Tatsuo Yoshida
Speed Racer

Q1 - In your own words, please explain what Ludwig B is all about.

It is a fascinating drama with much emphasis on Ludwig van Beethoven's rearing life and how he came to be one of the greatest music composers. Tezuka mentioned in his afterword that he relates to Beethoven in many ways, including to being a relocation freak himself. Beethoven changed his residence on 17 occasions in his lifetime, Tezuka moved 8 times before he got married. Tezuka actually visited Beethoven's apartment in Vienna so you can imagine how much he was into his life while he was working on the title. The story takes you back to the late 1700 to early 1800 in Europe where the aristocrats frequently abuse and oppress the common people. As a commoner himself, Beethoven often encountered prejudice & discrimination but he bravely fought back and used it as motivation to end up being an official composer for the Royal Family.



Q2 - Why did you pick this series?

Because I can relate to the story so much. It's like myself and my company, Digital Manga, where we are always pushed back by our big competitors with a lot more resources, connections, manpower, etc. But if you know how to turn these "negatives" into "positives", you can still have a chance to win the game.



Q3 - This book is unfinished. Why should people read this?

The readers can hear a lot of valuable messages from Osamu Tezuka in this story. Tezuka often confessed that he could write a better story about dirty, cold-blooded, half-assed people & society than an honor-student type life and readers can clearly see that in this manga.



Q4 - Each campaign had a theme. Unico/Atomcat = Kid friendly, Children manga. Captain Ken = Shonen Adventure. What is Ludwig B?

Being poor makes you a great human being!! Ludwig B is definitely not for kids but is a great, gender-free masterpiece!!