願の一つでしたから、このチャンスは絶対逃せない。それに岡崎先生の絵も見せていただいたら、素晴らしいんですよ。この絵で、新しい009…まだ読んだことのない009が見られたら素敵じゃないかと思いました。

Okazaki-sensei had a strong desire to "draw such a thing", so while trying to get it as much as possible, it was still a magazine, so there were some parts that had to be adapted to the reader to some extent, and in various ways This is how we came to realize this in consultation.

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Why did Okazaki become interested in Mr. Kobayashi's proposal for Mutos Cyborg?

Okazaki

As I mentioned earlier, I thought that it wasn't my turn if I couldn't follow my own direction as originally thought. Anyway, Mr. Kobayashi eagerly told me to see 009 in my picture, so it will be different from the original idea, but now I can devise something that fans will be happy with my picture I thought I should try it. From that point, let's think about what follows the mutus cyborg, so it feels like the current project has started.

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Certainly, the Mutos Cyborg edition is ending with an eruption before a clear win or loss arrives, so there is much room for thinking about the continuation.

Okazaki

I agree. Also, since the Mutos Cyborg edition has many episodes of gemstones, I thought it would be nice to pick up each of those parts carefully and end it at the future stage. When I first came up with it, I was going to talk much smaller. Even though I didn't read it, I started trying to make it a compact story for one book, but that is no longer the case (laughs).

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Why did Okazaki choose the next story instead of a remake?

Okazaki

Well ... because I thought it was difficult to make good things with remakes. If I did the remake, I would break down the image of 009 that I had built up as a child. Because the image created by Ishinomori-sensei is solidified in my head, it is not a matter of courage to play with it, but it becomes blasphemy. Therefore, the original was just the original, and if I could draw it, I thought that there was only "continuation". That's the work that I'm passionate about.

あとネタバラシをしてしまいますと…まぁこれは公言しているのですが、「サイボーグ009」の島村ジョーと「幻魔大戦」の東 丈をかけあわせてつくったのが、私のジャスティというキャラクターだったので…

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Jerna (Justy) is a combination of 003 and Michiko Higashi, right?

Okazaki

That's right!

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I was reading that at the time and thought so.

Okazaki

That's nice (laughs).

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`` Ragnarok Guy '' drawn after `` Justy '' also comes with characters based on Nordic mythology that leads to the Edda edition of 009, and it is transmitted that I love Shotaro Ishinomori Was. Given that, from the 009 fans, I'm convinced that even if Okazaki-sensei was drawing the remakes ... I guess it might have been interesting to read.

Okazaki

How is it?

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Anyway, is Ishinomori's work so special among Okazaki-sensei?

Okazaki

I agree. Without it, I wouldn't have been a manga artist.

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What is the work you met with Ishinomori-sensei?

Okazaki

一番最初は…やっぱり「サイボーグ009」かな?

Before I was still in elementary school, I read the `` Shonen King '' and `` Weekly Shonen Magazine '' that my neighbors bought, but I felt like I remembered the letters, but at that time, it was first memorable The image of a cool hero was Joe Shimamura.

There were many other heroes. I loved robotic stuff and loved "Tetsujin 28", but Joe Shimamura was the first person to long for "real human hero". So I think I've been buried in my head first. At that time, I wasn't thinking of becoming a manga artist. I always wanted to be a professional baseball player and came from youth baseball, so I used to play manga as a hobby (laughs).

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じゃあ、「サイボーグ009」を読んで石ノ森章太郎という名前も覚えたんですね?

Okazaki

I agree. Also, yes, my parents took me to theatrical version animation (1966). So for the first time I watched 009 on the video and said, "I'm cool." After a while, monochrome TV animation began to be broadcast with a slightly different pattern. Good theme song. At that time, the image of 009 was completely created in myself.

After that, I entered elementary school and read it again in comics. Then I was hooked until a certain time, but after that I was absorbed in baseball and there was a time when I did not draw much manga itself, and the existence of Joe Shimamura gradually faded from my head.

でも、しばらくして野球に見切りをつけ、何やろうかなと考えた時、またマンガを描こうと思って。その時よみがえってきたのが「サイボーグ009」だったんです。そうだ、ああいうヒーローを描きたいなって。

That's why there were many encounters, with 009. When I was a child who was watching without knowing anything, when I touched an animation, I had a chance to review the original again in response to it, and when I looked back to the origins thinking that I really wanted to become a manga artist, `` Oh, it's 009 '' When I noticed. That's how it feels right now.

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Are you influenced by the picture?

Okazaki

Oh, it is already. When it comes to "draw cool pictures!", It's about Shimamura Joe. I already remember it with habit. Also, it's easy to draw (laughs). Joe is very easy to balance once he learns it. So when I drew something, even when I doodled, I was drawing Joe somehow. However, on the contrary, you did not copy Professor Ishinomori.

Is it around the early 70's that you were most attracted to Ishinomori's paintings? It may have been a time when I was hungry for a cool picture of that hand. In the era, it was about several years after the beginning of New Wave. Katsuhiro Otomo-sensei came out, and manga artists are also quite following that trend. I just couldn't change the "coolness" imprinted when I was young. For decades there was a coolness that settled in my head, and I didn't change that coolness… a kind of a measure.

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Do you sometimes notice the eyes of Dr. Ishinomori when working or drawing with this work?

Okazaki

Hmm ... I don't really have that kind of thing ... However, Kobayashi-san has some uncertainty about this project (laughs). As a companion to that, Mr. Hayase says, "If a writer named Ishinomori Shotaro issues a task like that, it's easy to get OK, and on the contrary, bring more amazing things!" And ... (laughs).

When Mr. Kobayashi requested `` I want these elements to be included, '' and when I had to respond, when I was immersed in the name, Mr. Ishinomori said, `` Please do anything you can do '' I feel like

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What is Mr. Kobayashi's unreasonable taste, for example?

Kobayashi

Hmmm ... how am I not saying so much (laughs)

Okazaki

Well! (Laughs) After all, the girl Rico who came out this time was not such a main character at first.

Kobayashi

Oh, that was right ... (laughs).

Okazaki

At first, Riko's mother was a heroine, and I was going to keep it small. The appearance scene of Episode 009 was even more modest. "No, please be more flashy here!" The appearance of Apollon was also earlier than planned. I made such a request, so I tried to hum, but after all, when I looked at the finished manuscript, I often thought that Ah-Kobayashi was saying something like this. I wonder if this kind of production would make it easier for people who are new to 009 to read this work to read it.

Kobayashi

After all, the screens created by Okazaki-sensei are really wonderful, so you'll come to feel like this kind of scene. Joe looks cool, I want him to be active in this scene, hmm, then I want an enemy after that ... if Apollon doesn't come out, it's not going to get excited. I've been editing for a weekly magazine for a long time, so I'd rather take care of something like a live feeling.

あと個人的には、初期の「サイボーグ009」が大好きなんです。少年マンガの王道で、バトルアクションとしての「サイボーグ009」が原体験。だからバトルアクションでエンタテインメント性が強い「009」が見たいな、と考えていて。また岡崎先生がアクションを描けるので…そりゃ見たいですよね、ファンとして(笑)。

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So, as Okazaki-sensei, you have the original view of the world of Ishinomori-sensei, there are various requests from young staff, and there is pressure from Mr. Hayase, so it has become an unprecedented style of work. .

Okazaki

Well, this style is the first time in my life. However, in drawing, there are no restrictions in myself. If you break it, you lose. Isn't Ishinomori Izm ready to draw without breaking it ... (laughs). Of course, it's not a bad job, but I haven't reached the point where I can say "It's fun!" I feel like I suffer more.

However, as far as I know through SNS etc., there seems to be a lot of reactions from the original fans that they have not disappointed much ... It is a little glad. I wonder if something like Ishinomori Izm I'm trying to protect at the last minute is also being passed on to fans.

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If you read this article, you can enjoy the live feeling every month. "Oh, I guess what happened this month after discussing various things?"

Okazaki

Well, I'd be glad if you could read that way. First of all, I'm happy to read.

Interview and composition: Hideo Ima