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Do you prefer adapting existing light novel or manga material to anime like Toradora!, Blast of Tempest, and Gosick or writing original anime stories like Hanasaku Iroha or Anohana?
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What is the one thing you think about, the one thing that drives you to write the kind of beautiful stories that you do?
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Wow. All of her works are among my favorites!

Ask her if shes aware how much her work is loved by those outside of Japan. (if you want)
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Pertaining Hanasaku Iroha which couple do you like the best? OhanaXKouichi, MinkoXTouru, OhanaXTouru or any couple in Hanasaku Iroha?
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First, I'd tell Okada Sama, that I love the sympathetic psychological insights she reveals about how people in groups deal with each other, and how people deal with each other individually over time. Then, I'd want to ask...

1) What's your favorite part of this kind of story telling? Creating a overarching world view, or finding, as you create, the little surprises the story revels to you as it unfolds? The creative planning, the unplanned inspirations, or what?

2) Your insight into human nature is acute. I wonder if you feel that your story telling skills spring from your deep analysis of personal experience, or do you consider yourself a keen and empathic observer?

3) How do you imagine the flow of the story? Does it develop as a result of the innate nature of the characters you imagine? Does it result from the goals you give the characters and their collision with the structure of the world you've defined for them? What inspires you?

4) What do you like to read?


Whatever the answers, I hope Okada sama has a long and fruitful career, and a very satifying life!

SailorBee, have a great interview and thanks for all you do!

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Did you ever have any of those moments where after the anime airs you think "I could have written that part better"?

Which characters in AnoHana and Hanasaku Iroha did you connect with the most while writing them? Who and why?

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I'll save my question for her panel at Anime Expo...but thanks for the opportunity.
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My question would be:
Did you have help to get to the point you're at now? What kind of people were they and how did they help you?
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To Mari Okada-sensei: In January of this year we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Anime on Japanese Television, what as a writer do you feel has made the medium of Anime so special, and endearing through all these years?

(And Thank You!^^)
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I have a few questions I've always wanted to ask a scriptwriter:

1. What's the biggest difference in process between adapting manga into anime versus adapting light novels into anime?

2. What do you consider to be your greatest single piece of work?

3. Have you ever gotten writer's block, and if so, how did you handle it?

4. Have you ever gotten into an argument with a show's director over a major creative decision in a show? If so, how did that turn out?

5. Do you work at the animation studio with the animators, or do you work from home (or some other location)?
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First, I love everything Mari Okada has worked on so thanks to her so much for writing those episodes and series compositions, et al. And thanks to Crunchyroll for bringing them to us!

My questions:

How was it different writing for a movie version of Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home compared to writing a TV series?

Would you have preferred to do a second TV series of Hanasaku Iroha or was it better to create a movie?

What series that you've worked on would you like to write more episodes for? I know she can't say which ones might not be announced yet, just looking for her opinion here.

Did you always want to be a script and screenplay writer or did you want to write novels or manga? Anohana manga is the only one I think you've written, how was that compared to writing scripts? You haven't done one since, is that because you are so busy with scripts or because you prefer writing screenplays?

Thanks for all you've done. I look forward to your future work!
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Please bring us the Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home movie, Crunchyroll!!!
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"You always seem to portray childhood friends/best friends romance in a good light, especially in your original works such as True Tears, Hanasaku Iroha, AnoHana, and maybe even the upcoming shows like Nagi no Asakura and True Tours Nanto. Has this been a coincidence, or is it related to what you think is the ideal romance?"
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"Do you take a different approach in your writing style when it comes to Anime Movies than to Anime Tv series? Do you feel like you have more freedom as a writer when writing longer scripts for movies? Also, congratulations on Hanaksau Ihora: Home Sweet Home and I am looking forward to the Ano Hana movie coming out in the summer."
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This is super exciting. What I want to know is:

There's recently been a growing trend of trap manga aimed at girls as part of the BL gentre. Wandering Son takes itself very seriously for the most part, though. Was it difficult to write for because of that?
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My question is, where was the flower they saw that day? I couldn't find it.
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