laikagohome has translated a recent interview with Daisuke Igarashi of Children of the Sea and Witches fame, and whose Little Forest has just recently been completely scanlated into English.
—While we’re on this subject, what was it that you, Igarashi-san, wanted to say with the work “Little Forest”?
This overlaps with what I was talking about earlier about the island but, take for example a young girl who lives in a farming village, she would be highly skilled. Like she would take care of her children, husband, and grandparents, while managing chores around the house and helping with farm work. Furthermore, she would grow beautiful flowers in the garden, cut grass growing on the streets, and make preserved foods out of the plants she foraged. For her, that might be the most obvious part of daily life, but for me, when I see that sort of thing I just think it’s simply amazing and admirable. I couldn’t possibly do all of that (laugh). But there’s no sense that she’s suffering through it just to get by in life, she’s enjoying it. Everyone is looking like they’re incredibly fulfilled. In other words, the first thing that prompted me to think about drawing “Little Forest” was how I thought it wouldn’t be too bad if we took a look back at that kind of life. Isn’t that the kind of life that you can really call full and ample? I still feel that way now.