The cinema premiere of Ao Oni – The Animation was held on February 11, 2017 at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku. Guests at the premiere were the voice actors Ryota Osaka, Takahiro Mizushima, Shuta Morishima and Yoko Hikasa, as well as the director Toshio Hamamura. They talked about the strong points of the movie
After the screening, the MC asked the audience, ‘Who thought the ao oni was scary?’ and invited them to raise their hands. When they did, the screen showed ‘A New Ao Oni Tragedy.’ When Hamamura was asked about his thoughts after the first screening he said, ‘I am happy that we have safely come this far.’ Because they wanted to produce a completely new Ao Oni, they made it fully CGI. Keeping up the horror-elements as well as making it in 3D and turning it into a movie for all ages was often a struggle.
When asked what they tried to keep in mind while recording, Hikasa-san, who worked on Ao Oni for the first time, said that with the help of the director and the sound director she tried to portray her character, the friendly school nurse Mifuyu, like a grown-up and without being too nice.
When asked about their impressions of the movie, Mizushima answered, ‘While recording horror scenes, the atmosphere turns funny. I could feel the heavy atmosphere at the recording studio.’ Morishima got scared at the same time as Konaka, the character he portrays, and said that he was perfectly aligned with him.
At the event, they played rock-paper-scissors and the winner received signed goods.
They also shared new information about the DVD release of the Ao Oni anime and about the ticket sale for the Ao Oni movie. Finally, the guests sent a message to all the fans.
‘The original Ao Oni game has many, many fans, and I think they will be happy with this movie. Even if you watch the movie again, you will be able to find something new in every scene, so please watch the movie as many times as you want. Please keep supporting Ao Oni.’
‘I am a big fan of RPG Maker, so when I heard that Ao Oni was made with the program, I was amazed. That this movie in front of you is something I could be part of is a great honor for me and makes me happy. I think if you all watch the movie a lot, we can definitely make another Ao Oni sometime. Thank you for today.’
‘I think Ao Oni is an interesting, scary anime. The fact that the Ao Oni looks cute and funny might be one of his scary aspects. He normally eats people like they are his lunch, so that’s what makes it so surreal. If you spread this kind of Ao Oni widely or bring someone with you to the theater, I think that would be nice.’
‘This was the first time that I was part of a horror story, so I was worried a lot, but I recorded it asking myself what I would do in that situation, so I think it sounds very real. Compared to the movie, the anime series is a comedy, so please watch the DVD after the movie. By the way, I recommend the last episode! And if you want to watch something scary after that, you can watch the movie. Please enjoy all the versions of Ao Oni. That would make me happy.’
‘Thank you for coming today. A lot of things happen in this 60-minute movie, so if you watch it a second or a third time you will see new things and have a new perspective. I would be happy if you could enjoy it. Thank you very much.’