Nitobe Inazo's Bushido, Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings - preaching an idealism that lives up to these, Ryu ga Gotoku is like a guidebook on how to live for the modern person.
Nagoshi is the one who created this game of honourable men. What kind of person is he? Is he like that, or is he more like the real thing? I nervously opened the door, and right there was a man with an appearance that immediately made me think, "You made Ryu ga Gotoku, didn't you!?" He wore a studded racing jacket over a leopard print shirt.
After I had nervously babbled my way through a self introduction, Mr. Nagoshi simply said, "Hello." So refined. So cool. The very essence of Ryu ga Gotoku. There was no way he was trying to show off. However, in that moment I thought that he was one of the few people who would be able to get away with putting on a show.
But - but!!
Specifically because Nagoshi is like this, I wanted to uncover a cute side to him. Along with a slight sense of mischief, I dove into the interview. But no matter what we spoke about, whether it be hostess clubs or anything else, Mr. Nagoshi would still answer politely and fully. Would our conversation for the day end coolly, the way it had begun?
I thought so, but then the subject turned to ideas for the cover of the book that is to be released. When the staff proposed, "We would like to use a semi nude photo of you for the cover," Mr. Nagoshi responded shyly with, "That's too much! No way!" and looked embarrassed. There it was at last! I had my precious, adorable moment (laughs). And then our time was up. I would have to speak with Mr. Nagoshi again some other time.
At the end, he said, "I'd like to try debating with about 100 high schoolers." He could probably get a grip on all 100 of their souls, just like how shogi master Habu played 100 people and beat them all.
Mr. Nagoshi certainly is a man who keeps his guard up, though. Next time, I'll make sure to draw out even more of his cute side! (laughs) Promising this to myself and looking forward to next week, I have been writer Ogawa.
PS: Amongst Ryu ga Gotoku's novelty items is this stylish room gel♪