Interview made by ANS
Anime News Service: Just recently
the latest Berserk video game title hit the
Japanese market. Can you tell us how your tracks
for this volume came together?
Susumu Hirasawa: It is the nomination from Mr.
Miura, the author of Berserk. He has nominated
me every time for the products which need sound
track such as TV anime and games, etc.
ANS: You've now collaborated
on the score for Kentaro Miura's Berserk in
it's various media incarnations for 7 years.
How did your collaboration originate, where
has it taken you and where does it currently
SH: Before the Berserk anime series start in
Japan, Mr. Miura eagerly asked me to compose
the sound track. Because he had been a listener
of my music so that he thought there was commonness
in the nuance of his work and my music, and
I thought so, too. Not only TV anime but generally
big projects are involved in various rights,
therefore, it would be rare that original writer's
intention is accepted 100%. This time, however,
Mr. Miura and the staff who understood him well
solved various difficulties, and finally they
could contract with me. Since then, the Berserk
project and fans came to have an idea that my
music is essential for Mr. Miura's works.
As for anime in Japan, I was
ignorant until taking charge of the sound track
of Berserk. I came to take charge of the music
of the work of Satoshi Kon who made the awarded
anime from all over the world now. Then I realised
that Japanese anime ware so diversified from
awful ones to works with very deep interior,
and also I realised that they were deserved
attention by all over the world.
ANS: As for the continuation
of the animation, are there definitive plans
to continue the Berserk story in anime adaptation?
Have you signed on to score any of the future
SH: I have no idea whether the new Berserk anime
is produced. Also I have no plan to join new
anime project at the moment. But I have a vague
prediction that one project will start next
year. However, I do not always accept all offer
to compose music.
ANS: Outside of Berserk, what
have you been doing with your music lately?
SH: I released my new CD, and held the concerts
very recently. I make two different types of
music. One is uptempo and noisy music based
on Japanese techno in 80's. Another is a symphonic
and electronic music such as used for anime
sound track. The CD I released this time is
a former type.
ANS: Do you travel outside of
Japan often? Would you like to?
SH: I often go to Thailand. I have many transgender
friends there. I can learn many things from
them and they've been giving me big inspiration.
ANS: Superimposing some ideas
from Berserk on your view of reality, what are
your thoughts on fate, destiny and divine intervention?
SH: In my view, I read the story of Berserk
is a collective unconscious rebellion suppressed
to the civilization. I am Jung's fan so that
I read the episodes and the characters of Berserk
in Jung style.
ANS: Miura-sensei is known as
doing most his work late into the night. Do
you also work well in the nocturnal hours?
SH: I used to work in the nocturnal hours. But
since I started a project in 2000, which was
covered all electricity for making music by
only solar power, my life style greatly changed.
It made me work from the morning to the evening.
However, sometimes I have to work until midnight
when I have a lot of work.