Today's blabbermouth is about "Kaiketsu Zorori," which I'm sure you must have read at least once when you were a child.
This year marks its 35th anniversary, and I used to read it a lot when I was little...
It was the perfect book for those days when you loved pranks and little bad things, and even if you were not good at reading, somehow you could still read it.
Zorori was originally a villain in the "Horenso Man" series by Shiho Mizushima. When that series was discontinued for a while, I began writing the "Kaiketsu Zorori" series with Zorori as the main character, with myself in charge of both writing and drawing. In the "Kaiketsu Zorori" series, Zorori sets out on a journey of training to become the king of mischief.
I added a boar and a boar as Zorori's companions, and I thought of writing a story like an evil version of Mito Komon, in which Zorori tries and fails to do bad things in various places during his travels.
Is there a scene that you are particularly attached to?
In "Kaiketsu Zorori no Tengoku to Jigoku" (2002), there is a scene in which Zorori is reunited in heaven with his mother, who died when Zorori was very young.
When Zorori reunites with his mother in heaven, he insists that he will always be here, but his mother slaps him and says, "I'm not going to leave you, I'm not going to leave you, I'm not going to leave you.
No! You must open your own destiny. I'm not going to be unhappy with you and Zorori now. Come back here when you're strong enough. Mommy will always be waiting for you.
The child is turned away.
This scene was intended as a message to parents to trust and watch over their children's abilities without being overprotective. I was very happy to hear that. It made me very happy to know that my thoughts and feelings had reached the children.
I also remember that I used to read the book a lot in the early and middle grades of elementary school.
I remember that even if I did something wrong, it didn't go very well, or I helped someone even though I was doing something wrong, and I enjoyed reading about the thrilling, deadly adventures that took place in each book.
Even in such a Zorori story, there are sometimes scenes that stick in your mind.
I vividly remember the scene that the author has chosen in this article.
I remember the scene in which Zorori wants to live with his mother, who has gone to heaven before him, but his mother, who also really wants to be with him, holds back and shuns the child, which touched me even though I was small.
The stories are always interesting, but along the way, the author's passionate message is felt by the child and also sticks with the child's parents.
Reading it again now, I am sure you will feel something of a different perspective than you did in the past.