Tatsuki Fujimoto, the mangaka of Chainsaw Man and Fire Punch, recently revealed the reason why he decided to draw his latest one-shot Look Back.
Fujimoto is from Tohoku, the area that is infamous for the “Great earthquake disaster of East Japan”, which happened in 2011. The author was in Tohoku when the incident took place and experienced the disaster that was caused by the earthquake and Tsunami.
Witnessing the destruction caused by the disaster, Fujimoto decided to volunteer for reconstruction activity.
He felt that there was no point in drawing pictures and wanted to help in any way possible. He volunteered and worked whole day on the reconstruction activities, but there was no progress.
This made him feel helpless and that feeling of helplessness stayed with him.
Drawing Look Back was his attempt to sort out his feelings of helplessness. These feelings are portrayed in the manga too, as two aspiring artists go through the same phases.
Fujimoto admitted that he had been drawing with an empty stomach. He was always practicing drawing with his friends, something that is shown in the one shot.
After he completed Look Back, Fujimoto did not feel that helpless.
The one shot did help him sort out his feelings a bit. Basically, Look Back is based on the author’s past. And it brought back a lot of memories from back the time.
The mangaka started drawing at an early age. He had no preparatory schools available near his home, so he went to painting classes in which his grandparents attended and practiced oil painting
Fujimoto published his first serialized manga, Fire Punch, in Shueisha’s Shōnen Jump+ online magazine. It began serialization on April 18, 2016 and was collected into eight tankobon volumes.
The author’s second major work Chainsaw Man, began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 3, 2018. The part two of the series has been announced.
Fujimoto is an author who has not shied away from creating one-shots and short stories. In fact, he is currently focusing on doing more one shots even as fans await the second installation of Chainsaw man.
The author’s new short story book will be releasing on Nov. 4 in Japan.