Wakako Shimazaki from Kochi will be able to show her Tosa dialect in her first acting role!
Pop in Q, the original theater anime presented by TOEI ANIMATION commemorating their 60th anniversary, will be aired across the country on Friday, December 23.
The story features the deep relationship between five girls who just started high school. Each has to deal with their own problems and the problems of their friends as they pump onto each other and deepen their bond.
The unique five heroines are acted by Masami Seto, Shiori Izawa, Atsumi Tanezaki, Aki Ozawa, and Tomoyo Kurosawa. The story is about youth and the thoughts that come with it. There will also be a lot of dancing and music that will only add to the story. Naoki Miyahara, who has handled many dance animations in the PREQURE series, is the director. The character designer is Kouhaku Kuroboshi, a popular illustrator who has handled the Kino and Summon Night. They combined all the techniques and expression skills that Toei has accumulated through the years to produce a movie that perfectly reflects the characters and worldview created by Kouhaku Kuroboshi!
The cast of the Isumi family welcomes Wakako Shimazaki, Daisuke Ono, and Michio Hazama.
Shimazaki-san is from Kochi, and she was the perfect candidate for Isumi’s mother, Erico, since the production was looking for someone who can speak the Tosa dialect. Erico is the typical Kochi mother who looks over Isumi, a sensitive middle-school student, while at the same tine she tries to support her husband who is transferring to Tokyo. Shimazaki is also the uncredited adviser for the dialect, since Seto Masami who did the post recording asked for her guidance more than once! This is her first role as a voice actor. Erico, is the typical
Daisuke Ono will be acting as Shunpei, Isumi’s father. In the story, his daughter hold a grudge against him because he is making the family move to Tokyo. He has a placid and indecisive personality and can’t even reduce the amount of package for the movement.
Hazama is acting as Motoharu, Isumi’s grandfather. He has been a fisherman for most of his life and he is the only person Isumi can share her true thoughts with.
The scene above will be one of the highlights of the main story so look forward to it!
Comment from Wakako Shimazaki
‘I didn’t expect to get to try something new at my age. As my character speaks a local dialect and is also a mother, I called my mother and friends back home. Staying in Tokyo makes me forget about my dialect. In order to remember it and also learn a bit about what it is to be a mother, I watched my friends reprimanding their children and thought back on how my mother treated me.
If you are a female, then anyone should have experienced this before. People of my generation remembered the times when they were ten and thought how everyone was doing. This is a youth story that will fill your heart.
Also, Tosa dialect is everywhere. I’m very proud to be able to use Kochi dialect. I hope that this movie brings back your memories of home. And also, please witness the growth of a girl in her youth.’
Comment from Daisuke Ono
‘I’m very honored to be able to work with Shimazaki as a citizen of Kochi. Makkoto Urechiya! (Very happy in the Kochi dialect)
I try to make the couple’s conversations in native Tosa dialect as natural as possible to express the warmth this work has. I really appreciate this opportunity to work on this fantastic work.’
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