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November 10, 2012


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The 'Nashi' interview in Barcelona:
The whole interview was posted a couple of days ago and I wanted to give an accurate translation (google translator can never be trusted) so here it is! c: (RP2 are the interviewers while HM stands for Hiro Mashima, just in case you're confused.)

RP2: The first thing to do is to thank sensei for giving us these minutes. We'd like to start with: why are your works always around magic?

HM: Because I'd love to learn how to do magic.

RP2: Do you feel comfortable developing stories centered on magic?

HM: Yes, I feel very comfortable because magic is what allows you, on one side, to dream while on the other side, gives you a big amount of freedom. In the end, it is a fantasy world, but the feelings of the characters have a special importance.

RP2: Have you thought about getting into other stories about magic?

HM: Yes, I'm thinking in a lot of them. What I don't know is if I can announce any of them in any early future.

RP2: There's a lot of rumors about your influences, could you tell us which were your true beginnings?

HM: The truth is that I was never an assistant of any mangaka.

RP2: And how have you defined your style, then?

HM: Of course I have lot of influence from mangakas from the past, but the most important thing to define my own style was draw a lot, I am auto didactic and via the way of trial and error and having the chance of showing my work to the readers and receive their feedback and impressions I have formed my own style.

RP2: What do you think of the fact of your work being edited out of japan?

HM: It is something that makes me very happy.

RP2: Being curious, why do the characters have the names of seasons?

HM: That is because you know the names of seasons in japanese (laughter). In the end it had something to do with the situation with the magazine at that moment, in said magazine Rave was also published and at that time there were no other stories with the fantasy theme, 'magic'. I wanted to have names with lot of 'tone' in them, like the occidental names, but then maybe japanese readers wouldn't feel very identified or would think it was too far away from what they knew, and from there the first character was born, Haru.

RP2: Changing the subject a bit, recently the adaptation of Fairy Tail was aired on the anime screen, are you satisfied with the work done by A-1 pictures and Masaya Fujimori?

HM: Yes, I am very proud of it.

RP2: Do you think maybe Fairy Tail is living its best moment now? Do you think it can go for more?

HM: That depends on the fans, I am willing to create stories more and more interesting and entertaining but obviously the popularity level influences a lot.

RP2: Do you have any other surprise reserved for us?

HM: I love surprising my readers, it doesn't seem like seven years passed already, but yes, I still have a lot of ideas to keep surprising everyone.

RP2: We'd like to know, in the hypothetical case in which Natsu and Lucy ended together, have you thought any time of the names for their children?

HM: I don't know what to say, I have  never thought about it (laughter). But, without a doubt, it would be Nashi (nothing).

RP2: We'd like to know if there will be any more short stories about Fairy Tail?

HM: Yes, I'll make plenty of them.

RP2: Would you like for Fairy Tail hame with the Monster Hunter style to exist?

HM: Of course I would.

RP2: With what character would you play?

HM: Natsu of course, but also Erza could change her outfit more easily and that would be fun too.

RP2: With which of your characters from Fairy Tail do you feel more identified with?

HM: That's complicated, all the characters have a part of me, so I could say they all recemble me in a certain way but in another way they're nothing alike at all.  Maybe the one who has the most parts of me would be Lucy, but in any case, they're all very evenly split.

RP2: Have you visited Spain before?

HM: It is my first time and it's a great country.

RP2: Have you tasted any of our custom dishes?

HM: Potato tortilla (laughter).

RP2: What message do you have for our readers?

HM: Being a mangaka means thinking about the readers, so you try to not only draw what you think is interesting, but what your readers are expecting as well.


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Fairy Tail Songs
  • Reading: Fairy Tail, Naruto
  • Watching: Fairy Tail, Naruto
  • Playing: Noting just watching anime/manga
  • Eating: Lasagna
  • Drinking: Water
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Captain-Egg Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student General Artist
no offense to nalu shippers but i hope that nalu doesn't happen in the show (but go ahead full blast on shipping, i dont mind) because it just, well you know.
makes it less entertaining?
i mean what happened to me watching dragon ball z, i stopped after goku got married.
the main character is pulled away from the show in my opinion.
why else do you think hiro mashima avoids juvia and gray but still continues to add his inner shipping in it.
im fine if he likes shipping in the show
i mean its funny
like that episode with the natsu secret and blush thing but it was just a joke
so yup.

my opinion, pls dont hate my wife is pregnant (jk jk jk, if you saw the piglet and pooh bear joke you'll get it)
TheWriterAndGoddess Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Hey that's fine and shipping is just part of the show plus it's good for the characters of the show to get romantic interests because it's means the characters are matureing and just because a show has a little bit of romance doesn't mean you should stop watching the show (also Dragon Ball Z is still has epic moments and fights so you can forget all of romance stuff) and I think hiro won't cannon Nalu until the very end so yeah. Oh and I don't hate you for not liking it it's all cool
justmeJuli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm shipping Nalu very much but the fact that Hiro said how'd he call their child doesn't mean they are actually going to have one xD
FeelingSmurfy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  New member
Actually the name Nashi is put together from Natsu and some other translation of the name Lucy. Also he said he hadn't really thought about Nalu before so it isn't really cannon. Though I would absultely love it if Natsu and Lucy got together hehe
Zobear55 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
If nashi mean "not here yet" maybe hiro is saying HE WASNT THINKING ABOUT IT AS A MAIN IDEA but did consider it. so i guess nalu is happening and nashi might happen too. But when i watch the anime and read the manga, yes there is romance but only a lil it is mainly action (at the beginning) then we start to go into fairytail 2014 thats when nalu gets interesting. Personally im all for nalu and yea its going to happen but nashi idk if that will really come true.
oFairyTailo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
he said if they had one not they will have one :(Cry forever 
Fluffy-Tuna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlaughsplz: don't you guys get the joke?
Nashi? Nashi means nothing, so he basically said that there won't be a NaLu child. He didn't confirm anything at all.
I have nothing against NaLu, but really, that joke was glaringly obvious.
That-Kawaii-Chic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
*Heavy Breathing* the feels   YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS NALU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3!!!!!!!!!    Marluxia Faint 
Ghosteree Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I used to think Nashi was made out of NAtsu and RuSHI
FeelingSmurfy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  New member
It still is
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