Spring 2017 anime Kado: The Right Answer has a mysterious plot that involves the existence of the ‘Kado’, which suddenly appeared at Haneda International Airport and swallowed a commercial aircraft carrying 252 passengers. Yaha-kui zaShunina appeared from within the ‘Kado’ and tried to make contact with humanity, while Koujirou Shindou, a negotiator for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who just happened to be on the plane, becomes the intermediary between Yaha-kui zaShunina and humanity.
The general director of KADO: The Right Answer (Seikai Suru Kado) is Kazuya Murata from Studio Ghibli, who also worked on Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia). The screenplay is being undertaken by Mado Nozaki, a novelist known for works such as know, Dokusou Tanpen Series, and 2. The series director is Masaki Watanabe, who worked on Code Geass: Akito the Exiled. It is completely a Toei Animation work.
In charge of the opening narration is Takaya Kamikawa, who is active not only as an actor but has also lent his voice to Anti Spiral in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Prince Ishitsukuri from The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Kaguyahime no Monogatari).We wonder exactly what kind of anime
We interviewed Kamikawa-san and asked him what kind of anime KADO: The Right Answer is from his own point of view.
[Interview & Composition: Ayaka Kawamata]
‘KADO: The Right Answer’
On air from 7 April 2017
I believe there are many people who are curious about how the story about the mysterious existence ‘Kado’ will develop. What was your impression when you first read the scenario?
Takaya Kamikawa (hereafter, Kamikawa)
‘It’s a very dynamic story. It is a composition with science-fiction, mystery, and puzzle elements which draw people in and doesn’t let them go. Even though it is fiction, it doesn’t lose the sociality of its world. My impression is that it is a story spun on top of a dynamic foundation.’
When did you feel like it was a story constructed on top of sociality?
‘When there was a big happening, it developed from a global point of view. There are times when you unintentionally realize that you have been accepting the fact that the rest of the world has been destroyed and Japanese people are trying to work it out themselves. I do believe there are many reasons for that, though. To put it simply, the story proceeds with a proper worldwide view. The reason why the mysterious existence ‘Kado’ came to Japan is properly depicted and that part really strikes home.’
So it is a work that makes you think ‘This is a proper world with people living in it.’
‘It was the same with Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet but Director Murata is very skilled at depicting the relationships and thoughts of people who share the same determination. Gargantia is an interstellar ‘boy meets girl’ story. I think you can enjoy the interspecies contact in this work. The recording took place before the filming of the visuals so I have not seen the finished product. I am very excited to see how it turned out.’
Mr. Kamikawa, being in charge of the opening narration for each scene, how did you prepare for it?
‘Just before the recording session, I received instructions from the audio director and one accompanying song was played. I ended up listening to a magnificent full symphony. That was one clue as to how I was to perform.
Another was being told that they want the narration to be similar to Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999. Because of this, only the voice of Tatsuya Shou (※Galaxy Express 999 narrator) played inside my head. I approached the mic thinking about how to match my narration to his.’
When you read the scenario, which characters piqued your interest?
‘Actually, I can’t say…… It would become a spoiler. I feel very sorry [laugh].’
(Next page: The work Kamikawa watched as a child…)