Continuing our translation of Noda Satoru’s answers to weekly questions in Young Jump for 2017, here is the translation for 2018! This page will continuously be updated with newly translated Q & A until the end of the year.
Q: What is your favourite scent, or the scent you’ve just smelled?
A: Cat’s balls
Q: During New Year, what do you want to eat after eating osechi or ozouni?
A: I feel like going back to osechi again. (Note: Osechi and ozouni (mochi rice cake soup) are Japanese traditional New Year food.)
Q: January 25 is the Day of Apology! What is the thing that you want to apologise for, or that you’d like to forgive?
A: Sorry I always submit my manuscript at the last minute.
Q: February 1 is the anniversary of TV broadcasting [in Japan]. What TV program got you hooked?
A: “Gokuraku Tombo no tobigeri goddess”. (Note: A midnight variety show (1999-2001) featuring manzai comedy duo Gokuraku Tombo.)
Q: What was the stuff you impulsively bought at the beginning of this new year?
A: Souvenirs from Karafuto (Sakhalin) which were all nice.
Q: Please tell us about any culture shock you’ve experienced so far.
A: Russians take off their shoes inside the house.
Q: What event lately made you think “Lucky me” or “That was close”?
Q: What is your most favourite short skit?
A: Robert de Niro comforting a baby. (Note: Seems like a skit by Japanese comedian, Teru [see video] who often impersonates Robert de Niro)
Q: Is there any small refreshing method that you do?
A: I feel relaxed only when I have massage once a week.
Q: What is your favourite imaginary creature or thing?
A: Marilyn Manson
Q: Do you know any mystery that has never been solved?
From YJ 19/2018
Q: Is there any function that you want electronic appliances to have?
A: I don’t really have any idea
Q: Is there any surname that you think is cool or you wish you had?
A: Nodobotoke Satoru (Adam’s Apple Satoru)
Q: How was the first manga you made like?
A: I believe it was a work influenced by Robocop that I watched.
Q: 10 May is Block Sign Day! And so, please let us know what thing you put the highest importance in when choosing a town or a place to live in.
A: I look for a quiet place.
Q: What game or play that you want to do now that you haven’t done for a long time?
A: Pretending to be Forrest Gump by running expressionlessly in a wide lawn.
Q: What is your favourite amusement/theme park attraction?
A: The “Undersea Exploration” at Nakajima Amusement Park. (Note: Nakajima Park is in Sapporo, but the attraction no longer exists.)
Q: Tell us a big news about you in the first half of 2018.
A: I began having my teeth corrected. (Note: He was wearing dental braces when he received the Tezuka Osamu award.)
Q: What’s your favourite motto?
A: Can’t recall (Note: Previously he said “Go to see the real thing.”)
Q: If you could wholly change your face with plastic surgery, whose face do you want to have?
A: Tachi Hiroshi on on side, Shibata Kyouhei on the other side, with Kinomi Nana’s body.
A fan has helped create an image of it
Q: Six months remain this year. What do you still really want to do within this year?
A: I want to have my dental braces removed before the end of the year.
Q: What’s your favourite scent?
A: Wood scent.
(But see the first question above.)
Q: If you had time until tomorrow to spend 1 million yen, what would you use it for?
A: Penis enlargement surgery that’s worth 1 million yen
Q: What do you envy from today’s children?
A: Not a single thing
Q: What thing makes you think “The one who thought about this was a genius”?
Q: The “All-stars” of which would you like to see?
A: I couldn’t think of anything particular
Q: What is a “picturesque scenery” for you?
A: Lake Mashuu in the winter. (Note: It’s a lake in Hokkaido, said to be the clearest lake in the world. The mountain next to it is called Mount Kamuy.)
Q: What place makes you think “I want to keep this one place clean!”?
A: I don’t care even if it’s dirty.
Q: What cost-saving food that you think is the best?
Q: 27 September is World Tourism Day! What town do you want to visit at least once?
Q: From 4 October it’s World Space Week! What would you like to do when you end up going to space?
A: Be the man who opens the hatch and gets sucked outside and frantically grasps for life.
Q: What thing that you were weak at when you were a child, but managed to overcome before you knew it?
A: Body fat.
Q: What vending machine you’d like to have in your neighbourhood?
A: Onigiri for sure.
Q: Halloween is right around the corner! What would you like to dress up as?
A: A mangaka working on his manuscript all day wearing a dirty jersey.
Q: 1 November is the Day of the Classics. Please name one classic work for us.
A: Haha wo dasunete sanzenri (3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother)
Q: 5 November is Good Apple Day! What is your favourite fruit or dessert?
Q: What thing impressed you so much because it was free?
A: Nothing particular comes to mind.
Q: 29 November is good meat day (11/29, ii niku). What is your favourite meat or meat dish?
A: Muscle (kinniku in Japanese)