Interview with Inori-Sensei, author of I’m In Love With The Villainess English Version

Bueno, seguidores de AniNews, en esta ocasión tenemos el placer de poder entrevistar a Inori-Sensei, quien es la autora de I’m In Love With The Villainess, esperamos que les guste y les agradeceríamos si pudieran compartirlo.

1- Have you ever considered the possibility of an anime adaptation for I’m In Love With The Villainess?

Of course I have thought about it, and it is still one of the dreams that I want to fulfill. Now that I have achieved commercial publication and manga adaptation, I think the next step is anime adaptation. However, this is a wish that can’t come true just because the author wants it, so it would be great if everyone could join me in wishing it and raising their voices.


2- Could it be that some of us could have more stories that occur in the same IFTV universe?

It’s possible. I’m already working on a spin-off on PixivFANBOX called «She’s so Cheeky for a Commoner!» looking back at ILTV from Claire’s perspective. If you can read Japanese, English, or Korean, sign up and take a look. They will be able to enjoy what Claire was thinking at the time in ILTV’s story, as well as exclusive original episodes from SSCC.


3- Did you have any inspiration that will lead you to write «I’m In Love With The Villainess»?

I have already answered this question in many interviews, many of you already know, but it was my partner, Aki-san, who inspired me. She is the model for Rei, the main character of ILTV. She is a very funny person with a great sense of humor and I thought it would be interesting to write a novel starring her, so I wrote this story.


4- What do you think of your Latin American audience?

I feel that everyone in Latin America has a very warm and passionate heart. Readers from Latin America have been very warm and welcoming to this novel written in a distant island country. They not only welcomed it warmly, but also wanted to read it in their own language, which helped us a lot in putting together the Spanish version of the book in December of this year. I would like to express my sincere thanks.


5- Could you mention some people who are of vital importance in your work?

The first person I should mention is Ms. Shinobu Saeki, who wrote the work that led me to discover light novels. Not only in terms of her work style, but her work has had a strong influence on my personality, my way of thinking and even my way of life. She is a light novelist who was active a long time ago so not many people may know her now. However, her works are still neatly stored on my shelf.

The other person is a friend of mine from college. I discussed many things with her. From ordinary conversations to philosophical musings, we talk every day. Many of the things that I extract from my writing come from conversations with her. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be writing light novels today.

And in terms of direct influence on my work, I would have to say Aki-san. Not only did she serve as a role model for Rei’s character, but she also taught me the importance of living life positively, the importance of humor, and the warmth of human relationships. They are the basic framework of ILTV work. I am deeply grateful to the people I have mentioned here.


6- How did you take the reception that your work had in Latin America?

The first thing that struck me was that «interesting» can transcend national borders. In particular, I think the cultures and backgrounds of Japan and Latin America are very different, but the fact that they have accepted my work in this way suggests that «interest» may have a kind of universality.

And of course, it is thanks to the deep and broad heart of Latin American readers that I was able to achieve such acceptance. There were probably some values ​​in the story that were unacceptable to you and some descriptions that made you feel uncomfortable. Still, thanks to all of you I was able to publish this book. Many thanks.


7- What could you consider would be your favorite character from «I’m In Love With The Villainess»?

My favorite character is Rei. She is not a perfect person and she has many flaws, but I like her humor and the fact that she has her own ideas. Also, most of all, Rei looks like Aki-san, so I can’t help but feel a strong personal attachment towards her. She is also the one I enjoy writing the most.


8- Do you have a favorite anime, manga, or light novel?

There are many, so I will mention one of each. As for anime, I like the «Violet Evergarden» series created by Kyoto Animation. The wonderful visual beauty and poignant story have taken over my heart and won’t let me go. In particular, episode 10 of the television series is a must. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do so.

As for the manga, I am currently enjoying «Demon Girl next Door» by Izumo Ito. At first glance, it appears to be a loose, everyday manga, but there’s a big thick story hidden in the background, which I really like. The last volume, Volume 6, is a particularly turbulent volume and I hope it will be translated into Spanish.

As for light novels, I like Bokuto Uno’s «Reign of the Seven Spellblades.» It’s a full-blown dark fantasy set in a magic school called Kimberly, and it’s notable for its overwhelming reality. The author, Uno-sensei, must be a Kimberly graduate, because the descriptions in the book are very real. This is another job that I would like to recommend to Spanish-speaking people.


9- Do you have any message or advice for those people who want to create stories based on the “Girls Love” genre?

«Girls Love» is a very interesting and profound genre. Even today, many writers in Japan are struggling with the question of what «Girls Love» is. However, the first thing I would like to say to those who want to write a story is that they should not think about difficult things at first, but write freely about girls’ love however they want to write it and follow their passion. The most important thing is to write a story first. Everything else is optional. First, give wings to your inner passion for writing.


10- What do you think of the genre “Girls Love”?

It’s partly related to question 9, I think it’s an interesting and really deep genre. Gender represents a variety of relationships between women. It does not necessarily mean a simple romance. It can be two people who seem to be fighting each other, or two people who depend on each other, or people who are not even limited to two. Anyway, if you can draw a relationship between two women, it is the «Girls Love» or yuri. I am still learning, so I would be happy to know more about this in Spanish speaking countries.


11- What do you like the most about this profession?

I think the appeal is that you can imagine your own world and share it with others. There is a certain amount of shame that comes with creating in the beginning, but once you get over it, there is nothing more fun than doing it. The joy of turning zero into one, one into one hundred, is something that cannot be replaced by anything else. In this day and age, we can even share the worlds and characters we’ve created with people across the sea in this way. I think this is the most attractive aspect of being a novelist.


I would like to thank AniNews for this valuable opportunity. And thanks for reading this. If you read this and are interested in my work, I hope you will consider buying «Me Enamore De La Villana (I’m In Love With The Villainess)» when it comes out in December. Thank you very much for your time today.


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On behalf of the AniNews team, we thank Inori-Sensei for giving us the opportunity to do this interview


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