[RYOMA-DEN] An interview with Character Design, Isao Tsuge

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An interesting interview partially translated. I am thinking is Character Design = Costume Designer? Since the article itself uses Character Design, I will stick with it. Anyway, the following is by River of MashaPlus Info Forums. The original article in full and in Japanese is here at Some really great high res pictures there as well.

Partial extract of the interesting part ...

KT = Lady interviewer
IT = Isao Tsuge

KT: Do you always this serious when watching this taiga drama? (referring to the previous answer where Tsuge-san take note on each wrinkle and dirts that appeared)
IT: Yes. I think Ryoma is the type of man that attracts everyone, he's the central axis. People have enormous belief in him. He has an a vision on Japan that was shared by everyone.

KT: Do you think that type of attraction also ties to the person that plays him?
IT: You're right. In this drama, Fukuyama has shown a flexibility and a remarkable sense of adjustment that's just just give out a positive vibe. I'm strongly attached to this kind of person

KT: When I first read about the leading actor, I thought to myself, 'why not Kimutaku?' Now I came to an understanding. People might not like Kimutaku.
IT: He has a strong public perception, that playing Ryoma might be hard in shedding that perception.

KT: it's precisely because of Fukuyama, that the feat was accomplished. And there's also part of him that remind me of Tsuge-san.
IT: Top Runner?
KT: Composing with his guitar.

The rest of the conversation revolves around KT's wish for Tsuge-san to provide the lyrics on Masha's song (I didn't know he write poetry?). And Ryoma's hairstyle, and also Takeru's acting: IT: Takeru-kun is a genius. He has a good movement and gives out an innocence aura.. The story on teeth polishing in the Edo period. Plus, character sketches of both Izo and Yataro.

The interview also implied that Tsuge-san might encounter some oppositions, especially in the area of wig. What do you mean our wigs are not good enough?? The hairstyle doesn't fit your head naturally! Thankfully Chief Producer Suzuki-san decided to go ahead, if we're going to break new ground, then, we might as well innovate the whole wardrobe. Which Tsuge-san said that he's lucky in that sense.

The screencaps of the high res picture in the same site after Read More link.

I am sure you would have seen most if not all of the following which ranges from Season 1 to season 4 but the only difference is these are all high res version. All taken from here at All are thumbnails so do click on them for full size.


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