In an interview at Lucca Comics , Ikeda said he is a big fan of Tim Burton and was inspired by his works, including The Nightmare Before Christmas , and particularly Edward Scissorhands because the monster has a sensitive soul. He had also researched various monsters from encyclopedias and the Internet. He started with his passion for vampires, and the concept of a beautiful girl vampire with a crucifix around her neck and then created the school of monsters, Tsukune, and others afterwards. He credits the beautiful girls for the series' popularity and added the fighting elements.
Aria Veritro Tsukune used to have a pet cat but it ran away from home for some odd reasons. Now he got into Youkai Academy by luck and got saved by cat demon named Shizuka from bike-riding vampire on the first day. Fiction T - English - Tsukune A. He recalled the conversation with the eerie driver in his mind. But really, what stuck in his mind was what the driver had said about the school. So far, the place looked like a set for a horror film. He could feel eerie chills down his spine.