On October 25th, the declaration
of ruling from the Supreme Court was issued
finally that I've been longing for.
According to the judgment, which matched both the Tokyo District Court
the Tokyo High Court decision, I was conformed <the original author
This means nothing change from that I used to be 25 years ago when
Candy was published serially in monthly magazine, Nakayoshi.
However, I just feel like receiving a key for <a brand new door>
when I was conformed as the author under the law.
This case made me heartbroken
continuously, but the other hand, I received a
lot of unexpected gifts from it. I will tell you each of stories when
close this website in the near future.
Above all, I was amazed and unexpected to realize myself that I started
think I feel like writing "New Candy Story".
I really didn't imagine I felt that way before this case happened.
When I started to find
out nobody could stop Igarashi's unlawful act, the
idea of "New Candy Story" appeared and Toei Animation dropped
me a hint.
This is to say, they asked me whether it is possible to ponder on
Story" without using old (original) Candy that Igarashi used
However their suggestion tended to be very modest, because they knew
depended on me. That means whether I could bid farewell to drawings
by Igarashi completely. They seemed to think that I could only start
write <sequel> after I said good bye to them without any regret.
I replied to them "I
will not write any sequel of Candy."
Oh, yes... I was really devoted to our work, Candy Candy by all means
Igarashi and I created together.
I still regard Candice White Ardray as the girl herself who was drawn
Igarashi, especially for the manga.
Candy who has been loved by many fans was born from Igarashi's drawings.
If Candy's sequel would be released with new drawings by someone else,
might be hard to accept for those devoted fans.
Having respect for fans feelings, I made up my mind to be devoted
drawings by Igarashi no matter what happened.
Then "It is impossible
to write Candy's sequel for me. But I can write a new
story of Candy based on original Candy's world story, I replied.
What do I mean by a new story of Candy...
<A new main character> might be the warp, and <Candice White
be the woof. I will weave them up into a new story.
Any type of readers, not only old fans who used to read original Candy
Candy, but also new fans who has never read it before will enjoy this
It has to be that kind of story, I really hope, so.
And if the new story would accept by many fans and become a success,
old and new story of Candy would be alive together. That will not
all. That's what I thought.
However, I took back what
Toei and I had been planning for the story in the
midst of consideration.
I had been doubtful while we were carrying forward the project.
<What do I write this
I thought I would like
to return myself to my right mind.
When I wrote original Candy's story, I felt "something invisible
my hand to write.".
It was really pure and natural feelings without any little piece of
I found myself I could only start to write when I could return to
of feeling I used to have.
<Not for anybody, not
for a certain purpose. I will write because I just
Without such a pure spirit, I would have no excuse to those characters
the story .
I'm not the finest story creator, but all charactors that I've created
born from such feelings.
I wish I can create <the
new Candy story. from stainless mind.
I don't consider whether it's going to be a manga or an animation
I will write because I just want to!
Now I hope I will release the story as a style of novel.
If the work will turn out great, the story might turn into something
Igarashi might interfere
in the new Candy story.
Most of all publishing companies who don't want to have any trouble
might refuse to publish my novel. It is no problem for me to write
story of Candy under the law, thought.
However, I think everything depends on whether the new Candy story
going to write comes out great or not.
I wish I can work with a company and an editor who has grit.
This case has given great
grief to many Candy fans.
Writing new story of Candy makes amends for the past...?
I don't figure out it yet.
But the seed of the story
keeps swelling day by day.
A couple of decade later,
at the new <Pony's home>.
Who build that house?
Who live there?
And what kind of story comes out from it...
I'm just wondering....
Someday, I will tell you...