Excited about Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari? So are we, and that’s why we brought you all the latest news: Screenshots, the story, and an official report about the screening event that was held on September 22!
Episode 1 Screenshots and Story !
【Episode 1 : Bukkake Udon】
Souta Tawara, a web designer who lives in Tokyo, is in his home town Kagawa because of his father’s death. His home used to be a popular udon shop but without its owner, it is currently out of business. Souta, in that store, finds a child sleeping in a kettle. The child is barefooted and with dirty clothes. He is also hungry. Sota decides to take him to the police but on the way, he notices the ears and tail sticking out from its head. What Sota encountered was a raccoon transformed into human.
Story : Natsuko Takahashi / Story (C part) : Rintarou Ikeda / Storyboard : Yoshihide Ibata / Choreographer :
Fumiaki Usui / Storyboard (C part) : Hidemi Yamashita / Animation Director : Mika Tomiya
Official Report on the Advanced Screening Held on September 22nd!
Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari will start its broadcast on October 8. Prior to its broadcast, the first advanced screening event was held at Shinjuku Wald on September 22. After the screening, Yuuichi Nakamura (Souta Tawara), Shiho Kokido (Poko) and Director Seiki Takuno took part in a talk event.
Nakamura, Kokido, and then Director Takuno were called on stage, much to the audience’s surprise. The director was carrying a pochette with the face of Gao Gao. He was like a kindergartener with his forehead exposed and his cheeks colored red. As audiences seemed to be bewildered, Nakamura assured them the ‘it’s ok to laugh.’ Director Takuno regretted taking his coworkers suggestion but it made the atmosphere light.
Nakamura commented on Souta Tawara, ‘It’s hard to grasp whether that 30-year-old is immature or fully matured. At the first post recording, Director Takuno told me to act as a younger person. After watching the completed work, I now understand he is more immature than I thought.’ Kokido also had hard time figuring out how to act this mysterious child, Poko. She told us her surprising way for post recording saying, ‘I was told to bring out Poko’s instinct so I decided to do a little out-of-script acting. I did post recording with my lines in the script book daubed with black ink.’
Most of the characters use Sanuki dialect as Kagawa is the stage of this story. Voice actors are having a hard time perfecting the Sanuki dialect. Nakamura is from Kagawa but he no longer speaks the local dialect so he said with a bitter smile that ‘In the flashback scene, I will have to use Sanuki dialect so I’m learning Sanuki dialect as well.’ Nakamura highly praised the Sanuki dialect of voice actor Kujira who is acting as a neighborhood lady. ‘Her Sanuki dialect made me remember ladies I met when I was young. Director is also complimenting her for her local atmosphere.’
What Director Takuno wants to do in this work is to express the beauty of Kagawa through anime. He already visited Kagawa three times to find nice locations and he is planning to visit it again. Takuno said ‘I visited many places in Kagawa to do extensive research. I’m putting a lot of effort to express the Kagawa atmosphere.’ Nakamura followed by saying, ‘There was a scene in which we threw tiles at the shore which gave me a nostalgic feeling.’ Kokido also visited Kagawa and when she saw the anime she was surprised how the landscape description was so detailed.
Then Gao Gao appeared as a special guest. It introduced the incoming campaign ‘Gao Gao Visits Your Town.’
At the end of event, the guests gave their final messages:
Director Takuno : ‘This is a story that can be enjoyed by all generations. It describes families as well as people in various situations so you can see it from different perspectives. We put lots of effort to create a fine story so please look forward to its broadcast.’
Kokido : ‘It’s a heart-warming work that gently touches your heart. Whether it’s a good day or bad day, watching this anime will gives you a relief. It depicts everyday lives but I feel a deep theme which asks you what is to live. Please look forward to it.’
Nakamura : ‘The episode 2 and later episodes as well show a real townscape of Kagawa and Kagawa’s famous goods. If the anime makes you want to visit Kagawa, then this anime would be a huge success. I would like people who have their hometown and people who went to the city leaving their home to watch this anime as well. If you could reconfirm your love towards your hometown through this anime, I would be happy.’
I wonder if watching Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari would make us want to eat udon and maybe feel a little nostalgic about our hometowns. It was a fantastic screening.