Animage May 2011

Animage May 2011
Highlight: Character Song Original Album Comments w/ summaries

Animage May 2011 – Character Song Original Album Comments

Many of these comments overlap with Character Song Messages From the Voice Actors that were posted on the Up-front Works site, but these Animage comments were probably done sometime later.

Questions:
1. Please tell us your impressions or any specifics about your song.
2. What part of the melody or lyrics brings out your character?
3. For those who sang in “Raimon Junior High School Theme”, please tell us the main points of the song.
4. Finally, please give a message to the fans in the character’s personality.

Takeuchi Junko (Endou Mamoru)
Mamotte Miseru! (I’ll Protect It!)
Raimon Junior High School Theme
1. This wasn’t my first time singing as Endou, so I didn’t have as much trouble. This time was a solo by myself, so I figured it would be Endou-kun no matter what i did with it, and that way I found it much easier to do.
For the School Theme, I had to be careful not to overdo it or it wouldn’t be sound like a School Theme, but singing beautifully isn’t much like Endou-kun, so it made me nervous in another way.
2. The lyrics “sungee” was so much like Endou-kun! Endou-kun’s good points are his sun-like smile, and his resolve to not run away from a match. He’s both cute and cool, so even when he sings, he’s both smiling and being serious… I’m sure his expression would be changing a lot.
3. I figured Endou-kun was accustomed to this song from start to end, and he had a lot of pride in it, so that’s what I had in mind as I sung it. While thinking about how he came to Raimon Jr. High and expanded the soccer there with all the friends he met, and thinking about their bonds, he fills the song with the hopes of making those memories everlasting. Because of these guys, I’m here, and we will head onto the next stage… That’s what I end up thinking about whenever I hear this School Theme.
4. Even when we’ve graduated, everyone should come to Raimon Jr. High! That’s all!

Nojima Hirofumi (Gouenji Shuuya)
Honoo no Riyuu (The Reason For Flames)
1. The key of the melody fit Gouenji’s character more, so it was easier, and I think I was able to make it more Gouenji-like.
2. All of Gouenji’s feelings are encompassed in this song, so it was easier to put emotion into the song. He looks like the cool (aloof) type, but he’s actually quite passionate about things. The song probably reveals that.
4. I don’t sing on a normal basis, and frankly I’m not great at it. But I did my best for this, so please give it a listen!

Yoshino Hiroyuki (Kidou Yuuto)
Hitomi no Naka no Shouri (The Victory Within the Eyes)
1. Singing really is difficult…
2. As the playmaker of the pitch, since it’s Kidou, you can get the image of game strategizing when you listen.
4. Hope you like it!!

Nishigaki Yuka (Kazemaru Ichirouta)
{her comments are REALLY long and mostly the same as the previous questionnaire, so I’m just summarizing}
Mai Agare! (Let It Soar!)
1. It was my first solo, so I was really nervous, but I started rewatching from episode one, reading the lyrics and listening to the melody while imagining how Kazemaru felt, how to express his feelings in singing and such. On recording day, I also received a lot of good advice from the staff.
While singing “Mata ne… no Kisetsu” and “Saikyou de Saikou”, the songs give off the image of the fun that it is to sing with friends, but “Mai Agare!” is when I sang with the image of Kazemaru expressing himself straightforwardly while thinking about his friends. I’ll be really happy if people listen to the song while imagining Kazemaru singing with a smile and running under the blue sky.
2. The title “Mai Agare!” is full of Kazemaru of course, but also all of the lyrics are overflowing with his likeness. No matter where you start reading them, you can think of him.
4. This album is the proof that we, with all of our friends, fought through to the end with all we had. I’ll never forget all the memories we made together.

Miyano Mamoru (Fubuki Shirou)
{more summarizing}
1. “Ice Road” is a song done with Atsuya, is what I believe. In the end, Atsuya’s existence is the most important to Shirou. Thinking about that, my chest feels tight. But that’s not all there is to it; at the end, there’s still hope, and even if it’s sad, this song is also warm somehow.
2. First off, the beautiful melody lines are very much like Fubuki. But as I read the lyrics, I break down into tears…
4. I can’t just go off speaking for Fubuki-kun, so I’ll borrow some of his lines and say one thing as Miyano! (lol) Please listen to this character song album filled with Fubuki-kun and the others’ feelings, and let’s all become like the wind!!

Mizushima Takahiro (Kiyama Hiroto)
1. Character songs are hard to do. No, the song itself was hard to do… But I think it ended as a song very much like Hiroto.
2. The lyrics are like Hiroto, the words he say definitely give off that feeling, and although the melody is pretty cool from the get-go, it’s also passionate and filled with emotion.
3. My song… Although it’s a bit embarrassing, please listen if you’d like!

Tano Megumi (Kabeyama Heigorou)
1. It was my first time singing as Kabeyama, so I brought the album jacket picture made by the staff and sang while looking at it. I sang while imagining new students to the school would be listening to it.
2. I remember thinking “just what I’d expect from the Inazuma Eleven’s scriptwriter Tomioka Atsuhiro-san. They’re lyrics that only someone who has been so involved with Inazuma Eleven would be able to write. And Mitsuda Yasunori-san’s melody!! It’s the epitome of “Inazuma Eleven”!!
3. It sounds like an actual School Theme, so I was able to stand up to the mic feeling like I was singing a school theme. Thanks to Takeuchi-captain, I think it went well.
4. It’s a CD we all put our heart into!! I’ll be happy if everyone feels a little bit better from listening. We’ll keep working with all we’ve got! Please keep cheering us on!!

Questions:
1. Please tell us your impressions or any specifics about your song.
2. To bring out your character, what kind of struggles did you have? Or what kind of feelings did you put into the song?
3. Please tell us about the special characteristics of the unit and your character’s position in the unit.
4. Finally, please give a message to the fans in the character’s personality.

Kaji Yuuki (Fudou Akio)
1. To think the day would come when I would sing as “Fudou”… (lol). We were able to see another face to him.
2. Although it was all pretty much lines… (lol). I did it with the intentions of making it cool and sexy.
3. At all points, it was the “aloof, charismatic Fudou-kun.”
4. Who gives about any of this, just let me play soccer.

Mine Nobuya (Tobitaka Seiya)
1. It was my first time ever having a character song, so I was both nervous and anxious, but thanks to all the staff, I think we came up with a great piece of work.
2. It was mostly lines, so when it came to the song parts, it was pretty smooth riding to get into character. Tobitaka’s solo was about the time when he first started out and had a lot of hesitations, so I sang while remembering those times.
3. This party consisted of 3 delinquents (?) and one bright mood maker by the name of Tsunami, and I’m sure any InaIre fan would grin at it. Compared to the other two delinquents, Tobitaka has a more old-style and headstrong feel to his character.
4. Usu. It’s a CD my friends and I put our souls into singing. Listen to it at LEAST 100 times over!!

Sakaguchi Shuuhei (Tsunami Jousuke)
1. The recording went with a really good rhythm, so I had a fun time from start to end sing(?)ing this.
2. I took notice of each of the three guys’ (Someoka, Tobitaka, Fudou) situation. About what feelings I put into it while singing… “Riding it” of course.
3. At first I thought “Tsunami isn’t BAD”, but after reading the lyrics, it makes more sense to me. Tsunami must be the lead to the this song? Just a thought.
4. Okay, guys! I dun really know why but we’re singing. Well, there aren’t any waves or soccer or songs I can’t ride! It came out pretty nice, so look forward to it.

Kase Yasuyuki (Someoka Ryuugo)
1. Impressions… in one phrase, it was tons of fun! The four’s balance was nice, and I think we got every part down pat!
2. The lyrics were very much like Someoka, so it really wasn’t too difficult. I did it with every thought of “Someoka Ryuugo”!
3. It’s supposed to be the group of four baddies in the gang, but Tsunami being a baddie… Someoka, more than being a baddie himself, is just the type to say what he thinks straight out, from the start (lol). Like an older brother. I thought it was nice!
4. Everyone, please listen to the song the four of us sang! It’s a realllllly awesome piece!

Shimono Hiro (Fidio Aldena)
1. I’m truly happy I got to participate. This is a work I have a lot of personal feelings for, and I never thought we’d actually get character songs, so I got some really nice memories out of this.
2. It’s a song fit for the opening ceremony, so I sang while thinking of that. It’d be a piece I think would be fun to sing with everyone at karaoke. For my character, I guess it’s the “Odin Sword” part (lol).
3. The others in the group all had much deeper voices than me, I thought it’d be a little strange, but the unison actually worked out quite well.
4. Please listen to this CD full of everyone’s feelings! If you all sing along with us, it’d make me really happy!!

Sugita Tomokazu (Edgar Valtinas)
1. Singing is difficult, but under the name of soccer, I came to pass it through with team plays, and that’s how I went through with the recording.
2. The very concept of the character singing is different from the image he presents, so there were quite a few struggles in doing this.
3. These are all opponents to the main protagonist of the story, but there were times when we all cooperated. I took careful notice of everyone’s feelings in the group of four.
4. It was a fight befit of the pride of the knight. I would be grateful if you all enjoyed it!

Nakamura Yuuichi (Mark Kruger)
1. There weren’t many chances to go all out with the national teams, so being able to sing with the rest of the gang like this was really fun.
2. It was short, but I put a lot of thought into how to do the solo part. Like Mark, it had to be gentle, but still firm. I hope that came through in the song.
3. The image of all the national teams gathered together fits with this. As the captain, Mark did his best to do his part for Dylan as well.
4. This piece has many feelings embedded within. Please give it a listen!

Majima Junji (Teres Tolue)
1. I haven’t had many opportunities to sing character songs, so I was pretty nervous. It went smoother than I thought though.
2. Teres is the one famous for his defense as the “infallible stronghold of the Andes”! I did my best to give his part strength.
3. I was only defender in the unit, I wondered if I really fit in sometimes.
4. I’m not great at singing… but I did my best. Please accept our “cheers”.

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