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Interview: Kousuke Toriumi, 'King of Otome Voices'

Interview: Kousuke Toriumi, 'King of Otome Voices'

Kousuke Toriumi's wide range of character performances showcases a versatile and appealing voice—one that has led to frequent casting in visual novels and drama CDs targeted to women ("otome"). As an invited guest at last year's Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!), Toriumi was thus billed with the honorary title, "King of Otome Voices." While Toriumi's MAL page lists numerous adaptations of such otome games, his flexible and expressive acting has also credited him to multiple shounen titles th...
Interview: Miku Ito Charms 'BanG Dream!' Fans at Anime NYC

Interview: Miku Ito Charms 'BanG Dream!' Fans at Anime NYC

Miku Ito is a rising star, finding success as a voice actress, musical artist, and performer over the better part of a decade. Her breakout performances include portraying Kokoro Tsurumaki of multimedia franchise BanG Dream!'s idol group "Hello, Happy World!" and Misuzu Moritani in last year's Fragtime OVA. In 2013 Ito landed her first voice acting role, and debuted as a solo singer in 2016. Her sixth single, "Plunderer," was released on February 12, and a blu-ray release of her fifth live perf...
Interview: J-Rock Band BRATS Makes North America Debut at Animé Los Angeles

Interview: J-Rock Band BRATS Makes North America Debut at Animé Los Angeles

BRATS is a Japanese band formed by sisters Rei Kuromiya and Aya Kuromiya. They debuted in August 2011 with Rei as the vocalist and Aya playing bass. The sisters were later joined by Aya's friend Hinako, who became the group's official guitarist in 2015. Contrary to the name, the trio aren't brats—vocalist Rei was actually inspired by the fictional band Black Stones (BLAST) from the manga Nana. They wanted a name that sounded just right, and it fits their music, too. BRATS express themselves thr...
Interview: VOFAN, Monogatari Illustrator & "The Magician of Light and Shadow"

Interview: VOFAN, Monogatari Illustrator & "The Magician of Light and Shadow"

Perhaps best known as the illustrator for NISIOISIN's Monogatari light novel series, Taiwanese artist and photographer VOFAN has been active in the comic and light novel industries since 2002, and his unique visual style has earned him the moniker "The Magician of Light and Shadow" from Japanese fans. Beyond Monogatari, VOFAN has also illustrated for another NISIOISIN series, Boukyaku Tantei. On October 29th, 2019, he published the U.S. version of "Colorful Dreams," a full-color artbook featurin...
Interview: ZAQ Breaks the Anisong Mold

Interview: ZAQ Breaks the Anisong Mold

ZAQ began playing the piano at three years old. Her passion and talent for music would lead to the pursuit of a College of Music degree, where she studied classical music in the Piano Department. After graduation, ZAQ would then leave the refined rooms of Beethoven and Mozart to enter the chaotic world of anime song (anisong) writing. This may seem like a big leap, but for the artist ZAQ, we've come to learn chaos comes as natural as breathing. A classics and hip-hop person, ZAQ was attracted t...
Interview: Guilty Kiss Rocks Lantis Matsuri at Anime NYC

Interview: Guilty Kiss Rocks Lantis Matsuri at Anime NYC

When the Love Live! Sunshine!! multimedia project launched in April 2015, Love Live! fans eagerly awaited the next step for the franchise's newest school idol group, Aqours—the introduction of subunits. In October 2015, fan voting opened for a variety of subunit configurations, and by March of the following year, three trios were named and formed. Guilty Kiss, comprised of the characters Riko Sakurauchi, Yoshiko (Yohane) Tsushima, and Mari Ohara are visually represented as the darkest of the su...
Focus: Behind the Scenes of the New 'City Hunter' Movie

Focus: Behind the Scenes of the New 'City Hunter' Movie

City Hunter began as a Weekly Shounen Jump manga series by Tsukasa Hojo in February 1985, where it ran for a total of 35 volumes until November 1991. Between 1987 to 1991, it was adapted to four TV anime series totaling 140 episodes and three animated films, all with director Kenji Kodama at the helm. The series was not only popular in Japan, but also abroad. In France, it was dubbed as Nicky Larson and a live-action movie, Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon, was released in February 2019. In...

Jan 17, 4:47 AM by Kineta 2 Comments

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Focus: A Glimpse of MYTH & ROID at Animax Musix

Focus: A Glimpse of MYTH & ROID at Animax Musix

© ANIMAX MUSIX 2019 Animax Musix is one of many anisong events in Japan, but few share its inclusive spirit. Artists appear at Animax Musix not only to represent themselves, but to come together with fellow musicians and fans to celebrate their passion for music. Fans play a central role in voting for their favorite artists, and get a rare opportunity to see those favorites collaborate together on stage. The spirit of Animax Musix can be seen in the image above: while commemoration photos with...

Dec 25, 2019 9:55 AM by Kineta 3 Comments

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Interview: 'Gibiate' Team's Yoshitaka Amano and Ryo Aoki at NYCC 2019

Interview: 'Gibiate' Team's Yoshitaka Amano and Ryo Aoki at NYCC 2019

Artist Yoshitaka Amano's career began with a letter of acceptance sent to his home in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan when he was 15 years old. The animation studio Tatsunoko Production, famous for Mach GoGoGo and Space Ace at the time, wanted the teenage Amano working for them. A few weeks prior, Amano toured their studio with a friend while visiting Tokyo, bringing with him a collection of loose leaf illustrations he intended to hand over. He didn't see any harm in putting his name and work out th...

Nov 29, 2019 1:15 PM by ImperfectBlue 1 Comment

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Interview: 'Bean Bandit' OVA Team on Car Action, Natto-Flavored Candy, and More

Interview: 'Bean Bandit' OVA Team on Car Action, Natto-Flavored Candy, and More

Kenichi Sonoda, the veteran mangaka behind Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats, announced in 2018 that he would be launching a Kickstarter project for a new anime OVA titled Bean Bandit. The project raised ¥23,343,872 (about $215,000 USD at campaign close), and completed Blu-rays are expected to ship some time this month. During Anime Central 2019, MyAnimeList had the opportunity to join a press conference with Kenichi Sonoda and two other members of the Bean Bandit team, composer Marco D'Ambrosio an...
Interview: Minori Chihara Reflects on 15 Years in the Industry

Interview: Minori Chihara Reflects on 15 Years in the Industry

Referred to as Minorin by her fans, Minori Chihara has been active in the industry as both a voice actor and musical artist for over 15 years. In that time, Chihara has amassed over 50 insert and theme song credits and has appeared in over 100 different anime. She is most well-known for her early breakout role as Yuki Nagato in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, but her emotional ending theme for last year's Violet Evergarden quickly became one of her most beloved songs to date. Minori Chihara was i...
Interview: Mangaka Atsushi Ohkubo Discusses 'Enen no Shouboutai'

Interview: Mangaka Atsushi Ohkubo Discusses 'Enen no Shouboutai'

Author Atsushi Ohkubo is a near 20-year veteran of the manga industry, known for his quirky characters and worldbuilding. His breakout series, Soul Eater, has sold 19.6 million copies worldwide. Ohkubo's stories also lend themselves well to animation. Earlier this month, his latest work—Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force)—became his third manga adapted for television. MyAnimeList had the opportunity to sit down with Ohkubo and discuss Enen no Shouboutai at Anime Expo 2019, where the TV anime adapta...
Interview: nano Reflects on her Career and Identity as an Artist

Interview: nano Reflects on her Career and Identity as an Artist

Singer/songwriter nano began her career posting covers of Vocaloid and anime songs online, before being signed by major label Flying Dog in 2012. Thanks in part to her fluency in English and Japanese, nano has built a reputation for her bilingual blends of high-energy rock and roll that make fans cry "rock on!" Over the last seven years, nano has performed nearly 20 theme and insert songs for anime, most notably "No pain, No game" from Btooom!, "Savior of Song" from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars...
Interview: Composer Yoshihiro Ike Talks Industry Experience and Career

Interview: Composer Yoshihiro Ike Talks Industry Experience and Career

With over 100 soundtracks for anime, film, television, and video games to his name since debuting in 1995, Yoshihiro Ike is one of Japan's most prolific composers. In 2000, his career in anime took off when he composed the soundtrack for Blood: The Last Vampire. Ike was a Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2019, where he made his international concert debut with Yoshihiro Ike: Anime Soundtrack World. The performance included selections from Tiger & Bunny, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary, Shingeki no...
Interview: Aqours Return to Los Angeles for 'Brand New Wave' Concert

Interview: Aqours Return to Los Angeles for 'Brand New Wave' Concert

Love Live! Sunshine!! is the second multimedia project from the Love Live! School Idol Project franchise, jointly developed by Dengeki G Magazine, animation studio Sunrise, and record company Lantis. Its television anime debut in Summer 2016 garnered an international following for the school idol group, Aqours. Following its commercial success, a second season aired in Fall 2017 and Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow premiered in theaters across Japan on January 4. Fu...
Interview: Studio Trigger Discusses 'Promare' Before North American Premiere

Interview: Studio Trigger Discusses 'Promare' Before North American Premiere

MyAnimeList had the opportunity to sit down with Promare Director Hiroyuki Imaishi (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill), Producer, Creative Director Hiromi Wakabayashi, and designers Shigeto Koyama and Takashi "Super Log" Shibuya at Anime Expo 2019 to talk about the sci-fi film. Promare was released in Japanese theaters in May 2019 and premiered in North America at Anime Expo on July 5. The film will be screened in North American theaters by GKIDS, in both subtitled and dubbed English. Th...
Interview: Kinema Citrus Staff Reflect on 'Made in Abyss'

Interview: Kinema Citrus Staff Reflect on 'Made in Abyss'

From left to right: Kevin Penkin, Masayuki Kojima, Hiromitsu Iijima Following the success of its 2017 TV anime adaptation of the Made in Abyss manga, Kinema Citrus announced in early 2018 that it would be releasing two recap movies for the series, titled Made in Abyss Movie 1: Tabidachi no Yoake and Made in Abyss Movie 2: Hourou Suru Tasogare (Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight), respectively. Members of the Kinema Citrus team were guests at this year's Anime Central to present a special screeni...
Interview: Wit Studio's George Wada and Staff of 2020 TV Anime 'Great Pretender'

Interview: Wit Studio's George Wada and Staff of 2020 TV Anime 'Great Pretender'

From left to right: George Wada, Ryota Kosawa, Hiro Kaburagi, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto In 2012, George Wada and Tetsuya Nakatake, producers at Production I.G, were named President and Director, respectively, of the newly formed Wit Studio, a subsidiary of IG Port. Wit Studio, which has worked on various anime projects, is most notable for producing the anime adaptation of the Shingeki no Kyojin manga series, as well as its original anime project Koutetsujou no Kabaneri. After Wit Studio premiered...

Aug 18, 2019 11:28 PM by Naruleach 9 Comments

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Interview: Atsushi Nakayama and Ryoma Ebata Talk 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

Interview: Atsushi Nakayama and Ryoma Ebata Talk 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

In a unique spin on the thriving isekai subgenre, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) tells the tale of a 37-year-old man who reincarnates as a slime after he dies. Aired over two cours beginning in October of 2018, the anime adaptation of the best-selling light novel currently holds a score of 8.21 on MyAnimeList. A second season was announced in March, with a planned air date in 2020. A number of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken's anime staff were guests at...
Interview: Miho Okasaki, Voice of Rimuru Tempest in 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

Interview: Miho Okasaki, Voice of Rimuru Tempest in 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

Despite debuting as a voice actress only two years ago in 2017, newcomer Miho Okasaki has already voiced two lead characters in TV anime, including her breakout role as Rimuru Tempest. She is expected to reprise this role in the second season of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime), which is currently slated for a 2020 release. Miho Okasaki was a guest at this year's Anime Central (ACEN), and there, she spoke with MyAnimeList about her experience voicing Rimur...