The stage greeting for the anime adaptation of the popular Kore Yamazaki fantasy manga, The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star Part 3 took place on 26 August at Shinjuku Piccadilly and was attended by Atsumi Tanezaki (Chise Hatori) and Ryota Takeuchi (Elias).
The film is at the second week since its release. Since the anime will be on air from October, the talk revolved around the work’s highlights, including those from Those Awaiting a Star Part 3.
At the first greeting, Tanezaki said, ‘I feel like, “What do I feel like now? What kind of feeling is it?” Part 2 had a very interesting ending, so this time, more than the transition from Part 1 to Part 2, I feel like, “I kept you waiting!” and “We were finally able to meet, I’m happy.'”
Continuing, Takeuchi said with a smile, ‘We weren’t able to meet Chise(Tanezaki) at the stage greeting during the first week so I am happy and I feel like, ‘We finally got to meet Chise.’” Then, he also touched on Episode 1, ‘In the original as well, Chapter 1 ends at an interesting place, so I am also looking forward to it and I think everyone’s expectations have expanded quite a bit.’
The focus of the talk was the TV anime which will air from October. When asked about the highlights of the anime, Takeuchi responded, ‘I quite like the scenes with the chibi versions of the characters and I think that they are a highlight of the work.’ Tanezaki commented, ‘I think it’s interesting that there are comical scenes suddenly included between tense times.’
Takeuchi also said,’That’s why while acting, making allowances for adjustment is difficult. When Elias says “Haha,” I’m not sure if I should laugh seriously or if Elias is just going through the emotions; I thought about a lot of things.’ When he said this, Tanezaki laughed and said, ‘People laugh when Elias simply says “Haha” so I think its a little unfair,’ referencing the laughter that occurred during the recent screening of that episode. Takeuchi responded, ‘Really? “Haha.” That makes me happy, “Haha”‘, stirring up the crowd.
Tanezaki emphasized something about a ‘profound feeling’ when he was asked about the strong points of the anime. ‘The manga was already detailed, delicate, and amazing, but the anime has color and music and when it all moves together the depth of that increases. It is so profound that you may end up thinking “Is this really a 30-minute anime?” Of course it was made carefully considering the points in the manga, so those who are fans of the original are sure to be satisfied. Please look forward to it!’
During the final greeting, Takeuchi said, ‘It has been two years since the anime project began and I am very happy that the TV anime will finally go on air. There is also a radio program where you can talk about your love for The Ancient Magus’ Bride so let’s all talk about it as much as we want!’ Tanezaki said, ‘We started with a drama CD, Those Awaiting a Star Parts 1, 2, and 3 and finally a TV series. I am very happy to think that many people will be able to watch The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Including myself, the whole cast are fans of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. From our point of view, the complete anime is amazing. For those who come to events and listen to the radio show, if when you watch the anime, it feels like you’ve returned home, I would be happy. Kind of like a The Ancient Magus’ Bride house. Let’s create a happy family from now on!’ As she called out to the audience, Takeuchi happily agreed, ‘That sounds great! Let’s make a happy family ♡’
The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star Part 3 is currently playing at theaters throughout Japan. the TV anime will be broadcast from October for 2 cours.