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Wandering Witch Author Talks Influences, Elaina, and Self-Publishing

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In honor of the debut of the Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina anime, Anime News Network interviewed original light novel author Jougi Shiraishi.

Shiraishi said that he first began trying to becoming a professional writer at 14. After some years went by and it wasn’t happening, he decided to self-publish Wandering Witch – The Journey of Elaina online.

Then a publisher became interested. “As a story that I wrote when I gave up on my dream as an author, Wandering Witch is filled with things that I like with absolutely no consideration of industry trends, so when I received the offer I thought it was some kind of joke,” Shiraishi revealed.

He described Elaina as “a realist who understands that magic can’t accomplish absolutely everything” and listed Silence of the Lambs and Sherlock as two major influences on his work.

Talking about the new anime, he said, “This is changing the topic, but every time I watch the anime, I am wowed beyond words by C2C’s depiction of magic and (concept artist) Kazumasa Uchio’s fantasy world.”

Source: Anime News Network


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.