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It was announced on Thursday at the ‘Soukyuu no Fafner Soushi Minashiro Birthday Festival’ that a new Soukyuu no Fafner (Fafner of the Azure) work is to be produced. The new work will be titled Soukyuu no Fafner THE BEYOND. There is no news yet as to the format or release date of the work, but a new visual has been revealed. It seems to depict the main character Soushi, who we saw as a child at the end of Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS. He will once again be played by Kohei Kiyasu.
We also have an event report for the Soushi birthday event, so let’s check it out!
The event for the TV anime Soukyuu no Fafner, ‘Soukyuu no Fafner Soushi Minashiro Birthday Festival’ was held at Pacifico Yokohama on December 29, 2016.
The guests at the event were Kohei Kiyasu (Soushi Minashiro), Nozomu Sasaki (Hiroto Douma), Minoru Shiraishi (Kenji Kondou), Yui Ishikawa (Mimika Mikami) and angela, who sang the theme songs for each Fafner work. The MCs were Makoto Ishii (Kazuki Makabe) and Marika Matsumoto (Maya Toumi).
With the first series airing on TV back in 2004, Fafner has been active for 12 years with 3 TV series and a movie.There are still many passionate fans of the show, and it really deserves a place in Japan’s TV anime history.
In the December 2015 finale of the TV anime Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS, we see Soushi Minashiro heading towards a ‘graduation’ of sorts. Soushi’s voice actor, Kiyasu, said that this event is also a celebration of his own ‘graduation’.
The event began with a look back on what happened to Soushi in the TV series. It showed past scenes such as from episode 15 of Soukyuu no Fafner where we learn the truth about Soushi’s left eye, from episode 9 where he asks Kazuki ‘Fafner or us- which is more important?’ We also saw a scene from the first episode of Soukyuu no Fafner EXODUS, where he talks to Kazuki about the future. The audience especially got excited during the scene from episode 4 of EXODUS where he talks about the world of the Festum.
The audience were in fits of laughter during the scene when Kazuki and Maya said ‘I totally don’t get it’ when Soushi was talking about the Festum. We also saw the younger Ishii and Kiyasu from past events on-screen. Next were video messages from cast members that could not make the event on the day, including Masahiko Tanaka (Fumihiko Makabe), Satomi Arai (Sakura Kaname), and Tamaki Nakanishi (Orihime Minashiro): ‘Even if you’re graduating, we will keep going forward!’, to which Kiyasu’s response was ‘Hey, you should be more sad!’.
The cast members read a letter for Kiyasu and, as it was a birthday event, presented a birthday cake. However, the cake was a blueberry cake and from afar looked black. The cream had also melted so it had a terrible shape. Kiyasu was surprised with ‘What the hell is this?’ and popped a piece into his mouth. (It seemed the taste was good, at least). However, the blueberry cream stains your lips black, so his face looked pretty interesting after eating it.
They made lots of jokes including lines like metal band Sekima-II’s ‘Should I make you into a wax figure?’ Then, just as we thought it was time to leave, there was a really surprising announcement. It was here that they announced a brand new Fafner worked, titled Soukyuu no Fafner THE BEYOND.
The event finished with a mini concert. angela performed a medley of previous Fafner theme songs and Sasaki performed the song Zenryoku LOVE. Ishii performed the song Flugel and the curtain fell as everybody performed the Kazuki and Soushi duet song, Taiyou to Getsu.
The teaser visual and website for Soukyuu no Fafner THE BEYOND have been released, and more details will be announced in time.
A special teaser trailer was also at the event, but we’ll have to wait until it is released on the website on January 6- so look forward to it!
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