We're holding a summer sale full of many great deals.
The highlight of this year's sale is a collaboration between JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Amazon.co.jp!
This special interview with Hirohiko Araki also features Rohan Kishibe as the mascot.
What kind of music does Araki discuss?
Read more to find out.
"You want me to listen to music? But, I refuse!"
When do you usually listen to music? What's your daily music routine?
Araki: At work. With family.
What influence has music had on your work?
Araki: You can't work unless you have music.
What's the first piece of music that you bought?
Araki: It was Close to the Edge by Yes.
What's your favorite movie score?
Araki: For a Few Dollars More. The music was composed by Ennio Morricone. It's nothing less than a masterpiece.
Also, the theme for The Great Escape. It always gets me fired up.
What are your top 5 albums and why?"
- "Close to the Edge" (Yes): Perfection.
- "Late for the Sky" (Jackson Browne): Tear shedding.
- "Hysteria" (Def Leppard): Exciting.
- "Physical Graffiti" (Led Zeppelin): Explosive.
- "Beyond The Missouri Sky" (Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny): Superb.
What are your favorite album cover designs and why?"
- "Close to the Edge" (Yes): The design of the logo and the hand-drawn (not CG) green gradient.
- "Borboletta" (Santana): The jewel-like butterflies.
- "Blind Faith" (Blind Faith): Too erotic.
- "Breakfast in America" (Supertramp): The huge food-like city.
- "Undercurrent" (Bill Evans & Jim Hall): Beautiful photo.
If you were the organizer of an "ARAKI MUSIC FESTIVAL" where you could book all your favorite artists, who would you invite?
Araki: Prince, Pat Metheny, Olivia Newton-John and Led Zeppelin.
Do you listen to any younger artists these days? If so, are there any artists that you would recommend?
Araki: Lady Gaga and Brad Paisley.
What songs would you recommend to get over this heat wave?
Araki: Lee Ritenour's "Gentle Thoughts".
Lastly, could you give a message to our customers at Amazon.co.jp, including a highlight of Part 8 that's currently being serialized?
Araki: JoJo Part 8 returns to the nostalgic town of Morioh. Please enjoy this modern rendition.
[Translated by Morganstedmanms (JoJo's Bizarre Encyclopedia)]