Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki–the voices behind Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin from Kill La Kill, respectively–took the stage at their fan panel at Anime Expo 2014 and gave a highly entertaining, energetic look at their work. We captured most of the panel on video!
Ryoka Yuzuki was especially lively, gladly doing her Satsuki voice as well as other characters such as Neco Arc from Carnival Phantasm. Most infamously, she repeated her “pigs in human clothing” line from Kill La Kill to the delight of masochistic otakus everywhere:
She also obliged a fan who always wanted to know what Satsuki would sound like if she had Neco Arc’s voice:
Ami Koshimizu, in turn, was also the voice of Maou in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, and she happily provided her voice for a fan:
Here are some more things we captured–like Yuzuki declaring she likes doing it “soft and hard”:
And a couple of clips, one in which they declare that they woud like to see a Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill crossover:
We had the privilege of interviewing anime screenwriter Yoshiki Sakurai at Anime Expo 2014! Sakurai is perhaps best known for being one of the screenwriters for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, but he’s also done work for many other Production I.G. titles such as Seirei no Moribito and xxxHolic. More recently, he’s done screenwriting for anime films such as Redline and Giovanni’s Island, the latter which received the Jury Distinction Prize at the Annency Animation Festival.
Sakurai, trained as an economist and media environment scholar at Tokyo University, brings a genuine depth to his talk with us about the ideas behind “Ghost in the Shell” and other works, along with his thoughts about cyberpunk, the Singularity, and why the movie “Her” is so unoriginal! He also talks about his latest project, Giovanni’s Island, and how that film may help bring about the future of animation.
This interview was conducted in English, which Sakurai speaks with near-native fluency.
Here is our interview with singer Eir Aoi, who’s sung anime songs for both Fate Zero and, of course, the first opening of Kill La Kill! This was taken at Anime Expo 2014. Find out about how she prepares for a performance, just how hardcore of a gamer she is, and more!
Transcript coming soon.
Wow, Hanayamata, the OP is already so cool, I fell in love at first sight! Continue reading
Yutaka Yamamoto, aka Yamakan, got his start as one of the directors of Kyoto Animation’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the director of the first four episodes of Lucky Star. After leaving KyoAni, he established his own studio, Ordet, and went on to make shows like Kannagi, Fractale, and most recently Wake Up Girls!
Yamakan was frank about his opinions of the anime industry, and some additional thoughts about controversial statements he made around the time he made Fractale. Read tweets from his press conference here!
Keiji Inafune, the famed game designer who worked at CAPCOM for years developing Mega Man, Street Fighter II, and many other legendary games, is now an independent producer. His latest work is a Kickstarter-funded game called Mighty No. 9, which is forthcoming. Inafune spoke about that as well as his past work with Mega Man and other games to the press at Anime Expo 2014.
Here’s some video we can share immediately from Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki (Ryuko and Satsuki respectively from Kill La Kill)’s fan panel! Even more coming, but these are nice and quick. Enjoy!
Gen Urobuchi and the CEO of Nitro+ and one other person were on hand to talk about Nitro+’s work and answer a few–only a few–questions. There are no pictures in this stream because of a strange policy where press–not attendees–were forbidden from taking pictures or video. Also, my mobile internet was not working for much of the time, so this is an incomplete record. There was at least one question about birds in Kamen Rider Gaim that still makes no sense to me.
We had a great time at Ami Koshimmizu and Ryoka Yuzuki’s fan panel, which was lively and full of laughter, voice acting, and horrible translated puns. This record is not 100% complete due to gendomike being in line for a question, which isn’t recorded here. However, we have a video record coming very soon! Stay tuned.
We were present at the fan panel for singer Eir Aoi (the singer of the OP to Kill La Kill). Here’s some tweets from there! We will also have a press conference with her on Saturday.
This is the press conference by SUSHIO (character designer and animation director), Kazuki Nakashima (screenwriter), and Yousuka Toba (producer) of Kill La Kill. A full translated transcript will come soon! We were able to ask a good number of questions, including about the controversy over the objectification of female characters and where their throwback influences come from!
Oh yes, arche, (or origin, the primordial element), or the beginning, Thales said it was “water.” Herakleitos said “fire.” Plato said “idea.” John said “logos (the Word).” But Aito says, “In the beginning was Pantsu!” Continue reading