Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou: Interview With Lead Writer

Interesting interview with the lead writer for Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, Yoshioka Takao, on the Japanese site Hobby Channel.

The show is a harem comedy including strong adventure elements, set in a school for magic, and including plenty of inventive fanservice. One of its strong points is the energetic pace it maintains.

Asked which character he liked best, Yoshioka-san said Akuto (the protagonist), that he was someone who went straight ahead, even at the risk of blowing himself up. He said Akuto just had a good feeling about him, and he felt no stress at all writing him.

What scene did he like? The classroom scene in episode one where Akuto was introducing himself. He thought that director Watanabe Takashi and star Kondou Takashi worked as a perfect match in that scene, to introduce the character and the situation.

What was the hardest part of doing the show? As with all light novel adaptations it was condensing the story and dividing it into twelve 25-minute episodes, when the original was not divided that way.

Kimi ni Todoke Mangaka: Hirano's Kurumi "100 Times Better Than the Manga"

Shiina Karuho, the mangaka of Kimi ni Todoke, has given Hirano Aya a drawing with an inscription saying that her interpretation of Kurumi made the anime's Kurumi section "a hundred times better than the manga."

Kurumi is a pretty and popular girl who is the heroine's love rival. She is in some ways a fairly nasty piece of work: manipulative and two-faced.

Shiina-san, whose nickname is "Calpin," writes that Hirano's interpretation of the character brought out her combination of charm and great pride, but was also able to gradually reveal how pitiable she really was, in the end. Hirano's performance was "totally Kurumi." (Click images to enlarge)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hirano Aya Writes About Holidays and Food

Hirano Aya's blog hasn't been very active recently, but what she has written has largely been about trips to the countryside.

She recently took a one-day driving trip to a shrine near Mount Fuji, with Saiga Mitsuki and Sasaki Nozomi. Prior to that, she visited the hot spring and theme park at Kinugawa.

All this relaxation, however -- if that's all it was -- doesn't mean that work is not still coming. This summer, she will star with Fukuyama Jun in the new TV anime series Nurarihyon no Mago. A new six-episode OVA series of Queen's Blade will also begin.

She commented how "healing" the shrine near Fuji was. On their trip, they went via the mountains and returned via the sea. They ate at parking areas: udon noodles and sakura shrimp and a special grape soft drink. They had good-tasting, fresh water. And they came back with gifts for friends -- all food.