From 1998-2008 46 year-old manga author Hiroki Endo wrote Gnostic-informed, hyper-violent, political sci-fi Eden: It's an Endless World!, published in North America by Dark Horse, for Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Afternoon. Then, from 2008-2016, he wrote mixed martial arts sports manga All Rounder Meguru for Evening. Now, he's back in Afternoon and back to sci-fi in his new Soft Metal Vampire.
A more modern Japanese New Year's tradition is watching a major fight card, whether it is kick boxing, MMA or even prowrestling. So, the timing was appropriate for manga author Hiroko Endo to sit down for an interview with semi-amateur MMA fight league Shooto's Toshiharu Suzuki, then send his editor into the ring. Check out the video after the jump.