On 23 and 24 March 2019, anime fans from all over Japan gathered at Tokyo Big Sight for AnimeJapan 2019, an anime event that attracted over 150,000 visitors this year. With four major stages, many famous voice actors came together to stand on stage and talk about the upcoming anime shows. One of the stages was for Fairy Gone, an original anime scheduled to air on 8 April 2019. Kana Ichinose, Tomoaki Maeno, Ayaka Fukuhara, and Yoshimasa Hosoya stood on the Cobalt Blue stage and talked about the series. We were there for you to report on all the event highlights.
The stage opened with the trailer, and then the guests got on stage amidst a big round of applause. After their short introduction, the cast members were asked about the series, as it is an original anime and the audience knew the little information that has been revealed so far. One of the important words for this series is ‘fairy soldier’: Ichinose explained that humans who can control fairies are called fairy soldiers. However, those fairies aren’t the cute ones we usually think of, but are rather dark and powerful creatures. To become a fairy solider, one has to get a surgical transplantation, and that’s how Mariya is a special character, because she never received one of these transplantations. She can connect with the fairy without one.
Maeno then went on to introduce his character Free, who has undergone the surgery and thus has enhanced abilities. He is commander of the first squad at an organization called Dorothea and is a very caring person. Even if he faces problems, he will grin and face the problems.
Fukuhara is voicing a character called Veronica, a childhood friend of Mariya. They once were like sisters to each other but after their village was burned down, she swore to take revenge and became an assassin. Her fairy is called Blood Daughter and enters the enemy’s body through a wound Veronica has made. The viewers were asked to pay special attention to how this fairy is portrayed in the series, so please look forward to it!
Last was Hosoya’s character, Wolfram. The beginning of the story is at the end of a big war to which he has lost everything. The war was the reason he became active as a terrorist. He definitely can be seen as the enemy and it will be interesting to get to know his character.
More characters were introduced: the other members of Dorothea and also the friends of Veronica and Wolfram. You can check out the character illustrations in this article:
Fairy Gone Shows First ‘Fairies’ in Trailer, New Key Visual
(K)NoW_NAME, who sing both the opening and ending themes for this series, performed the opening theme ‘KNOCK on the CORE’. The two singers involved the audience in some parts of this powerful song that many of us heard for the first time at the event. There were parts of ‘oh~ oh~’ we could join in on and it felt like we should jump up and headbang. In the background, we could see scenes from the anime. I think the song fits the atmosphere of the anime perfectly.
For his closing words, Hosoya explained many series are aimed at male or female fans but this series can be enjoyed by both. He talked more about how enjoyable the series is and kept speeding up his words until it happened: he stumbled over his words with the last ‘Thank you for coming’ which had the cast members and the audience burst out laughing at his enthusiasm. Fukuhara added that, even though it is an original story and not based on a light novel or manga, it is easy to get into the story as the series explains this new and unknown world with its unique concept very well. Maeno added that the anime seems like an overseas TV series because of the human drama and character development. Last, Ichinose said that the series will keep you on your toes from episode to episode and that she hopes the viewers will enjoy the anime.
With these last words, the cast said their goodbyes and bowed one last time before disappearing behind the stage.
Fairy Gone is a fantasy story about the so-called ’Fairy Soldiers’, who were used during the war as a tool. Now that the war is over have to find a new path for themselves. It is produced by director Kenichi Suzuki and P.A.Works. Learn more in the Anime Info link below.
Spring 2019 | Anime Info