Osamu Moriya | Manga Artist Interview
In this month’s Artist interview, we asked Osamu Moriya – the author of the manga full of desires and piquant scenes called “The Man Who Shattered My World” – about their path as a BL manga artist, the process of manga-making, and inspiration tips!😊
“I love to paint!”, “ I want to be good at drawing!”… When did you first feel that? How did it all start?
It seems that the first time I felt something like this more acutely was when I was deciding on my university career path.
What was the first character or manga you drew?
To be honest, I can’t remember. But since I liked reading shojo manga, I think it was some shojo manga character I was a fan of.
When did you feel the urge to draw BL manga?
When I became a middle school student. I was probably around 12 years old.
Is your manga usually born from the story? Or do characters come to your mind first?
A story usually comes to my mind first.
What is the most challenging moment for you in manga creation?
Each process always feels pretty hard.
What parts are you most particular about when creating characters?
I would say it’s the characters’ faces and expressions.
Where do you get the inspiration?
Solutions often pop up in my head while taking a bath (it’s said that hot water is pretty good for the blood vessels in the brain).
What works have you read/watched/listened to recently that have left a deep impression on you?
It’s a movie called “The Queen’s Gambit”.
Out of all BL character types, what are your particular favorite ones?
I really like a character with a nasty and sadistic personality.
What is your favorite couple pairing in the BL genre?
I like same-age couples. Even if there is a difference in age, I would prefer a couple with an equal relationship, where partners can rely on each other.
As a reader, what are your favorite story settings?
I like hard-boiled stories.
What do you think about the growth of popularity of the BL genre outside Japan?
I want to purely enjoy it.
Please leave a message for your fans.
Though I’m a novice, I would genuinely appreciate your support.