What Anime Inspired Dr. Stone

Dr: STONE is by far one of the most unique manga running in Weekly Shonen Jump right now, as it focuses on brains over brawn in a post-apocalyptic survival drama. I've long been interested in how author Riichiro Inagaki managed to craft and maintain such a unique story in collaboration with artist Boichi, and a new interview with Comic Natalie gives us a little insight into just that. The interview was carried out to promote the first volume release of Arata Primal: The New Primitive, a new series currently serialized via Shueisha's online Jump Plus service and available in English via MANGA Plus. Arata Primal also focuses on characters from the modern day trying to survive in a primitive era, making it a natural foil to Inagaki and Boichi's Dr. Even though the interview was supposed to promote Arata Primal above all else, Inagaki ended up spending a fair amount of time talking about his own series at the behest of Arata Primal artist-writer duo Katsutoshi Murase and Daisuke Oikawa, who clearly respect Inagaki's work a whole lots. One of the first things Inagaki was asked was, fittingly, how he came up with the idea for Dr. STONE in the first place. According to Inagaki, it all started with the characters. He'd noticed that many shonen protagonists were kind of flashy, with crazy super powers or abilities, and thought that it might be kind of cool to have a more "normal" protagonist for once.

Thinking about the world in general, Inagaki also reckoned that there was no real need to make something up when there's already plenty of people who are pretty cool in their own way, yet don't get much of the limelight - such as scientists and researchers. Thus, the foundational idea for Dr. STONE's protagonist Senku was born. Yet it wasn't as if Senku just appeared out of thin air. Rather, Inagaki professes to use a method of character creation that he refers to as "acting." Essentially, Inagaki recognizes that a storyteller or writer can only create a limited number of truly interesting and compelling characters in their lifetime. Inagaki wasn't just drawn to the character of Agon for the sake of ease, however. The Dr. STONE author professes that he likes the type of curt, no-nonsense character that both Agon and Senku embody. Furthermore, he felt like his utilization of Agon in Eyeshield 21 only showed that type of character's bad sides, and in the setting of Dr. STONE, he figured that he could perhaps bring out the good sides of such a character. But even such an efficient method for creating and writing characters isn't enough to save Inagaki from the hardships of maintaining the quality of an ongoing series. During the interview, Inagaki shared that while the setting of Dr. STONE makes it is easy to figure out character motivations and get readers to sympathize with them - after all, no one wants to live in a cave - it can be hard to establish more specific goals for the characters to achieve in order to keep the narrative focused.

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In addition, the scientific focus of the series means that Inagaki has to stick as closely to reality as possible - which often necessitates a lot of research. In fact, Inagaki told Comic Natalie that he recently had to take a hot air balloon trip for research in order to properly be able to write a recent part in Dr. STONE where the main characters ride in one. One final thing that Inagaki touched on during the interview was how his cooperation with artist Boichi works. Surprisingly, Inagaki and Boichi have apparently only met in person a couple of times, and work in different places. Instead of meeting up, Inagaki simply draws storyboards and faxes them to his editor, who then forwards them to Boichi. Inagaki remarks that "direction" is becoming increasing important in the modern world of manga, which is why he continues to draw storyboards despite Boichi's artistic prowess. He claims that writing out a scenario for each chapter can easily lead to different priorities for the writer and artist, resulting in a lesser work. Perhaps this is why we're seeing an increase in artist-writer duos in the modern Weekly Shonen Jump, most notable of which the duo of Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and artist Akira Okubo for the newly launched Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaruden. Keeping a story afloat, not least of which interesting in the hectic environment of weekly serialization has always seemed somewhat miraculous to me, so to see in the interview how an author of Inagaki's caliber tackles the problems of starting and maintaining a series is invaluable. I'd also further argue that it is precisely because of Inagaki's intelligent approach that Dr. STONE is one of the best manga in Weekly Shonen Jump right now, which is available to read in English via VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump.

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This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.

His favorite food is Dorayaki.

He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.

Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.

39;s gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese).

The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.

He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer.

She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).

Gian is also confident in cooking, but just like his singing, his hand made food can be a nightmare for other people very easily. However, Gian does not hesitate to help his friends when they are in real trouble. Throughout the series, particularly the films, he is often the one who voices the most concern and refuses to look away when there is a problem, an opposite of Suneo's cowardice. While he is described by others as daunting and intimidating, he is very sensitive and prone to crying when something touching happens, and he actually values ​​his friends highly, a feeling which his friends sometimes reciprocate. Gian also has a soft spot for his younger sister, Jaiko, and usually tries to prevent her from trouble, even if she can perfectly handle her situation. Gian basically is a bullying 'tsundere'. His catchphrase is "What's mine is mine. What's yours is also mine." (「俺の物は、俺の物。お前の物も俺の物。」, "Ore no mono wa, ore no mono. Omae no mono mo ore no mono."), also known as Gianism (ジャイアニズム, Jaianizumu) in Japan (the Japanese band Nightmare have borrowed the term for their albums Gianism Best Ofs and Gianizm). Pisces) is the fox-faced (inherited) from his mother) rich child who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone, especially Nobita. A lot of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game, toy or pet which evokes Nobita's envy.

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