Fairy Tail Author Hiro Mashima Works With Kirin to Produce Special Manga Campaign, Interview & Illustration Video

24.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME

Beverage company Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd who are most famous for their beer have released a video featuring Hiro Mashima, the author and illustrator of many famous manga series including Fairy Tail, Rave and Edens Zero. In the video, he will draw the Kirin from Kirin Holdings’ logo. A Kirin is a mythical hooved creature that originated in ancient China.

 

Hiro Mashima draws the sacred Kirin in 60 minutes: short vid.

Hiro Mashima has 1.7 million followers on Twitter and is famous for his work on multiple manga series. In the video, he has 60 minutes to draw the sacred and mythical Kirin beast from the Kirin Holdings logo. The theme of his drawing is “the sacred Kirin that brings happiness”. 

 

You can watch Mashima using his fine judgement and brush pens to carefully create the picture. Mashima has a completely unique touch that adds motion and life into his works. The video also includes an interview so you can watch Mashima paint whilst hearing his creative ideas and feelings about drawing the Kirin.

 

The Kirin is a mythical beast that originated from ancient Chinese history. These hooved creatures were said to appear before you as a sign that something fortunate is about to occur. It was seen as a symbol of calm, peaceful and happy days.

The general public can start getting involved from Saturday 1st June, when the 60-minute Kirin-drawing campaign will start. The #キリンの聖獣真剣お絵描き60分一本勝負  (draw the sacred Kirin in 60 minutes) campaign will run from 9 pm to 10 pm on 1st June. This involves drawing a Kirin and posting it online.

 

This is your chance to catch a special interview with Mashima along with the video! He will talk about things that you cannot normally hear anywhere else! Such topics include Mashima’s feelings towards his manga and the story behind the making of his manga. This article includes just a small snippet of the interview!

Hiro Mashima: “It’s been so long since I’ve last drawn anything by hand rather than using a computer. I’m really nervous! It really has been a long time.”

Hiro Mashima: “I tried this out at home and I was finished within 10 minutes…”

Everyone: (gasps and laughs in surprise)

Q: So, what makes you feel the most happy in life?

 

Mashima: “I’m at my happiest when my fans are fascinated by my work. The Kirin has some similarities to the dragons in my manga Fairy Tail, don’t you think? Well, none of them are sacred beasts, but I put a lot of giant beasts into this manga!”

Mashima: “Every moment and everywhere I go, I am constantly thinking about ideas for characters. For example, interesting people my characters could meet. Usually, I make lots of rough sketches of ideas and while I’m in the middle of these, there are many times that an amazing idea is born!”

Mashima: “Ok, I’m done.”

Mashima: “I know I’ve mainly focussed on the top part of the Kirin but I wanted to make it seem like it is jumping out of the page. Well, I’ll leave you to interpret it how you like.”

 

Q: Are you going to give it a name?

 

Mashima: “Huh? Hasn’t the title already been decided? I thought it was Kirin! (laughs ) Ok, I’ll come up with something… how about, Hono [Fire]!”

 

Mashima: “I know it’s a lot to ask ー drawing a picture within 60 minutes! But since you’ve made it all the way to this video, I would be so happy if you were to take part, too! I am really looking forward to seeing your drawings so please take part!”

 

Q: By the way… do you think that Plue and Nikora could ever become friends with the sacred Kirin?

 

Mashira: “Hmmm…. I think there is a chance they could! Now wouldn’t that be terrifyingly exciting!”

 

Interviewer: “About the picture… what do you think about when you draw or paint?”

 

Mashima: “There are many things I think about… like how can I improve it or build on it… and of course, I’m constantly thinking about the manga. When i am drawing illustrations, I’m usually just talking like this while I’m at it so I’m not particularly thinking of anything. I know it’s not good to just draw without really thinking [laughs] I should probably change that…{

 

Interviewer: “In your manga, friendship seems to be one of the most important themes. Do you feel happiness from friendship?”

 

Mashima: Maybe aspiration is the stronger theme. I had so many friends when I was in school but when I started working, I lost most of my friends. It would be nice to have some.”

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