(scan not provided because the magazine is available digitally on BookWalker etc.)
※Several people were interviewed for this feature (including LiSA and Asakura Momo) but only Soma’s interview is translated here.
Edit: This interview was later published online as well: https://ddnavi.com/interview/666752/a/
Q: What is your preferred way to buy manga, and when do you like to read it?
I buy in bookstores based off of the covers or pick randomly on Kindle. If it’s a serialization, I have a hard time stopping at breakpoints, so I’ll generally end up staying up late to read it all. I don’t limit myself to any particular genres, but in terms of magazines, I like ones with a seinen and subculture feel, like Afternoon, Garo, IKKI, and so on. As for online publishers, I often read manga from “To-ti web.”
Q: Favorite authors and favorite works?
I like the works by Urushibara Yuki-san, Ima Ichiko-san, Kindaichi Renjuurou-san, Hiwatari Saki-san, Arakawa Hiromu-san, Tsuge Yoshiharu-san, panpanya-san, Hagio Moto-san, Mizukami Satoshi-san, Ishiguro Masakazu-san, etc.
Q: How do you find new manga?
I generally found out through word-of-mouth from friends, but lately online advertisements have also been a big factor. I also buy based on the author. If I enjoy a book, I’ll go back and buy their previous works too.
Q: What do you think when you encounter an amazing manga?
This doesn’t just go for manga, but for any of the works I encounter through various ways—there’s an exceptional feeling of elation when the work was good. I feel happy, as though I’ve caught a glimpse of a wonderful facet of the world.
Q: What’s your recommended “Up-And-Coming Manga”?
Mugendai no Hibi by Yagi Nagaharu-san, which I heard about from the photographer Magome Masamitsu-san.* It depicts a hard science fiction story with cute artwork, and I recommend it to all fans of sci-fi manga. I also loved Yagi-san’s Wakusei no Kage Sasu Toki. The best way to enjoy summer is with ice cream, beer, and sci-fi. When summer comes around, it makes me want to reread Machida You’s Yoru to Concrete and Wakusei 9 no Kyuujitsu, and Ichikawa Haruko’s Mushi to Uta and 25-ji no Vacance, among others.
Saito-san’s Selected Up-And-Coming Manga
Mugendai no Hibi
Yagi Nagaharu / Komakusa Publishing / 980 yen (not incl. tax)
Young girls drawn with gentle lines travel between hard sci-fi worlds—a space elevator, a planet of insectoids, a planet where humans are ruled over by machines—in this collection of eight short story gems. It’s the long-awaited commercial debut of Yagi Nagaharu, the praised charismatic genius of the doujinshi world.
*It wasn’t mentioned here, but Magome Masamitsu is the photographer who did the new pictures taken for Soma’s essay book.