Sorry for the delays on this video! There were some technical issues. Here’s the second half of the interview, which is actually a press conference with both Nabeshin and a manga artist-turned-idol named Aoi Kidokoro. The banter between the two of them is infectious and occasionally suggestive. :)
For time’s sake, in this press conference I’ve only included questions that were asked by our representatives. There will be a downloadable version sometime tonight, I hope.
UPDATE: downloadable version now available.
And now, the cream of the crop of our activities at Pacific Media Expo 2009: an exclusive interview with the famous anime director, Nabeshin! He’s directed such gems as Excel Saga, The Wallflower, Puni Puni Poemi, and many other wacked out anime–and his be-afroed persona has been included in countless other anime. Nabeshin is a naturally hilarious fellow and here he shares his thoughts about his afro, possible merchandising for his likeness, and what future plans he might have.
This is only part 1, too! At PMX, Nabeshin was paired up with a very cute mangaka/idol singer named Aoi Kidokoro, and our interview with both of them together will go up tomorrow as part 2. This interview is with Nabeshin alone.
Here’s Hydra’s review of the multi-artist concert that took place on the first night of PMX 2009. Pictures are by our photographer, cat, except for the UchuSentai NOIZ pics, which are by Valerie Durham and JRockRevolution.com. –Mike
The concert began with Ai Cherie, who brought her angelic voice to American audiences for the first time. Ai Cherie, born in Los Angeles, had just recorded her debut single “Kiss, Kiss, Kiss Ai Cherie,” which was scheduled for Japanese release in December.
The concert from Ai Cherie was unplugged, with guitar performed by the guitarist Yoshi from the local band Cherry. Ai Cherie sang 3 songs for the audience, each performed with passion and power.
Our guest correspondent Hydra was at PMX 2009 late last year. A J-Rock specialist, she was able to get an interview of Uchu Sentai NOIZ alongside the folks with JRockRevolution. Hydra also translated this interview from Japanese.
Cat, a photographer, took our photos of the band. All photos that don’t have our watermark on it are courtesy of Valerie Durham and JRockRevolution.com.
More long-delayed PMX coverage to come over the next few days! Watch for some exclusive video footage too. —Mike
Anime Diet is honored and proud to be able to have the chance interviewing one of our biggest guest from Japan, representing the Jrock and visual-kei “Uchu Sentai NOIZ”. From their press release: “UchuSentai NOIZ is the cutting edge of Japanese rock. They have toured extensively throughout Japan and released numerous albums and maxi-singles, DVDs, videos, and books. UchuSentai NOIZ’s visual kei style inspires their fans to cosplay and emulate the band’s costumes.”
We were able to present in front of the band, bringing you some exclusive information to you.
See day 1’s digest here. The Nabeshin videos will take just a little longer to edit. ;)
I am standing across the hall from Nabeshin. The fan panel is supposed to start soon but Uchusentai is overtime.
–posted at 06:00:30
Nabeshins next project: an Anime about a character named Nabeshin who takes over the world.
–posted at 06:15:18
They picked him to direct Wallflower because he is number one in sex appeal and in humor.
–posted at 06:24:28
Nabeshin panel over. What a laugh riot. Definitely the funniest person I’ve seen so far that works in Anime.
–posted at 07:07:05
I was struck by how few people were in the panel though. The room was packed for Uchusentai but barely half full for Nabeshin.
–posted at 07:14:53
We have an interview with Uchusentai in an hour. Nabeshin tomorrow!
–posted at 10:25:51
Just wrapped up a cool interview with Uchusentai (our correspondent Lisa doing the interview). She will cover the Cosfest but I’m done 4 now
–posted at 11:59:44
I’ve got an hours worth of Nabeshin one liners and comedy to edit tonight!
–posted at 12:00:58
The first of many PMX posts to come! Day 2’s digest is forthcoming, as well as some exclusive video of famous director Nabeshin and many exclusive photos. Stay tuned!
Day 1, Friday
Inside the concert which is about to start at PMX! Several artists are playing.
–posted at 13:06:41
Anime Diet is again proud to present an exclusive interview, this time with the voice actress Yukana. She’s well known for her role as CC in Code Geass, Tessa Testarossa in Full Metal Panic, and characters in Chobits and numerous other shows. Throughout the interview, as well as in the fan panel (we missed the press conference), she was dressed in a long, dark velvet dress, and was simultaneously reserved and cheerful in answering questions. Her natural speaking voice may surprise you, unless, like me, you’re a Tessa Testarossa fan. Because that is who she sounds most like in real life! Kind of like how Hirano Aya sounds even more girlish than Haruhi Suzumiya in real life.
The interview was held on Saturday, November 10, 2007. This transcript is of a private interview, not a press conference, and perhaps ironically, that meant we spent a shorter amount of time with her than we did with the Claymore staff. But–we still got our delicious endorsement anyway! In Japanese, too.
(BTW, this is the only video you’ll be getting. We were requested to not display anything else in public. Sorry.)
Jeremy, myself, and Fred–who understands basic Japanese–were present. As in the Claymore staff interview, it was done through an interpreter, who translated in the third person, which is accurately transcribed here. The interview was edited for conciseness and clarity. And no, tj_han, there is no real juicy gossip for you. You’ll have to ask another reporter for that. :)
Coming soon: reports from the fan panels for both Yukana and Claymore staff, a video diary like the Anime Expo ones, and a final written report.
Anime Diet is proud to present the transcript of questions our staff (Jeremy and myself) asked the director and character designer of the Claymore anime, Hiroyuki Tanaka and Takahiro Umehara! The interview took place at PMX on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 5 PM. It was attended only by ourselves and one other reporter, so we were able to ask most of the questions that you, the readers, requested (others were answered in the fan panel). We even have a little endorsement of sorts from them! Just like Mike Huckabee with Chuck Norris, we are now Claymore-approved.
The Youtube link above does not constitute an endorsement of Mike Huckabee. Despite the fact that he shares my first name.
This transcript is edited for clarity and conciseness. The translator for both of them translated in both first and third persons, but mostly in the latter. To preserve the character of the interview, all answers have been written in third person (e.g., “he says…”) Only questions that Anime Diet staff asked were transcribed.
Thanks to Jinnie at the PMX press office for arranging this conference!
Coming in a few days: a transcript and pictures of our private interview with Yukana.
Here are a few of the fruits of our full-on coverage of Claymore staff, and just a small teaser of our Yukana coverage. Forthcoming, hopefully this week: interview and press conference transcripts for both, as well as the usual video diary. Just like with AX, you know? Only this con was a lot more relaxing on the whole.
We got our press passes and permission to interview Yukana yesterday, the first day of PMX! We also have a good chance of scoring a private interview with the director (Hiroyuki Tanaka) and character designer (Takahiro Umehara) of Claymore on Sunday, and we’d like to know if there’s anything you Claymore fans out there would like us to ask them. (We know you’re out there. Don’t hold back on us. :)) I have a few questions myself.
Leave your suggestions here in the comment section of this post. Thanks!
Anime Diet may have the golden opportunity to actually get a private interview with Yukana! In case we do, we’d like to know from you, our readers, what you would want to know about her and her work. Leave your questions in the comments section.
We reserve the right, of course, to use the ones we think are most fitting. And remember that there are still no guarantees. Plus, we have our own questions we want to formulate. But this is your chance to ask something of a seiyuu and possibly get a response!
Thanks for your feedback, everyone. We’re really excited about PMX. See you at the con!