How will volume 7 develop from that cliffhanger!? (Original novel "OreImo")
---Volume 6 ends with a line that left everyone on the edge. Can we ask now if that will that be cleared up at the start of volume 7?
Fushimi: From the cliffhanger at the end of volume 6, I went for the cliched development that anyone can guess. However... (cut due to it being a spoiler). The relationship between the two has changed since volume 3, as have their feelings, so comparing this one with the date scene there might be interesting.
---Did you 'conduct some research' this time as well?
伏見 ：ほぼ地元なので取材する必要がないです（笑） ゲームセンターとか内装は弄りましたけど、付近に住んでいる方ならだいたいあの辺だな
Fushimi: Since it was generally in my local area this time, I didn't need to (laughs). I tampered with the interior design of the game center and stuff, but people who live nearby would probably recognise it. Those of you live in the area, do try figuring out where Kirino's favourite cinema and other places are.
---This time, Ayase appeared more often. In the second chapter, Kyousuke described (her place?) as an abode of demons, so why in the did he go in?
Fushimi: Probably because hearing Ayase's voice would make anyone go crazy.
Fushimi: The third track of the drama CD was really fun to do, so I thought I'd try bringing a bit more (of that atmosphere) to the novels too.
---Something that I'm curious about is the purikura that Ayase has - how did she manage to get hold of it?
Fushimi: Late one night, she secretly crept into Kyousuke's room through his window and took it.
The results of research!? Reflecting (RL) experience in a doujin circle
---This time, they all participate in Comiket as a circle. Fushimi-sensei, you also joined a circle for the summer comiket this year, are there any points or stories feeding back from your own experiences?
Fushimi: Of course. In the morning, general attendees have to go through these snaking lines from Tokyo Big Sight around to the carpark, but circle attendees can just go straight in. And where (Kuroneko went around greeting everyone in the morning), we did that around the same time too. Although we didn't meet "Notofu-san".
Notofu: Really!? I went around greeting everyone too, it often happens when you're circle comrades. Sorry about that.
Fushimi: So that's what happened? Speaking of which, in my doujinshi, there's a corner for your cosplay photos.
---So the inspiration for that scene was Notofu-san's cosplay corner?
Fushimi: No, I wrote that scene beforehand, so it's the other way round. In the process of writing the doujinshi, Nofuto-san helped me with the details of gravure photoshoots.
平和 : There's also a scene where they lay a mat at their feet - that was from the "Oote(?) Circle" next to you, wasn't it? This actually isn't a typical thing.
Miki：You normally sit down?
平和 ：We do, and in a space* where so many circles gather and people come in and out so often, I think it'd get dirty.
*the word here supposedly means "all over the island": not really sure how to translate that. Anyone with Comiket experience?
Fushimi: Tell me that earlier!
Fushimi: In participating in that circle, for some reason I wasn't able to research what happens in that space. My apologies.
---It looks like you'll be writing about the 2nd day, where they participated with the Game Research Club, at another time? I'd like to read about that.
Fushimi: I'm planning to write it, but reader will probably be angry if I release a short story collection between the 7th and 8th volumes.
Miki：No kidding (laughs). But putting aside the timing, I'd like to put it out too. It'd be nice to be able to show Fushimi-san's truth worth, his sharp style in a collection of shorts.
An unbelievable twist! The fourth chapter that jolts the reader!
---In the fourth chapter, Mikagami Kouki-san had a huge impact, you could say he was highly influential to the story.
Fushimi: I paid a lot of attention to his (role).
Miki：Today's users tend to be sensitive to this kind of thing, and we understand that. However, (even if we touch on something that's taboo), I personally thing that it's the series itself that's confrontational.
Miki：However, that's just the concept. As Fushimi-san said, I believe we must pay a lot of attention to considering all the details. We are making something to entertain, so there's no meaning if readers aren't satisfied by what they read. (With regards to Mikagami) we are fully aware that it was a huge challenge when we work on it.
Fushimi: In truth, there was an even harsher turn (in the story), but we made the judgment that this was as far as we could go with 'OreImo'
平和：There is this scene where Kyousuke and his father sulk in another room, right? The empathy (between readers and Kyousuke?) is really high in that scene.
Miki：That scene shows how much everyone loves Kirino, doesn't it?
平和：No no. Rather, we have to ask why we're all depressed along with Kyousuke, despite not really liking Kirino. We really feel that "there's no way Kirino could be this cute!"
Kazu: Totally with you there!
Miki：This is definitely all according to plan! (laughs)
----This volume ended with a stunning development: it's not something like "going out shopping together" is it?
Miki： That would make it the same as the previous volume! (laugh)
Fushimi: I didn't want people to think it would turn out like the last time, so I had it settled before ending it.
Miki：Ohara (Ohara Kazuaki(?), another editor) and I surprisingly had completely different opinions about this.
---Here, you roused all involved in one fell stroke.
Fushimi: Stories are most interesting when they are nearing their conclusion. That was the case with the 1st volume, and also with the 4th and 5th volumes. The story becomes interesting when it's moving. As such, I think that it's not as if I don't have to be hold back, but rather that it's fine to put my trump cards to full use.
---No no. Reading volume 7 gives the feeling that the story is heading towards its climax, that this series will end soon.
Fushimi: I mentioned this before, but me putting out a book - I see that as a miracle, and write so that I will have no regrets, so that it can be seen as the last book, or perhaps as a volume very close to the end.
---Before we end, could you please tell the readers any highlights of volume 7, or any other messages?
Fushimi: I'd be happy if you paid attention to how Kirino and Kyousuke feel about each other.
Miki：Personally, I'd like everyone to pay attention to the middle state. You could say it showcases Fushimi-san's funky style; an episode that's pure entertainment, so I think it's really good. If it's something about what we'd call 'falling in love', coming this far, there are cases where the type of relationship we've seen so far doesn't hold true and (the story) becomes more serious. however, I'd like you all to read (this volume) without feeling that way because we've created this volume in the great hope that you will all laugh (about what happens).
Fushimi: I will do my best not to lose to the anime!