Upcoming Summer 2017 anime Clione no Akari held an event on 5 May 2017 at the Tochi Anime Festival in Utsunomiya, Tochigi. They showed the trailer and the event was joined by director Pro Ishikawa, Takeshi’s voice Shun’ya Ohira and the opening theme artist, Aki.
The series is based on an online novel by Natural-Rain and tells the story of an orphaned girl named Minori who often gets sick and is bullied by others. One day, her friends Takeshi and Kyoko pray that they will see her real smile, and so the story begins.
Director Ishikawa talked confidently about the production, ‘It was hard work turning the original story into a TV series. I tried to reconstruct the story of Natural-Rain while keeping close to the details of the original. I am proud of it.’
For Ohira, Clione no Akari is his first anime work. He confessed that he was having a hard time with the pressure, ‘but sound director Kazuhiko Izu came up to the recording booth and patted those who were recording for the first time on the head, and encouraged us saying, “Don’t be nervous!” Thanks to him I was able to enjoy his first time as a voice actor.’ Director Ishikawa added, ‘The looks of the students and the cast are similar and I think we were able to present something fresh.’
Aki presented the first live performance of the opening theme, ‘Clione no Akari,’ on stage and she talked about how she wrote the lyrics, ‘Although the novel deals with a heavy topic like bullying, I also had a time when I was sick a lot and couldn’t go to school, so I could understand the feelings of the protagonist. I write lyrics by using my own experiences to take a step into the world of the series.’
Ishikawa said, ‘When I heard the opening for the first time, I thought “This is not a dark story.” I wanted to mirror the feeling of running of the song in the series.’ Ohira said, ‘It was supposed to be a heavy song, but it gives the illusion of being beautifully clear.’
The anime starts airing in July on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV and BS Fuji.
Original work：ナチュラルレイン「クリオネの灯り」（East Press Published）