There’s roughly two given rules in this universe; 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and 10km of running everyday will undoubtedly give you superhuman powers, and that anything Shingo Natsume touches will turn to gold. While the former may have it’s negative side-effects (hair loss, for one), the latter has proven to be nothing but positive. From One-Punch Man to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and even series like Naruto: Shippuuden and Gurren Lagann, Shingo Natsume has played an important role in them all. So when the opportunity arose to personally sit down with Natsume himself, it wasn’t something we were going to turn down.
In part three of our video interview series, Shingo Natsume discusses his involvement with the One-Punch Man animated series, as well as the underlying themes and occurrences.
Even though Shingo Natsume may not have originally been familiar with the One-Punch Man series when he was originally asked to direct the anime, he knew a work of art when he saw one. After his initial reading of the web-comic and manga series, he knew that there was a lot of potential to build on, and that’s when he got to work on his role as a director. To him, One-Punch Man was so much more than just another hero story, and that’s the way he intended to work with it.
Not cutting corners was of the upmost importance to Shingo, as he worked tirelessly inspired by a handful of Western films such as Deadpool. Everything had to work, and once the finished product was finally ready, it was clear that this would be the next big thing.
If you’re interested in checking it out, Shingo Natsume’s latest directorial work, ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. can be streamed on Crunchyroll, here. The first part of our interview series with director Shingo Natsume can be found here.