The original anime movie Pop in Q which premiered on the December 23, 2016, commemorates the 60-year anniversary of Toei Animation. It’s the story of five adolescent girls who need to face their daily lives and find a way to solve their problems. During the movie they mature through conflict and through the bonds they create with each other.
Naoki Miyahara, who worked on the dance scenes of Pretty Cure, directed the anime movie. Kouhaku Kuroboshi, who was a character designer for World Conquest Zvezda, designed the characters. The five charming girls bustle around in this ambitious anime movie, which is supported by the techniques and the expressive abilities gathered from Toei Animation in their 60 years of experience.
The six cast members of Pop in Q gathered at Shinjuku Wald 9 to join ‘An Adolescent Detour, A Screening to Cheer for Graduates’. The venue was filled with excitement and the participants sang screamed and danced to cheer the heroines’ graduation.
The venue was buzzing with anticipation and excitement before the start of the event. When Kanemaru, the producer of the movie who is well known among fans, appeared on stage as the MC, the venue erupted into thunderous applause. An announcement said that the director, Naoki Miyahara, was sitting with the audience, and it drove the fans into a frenzy.
The cast members appears with the usual Pop in Q event style greeting, ‘pop i~n’!
Seto: ‘Pop i~n’ to everyone! Tanoue: It’s your favorite live show! I’m glad that you guys are well prepared for it. Izawa: I’m a bit nervous as I’ve never been to something like this! Ishihara: ‘Pop i~n!’ Let’s enjoy the show. Kurosawa: Everybody pop i~n! I feel encouraged because Arai is with me. As you know, she plays Lupi, an isotope of Saki who I play in the movie. Arai: Hello. Is this a screening of Pop in Q? I can see all of you have got a pen light with you. Let’s enjoy the movie together!
The fans who were holding their own favorite merch, such as pen lights, acrylic wristbands, or glow sticks, reacted with a cheer or changed the color of their lights. A lecture from the cast members using slides and an instruction book for the screening were given to the fans at the entrance.
First, fans were allowed to shout and scream during the screening. It sounds like they all have warmed up their vocal cords before coming to the show! Second, fans were encouraged to use their acrylic wristbands, pen lights, or glow sticks. Obviously, they all brought one with them and were ready to change colors according to the characters or music.
At this point, Izawa asked, ‘Is there anybody who hasn’t watched Pop in Q before?’ and a couple of hands were put up, believe it or not. ‘I’m afraid there will be a few spoilers in the lecture after this.’ The cast members apologized and the venue was filled with laughter.
The fans were free to move around! It’s a movie filled with music and dance after all, so everyone enjoyed watching it while dancing. Kurosawa advised the fans to negotiate with the neighbors before being so expressive in their homes.
Then, it was time to practice the acts with actual images from the movie. The cast members themselves showed their acting skills in front of the fans.
First, everyone had to practice the scene of Isumi, played by Seto, shouting ‘ah～～～!!!’ at the pier towards the sea. The loud roar echoed throughout the venue and the cast members seemed to be overwhelmed by that.
Seto: The key of her scream is to try and hold it for as long as possible.
The line of the Pop in race elder Ramtamras ‘dance, it is’ made the cast members laugh so much that they had to do it again. Tanoue advised on Pokon’s line ‘well, it’s going to be fine!’ to say it with full-hearted support to Isumi. The fans were excited by Ishihara saying Lucia’s line ‘what a pain’ with a mature voice.
Furthermore, the cast members told the fans how they wanted them to cheer for their acts respectively.
Kurosawa: Say ‘spin!’ when Saki dances by herself and spin your glow light, too. Otherwise, she doesn’t spin sometimes. [laugh]
Arai: Please say ‘fly’ at the scene of her flying. I’ll blame you if she doesn’t fly. It’ll be a disaster, won’t it?
Izawa: Please support the elder by cheering ‘live!’, or you can say ‘don’t die!’ instead.
Ishihara: I want you to call the elder while touching your cheeks with your palms at the same scene when the elder gets in the trouble.
Seto: Please help to enhance the hum of voices at the scene of Kouchi Prefecture where Isumi lives at the beginning of the movie, or you can make the sound of waves, instead.
Tanoue: Ask Kamegorou, the tortoise on which the elder rides, if it’s delicious at the scene in which he is eating something.
Seto: You’ll be the first audience for our ‘A Screening to Cheer for the Graduates’ event. We rely on you. Please enjoy the movie together without annoying other fans.
The screening started immediately after. The lights at the theater went out and after a short silence, it was filled with cheers by the fans when the logo of Toei appeared on the screen. The cheers never stopped throughout the screening. The fans also reacted to the characters’ lines. At the dance and singing scenes, they clapped their hands to the beat, called the characters’ names and cheered for them with their pen lights. Some of them stood up and danced!
Every one of the fans enjoyed the event thoroughly and basked in the delightful world of Pop in Q.
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