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Toonzone News Chat With “Space Dandy” Writer Kimiko Ueno At MCM Manchester Comic Con

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Known for scripting some of the most popular episodes of Shinichiro Watanabe’s latest hit Space Dandy, Kimiko Ueno attended the recent MCM Manchester Comic Con as a guest of Anime Limited. Toonzone News was given the opportunity to pose some brief questions to Ueno about her career and work on the show.

kimikouenoTOONZONE NEWS: What made you want to become a writer and how did you get started in the industry?

KIMIKO UENO: I wanted to be a script writer because I didn’t want to have to travel to work every day, I wanted to be able to work from home. I achieved becoming a writer by studying at film school.

TOONZONE NEWS: How did you become involved as a script writer for Space Dandy?

KIMIKO UENO: Watanabe-san personally recommended me.

TOONZONE NEWS: Fans often list the episodes of the show you wrote as among their favourite, but which one is your personal favourite?

KIMIKO UENO: Episode four, ‘Sometimes You Can’t Live With Dying, Baby’, I think.

TOONZONE NEWS: When I interviewed Watanabe-san last year, he commented that he had in depth discussions with each episode team and that this generated a range of ideas that couldn’t all be used.  Are there any unused ideas for Space Dandy stories you wish could have made it into the show?

KIMIKO UENO: I think I better not say, because I think I’ll get in trouble! [Laughs]

TOONZONE NEWS: Space Dandy’s airings in Japan and overseas occurred quite close together. Were you aware this was going to happen and as a writer did it present any pressure knowing your work would be shown to foreign audiences?

KIMKO UENO: I did know but it was actually something I looked forward to

TOONZONE NEWS: What advice would you give to those aspiring to become professional writers themselves?

KIMIKO UENO: The best advice I can give is to just keep writing.

TOONZONE NEWS: What’s next for you and do you have any dream projects you’d like to work on in the future?

KIMIKO UENO: Right now I’m working on an anime for next year. In the future, I’d like to work on something like Space Dandy again.

Toonzone News would like to thank Kimiko Ueno for answering our questions and the Anime Limited team for their generous assistance in facilitating this interview.

Space Dandy Season 2 will be released by Anime Limited on both DVD and Blu-ray in the UK 24th August 2015.