A Centaur’s Life is based on the manga of the same name by Kei Murayama which is currently being serialized in Tokuta Shoten’s manga magazine Weekly Comic Ryu. The story revolves around a charming cast of characters that are ‘human but not human’ such as the half-horse/half-human Himeno Kimihara, a dragon-girl with wings, a horned satyr, and others. The story depicts their very normal school lives as they deal with worries such as love and friendship. However, among the normal daily lives of the girls, there are also the worries unique to each species, and a slightly dystopian world edging into view.
Guests at the premiere screening included Seria Fukugawa (Kimihara Himeno), Yuki Kuwahara (Nozomi Gokuraku) and Haruka Shiraishi (Kyoko Naraku). Also, the venue got excited over the appearance of the group Purely Monster (made up of the voice actresses from the anime) and Asaka (who will perform the ending theme, ‘Edelweiss;).
Standing in front of the packed venue, guests Fukugawa, Kuwahara, and Shiraishi said that ‘there are so many people!’ and thanked the fans for coming to the event.
Before the screening, the guests held a small talk about their impressions on the characters they playy and anything they took care of while performing. They said that they go for food together after finishing each recording, and that the three of them often go to an all-you-can-eat restaurant with Yuu Ayase (who playes Quetzalcoatl Sassassul) and Yuna Kamakura (who plays Manami Mitama). The 3 of them seemed to chat as though they were very good friends, an attitude that will be reflected in the way they play their characters. Fukugawa even said ‘this friendship that we have between the three of us, I think it’s something that can connect the friendship between the 3 characters.’
A Centaur’s Life features characters with many different appearances, such as a half-human half-fish mermaid girl and a winged angel girl. When asked what character they’d like to become, Fukugawa answered, ‘a dragon girl!’ In the anime, the characters use their body parts, like their wings and tails, to express themselves, and the guests said that is one of the cute points of the anime.
On the other hand, dog-lover Shiraishi said that she would be a talking dog with a human face. One of these creatures appears in a one-shot at the end of Volume 2 of the manga, so Shiraishi enthusiastically exclaimed ‘so please read the manga!’ Kuwahara, who is said to be bad at swimming and moving around, said ‘I want to be an angel-girl and fly, or a mermaid-girl and swim.’
When asked about what makes the anime so great, Shiraishi said ‘Just like these characters have more limbs and tails that humans, they also have more worries and suffer more discrimination. Kuwahara said, ‘Each of the characters has something unique about them. Every single one of them is so cute.’ Fukagawa said, ‘There is something about it that is similar to the world we all live in.’ She said that she wanted us to just enjoy the lives the girls are living, and then watch it again to see the messages that lurk behind the world of A Centaur’s Life.
The preview screening then began. After the episodes, Purely Monster performed the opening theme ‘Oshiete Darwin’ and Asaka then performed the ending theme ‘Edelweiss’. Purely Monster performed an uptempo number with lyrics of a youthful story that is very suitable for an opening theme, as it seems to talk about the start of something. Asaka brought the house down with her powerful yet delicate performance of the ending theme, which, like the anime, is about ‘worries and conflicts’.
The cast members then returned to the stage. They were now wearing the same uniforms as their characters, and just as we were looking for Fukagawa, she appeared as a centaur- just like her character, Himeno! The audience were surprised at the half-human/half-human Fukuzawa.
The cast members then each gave a message to the audience, and just as we thought the event had come to an end, Fukagawa shouted ‘Ready~!’ and the the cast started to sing the Happy Birthday song. The day of the event also happened to be Kuwahara’s birthday, and all the cast and audience sang happy birthday to her. They also brought a birthday cake with the anime’s key visual printed on it. She was in tears at the warm surprise. Fukazawa and Shiraishi handed her presents, and she gave an expression of pure happiness. Seeming almost euphoric, she said, ‘Please enjoy A Centaur’s Life!’ and the event came to an end.