The two starring voice actors, Kouki Uchiyama (as Takumi Harada) & Tasuku Hatanaka (as Go Nagakura), talked about the attractions of the story!
What sort of impressions did you receive from the novel?
Kouki Uchiyama: I actually own the original series at home and have memories of reading them in my childhood but I took this opportunity to read them over again. After I was done reading, the story felt quite different and fresh. Rereading the story from the beginning gave me a lot of new discoveries that I wasn’t aware of back in my childhood. At first, I thought it was simply a novel about baseball but I was pretty impressed by the detailed depictions of the sensitiveness and emotions of the boys in puberty and it got me into the story even further.
Tasuku Hatanaka: It was my first time reading the series. Before I actually read them, I thought it was nothing more than a story about baseball but after reading the story, I felt that the novel depicts more about body sensations, emotions driven by strong impulsive force and special senses, compared to baseball matches themselves. Since every depiction was amazingly done, I had a tough time finding how I should express my character.
Would you please tell me about the characters you have been playing?
Uchiyama: Takumi is a distinctively gifted as well as charismatic baseball player, who attracts many others.
He is a person with high self-esteem so without any hesitation, he doubts and opposes to pointless unwritten rules that he is told to follow by his coach and seniors. It was easy for me to put myself in his place as I could understand such feelings.
Hatanaka: Go has known Takumi since elementary school and decided to form Battery together with Takumi in junior high.
He is a person, attracted by Takumi’s pitching style and will be pushed around afterwards. While he’s in an important period when he needs to study for his future, he can’t resist to his true feelings to know more about Takumi. I felt like he has a little desire to constantly look chill as a leader of the baseball team but at the same time, he feels a certain pressure as he faces Takumi.
Please let me know if there are some similarities between you and your characters.
Uchiyama: Hatanaka is a passionate type of person who goes straight for what he believes in, so I think he is quite similar to Go.
Hatanaka: Uchiyama is just like Takumi.
Uchiyama: I don’t know if this was a compliment haha. During the first explanatory meeting, the director told me “Takumi has a bad personality”.
Hatanaka: No, I don’t think so. He is a character who can be misunderstood if you don’t fully understand his behavioral principle and true purposes.
Uchiyama: Does that mean he doesn’t bluff?
Hatanaka: Yes. To me, you seem to be a person who doesn’t bluff while you’re acting. I really like that part of you and I where we feel a strong similarity to Takumi within you.
Could you tell me if you have something particular you are trying for your characters as well as difficulties?
Uchiyama: The director asked me to speak naturally instead of trying anything unique. So I’ve been acting with that in mind.
Hatanaka: I had a tough time learning his dialect. I try to speak his dialect as properly and naturally as possible. I also act deeply thinking about what Go is feeling as well as what his purposes really are. Instead of overacting, I want to cherish feelings that are born naturally through the dialogues with Takumi.
Please let me know your first impression from the anime.
Uchiyama: I was pretty impressed by the beautiful depiction of Takumi’s pitching form. At first, I thought this could be an essential part of the anime, so just as I expected, it was depicted in a very smooth motion.
Hatanaka: My first impression of the anime was the elaborately depicted character’s facial expressions. Like when the characters get surprised, they don’t blatantly widen their eyes. Instead, their expressions change in a very detailed and sensitive way. That was the first impressive thing I remember.
Please tell me the highlights and impressive scenes of the anime.
Uchiyama: I think it can be enjoyed by people who have read the original story without having any sense of discomfort. Although at this moment, I can’t see what it will be like at the end, with music and sounds added, I am pretty sure it won’t go against everyone’s expectations.
Hatanaka: My most impressive scene from the first episode is the scene where Go and Takumi play catch for the first time. Although in this scene, they start to clash with each other, it was pretty impressive for me to act that scene. I felt quite upset about Takumi. While his steadfast attitude was also depicted in both the drama and movie version, I think it can be felt even more dramatically in this anime version.
At last, please give us your closing messages.
Uchiyama: The frequently depicted nature sceneries and baseball scenes are depicted in an amazingly detailed way. We’ve been trying our best to make a great anime so please await the outcome of our utmost efforts.
Hatanaka: Everyone is really into their characters. The studio is filled with the passion from Battery. Please keep a close eye on our future progress.
Newly arrived comments from the director and producer for the sign-on!!
Tomomi Mochizuki (Director)
Hi, Battery will go on air soon.
I’ve been trying to make an interesting and addictive anime where ordinary boys are playing baseball just in a normal way.
I’d be very happy if you watch every episode we create.
Makoto Kimura (Producer)
Today has been Battery’s 20th anniversary since its first issue. The kids who used to be eagerly reading this story are now all adults. I am one of those grown-ups.
Those who used to read this story will relive that “Nostalgic Feelings” and kids in the middle of their youth will find “Fellows who fight together” through this story. The first episode will mainly involve Takumi’s younger brother Seiha’s episode. Please pay close attention to Takumi’s sensitive emotions when he faced his sickly brother who admires him. After you finish watching the episode 2, there will surely be something left within your heart. Battery will go on air really soon.
Please enjoy this emotional youth story until the very end.
Kinrin Mets collaborates with Battery’s ending theme song!!
Ryosuke Nakamura, the director who has previously worked on Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Nerawareta Gakuen is in charge of the creation of the ending theme.
Kirin Mets will make its appearance in the ending theme! This collaboration has came true in consideration of the speculation that Kirin Mets’ fresh lemon flavor would match Battery’s energetic youthful atmosphere! We definitely should find out who’s drinking it. Please enjoy the amazing synchronization of the heart moving ending theme song and the melancholy atmosphere, created by Ryosuke Nakamura!
Photos from the ending theme.
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