Today’s Darling, 12/6/2013
From Today’s Darling, Itoi’s daily blog:
I’ve been working for most of my life, now, so people remember different work of mine from different periods in my career. There’s something that makes me happy about that, so I can smirk about some of it and say, “Yeah, that was me.”
In particular, after making the MOTHER series, the players have grown up into adults, and they talk about the effect the game had on them and the memories it’s created. It makes me feel like a teacher reuniting with his pupils. Nowadays, I look back on all the hardships I faced creating those games, and I often think and say how glad I am to have done it.
The television series about our hunt for buried gold always gets people curious. They ask if anything came of it, and tell me I should do it again sometime. But I just say that nothing came of it, and I can’t.
Once in a while, I’ll meet someone who tells me they sent in entries to my magazine columns Hentai Yoiko Shimbun and Manryu Slogan Juku.
My main profession of copywriter is one that I performed without attaching my name to my work, but people still often give me as an example of a professional. And the television show “YOU” that I hosted for a short period of time, to this day people tell me they would always watch it. People even bring up my work writing lyrics for TOKIO.
But me, personally, I’ve forgotten it all. I’m always relying on other people to remind me of everything because I kept no records of anything, and my memory’s not very good. I haven’t done the math, but I think Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun is the longest and most fulfilled job I’ve ever held. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve been able to continually push ahead without ever losing sight of my motive, and I think it will be the last. Perhaps that’s why I want to reach so many more people now than I ever have.
Thanks for visiting Hobonichi. Seeing all the things that come to an end makes me want to do my best.