Written by: Ai Kano
Among the special guests of honor that came to AX 2009 is Yun Kouga, the brilliant manga artist behind such manga titles like Earthian, Yousei Jiken and current fan favorite Loveless. She’s also the character designer for Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
During her panel, Kouga-sensei encouraged all her fans in attendance to ask her any question and it’s not surprising that an overwhelming number of questions were about Loveless. Our small Q&A with Kouga-sensei went as following:
Ai: What was your thought process when you came up with Loveless?
Kouga: I came up with it because it was a long time since I written a story about a boy.
Ai: Will the series stay more a shoujo title or will it eventually become yaoi?
Kouga: I would like to take the series in a more “hardcore” yaoi direction than in the past. It all depends on a number of factors, though, but this is what I would like.
Ai: Are you happy with the way Loveless is printed here in the States? (a panel guest also asked this question and mentioned the translated sound effects versus the original sound effects).
Kouga: I would like for the series to stay as close to my vision as possible.
Kouga-sensei was astonished how many yaoi fans were in attendance and asked if they would like an original yaoi title penned by her. Judging by the overwhelming positive response, she felt encouraged enough to announce that she might just think about creating another title. That’s something to look forward to, yaoi fans.