In Charge of “Shougaku Ichinensei” Unico — Yoshihide Nakano

Tezuka Fan Magazine 1983 Unico

Translated by Crystal “Xellis” Rider (4/9/2024)
※ Please note: As I’m not fluent in Japanese and had to decipher the alphabetical letters, there will be errors. I underlined sentences that were difficult to translate, so they are most likely incorrect.

Tezuka Fan Magazine
April 1983 Issue #38

My Unico Experience is not for Love

Yoshihide Nakano, in charge of Shogakukan’s “First Grader” version of Unico, and currently a desk clerk for editing Shogakukan’s “Sixth Grader”, a great kata.

At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 1979, as the “Turbulent 80s” was fast approaching, an editorial meeting was held for the April issue of the following year, and the person in charge of Unico was decided. I would be the person in charge. I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet and talk with a manga artist whom I admired, and I was so confident that I said, “I’ll do it,” and to my surprise, they accepted without a fight. They are the most courageous partners in planning the project. I thought there was no way they would let me do it so easily, and I was so happy and excited that I was in ecstasy, but in the back of my head, right under the nine heavens, I thought my ears were full of wax. Still, my longing for Tezuka-sensei got the better of me, and I knocked away the questions and changed it to exclaiming, and from the nightless castle in Hitotsubashi, I rode in a palanquin to the nightless castle in Takadanobaba.

With Manager Matsutani in attendance, we immediately had a meeting with the god-like Tezuka-sensei. We shared our ideas with each other in a lively atmosphere, and he gathered his wisdom, and turned “Lyrica” Unico into a comic where Unico is friends with a first grader having a fun life in Japan. His frequent comments about the popularity of Doraemon impressed me. Doraemon’s anime had aired on TV since October, earning high viewer ratings, and Tentoumushi Comics was about to sell over 30 million copies. Doraemon must have cast a powerful shadow over Unico’s decision to go down a new route. The year 1980, which had been so bright and dazzling, had dawned on a warm lake, as if it were the eve of a storm, with no sense of solemnity. At that moment, the production of “Firebird 2772” was in the final stages. Tezuka-sensei and all the staff were in a state of rest and relaxation for 9 days with no bloodshed. His schedule was tight, with a total of six serializations in weekly and bi-weekly monthly magazines and the start of the Atom TV anime broadcast in the fall. Tezuka-sensei would take time in between, and he would go to the U.S., Canada, or China for a week or two. Like a woman in a Ginza store, I’ve been falling for many years now, but I am happy to know the love and sincerity of Tezuka-sensei’s staff and colleagues who are betting on this path. Now it’s my time to thank my partners in the editorial department for their warm and respectful affection on that day.

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