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Things have become finalized very quickly moving into the new year for Denno Coil. The official site has just been updated again, and this time they have finally put up a normal web page layout to replace the "under construction"-style single image they had before. All the previously available information is now easier to browse. The image is new, though it's a little harder to tell who drew it. It's a lot cleaner in terms of line than the other drawings, so it looks like it might have been drawn by Honda, or perhaps it's a much more recent drawing by Iso. The voice-actors were announced. I notice the voice-actors of Arusu and Shiela from another recent NHK show, Tweeny Witches, are involved, as is Pak Romi, whom I remember Iso praising in the interview on Childhood's End. Interestingly enough, Shinnosuke's voice-actor Akiko Yajima is even there.
Most importantly, it has finally been confirmed that Denno Coil will in fact be broadcast on one of the terrestrial NHK stations, namely NHK Educational (NHK Kyoiku). It seemed too good to be true when they mentioned NHK originally, so I thought it would be the satellite station, but such was not the case, and Denno Coil will indeed be broadcast on a TV station received by every single household in Japan. And even more impressively, the time slot is 6:30PM on Saturdays, smack in the middle of prime time on a great day. I think you really couldn't ask for much better than that in terms of maximal nationwide exposure. That's pretty impressive considering the fact that few people outside of a few hardcore animator fans have probably even heard of Mitsuo Iso.
Broadcasting is now scheduled to begin in mid-May.
Oh, and finally, we now have an English sub-title for the series: Coil a Circle of Children.
Here's a translation of the basic staff:
Created, Written and Directed by: Mitsuo Iso
Animation Character (Designer): Takeshi Honda
Animation Chiefs: Toshiyuki Inoue & Takeshi Honda
(Ep) Animation Directors: Takeshi Honda, Masami Itatsu, Kiyotaka Oshiyama, Ayako Hata, Ei Inoue, Toshiyuki Inoue, et al.
(Ep) Storyboard/Directors: Kazuya Murata, Akitoshi Yokoyama, Shinsaku Sasaki, Tadashi Hiramatsu, Masaru Yasukawa, Kazuya Nomura, et al.
Art Director: Goroku Hiroshi (Ogura Workshop)
Color Design: Terumi Nakauchi
Music: Tsuneyoshi Saito
Animation Produced by Madhouse
Executive Production: Denno Coil Production Committee, Tokuma Shoten, Bandai Visual, NHK Enterprise
Yasako: Tomiko Orikasa
Isako: Houko Kuwashima
Kyoko: Akiko Yajima
Haraken: Pak Romi
Fumie: Sachiko Kojima
Daichi: Rie Saito
Mega-baa: Reiko Suzuki
Oba-chan: Junko Noda
Akira: Yumiko Kobayashi
Denpa: Kikumi Umeda
Gachagiri: Mayumi Yamaguchi
Namecchi: Yusuke Numata
This is sort of too good to be true. Iso’s genius at primetime around the whole of Japan? Those folks are too damn lucky…
But on the other hand, I am also worried about what kind of pressure has been placed on Iso. I can only hope that the producers who had the foresight to get this project on such a slot are similarly wise enough not to place undue expectations on the show.
I really hope they aren’t expecting it to be another 社会現象 or whatever.
Well written! Thank you, Mr. E! I am just wondering if you are interested in Japanese movies–which I am; can you write some stuff about that area?
rp: I’d be surprised if they were actively aiming for that sort of thing. I think they’re just trying to create something of legitimate high quality. If that sort of thing follows, then it will have been deserved, rather than fished for. Hard to say anything before it airs, tho.
mush: Thanks. Yes, I’m definitely interested in J movies, though I haven’t seen many new ones lately. (apart from a cool Imamura Shohei retrospective going on right now here in Vancouver - going to see Vengeance is Mine on the big screen tonight) I’ll try to write more about J movies and stuff in the future.
Mr. ET, thanks for the reply. I’ve actually watched “Vengeance is Mine” a few years ago; it’s an odd, yet a typical Japanese movie. Very stylish I must say. I liked it not trying to justifying the murderer; I also fancy its back-and-forth plot pattern. I am looking forward to your futures posts about Japanese movies.
Last scan from Animaje, i think this time there’s an interview with Iso…
(thx to 2chan)