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When you sit down to write, what is the ritual? By ritual I mean, how do you prepare your mind to receive—or enable yourself to go out and seek—the words or the story, or maybe, just the essence of both?
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Was writing stories what she always thought she will do or was it something that just happened to her?
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- Is there anyone in the industry that you haven't worked with, that you would like to?

- Have you ever thought about contributing to an anime in a different way, such as directing, voice acting, etc..?

- When did you realize you wanted to write for a career, and who, if anyone, inspired you to write?

- After gaining fame from your successful anime series, have you noticed any change in your life?

- Have you ever considered writing for non-anime tv series or movie; such as a drama or live action movie?

- Out of all the characters you have created who do you feel you relate to the most; why?
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Not only have you worked on many different genres of anime, but you have also worked on shows with very different tones. From heartwarming slice-of-life dramas to random troll comedies, you are quite adept at utilizing these in different ways.

How much of a role do you have in deciding what the overall tone of a work should be, and is there a particular type of show that you like to work on the most?
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All of the characters in your shows are always so well developed throughout the series that their individual personalities are really able to shine through. What types of characters do you enjoy writing for and developing the most and why? Which type do you find the most challenging? Which individual character has been the most fun to write so far?

This is going to be the most awesome interview ever.
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My question would be:

Do you base characters off of people you know, or take an archetype and work off that, or mix both together when you come up with your main protagonists? I would imagine working in the industry and with the likes of Kugimiya Rie and others, you would have a pretty good base for some interesting characters!
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Hi, I have loved each of these anime. My question would have to be:
What do you believe anime to be, a form of storytelling, a way to describe reality, or a form of entertainment and why?

More Questions:
What sort of connection do you hold with each of the anime that you have written?
From the anime that you have written, what are you attempting to convey to the audience?
Thank you for having the time to answer these questions.
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Okada-san Hanasaku Iroha is an anime which has a lot of different emotions and people with unique personalities, did you use your past experience when writing the script to make the anime more life like and to make it so the audience could relate and use what they saw to help themselves.



Also do you ever have an special attachment to your works and feel proud like and parent does over their child?
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My question would have to be:

What past works or writers do you draw inspiration from, and, more specifically, what themes or emotions from those works or writers do you find yourself most captivated by?


I love all your work so far. I'm definitely looking forward to any future projects you may be involved with.
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What's it like being a Cultural ambassador for Japan?
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Where did you get the inspiration to write Hanasaku Iroha? Did you have to go to any Inns?
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~ Who (or what) has had the biggest influence on your writing style?

~ What gives you the most encouragement to keep writing? (Certain things fans do, personal goals, people close to you, etc.)

~ What are some of the current trends in anime that you would like to see changed?

~ Which of your characters would you say has gone on to become the most archetypal? (within the anime/manga industry as a whole or within it's given genre)

~ What is your favorite Japanese proverb?


As for Kudos: Toradora! is still my #1 favorite anime, and Anohana is in the top 3 or 5, so keep up the great work!
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To a wonder artist: Will any of your wonderful creations become a longer series?They are all so brilliant on so many levels, but have such quick endings.

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Miss Mari Okada,

In your anime projects, you seem to extensively create realistic, yet complex relationships between characters. Although some may say these are all too common, and have been well explored, your writing of the relationship between Iroha and her grandmother in "Hanasaku Iroha" seems to go beyond just changing perceptions.
What did you want to achieve with these characters, and what insight did you want to provide us with our own complex day to day interactions?
Certainly, the quintessential theme in the anime is relationships and family, but I feel this is more of an exploration into our perspectives of others as humans, rather than just simply what we see skin deep.
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My question: Have you ever thought about doing a yuri version of one of your stories, or writing an original yuri story?
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