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Creators’ Corner: Exclusive Interview with Kobuchi

Hello from futekiya! With the release of new chapters of The Omega Call this month, let’s get to know more about its creator Kobuchi in this exclusive interview!

 

Hello, Kobuchi-sensei!  Thank you for taking the time to join us today!  Could you give us a brief introduction?

It’s nice to meet you. I’m Kobuchi.
I am a Japanese person who works while drawing manga as a hobby.  Since I’m mostly self-taught when it comes to drawing manga, I’m still an amateur, but I hope you like my work.

 

When did you first become interested in manga and BL works?

I first got into manga when I was in kindergarten. I remember that, thanks to my big sister’s influence, I said at my kindergarten graduation that I wanted to become a mangaka. I started drawing in the 3rd grade in elementary school.

 

What made you decide to draw your manga? 

I’ve liked fantasizing ever since I was a kid, so making stories up in my head was how
I would play when I was by myself.  And since drawing was my hobby, I think it started
naturally with me using something familiar as a way of expressing those fantasies.

 

What is your favorite BL work?

A favorite… It’s hard to decide. *laugh* Let me give you my top two.
I like Marimo Ragawa-sensei’s New York, New York, and In These Words by Jun Togai-sensei and Narcissus-sensei of Guilt | Pleasure.

 

Right now, futekiya is releasing three of your BL works (The Demon’s Foundling, I’m Sorry, God, and The Omega Call).  Who is your favorite character and/or ship from your manga?

My favorite character is Mel from The Demon’s Foundling.
My favorite ship is Goto x Shu from The Omega Call.
I think Goto especially, is my ideal seme character.

 

What manga or other works have had an impact on your own?

Of course, the manga by the mangaka I mentioned in question 4 have been big, but additionally, there are also Takehiko Inoue-sensei’s Slam Dunk, Hajime Isayama-sensei’s Attack on Titan, and Haruichi Furudate-sensei’s Haikyu!!
I’ve learned a lot from their stories, dialogue, idiosyncratic characters, and their sense of humor.

 

What do you like most about drawing BL manga?

I like the clash of characters’ emotions.  I think that especially because the obstacles for same-sex love are bigger than those for love between men and women, the real draw is in those conflicts or differences in values.  I hope that I can capture that well in my work, but it’s pretty difficult. ^ ^

 

We have a question from a fan!  YoungGreen says, “I see that The Omega Call is set in the Omegaverse.  When did you first become interested in the Omegaverse?  And what made you want to write a story about it?”

I first heard about the Omegaverse about 5 or 6 years ago from a review by a friend who is also an independent creator.
I heard that “There’s apparently a type or a world where people of the same sex can love each other without any issue!” I thought, “Amazing! You’re telling me there was a world that was so convenient for fujoshi!?” From there, I started getting interested and looked up a little more information.
I wanted to write a story as soon as I looked up the Omegaverse. I suppose the biggest reason was that it’s a type of world where it’s easy to make a bunch of stories about ways for love to come to fruition. The power dynamic between alphas and omegas, going into heat, someone’s fated mate, and so on — there were just so many juicy ingredients to use.

That said, I felt that some things would make immersion a bit difficult if both the artist and the reader didn’t do some kind of research beforehand, so it took a while for me actually to try my hand at it. But then, I thought it might be okay to use a world I didn’t think too deeply about, and that put me where I am now.

 

One more fan question! Rika says, “I loved The Demon’s Foundling! Will you make a sequel?”

Thank you very much.

I really want to. I’ve imagined up to the end of the story in my head, but because the world I imagined is so big, I’m facing the pitiable dilemma of the fact that my technique wouldn’t be able to keep up. I’m struggling through it right now. *laugh* I think it’ll probably be after Omega is finished, but I want to try bringing the story to a good stopping place. I hope you can be patient with me.

 

Thank you for allowing us to release your work.  Could you tell us what you think of futekiya?

Likewise, thank you for doing so. If it weren’t for futekiya, I don’t think my works would have been translated and read by people outside Japan. I’m genuinely grateful you’ve given me this opportunity. I also really admire how you are trying to get the BL genre to a world of people who really want it, and I think it’s an accomplishment that you guys have built a solid system for the artists. It makes it a relief to rely on you. I’m hoping that you guys can continue acting as a bridge from here on out.

 

And finally, what message do you have for futekiya readers?

Thank you so, so much for reading my work.
The first time I received feedback from someone overseas, I was just a puddle of shock and awe and emotion.
For me, getting feedback from my readers after finishing a work is the absolute best present, and it gives me a lot of strength to continue to the next one. I’m very grateful!

I think that, as long as I have the physical energy, I’ll keep drawing BL. Since I don’t really follow the art styles, stories, or fads, I don’t think my work will catch on with everyone, but I’ll do my best to let everyone read it. If you like my work, I hope you’ll continue to stick with me from here on out. Have a great BL life!

 

Thank you very much, Kobuchi-sensei!

Follow Kobuchi on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/raibelt18
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kobuchi_me/
Pixiv: https://www.pixiv.net/users/2231169

 

How shouldThe Omega Call end? You decide!

Kobuchi-sensei is asking for everyone’s opinion on how The Omega Call ends:

In July, futekiya is going to publish The Omega Call’s latest chapters. I hope you can enjoy seeing who Shu chooses. There is still a little bit more before the final chapter, but I plan to draw an extra episode after the final one with an erotic scene that I have been holding back from adding.

For this extra chapter, please tell me who is your favorite seme character from The Omega Call: ① Kazushi Akabane ② Riku Kawashima ③ Hideaki Goto. We collect questionnaires and draw stories about the most popular characters in Japan, too. This puts Kazushi in a bit of a disadvantageous situation, but I would like to hear your answers.

Please send them over to my Twitter, @raibelt18. I don’t mind DMs, and English is fine! I’ll be waiting for your votes! Thank you for all of your support! I hope everyone has a nice BL life!

 

Kobuchi’s Works on futekiya

The Demon’s Foundling

Belial is a low-ranking demon content with his life in the underworld. Sure, sometimes
he doesn’t have enough to eat, and his devilish peers strive for more power. But, Belial manages to live his best (demon) life. When Belial discovers what appears to be an abandoned human baby, he looks forward to the prospect of a fresh meal. But, after this “baby” quickly transforms into a grown boy in the flash of an eye, Belial realizes that maybe what he found wasn’t human at all…

 

I’m Sorry, God

Kaname Fujisaki is an ordinary guy living by himself. But, one day, he comes home to find a baby on his doorstep. Where did this baby come from? Is it his? How could it be? He only sleeps with guys!? When the mysterious baby suddenly grows bigger, Kaname realizes his new house guest might not be human…

 

 

The Omega Call

The second son in a family of alphas, Shu Iwashiro expects to be just like his father and brother. Shu’s life and bright future shatter when he discovers he is an omega. Pressured by his family to hide his true nature, Shu pretends to be a beta. Every day, Shu hides that he is an omega from even his closest friend (and alpha), Kazushi. But, can Shu keep the facade up when his heat begins?

 

 

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