In a recent interview with Manga Passion, mangaka Keiichi Arawi made a bunch of revelation regarding Nichijou manga, including the reason for restarting its serialization again after six years of concluding it, and also the character he relate to the most.
Arawi had concluded Nichijou manga after the publication of its 10th volume in 2015, as he felt it was too exhausting, and wanted to try his hand on illustrations and novels.
However, during this brief timeout from creating manga, his passion for creating the same was burning more than ever deep inside him. In order to burn this passion out completely he decided to serialize a new manga CITY in a weekly magazine.
Rather than exhausting his passion for manga, CITY made him realize how fun it was working on manga. This was one of the reasons that made him take up Nichijou again after 6 years of completing it.
The letters he received from fans also played an important role in helping him come to this decision as it made him made him realize how much the manga was loved by the readers.
“Since I was exhausted from manga, I wanted to finish Nichijou – The Very Ordinary Life and move on to illustrations or novels. However, I noticed that something inside me was still burning for manga. So I thought, if anything, I should let it burn out, which is why I started publishing CITY in a weekly magazine. However, CITY showed me how much fun it is to draw manga. After I finished working on CITY, I thought about what it would be like to return to Nichijou – The Very Ordinary Life, which was one of the reasons to resume publishing.“
“Also, through letters from fans, I felt how much Nichijou – The Very Ordinary Life is still loved by readers from all over the world, even though many years have passed, which also played an important role. When I resumed work on Nichijou – The Very Ordinary Life, I myself was quite surprised at how much I loved the manga.“
When asked about the character in the manga that he can relate to and the most similar to him, he revealed that it was all of them.
This, according to Keiichi, was due to him having many personalities, as he can adapt himself to people in the real world depending on the situation.
He also revealed that back if someone asked him his favourite character, it would’ve been Sakurai-Sensei, but now it is all of them he created.
When it comes to characters who are similar to me, I’m afraid it’s all of them. Maybe I’m a person with a lot of personalities. The fact that I adapt to other people in the real world, or change my First-Person pronouns depending on the medium, may also be related to this.
About ten years ago, someone asked me what character I liked, my answer was Sakurai-sensei. Since I got the response, “I can imagine that,” I’ve resolved to answer with, “I like all the characters I’ve created!”
Nichijou began serialization in the December 2006 issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s manga magazine Shōnen Ace, and was also serialized in Comptiq between the March 2007 and July 2008 issues. Kadokawa Shoten later published all chapters of the series’ initial run in ten tankōbon volumes from July 2007 to December 2015.
The manga series ended with its tenth volume, which was released on December 10, 2015, along with a limited edition commemorating the tenth anniversary of the series, which included a 120-page companion book.
On Oct 20, 2021, Arawi announced Nichijou would be serializing again in Monthly Shonen Ace from Oct 26, 2021, and the eleventh volume of the manga was released on Dec 26, 2022.
An original video animation (OVA) episode on March 12, 2011.
A 26-episode anime television series directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and produced by Kyoto Animation was broadcast on independent television stations from April 3 to Sep 21, 2011.
Source: Manga Passion
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