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Yamamoto Yutaka's Original Anime 'Wake Up, Girls!' Announced

by dtshyk
Sep 10, 2012 1:42 AM | 115 Comments

According to Animate, AVEX has announced an original animation titled "Wake Up, Girls!". It will be about seven idol trainees. The story takes place in the Tohoku area of Japan. All of the main cast will be rookie seiyus selected by audition.

Director: Yamamoto Yutaka
Series Composition & Scenario: Machida Tohko
Music: Kosaki Satoru

Director Yamamoto Yutaka said he wants to encourage the people in Tohoku who experienced the severe earthquake.

Source: Animate.TV

Wake Up, Girls! on MAL

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I made some guesses on their personality types based on the picture: http://i.imgur.com/hMSttG6.jpg

VanishingKira said:
VioLink said:
New scan:http://i.imgur.com/HUdg3iJ.jpg
They all look cute in causal clothes compared to their uniform on MAL cover picture.And they sort remind me of Idolm@ster with they way their eyes look.


and comparisons to Idolm@ster characters: http://oi40.tinypic.com/2z5p4j8.jpg
For reference: http://myanimelist.net/anime/10278/The_iDOLM@STER/characters

Sep 15, 2013 4:32 PM by VioLink

VioLink said:
New scan:http://i.imgur.com/HUdg3iJ.jpg
They all look cute in causal clothes compared to their uniform on MAL cover picture.And they sort remind me of Idolm@ster with they way their eyes look.

Sep 15, 2013 4:00 PM by VanishingKira

Siva said:
Yamamoto Yutaka better make this show alive as much as it can.


I want this to sell 10k copies or more, we need another fresh new best selling Idol anime.

Sep 15, 2013 3:58 PM by Hoppy

Yamamoto Yutaka better make this show alive as much as it can.

Sep 15, 2013 3:56 PM by Siva

Very slice of life and healing genre in the character design unlike the previous 4 idol anime which were insanely vibrant in color (Idolmaster, Aikatsu, Love Live and AKB0048). A nice chance from the typical idol anime.

Sep 15, 2013 3:24 PM by Hoppy

Sep 15, 2013 2:51 PM by VioLink

symbv said:
ThangLong said:
Based on the PV, the anime will adopt a more mellow tone than that of Love Live or idolm@ster.
However, the story, about the producer of an agency in Sendai which is on the verge of collapse (perhaps partly due to the earthquake and tsunami) and how he went on streets to find and persuade the girls to join his agency and form a group, has plenty of potential to be less mellow than Love Live or IdolM@ster I think...


I don't think it will be dark, and I doubt it will be any allusion of recent events, there's nothing else to suggest such besides location.

Aug 5, 2013 8:03 AM by Hoppy

Oh look, another anime about idols!
How exciting!!

Aug 5, 2013 7:57 AM by Ketamine

Siva said:
It is simple, people are racist.

Biased is the word I'd use. Or just "people can act like narrow-minded jerks", which is really what a lot of the behavior you're talking about comes down to.

So how was this topic had anything to do with Yamakan's reputation? Well, some people are taking his words so serious that they believe a single Anime can save industry which is impossible. And I was just giving example.

Virtually everyone who mentions "Yamakan saving anime" is being sarcastic though. It's not something they actually believe. Basically, it's become a comedic meme, for better or worse.

Aug 5, 2013 7:52 AM by jmal

Siva said:
symbv said:
^ Racist means having discriminatory view because of a person's race or ethnic origin (e.g. being black/Hispanic or being Jew/Chinese etc). I don't know why you used this word in your argument to be honest.
Well I know what it means but I don't have any better word to use for my argument. Since it was all about people simply hate the others because that person like a show he doesn't like.
Would the word bigot be better?

Aug 5, 2013 6:59 AM by symbv

symbv said:
^ Racist means having discriminatory view because of a person's race or ethnic origin (e.g. being black/Hispanic or being Jew/Chinese etc). I don't know why you used this word in your argument to be honest.
Well I know what it means but I don't have any better word to use for my argument. Since it was all about people simply hate the others because that person like a show he doesn't like.

Aug 5, 2013 6:53 AM by Siva

^ Racist means having discriminatory view because of a person's race or ethnic origin (e.g. being black/Hispanic or being Jew/Chinese etc). I don't know why you used this word in your argument to be honest.

Aug 5, 2013 6:41 AM by symbv

I never mean to say Madoka or KnK stole the sale from other shows.

Ok now let me fix this mess or misunderstanding.

I hope you knew what happened when K-ON was successful and selling like hot cake. People called it Moeshit and all, and even went as far as to say anime industry was doom. But what happened what Madoka, KnK and Bakemonogatari were successful? Again, I hope I don't have to type it down for you. So what happened when they milked K-ON? And what happened when they milked Madoka, KnK and Bakemonogatari? Why did these show being treated differently? Even though they are just Anime for different type of people?

It is simple, people are racist.

So how was this topic had anything to do with Yamakan's reputation? Well, some people are taking his words so serious that they believe a single Anime can save industry which is impossible. And I was just giving example.

Aug 5, 2013 6:21 AM by Siva

Siva said:
What I was trying to say was, there shouldn't be any anime that is bad for its industry. But there are people out there that think there is only certain type of show that is healthy for anime industry. As an anime fan myself, I might NOT be able to like every anime ever made but I am not against any kind of show being made.

But then how does Madoka's success hurt anything...? People bought Madoka and Kara no Kyoukai because they liked those shows, no more no less. Buying it isn't equivalent to spitting in the face of other shows.

My point was, being a racist against a certain type of show isn't going to make anime industry getting better. It can only get better when everyone of us support it.

I think you mean "biased" not "racist" but sure, I agree we should all be tolerant of all kinds of anime. Not necessarily like every kind of anime, but at least tolerate it.

Orix said:
jmal, I think Siva wants to say that there are some series that sell so much that it takes away the possible income of other anime projects that were broadcast at the same season as those series.
Well, it's unfortunate, but that's the way the anime industry rolls.

I still think that's too short-sighted a view. Even if a mega-hit diverted some portion of sales from other shows in the same season (and I feel people exaggerate just how significant this phenomenon is), the long term effect is different. If a company makes a lot of money from Madoka or K-ON! or Macross F or or UtaPri, that's money they have available to fund other anime projects in the future. They're not just looking at one season but at their whole future business outlook.

I'm also not quite sure how this topic arose from someone talking about Yamakan's reputation. =P

Aug 4, 2013 9:11 PM by jmal

jmal, I think Siva wants to say that there are some series that sell so much that it takes away the possible income of other anime projects that were broadcast at the same season as those series.

Well, it's unfortunate, but that's the way the anime industry rolls.

Aug 4, 2013 6:09 PM by Orix

What I was trying to say was, there shouldn't be any anime that is bad for its industry. But there are people out there that think there is only certain type of show that is healthy for anime industry. As an anime fan myself, I might NOT be able to like every anime ever made but I am not against any kind of show being made. My point was, being a racist against a certain type of show isn't going to make anime industry getting better. It can only get better when everyone of us support it.

Aug 4, 2013 3:10 PM by Siva

Siva said:
Just looking at Madoka or Kara no Kyoukai, how did these 2 of many well known and famous anime do for the anime industry? All they did were nothing more than just farming all the reputation and money for themselves while pushing the other crappy shows into a deeper hell.

There's only a relatively small handful of large companies funding most anime. In distribution for example, you see Aniplex, Bandai, Pony Canyon, King Records, Media Factory, Geneon and a few others pop up time and again. Similar for manga and especially light novel publishers, as well as TV broadcasters, and there's not a thousand different animation studios either (and so on). Saying the success of a Madoka or a KnK only pushes other anime "into a deeper hell" ignores that big hits that keep these large investors in the black (just imagine the difference for King Records if Evangelion Rebuild didn't exist) are what make taking risks on the more smaller shows easier.

So I don't quite get what you're saying. Successful anime = bad for the anime industry? Even though they have no impact on the number of shows being made (actually a positive impact if anything)? And the last point is, don't set the bar for success at "Madoka/KnK", 3000 avg BDs + a nice novel boost can be perfectly successful for many shows. If you consider anything that isn't a mega-blockbuster to be a failure it will warp your understanding of the industry's health.

IMO, what anime industry really need is less racist and takes internet less serious.

?

Aug 4, 2013 11:23 AM by jmal

Orix said:
But you know, Yamakan's reputation is simply asking to be pelted by stones while being ridiculed for his audacious plans that end up being pretentious bullshit.
I think believing such plans even existed were even more ridiculous. Just looking at Madoka or Kara no Kyoukai, how did these 2 of many well known and famous anime do for the anime industry? All they did were nothing more than just farming all the reputation and money for themselves while pushing the other crappy shows into a deeper hell. IMO, what anime industry really need is less racist and takes internet less serious.

symbv said:
ThangLong said:
Based on the PV, the anime will adopt a more mellow tone than that of Love Live or idolm@ster.
However, the story, about the producer of an agency in Sendai which is on the verge of collapse (perhaps partly due to the earthquake and tsunami) and how he went on streets to find and persuade the girls to join his agency and form a group, has plenty of potential to be less mellow than Love Live or IdolM@ster I think...
I usually don't read Synopsis of a show before I watched the show because it usually creates an expectation out of reason. But this one sound pretty good.

Aug 4, 2013 9:33 AM by Siva

ThangLong said:
Based on the PV, the anime will adopt a more mellow tone than that of Love Live or idolm@ster.
However, the story, about the producer of an agency in Sendai which is on the verge of collapse (perhaps partly due to the earthquake and tsunami) and how he went on streets to find and persuade the girls to join his agency and form a group, has plenty of potential to be less mellow than Love Live or IdolM@ster I think...

Aug 4, 2013 9:00 AM by symbv

Stark700 said:

Based on the PV, the anime will adopt a more mellow tone than that of Love Live or idolm@ster.

Aug 4, 2013 8:49 AM by ThangLong