Animage June 2012

Animage June 2012
Highlight: Inazuma’s 2012 Grand Prix TakeoverKobayashi Yuu (Kirino Ranmaru), Tai Yuuki (Kariya Masaki) interview, Nishigaki Yuka (Kazemaru Ichirouta) interview, Terasaki Yuka (Matsukaze Tenma), Oohara Takashi (Tsurugi Kyousuke), Maeno Tomoaki (Tsurugi Yuuichi) interview w/ summaries

As of July 15, 2012, I will no longer be providing scans of poster images publicly. It has come to my attention that disrespectful people on facebook, tumblr and the like are posting my images with the watermark literally cut off. These people apparently don’t understand the difference between media creations and outright stealing. Lamers.

Poster (those without access will not see the image):


*most of the Grand Prix scans are only 96 dpi since they’re just for reference…

✿ Since he’s always been a mecha fan, Tai Yuuki draws a profile image of the “mecha-like” Lancelot without any references. He notes that he’s no match the master (Kobayashi Yuu-san)’s art (lol).
✿ Kobayashi Yuu draws “mischevious Kariya-san” with “chastising Ranmaru-san”, a complementary image to the Shindou-san and Ranmaru-san illustration she drew in Princess Animage Spring 2012.
✿ Tai’s photo: Tai imagines Kariya’s Avatar would share the color theme of his hair, so a blue one like Sea King Poseidon. Thus, his photo is with seashells and the like.
✿ Kobayashi’s photo: Kobayashi imagines Kirino’s Avatar to be very bright with lots of flowers, like a pink angel. Thus, her photo is with lots of flower petals.
✿ For the final episode of the original Inazuma Eleven series, the ~30 voice actors of the episode all gathered up to say the final “That’s all!” after the episode proverb. It was the sound director’s (Mima Masafumi) idea.
✿ “Mata ne no Kisetsu” was Nishigaki’s first character song, so she had extra rehearsal days while the other 4 members didn’t need them since they were already accustomed to doing character songs.
✿ Nishigaki’s photo: In previous photos, she was always conscious of Kazemaru’s style, but this time she went for “Nishigaki style”. Spring fairy.
✿ Oohara notes that in the different Chrono Stone timelines from the first 4 eps, Tsurugi strayed off the path of being a normal, happy kid either way… XD
✿ For the Tsurugi brothers duet “Onaji Yume wo Miteru”, Maeno sung first and Oohara went afterwards.
✿ Oohara notes that in the Animage image of the young Tsurugi brothers, only Kyousuke’s face is dirty after playing soccer while Yuuichi’s face is all fine. Kyousuke probably tripped while trying to do Bakunetsu screw again~

Animage 34th Grand Prix (2012) results (Inazuma’s takeover spots :V)
✿ Top Anime
1. Inazuma Eleven GO – 2065 votes
2. Inazuma Eleven – 1108 votes
16. Inazuma Eleven the Movie ~Attack of the Strongest Army, Ogre~ – 124 votes

✿ Top Episodes
1. Inazuma Eleven: The Kickoff Towards Tomorrow! (127) – 696 votes
3. Inazuma Eleven: The Tearful Graduation Ceremony! (127) – 328 votes
5. Inazuma Eleven GO: Revive! Our Soccer!! (24) – 267 votes
6. Inazuma Eleven GO: Explosion! Ultimate Thunder!! (17) – 201 votes
7. Inazuma Eleven GO: Tsurugi’s Secret! (11) – 195 votes
9. Inazuma Eleven: Conclusion at Last! Number One in the World!! (125) – 140 votes
11. Inazuma Eleven GO: He’s Back! (25) – 116 votes
12. Inazuma Eleven GO: Qualifications of the Captain (8… Animage incorrectly put this as ep 21) – 110 votes
15. Inazuma Eleven GO: Fierce Fight On the Ice! VS Hakuren Jr. High!! (27) – 105 votes
16. Inazuma Eleven GO: Magnificent Tactics! Kidou VS Aphrodi!! (30) – 102 votes
17. Inazuma Eleven GO: The Autumn Sky Challengers! (21) – 99 votes
18. Inazuma Eleven GO: The Fearsome Cyclone Stadium! (23) – 93 votes

Personal notes: 12/20 just for Inazuma. All Inazuma episodes are awesome. ;D

✿ Top Males
1. Kirino Ranmaru – 351
2. Kariya Masaki – 345
3. Kazemaru Ichirouta – 316
4. Tsurugi Kyousuke – 299
6. Shindou Takuto – 215
7. Fubuki Shirou – 189
9. Minamisawa Atsushi – 177
12. Sakuma Jirou – 104
14. Kiyama Hiroto – 98
16. Matsukaze Tenma – 67
17. Fudou Akio – 58
19. Kidou Yuuto – 52

Personal notes: 12/21 for Inazuma. Tai Yuuki’s comments about Kariya placing 2nd: “Frankly, I’m surprised. I can’t even keep up with how popular the series and the characters are. Kariya even showed only from the middle of the series yet he took 2nd place, I feel kind of sorry about that. I’m so grateful to be able to participate in a work that has so many people supporting it.”

✿ Top Females
1. Otonashi Haruna – 323
2. Seto Midori – 252
3. Sorano Aoi – 206
6. Yamana Akane – 148
8. Kino Aki – 99
12. Raimon Natsumi – 76
17. Kudou Fuyuka – 66
18. Zaizen Touko – 64

Personal notes: 8 made it to this top 20 list, pushing out all K-On characters save for one. For a series that only has like a dozen females who have had somewhat significant roles, this is awesome. AND THEY ARE ALL AWESOME

✿ Top Seiyuu
1. Miyano Mamoru (Fubuki Shirou) – 721
2. Kaji Yuuki (Minamisawa Atsushi, Fudou Akio, Ichinose Kazuya) – 716
3. Kobayashi Yuu (Kirino Ranmaru) – 531
4. Shimono Hiro (Fidio Aldena, Handa Shin’ichi) – 357
5. Kamiya Hiroshi (Baddap Sleed) – 316
6. Nishigaki Yuka (Kazemaru Ichirouta) – 311
7. Sawashiro Miyuki (Shuu) – 203
8. Yoshino Hiroyuki (Kidou Yuuto) – 174
10. Fukuyama Jun (Hakuryuu) – 148
13. Saiga Mitsuki (Shindou Takuto) – 133
14. Oohara Takashi (Tsurugi Kyousuke) – 121
15. Nakamura Yuuichi (Genda Koujirou, Mark Krugar, others) – 116
19. Sugita Tomokazu (Edgar Valtinas) – 99

Personal notes: 13/20 had significant roles in Inazuma. Whoa, that’s a really close second for Kajikaji. Some voices are obviously voted for other roles (ie Sugita for Gintama, and Kaji especially had other major roles throughout the year), but it is still astounding how certain ones are voted solely because of their Inazuma Eleven role. Kobayashi, Nishigaki and Oohara in particular. Also, unless I was just hearing a good soundalike, Okamoto Nobuhiko (#9) was in the trailer for the upcoming Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone game…

✿ Top Anime songs
1. Inazuma Eleven Ed 7 – Mata ne… no Kisetsu – 841
3. Inazuma Eleven GO Op 2 – Naseba Naru no sa Nanairo Tamago – 397
4. Inazuma Eleven GO Op 1 – Ten Made Todoke! – 212
7. Inazuma Eleven GO Ed 2 – Kanari Junjou – 116
9. Inazuma Eleven Op 6 – Bokura no Goal! – 67
13. Inazuma Eleven GO the Movie Ed – Saikyou de Saikou – 55
19. Inazuma Eleven Ed 6 – Shining Power – 44

Personal notes: 4 T-Pistonz+KMC songs in there, win~
A littttle surprised about Shining Power making top 20 since I heard the single didn’t do as well as others for Berryz (feel free to show me the numbers if that’s the wrong assumption XD), and Ryuusei Boy/Maji Bomber were much more popular in other Inazuma Eleven polls. But Animage voters also tend to vote newer things in general. That also shows with the TPK songs they voted for!

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