Attack on Titan author felt upset that there was criticism on the last chapter: Manga Editor

It has been more than a year since the Attack on Titan manga series officially ended. Despite the author, Hajime Isayama’s best efforts, he was not able to satisfy all of his manga readers.

According to a latest interview of Shintaro Kawakubo, who is the editor in charge of Attack on Titan manga, Hajime Isayama felt upset about the criticism on the final chapter of the manga. Kawakubo also revealed that 11 years ago, when Isayama sensei started the manga series, there were stories that he wanted to draw, however, he ended up drawing what he wanted to draw at the moment.

When the final chapter released in Apirl, Kawakubo said to Hajime Isayama: “I think it was the final episode that no one would complain about.”

“Yes. The intention is that, first of all, I think it’s interesting as a major premise, but the word doesn’t mean that it’s the last episode that someone will find interesting to show. When Hajime Isayama started the series 11 years and 7 months ago, I think there were stories and emotions that he wanted to represent” Kawakubo replied.

“He started the manga because he wanted to draw that, and he ended up drawing what he wanted to draw, so I don’t think anyone has the right to complain about that, so in that sense, I told him with the words, ‘I think it’s a chapter ending that no one has the right to complain about.” Kawakubo continues.

“At that time, I only said these words to him, so it may not have been conveyed correctly, but after the last chapter was released, there was criticism and Isayama felt upset about it, so I told him again later that, as I said before, “You were able to draw what you wanted to draw how you wanted to draw it, so I’d be upset if you regretted it now, since it all ended the way you wanted. Everything is fine”

There was also one other thing that we talked about, although that was also at a later date. This is something that Isayama said himself a long time ago: If I wanted to tell people that “you shouldn’t kill people”, it wouldn’t make sense to tell them directly that “you shouldn’t kill people”. Because the seven billion people in the world know that “people must not be killed”, and since the murders continue today, making a verbal warning is pointless. If that’s the case, then the words “It’s okay to kill people” might carry more weight if you just look at the result, because there’s a chance that the person hearing it will think “What are you talking about? The right thing to do is not to kill!” So if you have a message you want to convey, perhaps the right thing to do is not to draw it exactly as society expects it

While talking about the alleged accusation of supporting genocide in the manga:

I had said I was going to do something about it. I think we were talking about this as something that has nothing to do with Shingeki no Kyojin. I remember that story. This last chapter sparked controversy, as some criticized it for “supporting genocide.” Of course, I didn’t mean to condone the on-site massacre at all, and Isayama-san was quite worried about it, but I told him, “This could be a really good thing. Compared to a real war, where a lot of people die, and only then do people think “genocide is not good”, when you read Shingeki no Kyojin and say “this is a pro-genocide manga” and feel bad about it, then the same message was conveyed to you, but without the need for anyone to die in real life

When asked about if he is planning to start a new meeting for Isayama’s next work:

Not really. At least, I don’t think we will have a meeting for a whole year. Of course, there are many opportunities to meet, so it may be said that at that time, but we do not say “Let’s make a plan” or “Let’s start a meeting”. I’m just telling you if something you want to draw comes up from Mr. Isayama, please let me know at that time.

Source: Gendai IsMedia

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