10 years of serialization…
And now we move towards the final chapter…
Isayama: I was thinking of nothing other than how to exist.
These days, I’m writing 45 pages a month, and so, if I write 4 chapters, I can put out one volume… which means, well, my income will grow that much. In any case, I was just thinking about money.>Q: The story is coming to an end, isn’t it?
There’s certainly an increases in the amount I want to draw… But it’s been such a long time, and I feel strongly that I’ve grown very close to it. I think I’ve been proceeding based on how I want to draw the last scene. Of course, there are many precursors to the main goal, and taking each step in line with them is extremely challenging, and there are also parts that have to balance out, which is tricky. Just one more time, just once more like this… there are sinking steps leading up to the goal… But I feel I really should keep going for what I’ve always wanted to draw for closure.>The meaning of drawing manga
I think I wanted to attack something. Like betraying people or hurting people. And, Well, it’s not exactly nice, but hurting the readers, too… In all honesty, I feel that’s what I really wanted to do. For me, as a reader, when I think, “This manga will remain in my heart,” it means, for example, it phenomenally hurt me: it’s those kind of experiences that I’m after.>Q: Which character reflects yourself?
I initially thought perhaps Armin, but lately, I’d say it’s maybe Eren after all. Initially, I believed this type of character was necessary for the story, so I wrote him in, but actually, with him came something of a feeling that he was part of an inner me that I didn’t really want to see.