JUMP SUPER STAGE EX Hello to everybody watching. It's time for JUMP FESTA 2023,JUMP SUPER STAGE EX, BLEACH Stage! We started off with the ending sequenceof the splendid first episode of BLEACH. Yes…Thank you very much… Who are you commenting as?! When I saw it, all my memories from back thencame flooding in… MATSUZAWA-san, wait, are you crying already? Well, I am…because,.
All those years working together on the anime… oh, not that I was part of it. Sounds like it's your story! Not us![Commenting like a cast member!] Were you there?Were you there in the studio with us? I am your host today, my name isChiaki Matsuzawa. First, let's have the casts introduce themselves.Starting with him! “I'm a Substitute Soul Reaper, ICHIGO KUROSAKI.” I'm MASAKAZU MORITA, playingICHIGO KUROSAKI. Thanks for having me! “On my honor as a Quincy…”.
I'm NORIAKI SUGIYAMA, playing URYU ISHIDA.Thanks for having me today. “Dance…Sodenoshirayuki.” I'm FUMIKO ORIKASA, playing RUKIA KUCHIKI.Thank you for having me! “Come. We'll let strength decide, eh?” I'm KENTARO ITO, playing RENJI ABARAI. “Scatter…Senbonzakura.” I'm RYUTARO OKIAYU, playing BYAKUYA KUCHIKI.Thank you for having me! Today, we will be looking closely into thecharms of the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc, and episodes behind the scenes, so…
…we have one more very special guest. The author of BLEACH, TITE KUBO-Sensei! I'm TITE KUBO. Thanks for having me today. It's been quite a while since KUBO-Senseilast appeared on JUMP FESTIVAL. Right, it's been a while.[Last time was two years ago!] KUBO-Sensei, so the Thousand-Year Blood WarArc has finally begun. What are your thoughts on that now? I feel relieved. We had been preparing this for many years.
And finally we were able to shape it intosomething we can present to the world. So, I'm relieved. You're relieved, that's what first came into your mind? We can only imagine how much workwent into preparing this. So, let's talk about the charms ofthe Thousand-Year Blood War Arc. We had everyone choose their “My Best Scene”out of the scenes that have been aired. We will watch the scene, and hear yourthoughts on why you chose the scene. First, let's start with MORITA-san. This is the scene I chose.
Okay then… For me, it's… the last episode, 366, of the first series… …ended with the line, “See you guys…”, and this series beginning with “Okay then…”is very likely of ICHIGO. – It's not, “I'm back”.- Right! “I'm back” may be a little odd. No, but for ICHIGO it may be connected. It starts with “Okay then…”.
– And that BGM, it's like, “Oooh, it's starting again!”- That's right! – It's great that it starts off with “Number One”.- Yes, it's very good. They really finished up this scene nicely. – Finished it up nicely!- I really thought it was awesome. KUBO-Sensei, this scene is a little differentfrom the original manga, isn't it? Oh, yes, it is. – It's a new scene for the anime?- Well… I think the Bankai is simply a bonus shotfrom the director. Oh, so like, let's go at it from the start.
That one's not my idea! But actually, the director, and… the anime team give me a lot of suggestions. And they are, well, they're really thinkingabout the fans. So, I try to include them as much as possible. I see. Next, we'll watch SUGIYAMA-san's choice… Um, before we watch this scene, because I know you'll say,”SUGIYAMA, why this scene?”.
Gosh, don't give excuses even beforewe watch it! I know, but it's a bit short, so… …well, let's watch it, here it is. We're here! I brought some delicious bread!! Oh, you're awake! Thank goodness! You sure you want to claim thatthey're delicious? Those bread are leftovers,meaning they didn't sell well, right? Fine. No bread for those who say such things!.
INOUE's right. You're the one who always enjoys them the most. Talk about ungrateful. I agree. Shut up! Okay, let's eat. – She dropped the cola…- I think he'd like this yakisoba bread. Let's save it for him. You're only saying that cuz you don't want it.
There. You may think,”Didn't you have any other scenes to choose?” But if you rewatch the first ten episodes, I think you'll be like, “Oh, I see, I understand.” On the test rehearsal of this scene, I thought maybe if I say it a little more comically,ICHIGO's reaction will stand out, so I tried that out. But the director said, “URYU's character is serious, so let's go witha serious version,” and it ended up like that. I want to hear the test version of URYU's lines,that the director didn't accept. Your comical attempt of URYU's lines.
– Let's hear it!- Don't you all want to hear it? – Now? – Don't you want to hear it?- Here?! You're raising the bar everyone, be cautious!Be cautious, everyone! – Wow…what an outcome…really?!- Well, if you all say so… I think he'd like this yakisoba bread.Let's save it for him. You're only saying that cuz you don't want it. – Ooooh!- It's a bit different from the normal URYU, I see. I thought, he may be saying it a little lightly,expecting ICHIGO to react to it. – I see!- But in this scene, we went with the serious version.
So, that was the yakisoba bread scene. – But this really was a “Best Scene”.- Yes, It was a “Best Scene” in many ways. Something you can only hear in JUMP FESTA! Thank you very much. So, next we have ORIKASA-san's “My Best Scene”. Okay. This is “My Best Scene”! ICHIGO… RUKIA!.
Is it all right for you to talk?! She just said our condition was stable… Weren't you listening, you idiot…? It seems your mouth is working just fine… It's been a while…but I lifted the ban on “idiot”!! – Lifted the ban! – Lift the ban!- That's why you chose this! I also felt, “We finally reunited!”, as well,in my heart, but in light of the circumstances, though I'm weakened, I slipped in “idiot”.It's something like that!.
You say that with such a big smile! – So, that “idiot” meant “long time no see”.- Yes. – Yeah. Like, “How've you been?” You're the one in the bed!! So, we watched the “idiot” scene from Episode 8. Now let's hear from ITO-san. Okay, this is the scene I selected! It's the GATONDEN (Bowing Pig Palace) scene. (Welcome!).
(I'm so glad you came, ICHIGO, RENJI!Welcome to my Gatonden!)They're visiting Squad Zero. (I'm gonna take good care of both of you!)Well, the first episode starts off cool,but as it goes along… (Seriously…! Is there no one but idiots in this place?!)…and we join the team, suddenly you seea lot more deformed expressions. – It starts to become a parody.- Exactly. (Sikuyoro, whazzup!)Then we go to HOOHDEN and this guy appears. (Pow, pow, pow! Hey!)I love this, I love it. (Trade places with me…I can't keep up with this guy's vibe…) (You idiot! I can't keep up with it, either!) In the serious story, there are sudden moments,.
Here and there, that are comical…comedy scenes, and the moment I did that with ICHIGO for thefirst time in a while, – I thought, this sort of vibe is also BLEACH.- Yes, I agree. Next, we have OKIAYU-san's “My Best Scene”. This is the scene I chose as “My Best Scene”! In this first run, BYAKUYA didn't have many scenes, but the first battle was pretty intense. (Bankai… Senbonzakura Kageyoshi.) – I just want everyone to watch my highlight scene.- Your highlight scene!.
– Your beauty! Your beauty!- Captain, you were awesome! – Was I?- Yes, you know how to do it, captain. The Reiwa version Senbonzakura also has awhole new punch to it. Yes, it was different.(My Bankai…was stolen!!) But I'm in pretty big trouble, really. This was so tough to watch…I was like, Senbonzakura is… Brother BYAKUYA's!! You're not worthy of using it!.
Do you understand? What…why did we cast this fan here today? Sorry, but really!! – That perfect BYAKUYA-sama being…- She's a precious representative of the fans! …put in such a state…I was so devastatedback then, when I read that page. I understand, I was shocked when I readthat page in the manga, too. I was so shocked that I closed the bookfor a moment. So, we watched the etherial and beautiful scene. And actually, TITE KUBO-Sensei also chosehis “My Best Scene”, let's watch his choice.
Now then… Shall we? Kirchenlied (Church Song). Sankt Zwinger (Sanctuary Praise)! This is a Quincy's ultimate defensive incantationthat combines offense and defense! Step into this and you will be torn apartby God's light!! This is like a final battle in a sense. I told you, you cannot harm me!!! – It's one tasteful battle.- Really! – It's really tasteful…
The dead. The ashes of those who perished by my flame. Give me a hand. And I will give you… A moment's joy of battle. Zanka no Tachi, Minami (South). Kakajumanokushidaisojin! This is it…this…
– This is scary…- This is the one I wanted to see the most. What… What the hell… …is this?! This is… Kakajumanokushidaisojin. – We couldn't take our eyes off of that.- Totally. Could you tell us why you chose this scene? Yes. I simply enjoyed drawing this sceneduring the series.
A middle-aged man and an old man werefighting for weeks on SHONEN JUMP, I was wondering if that was okay whenI was working on it. Also, I had come up with GENRYUSAI'sBankai and moves a long time ago, and I wanted to draw it, so I was finally able to bring that out. Also, the director told me he willreally put his efforts into this scene, so I was looking forward to watching it. – This scene was just shocking.- It really was. – I always wanted to see Old Man Yama's Bankai.- Everyone did.
And wanted to see him fight. And when he did, it was like,wow, he is extremely powerful! Like, oh, Thousand-Year Blood War Arcmust be ending soon. Yes, his power had such great impact. I thought, oh, YHWACH is dead!We got this guy! Then, that unexpected outcome…happens. For me, a fan of Old Man Yama,it was too shocking. I thought, what have you done, Sensei?! And for this anime, the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc,.
KUBO-Sensei is not only the author of the originalmanga, but but also the General Supervisor, and he supervised original scenes for the animethat are not in the original manga. Let's look at a few of those original scenes. Bankai… Koko Gongyo Rikyu. It was a magnificent Bankai. He wasn't able to defeat me, but… His Bankai left a permanent scar …on my forehead.
Originally, this CHOJIRO SASAKIBE's Bankaiwas not created for the anime. There's an app game of BLEACH calledBLEACH Brave Souls, and in it, when the character appears, they couldn't make KOKO GONGYO RIKYUinto a movie, so they asked me how this Bankai works. So, I drew illustrations and gave it to them. – So, that finally came out in this anime.- Yes, as a movie. Wow…the viewers of the anime werealso surprised, because it was new to them. We could finally see what that Bankai was like,.
And how he got the scar. Sensei also told us a scene he looked forwardto seeing in the anime, which is this scene. This…it hurts to say “looking forward to”this scene… Bankai. When I think of ISANE… -You're going there?! – ISANE?!- Oh, there…? – Maybe that's a little off…!- Okay, let's bring it down a bit. – Sorry… I'm really sorry… Playtime is over.
This was also a scene I enjoyed drawingduring the series. When we discussed where to end the first run, I said GENRYUSAI and KENPACHI's battleswere the ones I most enjoyed drawing, so I'd like to start with those. When I was doing the series, due to the tempo or the flow or the series, there were certain plots I came up withan idea for, but scrapped. So, I dug up some of those ideas from my memosand gave it to them. That's good.
– “That's good”?- I smell something good there. – “That's good”!- Like, learning something new like you already knew it. We have been watching everyone's”My Best Scenes”, but there is another video that we wouldlike you all to watch. We have a video message from someone,here it is! He's sort of kawaii. I'm TAGUCHI, the director of BLEACH:Thousand-Year Blood War Arc. Hello everyone. [BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War ArcDirector TOMOHISA TAGUCHI] [We have interviewed director TAGUCHIfor some more exclusive info on the anime!].
[How did you feel when you became directorof the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc?] It's a series with a history, sort of,it's been running for a long period of time, and I was also a fan of the manga myself, so I wasn't sure if I could direct sucha distinguished series. [What is your “My Best Scene”?] In Episode 7, where ICHIGO becomes infuriatedafter BYAKUYA is beaten. Raindrops fall onto ICHIGO, which is actually ICHIGO's Spiritual Pressure, and they gradually evaporate…
…and the evaporated mist wrap aroundICHIGO's body. While recreating the cut from the original manga, we were able to successfully interpret thatinto animation effects, so that was a memorable scene. [Do you have any memorable episodesfrom your meetings with KUBO-Sensei?] He said that I could aggressively cut the gag scenes, and that sort of surprised me. He said, if the gag makes the tempo of theanime bad, you can cut it. Because when the drama is serious,.
Sometimes it's difficult to slip in those gags… and that KUBO-Sensei himself told me thatI can cut those gags, really left an impression, although it wasat one of our very first meetings. [Is there anything you would like to askthe voice actors?] MORITA-san's passion towards BLEACHis something exceptional. He's always screaming it out from the test rehearsals. But there was a time when KUBO-Sensei,MORITA-san and I did a talk session together, and he said that he still wasn't going full-on. And I thought, oh, that still isn't him going full-on…?!.
I'm doing it seriously! I said, I'm not puttingmy full spirit into it. Like, when I'm shouting Bankai or Getsugatensho. MORITA-san, when can we see you go full-onon ICHIGO, or full-on on Getsugatensho? I'm looking forward to seeing it, as a director! Um, everyone watching, make no mistake,I'm putting my best into it! Stop it, please. This is totally misleading… What, are you slacking it?.
But maybe…he's expecting more from you. – Something even more splendid.- Well, but actually, we saw a teaser today, but… the Getsugatensho from Episode 1 isonly like 30%, so… – Then that's something to look forward to.- Yeah, though I don't know when it'll be… but, as the story develops, and also…when director TAGUCHI wants me to. – When he wants you to?- Like, a request? – Yes, when he wants me to.- When he asks you for it. We hope this will help you further enjoy the series, and if you haven't watched it yet, you canstill catch up and enjoy it now.
JUMP SUPER STAGE EX Our next topic is, “Tell us! Questions for theBLEACH Voice Actors.” So far we talked about the charms of theThousand-Year Blood War Arc, but from here, we would like to talk aboutthings you would like to ask each other, within the limited time that we have. In this box are questions we had you submit. Maybe questions you normally couldn't ask,but would like to take this opportunity to. What if there were complaints, like, I alwaysthought you were so and so… The first one is a question from ITO-san.
Although we had recordings for games, we hadquite a blank for the recordings for the anime. Did you do something in particular to preparefor the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc recordings? Did you feel this blank when you acted yourcharacter? Or did you not? – SUGIYAMA-san, would you like to answer this?- Sure. I reread the manga, and the Thousand-YearBlood War Arc, of course, but… …there isn't a big time lapse from the last seasonto the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc, so I tried not to make my characterunnaturally young. But when I actually heard everyones voiceson the day of the test rehearsals, I didn't have to worry about any of that,I could just,.
Act along with how I was feeling duringthe past series. I also talked about this in magazine interviews,but it was a very peculiar feeling. I tried to leave behind my excitement ofrestarting the series when going to the studio. That's interesting. I tried to leave that aside.And made sure I wasn't too conscious. Because that was just a feeling thatI developed personally. So, for me it was like shedding those feelingsand walking in there just as myself. Then, this sort of connects to what SUGIYAMA-sanwas saying, but… …when we got together, things naturally fellinto place, where they should be.
– That's wonderful. – Excellent. Everyone's answers were right to the point, and… …with the first question, I successfully createdthis serious atmosphere…! The next one is a question from SUGIYAMA-san. Let's see, in the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc,there are many colorful reactions by ICHIGO. What scene do you recall when you thinkabout his reactions to a comical line? Well, even though some scenes were cut in the anime, are there any scenes that you want to reflecton in particular? – The scene where we take a bath.- Ah, yes, that one.
In the bath scene, there was one part thatwas edited out of the script. I really wanted to say that line, so even though it wasn't on the script,I threw it in there. – Can we see this scene?- I would like everyone to look for that scene. – I see.- I'm fighting my way through the recordings. But this time, it's true, as Sensei said earlier, if it will ruin the rhythm of the story, thegag scenes could be edited out. I really liked those scenes where ICHIGOhas a blank face, so there are many moments where I wishyou didn't edit out!.
I understand that really well. When those scenes are entirely edited out,I get extremely shocked. I think, oh, I really wanted to do this scene! So, I've done it several times, saying linesthat were edited out of the script. Lines from the original manga, yes… And, sometimes I succeed, sometimes I'm totally edited out. But I think I need to try it at least once! – Because maybe they might think it's actually good.- Exactly!.
So there are scenes where I fought my way throughin the recording studio. Especially for the gag scenes, I really wantto do his reactions. But recently, sometimes the gag scene Iwant to do is entirely edited out. And when I try to throw it back in there,they don't even have any space for me to do that. – I think they're taking countermeasures.- If you leave a space, MORITA-san will add a line! Make sure there's no space! He adds lines at moments where there'sno space at all! But that's MORITA-san expressing his feelingsfor scenes that he didn't want to be cut, right? I'm hoping they might add pictures later…
…I'm thinking that far ahead, but recently,they don't even leave me any space to do that! The tempo is getting tighter and tighter…They're taking countermeasures! – So, that intense battle is ongoing.- Yes, I'm fighting my way through it. But, I'd like to hear more from KUBO-Senseias well. Yes, there's a question for him, too. Thousand-Year Blood War Arc is long, butwhat sort of direction do you want to take… using the potentials of anime expressions? Like the earlier CHOJIRO TADAOKI SASAKIBE scene, – will you be adding new scenes?- That, I'll probably be doing.
And there are things that we couldn't expressbefore, but now can with this anime, so do you have plans on scenes that youmay be able to add using these new possibilities? – I do, yes.- You do?! – Yes.- You do! …Are you sure?! – You're saying it like, “Final Answer?”- Guys, he has plans!! Yeah!! Oh, really?! Well, yes, but there still are scenesthat we will not show. – Hmm.- Like in the earlier scene, UNOHANA vs KENPACHI, UNOHANA has her own background storyof how she grew up,.
How she joined the Squad, and picked upfighting with the sword. But if we insert that episode there, the storystrays off to the side, so we chose to leave that out, and onlyshowed a little of her time with KENPACHI. There are many similar…but will weshow UNOHANA's past somewhere…? I don't think we will… In the original manga, she was just labeled as thegreatest villain in the history of Soul Society. Her story of when she was a villain is never told. Also, why this greatest villain became a memberof the original Thirteen Court Guard Squad… …was never told, and as fans, we wouldreally like to find out, but…
…you will be…adding that…? We don't plan on telling that story in the anime,so far. I see…I see…you are stubborn. There is a saying, “If it is hidden, it is the Flower.”I really like this idea. That is from the book on Noh, The Flowering Spirit. That is the motto of my work. What a tricky answer…! Those background stories of, say, ZARAKI,at what point do you come up with them? Does it all come at once, as you start drawingthe character?.
Yeah, they come out one after another whenI am drawing the character. And they keep coming out when I amthinking about the character. There are bits and pieces of images in my head, then, later I notice, like, oh, this image is aboutthis character, – as I draw the characters.- Whoa. MORITA-san, where did that voice come from? JUMP SUPER STAGE EX We are nearing the end of the program. Alhough we had so much more we wantedto hear about…
Before we go, we would like to share with yousome of the newest info on BLEACH! First, from the final episode of the first runof the anime, which will be aired Dec. 26… …as a 60 min. special episode, we havea new official poster image. We are releasing this for the first time, hereat JUMP FESTA! – I see, I see.- Here it is. – It's awesome! This pose is from a back shot of ICHIGOholding ZANGETSU. That he's facing forward really… …gets me emotional. It feels like he reached a resolution.
ISSHIN and MASAKI in the backgroundis cool, too. Just looking at this almost makes me cry. There is much to see in that episode as well,so we hope you enjoy it. From Episode 11, which will be aired in two days,on Dec. 19, the story of ISSHIN and MASAKI, the episode behind ICHIGO's birth will be revealed, and the final episode of the first run, airingon Dec. 26 will be… …a 60 minute special program. A 60 minute special, that's amazing! It's 60 minutes? I'm surprised to hear that.
And furthermore, BLEACH's first originalillustrations exhibition, “BLEACH EX”… …will be touring in Fukuoka, Japan, fromDecember 22, 2022. And TITE KUBO-Sensei's Official Fan Club,”Klub Outside”… …will be continuing in 2023.Please check it out. BLEACH will continue to bring a lot of excitementin 2023, so please look forward to it! So, we will wrap it up with comments fromeach of our guests. MORITA-san, how was it today? We really couldn't talk about anything until now,so finally we were able to talk about our work, and because KUBO-Sensei was here with us,we were able to have deep discussions.
I think I even asked some questions that Iprobably shouldn't be asking, so I really think I was able to make somethingout of this opportunity. I think the fans are saying, “MORITA, good job!”and are satisfied with today's program. BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War willcontinue next year, please look forward to it! – Thank you very much!- Thank you very much. I had a great time, being here with everyone,and talking about BLEACH. We were able to hear a lot of things from Sensei,too, and I think they won't be edited out, but… I'm excited for the next second run. Of course we know the original manga,but with Sensei, the anime has added content,.
And with the characters moving and speaking,I'm simply looking forward to it as a fan. And the other day, I heard that URYU might…in the second run…so, I'll do my best! BLEACH will be even more exciting in 2023,I hope you'll join in and support the show! Thank you very much for today! ORIKASA-san, how was it? Yeah, um…I really had fun! We usually don't get together in one room, so having many cast members together,.
And even KUBO-Sensei was here with us, and we were able to hear his deep thoughts, so I'm thinking, I have a lot to do in the upcomingsecond and third seasons, on this rollercoaster. – It keeps getting faster.- Yes, it just keeps getting faster, really! Yes, I'll do my best, please continue to enjoyour show next year! ITO-san, how was it? First of all, thank you for today. We were all looking forward to this start ofthe Thousand-Year Blood War Arc anime, and being able to be part of this world as a cast,a character, for me, RENJI,.
To live on again as him is a great joy for me. Talking about BLEACH with everyone, includingKUBO-Sensei, in a festival, the JUMP FESTA, really made me feel that everything hasreally started again. I will continue to roar till the end throughthe four runs of the anime, so please stick around! OKIAYU-san, how was it? I love BLEACH, and I worked with MORITA-kunfor the first time in BLEACH, right? Listening to MORITA-kun's ICHIGO, I wasthinking, oh, he grew to become so good! Not only his skills, but he's even better withdelivering his passion through his lines.
Please watch his journey till the very end! You're gonna make me cry, now?! And TITE KUBO-Sensei, how was it? Thanks to everyone and MATSUZAWA-san,I had so much fun today. I'm really sorry…. I was editing the scripts for the second runlast night until 2 to 3 A.M., so, I'm working deep into the night everydayto make it a great series, so please continue to enjoy BLEACH next year! Thank you everyone.
The excitement just continues to build up for theBLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War TV anime, please continue to enjoy the series!Thank you very much for watching! Thank you very much!! Have a Happy New Year! JUMP SUPER STAGE EX KUROKO'S BASKETBALL JUMP FESTA '23,JUMP SUPER STAGE EX Celebrating 10 Years of the Anime Series, KUROKO'S BASKETBALL Reunion Special!!.
Yay! Yay, yay, yay!![KUROKO'S BASKETBALL Anime10th Anniversary Reunion Special] I'm the No.1 KUROKO'S BASKETBALL fanin Japan's Showbiz, and I play basketball 8 days a week, I'm your host, TAMURA, of the comedy duo KIRIN. [Play basketball 8 days a week?!] – 8 days a week…?- Wow, that's over the top. Without further ado, I will introducethe members of today’s reunion. First, KENSHO ONO, playing TETSUYA KUROKO. I'M…A SHADOW.
I’m KENSHO ONO, playing TETSUYA KUROKO.Thanks for having me. Thank you very much! It’s been a while since I said that line! Next, JUNICHI SUWABE, playing DAIKI AOMINE. THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BEAT ME……IS ME. I'm JUNICHI SUWABE, playing DAIKI AOMINE.Thanks for having me! You’re so different from your role! Thank you so much! And FUMIKO ORIKASA, playing SATSUKI MOMOI.
SOMEDAY, I HOPE TO WATCH THEM PLAYTOGETHER AGAIN. I'm FUMIKO ORIKASA, playing SATSUKI MOMOI.Thank you for having me today! – It's been a while!- Yes, it has. – Really! Although we do see each other sometimesfor recordings of other animes. But as the KUROKO'S BASKETBALL team,it's really been a while. So today is a reunion, celebrating the10th Anniversary of the anime. I knew that you really like basketball, but what about KUROKO'S BASKETBALL?Honestly. I see, high pressure from the beginningof the game.
I always liked reading manga, and I really like basketball. So, I have also read other basketball manga, but I have read KUROKO'S BASKETBALLover and over, too. I think I'm the biggest fan in Japan'sentertainment industry. Who is your favorite character? I like all the characters, but… …in the end, my favorite character nowis KUROKO. Because KUROKO supports the teamfrom behind the scenes,.
But each of his lines are that of a protagonist. He encourages everyone, and supports the team. That's what I really like about him. I have nothing left to say about KUROKO. And today, you're all dressed inyour characters' colors! I'm even wearing basketball shoes. – They're Air Jordans.- That's right, 11 Low, what a choice. Sorry it's not the AOMINE model. Okay, so let's get started on our first topic.
Exciting “My Favorite Scenes”! KUROKO'S BASKETBALL has many great scenesand great lines, but today we had our guests each choosetheir “My Favorite Scene”. First, ONO-san, what is your favorite scene? I chose a scene from the match withKIRISAKI DAIICHI. First, let's watch the scene together. EITHER WAY, IT'S GAME OVER FOR YOURLITTLE DREAMS ONCE WE WIN. YOUR GROSS BONDS OF FRIENDSHIPWILL BE CRUSHED. NOT A CHANCE.
I REALIZED THAT THE GENERATION OF MIRACLE'SWAY OF PLAYING BASKETBALL WAS WRONG… …SO I DECIDED TO FIGHT BACK. BUT AT THE VERY LEAST…THEY'RE NOTA BUNCH OF SNEAKY COWARDS LIKE YOU!! OUR DREAMS ARE RIDING ON THIS.OUR SENPAIS' DREAMS. AND SEIRIN'S DREAMS. SO… …GET OUT OF OUR WAY!! DUNK IT, KAGAMI!! AHHHH! SEIRIN'S BACK ON TOP!.
AMAZING!! – Ooh!- Amazing! – That was good acting by JUN FUKUYAMA.- Good acting by JUN FUKUYAMA, surely. – So, ONO-san, how was it?- It was really good. What I really like about this scene is,I like the plot that leads here, with KIYOSHI-senpai returning to the team, and of course there was all that happenedbefore his return, and surely we did want to win the gamefor ourselves, but we wanted this win for our senior teammates.
And we could see that really clearlyin this scene and in this game. KIYOSHI-senpai is a really great character. His personality is great, too. Also, his hands are big, too. What do you mean, “also”? – His grip is strong, too.- Oh, you mean he has a big heart and also big hands. Next, let's watch SUWABE-san's”My Favorite Scene”! I chose a scene that AOMINE was in. There are many great scenes, I know,but I chose this one special scene.
It's this scene, you know, this one.[SEIRIN VS TO-OH GAKUEN] And then, how after the game, AOMINE goes like this… So, we have the scene ready…? Well, let's just watch the scene already. Here you go, here it is! I…LOST…? AOMINE-KUN… YOUR BASKETBALL…JUST DOESN'T CUT IT.
IT'S YOUR WIN. TETSU. CAN YOU DO ONE THING FOR ME? YOU STILL HAVEN'T GIVEN ME……THAT FIST BUMP, FROM BACK THEN. WHAT? HUH?! WHO CARES ABOUT THAT?!IT'S IN THE PAST! NO, IT ISN'T. PLEASE THINK HOW I MUSTHAVE FELT, GETTING IGNORED LIKE THAT. FINE. JUST THIS ONCE. I'M GONNA WIN NEXT TIME. SURE. SATSUKI. YOU FREE TOMORROW?.
I…HUH…? WANNA GO SHOPPING WITH ME? HUH?! NO…I MEAN, SURE, BUT…HUH?! WHY NOW…? I WANNA GET SOME NEW KICKS. AHH…I WANNA PRACTICE… Wow…wow, it's really… – I got goosebumps.- Yeah, it's a really good scene. It's like the clock that had once stoppedstarted ticking again.
And it's like he took his first step forwardinto a new chapter of his life. It's really an AOMINE worthwhile… That's a phrase I've never heard before. Personally, because it was a revenge match, I was really excited when we won that game. But for KUROKO, he wanted to prove thathis basketball was right, and also… …he wanted AOMINE to remember once againthe joy of playing basketball. So, looking back, it was not just excitement,there was a lot going on inside his head. He also wanted to prove what everyone disapprovedduring his TEIKO MIDDLE SCHOOL years.
Exactly. You really know the story in detail!You truly are…! [The No.1 KUROKO'S BASKETBALL fanin Japan's entertainment industry] Well, as a fan of KUROKO'S BASKETBALL, we knew SATSUKI likes KUROKO, but… …we were also wondering,what are her feelings towards AOMINE? And in this scene, we thought maybe thismight develop into a real relationship. She seems like she'll choose AOMINEin the end, doesn't she? – Exactly! Right!- I totally understand. Well, longtime friends have intimate bonds.
He always comments from AOMINE's side! Last but not least, let's hear ORIKASA-san's”My Favorite Scene”. My choice covers many scenes, but it's the line, “TETSU-KUN”. Oh, that's a pretty simple choice! MOMOI-SAN… FRIEND OF YOURS?! UM…WHO ARE YOU? WELL…HOW DO I PUT THIS?.
I'M TETSU-KUN'S GIRLFRIEND.♡ I COULDN'T WAIT UNTIL THE FINALS LEAGUETO SEE HIM. TETSU-KUN? TETSUYA KUROKO-KUN♡ HUHHHHHH… ! TETSU-KUN?! IT'S BEEN SO LONG. I'VE MISSED YOU!! WHAT'S UP WITH THIS CHICK?! YOU'RE ALL JUST GETTING WORKED UPCUZ SHE'S KINDA CUTE…
…WITH KINDA BIG BOOBS! RIGHT, HYUGA-KUN? SURE…RIGHT… WAIT, TETSU-KUN! COME ON, TETSU-KUN! TETSU-KUN!! MOMOI-SAN? THE…THE BEAR!! TETSU-KUN!! HUH…? H-HUHH?!.
UM…KUROKO MUST DIE!! IT'LL BE OKAY, MOMOI-SAN. I DON'T THINK AOMINE-KUN ACTUALLY HATES YOU. HE'LL UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WEREWORRIED ABOUT HIM. LET'S GET YOU BACK.I BET AOMINE-KUN IS LOOKING FOR YOU. TETSU-KUN… TETSU-KUUUN. KAGAMI…THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT. SHADDUP. I KNOW, I KNOW!! CAPTAIN…
The scenes really bring back memories.ORIKASA-san, how was it? I acted those lines to sound a bit annoying, and I want to know howKENSHO-kun felt about it back then. Me? Hmm… I think I was just thinking, “Nice!”… But we can see KUROKO's…sort of inner strength, like, can you stroke a girl's hair like that? I saw this scene for the first time in a while,but it was quite shocking, how he does that without changing his expression.
You couldn't stroke a girl's hair like thatwhen you're still a high schooler. Not many people could do that. Maybe he could do that because he reallyisn't self-conscious. So because he is naturally himself, he can,and thus we got that scene. That may be KUROKO's strength. Okay, let's move on to our next topic! Confessions we can make,now that 10 years have passed! Since now it's in the past, please tell ussome things you couldn't say back then. Starting off with ONO-san's confession.
I had some opportunities to go abroad for festivalsfor KUROKO'S BASKETBALL and other animes, and I went to Singapore with KENICHI SUZUMURAwho played MURASAKIBARA. We were having dinner together with everyoneat night, and it was really fun. – And we were drinking alcohol.- Because this was before COVID, right? – It was way before COVID.- And going abroad is fun. – It really was fun I was drinking some wine,and I really got wasted, and SUZUMURA-san was sitting next to me,and I went… “Yeah!”[A punch in the shoulder!] – I punched him pretty hard.- Simple violence!.
Right in the shoulder. How did he react? He was laughing pretty hard,like, “Hey, that hurt!” He laughs pretty easily. He plays MURASAKIBARA, but his personalityis more like KIYOSHI. He's pretty laid-back. Of course I think I apologized to him the next day. I was probably like the youngest one there, but SUZUMURA-san is the only personI punched in the shoulder.
Next, SUWABE-san, tell us your confession. I think it was the day the last episode went on air, we got together in a private karaoke party roomto watch the broadcast together. So we gathered together, the cast,the sound designers, director of audiography… so everyone who can come got together,it was quite a big gathering, they even prepared a cake. I think…in the end we all got wasted andsmashed our faces into the cake… I think we took pictures of that. Just to be clear…ONO-san, are you a bad drunk?.
No I'm not! – He gets drunk quickly.- I get drunk very quickly. When he gets excited he drinks andgets drunk very quickly. But back then, KENSHO, and RUI as well,were still young rising talents, with prospects, though now they are distinguished figures, I felt then that the new generation was rising. I remember, once there was this merchandise, a macaron with a character printed on it,and they gave us one each. It was at a recording studio, and we were saying,oh, this is cute, we can't eat this, then…
…I look at him and he's eating it away.”Oh, my gosh, he's eating it already!” Young people are so scary! I thought, he's a big shot,he's going to be big. KUROKO!! And I was eating him from his head. From his head! What an interesting episode. Okay, now, ORIKASA-san, will yougive us your confession? Because the casts were mainly men, the microphone was basically set ina high position.
– You mean, in the recording studio.- Yes. Many of the casts were also well built, so the mic was always high, likesomewhere around here, so every time I sneaked up and stood on my tiptoesand said my line. Did you all notice this unseen effort of hers? Well, I had thought it must be hard for her. During the game, the tempo is very fast,so I didn't want to get in the way of everyone. So I was very nervous every time I tiptoe. Right, and you're the one who shouldn't need todo any training.
– But the recording was training for you.- Yes, mainly my calfs. Now, on to our next topic. The next topic is,Tell us! TADATOSHI FUJIMAKI-Sensei! Now, ONO-san, SUWABE-san and ORIKASA-san will ask questions to the creatorof KUROKO'S BASKETBALL, FUJIMAKI-Sensei, what they would like to know. We have already delivered the questionsto FUJIMAKI-Sensei. And he has sent us his replies! – Oh! – Wow!- I want to hear it, I asked a really good question.
Stop raising the expectations beforehand! The first question is from ONO-san. So, what was your question? Oh, well, I really had a hard time deciding… So he created KUROKO'S BASKETBALL,and the story is already concluded, but… …what was the moment when he felt mostrewarded for creating this piece? I see! I asked a big question. We might get to hear about his visions of lifefrom this question.
Now, let's look at FUJIMAKI-Sensei's reply. This might be the most unexpected answer. “It's today.” “My biggest motivation is to have peopleenjoy my piece,” “so this 10th Anniversary stage, that peoplecontinue to enjoy this piece after 10 years,” “is something I couldn't imagine 10 years ago.” – That's true.- That is FUJIMAKI-Sensei's answer. – Wow, amazing.- This was really unexpected, wasn't it? It really was.
I thought maybe the last episode wherehe opened the key, or… the moment he completed the last episode, or… Or when it became an anime, or… Or maybe when he checked his bank account. “Yaaay!!!” Don't pull this all down to earth! When you think of the merchandise,it must amount to a lot… So, SUWABE-san, what was your question? Well, what happens to my character, and you know,.
The Generation of Miracles, and MOMOI, and KAGAMI, in the future — if FUJIMAKI-Sensei has thoughtson that, I would like to hear it. You overcame the expectations that you boosted! – Don't you want to hear this?- The fans must want to know, too! I see, interesting!So, here's FUJIMAKI-Sensei's reply. “KAGAMI and AOMINE are aiming to play in the NBA.” – Oh, I knew it. – Wow!- Isn't this really exciting?! This is really exciting! But there's more. “MIDORIMA will most likely take another path,”.
“but I think he's one that should reallytry for the NBA.” – Definitely.- Totally true. He might become a fortune teller or something. – A charismatic one!- Yeah, a charismatic fortune teller. ORIKASA-san, what do you think MOMOIwill be doing? Yeah, I wonder if MOMOI chose KUROKOor AOMINE… Really, what do you think, ORIKASA-san,from your point of view? – Or how do you want it to be?- That maybe should be left unsaid… As the actor playing MOMOI, from like aparents' point of view…
I want her to end up together with TETSU-KUN. – But the way the story ended…- I will make a lot of cash in NBA! [Luring with cash] You keep talking about money! But I thought she might support his dreamof playing in the NBA. Yeah, I can imagine her going with him… She'll likely study English hard to go with him. So, from KUROKO's point of view, you thinkshe'll go with AOMINE? Yeah, I think so…
How did you like this reply? It's really satisfying. AOMINE does have hisweaknesses in his studies, but… …he must be working hard on his Englishas well, for his dream. And since FUJIMAKI-Sensei has this vision,maybe in some way we might have a sequel… AOMINE'S BASKETBALL Please start a new series next year! Lastly, ORIKASA-san, what was your questionfor FUJIMAKI-Sensei? Well, many of the characters have a ratherdistinctive, eccentric personality. And then, he makes the protagonist rather low-key.
So, I want to know FUJIMAKI-Sensei's strategy,how he came up with the characters, who was the first character he came up with?That is my question. That's a serious question! – You want to know about the origin!- Yes. Here is FUJIMAKI-Sensei's reply. “It's not like I came up with it, I didn't thinkKUROKO'S BASKETBALL was going to be serialized,” “so, to be completely honest, nothing was decided.” “So, even as the series continued, I didn't knowthe characters until they appeared in the story…” “It feels like I kept digging little by little,and ultimately found a fossil.”.
“So, sometimes I thinkthey were already there to begin with.” Wow, so he sort of just kept writing,just trusting his gut instincts? So, KUROKO's character was sort of moldedas he continued the story. So, maybe he just had KUROKO say somethingthat might sound profound… that's possible, right? Protagonists of JUMP mangas tend to be geniuses, or many of them are extremely strong to begin with, but KUROKO is not strong at the beginning, he starts off more as a failure,but from there he works hard,.
Well, friendship, hard work and victoryare basics of these mangas, but it's amazing how in the end, KUROKOembodies all those factors more than anyone. And so it really appeals to us as an JUMP manga. So he may be a classic protagonist after all. FUJIMAKI-Sensei, thank you so much foranswering our questions! That's it for “Tell us! FUJIMAKI-Sensei”. The next topic is, “Beat the Pressure Defense!Score It! Free Throw Battle!” Now, the guests and I will have a free throw battleusing this goal right here. The battle will be me versus the cast team.
If I win, the casts will read some lines here,live in the studio! We will decide the winner by the total numberof goals scored. So, we will each shoot once, and TAMURA-sanwill take three shots. And the team with the most shots scoredwill be the winner. Can we beat someone who plays basketball8 days a week…? Yeah, 8 days a week, wow… What happens if we win this game? Maybe he'll give us his basketball shoes. Yeah, okay, sure, everything I'm wearing.
[If the cast team wins, TAMURA's basketballshoes will be a present for the viewers] Have any of you played basketball before? I was actually a member of the basketball clubin middle school, but… …I didn't attend any of the practices. So, you were truly “kuroko” (a backroom boy)… …you really weren't there. SUWABE-san, how much confidencedo you have for this game? None. [Free Throw BattleCast Team: 1st Shot].
Can we jump from here and make a slam dunk? Or pass here, and make an alley-oop. If you can do that, go ahead! Okay, then, ORIKASA-san, concentrate,and take your shot! – Wow!! – She did it!!![Shot Scored] – Whooooo!- I did it! – Yeah! -That was amazing!- Incredible! Now the pressure is on us! – Wow! -Unbelievable!.
A miracle! A miracle! It's a miracle![Cast Team: 1 Point] ORIKASA-san, you totally defied our plot! – Amazing.- The victory of an unselfish mind! How scary! [Free Throw BattleCast Team: 2nd Shot] – Make the shot.- How did you make this shot?! How should I throw it? Overhand, underhand… Oh, the PHANTOM SHOT?!He's preparing for the PHANTOM SHOT. Okay, ONO-san, please make your shot!.
– Oops…- Oooh, that was too strong! [Shot Missed] His preparation was the PHANTOM SHOT,but the course was like the IGNITE PASS. The ball disappeared.Maybe it went through the hoop… – Yea, it completely disappeared.- …and we just couldn't see it! That's possible! [Free Throw BattleCast Team: 3rd Shot] Thanks to you, KENSHO, I can relax now. That's true, there's less pressure.
This is pretty difficult… How did you actually make that shot?! So, SUWABE-san, please take your shot! Aghhhhh![Shot Missed] – That was difficult!- It really was. – But we scored a point as a team.- That was really amazing, thank you. I scored! Yay![Cast Team: 1 Point] I think that's enough pressure on him. [Free Throw BattleTAMURA (KIRIN): 1st Shot].
The ball is lighter than you think. But oh, his form is good. Well, since I play basketball 8 days a week… – Oh, he's good! -Wow![The skills of an 8 days a week player] I have to score at least one shot.Okay, my first shot, here I go! – Wow!! – He's serious.[Shot Scored] Not even trying to get a laugh![TAMURA (KIRIN): 1 Point] Basketball is more serious thanmaking people laugh! [Free Throw BattleTAMURA (KIRIN): 2nd Shot].
– Now, his second shot.- Okay, I'll take the shot! – Aghhh! – Okay, that's good![Shot Missed] He made the game interesting…[Shot Missed] – His plan must be to make his next shot and win.- Amazing plan! They're putting pressure on him! – Don't say things like that! Don't say plan!- He is amazing… He's going to show us how a professionalhost plans out a program. [Free Throw BattleTAMURA (KIRIN): 3rd Shot] Okay, I'm going to be a star.I'm going to be the popular one of KIRIN, too.
I'm not the least popular one of the KIRIN duo.Here I go! – Aghhh!!!- Yes!! Great outcome![Shot Missed] This must mean, we go into sudden-death.[Sudden-death Overtime!] Starting from the protagonist, let's go one by one. – This time you'll make it!- I need to make this shot. – I want to win this.- Please make the shot. – I don't want to say my lines.- Oh, you don't want to?! [His true feelings?!]No, I'm just kidding!.
[Free Throw BattleCast Team: 4th Shot] – You can do it!- Here I go… His heartbeat… Aghhh!!! [Shot Missed]That was close, it was a little to the left… [Free Throw BattleTAMURA (KIRIN): 4th Shot] KIRIN, KIRIN! What was that?! I heard weird sound effects.
Here I go. Oh! Really?![Shot Missed] Could I be honest with you? This is really difficult. It really is. [Free Throw BattleCast Team: 5th Shot] Please make it! Agh! That was close! [Shot Missed]Darn!.
– This is so hard!- Everyone's shots are pretty close, it's scary. [Free Throw BattleTAMURA (KIRIN): 5th Shot] – Yeah!!![Shot Scored] Amazing! – Amazing! You're good.- He's good! [Penalty Game:Say a line that TAMURA likes] The line I want you to read is… YOU'D BETTER NOT MESS UP THEIR COMING MATCH. – That's a tasteful choice.- Really tasteful!.
There are also lines like, “YOUR LIGHT IS TOO DIM.” Yes, there are, but… It's the line from where AOMINE beats up HAIZAKI.Here it is. YOU'D BETTER NOT MESS UP THEIR COMING MATCH. Wow!! I'm a little unsure if that's how I said it. That was amazing!!! Amazing!!! Hearing it live is really amazing! – Thank you very much.- I got goosebumps!.
That was so cool! Thank you very much.Next, the line I want ONO-san to read is… THERE’S NO MEANING IF YOU WIN ALONE! This is a line KUROKO says, rememberingall that happened in TEIKO MIDDLE SCHOOL, his experience and emotions all go intothis single line. This is the first scene where KUROKO getsmad at KAGAMI. Yeah, using words that he normally doesn't use. I wonder how I said it. Here I go… THERE’S NO MEANING IF YOU WIN ALONE!.
I think it was something like that.He's grabbed by KAGAMI when he says this. – That was awesome…- It brings back memories! – That was KUROKO.- That was so cool! Lastly, ORIKASA-san. I'd simply like you to… you know, the line, “TETSU-KUN”? My first name is HIROYOSHI, so can you say,HIRO-KUN? – Wow.- This is a personal request… …but many people have HIRO in their name, so let's enjoy this together! Please understand!.
HIRO-KUN That was really satisfying.[He's moved] JUMP SUPER STAGE EX Now, we have a message from YUKI ONOwho played DAIKI KAGAMI, who couldn't join us for this reuniondue to schedule issues. Let's watch the message, here we go.[Special Message from YUKI ONO] NOT WINNING'S FINE BY ME. Hi, I'm YUKI ONO, playing TAIGA KAGAMI.Great to see you! [Looking back at 10 years ago]Back then, I still had a side job,.
While I also worked as a voice actor. I actually had three part time jobs. I was beginning to get casted moreas a voice actor, but every time I suddenly get an acting job,I had to quit my part time job. Looking back at those times, I… am glad that through KUROKO'S BASKETBALL… I was able to gain an enormous fortune.Thank you very much. Sorry, I wanted a small laugh… But back then, really, KENSHO and I…
…we would go to a Chinese restaurant thatwas near the recording studio, and I still consider it expensive, but they hada 2,000 yen plate of Chinese dumplings. So we sometimes cashed in together, withthe little money that we had, like, today we can pay for it!I remember we used to do things like that. [Memorable Recordings]Each recording session was… …including the atmosphere that thedirector of audiography created for us… it was really like a serious battle. In the last episode, where I do a slam dunkthat makes us the champion, there was a scene where I roar as I slam inthe final dunk shot.
I must have really put everything into it,I found myself unconscious on the floor. But when I got up, it was the scene whereeveryone was celebrating the victory, so I just got up and shouted, “Yeah!!!” The recording hadn't stopped, so I couldn'tstop acting on my own. So, I got right up and joined everyone, buteveryone was shocked. Like, he was unconscious a moment ago,but is he really okay?! That's my unforgettable final episode,I still remember that really clearly. [Message to the fans]KUROKO'S BASKETBALL & Anime 10th Anniversary is owed to all of you that supportedKUROKO'S BASKETBALL.
Many people sent encouraging messages tovarious casts throughout the show, it shows how much people really loveKUROKO'S BASKETBALL. We're all part of it, the cast, the staff, our viewers,our supporters, and of course, FUJIMAKI-Sensei, or “Makki-san”, all of usmade KUROKO'S BASKETBALL what it is. This 10th Anniversary made me reflect onhow we all made this happen together. Please continue to love KUROKO'S BASKETBALL. That's all, and hope to see you again!This was YUKI ONO, playing TAIGA KAGAMI. See ya! Thank you very much, ONO-san.
He lost so much weight. That's your first reaction?! Because of that enormous fortune,he gained a lot of weight once. And from there, he slimmed up again. I still remember that time when he passed outpretty vividly. First, the script fell to the floor from his hand, and he fell back, just like this. “THUMP!” and he was on the floor. Then the director of audiographyquickly came in and said,.
“Don't fly long, fly high!”He was scolded for it! That was really likely of YUKI-san, and KAGAMI.All the way to his last moment. Also, I remember this, I can talk about this nowonly because it's in the past, but… …recordings were scheduled on Mondays. And it was my job to buy the newest WEEKLY JUMP. Yeah, that sort of thing tends to happen. So, I usually bought it at a convenience store nearbybefore going to the studio, but… …he always read it before me. – Even though KENSHO-san is the one buying it!- He says, here, hand me the JUMP.
He takes the JUMP, opens KUROKO'S BASKETBALL,and reacts, like, “Oh!”. And I was like… I'm the one that bought it… You couldn't say it back then.Like, don't read it before me! YUKI ONO-san, thank you for your message! And next, the KUROKO'S BASKETBALLAnime 10th Anniversary Song “Zero Step” by GRANRODEO feat. KENSHO ONOShort ver. music video is out now. Let's watch this video together. It really reminds us of the song “Can Do”from the first season of the anime. That excitement from whenthe KUROKO'S BASKETBALL anime started…
…we can feel that once again, through this video. I can feel something inside here,not that I'm nauseous or drunk, it's really like those teenage golden years, I feel that the time I spent with AOMINE isalso a special part of me, watching this video. I want to watch it many times andcheck the details of each character. It does makes you want to check the expressionsof the characters over and over again! Even more, ONO-san is also taking part in thisas a vocalist as well! Yes, it's like, “featuring KENSHO ONO”, I got to collaborate with GRANRODEO,who is part of our KUROKO'S BASKETBALL family.
– The recording actually went very quickly.- Really? It was like…Yes, okay, that's good, okay…you're done! – So you were like, oh, I'm done?- Yeah, it went quickly. – SUWABE-san, how was his singing?- He was very skilled. And we still have another new announcement.Here it is! – Look at this! – Wow!- This is amazing! – It's amazing! Figurines of SATSUKI MOMOI and RIKO AIDA. It's a present from the Anime Production Committeeto FUJIMAKI-Sensei. – Unfortunately, these are not for sale.- This is the only set that exists in this world.
This was solely created to express gratitudeto FUJIMAKI-Sensei. – ORI-chan, don't you want this?- I really want this. – I like her posing. – Yeah, it's amazing.[Posing designed by FUJIMAKI-Sensei] – How do you like it?- It's really cute! I'm going to take a picture later. I think the KUROKO series never madefigurines of its female characters. – That's right.- I do have many KUROKO figurines, though. I really want this! These will be exhibited in theKUROBAS OFFICIAL STORE,.
Located on 5F of Ikebukuro PARCO Main Bldg.from December 19. Please drop by and take a look! And we still have more announcements! Now, every Friday from 25:30, onNippon Cultural Broadcasting's “Super A&G +” “KUROKO'S BASKETBALL Broadcasting Committee's10th Anniversary Radio” is being aired. How is this radio program? Well, it's like, things don't change…[Archives available for 2 weeks from 12:00of the day after the broadcast] It's been six or seven years since I hadlast done a radio program, and people who were watching KUROKOback then are now working,.
And send us many emails like, I'm rememberinghow I felt back then to encourage myself. It's great to know that the fans still careabout KUROKO'S BASKETBALL. And KUROKO'S BASKETBALL Anime10th Anniversary Song GRANRODEO feat. KENSHO ONO “Zero Step”has been released for streaming on Dec. 2. Furthermore, the CD of “Zero Step” will bereleased on March 15, 2023. Please check the official websites of the animeKUROKO'S BASKETBALL and GRANRODEO. Also, a special Blu-ray & DVDcelebrating the 10th Anniversary of the anime, “KUROKO'S BASKETBALL THANKS DISC- 10th Anniversary -” will come out March 24, 2023! Including an original picture drama based onthe ending's daily shots from the 3rd season,.
The full version of the music video of theAnniversary Song we saw earlier, and much more special content to celebratethis special occasion! Now, the fun reunion is almost about to end. How was it, ONO-san? I really thought that KUROKO'S BASKETBALLis an intense anime. It really was like your second bloom of youth. I still get a little emotional from watchingsome of the scenes. Everyone was watching the video so intensely. I was reminded that no matter when I watch it,the characters are really glowing.
Did you experience any growths or changesyourself during these 10 years? Well, yes, an enormous fortune… All of you, stop talking about the money! SUWABE-san, how was it? Watching one short scene makes you wantto see the whole series all over again. I was thinking I want to read the manga,and watch the anime all over again. So, if you have it at home, take this opportunityto go through the series again. And in the future, too, if you'll remember itand reread it from time to time, we'd be happy. Maybe we might also have AOMINE'S BASKETBALL…
There may be a new series on JUMP +. ORIKASA-san, how was it? I was really happy to be invited here today, and I think this anime is packed with the passionof everyone that took part in it, so I hope you can rewatch it from time to timeand lift your spirit through the anime! Thank you very much! Thank you very muchfor your wonderful comment. Did you all have a good time? That's all for JUMP FESTA 2023KUROKO'S BASKETBALL Reunion!.
Bye-bye! – Thank you very much!- Thank you very much! JUMP SUPER STAGE EX HAIKYU!! HAIKYU!! 10th AnniversaryPlayback Attack!! Good evening, everyone. It's time forJUMP SUPER STAGE EX, HAIKYU!!. I'll be your host, from the editorial departmentof WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, and editor in charge of HAIKYU!!,my name is AZUMA. This year, HAIKYU!! marked its 10th Anniversarysince the series started.
This is all thanks to every one of youthat enjoy and support HAIKYU!!. Thank you very much. This year, for JUMP FESTA, we have three guestswho helped shape the world of HAIKYU!!. We will hear from them about the past 10 years,and future prospects of HAIKYU!!. So, I'd like to introduce to you our first guest. Here he is, come on in! Good evening! I'm AYUMU MURASE, playing SHOYO HINATA.Thank you for having me today! – Thanks for coming.- Thanks for having me.
Thank you for coming every yearat this busy time, near the end of the year. No, no, it's my pleasure. – This year it's an unusual one-on-one style.- Yeah, it's a first, isn't it?. Maybe there are some things you can saybecause you're alone… …though it will be streamed publicly, – so it's not a secret or anything.- Yes, they will all be revealed. But I hope we can talk about some things thatmight not come up in a group interview. JUMP SUPER STAGE EX So, let's get onto it.
So, this JUMP FESTA 2023 will take placein December 2022, but… …the first time MURASE-san appeared onstagefor HAIKYU!! in JUMP FESTA was… as you can see in the photo, JUMP FESTA 2014.You were so young! I was! Wasn't I? This 2013 event was the first time for meto appear on such a big stage. – It was the JUMP SUPER STAGE.- I remember I was so nervous! – The anime began after this, in April 2014.- Right. – So the fans hadn't seen the anime yet.- That's right. How did they react?.
It was incredible! The door opened like this, and… …there was light blinding my eyes,and smoke stage effects, and I was told to strike a pose before enteringthe stage, but I didn't know how to pose, so I was like…pose? Like this?But I wasn't sure so I just… …stood upright, when I appeared, and the other three members, like KAITO, already had experience playing the title role, and he's clever, so he smoothly stroke a pose,and walked down onstage, but… I alone was, like, panicking, what should I do?!But then,.
The moment our silhouettes appeared onstage, the audience burst out into a cheer, and I really felt their enthusiasm for HAIKYU!!and interest towards finding out about the people that will play the characters of HAIKYU!!. So, from there, since the next yearat JUMP FESTA 2015, – I made sure I stroke a pose every time.- You understood what was expected of you. Exactly, I became aware of my role.That's what I remember from this year. So, at this point, the recordings for the animehad already started? Right, I think it was just after we finishedrecording the first episode.
Oh, what a timing! This is right at the beginning of my hectic days. – Right, you must have…- My mind had gone blank! And from there, now you are capable ofengaging in a talk session like a champion. It's all thanks to Shueisha. Thank you. We owe HAIKYU!!'s success to you, too. But HAIKYU!! is really a special anime for me, so I'm really grateful to be invited like thisevery year. – It's like an annual year-end party.- It is! That's sort of nice.
– So, HAIKYU!! marked its 10th Anniversary.- Yeah, that's so wonderful. We had 10 big projects for HAIKYU!!'s 10th Anniversary,which we hope the fans enjoyed, and we would like to look back at these projectstogether with MURASE-san today. First, please take a look at this monitor over here. 1. 10th Anniversary KV2. LINE App STAMP3. Radio Drama4. New One Shot Episode5. HAIKYU!! Full-color ver. & Remix ver. Comics6. HAIKYU!! 10th Chronicle Book7. V. League Collaboration Event8. HAIKYU!! Exhibition FINAL9. Anime HAIKYU!! Movie10. GEKIDAN HAIKYU!! New Performance – This is a lot.- That's a handful! Which of these excited you, or did you enjoy? I liked the LINE App stamps,new cuts illustrated by FURUDATE-Sensei. I already had bought the anime version stamps,.
But I really like the touch ofFURUDATE-Sensei's illustrations. Also, the choices of the scenes werereally unexpected! It was like, this scene?!Oh, right, you can see it there. HINATA has grown from a high schooler toan adult when he's in Black Jackals, So, he's saying “Oh, that's funny.” to be polite. Right, HINATA also grows to be more social,but at his core, he's still HINATA. His choice of words is funny, too. FURUDATE-Sensei was very determined tocreate stamps that people can't use. – I see!- So, we said, go ahead, do as you like.
– So, he just drew what he wanted to.- We had him draw whatever he wanted to, then… we got that shot where FUTAKUCHI and AONEfrom DATE TECH are just slacking. I actually like that illustration. – AONE is my secret bias.- Oh, really? – Yeah, I really like AONE.- Yeah, AONE is interesting. – How he nods his head.- Yeah, right. First he appeared to be scary and mean,an intimidating character, but he's really polite, I like the gap. – Quite a character.- Yeah, I like him very much.
This LINE Stamp really seems like somethingFURUDATE-Sensei drew as a hobby. – You should really buy it.- Thank you very much. – There is so much more.- There really is so much! But the new one-shot episode, I hadn't heardanything about it, – Oh, really?- Yes, I saw it on the social media, and I went to buy it at a convenience store. You mean, you didn't know which week it wasgoing to be published. I was really thrilled. Well, you know, of course I took part in HAIKYU!!as a voice actor, but…
…the story itself is so interesting! KUROO-san, you know, it was like KUROO-sanwas the main character! Yeah, he was the protagonist. I really thought HAIKYU!! is amazing. I also thought it was so good when I waschecking the rough drafts. It was really good. – And it's only about KUROO going to see everyone!- Exactly! Exactly! And for us, too, through the main series thatwe were a part of, we knew what happened to some people,but for some people we didn't know.
– Yes, there were some new revelations.- The balance of that was so good, and I felt, FURUDATE-Sensei really knowswhat the readers want! – It was really satisfying.- Yes, truly. The sequel to this one-shot episode wasthe V. League Collaboration Event. Yes, I did some acting for that one. The actual players of V. League also… – …really did the “SERRRVER UP! GO GET 'EM!!” pose.- Yes, they did. I really got emotional! It was a collaboration that was only possiblebecause of HAIKYU!!, so…
– …it truly was a special event.- It truly was. A dream-come-true collaboration. It was the first offline event in a while, as well. It was definitely only possible thanks tothe enthusiasm of our fans, so… Really, thank you very much. And for you, MURASE-san, the Anime Moviehas been announced! Really, thank you so much!This is really thanks to everyone's support. No matter how good the original manga is, without the passionate voices of our fansexpecting for more,.
And, not only speaking up, but taking action,like buying newly released merchandise… …is so important, I have always been saying that! And I'm so grateful that it all amounted to this! Really, every time I meet someone from Shueisha,or Toho, or other companies, I would ask, “Are you planning to continuethe project?”, every time, with KAITO-kun. – With a very serious look!- Last year, too! And I was like, “I'm sorry! I'm not allowed to say anything!” So I was really thrilled when I got the news, and of course FURUDATE-Sensei's illustrationsare amazing,.
But taking that another step forward, beinginspired by the illustrations… the key visuals created by I.G. was alsoreally awesome, and… – That HINATA was really cool.- Yes. “BUT WHAT WILL YOU BECOME TOMORROW?” I'm really looking forward to it.We haven't started the recordings yet, – but I'm warming myself up for it.- Thank you. – We have much coming up beyond next year.- Yes, we do! I'll do my best. So, 2022 is not going to be our last year. Yes, so next year…We're really getting ahead of ourselves, aren't we? JUMP SUPER STAGE EX.
Let's welcome our next guest! Hello, everyone! I'm KAITO ISHIKAWA,playing TOBIO KAGEYAMA. – Thanks for having me.- Thanks for coming. – Please, sit down.- Oh, please, sit down. – Please, please.- Please, please. Long time no see!!Thank you for coming every year!! Thank you for inviting me every year!! – It doesn't feel like the year's end without this.- Totally! – So let's get right to it.- Okay.
This year, we're talking in one-on-one style. – What do you mean? MURASE-san is here.- See, you don't have anyone beside you. Right, MURASE-san? He's being rude. We have an imaginary MURASE-san here?! I am REALLY anxious. The real MURASE-san actually, before this shooting, – left a comment for ISHIKAWA-san.- Oh, really? Let's watch his comment together. – Tomorrow we'll have ISHIKAWA-san's shooting.- Oh, I see.
Is there anything you want to say to him? What?! Well, if I were to say something about KAITO,he is really… …regarding HAIKYU!! and other manga as well, he is really an otaku in a good way. So, he digs deep into the themes of the mangafrom a perspective that I don't have, and I am often stunned at how heenlightens me. I believe he will have many interestingepisodes to tell us about. So, I'm just going to let him do the rest.Good luck!.
So, that was his comment. Well…this is… he said, “a perspective that I don't have”, but… Usually, he's always the one whomakes the first comment, and he always gets interviewed first. I can't say the things that he's already said! So, I'm desperate! I'm like,”MURASE-san, you're going to say that, too?!” “Then I have to say something different!”That's what's going on in my mind. So, he naturally thinks that I havea peculiar perspective.
So, it's not something you naturally had,but you are working hard to… I'm overworking myself! – Thank you always.- I am overworking always. But thanks to that, I did developvarious perspectives to answer interviews. So, it was like you got to practice under pressurethroughout these 10 years. Yes, we had many interviews sincethe drama CD and anime began, and it has always been like that since. We will be looking back at such past interviewsas well in today's program. Okay.
So, we're going to look back at these 10 years, – but we have a photo we would like to look at.- What is it? – This is…- Darn. This is ISHIKAWA-san from JUMP FESTA 2014,in December 2013, and your first appearance on the HAIKYU!! stage. 9 years ago, is it? 9 years ago? I was 20 years old… I'm probably wearing the leather jacket thatmy mother bought for me in high school. Your mother bought you a leather jacket?!.
– It's horse leather.- Oh, so it's good leather. She bought me a genuine leather jacketin high school, for special occasions. I thought this was my big moment, my first JUMP FESTA ever, and I thought,this is my chance to wear this! I remember firing myself up by wearing that. – It was even before the anime started.- Yes, it was. So the people there were HAIKYU!! fans,and not our fans, – It was like, nice to meet you.- Exactly. So, I didn't, if you're watching this,you see, but I didn't joke around at all back then.
I thought I had to do everything seriously.I think I was pretty serious onstage back then. But MURASE-san said, when he appeared on stagehe could only stand upright, but ISHIKAWA-san struck a pose perfectlyand he thought, wow, he's capable. Really?! I have no memory of that. So, HAIKYU!! has such a long history thatsuch memories become lost, but… …what is your most memorable episodewithin the 10 years of HAIKYU!!? – I had my first surgery this year.- Oh, what surgery? I had contact lenses put inside my eyes,an ICL surgery. – That's where you implant the lens, right?- Yes, I had people cutting me for the first time…
– …it was extremely scary.- It must be! So…let's get back to talking about HAIKYU!!. What was that conversation, like we were ina hospital waiting room? Hmm…the most memorable thing in 10 years… But memories keep getting updated; recently theannouncement of the movie was exciting, maybe the most memorable thing is… …yeah, maybe my fight with KAZUNARI-san.[KAZUNARI TANAKA played KEISHIN UKAI] Maybe about a year ago, I got into a big fightwhen we went to eat out together, he started criticizing me, like “You are such and such!”.
And I retaliated, “You know what, KAZUNARI-san,you have problems, too!” It really was an intense situation. He is a much older senpai. Now, I can't believe why I did that, of course. But at the time, I really couldn't agree with him. And what I couldn't agree with,I plainly said, “I can't agree with that.” Which, now, I feel, was childish, in a way. And we made amends after that. That ismy most memorable episode. When you made amends, did you decide tolet it go, or did you understand what he meant.
Well, the next time we were together at work,KAZUNARI-san held my shoulder, and said, “I'm sorry for the other day. After that,I thought about it, and…” “for some of what you said, I saw your point.But I want you to think about what I said, too.” “I will. I'm sorry.” – KAZUNARI-san handled that really maturely.- Yes, he did, and… I thought, this is what it means to be an adult. Even if someone younger than you acts cocky, embracing that with a warm heart, that iswhat it means to be an adult. I see. You mentioned “adult”, several times.
You know, in a certain interview, you answered,since you started working on HAIKYU!!, you wanted to “become an adult”.Do you remember this? – What interview was this?- It's from 2016. – 2016?- An interview from when the 3rd season started. “I started my career at 17, but I feel I havenot really been able to grow up since then.” “Then I joined the HAIKYU!! team, and workedtogether with many older senpais,” “and watching them, they taught me many things.” “That made me feel, 'I want to become an adult'for the first time.” – That's a great interview.- So, you answered like this.
After 10 years, what do you think about this? Become an adult…? – Can I ask, do you think you're an adult?- Not at all. Right, that's how things are. So, I'm still an infant, so please forgive meif I'm ever rude to you! – By saying that, you can…- Yes, I can bring down people's expectations. Thank you very much. So, the JUMP FESTA team thoroughly researchedyour past interviews and comments. It's like digging up archives of old tweets…Let's not do that!.
– Tweets that may have been deleted already!- Let's not do such embarrassing things! – Sorry, but we're going to rub salt in your wounds.- This is so scary! So, we are going to look into his past commentsin the next segment. Don't miss it! JUMP SUPER STAGE EX HINATA & KAGEYAMA, the journey of the great pairmade into a Quiz: HAI-Q!! So, for this memorable 10th AnniversaryHAIKYU!! stage, the JUMP FESTA team researched MURASE-sanand ISHIKAWA-san's past interviews and comments This is really scary, who researched this?Really, this is scary!!! We will give you a quiz on interesting commentsthat we have discovered in the research.
Now, to our first question.Here we go! When the anime began,this is how they saw each other!! What were your first impressions of each other? First, let's take a look at this photo. It's an event at JUMP SHOP. It was an event celebrating the kickoff of the animein 2014, hosted by JUMP SHOP. Here, when you two were askedeach other's first impressions, what did you say?This is our first question. First, MURATA-san, you said, “ISHIKAWA-kun is…”what do you think you said?.
So, MURATA-san has written down his answer.Please show us your panel! This is my answer!”Extremely diligent”. “Extremely diligent.” Why do you think so From the first impression I got, well,and because I didn't have much experience, we had been in the business for about the samenumber of years, but he already had his style. And I asked him how he reads his script,then he had really been thinking so much about it. – I thought, he was extremely diligent.- I see! I think that at the time, I thought that it was beyondmy capabilities to be diligent like that, so I chose this answer.
Now, let's look at the correct answer! The answer is… “ISHIKAWA-kun is cheerful and earnest.” Oh, I see, in other words, he's “extremely diligent”. It's not the same thing! “Cheerful and earnest.” Ho!! He's a great guy, he is. But cheerful and earnest?This is funny. Like “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”… Cheerful and earnest is like Heidi, yes.And he is not like Heidi…
But it's interesting to look back objectivelyat my own words 10 years ago. It's fun. The next question is, what did ISHIKAWA-santhink of MURASE-san when they first met? The answer goes, “MURASE-san does not have…” – I think now, he really does, but…- Yes, yes. He didn't back then? Back then, I didn't know him that well yet,and so I think this is what I said. – So, here is my answer.- Here it is! – MURASE-san does not have “manliness”.- Oh! Now, I think he just has a very high voice, andinside he's really manly. But back then, he has a very high-pitched voice,and he also looks androgynous, so…
But he is actually tall, so that surprised me a bit. But I think back then, this is what I thought. So, let's look at what you actually said.Here it is! – “MURASE-san doesn't have a clear personality”.- Don't say such a thing to someone older than you! Me 10 years ago! Don't say such a thing! “First I thought he didn't have a clear personality,but after going out to eat together, I found out…” “…that he really is an earnest person,”you said in an interview back then. You're still 19 or something, don't judge peoplewho are older than you like that! Don't say things like that!.
Yesterday, MURASE-san answered the samequestion, the other way around. He answered, “Extremely diligent” as the first impressionhe thought he had back then. I see…not! I often say I'm not diligent. You mean, you say that yourself. That actuallymay be a trait of a diligent person, though. I actually changed through experiencing theHAIKYU!! anime recordings. I learned what real diligence is throughthe HAIKYU!! recordings. – MIYU IRINO-san.- Oh, IRINO-san is that type…? When you say diligent, you imaginesomeone who is concentrated and myopic,.
But IRINO-san's diligence is the opposite,he puts in his effort to expand his field of view. In order to improve this one thing, he putsin his effort to expand his field of view. This is the extreme version of diligence. – This is what you call “Extremely diligent”.- Yes, yes. And you, you're not that type? I'm just a myopic man. It's like playing FPS with the narrowest viewing angle. That's not true! Now, let's look at our second question!Here it is!.
This may be why we could continue onfor 10 years… What helped you two become close? This question is from an interviewon Anime Hack in 2020. It sounds like I'm referencing past exam questions. In the 2020 interview, you were asked,”What helped you two become close?”, and MURASE-san, please write down whatyou think you answered to this question. And ISHIKAWA-san, please answer whatyou think you answered to this question. So, first, let's look at MURASE-san's answer. This is the only possible answer.
You were quick. I'm pretty sure of this one. More than the other answers? Here is MURASE-san's answer! Ta-da! “Radio”. – “KARASUNO HIGH SCHOOL Broadcasting Club”?- Yes! Through this, because KAGEYAMA and HINATAdidn't have a good relationship in the beginning, and I was worried that maybe we can't builda good relationship either. – Because of the relationship of your roles?- Yes, exactly.
Then, we had the radio, but actually,the first broadcast was really fun. And I felt that from there we became close,so I think this answer is correct. Let's see if this confident answer is really correct,the answer he gave back then is… – I knew it! – Radio was the correct answer! In the interview you said, “Seeing KAITO-kun's expressions aside fromthe recordings really made me relieved.” “Seeing his traits other than his reliability made mewant to work together with him even more.” You two still continue to deliver aradio program with very good vibes. I'm so grateful that the program has beenrunning for 9 years now.
– I enjoy listening to it every month.- Thank you very much! You, too! Thank you! Please listen to the radio, too! Now, ISHIKAWA-san's answer to the question. – I remember this one.- Oh, you remember answering this interview? I do. Because this episode that brought us closer,I still recall it once a day, 365 days a year. – Every morning?- Yes, it's part of my morning routine. So, let's look at ISHIKAWA-san's answer.Here it is! We became close through…”Press interviews”. “Press interviews”. Okay, so let's look at what heactually said in the interview. Here it is!.
“Press interviews”! That's correct! – You remember this?- Yes, I remember it. In a press interview, I said MURASE-san'sanswer was too long. I told him not to say the same thingover again two or three times. Well, he's not repeating the same thing,he says it in different words or interpretations, laying it out from various angles. And I thought, back then, that it's too long, and also… …that the writer will have trouble decidingwhere to focus on when writing the article. So, at the studio we recorded the first two seasonsof HAIKYU!!, at the counter,.
I said, “MURASE-san, you should focus more onyour points when you answer interviews.” And I had thought that I was 100% right, so I thought he would say, “Sorry, you're right.” But he said, “Yeah, but when I'm being interviewed,” “I try to remember how I'd felt as a fan,” “and when I was a fan reading these magazines,” “I really enjoyed the words spoken by the actorplaying my favorite character.” “I wanted to read them as much as I could,so I will speak as much as I can.” So, I thought, darn, he has a point, and said,.
“I see…then, I guess, that was my bad.” And you changed your way of thinking? From there, I began to think I want toknow more about him. I think this interest I took in him helped usbecome close. Thank you very much. That's it for the questions. Normally you wouldn't go back and look atcomments you made in the past, but how was it? It's important to stop and look back behind youonce in a while. Because who's behind you? NOYA-san is. You're right. He says, “I HAVE YOUR BACKS!”.
Just looking forward isn't enough. You have to look back, and see who's there,see the people that have supported you, and acknowledge what changes you haveundergone on your way. HAIKYU!! was what taught me this. – Thank you very much for wrapping it up!- It's a really amazing piece of work! – So, let's do something like this again next year!- Okay! We'll have something prepared. Please do. So, our second guest was KAITO ISHIKAWA,thank you very much! JUMP SUPER STAGE EX.
Next, we have our third guest of the day. The director of GEKIDAN HAIKYU!!that will have its first performance next year, KENTA SUGA will join us today.Please come in! Hello everyone! I'm KENTA SUGA.It's great to be here! – Please sit down.- Thank you. Pardon me for taking a seat! – So, we have KENTA SUGA joining us today.- Thanks for having me. The last time he appeared in JUMP FESTA was… …when he was playing SHOYO HINATA forHyper Projection Theatre HAIKYU!!.
Yes. Oh, a photo from back then. – 2017.- Gosh, I'm so young! – You're hanging a megaphone from your neck.- Yeah, I was. This JUMP FESTA was a really memorable one. Our theatre HAIKYU!! team had, of course, been performing HAIKYU!! in the theatres. But taking part in an event for HAIKYU!! itself was, probably, it only started from somewhere aroundthis year's SUPER STAGE. So, to be honest, first, MURASE-san and ISHIKAWA-sancame out, and the crowd roared,.
And backstage we were like, “Are we gonna be ok?” Like, will the audience accept us the same way? Me and TATSUNARI KIMURA who played KAGEYAMAwere like, “What if we go out and it's silence.” But when we went out, thankfully, the crowdaccepted us with cheers. And that sort of relieved us, that people acknowledged us, knew whatwe were doing. – Obviously they do!- But when you're on this side, you really don't know. I really remember how we felt relievedback then at JUMP FESTA 2017. And you come back again the next year.
– See? Here, we could raise our hands to the crowd.- You're right! – You're more relaxed.- We were like, “They acknowledge us!” – You all look reassured.- Yeah, exactly. So, you have joined us for the first timesince that year, which means it's been a while, so we hope tohear a lot from you today. So, HAIKYU!! has marked the 10th Anniversaryof its series this year. – Congratulations!- Thank you very much! So, SUGA-san, I heard you were a fan of HAIKYU!!since 10 years ago, as a reader. Really, since the series began, though Inever imagined myself being part of the family,.
I was simply a fan of the series. Even before the theatre performance, I'd thoughtof writing a letter to FURUDATE-Sensei, asking him to cast me if this was ever going tobe made into a movie. That is so pure of you! I had a draft I was working on, on my iPhone. Like, “My favorite character is KUROO…” – Though many characters appear after him, still!- “…but my No.1 character is HINATA”. That is how much I wanted to be a part ofHAIKYU!! as an actor, to begin with. When I graduated from my role, I was actuallyable to hand my drafted letter to FURUDATE-Sensei.
That was really, it may be weird to say this myself,but a dramatic outcome. – So, Theatre HAIKYU!! meant a lot to you?- Definitely. It was really like a club itself, practicing frommorning to night, eating together, discussing how tomake things better together, sometimes getting into small fights… I was able to experience the intensity of creatingone piece together as a group through HAIKYU!!, so HAIKYU!! actually became somethinglike a bloom of youth itself for me. I've heard from the staff about how muchrice they cook. Yeah, there aren't many rehearsals wherethey cook rice.
I've never seen a rehearsal studio withrice cookers lined up side by side. Three rice cookers. After lunch break, the rehearsal studio is likea clubroom. Everyone… …eats, like, rice, and kimchi, and natto, so… …the smell is all mixed up, and… I ask what they want as a treat, and they say,”Rice toppings…maybe…” “You want rice toppings?” They're like, “We want to try something newon our rice.” – It's not something you hear often in rehearsals.- But it's also because…
The company consisted of about20-30 hungry boys in their early 20s. Another interesting thing is, after our final performance,the KARASUNO team went out to eat together. Then, before I know it, they're all like… “You could've done that scene better ifyou had done it like so and so.” – They're giving each other notes?- They were. We finished the final performance, so we'llnever do it again. “We should do that scene a little more like this.” They're pointing out each other's potentials.
And then, they're like, “Oh, we're not gonnado this anymore…” They're like, obsessed with theatre.Something similar to the characters HAIKYU!! They were probably doing something like thatthrough volleyball everyday. And that we were able to do something similar,improving through friendly rivalry in theatre, maybe that is what moved my heart the mostthrough this entire experience. So, there were many theatre productionsof HAIKYU!! in the past, but… …SUGA-san, who has so much love for HAIKYU!!… …will be the director of a new project,GEKIDAN HAIKYU!! starting in 2023. This is going to be my debut as a director,.
And as it is my director debut, everything isa first for me. I'm already doing some meetings for this project, but it's really like, oh, so this is howa production is created. Of course I had participated as an actor before, but the timing we join the project is actuallyat the very end. After various things are set in place, and all that's left is creating the piece,that's when we actors join the team. So, it's really like, so many things are beingdecided bit by bit…I sound like an amateur. So, performing as a cast and directing,they are totally different things, right?.
Totally different! Really! Well, but it's all going to begin next year.The rehearsals haven't begun yet, and we will be making many of the decisionsthrough the rehearsals. But I really feel… and I felt this since I played HINATA forTheatre HAIKYU!!, but… I think HAIKYU!! is a piece that reallyworks well with Theatre. Like, how we get emotional, then thatgets the audience emotional… …is really one great charm of HAIKYU!!, andalso a great charm of Theatre. So, I think that is something we can deliverthrough HAIKYU!! in the Theatres.
I will keep that in mind whendirecting this new production. I wonder how…maybe I shouldn't say this,but I have no idea how this will turn out, too. He's telling the truth. Right now, nobody knowshow this is going to turn out. – And we're out here announcing it already!- It's amazing how this project kicked off. I don't have any ideas yet!! But I know sincerely confronting the pieceis the most important thing, so I'll find my way through the process. So, everyone, please look forward to the production! So, SUGA-san has an announcement onGEKIDAN HAIKYU!!.
So, we're revealing this for the first time,from GEKIDAN HAIKYU!!, the actor playing SHOYO HINATA has a message for you all, so pleasewatch the video! SHOYO HINATA will be played by… Good evening, everyone. I'm KEISHIRO KATO, playingSHOYO HINATA in GEKIDAN HAIKYU!! [How do you feel right now?] My entire family loves HAIKYU!!, but… the more I read and watch HAIKYU!!, I getworried if I could fly like HINATA, but I'll put in my best!.
[What do you look forward to?] I look forward to playing the main character,SHOYO HINATA, and the opportunity to create a piece togetherwith KENTA SUGA. [A message to the fans] I am still learning many things, but I will do my best. Please root for us! We will be waiting for you in the theatres,in August 2023. Bye-bye! – He was so nervous!- Yes, he was so nervous!.
First thing I'll do is buy him an orange hoodie. He wore a blue hoodie. – That color is BLUECASTLE.- That is more like BLUECASTLE. So I will buy him a orange hoodie right away. What sort of HINATA do you hope to seein KATO-san? I myself had many moments where I felt likeHINATA when I was playing him. So, I think there is a documentary sort offactor in HAIKYU!! I want him to feel many things with an open heart,and play the part of HINATA. That was a message to KATO-san fromthe director.
Wear orange! Orange, okay?Let's go shopping together. You gave him homework. And though he was nervous, I thinkhe said August? Yes, this is also a new announcement! GEKIDAN HAIKYU!!'s first performancewill be in August 2023. – Please check it out!- Please check it out! We hope the fans will enjoy it!SUGA-san, how was today's program? It was really fun, and time went by quickly. So fun that you maybe said too much?.
But appearing in such programs as a directoris something I haven't found my balance to yet. You became confused as KATO-san earlier,when you became director? Yeah, I stand upright and start to wiggle. Even though you were so good at this before! When I'm asked about the direction,I suddenly panic. – So you're remembering how a rookie feels.- Yes, and I'll find my way as I go along. And we will be releasing more info onGEKIDAN HAIKYU!!'s first performance… …so please look forward to that as well! Everyone, please look forward to the new,fresh GEKIDAN HAIKYU!!.
– Thank you very much!- Thank you very much!! JUMP SUPER STAGE EX And we have MURASE-san back with us! HAIKYU!! 10th Anniversary will be wrapped upwith a message from FURUDATE-Sensei! Oh! – He has sent us a message this year, too!- Thank you very much! Let us present it to you, here it is! – An energetic HINATA and KAGEYAMA.- I like it! It's the high school, KARASUNO HIGH eraHINATA and KAGEYAMA, back again.
– So, please read the message, like every year.- Okay. – I'll put my heart into it.- Thank you. “Next year, we'll also…YAH!!!” It's good, simple and encouraging! FURUDATE-Sensei, thank you very much! JUMP FESTA 2023 JUMP SUPER STAGE EXHAIKYU!! Stage is about to end. This year was the 10th Anniversary of theHAIKYU!! series, and we looked back at some of the thingsthat happened during the 10 years, – MURASE-san, how was it?- It was really fun.
AZUMA-san is so skilled at hosting the show,it really surprised me!! Well, it's surprising how one can actuallystart to get the hang of it! – You're really good at bringing out episodes.- Really? – I just feel really sorry that some of it is edited out.- Of course, – Sorry I talked too much!- We'd like to show a 180 min. director's cut version. Lastly, we still cannot reveal the details, but… …let's review the information that'salready out on the anime movie, though we don't have new announcements. The sequel of the anime series, HAIKYU!! FINAL,will come out as a 2-part movie!!.
On August 2023, there will be a kickoff event!! – Details of this event may not be decided yet…- I wonder what we're going to do! I wonder what we're going to do, too. But it's a kickoff event, so we'll do somethingto drive the excitement up to the release. – Of course MURASE-san will…be there, I think.- I'll…be there, right? And just the other day, we had surprising news. A new HAIKYU!! App will come out! MURASE-san, can you tell us about this App? A new HAIKYU!! smartphone game will come out!.
A full-scale volleyball game with mini 3D characters. HAIKYU!! TOUCH THE DREAM,or “HAIDORI” in short, To be released this winter, please check theHAIDORI official twitter account for details. – Please check it out and pre-register!- Please do! So, we have the app, and the movie, soplease continue to enjoy HAIKYU!! Okay, so MURASE-san, will you wrap upthis program as you always do? – Okay!- Will you do your thing? Okay, oh, so when I say, “Otsukaresshita!”, AZUMA-san, will you represent everyoneand say, “Otsukaresshita!” back?.
– I'll say it back.- Thank you! – Then, to the center camera.- To the center camera. Are you ready? Otsukaresshita!!! Otsukaresshita!!! Thank you very much!