Last week I made the bold claim that the Dereani complete fanbook translations would be making their way to the blog every Friday/Saturday, and in a move that defies all odds, I’ve managed to follow up on that this week! The goods this time come in the form of a roundtable with Dereani’s character designer and chief animation director Yuusuke Matsuo (aka Fugo) accompanied by key staff member and ROCK lover Toshifumi Akai, who give us some delectable details regarding the lead up to the show being greenlit, the production schedule itself, and how much they love playing mobage.
The Cinderella Girls fanbook is a treat for fans that’s blessed not only with a beautiful cover by the god Fugo himself, but also with a ton of meaty interviews with both the cast and most of the production staff involved. It’s only natural then that — as the guy who lives and breathes imas around these parts — I take the task upon myself to translate a number of said interviews for the sake of all you lovely folk out there, and there’s no better way to begin than with a very interesting (and long!) interview with both Noriko Takao and Atsushi Nishigori, the duo responsible for the two very impressive adaptations.
Enough chatter from the rabid fan though, let’s fire into the first half of this beast.