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Old 2013-06-19, 23:44   Link #3881
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New interview? It was featured on Yaraon, so maybe it's important
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Old 2013-06-20, 00:13   Link #3882
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http://ebook.itmedia.co.jp/ebook/art...0/news020.html

New interview? It was featured on Yaraon, so maybe it's important
I'll post some interesting highlights as I read it (so will update this post as I go)...

- The author's main feeling after the work being over is "lonely" (sort of sad that it's over).

- The author felt a great deal of pressure in finishing the ending knowing that the anime was also going to be adapting the story to the end.

- The ending had been planned for a long time, and become more concrete around the time that the author was working on the bonus features (the animated commentaries) for the first season of the anime.

- His thoughts when writing the ending were influenced by Kirino "if" ending in the OreImo Portable game where Kirino's feelings were able to be completely rewarded (thanks to the "if" twist). Obviously in the real work he couldn't make use of that twist, and so couldn't write the ending in a clear/obvious way, but when he considered the extent of Kirino's feelings for Kyousuke, he decided that he had to "do something about it".

- By the end of the story, his favourite character is Kirino, but it wasn't that way at first and he was just as annoyed with her as Kyousuke was at the beginning. But having her hide her true romantic feelings was part of the setting, and so he struggled to bring out the charm of this hated heroine little by little over the course of the narrative. And then, as all these developments started adding up, the amount of people who came to like her increased, and that made the author happy.

- The timing for the release of the last novel was to some extent at the discretion of the author, but also the result of various circumstances. Still, it wasn't purely by chance, so the author apologizes for keeping readers waiting for so long.

- The anime staff knew ahead of time that they wouldn't be able to adapt all the way to the last volume and fit it into the TV airing, so that's why they chose the unusual release for the last few episodes. The author thinks is mostly just because the staff want to do a good job with it.

- They talk a little bit about how this franchise has been so successful as a "media mix", with so many collaborations and tie-ins. The author mentioned that he just accepted them gratefully at first, but as the work got more and more popular he couldn't stop. The editor says that though they risked going overboard, the author decided not to worry about it. The setting of OreImo had offered a lot of possibilities for them to basically do whatever they wanted in terms of tie-ins. Even inside the work itself, Kirino worked as a model so could appear on billboards, and that wouldn't be at all out-of-character. So they had a lot of freedom. And, the anime isn't over yet, so there are still more opportunities to come.

- Regarding the Railgun collaboration, because he knew his partner was a great writer, the OreImo author basically took the liberty to write whatever he wanted with abandon assuming that the Index author would say something if he had a problem with it... but he hasn't said anything yet. So the author is half-worried about their next meeting...

- Regarding Kirino basically becoming one of the representative characters for the Dengeki Bunko imprint, the author apologizes for being a troublemaker (and comments that the other writers must be sick of him), but says that he doesn't let that pressure affect his writing or change what he wants to write. He says that "occasionally I have no choice but to change what I want to write, but I decided from the get-go that I wouldn't write something 'lukewarm'". (i.e. That he wouldn't write just to please others, or in response to pressure.)

- So far OreImo hasn't been released in e-book format, and the editor says that it's still being decided, but should happen in time. The author says that from his perspective, he doesn't mind if people consume books electronically since the contents are the same, though it would bug him a little bit if the resulting format didn't preserve the presentation of the page (the amount of letters on a line, etc.). The author also says that he personally owns a Kindle Paperwhite and loves it.

- When asked if he feels any stress when reading on an e-reader, he says that turning the pages is a bit slow, particularly for manga. And the biggest problem is that e-books aren't available day-and-date with printed releases, and he's the type who likes to read things on day one. He says otherwise he'd like to buy e-books...

- Regarding the latest discussions about freedom of expression in manga (i.e. related to the proposed revisions to the child porn laws), the author unsurprisingly says that he doesn't think the publishing industries need further regulation. (my comment: This is sort of a silly interview question, fishing for an easy quote.)

- To close, the author thanks all the readers for sticking with him for these five years, and says that he's happy if readers liked even one of the characters from the OreImo universe. Work has begun on his new work, and he's trying hard to make charming characters that will give OreImo a run for its money, and hopes everyone will look forward to the day when they get to meet them.

(The End)


My comments: That makes two interviews now where the author suggests pretty clearly that his true intention in the ending was held-back by Dengeki Bunko's editorial policies. I'm a bit surprised they're letting him say that much, but I guess the risk isn't too big at this point. By pointing to the OreImo Portable if ending, it gives a sense of the direction he wanted to give to Kirino. (And, personally speaking, I totally felt the same way when I played the OreImo Portable game; there was something about that ending that was freeing, like a giant weight taken off of the story's shoulders despite the cop-out employed in the game. So it doesn't surprise me at all that this was an inspiration for the novel ending's final form. So what the author says here about realizing the extent of Kirino's feelings and needing to do something about it really rings true to me.) I also think it's interesting that, even as the author, he sort of treats himself in a bit of a detached sense from his characters -- like how he hates his own work's main heroine, and the story ends once the author finally comes to love her (echoing the journey of Kyousuke in the narrative). It sort of gives you the sense that he sees himself as more of an "instigator", and the characters just react according to "who they are". That's why it's also telling to me that he explains his new work in terms of the new characters you'll meet. Not surprisingly, I think the characters are probably this work's greatest strength.

I do also feel a tiny bit vindicated when the author said that Kirino hiding her true romantic feelings was part of the setting from the get-go, only because of all those long arguments we had back in the s1 airing days about Kirino's true feelings and her reason for acting the way she did. Some people kept insisting that there was nothing romantic there, and she was just being "bitchy" purely because of whatever he did in the past. A tiny part of me gets to say "I told you so."
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Old 2013-06-20, 01:36   Link #3883
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So he confirmed it twice that he indeed wanted to give Kirino a happy ending for hiding her romantic feelings for Kyousuke,and the only reason he cant show it is because of editing policies. I dont know how many times I've (most of the people on this forum) said it but I think this just cleared things up. And just like what I said,in the beginning she acts outrageous,then gradually by time passing she shows her true kind side. Pretty sad that this series have come to an end but at least we know it has closure. Cheers mate
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Old 2013-06-20, 02:31   Link #3884
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so officially, it can't be denied that it's an absolutely completely romantic kirino end. hope nothing can change that =)

btw, what's the railgun collaboration about? will touma facepunch manami and shatter that illusion of hers?
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Old 2013-06-20, 02:58   Link #3885
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- The ending had been planned for a long time, and become more concrete around the time that the author was working on the bonus features (the animated commentaries) for the first season of the anime.

My comments: That makes two interviews now where the author suggests pretty clearly that his true intention in the ending was held-back by Dengeki Bunko's editorial policies. I'm a bit surprised they're letting him say that much, but I guess the risk isn't too big at this point.
Yesterday I went and watched some of the commentaries and I must say, knowing volume 12 some comments really gave a hint towards the development.

As for the editorial policies, well if the publisher insists, then there's only so much an author can do. So I don't think people should blame him too much, if they think the ending is too open.
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Old 2013-06-20, 03:00   Link #3886
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Yesterday I went and watched some of the commentaries and I must say, knowing volume 12 some comments really gave a hint towards the development.

As for the editorial policies, well if the publisher insists, then there's only so much an author can do. So I don't think people should blame him too much, if they think the ending is too open.
How so that the ending is too open?

Though... I'm not sure if he would make some extras for the OreImo LN or not.
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Old 2013-06-20, 03:16   Link #3887
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How so that the ending is too open?

Though... I'm not sure if he would make some extras for the OreImo LN or not.
I'm not saying that I think the ending is too open. I have a pretty set interpretation of the ending.
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Old 2013-06-20, 06:16   Link #3888
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So he confirmed it twice that he indeed wanted to give Kirino a happy ending for hiding her romantic feelings for Kyousuke,and the only reason he cant show it is because of editing policies. I dont know how many times I've (most of the people on this forum) said it but I think this just cleared things up. And just like what I said,in the beginning she acts outrageous,then gradually by time passing she shows her true kind side. Pretty sad that this series have come to an end but at least we know it has closure. Cheers mate
I just have one thing to say: screw the editing policies .

So it was planned from the start . I have said it a couple of times. Kirino's behavior from the start gives you the impression that this girl is hiding something.

EDIT: i haven't played the IF part of Kirino on PSP. But i will do it soon now ahaha.

EDIT 2: @seangel92: I know what you mean. Somebody called one of my comments to be very STUPID . He even said it is on the level of fanboy crap. Well, now he can read that comment again and he can read the interview of the author. So he can decide if that comment is really that stupid, like he said before.

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Old 2013-06-20, 06:22   Link #3889
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I just have one thing to say: screw the editing policies .

So it was planned from the start . I have said it a couple of times. Kirino's behavior from the start gives you the impression that this girl is hiding something.
People called me crazy, who is the crazy now? I saw it since episode (Eroges with incest? bitch, pls.)
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Old 2013-06-20, 07:51   Link #3890
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...That makes two interviews now where the author suggests pretty clearly that his true intention in the ending was held-back by Dengeki Bunko's editorial policies. I'm a bit surprised they're letting him say that much, but I guess the risk isn't too big at this point. By pointing to the OreImo Portable if ending, it gives a sense of the direction he wanted to give to Kirino...
Very good... I'm more satisfied, hehehehe..... I think now the autor decreased the possible paths concerning the future of Kirino and Kyousuke...
There are much more chances their choice will be to live as a couple in some way, as the author claims his inspiration came from Kirino's If route in PSP game.

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Old 2013-06-20, 08:49   Link #3891
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So... Will there be anything to fill in the gap within the ten years time-skip?

Besides, I heard that Ayase is Kirino's "proxy" for the love for Kyousuke. Was it true? It was from the PSP version though.
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Old 2013-06-20, 09:37   Link #3892
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So it was planned
I said that for a long time now.

Although at some point I had doubts about if he will give up to editors pressures (during the Kuroneko dating period), seems he took his stand pretty well.
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Old 2013-06-20, 09:38   Link #3893
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I said that for a long time now.

Although at some point I had doubts about if he will give up to editors pressures (during the Kuroneko dating period), seems he took his stand pretty well.
The Kuroneko dating period was definitely part of the plan IMO without it Kirino would still be in denial.
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Old 2013-06-20, 10:18   Link #3894
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The Kuroneko dating period was definitely part of the plan IMO without it Kirino would still be in denial.
That's true. Kuroneko knew from the start. That kirino loved her brother (not just a normal sibling relationship). Looking back at the anime. Kuroneko said it a couple of times. ' I love you just as much your sister loves you'.

So, I think that part of Kuroneko going out with Kyousuke and breaking up with him. Was all a part of the plan to push Kirino to show her true feelings. After that it was up to Kyousuke who he wanted to choose.

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I said that for a long time now.

Although at some point I had doubts about if he will give up to editors pressures (during the Kuroneko dating period), seems he took his stand pretty well.
I didn't have a doubt about that also. But it is always good if the author himself confirms it so that you can be 100% sure about his intentions.

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Old 2013-06-20, 10:24   Link #3895
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Don't know if there's a summary for the time-skip out, or if it's too soon.. but I'm still excited nonetheless. After all from reading earlier posts of what it's about, there can be hints to character relations. And if Kirino is shown, maybe there'll be a description of what she's wearing.
Such as clothing or, accessories perhaps.. like a certain ring given to her by a certain guy maybe..?

I don't know that's just all I'm hoping for! I'll rejoice over the slightest hint, whether it's enough to confirm anything or not. =P
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Old 2013-06-20, 11:00   Link #3896
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Agree. The graphics people wouldn't even have to call attention to the detail. And it would never have to be voiced in conversation or referred to. If that ring is there, we have a form of confirmation about how things are going.
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Old 2013-06-20, 11:16   Link #3897
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Small excerpt from Part 3 Chapter 1

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Old 2013-06-20, 12:21   Link #3898
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- His thoughts when writing the ending were influenced by Kirino "if" ending in the OreImo Portable game where Kirino's feelings were able to be completely rewarded (thanks to the "if" twist). Obviously in the real work he couldn't make use of that twist, and so couldn't write the ending in a clear/obvious way, but when he considered the extent of Kirino's feelings for Kyousuke, he decided that he had to "do something about it".
I'm curious why he couldn't do the what if scenario here if it was always his intent? I mean unless I'm misunderstanding the twist here

Spoiler for PSP game spoilers:


Not understanding the reasoning there unless he felt that would be too much of a literary cop out or something.
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Old 2013-06-20, 12:34   Link #3899
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I'm curious why he couldn't do the what if scenario here if it was always his intent? I mean unless I'm misunderstanding the twist here

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Not understanding the reasoning there unless he felt that would be too much of a literary cop out or something.
I guess the latter one. And I personally agree. I would have hated that "non-blood-related" stuff. Besides, it would have been boring if he would have just recycled that PSP stuff.
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I'm curious why he couldn't do the what if scenario here if it was always his intent? I mean unless I'm misunderstanding the twist here

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Not understanding the reasoning there unless he felt that would be too much of a literary cop out or something.
It absolutely is a cop out. He even says it himself in the novel.
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- "But because of the siblings-fact, it is very difficult if they want to marry. So that's why there are those kind of developments, where they find out after confession and marriage, that they [in fact are not blood-related at all]."
- The biggest problem disappeared. Congratulations, congratulations.
- "This kind of development seldomly happens in eroge. Because the player will get angry."
- "Angry?"
- "Very angry. Also, some idiots will turn violent."
- Otakus are really scary.
- "Two years ago I saw a TV-anime that had exactly the storyline you just described. Mah, although the main story wasn't about some [siblings' love], so it was okay. But lately the industry has been rejecting those [stepsister ending] tendencies. If they are not blood-related, it should be made clear from the beginning that they are not blood related."
Hell, he even says it again in the PSP as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...y5BN6gs#t=311s
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