Sound! Euphonium Roundtable: Director Tatsuya Ishihara, Series Director Naoko Yamada, & Author Ayano Takeda

This is a translation of the (long) roundtable discussion between Director Ishihara, Series Director Yamada, and Author Takeda that was published in the Sound! Euphonium Official Fanbook (published on September 25, 2015 by Takarajimasha). Thanks to @yuyucow, @tadamari, and @animenewsdotbiz for their comments and reviews.

Director x Series Director x Author Roundtable

Director:

Tatsuya Ishihara
Anime director at Kyoto Animation. Previous works directed include Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Nichijou, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Series Director:

Naoko Yamada
Anime director/animator at Kyoto Animation. Previous works directed include K-On!, Tamako Market, and the award-winning Tamako Love Story.

Author:

Ayano Takeda
Author. Debuted with “Today, We Breathed Together” in 2013. Also in 2013, Sound! Euphonium was published; currently there are 3 volumes and a collection of shorts published. Continue reading

Photography and resolution of anime

A couple years ago, I wrote a piece talking about the Anibin blog and how the author measured resolution of anime by using the television broadcast. Later on, I noticed that the methods used to judge the productions from Kyoto Animation was a bit suspect. Simultaneously, I started to notice the photography of shows a lot more, especially on the Blu-ray versions of the show. I’ve seen many people quote that KyoAni produces at 955.5p for main feature and full HD for openings and endings. I accepted it initially as I trusted Anibin as a source, but later I started to question that as the logic behind producing something like that didn’t add up. The following is a brief overview of the photography of anime and how that affects Anibin’s resolution guesses. Continue reading

Kyoto Animation and their evolution (March 2015 ver)

Founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1985, Kyoto Animation (once known as Kyoto Anime Studio) is a good studio to look at the evolution of a studio that once focused only on one aspect of animation into a subcontractor into an animation producer into an multimedia studio. This is a look at how they grew into who they are now.

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Sound! Euphonium primer

One of the items I purchased while in Japan was the first Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium) novel while I was in Kyoto.  Over the past two weeks, I’ve taken the time to read through the novel and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading through it. There was a finely executed story that looked into the drama of a concert band leading up to a performance.  As I looked around at the impressions thus far from people looking towards the anime, I saw some people who would go into the series with some misconceptions about what it would be and wanted to counter that with a post talking about the setting. Thus, here’s a primer on Sound! Euphonium. Continue reading

Chu2Refresh & S2 Preview

With the second season of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! coming up soon, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh our memories of the characters and recall where everyone is at the beginning of the second season. Thus, I’ve translated the character summaries on the official site.

Yuuta Togashi

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Voice: Jun Fukuyama
This story’s protagonist. 2nd year high schooler.

Still holding onto his dark history of being infected with evil eye type chuunibyou during his second year of middle school, Yuuta successfully moved on and made a fresh start in high school. Since he’s the kind of person who looks after others, he’s always revolving around Rikka.

Rikka Takanashi

rikka001Voice: Maaya Uchida
This story’s heroine. 2nd year high schooler.

Self-claimed wielder of the Wicked eye.  A small and fair-skinned cute girl. Numerical subjects are her weakness. Outside of sewing, her feminine charms are near level 0. An awfully pitiful girl.

Shinka Nibutani

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Voice: Chinatsu Akasaki
2nd year high schooler.

During her first year, she was the classmate of Rikka and Yuuta and was a member of the cheerleading team. She has the personality of a class leader. One of those new tall beautiful girls.

Kumin Tsuyuri

kumin001Voice:  Azumi Asakura
3rd year high schooler.

An easygoing girl who loves to nap. She’s lost a lot of items that fell off of her clothes, but she’s never forgotten a pillow.

Sanae Dekomori

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Voice: Sumire Uesaka
A new high school student who’s an underclassman to Rikka and Yuuta.

The (self-claimed) wielder of the Mjölnir Hammer, she serves as Rikka’s disciple. She has a bit of a complex regarding her height, but she dislikes to drink milk.

Satone Shichimiya

shichimiya01Voice: Juri Nagatsuma
A friend of Yuuta’s during middle school; she was the cause of him becoming chuuni.

Currently infected and titles herself “Dark Magical Girl Sophia Ring SP Saturn the 7th”. Known to talk about the “rule of the world – Everyone’s connected.”

Yuuta’s Mom

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Voice: Yuri Amano

An easy-going mother who enjoys playing with her children. As she’s very busy at work, she’s not around the house very often. Her husband is working in Jakarta now.

Kuzuha Togashi

kuzuha001Voice: Kaori Fukuhara
The older of Yuuta’s sisters. 2nd year middle schooler.

Reliable and good at cooking. She and Yuuta divvy up the chores since their parents are rarely there.

Yumeha Togashi

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Voice: Mami Shitara
The youngest child in the Togashi family. One of the oldest in Kindergarden.

A precocious child who wants to play a more realistic version of house.

Makoto Isshiki

isshiki001Voice:  Souichiro Hoshi
2nd year high schooler.

Yuuta’s friend since they met in their first year. Straight, not easily discouraged, and someone who wants to be cool. He’s always checking out girls and won’t stop at anything to become popular.

Nanase Tsukumo

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Voice: Kikuko Inoue
Yuuta and Rikka’s homeroom teacher.

A gentle airhead… or so she seems. She’s unexpectedly crafty. She tends to stretch out the end of her sentences.

Toka Takanashi

touka001Voice:  Eri Sendai
Rikka’s older sister.

Expressionless and doesn’t let her emotions show. However she’s a bit overwhelming in her requests despite sounding un-interested in them. Others can’t say anything against her wishes.

Preview

When we last left off in the TV-run, the series was occurring in November of Rikka/Yuuta’s first year in high school. The OVA takes place in late December while the movie occurs in March of their first year. The new season starts at the beginning of April in their second year, thus everyone’s moved up a grade. What waits us in their second year? We’ll find out in 1 week!

Megax’s favorite characters #1B: Not your typical chuuni

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but my anticipation levels keep rising for next month’s airing; thus I felt writing this would help get some of that energy out. In May 2012, I translated the first Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! light novel and thought it was a cute read, but nothing I would grow immensely attached to. After a little break, I finished translating the second novel in July of that year and something kept gnawing at me. I couldn’t get someone out of my head. Throughout the last year and a half, I’ve been involved in many other franchises, but my mind keeps coming back to one character from the novels, specifically the second novel. Her name: Satone Shichimiya. This post will delve further into exactly why I like her so much and why she’s on the same level as Itsuki Koizumi in my favorites. Of course, novel 2 spoilers await.

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The reasoning behind a lack of Haruhi S3 (Updated March 2015)

In April 2006, a reasonably popular light novel franchise by the name of The (blank) of Haruhi Suzumiya began airing its anime adaptation. Little did the producers know that the anime would become one of the top selling series of all time. The franchise became huge and a second season seemed inevitable. However, fate had other ideas in store. This post will detail how the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise has yet to receive a third season after selling nearly 100,000 copies per volume on DVD in 2006 (oricon miscalculations).

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