Via Anime Insider: Hanami Perspectives (March 2008)

Several creators (Ko Matsuo, Naoyoshi Shiotani, Tatsuya Oe, Asae Onishi, Hiroyuki Morita, Naoto Yamazaki, Fuminori Kizaki, Taka Kato, Toshiyuki Yasuda, Manabu Ono) share their thoughts on cherry blossom viewings.

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Via Anime Insider: Takashi Okazaki (October 2006)

Afro Samurai author Takashi Okazaki talks about creating the series, how it became a multimedia franchise, and how Samuel L. Jackson got involved. Also includes comments by director Fuminori Kizaki.

The story of how the anime got started because of a toy on a producer’s desk seems like another silly gonzo story from an ever-growing pile, but it’s likely not the only reason. Still, it is an interesting starting point.

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