D: Good work everyday, sensei! Well a while ago, I was watching TV and thought, “maybe?!”, but is the “Gray Terminal”‘s model Smokey Mountain from the delinquent areas of Manila in the Philippines? by NN Brothers
O: Ah, so it was on TV. Yes, you are correct. Reality is something that has scenes that go beyond our imaginations, and “trash mountains burning with smoke rising up from them” is a scenery that actually exists. There, many people really actually live there. How it is displayed in the manga is only the outer looks, and in reality, there are things like diseases that spread, and it’s an everyday thing to find corpses lying around in real trash mountains. Even if you wanted to escape from that life, it doesn’t go as smoothly as manga. Even if I try to explain, it’s sort of not very detailed, so interested people, please look it up.