Commemorating the re-run of the “BanG Dream! FILM LIVE”, “'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' Re-run Celebration Talk Show” was held at Aeon Cinema Itabashi on Jul. 5. The CEO of Bushiroad Kitani Takaaki, the CEO of Sanjigen Matsuura Hiroaki, and the computer graphic supervisor Mimura Atsushi appeared on the stage and revealed the background stories for the movie.
This talk show continued as the guests answering the question had been collected on Twitter in advance.
For “A trigger for starting 'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' project”, the CEO Kitani answered, “There was a proposal from the president Matsuura that he wants to make the film like during the production of 'BanG Dream! 2nd Season', and I accepted it. We only took a few days to turn the proposal into a project”. It was a rare case with no proposal documents.
For favorite scenes, Mimura answered, “Because we could produce the concert scenes in full length, compared to the TV series, we were able to depict character's charms which could not be shown in the anime”.
CEO Kitani mentioned the stage background as his favorite scene. He praised it that it was “made with a quality equal to recreating the actual background of 'BanG Dream!” concerts”, and continued by saying, “The actors with a nice relationship make the project successful, and I believe this live could be successful because the actors in 'BanG Dream! FILM LIVE' had a wonderful relationship, too”.
The talk show also revealed that president Matsuura asked to make the scene of the background, where the requests of “encore” from the audience echo.
The added the scene because they believed “Since the release was after the broadcast of 'BanG Dream! 2nd Season', I thought that the fans could feel something only with graphics without words”.
Lastly, new information on the “BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage” was announced. The director Umezu commented, “We are planning to increase the volume of the movie by doing things like increasing the volume of the movie and taking much longer time, therefore, we asked the guest looking forward to the “BanG Dream! FILM LIVE 2nd Stage' to stay healthy through daily exercises”.
The special collaboration set between the smartphone game called "BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" (Garupa in short) and the "Cup Noodle" are available for pre-order. It is currently available at "Nisshin Foods Official Online Store".
This product "Cup Noodle×BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" special set was created to celebrate the birth of the 7th band in "Garupa", the story of band girls working toward their dream by overcoming many hardships.
The key visual depicted "hungry!" characters after the practice and concert eating cup noodles.
This collaboration item has A set and B set, and each set comes with a "special talk CD" (75 minutes in length), where the vocalists from all 7 bands assembled.
"Cup Noodle×BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!" is priced at 5,500 JPY (tax included) for both A set (sold only 5,000 sets.), and B set (sold only 3,000 sets).
Pre-order is currently available at "Nisshin Foods Online Store", and shipping is scheduled for Jul. 2020. Detailed information will be posted on a special website.
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It has been decided that the 3-day outdoor concert "BanG Dream! 8th LIVE" of the next-gen girls' band project "BanG Dream!" be broadcast live in nationwide theaters in Japan.
"BanG Dream! 8th LIVE" is an outdoor concert held at Fuji-Q Highland Conifer Forest on Aug. 21, 22, and 23, 2020.
It consists of two parts: "Summer 3-day Outdoor Concert", a 3-day energetic live performance of the bands from "BanG Dream!" including Poppin’Party, Roselia, RAISE A SUILEN, Morfonica, and Pastel＊Palettes, and "Breakthrough!", a solo performance of Poppin’Party.
Roselia with a dark, cool style will be performing on day 1, and day 2 will have RAISE A SUILEN, who participate in music festivals and are praised for their profound music.
Day 3 has the pop, energetic Poppin’Party, which has a theme of "Kirakira Dokidoki" (sparkle and excitement), the 4th real-life band Morfonica, and Maeshima Ami as Maruyama Ayu from Pastel＊Palettes.
Tickets for the "'BanG Dream! 8th LIVE' Summer 3-Day Outdoors Concert LIVE VIEWING" will be sold at Lawson Ticket from 12:00 p.m. Jul. 23 to 12:00 p.m. Aug. 20, and at theaters from Aug. 21. They are priced at 4,300 JPY (tax included).
The concert will be broadcast at theaters in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand on Aug. 21, 22, and 23. (All from 5:00 p.m.)
Check out the special webpage for further information.
To commemorate the premiere of "BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia I : Promise" on April 23, 2021, and "BanG Dream! Episode of Roselia II : Song I am." on June 25, a special mook featuring "Roselia" will be released.
The mook follows the story of the 1st half that depicts the promise from forming the band to joining "FUTURE WORLD FES.", and approaches the challenging story that Roselia depicts and the 5 members' charms.
Cool, beauty and charming original photos, personal interviews to bring out the members' true feelings, and creators' interviews for the spirited staff engaged in the production will be featured with full-colored 112 pages.
'Ani-PASS Special Edition Episode of Roselia Reference Book' will be released on April 21,2021, at 1,980 JPY (including tax). The supplement will be Roselia's double-sided pinup.
"BanG Dream!" (abbreviated Bandori) project's girls band Roselia and RAISE A SUILEN will hold a joint live "Rausch und/and Craziness II" at Yokohama Arena on February 22, 2021. Photos of the live event have arrived.
RAISE A SUILEN was the first band to take to the stage.
After the opening movie, the curtain went up and Raychell (Ba.&Vo.) sang "mind of Prominence" to the audience, which was dyed with colorful lights from the arena to the stands. Lasers were flying wildly.
Then they went on with "A DECLARATION OF XXXX" and "HELL! or HELL?". The band played "UNSTOPPABLE", which was relatively light for the set played that day, "REIGNING" with its tough band sound that sounded anthemic, and "SOUL SOLDIER" with its contrast of thrashy guitar sound and clear melody line.
There was almost no MC, but instead Boki DJ'd and interspersed the live event with sessions, and before you knew it, the show was over.
The band played "DRIVE US CRAZY" and "!NVADE SHOW!" with a positive nuance, forcing the audience to burn out completely.
Then it was the turn of Roselia to take the lead.
They opened the stage with "Avant-garde HISTORY" featuring the straight voice of Aina Aiba (vo. Minato Yukina), the chorus and the ensemble with a tame effect, followed by "FIRE BIRD" with flames on the bright red stage.
After the MC talked about their enthusiasm for their first live with an audience since last summer, they started again with "PASSIONATE ANTHEM".
In the middle part of the show, they performed a medley of "Song I am.", "Ringing Bloom", "Sunshine Road Night" and "Determination Symphony" after a comical MC time to entertain the audience with the gap between the songs and their appearance.
They continued with "Kiseki", a ballad song sung with rich emotion by Aiba, "Blessing Chord", a new song with symphonic and intense sound, "BLACK SHOUT", which was the "best beginning song" for them, and "ZEAL of proud", in which all the members had their own vocal parts.
For the encore, the members of RAS were joined by Aiba, and they performed the cover album "Bandori! Girls Band Party! Cover Collection Vol.5" which was about to be released.
The full members of the two bands got together to perform "EXPOSE 'Burn out! and "Natsuiro Starmine" with the full members of the two bands together, and the whole venue applauded them.
The live performance of "Rausch und/and Craziness II" will be available for special streaming from 14:00 on March 13. For more details, please visit the special page.
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The new original anime "Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood" will be broadcast on NTV, hulu, Tatsunoko Production, Dentsu, and Bushiroad (hereinafter "Jouran').
The production presentation was held in Meijiza on February 9, and was broadcast live on the official YouTube channel of "Jouran".
Cast members, including Mimori Suzuko, Aoi Shouta, Raychell-san, Itou Ayasa, and Kobayashi Chikahiro, as well as BAKKEN RECORD animation producer Omatsu Hiroshi, Bushiroad Chairman Kidani Takaaki, and NTV announcer Itou Ryo were on stage as MCs.
In this report, we will convey the latest information, such as world view setting, music information, goods development, and other announced details.
The presentation started with the screening anime PV.
"On that day, when I lost everything..."
The PV, which begins with the narration of the main character "Yukimura Sakiha" played by Suzuko Mimori, a young girl staring at the "marauder" is projected behind the flames of Guren. And it becomes clear that is aiming for revenge.
The next scene was "Meiji 64".
"Another Japan" where the Tokugawa Shogunate was not destroyed in the Meiji Restoration and Tokugawa Yoshinobu kept his power.
It developed as a glittering metropolis that fused modern science with the culture of the Meiji era.
A monorail-shaped vehicle in a high-rise building with a beautiful night view. And a frog-like wriggling monster...
It seems that each thought is intertwined and becomes a big "swell" to move the gear of fate in the intense action and human drama that unfold in a unique world.
The PV is currently available on the official "Jouran" YouTube channel.
NTV April 6, 2021 ~ Every Wednesday 01:29 A.M.
BS Nippon Television April 7, 2021 ~ Every Wednesday 00:00 A.M.
CS Nippon Teleplus April 13, 2021 ~ Every Tuesday 00:30 A.M.
On Hulu all episodes will be one week in advance
* Overseas broadcast is also announced
A beautiful woman "Yukimura Sakiha" becomes the assassin of the dark organization "Nue", which belonged to the Tokugawa government.
The next announcement was about the world view and the main characters.
This work is a story set in 1884, which was developed through science and the theory of Yin and Yang.
In this world, the battles between the dissident organization Kuchinawa, which aims to overthrow the government, and the dark organization "Nue", which was entrusted with the extermination of Kuchinawa, unfold in the darkness of the city.
Mimori Suzuko plays Yukimura Saki, who has a double life of the owner of an antiquarian bookstore in daily life, but and is the assassin who belongs to Nue at night.
She belongs to the "blue-blooded clan" with special powers, but her parents were murdered by the Kuchinawa chief "Janome" when she was a kid, so now she becomes a revenger looking for a Janome.
According to Mimori-san, it was such a difficult role that she put every effort as if she had worn away her life, and at the end of the recording, she was always doubting, "Was it good?"
Tsukishiro Makoto, played by Aoi Shouta, is a beautiful woman dressed as a man. She is usually a bandoneon player, but she is also an assassin of Kuchinawa.
She is good at deceiving people and never shows her true intentions. Aoi-san commented that he was expected to understand Tsukishiro's feelings because he often plays a female character. Her sense of mission was renewed.
Hanafu Elena, played by Raychell-san, is an assassin of "Nue" who is a well-known novelist and also a prostitute. She is an emotional, annoying, hedonist who is loyal to her desires.
Raychell-san's first impression of Elena was just "sexy," and she was wondering how she should act. She seems to be enjoying dubbing while receiving the advice of her performance.
Nakamura Asayo, played by Itou Ayasa, is a 7-year-old girl. Although Yukimura Sakiha killed her parents, she is an innocent child who is protected by Yukimura and lives with her. She is a solid person who handles both storekeeping and housework, and she is a unique person whose "world in which she lives" is different from the members of other assassins so far.
Itou-san explained that for that purpose director told her to be "innocent" one.
Hitoshi Kuzuhara, played by Chikahiro Kobayashi, is a person who "exists to protect Tokugawa Yoshinobu." He is the chief of "Nue" and has darkness in himself, but according to Kobayashi-san, he will be spoiled if he thrusts further. It seems that every character has various things, and it is curious about the human drama around that.
Music & Goods information
The rock band "RAISE A SUILEN" of which Raychell is part of, is in charge of the opening theme song and ending theme. Both songs were written for "Joran" and have a sound that combines Japanese classic music and rock. Both normal and limited edition CD will be released on April 21. On March 24, an original soundtrack containing 41 songs will be released.
Moreover, a manga project is underway for "BookLive".
Goods such as tin badges and face towels will be released after.
Furthermore, on March 27, will hold an "advanced screening & talk show event" where you can watch episodes 1 to 4 before the broadcast.
The lottery applications are being accepted at Bushiroad Music Passport.
And in the fall of 2021, the stage version of this work will also be performed at Meijiza! Please look forward to that as well.
This work, "Joran" is a profound drama that develops speedily.
Stay tuned for upcoming news!
The 2nd PV for "Higurashi: When They Cry – SotsuWhen They Cry” (which will start airing on July 1, 2021) has been released. At the same time, the ending theme of this work has been decided as "Missing Promise" by Suzuki Konomi.
The original work of "Higurashi: When They Cry – SotsuWhen They Cry" (abbreviated in Japanese as "Higurashi") is a horror/mystery novel game by Ryuukishi 07/07th Expansion.
The story is about a mysterious incident that occurs in a cold village, Hinamizawa Village, in the early summer of 1983.
The ending theme sung by Suzuki Konomi was used for the 2nd PV released this time.
Those who turn fate, those who play with it, and those who fight against it: ...... The story is heading towardgoes beyond the truth, where tragedy and fate intersect.
"Higurashi: When They Cry – SotsuWhen They Cry" will start at 23:30 on July 1 on TOKYO MX and other stations. The first episode will be aired consecutively with the second episode.
(C) 2020 Ryukishi07 / Higurashi: When They CryWhen They Cry Production Committee
Before the release of "The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light" on July 2, 2021, the special program "Before the Release of 'The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light' You'll Regret for Not Watching!! The Last Gathering of the Deadly Sins Special" featuring the cast members, including Kaji Yuuki, Amamiya Sora,
Kurashina Kana, and Kawashima Akira (Kirin), will be broadcast at 5:10 PM, on June 30, on TV Tokyo affiliated channels. Also, the collaboration movie with the film theme song "Sono Sakino Hikari e" by Okano Akihito (Porno Graffitti) has been released together with his comments.
"The Seven Deadly Sins" is based on the same-name manga by Suzuki Nakaba that was serialized on "Weekly Shounen Magazine" for approximately 8 years, and it has a total of 41 manga volumes that accumulated more than 37 million copies in circulation.
This film "The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light" will have a completely original story by Suzuki, which depicts the "After-story of the Final Chapter".
"Before the Release of 'The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light' You'll Regret for Not Watching!! The Last Gathering of the Deadly Sins Special" will feature the voice actors that were involved in the TV anime since episode 1, which are Kaji Yuuki (voice of Meliodas) and Amamiya Sora (voice of Elizabeth) together with the big fans of the series and the guests of the film, which are Kurashina Kana and Kawashima Akira (Kirin).
In this special program, they will review back on the TV series that was broadcast over the 7 years, the top secret inside story, the charms of the film, and the recommended scenes.
Also the collaboration movie with the theme song "Sono Sakino Hikari e" by Okano Akihito (Porno Graffitti) has been released. The footage of "The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light" was shown in plenty together with this song that was produced by extravagant creators as the lyric is written by Suga Shikao, composed by Sawano Hiroyuki, and it has Kaji Yuuki (voice of Meliodas) and Amamiya Sora (voice of Elizabeth) participating in the chorus.
The special program "Before the Release of 'The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light' You'll Regret for Not Watching!! The Last Gathering of the Deadly Sins Special" will be broadcast at 5:10 PM, on June 30, on TV Tokyo affiliated channels.
Theme Song Singer, Okano Akihito (Porno Graffitti)
I immediately realized that this will become a famous song as soon as I listened to the demo of "Sono Sakino Hikari e" from Sawano-kun.
Then, I have immediately requested Suga-san to write the lyric as he is the only who can do the finishing touch to make this a famous song.
This is like a shuddering in happiness experience as I was able to sing this amazing song that was created by those two creators.
Also, to make this song livelier, I had the voice actors of "The Seven Deadly Sins", Kaji Yuuki and Amamiya Sora to participate in the chorus.
I have great confidence to say that this song that shows the light of the future is perfect for this story that shows "The future of the final chapter", so please enjoy it together with the film.
(C) Suzuki Nakaba, Kodansha/ 2021 "The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Cursed by Light" Production Committee
From "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle" <2nd D.R.B> Final Battle comes the battle CD "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 2nd Division Rap Battle 'Buster Bros!!! Vs Matenro VS Fling Posse'" that will be released on September 8, 2021.
The first song of this CD is the battle song of the three divisions that advanced to the final of the 2nd "Hypnosis Mic" battle season, which are the Ikebukuro Division "Buster Bros!!!", Shinjuku Division "Matenro", and Shibuya Division "Fling Posse".
The second song is "Hoodstar +", and existing song by the 18 cast members: on top of the previous 12 cast members from Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Shibuya, the Osaka Division "Dotsuitare Hompo" and Nagoya Division "Bad Ass Temple" will be participating for the first time.
The third song is a mega mix audio of the songs by each division in the 2nd D.R.B CD series.
In the Final Battle, the winner will be decided by the three voting systems, which are the first voting will be conducted through the Live (applicable for the Live Performance "7th LIVE on August 7 and August 8), the second voting will be conducted through the CD (by using the voting voucher included as a novelty in the Final Battle CD First Edition) and the third voting will be done through the VR Battle (will be conducted in October). This CD is applicable for the second voting and the deadline is 2 weeks from the release.
According to the results of the battle, your voting will influence the future developments of "Hypnosis Mic", so do participate in the voting and let's hype up the battle season together.
"Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle 2nd Division Rap Battle 'Buster Bros!!! Vs Matenro VS Fling Posse'" is priced at 2,200 JPY (tax included) and the release date is on September 8.
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On June 22, the birthday of Izanami Hifumi (CV: Kijima Ryuuichi) from “Hypnosis Mic”, the singer of Golden Bomber Kiryuuin Shou released the self-cover video of Izanami Hifumi’s solo music! He posted “Utattemita “(Tried to sing) video on YouTube.
June 22 is the birthday of Shinjuku’s No.1 host and the member of Shinjuku Division’s team “Matenrou”-Izanami Hifumi. There are many celebration comments on Twitter and other SNS. The voice actor Kijima Ryuuichi also commented, “I always admire his toughness and innocence. Please continue relaxing the lost kitties! Happy Birthday!”.
In addition, Kiryuuin Shou, who is the singer in the musician group Golden Bomber and also the composer of Izanami Hifumi’s solo music titled “Don’t Stop the Party” (Party wo Tomenaide), which was recorded on Matenrou CD, “Matenrou-Before The 2nd D.R.B” (went on sale March 2020), posted “Utattemita” (tried to sing) video by self-covering the music on YouTube.
The voice actor Kijima Ryuuichi and the fans praised Kiryuuin Shou in Izanami Hifumi’s costume. Kiryuuin commented, “I am honored that I could sing to celebrate Izanami Hifumi-san’s birthday. I tried my best to look alike with him…I tried…but there is no way that I resemble him!”.
Kiryuuin’s self-cover “Don’t Stop the Party” is currently available at “Golden Bomber Official” YouTube channel.
"Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Live 2021" has welcomed its final performance on June 13, 2021, on Pia Arena MM. Itou Kento, Urata Wataru, Ohta Motohiro, Okamiya Kurumu, Kimura Ryouhei, Shimazaki Nobunaga, Nakada Hiroki, Nakamura Shuugo, Miura Hiroki, and Morikubo Showtaro were featured in this performance.
In contrast to the audience holding the penlight while waiting for the start of the performance at the hall, the online viewing is overflowing with comments from the online audience, and the performance has started with the live-viewing of the various famous scene of Disney's animation and the performer line-up.
First, Ohta Motohiro, Nakamura Shuugo, and Morikubo Showtaro in the blue-grey base prince outfit appear on the glittering, solemn castle stage set. They performed "Once Upon A Dream" (From "Sleeping Beauty") together with the fated scene of Prince Phillip meeting Princess Aurora in the background, and it attracted the audiences to the world of dreams. Then, Itou Kento, who is appearing for the first time during the Tokyo performance, had sung "Out There" (From "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") majestically, followed by Okamiya Kurumu's "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (From "Lion King"), and the hall is filled with the gentle singing voice.
After that, the fantasy-like stage is consists of the recital and singing of "Arabian Nights" (From "Aladdin") by Kimura Ryouhei, and the next performance is Urata Wataru's "One Jump Ahead" (From "Aladdin"). The shape-shifting voice tone and the cheerful rhythm had liven up the audience. The next song from "Aladdin" is "Whole New World" by Nakata Hiroki.
The audience was charmed by the radiant world as if they were brought to an unknown trip on the magic carpet, and the next song is the first male version of "Speechless" (From the live-action "Aladdin") sung tremendously by Miura Hiroki. Then, the world has changed together with the familiar prologue of "... Follow the compass of your heart!" reverberating in the hall, and Shimazaki Nobunaga performed "Compass of Your Heart" (Sindbad's Storybook Voyage at Tokyo DisneySea (R)). Shimazaki showed a dazzling smile as if he is looking forward to the great sea voyage trip.
The second half of the performance started with the recital of "Beauty and the Beast" by Kimura Ryouhei, Urata Wataru, Ohta Motohiro, and Miura Hiroki, and the performance of "Something There" (From "Beauty and the Beast") by Okamiya Kurumu and Nakada Hiroki, different cast members than the Kobe performance. They sang the song in-sync and cheerfully, and when the story is at its peak, the song that liven up the emotional dancing scene of Belle and Beast, "Beauty and the Beast" (From "Beauty and the Beast") were performed romantically by Itou Kento and Miura Hiroki as it charmed the audience with the romantic world setting.
That was followed by Nakamura Shuugo "Under the Sea" (From "Little Mermaid"), which liven up the audience, as this optimistic sound that makes you wanted to dance had caused the audience the wave the penlight vigorously. Then, the atmosphere was changed by the bewitching melody and the one who appeared out of the smoke is Morikubo Shouwtaro. The audience is once again being attracted to a dark world filled with the villain's charm via "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (From "Little Mermaid"). After that, the world of "Little Mermaid" was continued by "Part of Your World" by Urata Wataru and Shimazaki Nobunaga.
Now the performance has entered its last section. With the sound of the wave and the piano, Ohta Motohiro sang "How Far I'll Go" (From "Moana") gently and refreshingly.
The next performance is "Feel the Love" from Tokyo DisneySea (R)'s Teatime Harbor Show's The Legend of Mythica (Until 2014) that was performed on a grand scale and loved by many fans, was performed by all the cast members, who are dress in the silver radiant prince outfit. The fantasy-like, dynamic sound and singing voice have become one with the venue.
After that, it was the time for the cast member's greeting. Urata said "The four performances, including Kobe and Tokyo, were quite fun!", Okamiya said "I hope this will become the best day for everyone!", Shimazaki said "The penlight at the venue was quite a sight! For those viewing online, please wave your heart's penlight!", Nakada said "Thank you for the diamond-like scenery!", and Nakamura said "To me, this was like a dream-like moment! I hope it will also become a dream-like moment to everyone also. Let's liven up more!" as he hypes up the crowd.
The last songs for this performance are the famous song that everyone has hum before, "It's a Small World" (From New York World Fair) and "Mickey Mouse March" (From Mickey Mouse Club). The cast members, who are performing energetically together with the Mickey Mouse's posture, have become one with the audience as they hype up the venue. The online stream was also overflowing with comments, and this performance has ended greatly and reluctantly.
The ticket for the archive viewing is available until 7:00 PM, June 16. It is possible to purchase this ticket together with the ticket for the dream-like special online performance featuring the all-stars on July 22.
Also, the Blu-ray of this arena tour will be released on November 19, so do check it out.
"Disney Koe no Ouji-sama Voice Stars Dream Live 2021"
June 13, 2021 (Sunday) Pia Arena MM
Afternoon Session (Door Open) 1:00 PM (Performance Start) 2:30 PM (Planned)/
Night Session (Door Open) 5:30 PM (Performance Start) 7:00 PM
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. （C）Disney
Sato Takeru played the main role in the live-action movie series "Rurouni Kenshin". The first movie in the series released in 2012 became a big hit, and in 2014 the sequel to the two-part series also became a hot topic.
And this time, the final chapter of the series "Rurouni Kenshin Saishuushou: The Final" was released on April 23 (Fri), and on June 4 (Fri) the series will be completed with "Rurouni Kenshin Saishuushou: The Beginning".
So, in March, Anime! Anime! held the shooting of the battle scene, which was supposed be the climax of "Rurouni Kenshin Saishuushou: The Final". We also conducted an interview at the same time. We will also report what director Otomo Keishi said at that time.
■ Action that feels the "spirit" of men crossing swords
"The Final" is a story about the battle between the main character, Himura Kenshin, and Yukishiro Enishi. Kenshin, who killed his beloved , Tomoe, and Tomoe's younger brother are crossing swords in revenge.
Their past strongly connected, they will fight a different death battle with Shishio Makoto, who became the main enemy from the previous work.
Otomo-san said, "For Enishi, his sister Tomoe was an irreplaceable person who was like a mother to him. Strong feelings not only for Tomoe but also for revenge at the swordsman who took her life have sprung up in Enishi. On the other hand, for Kenshin, Enishi is an opponent with who he does not want to fight but must fight. Because of these two people, the introduction of battle is also different from before. The tension is not like, "Now, it’s a fight!"
Perhaps because of that, the battle scene that I added this time seems to be quite powerful. The script was a little over 11 pages and 125 cuts, which was a dynamic and discerning shoot.
Arata Mackenyu played Enishi. Director Otomo commented, "He is a "full-blooded" action star, but at the same time, he excels in delicate plays that capture the subtleties of his heart. Enishi is not just a man obsessed with revenge, but a young man who originally had a kind heart. I thought that Arata Mackenyu, who has both high physical ability and naive acting abilities, would be a good match."
In addition, he seemed to bring the potential and presence to compete with Sato, saying, "If anyone will hit Sato Takeru, it would be him."
During the shooting, I have drawn in the powerful Kenshin performance by Sato. The swordsmen's muscles drawn with well-trained bodies are straight and heavy. There, I could feel the length of time that Enishi had lived for revenge.
Sato and others chat between the shoots, but they were brief moments. Suddenly, I saw a serious expression confirming the movement.
There were also moments when he gave off an air that no one could approach, and he was breathtaking at his crazy and sad aura.
The actions of Sato, who starred in the movie, have an impression of lightness. In the difficult action scenes like going around the pond in the atrium of the Western-style building by putting his feet on the sides of the stairs and the pillars, he practiced many times and got used to his body.
Also, in this scene, there is an important moment using wires. A wire extending from the center of the pond supported Sato, and a scene was shot that used centrifugal force to run through more dynamically.
Director Otomo commented that "Rurouni Kenshin" is "sticking to analog-like action shooting." By using wires and turning around to add to the physical strength of the actor without performing digital processing as much as possible, the scene became a sweaty scene with realistic images. Sato, who has shaped this kind of commitment in the past three works, may have a sensuous grasp of how to make a better picture. He didn't have any gaps in the angle of the sword he was holding, his toes, or his fingertips, and he was thrilled.
Otome also said, "Since it is a battle for a woman (Tomoe) who is not there, I think that it is good to show emotions in small movements and swings, not just offense and defense, so I asked Tanigaki (Kenji), the action director. Kenshin is surely confronting while accepting the attack of Enishi, "Isn't it different?","Can you understand, Enishi?". I want viewers to feel the atonement from actions"
"The movie is packed with the ideas that the action team has accumulated over the last five years and gained shooting art to support those ideas, and the wisdom and ingenuity of all the staff.," said Otomo-san. The best action movie in the history of Japanese movies has become a supreme movie this way. Please check at the theater to see what the culmination it is.
Voice actor and artist Saito Souma's last performance at his first tour ‘Saito Souma Live Tour 2021 “We are in bloom!”’ was held at Tokyo Garden Theater on May 23, 2021.
This was his first concert in about two years since his first concert "quantum stranger(s)" held at Maihama Amphitheater in February 2019. The stage was unique to Saito Souma, who has absorbed various genres such as alternative, shoegaze, guitar rock, and city pop, and expressed them as his own worldview.
When the show started, the tranquil space was filled with the gentle sound of piano and images of flowers and grass sprouting on the stage, which grew in time with the sound to create a fantastic forest. When a cube with the "S" logo appeared, Saito Souma appeared in it. As the ivy in the forest converged into the shape of the title "We are in bloom!”, he performed the first song "Fish Story", which was his debut song and also the last encore song of the previous concert. The song started off reminiscent of the continuation of the journey from the previous show with the theme of travel.
In the first half of the show, he continued with songs as a singer, incorporating his vocal sound, vocalization, and emotional expression, which he has said he has acquired through playing various roles as a voice actor, into expressing himself rather than his roles. From the cheerful and joyful single songs like "Date" and "Yoake wa Mada," he gradually moved on to the dark and mysterious expression with the feeling of being drawn into his unique worldview.
In the talk part, he expressed his gratitude to the people who have supported him and made him what he is today, his thoughts to the people who were supposed to attend the Osaka concert, which was the only one cancelled during the tour, and his strong feeling that he would definitely see them again.
He then picked up his guitar and started the intro riff solo to "memento". As the single coil of the Telecaster tore through the space, he became the vocalist of the band, expressing his emotions explosively.
After "Epilogue" and "Palette," the last song was "Isana," which was the big piece on the album at over 8 minutes. The roar of the shoegaze sound and Saito Souma's sweet, floating vocals enveloped the whole venue, and the story came to a finale. As if in response to the emotions, the outro was stretched out further and the performance reached almost 10 minutes.
Appearing on stage amidst unstoppable hand clapping, it led the audience into an encore with "Summerholic!", a song born from his own experience of the garage rock revival.
After the lead song "carpool" from the album "in bloom", he expressed his gratitude again and said that he wanted to make it the night that would lead to the next, not the end of the day, in the talk part. The word “next” he said many times that day showed his positive feeling to the people he had ever met.
At the end of the encore, he sang "I'll save goodbye for next time" and closed his first tour with the last track "Saigo no Hanabi" from "in bloom".
The show was streamed live and will be available in archieve until 11:59 p.m. on May 30.
Photographer for the concert: Hamano Kazushi
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