Thursday, September 20, 2007

Animation Insider Interviews Frederik L. Schodt

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Animation Insider has posted one of the most extensive interviews yet with Japan expert Frederik L. Schodt, author of The Astro Boy Essays. With Osamu Tezuka, Japan's "God of Manga," gaining more and more popularity in the West, the timing for this interview with one of Tezuka's main translators couldn't be better. In the interview, Schodt says:

Tezuka had a real gift for being able to communicate with people on an equal level. When I worked with him, I was always struck by the way he could communicate with small children--and adults too--from what seemed to be all walks of life. I think that he was genuinely interested in people, and that made them feel comfortable. They probably didn't realize it, of course, but when they were talking to Tezuka, he was also sucking ideas out of their brains for future stories.
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