The 10th anniversary project ‘ZEGAPAIN’ New information pouring in for event openings and screenings ‘ZEGAPAIN ADP’
The 10th anniversary project recital for “ZEGAPAIN” was held in an open stage at ‘AnimeJapan 2016’ on March 27th, 2016. There were three cast members that participated in the recital: Shintaro Asanuma who played Kyo Sogoru, Kana Hanazawa who played Ryoko Kaminagi and the director Masami Shimoda. They have given new information to fans about this popular film even 10 years after the broadcast finished.
First things first, Hanazawa requested “Put your hands up if you were watching “ZEGAPAIN” when it was broadcasted back then!’, a lot of fans who were there to watch them put their hands up all at once. Also, when she asked ‘Put your hands up if you haven’t seen “ZEGAPAIN” yet, but are going to watch!’ there were some who put their hands up, then Asanuma commented ‘It’s celebrant hunting!’ as it was from the film and made the audience laugh.
Asanuma also made the comment that ‘“ZEGAPAIN” was my debut film as a voice actor, so my acting career is also in its 10th anniversary. I’m so happy that there are so many fans who have liked ZEGAPAIN the whole time since it started broadcasting’.
Straight after the talk, the recital went onto the main topic. The illustration and logo that were produced as a memorial of the 10th anniversary were revealed. The illustration was drawn by Akihiko Yamashita who designed the character design and it was finished with an uplifting feeling.
By the time the venue’s atmosphere warmed up, they made three large announcements. The first announcement was a release of a Blu-ray Memorial BOX of the 10th anniversary.
The Blu-ray BOX for this was sold on a pre order basis in 2010, but because it’s not easy to get it now, they decided to sell it to the public as well. It is going to be superb as the 10th anniversary memorial and the release date will be announced later.
When Shimoda the director was asked what he wants to do for the Blu-ray BOX privilege, he answered that ‘Full commentary for all episodes would be fantastic.’. Hanazawa fed him saying ‘Do you mean all the 26 episodes!? Well then, please play all with your responsibility!’ and Shimoda said ‘I talked about a lot of things that I was not supposed to previously, so almost all were cut off. If I’m going to do it, then I would need a script for the commentary.’ and laughed.
Asanuma recommended to make Zega tank in 3D as that has still not been achieved, however it sounds difficult to make it happen because of financial reasons. Hanazawa spoke excitedly suggesting new records of an Internet information program called “Maihama minami broadcasting station” that used to be broadcasted when the animation was broadcasted.
The second announcement was the 10th anniversary memorial event. The name of the event is ‘10th Anniversary ZEGAPAIN SBG the beginning of the [email protected] server’ and it’ll be held at Maihama Amphitheater on July 16, 2016.
‘The 16th of July, 2016 is when Kyo was born.’ Shimoda director says. It shows how much love went into making this work as the event will be held in Maihama where the film relates to. The event tickets are available for preorder at Eplus.
The third announcement was to screen the film “ZEGAPAON ADP” in an event that will be rebuilt by adding new cuts to the TV series. It will be on air from October 15th at Shinjuku Piccadilly and Cinema Ikspiari (in Maihama).
The title “ADP” suggests it is an ‘Advanced project’ or ‘Adaptation’, meaning dramatization of acting and other multiple meanings contained supposedly.
Also, this work is not an omnibus, but a new story. As a proof of that, new characters such as Toru Kanou, Kohakura and Funaberi were announced as well.
In terms of Toru Kanou, he has his name out already in the TV series and was the character who has a link to Ryoko. Kohakura is Kyo’s mentor and an admirable person for him. The setting images were released at the same time and there are reasons why Toru Kanou had winter clothing on and Kohakura didn’t have socks on supposedly. The story has so many expectations as it is said that different gender characters for both Kyoko and Ryoko will also appear.
Another new character named Funaberi is the principle of Maihama Minami High School. According to Shimoda the producer, ‘The story of the TV series was to save the world with only children, however Funaberi will be the adult who supports it.’. There will be other new characters appearing and it was revealed that the script will be newly recorded. The meaning behind the release date of October 15th that they want to start autumn with a summer story.
At the speech at the end, Shimoda the director said ‘I think it was not just a coincidence how “ZEGAPAIN is celebrating its 10th anniversary as we have been searching for what the VR should be in the first year of VR this year. We don’t want to end it here yet.’ and Hanazawa with her enthusiasm said that ‘I’m glad a lot of people are trying to liven up the atmosphere with their love. I would like to play Kaminagi full of force again in “ADP”.
Asanuma said that ‘Before the TV broadcasting 10 years ago, we got the reaction from the audience when we went on the stage at Tokyo International Anime Fair together with Kana. I didn’t think she would continue until now. I’m happy we returned here on this stage.’ and closed the speech yelling the usual word ‘Entangle!’ with the audience in the whole venue at the end.
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