AnimeJapan 2016 TV Anime “orange” Special Event Report
Female Cast & 1st PV Revealed!
The AnimeJapan 2016 expo was held this past March 26th and 27th at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center.
An event was held for the TV anime “orange” at the Open Stage on March 26th.
The event featured the female cast of the show, as well as some new information releases.
The theater erupted as the three cast members, Kana Hanazawa (plays Naho Takamiya), Natsumi Takamori (Azusa Murasaka) and Rika Kinugawa (Takako Chino), made their way onstage.
Hanazawa expressed her delight at having been chosen for the role of Naho Takamiya, and displayed the enthusiasm that is hoped will transfer into her performance during recording.
The event also featured the public release of a video trailer for the series. With music from Hiroaki Tsutsumi of Eight Ranger 2 fame, and several exquisite pieces of concept art, the trailer shows a glimpse of a beautiful world.
The female cast was the highlight of this event, but what male characters remain to be unveiled?
We’ll keep an eye out for these and other news regarding “orange.”
◼ First Trailer
Official comments are in from individual cast members!
- Kana Hanazawa (plays Naho Takamiya)I feel like I share a lot with Naho-chan.
Since even before the audition, I have been really pouring myself into the role. I’m so thrilled to have the chance to actually perform it. It’s a great concept. I’m going to give it my all, and I hope that I can do justice to the atmosphere of the show.
- Natsumi Takamori (plays Azusa Murasaka)Obviously, I was just really happy when I got the call that I got Azusa’s role.
I want to take really, really, really good care to capture Azusa’s cheerfulness and earnestness. I want to make an anime that really resonates with people. I’m gonna work hard!
- Rika Kinugawa (plays Takako Chino)I’m a newcomer so I didn’t really think I’d get the call. I was really happy when I got asked to do it. I want to really bring out every one of Chino’s emotions. I want to work together with everyone here to make a great anime. I will be counting on everyone’s support. I’m gonna really give it my all!
What is “orange”?
“orange” is a Takano Ichigo creation, published in the manga-zine Monthly Action (published by Futabasha).
In this archetypal high school romance comic, drawn with youthful exuberance and vivacity, a letter arrives from the future. “I want you to help a friend who will lose his life” it says. The story involves a slight bit of sci-fi, as unfulfilled yearning from ten years in the future blends with present time concerns into a story that will resonate.
Honya Club 2015 “All-Japan Recommended Comics Selected By Bookstore Employees” 5th place
2015 “Up-And-Comer Cartoon Grand Prize (Manga Taisho) 12th place
2015 This Manga’s Amazing! (Boys Edition) 15th place
“orange” has ranked in on these and many other charts. The fifth and final volume was published in November of 2015, to great acclaim by multiple “big title” magazines. It has even earned first place honors on the Oricon Weekly Ranking!
With over 4 million printed copies already sold, “orange” received a film adaptation in December 2015. It is a major hit, already topping 3.2 billion yen in earnings.
In her second year of high school, Naho receives a letter.
It appears to have been written by herself, 10 years in the future.
At first she thinks it’s a prank, but one after another, the events described in it come to fruition.
The letter appears to know the course of events of her life.
How she falls in love with the new transfer student, Kakeru.
And how Kakeru will pass away in the winter of his 17th year.
Can the 16 year-old Naho avoid the regrets that her 26 year-old self has?