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Osamu Kobayashi Talk Event – Quotes and Excerpts

Osamu Kobayashi Talk Event – Quotes and Excerpts

Osamu Kobayashi, an industry veteran who most will recognise as the man behind Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad‘s anime adaptation, held a talk event at the end of December alongside fellow veterans and industry legends. As is typical for these events, recording them isn’t an option, but certain people who attended were kind enough to take notes during it and post them up on Twitter for those who couldn’t. Some extracts that came from it have been mentioned in passing during previous posts, but it only seems right to just translate and compile the whole lot here for everyone. The lack of a specific topic for the event means there’s a wide spread of info that’s popped up from it, from news regarding certain guests’ new projects right down to simple trivia, so I’ve split it all up into news, highlights, and trivia just to make sure it doesn’t turn into one big mess of information.

Host: Osamu Kobayashi

Guests: Mitsuo Iso, Masaaki Yuasa, Takashi Mukouda, Kiyotaka Oshiyama and C-san (webgen animator currently working with a 3DCG company who doesn’t want to be named. Hint: K-san would be more appropriate, known for a specific style of FX animation.)

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Manga Editors Roundtable – The Growth of Yuri

Manga Editors Roundtable – The Growth of Yuri

Today megax brings us another translation dealing with an “anime industry” aspect beyond what is usually highlighted.

This is an roundtable covered for Akiba Blog (NSFW link) by KarzuSP. I felt it’s an interesting discussion about a topic that seems to be growing both domestically in Japan and internationally with many fans devouring the yuri genre. It may lead to more anime adaptations, so this could be a good ground point for a growth in yuri fandom. Enjoy.

Up until now, the “yuri” genre, focusing on themes of romantic relationships between women, had grown based on publications in specialty magazines. Currently it’s starting to stand out more thanks to events like many works appearing in general magazines, and the guidebook An Introduction to the World of Yuri being published. Additionally, Kadokawa’s Dengeki Daioh Editorial Board is publishing Éclair; A Yuri Anthology That Resounds Within You this month. In this piece, we’ve interviewed the editors of two works that continue to stand out today, Dengeki’s Bloom Into You (Author: Nio Nakatani; published in Kadokawa’s monthly “Comics Dengeki Daioh”) and Square Enix’s Happy Sugar Life (Author Tomiyaki Kagisora; published in Square Enix’s “Gangan JOKER”), about publishing “yuri” titles in general magazines. Both editors’ fiery emotions exhaust this topic! Furthermore, we were able to have the editor who handled An Introduction to the World of Yuri present with us, so we deliver to you a roundtable where a serious yuri manga talk bloomed.

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Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 10

Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 10

Just as the show itself, this series of articles covering Yuri!!! On ICE’s design process comes to an end – for now at least! Here’s the original Japanese interview. We’ve compiled all the translations at the end for easy access!

The last episode featured the free skate programs from the Grand Prix Final.

This time we’ll be talking about the free program costume of last skater to join the cast, Otabek Altin.

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Koe no Katachi Comic Natalie Interview – Naoko Yamada

Koe no Katachi Comic Natalie Interview – Naoko Yamada

For the last 3 months we’ve been covering Naoko Yamada’s career through a series of articles and translations by megax, but all good things must come to an end. As a final gift, here’s an interview about her latest film. No actual spoilers beyond the premise, so go ahead even if you haven’t seen the film!

A Silent Voice is a story from Yoshitoki Oima’s manga where high schooler Shoya Ishida reunites with Shouko Nishimiya, a girl whom he had physically/emotionally wounded when they were elementary schoolers. Through their exchanges, Shoya begins to change.  The manga itself placed first in the boys category of “This Manga is Amazing! 2015” awards and in the “Comic Natalie Grand Prize 2014” awards as well as winning the “newcomer” award in the 19th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards. It is published in a total of 7 volumes.

Comic Natalie has interviewed the director of this film Naoko Yamada, who works at Kyoto Animation and is known for her two prior films, K-On! The Movie! and Tamako Love Story.  Here, we listen to her first impressions of the manga, secret thoughts in her direction, and producing the film while seeing “liveliness.”

Interview/Text by Akiko Kumase

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Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 9

Behind the Scenes of Yuri!!! On Ice’s Costume Design 9

After skaters and staff alike took a bit of a break, this series is back to peek behind the scenes into the costume design process. As usual, Good Haro translated Chacott’s article.

We’ve finally arrived at the short programs for the Grand Prix Final, and there’s only one episode left!
Otabek Altin is the one of the six in the final making his first appearance on the rink. So without further ado, let’s talk about his costume.

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Tamako Stage Greetings – Naoko Yamada x Futoshi Nishiya x Taichi Ogawa

Tamako Stage Greetings – Naoko Yamada x Futoshi Nishiya x Taichi Ogawa

The penultimate post in our Naoko Yamada series consists of another translation by megax, featuring various KyoAni staff members mostly talking about amusing anecdotes during her productions. Some fascinating insight as well!

This is a translation of a transcription posted by Sekai of the stage greeting following Movix Kyoto’s screening of a selection of Tamako Market episodes. As it was from notes/memory, there may be some inaccuracies in the phrasing/wording of the answers, but the general theme is correct.

Guests: Director Naoko Yamada, Animation Director and Character Designer Futoshi Nishiya, Episode Director Taichi Ogawa

Master of Ceremonies: Producer Riri Sezaki

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Euphonium Fanbook Interview – Author Ayano Takeda

Euphonium Fanbook Interview – Author Ayano Takeda

We’ve been covering the anime adaptation of Hibike! Euphonium every week, but today we’ll look at the roots of the series instead. Our recurring collaborator megax returns to translate a long interview with its original writer, the young Ayano Takeda.

A super long interview with the creator of Sound! Euphonium, Ayano Takeda! What prompted her to create this immensely popular series, her feelings for her hometown of Uji, why she became a writer and more! This interview is packed with important news. (Coverage/Writing: Yuuko Takakura)

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