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Tsuyoshi Nagasawa has directed favorites such as Shaman King, Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy, and To Love-Ru ~

Not only that, but he's the Director for the series feauturing everyone's favorite Crawling Chaos, NYARKO-SAN !

Watch Nyarko-San on Crunchyroll now!

"I'm the chaos that always crawls up to you with a smile, Nyarlathotep." A silver haired girl appeared with this nonsensical catch phrase!



We have the interview for you ~ ! So sorry about the horrible delay! As an apology, I will be giving all winners a YEAR LONG premium anime membership for the inconvenience. Waaahhh ~ !

PauPow: My question is this: "Have you made any modifications with non-Japanese audiences in mind?" Thanks!

Turning a creature from the Cthulhu Mythos into a beautiful, moe girl is probably only possible in Japanese anime, manga, or light novels. If I was going to do this, I wanted to give it my all. That was kind of the mindset I had when tackling this title.

I was able to see the feedback from fans in other countries through translation sites. Since this title is based on the works of H.P Lovecraft, an American horror writer, I was utterly terrified of seeing what kind of feedback would come from the audience overseas, but I was very encouraged by some of the supportive comments. Thank you very much!


Kaitou_Moeun_1: What is your favorite Kamen Rider series?

From the design point of view, I like Kamen Rider W. The simple and solid design is just to die for. I also like the whole “two-in-one” Kamen Rider concept. Instead of adding parts, changing the colors to release different abilities is a great idea, too.

From the character point of view, I like Kamen Rider Den-O. You just can’t ignore how all the Imagin’s unique personalities shine through! They’re also known for their awesome quotes, too, like “Ore wa saisho kara climax daze!” [“I’m already at the climax from the beginning!” Ed.]

I love any pieces with a bunch of unique characters running rampant.



TheBlueMage13: My question is: “How familiar were you with H. P. Lovecraft's works prior to working on Nyaruko, and how much did you learn about them while working on the series?”

When I was a student (It’s been over 20 years now!), I used to play Japanese localized versions of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu. So, I’ve been familiar with the Cthulhu Mythos and Lovecraft since then, and used to read the translated version of Lovecraft’s works and other pieces related to the Cthulhu Mythos. I’ve also read some Cthulhu Mythos written by Japanese authors, as well. I remember being excited when I first saw the original novel of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san at a bookstore, and thinking, “Wow, they’ve actually made that Nyarlathotep into a pretty girl character? That’s impressive.”

I would say my foundation is Call of Cthulhu from Chaosium Inc., which has really influenced the illustrations and graphics. Even today, I still attend tabletop RPG conventions and enjoy playing that game with friends.


TheCoolAlchemist: Who are your favorite anime directors, and do you feel that they have influenced your work in any way? (And can you give examples of how?)

Director Hidehito Ueda has had a direct influence on me. Mr. Ueda is a great mentor who’s taught me about directing ever since my entry into the anime industry. With Mr. Ueda, I’ve worked on H2 (a baseball manga by Mitsuru Adachi), Nessa no Haou Gandalla, Cybuster, and Heisei Time Bokan; Kiramekiman. As a child, I was a big fan of the Time Bokan series, so being able to be part of the making of Heisei Time Bokan: Kiramekiman was quite a moving experience for me.

Director Mamoru Oshii is another director that I’ve looked up to since I was a student. I can’t express how much influence Urusei Yatsura has had on me. Speaking of that, the story about a woman invading from space and creating chaos in the human world does sound familiar. A scene in the final episode, where Mahiro wanders through town, is an homage to Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer.


LolitsRonald: If you had to create an original character for the show, what type of character would it be? Would it be an alien or human? Boy or Girl? Personality? Based on someone you know?

I actually become very cautious when creating original characters. That being said, I did create Ghutatan and Lloigor...

I have no hesitation toward creating new monsters, beasts, and enemies, since every episode needs an antagonist. However, I believe it’s more ideal to stick with the characters from the original piece when it comes to the main roles.

I wouldn’t care about such details if I was playing my original tabletop RPG with my friends as a gamemaster. I would create a Kamen Rider, whose body had been taken over by a Cthulhu, attacking Nyaruko, a beautiful girl who’s turned into a grimoire, or I’d just pull my favorite characters from my favorite anime and manga, and make them all go cause a riot.


iblessall: How do you maintain the difficult balance between working on a creative piece of media like anime and trying to make it commercially viable? Have you found any common ways to make both the creative and business side of producing anime come together?

This is a very big challenge. Since I’m still new at this, I haven’t figured out a rule...

I think there are two parts to the business side. There’s the process of creating and completing a film production. Then, there’s the process of marketing the title to the masses and driving them to watch it.

For the former, there are limitless things to practice, such as: close communication among staff; making sure everyone is happy; paying attention to resource distribution; and not causing any trouble for others by becoming sick or injured. But these are very standard things that apply to any job, and that’s why they’re important.

The latter is outside of my expertise, so in Nyaruko’s case, it was handled completely by Avex. I did my best to help and support them by answering interviews and attending events.


makemunnings: After you complete the anime you are working on, do you watch the completed project? Or do you wait and see how the audience likes it first?

Although the thought of, “I have to watch the completed one, too?” does cross my mind since I usually end up watching a series over and over again during the production process, I do watch the completed piece, too. Very rarely, there may be a wrong cut inserted into the final mix, or other human errors, so I have to check it to the very end.

I’m also very aware of viewer feedback. I make note of the praises and suggestions for improvements, and as for harsh criticisms—I try to face them with a cool attitude.



awtsxd: Which one do you prefer, tsundere or yandere?

I prefer tsundere, but deredere is even better!


CrazyYanmega: If Nyaruko could pull a character from another anime you've worked on into her universe, who would she abduct and why?

It would definitely have to be Mio Isurugi, the heroine from MM!. She claims that she’s a deity and is responsible for granting people’s wishes. Her goals and methods are often confusing, but she possesses this unwavering strength that pulls everyone around her. She is full of chaotic, romantic, and comedic energy that’s as powerful as Nyaruko’s. I wonder what would happen if the two were put in the same scene... Just thinking about it makes me very excited.

Negi980: Are ahoges [The large ‘foolish hair’ sticking out from the top of a character’s head. Ed.] another appendage of Nyarlathotepians, or is Nyaruko's ahoge just abnormally lively? Nyaruko's ahoge is one of the best ahoges I have seen recently. I have also noticed that her brother, Nyaruo has one.

Lovecraft stated, “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” (The Call of Cthulhu, 1928)
There are things in the world that are better to be left unknown, because when you look into darkness, the darkness is looking back into you, too.



THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE ~ ! I'll be PMing all the winners shortly.


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Hi SailorBee

My question is;

How long does it take to produce one episode of anime, how long before an episode’s air date is it fully completed & voiced and how much does it take to produce one episode of anime?

AND the very last question - sorry if I'm asking too much. Is there any other anime series that he really wanted to be the director of?
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My question is this: "Have you ever made any modifications thinking about non-Japanese audiences?" Thanks!
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M question is: Who is your favorite and how much do you as a director interact with the voice actors?
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What series is your favorite Kamen Rider?
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Will there be another season of Nyaruko? If so, will it feature more Mahiro X Hastur antics?
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My question: How did you decide on which voice actors were perfect to play the characters in the series?
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Garuda475 wrote:

My question: How did you decide on which voice actors were perfect to play the characters in the series?


OF course you would LOL
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My question: What's the weirdest experience you've had working on an anime?
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My Question is: How familiar were you with H. P. Lovecraft's works prior to working on Nyarko-San and how much did you learn about them while working on the series?
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My question : While directing anime have you ever snuck in something that would seem like a signature for you that no one else could tell or put in a joke that without anyone knowing it was there could never figure it out? Like how every episode of the cartoon "Adventure Time" has at least one scene with a small snail walking and waving and without anyone telling you this you wouldn't even notice it.


Might be too long but oh well.
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my question is: when you direct Nyaruko what gave you the idea for your episodes?
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Question: What inspired you the most to create such a storyline for Shaman King? -Love it btw.
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Who are your favorite anime directors, and do you feel that they have influenced your work in any way? (And can you give examples of how?)
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"Publisher's standpoint aside, as a director, what are your opinions about the increasingly popularity of international anime distribution channels and legal streaming sites like Crunchyroll?"
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