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Junya Suzuki, “Katsuhiro Otomo Researcher,” aims to create a data infrastructure like the periodic table in the world of manga.

2023.11.28

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On September 27, animator Sushio-san introduced “Katsuhiro Otomo researcher” Junya Suzuki. We asked him why he chose the manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo as his research subject and what he enjoys about his research.

I buy anything with the words “Katsuhiro Otomo” on it.

Celeina (MC): Let me start with a profile. Junya Suzuki first encountered Otomo manga in 1987 and established the Otomo Katsuhiro Database website in 2000. Mr. Otomo learned that Mr. Suzuki had created a comprehensive list of items related to Otomo’s works, and since they met at an exhibition of Katsuhiro Otomo’s original drawings in 2012, Mr. Suzuki has been providing explanations of books and providing materials.

Since 2016, he has held talk events and other events related to Katsuhiro Otomo manga, and from 2023, he is publishing a series of self-published booklets explaining each volume of the complete Katsuhiro Otomo manga collection. He also studies the Canadian rock band RUSH and molecular biology.

Takano (MC): I understand that you have been recognized by Mr. Otomo.

Suzuki: He had been looking at the website I had been creating since around 2000, and he recognized me as someone who was doing something like this. When I later became acquainted with him, I was like, “So you are the one who made that”.

Takano: How did you feel when you actually met Mr. Otomo?

Suzuki: I had a lot of questions I wanted to ask him, so I thought I could finally ask him now.

Celeina: How did Mr.Otomo become your research subject?

Suzuki: I fell in love with Otomo’s manga at the end of the 1980s. My house was in Toshima-ku, and there were many used bookstores and other places that sold rare items around me. So I was able to buy works that were not included in the book, and gradually my collection of works began to grow. When the Internet boom took off, there were many websites, but I wasn’t satisfied with any of them, so I started creating my own.

Takano: What kind of specific research do you do?

Suzuki: As a standard, I make it a rule to buy any printed material that has “Katsuhiro Otomo” in it. I collect data such as critiques, interviews, comments, and event records.

Takano: I saw the pictures of your home, and your bookshelves are amazing.

Suzuki: It is more of a file cabinet than a bookshelf. There are 30 volumes of clippings filed in chronological order in binders, and another 20 volumes of manga, so there are about 70 files in total.

Celeina: It’s a home and archive.

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