Yoshihiro Togashi x Masashi Kishimoto Interview.


In the latest issue of Shonen Jump GIGA, (formerly Shonen Jump Next!!), The magazine published a creators cross talk between authors Masashi Kishimoto and Yoshihiro Togashi known for their work on Naruto and Hunter x Hunter respectively. The two authors go in depth about the intricacies of creating manga whilst also answering some fan submitted questions. Below is a summary featuring highlights from their 9 page long exchange.


Togashi sometimes specifies his characters’ names based on TV show. He thinks it is not an issue since Akira Toriyama’s characters’ names are also sloppy such as Bulma and Trunks.
Kishimoto was scolded by his audience when he specified his characters’ names based on adjectives such as “Darui”, “Omoi” and “Karui”.

Togashi keeps it in mind that he should make a specific personality of a character rather than just “he has a bright personality”. For example, he specifies “when” his character gets pissed off.

Kishimoto specifies his characters’ weak points, which enables his audience to feel sympathy toward him/her.

Togashi thinks it is hard to draw special ability based battle manga such as Hunter x Hunter and Naruto these days since audience consider characters’ abilities in details and sometimes end up finding its contradictions.

Togashi decides to make many characters appear in Black Whale arc since he’d like to know what will happen in a chaotic situation. He refers to Oda, who also introduced many characters in one arc (probably implying Marineford Arc).

Togashi thinks it is important to read many mangas/novels to draw a good manga. He also says that they should read/watch it again and again until they can completely assimilate it.

He says that those who want to become a good mangaka should also read and analyze mangas he doesn’t like.

Kishimoto reads his favorite mangas/films again and again such as “Akira”, “Ghost in the Shell”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Forrest Gump” and “Little Miss Sunshine”.
Togashi’s favorite film is “Alien”, but the film he watches most frequently is “Prince of Darkness” by John Carpenter. He also likes “28 Days Later”.

Question from [email protected] (which was selected as a fan question):
Which do you like better, drawing or making a story?

Togashi says those who want to become mangaka should focus on making a good story rather than drawing since their drawing skills automatically improve if they make a debut as a weekly mangaka.

Togashi is impressed at Kishimoto’s drawings since they are well-composed despite the deadlines every week.

Kishimoto is exhausted due to Naruto, so he doesn’t want to draw anything for the time being.

Kishimoto thinks it is important whether or not his audience can feel sympathy toward characters in manga. For example, Naruto didn’t have parents and friends. Protagonist suffering just because Dark King is strong is not a good idea.

Togashi warns that those who love pure fantasy video game such as Medieval Europe in which sword and magic are drawn tend to fail to attract audience.

When Togashi was a boy, it was not until his teacher submitted his drawing to an art exhibition that he realized he was good at drawing. Kishimoto had the similar experience when he was in an elementary school.

Togashi is impressed at Hayao Miyazaki’s great drawing skill of clothes fluttering.

Togashi has many things he wants to draw. He didn’t imagine the serialization of Hunter x Hunter has lasted so long.

Kishimoto is now preparing for his next manga. He has been collecting materials. He didn’t let his editor know about it so far. Kishimoto says he’d like to announce something about it in 2016.

Togashi wants to draw a card battle manga like Yu-Gi-Oh after he finishes Hunter Hunter although he already drew it in Greed Island arc.

Togashi didn’t specify the finale of the dodgeball game in Greed Island arc at the beginning. He believes the chapter in which Hisoka lost and survived were convincing due to his gum ability.

Togashi is impressed at Hirohiko Araki’s drawing skill and great storytelling.

After Togashi was about to get tendinitis, he specified the design of the clothes of Zodiacs and his assistants dew them.

Togashi says that manga begginer tends to think it is important to draw realistically, but actually it is not a big issue and he says it is more important for the audience to grasp what is going on.

Togashi says another himself scolds him “You can draw better than this.” while he is drawing.

Togashi advises those who want to become mangaka to replicate.

Togashi didn’t intend to make Hiei into Yusuke’s friend in “Yu Yu Hakusho”. It was due to advice from his editor. Togashi laughs and says if he intended to do so from the beginning, Hiei wouldn’t have been full of eyes.
Togashi loves “Reiko the Zombie Shop” by Rei Mikamoto.

Kishimoto is cheered up by watching the trailer of “DmC Devil May Cry” again and again.

You can read the full interview in Shonen Jump GIGA volume 2.

Thanks to sandman over at APForums.

  • Mr.Fork

    That thing with Hiei is pretty interesting. It makes sense and explains why hiei would rely on that form when he wasn’t intended to be apart of the team. So glad his editor advised him to change that.

  • DimoSonic

    Is he trolling ?\nHe can’t finish Hunter x Hunter and he wants to do another series too ?\nAlso GI was the second worst HxH arc

    • Kurtz

      That’s not what he said, learn to read.\n\nHe said after HxH, he would do another manga similar to Yu-gi-oh.

      • DimoSonic

        I knew that

        • Kurtz

          Then what was that crack about him trolling and him not being able to finish HxH? As if he said anything like that to give us that impression, gimme a break

      • F0X

        He can barely write HxH currently so idk why he is thinking of the future

        • Kurtz

          Honestly have no clue what you are saying here.

          • F0X

            He shouldn’t be focusing on the future right now since HxH is a shit right now so he should be focusing on that.

          • Kurtz

            Still makes no sense what you are saying. \n\nFirst off, HxH is no worse off than it was 2 years ago, the plot’s moving forward, Kurapika is about to complete his journey, and the boat looks to be a bloodbath, and the DC arc looks to be massive. \n\nSecondly, simply because he’s looking towards his next work doesn’t mean he’s looking to rush through HxH. That fucking stupid, if he wanted to end HxH he would have done so already. He doesn’t need the money so the fact that he’s still continuing means he cares a great deal about this series.\n\nIf you’ve got criticisms, actually explain them instead of making worthless comments like this.

          • F0X

            You’re really dumb how did you interpret that, my first comment wasn’t hard to decipher. You seem to have borderline autism, since HxH is shit right now compared to before Togashi lost his touch. Secondly, WHO SAID HE WAS GOING TO RUSH IT YOU FUCKTARD. He should focus more time on HXH rather than thinking up a new series

          • Kurtz

            Oh look at this, are you gonna cry now huh? Go ahead and cry and see if I give a shit.\n\nLook kid, I don’t have the patience to deal with some preteen with a 3rd grade reading comprehension. If you wanted me to take you seriously with that first comment, you failed. Why should I give the time of day to some random loser who wants to whine that HxH isn’t like the other gutter trash that you and your kind love to read. Take a walk junior, and wipe your tears while you’re at it.

          • F0X

            Seems like you’re the one having the Mental breakdown

          • Kurtz

            Not really. Remember kid, you replied to my comment to another guy not the other way around. As if I wanted your feedback, please.\n\nGo pester somebody else will ya? shoo shoo

          • F0X

            It’s really sad when a loser such as yourself tries to act edgy. Stop making a scene you being a whinny bastard and if you don’t want to talk no one has told you to reply to me. You also call the manga I read trash even though you don’t even know anything about me. If you’re going to get mad like a toddler and try to criticize people do it without making stuff up.

          • Kurtz

            Didn’t read.\n\nOkay kid, run along and get your juice box.

          • F0X

            What a sad reply.

          • Kurtz

            Not interested in reading someone bitch and moan on the internet over a comic book, lol\n\nAnd you continue to reply even though I told you to beat it.

          • F0X

            Ironic how you told me you don’t care about this conversation about 4 times. Man I have to commend you for trying to hard to be edgy.

          • Kurtz


          • SapiaNt0mata

            the kid is you, and your reading comprehension is way bellow 3rd grade

          • Bartholomew Kuma

            You obviously are not an artist, maybe not a creative person. We have ideas for other series/drawings all the time, we get inspired by things and decide to focus on the one we prioritize. Which for Togashi is probably HunterXHunter

          • F0X

            Seeing how bad he fucked us over, he doesn’t deserve that.

          • SapiaNt0mata

            we have to explain with details so that dumb fucks like you can understand

          • SapiaNt0mata

            he wrote around 20+ chapters and his back pain got worse so the short hiatus he said now became indefinite hiatus. the manga started in 1998 and has 360 chapters. One Piece started in 1997 and has 842 chapters. my point is not that One Piece has more chapters, but with that rhythm Togashi is going he will never finish HxH, and OP will finish first

      • Aymen Assem

        u sir are so stupid

        • SapiaNt0mata

          he replied to someone bellow and he said his reading comprehension is 3rd grade. his reading comprehension is kinder garden

      • SapiaNt0mata

        the one that should learn to read is you. if you were a fan of HxH manga you’d know what DimoSonic is talking about. he wants to say that with all those hiatus he makes, how the hell he will finish HxH to start another manga?

    • Bartholomew Kuma

      Greed Island was one of my favorite HxH arcs.

  • SapiaNt0mata

    and? i can do whatever i want. i replied so that others can see my reply. btw, you don’t even know what manga people read and went full retard. pathetic

    • Kurtz

      So then I should just ignore you, okay.\n\n

  • Caleb Adams

    Togashi is the best! I’ve been watching HXH over and over and I’ve analyzed Chimera Ant thoroughly, and then i just read from him here that doing so was a great idea! I’ve always felt that i “got” him as a person, or he thought along the same lines as me. He’s the person i look up to the most! 😀