A special premiere screening event for the first episode of TV anime Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon) took place at Marunouchi Piccadilly in Tokyo on January 9, 2017.
The anime series began airing on January 11 and is adapted from the manga series currently serialized in Monthly Action (Futabasha).
At the beginning of the event, the 3 voice actresses, Yuki Kuwahara (Tohru), Maria Naganawa (Kanna Kamui) and Yuki Takada (Elma) made their appearance on stage and greeted the audience. The anime’s first episode was then played on the big screen.
After the screening, while the audience was reflecting on the first episode’s funny and heart-warming atmosphere, the anime’s director Yasuhiro Takemoto also came on stage to talk about the first episode together with the voice cast.
Tohru’s voice actress Kuwahara said, ‘I first thought the dragon girl Tohru was going to struggle in the human world, but she actually makes trouble for Kobayashi.’ Naganawa said, ‘Kobayashi is just too kind! I can’t believe she didn’t reject them! The anime is filled with kindness!’ and passionately told the audience that each and every character in the anime is really lovable. They continued sharing many interesting things about the anime in their talk, including the secret of Kobayashi’s colleague Makoto Takiya. This fun conversational session filled the whole venue with loud laughter.
When asked a question about Kanna Kamui’s personality that wasn’t revealed in the first episode, Naganawa responded, ‘I think Kanna is treated like Kobayashi and Tohru’s child.’
In response to Naganawa’s impression of the character, the director said, ‘That’s right. Kanna is a character who arouses people’s protective instinct.’
The director added, ‘Although, of course we are pretty confident in the first episode, I’m sure the rest of the episodes coming after this will be even more fun, so please keep watching!’
When the letter from Kobayashi’s voice actress Mutsumi Tamura was read out loud, there was an inspiring comment saying ‘Let’s go for a drink together again!’
This comment was referencing the fun drinking party in the anime and it created tremendous excitement throughout the venue.
In addition, Takada gave a brief introduction to Elma saying ‘Elma is a dragon in rivalry with Tohru.’
According to Takada, in contrast to Tohru who belongs to the destructive ‘Chaos faction’, Elma is a pacifist who belongs to the ‘Order faction’.
They continued their conversation with a few behind-the-scenes stories regarding their voice recording sessions and auditions. They also provided lots of exciting news on the anime’s broadcast schedules, the theme song, the release of the character song mini album, the original manga series and the radio program.
The cast members encouraged the audience to visit the official website or the official Twitter page for more details. The event was concluded with closing remarks from each of the guests.
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