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AFA SG 2014 Interview – THE iDOLM@STER

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Hello readers! Today, I bring you another segment of Anime Festival Asia (AFA) SG 2014THE iDOLM@STER interview!

Here’s a bit of background information on the iDOLM@STER project:
THE iDOLM@STER is a Japanese simulation and rhythm video game series created by Bandai Namco Games. The series primarily centers on a producer who works with a group of prospective pop idols at a talent agency, 765 Production. Originally released as an arcade game in 2005, the franchise has grown to numerous ports, sequels and spin-offs across multiple video game consoles. The series includes a variety of other media such as anime, printed media, audio dramas and radio shows.

The members we interviewed were:
Azusa Tadakoro as Mogami Shizuka
Asami Imai as Chihaya Kisaragi
Yumi Hara as Takane Shijou
Ayaka Ohashi as Uzuki Shimamura
Manami Numakara as Hibiki Ganaha

And the interview!

Here at AFA SG 2014, how do you all find Singapore?

Azusa Tadakoro I can feel that the passion for anime here is the same as Japan. Arriving in Singapore and receiving such a warm reception delights me greatly.

Asami Imai This is my second time coming to Singapore, and I am very glad to see that the number of fans has increased. Many …continue reading

    

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

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Sometimes some anime goes beyond your expectations. Viewers have preferences of shows that really interest them and the genres that they would rather just avoid. Personally I am not normally the type to watch horror type anime, but Higurashi just stood out too much for me to let it pass. This anime really is more of a murder mystery kind of series, just with some pretty unsettling and tragic scenes mixed in.

Do note that this is the first season of a two part series which can be translated into “Questions’ and “Solutions”. The overall experience would not be complete without watching Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai afterwards.

The first season is really more about setting up the mysteries and giving clues to the viewers than answering the questions. The first few arcs makes you question what is going on, and only in the later part of this series do we start getting some answers. Higurashi at first may seem at the start like a series of mindless murders but later on really does quite a good job giving you a variety of possible theories that you can start latching onto while trying to figure out what is really going on. …continue reading

    

The Fault in a Fighting Dog’s Stars

Yowapeda's Eikichi Machimiya.

When people get down about something, they often feel the need to lash out. They sometimes don’t and repress their negative feelings. Next thing you know, things get a little out of control and those same folks don’t know what to do. Then comes in a savior who says that they can control that uncertainty and make you feel wanted.

But what if that savior may be going through the same process as his victims? Yowamushi Pedal’s Eikichi Machimiya, a central antagonist during the Inter-High’s 3rd day storyline and a character that shows how an honest individual can turn into a manipulator easily, form a crowd using their newfound ability to trick others into joining them, and be saved when the time is right.

Machimiya makes his first appearance in the story around Volume 19 of the manga/Episode 43 of the anime, where he playfully teases the favored cycling teams to win the Inter-High, Hakone Academy and Sohoku High School. Machimiya then claims that his team, Hiroshima Kureminami Technical School, will trample both of them. Both Sohoku and Hakone’s captains show some concern, but are focused on their own rivalry.

Machimiya begins to plant the seeds of doubt into the minds …continue reading

    

A Voice of Dislike Shouldn’t Be Silent

Ueno Naoka in Koe no Katachi, Chapter 61.

With Koe no Katachi ending in Chapter 62, a resolution was made for those affected by the life of the main heroine, Shoko Nishimiya. Everyone found a sense of peace with what they wanted to do because of her. However, some things remained the same in the case of Ueno Naoka, a girl who once strived for the attention of male lead Shoyo Ishida, whose eyes focused solely on Nishimiya. Some of the words she gave Ishida before the end reflect how differences will always be present and you know what, that’s okay.

In the preceding chapter, Ueno talks to Ishida about their goals after high school. The conversation takes an interesting turn when she decides to reveal a secret from their past as elementary school students. She reveals that she and her friends desperately wanted to get away from Ishida after the incident that labeled him as an outcast alongside Nishimiya back in the beginning of the series. Ueno says,

“I think they (Shimada and Hirose) wanted to erase the fact that you were ever friends…and…so did I…I’m sorry, Ishida. I wrote on your desk too.

I bad-mouthed Nishimiya-san..and put dirt in her shoes…I’m just…an awful person…Even after all this…I …continue reading