Animage November 2018

Animage November 2018: Highlight: Ares President Hino interview w/ summaries

No scans, because I didn’t buy it or have time to scan~

Special thanks to onkeikun for providing this summary!

Hino’s interview in animage nov. edition:
1) outei tsukinomiya became free after the match. although gekko electronics didn’t drop their sponsorship right away, outei is no longer being educated by the ares system
2) the children’s center that nosaka was in was full of children with high potential and various abilities that were summoned and gathered by gekko electronics. they weren’t children who had problems at home
akane was also picked by gekko because they saw some kind of talent in her
3) haizaki began soccer at grades 5-6 in elementary school, in order to bring down ares. nosaka began soccer earlier than him, probably somewhere between grades 1-3
nosaka was made to learn soccer by the children’s center because it’s a popular sport, and even as a kid he could do anything, so the higher-up people ordered him to do it
4) nosaka’s room at outei is a little bit more extravagant than what you would expect from student dorms because he’s the top in the ares cluster. it’s kind of like a business hotel room with a shower. but hino says there is no autolock on the door, probably to keep students from locking themselves in
5) hino thinks that nosaka’s parents have divorced, because after they dropped him at the children’s center, they never came to see him again. this gave nosaka a trauma that his actions are meaningless, which is why he wanted to do something that would have an affect on the world. hino says that nosaka was thirsty for love, but nosaka didn’t want to admit that about himself, so he says things that make it seem like he’s disinterested in other people
6) nosaka and nishikage met in 6th grade, which is when nishikage started to play soccer. kozoumaru also met gouenji in 6th grade. hino thinks that if nishikage met gouenji instead, nishikage would be a FW practicing fire tornado
7) michinari will return as raimon’s captain. asuto being captain is only temporary. it’s also possible that haizaki’s transfer into raimon is temporary and he’ll be returning to seishou
8) haizaki’s uniform number in raimon being 14 is a homage to kidou. haizaki also knows this, and hino will leave it to your imagination on whether it was haizaki who said he wanted the 14 uniform, or it was kidou who said he should be 14 in raimon
9) in the ares world, there are plenty of soccer matches being held so haizaki didn’t necessarily have to transfer into raimon just to beat nosaka. however, because FF is only held once a year, haizaki wanted to defeat him at FF in order to bring the greatest embarrassment to the ares program. haizaki couldn’t wait until next year’s FF
10) the apartment that haizaki lives in with his parents is actually really small for a 3-person family. it shows just how poor they are.
11) the children’s center isn’t an elementary school, it’s more like a place for after-school classes where the children also board. so nosaka goes to a regular elementary school in the day, then goes back to the children’s center at night. therefore, the children in the center aren’t necessarily being taught in the same elementary schools. the parents that leave them there find merit in the place because they’re busy with work and don’t have the time to come home to care for them
12) the ares program is used by different schools other than outei. midouin used it to bring out abilities in ares children in fields other than soccer. it’s just that at the current point in time, soccer is where he’s investing the most
13) kidou went to seishou rather than teikoku because he thought being at teikoku would bring things back to the way things were before and be unstimulating. kidou wanted a new teikoku to be made under sakuma
14) managers are different from raimon club members when they were separated into differnt schools, in that aki chose to go with endou and haruna chose to go with kidou; that’s why those two weren’t forced to go to other schools. hino thinks that endou, went he went to tonegawa, called coach hibiki to join him there too, raising tonegawa’s power by having three raimon people there
15) the teams that play against teikoku get stronger after losing because kageyama digs into their weakness during the match. although the teams lose once, this forces them to realize what their weakness is and improve on it
16) kageyama says “the pus has fallen out” during the teikoku match because, after kidou left, teikoku was not unified as a team even though they had high ability. they became weak-willed and unstable, to the point that they couldn’t even go against fudou all by himself. but they form together because they all share in common the view that kageyama is their enemy. kageyama became the bad person on purpose to help them unify
17) hino says there’s no telling if fudou transferring to teikoku was part of kageyama’s plot, but fudou chose on his own to go to teikoku. the reason why fudou was left to do as he pleased when joining teikoku’s soccer club, however, was very much part of kageyama’s plot
18) kageyama joined the ares revival program to help ares, in exchange for shortening his prison sentence. kageyama probably saw it as his chance to bring back life to the soccer world in addition to helping ares. it’s possible that midouin was also personally a fan of kageyama; midouin has connections to the government as well, and he uses money to make things go his way
19) hino says it’s possible that kiyo (the grandma coach on zeus’ team) is a god
20) daddy kira was hesitant about creating the soccer club at eisei that hitomiko proposed, because he didn’t think his son hiroto would gain anything from playing soccer. he would rather have hiroto study and become someone who would properly lead the family business. daddy kira is very strict on his son, making his love for him difficult to convey
21) tatsuya didn’t want to join the soccer club in outer code, but gives in because he really does love soccer. hino says that tatsuya is the type to do something thoroughly once he’s decided to do it (my son:heart:)
22) raimon members that are located further away from tokyo, like endou and someoka, either live in the student dorms there or in an apartment that’s furnished by the soccer association. hino thinks that hakuren has student dorms. but if it’s a place that the soccer association lent to them, it might be a nice room where they can invite their friends
23) someoka doesn’t have a combo attack with the fubukis because in this world “wyvern blizzard” hasn’t been made. someoka also isn’t on the representative team, so maybe we’ll never get to see a combo play between them? but hino says that could change depending on everyone’s support in the future
24) tatsuya didn’t tell midorikawa and the others about meeting hiroto at a young age because “he can read the atmosphere.” tatsuya kept it a secret because he thought it wasn’t something that he should be talking about freely. he also didn’t want it to get out of hand and upset his dad, especially since there were rumors that hiroto was a problem child
25) hino thinks that gouenji and kazemaru hearing everyone around them screaming “endou endou!” in the tonegawa match actually forced them to keep their cool instead of joining in with “gooo endou!”
the two listened to it and inside were thinking “endou sure is popular~”
26) for the ENTIRE YEAR, no one knew that majin the hand had a weakness on side attacks. hino thinks it’s because inamori has good insight
[1:32 PM] onkeikun: but i call bullshit
27) fuujin raijin means that endou hasn’t created a new technique IN AN ENTIRE YEAR, but hino says that he will have new techniques from here on in orion. endou was preoccupied guiding the tonegawa team in that year
28) soccer players are treated as idols in this world but they’re able to walk through towns normally, and hino explains that sometimes fans spot them on the road and just kind of look at them from a distance, rather than barging in on them in the middle of the road. there’s a possibility that there are people whispering to each other “whoooaaa, he’s eating an ice cream!” or “he’s playing a UFO catcher kyaaaa” around them
29) midouin’s goal, at the end, was making money. he wanted to promote the ares education system and sell it as a product. he didn’t have any interest in changing the world. since his business is involved in other things besides education though, he’ll be putting his investments into those fields from now on.
30) since midouin failed at promoting ares through outei, it’s likely that he’ll disappear from the soccer world now. gekko electronics itself will still be present, but the ares program will gradually fade. also, the team sponsorship in soccer association is unassociated with ares, so sponsors will continue to be there
31) the Override (that we only saw maybe once or twice LMAO) is similar to a shoot chain, but can be used in anything, it doesn’t have to be for a shoot chain.
32) the room breakup in orion at the sports center is two-people rooms: hino reveals asuto & goujin, haizaki & hiroto, ichiboshi & iwato, kazemaru & tatsuya. endou has his own room, probably because he’s captain
[1:43 PM] onkeikun: haizaki and hiroto wwwwwww
33) “ares” and “orion” are named, not due to greek mythology, but because hino wanted to use a “god of war” name. “the scales of ares” for instance, are meant to be the god of war ares holding scales, with the image that ares determines “what these people are fighting for” and how much worth and ability it holds on the scales
[1:45 PM] onkeikun: and i’m done, time to eat

News – Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin Airing Date Announced

After some delays, the airing date for the new Inazuma Eleven anime has at last been announced.

The new Inazuma Eleven anime “Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin” will begin airing on TV Tokyo from April 6 (Friday) at 5:55PM JST (Note: 12AM in Pacific Time). The first episode will be a one-hour special.

Source: TV-Tokyo
Inazuma Eleven Official Twitter

In case anyone is wondering, I won’t have the time to be doing Magazine scans + summaries or such as I have for previous series, but if anyone is willing to provide high quality scans, I might be able to squeeze in some summaries if people are interested. All with proper crediting of course!

News – Inazuma Walker Show to Stream Online

Starting September 30 at 21:00 JST (9/30 5am PST), a new monthly show called Inazuma Walker will air on Niconico and YouTube.

The hosts of the show will be LEVEL-5 CEO Hino Akikiro and Moo-chan (also from LEVEL-5). There are plans to present new information, invite special guests, and possibly air new “high quality” Inazuma Eleven anime even before the new anime starts.

Inazuma Walk Vol. 0 Program Contents:
-Presentation on the all-new original anime
-Information on “Inazuma Eleven Ares”
-Full audio commentary on “Inazuma Eleven” episode 1
-Talk corner about secret information
-Presentation of the new super-dimensional projects to come!!


Source: Famitsu
Official site

News – New Inazuma Eleven details

I’ll be brief about this and just point you all to the Siliconera article which is translated from Game’s Talk. Looking good! We should be getting much more info during LEVEL-5’s VISION conference in July.

News – LEVEL-5 VISION 2016 Date and Program Contents Announced

LEVEL-5 has announced that Vision 2016 will take place July 27, 2016, with the subtitle -NEW HEROES-.

The main topics to be presented at the conference are (order not given)
-Presentation of cross-media project #5
-Presentation of cross-media project #4 “Snack World”
-Presentation of latest news for “Youkai Watch” series
-Presentation of mystery title “I…”
-Presentation of other new title(s) in development

Time: 15:30-17:00 JST (July 26 11:30pm-1am PST)

In addition, LEVEL-5 will stream a special Niconico stream on Friday, June 24 20:00 JST (4am Pacific timezone) to make a presentation about Youkai Watch 3rd series and the mystery title “I…”

The stream will be available to Niconico users when it begins.

(I expect a full majority of the June 24 stream to be about Youkai Watch though. I’ll be asleep and will catch up later~)

News – New Inazuma Eleven Series To Be Presented at LEVEL-5 VISION 2016

New Inazuma Eleven series is in the works and we will get more information on it during this year’s LEVEL-5 VISION 2016 conference! President Hino made an obvious hint back in March by indicating that the new work in one of his previous popular titles starts with “i”. Now with the character design reveal, as well as mentions of Avatars and time travel, there’s really no denying it or thinking it’s a troll.

While we should be getting a majority of the news during the conference itself (and probably a PV for the game), President Hino is already leaking bits of information about the new series on his Twitter once again, including a character design and
making a few notes about the new series: “The new ‘i’ will be more like the original without Avatars and time travel (it’s not the time to be laughing lol), but will still have new elements that I think will surprise you. Please look forward to it! Oh, and just for the record, it won’t be about the pro league.”

*edit* LEVEL-5 VISION 2016 conference date has not been announced yet, but I will post information about it when it is available!

News – Future of Inazuma Eleven

In a recent interview with Trendy Net Nikkei, LEVEL-5 President Akihiro Hino had some things to say about his work. The interview is mostly about Youkai Watch and breaking into the Smartphone market, but there is a section about his other titles and specifically Inazuma Eleven…:

If it doesn’t bring new interest to the table, there’s no point in selling it
He was asked to give his rating of LEVEL-5’s other titles in the year 2013
Pres Hino: Our company has a lot to think over when it comes to the Inazuma Eleven, Danball Senki, and Professor Layton series. I spoke with the staff about this as well, but it seemed like we were just milking as much as we could from our past fortune. We put out new titles like Youkai Watch and Fantasy Life, but even then we thought Inazuma Eleven could be our pillar of support through it all. But that was a naive thought.

I hadn’t intended to depend on any certain series in the first place. But I thought Inazuma Eleven would be fine regardless and continue to sell. But the world isn’t that easy. If you aren’t presenting something new, customers won’t laugh at the same joke every time. I think I was being a bit naive about that aspect.

Case in point, the latest works Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy Big Bang/Supernova, Danball Senki Wars, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, etc have lower sales numbers than their predecessors. In layman’s terms, people are tired of the same thing… Even if all these series have a future, there’s no point in making more if they present nothing new.

Each of these series have their niche fans, and it’s true that many are saying “I look forward to the next game!”, but if we can’t continue presenting them something new and interesting, even those fans will part ways. If those fans are going to say “I won’t buy it this time”, then we shouldn’t force ourselves to make it. Each team is doing their best to make things right now, but there’s no point if they don’t present something new. 

Inazuma Eleven Online that’s being made with NHN PlayArt is linked to this concept of new?
Pres Hino: This title is targeted for adult users. I feel that NHN would make an appealing online version of Inazuma Eleven. I’m helping them make the game with targeting the adult audience in mind.

What do you imagine next for Inazuma Eleven?
Pres Hino: I’d like to change the gameplay altogether. Along with making it interesting, the gameplay needs to be completely new. It can’t be just another game where you collect characters, have matches and have a new system. That just makes it the same as the previous games, so I’m aiming to change the essence of the gameplay next time. If we don’t change that, even if we release a Part 7, then people will say they’ll just keep playing Part 6 (Big Bang/Supernova).

First week sales of the games to put things into perspective:
1st week sales:
Inazuma Eleven (DS): 41,474
Inazuma Eleven 2 (DS): 280,597
Inazuma Eleven 3 (DS): 505,161
Inazuma Eleven 3 Ogre (DS): 175,604
Inazuma Eleven GO Shine/Dark (3DS): 135,259
Inazuma Eleven GO 2 Neppuu/Raimei (3DS): 168,179
Inazuma Eleven Go Galaxy Big Bang/Supernova (3DS): 91,643

News – Best Eleven Movie Summer 2014 (Updated)

An official site was opened to celebrate the news of the 5-Year Anniversary Best Eleven project getting a movie to be shown in theaters starting this summer!

Inazuma Best Eleven:
Shuu, Gouenji, Tsurugi
Shindou, Kidou, Tenma, Aphrodi
Kazemaru, Kinako, Kirino
Endou (Endou Kanon reserve)

Battle Eleven:
Hakuryuu, Baddap, Matatagi
Fei, Fudou, Saru, Gran
Beta, Ozrock, Zanark
Desarm (Rococo reserve)

Related trading Card Game, manga, and character song album to be released in the future as well. Stay tuned!

Also, President Hino of Level-5 says that Inazuma Eleven series is done for now but he would like to come back to it in the near future. “Please support Youkai Watch in the meantime!”

*edit 5/9/2014*
June Animage reveals that starting June 13, TOHO cinemas around Japan will be showing the movie “Inazuma Eleven Choujigen Dream Match” for two weeks.
(The two week limit and lack of advertising worries me that they’ll only be putting this on DVD and not bluray in the future, but I guess we’ll see)

Guide – LINE Puzzle de Inazuma Eleven (PuzzInazuma)

BIG FAT NOTE: Service has been DISCONTINUED for Puzzle de Inazuma Eleven. THE GAME IS NO LONGER PLAYABLE. I’ll keep this guide up for legacy purposes, but note that this guide no longer works!

LEVEL-5 and LINE developed a free-to-play Inazuma Eleven app game, LINE Puzzle de Inazuma Eleven! Battle your way up through various stages and build a dream team of your favorite Inazuma Eleven players!

What you’ll need to play:
⚡ A smartphone device or tablet with Internet connection (reports that the App will not work on a jailbroken Apple device)
⚡ A Line account, get the App to make an account (Google | iTunes)
⚡ LINE Puzzle de Inazuma Eleven App (Google | iTunes) (Those on Android devices and are region-locked can use this method to get the App. Special thanks to Giftigu for this part of the guide!)

Everything is in Japanese but don’t let that intimidate you if you don’t know it; the gameplay is simple (especially if you’ve played other Inazuma games and/or know a bit about soccer), and you just need to remember a few buttons!

Main Menu:

Press the soccer ball next to friends’ names to send them a soccer ball! (I’ve already sent them all balls in this screenshot, so they’re greyed out) Each battle requires one soccer ball. You can get more by having friends send them to you! (And you get them free as time passes, at what rate exactly?)

Team Edit:

When you first open this menu, you’ll be presented with your current team. Tap a player to change them.
You can compare their stats before confirming (Red 決定 button).
キック: Kick (FW)
ドリブル: Dribble (MF)
ブロック: Block (DF)
キャッチ: Catch (GK)

(Update March 27, 2014): You can now “sell” off your extra characters for coins! In the Team Edit menu, hit the bottom option with the gold coins showing.

You can sell up to 10 characters at a time (no limit on selling otherwise). Just tap their image to select them and press OK when you’re ready. You can also sort browsing by レア度 (rarity) and ポジション (position). The characters currently on your team don’t show up on here, so don’t worry about them!

When you sell, you’ll get coins depending on the player’s level and star rarity. You’ll also get an extra confirmation screen if you try to sell a character with 3 stars or more. はい (yes) or いいえ (no)

You can buy Level-Up boosts (green menu) and Scratch Cards (blue menu) with the in-game Gold currency (they’re pretty pricey if you don’t spend real Yen to get extra Gold, but you can save up or just win more battles for Scratch Card prizes).

When you’re ready to start battling, hit the red Kick-Off button!

You only start with the bottom stage at first, but as you level up, you unlock more stages you can challenge. Just tap to select!

You’ll see the opponent’s team at top and yours below. You’ll also have the option to change your players to the recommended set (left yellow button) or change them yourself (right blue button), but if you’re all set, hit the red Kick-Off button.

You can choose to use a special item boost or go without any. You’ll get bombs whether you use items or not, but the boosts increase their appearance frequency and let you clear out grey panels when you tap them too. Trophies add to your final score (to get you better scratch card rewards), and yellow Inazuma symbol panels provide the largest score/damage boosts.
Hit the red Kick-Off button and you’ll use a soccer ball to commence battle!

Pause Menu:

Restart (afaik this still consumes a soccer ball, however)
To Main Menu

During Battle:
The App provides an easy visual tutorial on the gameplay when you first play.

The symbol on the top left of the screenshot says that green panels are most effective for this player.

After Victory:
Regardless of win, tie, or loss, you’ll receive experience at the end of each battle to help level you up. If you win, you’ll also receive a Scratch Card (higher score gets you better Scratch Cards).

The Scratch Card will contain at least one of the players you just fought in the battle (Bronze Card has 1, Silver has 2, Gold has 3)

This is the Scratch Card, just select one of the soccer balls to scratch it off. If you don’t get one of the players, you’ll get a boost, player level-up, or some Gold coins.

After Level-Up:
You get presents after every time you level up, just hit the red “Take all” button at the bottom when you do so!

Possible edits to come… questions etc welcome!!
Or just comment with your Line QR code lol
Let’s add each other, send each other soccer balls, and have fun!!!

News – Inazuma Eleven Series 5 Year Anniversary “Hontou ni Arigatou” Tracklist

Inazuma Eleven Series 5 Year Anniversary “Hontou ni Arigatou”
日本語タイトル: イナズマイレブンシリーズ 5周年記念「本当にありがとう」/ イナズマオールスターズ
Purchase at CDJapan
Release: February 19, 2014

CD1 (Note: CD1 is all previously released tracks)
1. Mamotte Miseru! (I’ll Protect It!)
Endou Mamoru (CV: Takeuchi Junko)

2. Soyokaze Dream (Zephyr Dream)
Matsukaze Tenma (CV: Terasaki Yuka)

3. Resistance
Kidou Yuuto (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki)

4. Honoo no Riyuu (The Reason For Flames)
Gouenji Shuuya (CV: Nojima Hirofumi)

5. Great Tamashii
Nishiki Ryouma and Zanark Avalonic (CV: Ryou Iwasaki & Konishi Katsuyuki)

6. Honoo no PURAIDO (The Pride of Flames)
Gouenji Shuuya (CV: Nojima Hirofumi), Fubuki Shirou (CV: Miyano Mamoru), Someoka Ryuugo (CV: Kase Yasuyuki)

7. Yuujou no Keshin
Amemiya Taiyou (CV: Eguchi Takuya)

8. YASASHII MIRAI (A Kind Future)
Fei Rune (CV: Kimura Akiko), Nanobana Kinako (CV: Yuuki Aoi)

9. Ice Road
Fubuki Shirou (CV: Miyano Mamoru)

10. Maji de Kansha! from Inazuma All-Stars
Endou Mamoru (CV: Takeuchi Junko)
Someoka Ryuugo (CV: Kase Yasuyuki)
Matsukaze Tenma (CV: Terasaki Yuka)
Shindou Takuto (CV: Saiga Mitsuki)
Tsurugi Kyousuke (CV: Oohara Takashi)

CD2 (Note: Many familiar songs but with all new recordings and different characters participating!)
1. Mata ne… no Kisetsu (Season of See You Again…)
Inazuma All-Stars
Endou Mamoru (CV: Takeuchi Junko), Gouenji Shuuya (CV: Nojima Hirofumi), Kidou Yuuto (CV: Yoshino Hiroyuki), Kazemaru Ichirouta (CV: Nishigaki Yuka), Fubuki Shirou (CV: Miyano Mamoru)
Matsukaze Tenma (CV: Terasaki Yuka), Shindou Takuto (CV: Saiga Mitsuki), Kariya Masaki (CV: Tai Yuuki), Manabe Jun’ichirou (CV: Nojima Hirofumi)

Kirino Ranmaru (CV: Kobayashi Yuu)

3. Erabareshi Monotachi (The Chosen Ones)
Matatagi Hayato (CV: Ishikawa Kaito). Kusaka Ryuuji (CV: Okabayashi Fumihiro), Minaho Kazuto (CV: Yonaga Tsubasa), Manabe Jun’ichirou (CV: Nojima Hirofumi), Tetsukado Shin (CV: Tai Yuuki)

Shindou Takuto (CV: Saiga Mitsuki), Ibuki Munemasa (CV: Suzuki Tatsuhisa)

5. Ryuusei Boy
Kino Aki (CV: Orikasa Fumiko), Otonashi Haruna (CV: Sasaki Hinako), Raimon Natsumi (CV: Kobayashi Sanae)

Sorano Aoi (CV: Kitahara Sayaka)

7. Te wo Tsunagou
Shindou Takuto (CV: Saiga Mitsuki), Kirino Ranmaru (CV: Kobayashi Yuu), Seto Midori (CV: Mina)

8. Raimon Junior High School Theme
Endou Mamoru (CV: Takeuchi Junko), Kabeyama Heigorou (CV: Tano Megumi)
Matsukaze Tenma (CV: Terasaki Yuka), Tsurugi Kyousuke (CV: Oohara Takashi), Nishizono Shinsuke (CV: Tomatsu Haruka), Kariya Masaki (CV: Tai Yuuki), Kageyama Hikaru (CV: Fujimura Ayumu), Sorano Aoi (CV: Kitahara Sayaka)
Kino Aki (CV: Orikasa Fumiko), Otonashi Haruna (CV: Sasaki Hinako), Raimon Natsumi (CV: Kobayashi Sanae)

9. Bokutachi no Shiro (Our Castle)
Matsukaze Tenma (CV: Terasaki Yuka), Tsurugi Kyousuke (CV: Oohara Takashi), Shindou Takuto (CV: Saiga Mitsuki), Nishizono Shinsuke (CV: Tomatsu Haruka), Kirino Ranmaru (CV: Kobayashi Yuu), Sorano Aoi (CV: Kitahara Sayaka), Seto Midori (CV: Mina), Yamana Akane (CV: Yurin)

10. Hontou ni Arigatou! (Thank You So Much!)
Endou Mamoru (CV: Takeuchi Junko), Matsukaze Tenma (CV: Terasaki Yuka)

Samples on Official Site!