As the opening stage act of AnimeJapan 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight, a special talk show for the new TV anime “Terra Formers: Revenge” which starts airing in April was held on March 26th. Three of the main cast members, Yoshimasa Hosoya (VA for Akari Hizamaru), Kaito Ishikawa (for Marcos), KENN (for Alex) appeared on the stage and excited a large number of the audience gathered around the stage.
“Terra Formars: Revenge” is an anime adaptation based on the manga serialized in “Weekly Young Jump” published by Shueisha. The original manga is a big hit selling over 15 million copies.
Its live action movie will also be released on April 29th, 2016. The first season of the anime had already been released in 2014 and this is the sequel to it.
As the three appeared on the stage, Hosoya gave a first shout-out to the fans, “We’re gonna revenge!” as the anime title, to heat up the stage. Ishikawa and KENN both laughed at this shout, butting in as “Revenge to what? (laugh)”, but “revenge” has a very important meaning in this sequel according to Hosoya. The new season “Terra Formars: Revenge” is meant to challenge what they couldn’t express enough in the first season, and the animation quality will be even higher. Hosoya said he read the new title as they were supposed to take revenge for what they couldn’t do in the first season.
One of the biggest changes to the new season is the character design. According to the VAs, the new characters look rather younger overall and that immatureness matches better with how Akari and Michelle suffer fighting.
Hosoya, regarding the new character design, revealed us that he was particularly asked to act younger by the staff while recording. Even with his long career of voice acting, it was his first time ever to be asked to act younger, and recalled it as a fairly impressive experience.
Ishikawa, regarding the main story, emphasized the benefits of the various foreshadowings intricately intertwined in the show with all the agenda and calculation of each fictitious countries. Hosoya also said the new season started with his most favorite part of the original manga and was very looking forward to watching it on air.
The topic moved to the original story, and a question popped up as “Which scenes of the original do you want to see drawn in anime?” KENN mentioned an intense battle of Michelle using her simple acceleration device. Ishikawa listed up all the passionate phrases Marcos says in the show and showed his enthusiasm, saying “I can’t wait to act”.
Then the Q&A session from the staff started and asked questions to the cast such as “What is your favorite animal?”, “What would you do if you got the animal’s ability?” and so on.
Hosoya showed us his deep knowledge on dolphins, while KENN talked about cats and Ishikawa hamsters, telling us of their own experience with pets they had and heated up the conversation.
Lastly they thanked the audience for their supports, and reaffirmed their commitment to the new season to close the stage event.