Manga.Tokyo attended a press release held in Tokyo for the anime Occultic; Nine.
It was full of wonderful content: the latest trailer, all the broadcast information, and the opening theme song. The event ended with Kanako Ito’s awesome live concert! It couldn’t be more perfect!
Yuuta Gamon is a sophomore in high school.
Hoping to get rich quickly, he operates an occult summary affiliate blog called ‘Kirikiri Basara’. There, he scientifically challenges paranormal activities he describes as ‘cracking mysteries with no mercy’.
Linked by his blog, several people’s destinies unexpectedly begin to meet and tangle. These individuals gradually and repeatedly witness that the world around them is not what it seems to be.
These small incongruities build up to create something larger, which eventually leads to an unimaginable event…
■ Event Guests
Actors/Actresses: Yuuki Kaji (as Yuuta Gamon), Ayane Sakura (as Ryoka Narusawa), Kaito Ishikawa (as Sarai Hashigami), Hitomi Yoshida (as Miyuu Aikawa)
*Surprise guests: Director-Kyohei Ishiguro, Series composition-To-Jumpei Morita, Opening theme-Kanako Ito
MC: Tetsuya Yanagihara (from a Japanese comedy duo, America Zarigani)
■ Anime Airing Details
Airing from October, 2016 on the following stations
ABC Asahi Broadcasting Service
*Further information on the premier broadcast will be out soon.
■ Event Report
The term ‘Okan’ is short for Occultic Nine.
150 fans gathered at the site for this special occasion. The event kicked off with a speedy and uplifting trailer!
After the trailer, the cast members came on stage. During the opening speech, they revealed that the cast had already decided and Kanako Ito was going to be singing the opening theme, prior to the anime adaptation back in 2014.
It was certainly an unusual start because of the long delay until the anime’s actual broadcast. However, the fans can be hopeful because the cast believes “[…] it was worth waiting this long after seeing the incredible quality”.
Next were the anime characters’ catch phrases and an introduction of the story.
In this anime, every main character has a unique catch phrase, which indicates their character’s unique personality. However, I couldn’t tell from the introduction and the catch phrases how the story rolls and it still remains a complete mystery.
The actors/actresses are also as unique as the anime characters.
Especially Kaito Ishikawa (as Sarai Hashigami) stood out as the life and soul of the party. Because of his white shirt with a stand collar, everyone teased him as a chiropractor. Ayane Sakura (as Ryoka Narusawa) gave him quick and cynical responses and the site was filled with great laughter.
Hitomi Yoshida (as Miyuu Aikawa) had an interesting vibe bringing and brought a unique feeling to the event. Everything went smoothly thanks to Yuuki Kaji (as Yuuta Gamon) who acted as a facilitator.
■ Latest Character Illustrations
Ryoka Narusawa, one of the main characters, has big breasts…and apparently, the voice actors/actresses discussed what and how they could be like… Especially Kaito Ishikawa showed his more-than-normal interest. The fans loved this and burst into laughter.
■ The fans saw the newest trailer for the very first time.
The trailer started with drumrolls and music, and soon after the anime scenes took their place on the screen. In the trailer, there was a scene of Ryoka Narusawa and her swinging breasts. Ayane Sakura (as Ryoka) joked about them by calling Kinyuu*. Again, Kaito Ishikawa got hooked on this and brought in more laughter to the event.
*In Japanese slang, there is a word, ‘Kyonyuu’ , to describe a woman with big breasts. Here, they used the word ‘Kinyuu’ for supersized breasts. (Ki is from the word Kimyoo-na, meaning strange/weird) It’s a high-level Japanese joke.
■ Director Kyohei Ishiguro and Series Composition To-Jumpei Morita appeared on stage.
With the director on stage, the conversation moved to the anime features and highlights.
About the Setting
The anime is set in today’s Kichijoji*. The famous sightseeing spots, such as Inokashira Park, can be seen in this anime. A café in the anime called Bloomoon actually exists in this town. The café agreed to appear in the anime and apparently, the anime illustrates and recreates the café down to the smallest details.
So, if you are an enthusiastic fan, make sure to visit this area while in Japan. Director Kyohei Ishiguro said, “spotting familiar scenes is also a way to enjoy this anime”.
*Kichijoji is a stylish area with some subculture elements. Apparently, it is voted as one of the most popular areas to live in Tokyo because of the easy train access to/from Shinjuku and Shibuya.
About the Story
Morita and Jumpei said that the story is “pretty much about the occult stuff but it’s also about the so-called urban legends like ghosts and shadowy conspiracies which we are pretty familiar with. It could be something you see/hear a lot online, but in the anime it may be an important factor to unfold the story.”
Director Kyohei Ishiguro said that “this is an occult thriller anime with an ensemble cast, but it’s not just that…there are so many factors in it.”
It sounds like the anime will feature some familiar topics. It would be more interesting if we watch it while doing some research on the internet.
Acting out massive amount of lines (One of the main features of the anime)
This anime has a massive amount of lines spoken at high speed, and this is one of its remarkable characteristics. According to the cast, the speaking speed in the trailer is the average speed for the whole anime. I’m sure that you will easily notice how fast they speak when you watch it.
We heard that there was a message from the director written in each of the actors/actresses’ script. This is pretty unusual in the industry.
The message was there “to share my directing image on how I would like to fill the scenes with more vocalized lines and less quiet moments. By doing so, pauses in between long massive lines stand out and create a more-than-quiet effect”, said director Kyohei Ishiguro.
To-Jumpei Morita added, “normally, we tend to cross off lines to finalize a script, but we added more to the script in the making of this anime. Huh? Are you sure?…this is how we felt every time the director suggested something similar.”
The great amount of lines is definitely an important feature of this anime that we cannot ignore.
Renewal of the Official Website
This anime revolves around a fictional blog called ‘Kirikiri Basara’, so the official website renewed its design to match the blog page.
Icon giveaways as a special surprise limited to Twitter followers
New information or content will be released on days ending with 9! *People laughed when the MC pointed out, “so what about every day in September?”
Release of the original comic book Vol.3. It is coming out on September 5. You can read the comic in the Afternoon magazine.
A game is also in development.
Original goods available at the Comic Market 90 (already finished). They had the original T-shirts for sale.
■ Yes/No Questions relating to the anime based on their impressions are common in this kind of event. The actors/actresses answered to three questions about the anime. Here are some unforgettable answers…
Do you believe in ghosts?
Ayane Sakura who is the only one not believing in ghosts answered in an unique way, “I don’t like any untouchable unsubstantial beings since I can’t deal any physical damage to them.”
Do you believe in ghost pictures?
Hitomi Yoshida was the only one with ‘Yes’ and Kaito Ishikawa told that there was something horrific in the photo he took before.
Do you believe in fortune telling?
Yuuki Jaji said, “Well, there are statistics available to us. I think we should value the positive attitude to believe in good things and look out for what we find bad or dangerous.”
The main guy of this anime, Gamon also doesn’t believe in anything related to the occult. It may be interesting to prepare yourself for its broadcast by finding out on which side you are on as a viewer before the anime starts.
■The Latest Information on the Theme Songs
The opening and ending songs are both written/composed by Chiyomaru Shikura.
The opening theme song is called Seisuu 3 no Nijo performed by Kanako Ito. (5pb. Records) It’s going to be on sale on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
The ending theme song is called Open your eyes performed by Asaka. (5pb. Records) It’s also going to be on sale on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
*This is going to be Aska’s debut song. She is only 16 years old, so she couldn’t attend this event. (Teenagers under 18 years of age are not allowed to work after 10 p.m.)
■Kanako Ito’s surprise Live concluded this special event!
Her energetic performance captivated the fans at the event. She mentioned a concert at the Science Adventure Series in October, but the tickets had been already sold out. However, there will be an encore concert coming up on December 17.
At the very end, each cast gave a final comment directed to the audience. The director announced “I will firmly complete this anime for sure.” Occultic; Nine will begin airing in October 2016.
Manga.Tokyo will keep you posted with all the latest news. We also plan to cover the series with episode reviews. Stay tuned!
TV anime Occultic;Nine will begin its broadcast in October 2016!