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The Promised Neverland’s Mangaka Confesses He Dislikes Horror Stories!?

An interview with the authors of The Promised Neverland unexpectedly revealed that illustrator Posuka Demizu is actually not fond of the horror genre! Right, because The Promised Neverland is totally not one of the best spine-chilling manga ever.

Along with the unexpected confession, the interview with Shonen Jump has the authors spilling their guts about the manga and its creation process.

Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu make a formidable creator duo, and it has been proven repeatedly by their manga series and one-shots. Apparently, Demizu sensei was scouted for Shirai-sensei’s manga. We all know how hard they hit it off after that.

While Shirai sensei works on the storyboards and is the master of easter eggs, Demizu sensei is the one who brings the characters to life through his artwork. Both of them agreed that the partnership is thrilling since many unexpected and fun views come into play this way.

If you were bowled over by the fantastic demon designs of The Promised Neverland, that’s all on Demizu sensei as Shirai sensei has hilariously admitted that he just tosses the ball to the illustrator’s court regarding this matter.

Shirai sensei also explains that the title of the series was inspired by Peter Pan. Since Peter Pan makes a “promise” to Wendy and he knew that the story would eventually involve a promise, the title seemed appropriate.

The fact that the title perfectly hides the brutality of the actual plot serves as a huge irony.

Surprisingly, Posuka Demizu admits that he has never been a fan of horror. Yet, his debut title was a horror manga, and ever since then, he could never escape from the genre. He thinks that his horror art is good purely because “people who tend to be afraid will create a scarier image in their head.

Both the author and creator unapologetically create horror stories, though, and are even proud of the fact that many adults and children have become scared due to these plots!

With cheeky but humble answers to various questions, the mangaka duo has once again won us over. 

If you are still reeling from The Promised Neverland’s end, then go ahead and read up their latest one-shots: DC3 and Spirit Photographer Saboru-kun. I hope to see even greater works from the duo as Demizu-sensei’s cute artwork coupled with Shira-sensei’s thriller plots is too good to miss.

About The Promised Neverland

Created by Kaiu Shirai, this series debuted in a Weekly Shonen Jump manga in 2016. Licensed by VIZ Media for an English Language release, this series has gained immense popularity, selling 4.2 million copies in a concise period.

The story revolves around the horrific truths of an orphanage discovered by three bright kids: Emma, Norman, and Ray.

Source: VIZ Posuka Demizu Interview

Originally Written By Epic Dope

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