When the forty-minute show ended, the planetarium was filled with an ethusiastic applause.
When the lights were switched back on, many people took pictures of the projector. Lecturer Ando was also surrounded by a crowd. He was answering questions about the structure of the planetarium and listening to fans’ comments regarding Planetarian. All the staff of the planetarium were friendly and tried to answer all questions!
The producer of the video, Nakamura from D&D Pictures, was also among the audience. He seemed to be relieved that the first screening was completed without problems. When we asked for his thoughts on the show, he was shy at first as he hadn’t prepared anything to say, but in the end he said, ‘It’s finally released. I’m happy. I’ll utilize what I have learned from the experience of watching it in the actual planetarium, as well as the feedback I received today.’
We also asked today’s lecturer, Ando, about his thoughts regarding the show:
‘Each planetarium decides its show program, which is different from cinemas as they premiere the same movie at the same time nationwide. In other words, we have to spontaneously select what we want to show. We decided unanimously to show Planetarian this spring, after D&D Pictures approached us. Since we decided spontaneously, we are glad that the production finished in time for the screening. (laugh) I strongly felt that the theme of the show was enhanced by screening it in the planetarium. I also realized how much Planetarian is loved by fans through the messages that were sent to us from fans while we were promoting the show.’
He said that hardly any show has gotten an applause from the audience before, ‘We sometimes get an applause after our talks, but not at the end of the show. It must be a display of the fans’ affection toward Planetarian.’
Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ will be screened once a day until 5 April 2017.
‘We are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest planetarium in the world. In fact, below us is a department store. It’s quite a similar situation to Planetarian as the planetarium was located above a department store modelled after Hanabishi, wasn’t it? In the anime, a world without stars is depicted as unnatural and freaky. We want our audience to understand the Earth by looking at the stars and to know where we are living. That’s the important job of planetariums. We always try to provide the best environment to watch stars, so please come again.’
The planetarium at the Science Center presents other world premiere screenings as well. ‘We also have a program of a real-time aurora 4K video, where you can watch an aurora drift at the same speed as seen by human eyes, which has never been shown before. It’s the first screening of this video worldwide. Please enjoy this program as well as Planetarian when you visit us.’
You can inquire about available seats by directly calling the planetarium. Ando also recommended to try and gather a group of more than 20 people and get a discount. It sounds fun to watch the show with a group of fans and then discuss!
Our amazing lecturer, Junpei Ando, whose characteristic talk with unique tempo enchanted the audience.
Planetarian ~Chiisana Hoshi no Yume~ Planetarium Special Edition took its first step at Koriyama Fureai Science Center. It’ll be available for screening at various planetariums upon request. It might be difficult to visit the Science Center if you live outside Japan. However, you can treat yourself with a little trip and indulge yourself in your nearest planetarium, can’t you?
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