On 17 June 2017 at Marunouchi Piccadilly (Chiyoda, Tokyo), there was an advanced screening of the first two episodes of the upcoming Summer 2017 anime Mahojin Guru Guru. Shizuka Ishigami (Nike), Konomi Kohara (Kukuri), Katsuyuki Konishi (Kita Kita Oyaji), Yo Taichi (Juju), and Yukiyo Fujii (Toma) participated in a talk show which was hosted by Takeshi Washizaki.
What is Mahojin Guru Guru?
This is the third anime adaptation of Mahojin Guru Guru, 25 years after the start of its serialization. It is a very popular series with a long history, and the venue was filled with fans of all ages, from small children to adults. The story stars the boy Nike, who was raised by a hero-obsessed father, and Kukuri, a girl from the Migu Migu clan who was raised by a witch. A story of a spectacular adventure filled with laughter and emotion unfolds as they go on a journey and meet intense characters along the way.
Nike Appears Wearing Kita Kita Oyaji’s outfit?!
After the screening, the talk show began with Washizaki’s greeting and the main cast came onto the stage one after the other. As soon as the event began, Konishi (Kita Kita Oyaji) made a joke about Ishigami’s (Nike) costume. Ishigami was wearing a white outfit with a fluffy fringe at the hem. After being told that no matter how they looked at it, it was Kita Kita Oyaji’s hula dress, Ishigami replied that she didn’t even realize until somebody told her. She then appealed to the audience with a twirl and a cute hula dance.
The audience found the interaction quite funny and just like the work itself, the event was filled with laughter. Konishi put a Gipple (voiced by Takahiro Sakurai) stuffed toy around his neck and showed off how detailed it was. Then he flipped up Gipple’s cloak and showed it to the audience.
A Surprisingly Fast Rhythm
When asked about their impressions of Episodes 1 and 2, the cast all responded that the story develops quickly and has a great tempo. Compared to the manga, the developments are fast and it has already progressed to ‘here’ by Episode 2! However, the good aspects and the important points in the manga are properly conveyed. No matter how many times you watch the episodes, there are new discoveries to be made and they recommended certain points of the anime to pay attention to for fans of Guru Guru as well as those new to the title.
Kita Kita Oyaji’s Dance is a Power Up!
Kita Kita Oyaji appears with or without reason and his dance is definitely more of a power up compared to the older series. According to Konishi, the voice of Kita Kita Oyaji, there are several versions of the dance song. He mimicked the instruments with his voice and recorded three different types of lines from the manga such as ‘Kita kita kita kita haru ga kita (spring has come)!’ It seems that the kita kita dance this time around is a mix of all these aspects. He said that as he was recording, he thought that just like a freestyle rapper. Voice actors do many things.
Lots of New Information Released!
When the talk show ended, new information was released. Just before the broadcast of the anime, there will a broadcast of a show featuring Ishigami, Kohara, and Konishi, where they will challenge dominoes. Also, on 22 June, Mahojin Guru Guru Land + will go on sale. A 70-page official fan book of 4-koma Dragon Quest manga by the author of Guru Guru, Hiroyuki Eto, was also announced. Upon hearing this, Ishigami, a fan of the original manga exclaimed that she would definitely buy it.
It was also announced that a net radio show called Mahojin Guru Guru Navigation GuruNavi will go on air featuring Ishigami and Kohara as the main personalities. There is still a lot of information that has yet to be released! For instance, the opening and ending theme songs were not shown at the screening. We guess that means we should look forward to the first broadcast.
TV anime Mahojin Guru Guru will be broadcast on TV Tokyo from 11 July. Don’t miss the magnificent adventure story filled with laughter and emotion!
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