Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Aya and Nana in White Album -- And So It Begins

Here we go. Nana Mizuki and Hirano Aya are getting ready to start recording as the stars of the anime White Album, which will air in January.

They were together at the Aquaplus Festa 2008 last Saturday, and have both posted shots in their blogs of the two of them together. The larger photo is from Aya's phone (click to enlarge even further), the smaller from Nana's.

Aya wrote that she was determined to get a two-shot of them together. She said she will work hard on the show. Nana asked people to please watch the show.

Their acting styles are so totally different that I wonder how it will all work out, but in any case, I look forward to seeing it.

The story involves a star idol (Nana) and a girl just making her debut (Aya). Art imitating life? At least at first, the proud super-idol played by Nana helps Aya's character out. The story is from a 1998 Leaf ero-game that Aquaplus is releasing next year as a PS3 game. There is also a manga, now running in Comic Dengeki Daioh. Dynasty Scans has scanlated the prologue chapter. Aya's character is just finishing high school and beginning college with her boyfriend when she learns that she will debut as an idol. Can their love survive?

Other big names in the cast will be Maeno Tomoaki, Paku Romi, Tomatsu Haruka, and Hayami Shou. Music will be by Elements Garden, with the OP sung by Nana and the ED by Suara, not Aya. But I would be flabbegasted if there weren't some character CDs in the works.

Animation production is by Seven Arcs (Nanoha). Director is Yoshimura Akira, who has not been a show director before, but directed several episodes of Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, as well as episodes of Idolmaster Xenoglossia, Gundam00, Zegapain, Samurai Champloo, Planetes, etc.

Just for good measure, here are photos of both Aya and Nana from their blogs over the past two days:

Here are some White Album links:

official site
Anime News Network page
Anidb page
post by moi
post by j1m0ne
AnimeSuki thread


dingmajiao said...

The story involves a star idol (Nana) and a girl just making her debut (Aya). Art imitating life?

i lol'd at this..
i myself cant wait for the show..
really looking forward to it..
probably one of the few(depending) shows that i'll pick up during winter..

thanks for the update.. as usual..

Ryan A said...

That's rather interesting. Yes, this is one series I am hoping good things for.

Emily said...

I think their combination would be quite interesting, I look forward to this series =P

Bita26 said...

I'm really looking foward to this show. It should be interesting to see how Nana-chan and Aya will work together. However, I can already hear the crowd at 2ch making comparisons and fiercely defending their favorite girl. *rolls eyes*

I was a little surprised Aya is not singing the ED, but I'm sure there will be tons of insert songs and character CD's to boost sales. The producers will have a field day.

Gatou said...

I think it's a pretty good thing for both of them to work together. :D
I'm really looking forward to White Album next year, if only for the star power both of them have.

aristocratic72 said...

So this isn't yuri x.x

Shana-nee said...

I've been waiting for this show. I heard that 14 - 26 is resuming airing this October, since White Album is supposed to be aired on a Winter Season, or if my memories fail me. XD!

But I've been wondering lately, most of Hirano-san's antis are Mizuki Nana fans.

I feel kinda sad since I'm a fan of both. T.T

furei kinoko said...

i love white album,but some people says this anime is worst

hashi said...

@furei kinoko -- I enjoyed it from the start, but thought it got better as it went along. It may not have been a masterpiece, but it was definitely not the worst. It was just too complex, subtle, and emotional for some people, I think, and the drawing was both muddy and uneven. I had trouble with the psychology at times, but it all came together at the end, for me.