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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...
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...
Interview: 'Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari' Team Talks Music and Direction

Interview: 'Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari' Team Talks Music and Direction

From left to right: Kevin Penkin, Takao Abo, Hiromitsu Iijima A year after the completion of its critically-acclaimed anime adaptation of Made in Abyss, Kinema Citrus released a new project in early 2019: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero). While not as highly-rated as Made in Abyss, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari was the most-watched show of Winter 2019 on MyAnimeList, ranking in the top 200 most popular anime of all time despite the recent saturation of isekai ("other wo...
Interview: 'Yakusoku no Neverland' Team Discuss Their Winter 2019 Success

Interview: 'Yakusoku no Neverland' Team Discuss Their Winter 2019 Success

Released in Winter 2019, studio CloverWorks' TV adaptation of the dark fantasy manga, Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland), currently sits as MyAnimeList's 39th highest rated anime of all time. A second season is in production and is slated to air in 2020. Courtesy of Aniplex of America, MyAnimeList had the honor of joining a group interview at this year's Sakura-con with four members of The Promised Neverland's team: director Mamoru Kanbe, producers Shinobu Ono and Kenta Suzuki, and...
Interview: 'Code Geass' Production Team Discuss Latest Movie

Interview: 'Code Geass' Production Team Discuss Latest Movie

From left to right: Eiji Nakada, Yuriko Chiba, Gorou Taniguchi, Koujirou Taniguchi After its first episode aired in October 2006, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion went on to capture the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world. Even now, over ten years after they finished airing, the two seasons of Code Geass's original saga rank as the 11th and 25th most popular anime on MyAnimeList, respectively. In late 2016, Sunrise announced that Code Geass would be getting four new movies...
Interview: TRUE Reflects on Five Years as Anisong Artist

Interview: TRUE Reflects on Five Years as Anisong Artist

Last November, anisong singer TRUE joined the line-up of the Anisong World Matsuri concert tour for the first time in New York City. The performance on the sidelines of the Anime NYC convention included collaboration duets with Konomi Suzuki (performing "Sparkling Daydream" from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!) and with Luna Haruna (performing "Don't say "lazy"" from K-On!). MyAnimeList was invited to watch her performance and to interview her following Anisong World Matsuri. In the past, TRUE d...
Interview: Luna Haruna to Showcase Best Album at New York Anisong World Matsuri

Interview: Luna Haruna to Showcase Best Album at New York Anisong World Matsuri

Since making her international debut at Sakura-Con in Seattle five years ago, model-turned-singer Luna Haruna has performed at more than 30 anime conventions and concerts around the world. Her frequent overseas performances make her one of the most recognizable anisong singers today. Luna Haruna was a finalist in the 4th All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix sponsored by Animax, after which she debuted as a singer in 2012 with SME Records. Her debut CD single, "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau," was the endi...
Interview: Konomi Suzuki to Perform at First Anisong World Matsuri in New York

Interview: Konomi Suzuki to Perform at First Anisong World Matsuri in New York

Konomi Suzuki has been singing and dancing since she was little, but singing for anime was not always her objective. That changed when a friend introduced her to Macross F and performances by May'n for the anime. By middle school, Suzuki was determined to become a singer for works of anime. The opportunity arrived in 2011 when she auditioned for the 5th All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix sponsored by Animax. Despite placing second in the preliminaries in Osaka, she went on to be crowned the tournamen...
Interview: Live-Action 'Fullmetal Alchemist' at Anime Expo 2017

Interview: Live-Action 'Fullmetal Alchemist' at Anime Expo 2017

In May 2016, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan announced a live-action film based on the hit shounen battle manga series Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. The film opened in Japanese theaters on December 1, 2017, and it became available worldwide on Netflix on Monday. Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist was serialized from 2001 to 2010 in Square Enix's Shounen Gangan magazine and was compiled in 27 manga volumes. In 2003, it inspired a 51-episode TV anime, followed by an anime movie, special, and OVA...
Interview: JAM Project Brings the Anisong Spirit to the U.S. at Otakon 2017

Interview: JAM Project Brings the Anisong Spirit to the U.S. at Otakon 2017

JAM Project was conceived in 2000 by legendary singer Ichirou Mizuki to introduce the "old spirit of anisong" into the twenty-first century. Its members have been active in the industry since the 1980s and 1990s and have seen its many transformations, including taking part in the annual Animelo Summer Live festivities since it began in 2005. JAM Project was one of the first artists to sign onto the anisong record company Lantis after it was founded. Today, the group's regular members consist of...
Interview: fhána Previews 12th CD Single 'Hello! My World!!'

Interview: fhána Previews 12th CD Single 'Hello! My World!!'

As the number of bands performing anime theme songs has increased in recent years, one band that stands out with its unique vocals and compositions is the four-person pop band fhána. Although the group began as an indie band with guest vocalists in 2012, they quickly built a reputation for expressive compositions and were eventually signed by the record company Lantis in 2013. fhána made their international concert debut at Anime Weekend Atlanta in 2015, and they have since held performances in...
Interview: Emon Haoliners Discusses Entry into Japan as Chinese Animation Brand

Interview: Emon Haoliners Discusses Entry into Japan as Chinese Animation Brand

In October 2015, Shanghai-based animation production brand Haoliners Animation League opened an office in the Kichijoji suburb of Tokyo. The production studio named Emon is Japan's first animation studio established by a Chinese investor. In February 2017, MyAnimeList met with Widad Noureddine, Emon's general manager of international media operations, in Kichijoji as part of a feature story on Chinese animation. This is a transcript of that meeting. How did you come to start working at Haoliner...

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Interview: Wake Up, Girls! Returns to the U.S. for Concert at Anime Expo 2017

Interview: Wake Up, Girls! Returns to the U.S. for Concert at Anime Expo 2017

When the seiyuu unit Wake Up, Girls! first visited the United States in 2014, the seven-person idol group had just finished the broadcast run of their debut anime series in Japan. They were gaining popularity among fans around the world, but their activities were still limited as rookie performers. Now, as they return three years later to perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017, the members of Wake Up, Girls! (also known as WUG in short) are no longer rookies. Together, they have he...
Interview: Yousei Teikoku Commemorates 20th Anniversary with New Single

Interview: Yousei Teikoku Commemorates 20th Anniversary with New Single

This year, gothic metal band Yousei Teikoku is commemorating their 20th anniversary. Ahead of their special performance at Otakon® 2017 in Washington, DC, in August, MyAnimeList is pleased to interview Yui, the Empress of the Fairy Empire. Yousei Teikoku was founded on the idea that humanity's dwindling belief in fairies must be reversed in order to bring back the purity in people's hearts. It was in year 1997 in Nagoya when the Empress of the Fairy Empire, Yui (vocals), first joined with Takah...
Interview: GARNiDELiA at Anime Festival Asia 2015

Interview: GARNiDELiA at Anime Festival Asia 2015

March 5 marks the second anniversary of GARNiDELiA's major label debut under Defstar Records. The music duo consisting of vocalist Mai Mizuhashi (MARiA) and producer Yoshinori Abe (Toku) began as an independent, self-produced unit but immediately rose to popularity with theme songs forKill la Killand other anime. To commemorate this anniversary, we are publishing GARNiDELiA's media interview at last November's Anime Festival Asia 2015 in Singapore. Your most recent album BiRTHiA is a collection...
Interview: Seiyuu Ayana Taketatsu at Anime Festival Asia 2015

Interview: Seiyuu Ayana Taketatsu at Anime Festival Asia 2015

Voice actress Ayana Taketatsu returned to Anime Festival Asia in Singapore last week after six years. Since that appearance with the cast of K-On! in 2009, Taketatsu has become one of the most popular young voice actresses. She debuted as a recording artist with Pony Canyon in 2012 and has released seven CD singles and two CD albums to date. What made you want to become a voice actress? I've wanted to become a voice actress since elementary school. When I realized it, there was already manga ar...
Interview: Seiyuu Maaya Uchida at Anime Festival Asia 2015

Interview: Seiyuu Maaya Uchida at Anime Festival Asia 2015

On November 28, voice actress Maaya Uchida performed live outside Japan for the first time at Anime Festival Asia in Singapore. This is the first interview she has conducted with foreign media outlets. Uchida debuted as a voice actress in 2010, and as a recording artist with Pony Canyon in April 2014. Her first CD album,PENKI, goes on sale today. You've been successful as a media personality in different genres such as gravure, TV, radio, and anime. Which work do you think has contributed the m...