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Go Nagai: "I was particularly saddened when I found out that in many countries I was considered to be an author who loves to depict battles and destruction just for the fun of it. The reason why I depict the effects of war in my comics is because I strongly believe that a person should learn from childhood how war can be destructive and how much people and societies may suffer from it, just the same way I learned it from the stories of adults around me when I was a little child.”
Go Nagai, again: "I told myself that it was a good idea to create a hero who wasn't necessarily good, that we could have a bad hero, that's where the inspiration came. At that time I was watching movies like Godzilla and I was really identifying myself to him. Without knowing why, through the eyes of Godzilla, I felt the need to crush tanks or to disperse crowds of people with kicks, i found that entertaining… It's in the same state of mind that I started writing Mao Dante."
poor Nagai, being called a disgusting violent psycho really got to him; when it comes to defending himself from these kinds of accusations, he has trouble admitting that, even with Devilman's well-executed anti-war and anti-violent groupthink themes, he still clearly had lots of fun drawing over-the-top violence.