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Mari Okada is one of the most prolific writers currently working in the anime industry.

She's been apart of some of anime's greatest story-telling, having written for titles such as AnoHana, Toradora, Wandering Son, Blast of Tempest, and Pet Girl of Sakurasou. One of her most recent masterpieces, Hanasaku Iroha has also joined the Crunchy Kingdom ~ !

Hanasaku Iroha centers around 16-year-old Ohana Matsumae who moves from
Tokyo to out in the country to live with her grandmother at an onsen ryokan named Kissuisō ~




Crunchyroll's own Keikawa and SailorBee will be interviewing the writer herself, and we want to bring your questions TO HER ~ !

We would like to bring questions from Crunchyroll users with us and have THOSE make up our interview ~ !

SO HERE'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.

♫ Simply, write your question in this thread ~ !

You have until MIDNIGHT, Friday April 19th, 2013 to submit your questions.

If you miss this deadline, feel free to FOLLOW and TWEET your Questions to us ~ !

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The ten questions we choose to ask Okada-san, will win PREMIUM EDITIONS of the Hanasaku Iroha Boxset from NIS America ~ !

♫ Thank everyone ~ ! We cannot wait to bring home answers to your QUESTIONS!




♥ And remember, if you haven't already watched Hanasaku Iroha, you MUST ~ !

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Must have more Hanasaku Iroha seasons!
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Awesome, I love Hanasaku Iroha!

Let's see… I think I'll ask a typical one:
"What was the most challenging part of writing the script for Hanasaku Iroha?"
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OMG. I am a huge fan of Hanasaku Iroha. As a fan, I noticed that it takes a lot of perspective/ imagination to write Hanasaku Iroha the way it was written. Every character is unique and the relationship between each one is very interesting. In fact, the characters seem like real people in real life--probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. What inspired/influenced you write the story of Hanasaku Iroha and come up with ideas for such unique characters? Did you mirror any people you knew in real life to the characters in the anime?

If not, which character is your favorite and why?
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Hanasaku Iroha is great. Plan on buying that when I can afford to(maybe I'll get it when I go to Anime Boston next month).

"Okada-san, out of all the shows you've worked on, which character is the most like yourself? Why would this character be the most like yourself?"
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What is your day like when writing a script, do you have a routine?
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How do you come up with a story? Plot lines and stuff? Is each story just a sporadic bout of inspiration or is each story intricately built day after day month after month? I often find myself accidentally involving plot lines from other stories whenever I attempt to write and it annoys me to no end. I only ask because every story you write is original and amazing, I just don't know how you keep doing it!

Also, and this isn't a part of the question , I'd like to thank you for giving me the chance to experience stories such as The Pet Girl of Sakurasou and Blast of Tempest (oh! And Toradora!). Everything you touch is art, a reprieve. Sakurasou especially, I'd eagerly await every episode, every week and the mid season break broke my heart (especially with that cliffhanger ). I'm going to stop before I start sounding creepy, but, y'know, thanks.

- Chris.
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What do you enjoy most about writing scripts and which one has been your favorite to work on?
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a question huh, how about "When writing a script, which do you find to be more important character interaction or the story?"
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My question: "Your stories are really touching and sincere in the way the characters struggle and go about their lives. What do you feel is the most important element to creating a story/characters that really get the audience excited to root for them, cry with them and laugh with them?"

Lol, I don't know if that question makes sense, but it makes sense in my head!
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How much time does it take to do location research for a story like Hanasaku Iroha?
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Fantastic anime, the ending was so emotional yet brilliant.

As the setting for Hanasaku Iroha was modelled after Yukawa, was there any people you met or areas you came across that influenced your decisions in the script for Hanasaku Iroha?
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"One of the reasons I love your work is the characters. They have depth and personality and they are strikingly human and relatable. Do you have a process you use to create them or is it something that just comes naturally to you as a writer?"

"How do you feel about Anime as a medium for storytelling? Are there things that you like or dislike about it compared to more traditional formats?"

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"Is there anyone who had a big influence on your writing? If so, who, and why?"

"Do you have a dream project? Something you have always wanted to work on? Maybe a play or the script for a video game or something?"

"What is your favorite thing to do with your hard earned free time? Any hobbies that pique your interest?"
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What is the source of all inspiration to make all your beautiful work?
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Mari Okada,

When writing an Original Anime, how do you come up with the themes you want to convey to the viewer?

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