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Unedited Feed from the Aniplex Kannagi panel at Otakon 2009. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.

13:57:41 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Bandai people everywhere... official Nagi cosplayer appears to be meandering about
13:58:35 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> We're just waiting a couple minutes for the special guests to arrive
13:58:54 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> This panel is now officially the Kannagi Focus panel
13:58:58 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Robert Napton on stage
13:59:02 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> with Ken Iyadomi
14:00:15 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (The room is crawling with Bandai people)
14:01:26 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (Okay, correction... official Tsugumi and Zange cosplayers too)
14:03:57 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Okay we're going to start and we're going to be joined by some guests in some minutes
14:02:08 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Robert Napton....
14:02:20 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Hisoue Sukamoto from Aniplex....
14:02:23 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> we're kinda surprising you
14:02:28 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> this is going to be the kannagi focus panel
14:02:47 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and we will be joined by the director and producer for Kannagi
14:02:53 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and now the trailer....
14:04:27 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> I'm going to play moderator...
14:04:33 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> If you aren't familiar with what happened yesterday
14:04:40 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Bandai ent announced that they had licensed kannagi from aniplex
14:04:46 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> at the same time, it is available for sell DVD vol 1 ...
14:04:54 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and we also , made the first 2 episodes available for streaming on ANN
14:05:05 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> so it was kinda a unique plan and a unique execution of bringing a new title to the US
14:05:07 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> the DVD is on sale in the dealer's room
14:05:14 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> at one vendor called anime depot
14:05:19 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> you can pick it up here..
14:05:31 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and we have a signing toorrow at noon with yamakan
14:05:43 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and now, the director of kannagi yamamoto yutaka.. and the producer ....
14:06:10 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> introducing themselves now...
14:06:16 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Yamamoto Yutaka, the director of Kannagi...
14:06:36 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Shimizu Akia, producer onn Kannagi
14:06:45 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> First question I wanted to ask... could you each tell us about how the series came to be
14:06:52 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> How you got involved with Kannagi
14:07:30 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> S: First, when i worked with Yamakan on another A-1 pictures titled, Ookiku fuurrikabute (The big windup)
14:07:59 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> So when Mr Yamamoto worked with the company on the ending of said series, thats when we worked together
14:08:27 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> And then he was already very well known and popular and at the same time, Aniplex proposed Kannagi so we had the opportunity to work together
14:09:16 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: The other A-1 picuture producer, mr ochikoshi gave me the first vol of kannagi and asked me to read it
14:09:33 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and he thought about it for a while and finally accepted it
14:09:46 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: Planning and what they had to do with the manga to make it work as an anime
14:10:39 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: One of my policies is to do it exactly at the comic, and at the same time, the author also joined us in planning
14:10:41 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> *gensaku doori
14:11:43 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> So there are several things that they had questions about on the manga and at the same time,, there was something that the staff wondered... like if we could make it more understandable if they do X... and he would also consult with the author and always communicated when we made the kannagi animation
14:12:25 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> At the same time, we decided not to subtract any elements from the manga, but rather, we added some elements to the manga when we made the animation...
14:12:59 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: Voice cast....actors who played Jin and Nagi who had to work together really well... talking about casting the roles...
14:14:10 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> S: Of course we did the auditions, and we contracted the voice talent agent, and had as many as 30 people for that role... so when Ms. Tomatsu.. she matched our image so we appointed her...
14:14:41 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> But the most important thing is that the author of the manga also had to like that voice, so thats the biggest point when we made a decision
14:14:51 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> And after that, we also listened to the sound director's opinion too
14:15:57 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: So when we auditioned nagi's voice cast, we auditioned each of the 3 girls
14:16:32 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> nagi, tsugumi, zange, when we auditioed ms tomatsu, it sounded so real for Tsugumi since she had just graduated from high school
14:16:57 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> but at the same time, ms sawashiro, who did tsugumi's voice also matched nagi's voice...
14:17:54 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> So I was thinking so much, but I finally decided to cast them.... by look.... so he (1st person) felt that tomatsu looked like nagi and sawashiro looks like tsugumi...
14:18:42 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (Missed something....?)
14:18:57 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (The question that is)
14:19:37 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: Mr. Satoru Kousaki.. I've known him for 20 years and i worked with him on Haruhi and Lucky Star... So we've known eachother...so we decided him to be the soundtrack composer and left the work to him
14:19:55 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> But I instead, I made them make, many times, the opening and ending
14:20:28 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Since we've known eachother for a long time, m.r Kousaki asked me what director he should go
14:21:04 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: Regarding about the dance.... did yamakan find it a challenge to do a dance after doing the two prior?
14:21:37 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: Actually.... the aniplex producer mr iwakami forced me to make it... just kidding...
14:23:16 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Actually, since Nagi is a goddess, and at the same time, she's very active and aggressive and became an idol in the high school, so her fans made a fanclub for her, so I believe to make each anime title, you need a good opening and ending to represent the title...
14:23:47 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> So i wanted to express her divine existance of nagi in the ending... while in the opening, expressing her idol side
14:24:07 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and to express her as an idol, I didn't have any choice but to let her dance...
14:24:18 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (He just confused the interpreter)
14:24:49 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and at the same time, one thing that i would like to try in terms of challenging, I didn't have tsugumi and zange dance in the opening... unlike Lucky Star and Haruhi where everyone danced
14:25:03 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and now... before we open up to Q&A
14:25:16 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> mr iyadomi had an interesting suggestion to do a reverse Q&A....
14:25:18 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> any questions for the fans?
14:26:42 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: The one question, at the same time I'm a little concerned about how you see the god or goddess in Japan since Nagi is, in spite of her look, is a goddess... so I was wondering if this goddess could be accepted in America....
14:27:14 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Audience answer: (This is going to be paraphrased).
14:27:26 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Those who watch anime need to understand the Japanese culture....
14:27:30 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and about the Shinto religion
14:27:33 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> in this case
14:28:05 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and try and watch it through the way a Japanese person would watch it
14:28:24 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: At the same time, Zange-chan.. .she's a japanese goddess, but she has a cross on her hair...
14:28:31 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> official cosplayer stands up...
14:28:35 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> does it disturb you
14:28:38 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> audience: no
14:29:59 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Audience: (Basically, that there is a difference between cultures is understood so they aren't offended despite being a christian)
14:30:05 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> So, open Q&A now
14:30:37 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (Quick answer of the previous)
14:32:18 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (This has been repeated 4 times nnow...basically that there is historical precedent...)
14:32:22 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and now.. Q&A
14:32:56 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: Favorite scene in the show?
14:33:26 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> S: Liked the scenes with nagi's daily life...
14:34:17 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Also I liked the way Nagi is drawn.. kinda erotic... in a kinda fetishism... by the character designer with subdirection by Yamakan
14:35:23 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: Actually, I agree with him, My favorite scene is in ep 2 when Nagi scratches her thigh with her own leg...
14:35:27 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> she is a god but doesn't act like a god
14:35:39 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> she isn't the typical moe character or the typical beatiful girl characte
14:35:43 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> that scene is especially typical of nagi
14:36:45 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: You mentioned how the intro was to display nagi as an idol... were the scenes ever planned to appear in the anime.... if not? why not use scenes fro the anime instead?
14:37:44 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: Just like in Haruhi... nobody actually danced...
14:38:45 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Actually, the opening is not an excerpt or digest, but I like to make the opening more like an image of the title
14:39:05 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> As you can see, jin acts like the manager and Zange competes against nagi on stage
14:39:10 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> thats why there isn't a scene in the actual episode
14:39:27 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: How did you go about collecting the songs for each character the karaoke episode?
14:40:58 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: Actually, the lyrics were in the original manga.. so we built music when talking with the author
14:41:07 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> only zange did we have to make it from scratch
14:41:17 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: How often the author come in when converting a manga into an anime?
14:42:28 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> S: She got involved in the project fro the beginning...
14:42:46 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> of course, we have a planning meeting where all the staff gather and even before that, even the author joined us
14:42:51 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> so we consulted with her for every aspect of the project
14:43:11 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Everything of course includes character design, the color setting, everything...
14:43:51 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> And also the author is originally from Sendai, and Kannagi is not set in sendai.. but when she drew the manga with the strong image of the hometown, we went location hunting in sendai
14:44:53 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: In addition to what was just said, even the dialogue, when the script is done, we asked her to check and she gave us her feedback, and we and the scriptwriter worked on the scenario...
14:44:57 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> and it went back to mr takenashi...
14:46:01 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: Of shows you did not direct, which was your favorite?
14:46:19 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: My current favorite is summer wars by Hosoda, coming out now in theaters in Japan...
14:46:45 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: Was there a specific philosophy applied to production kannagi as opposed to other works?
14:48:37 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: I would like to show how a boy and a girl live together in one house and how they .... lead their daily life.... if there are heart pounding sitautions or not... there are other titles that ive worked on that situation in the past but i haven't seen it recently
14:49:03 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: How did the character development process go?
14:49:16 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (They are handing out posters and official nagi-sama fanclub member cards)
14:50:15 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: Well when you develop the characters, people fill into making... symbolize... some element...
14:50:26 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (that was a complete miss translation)
14:51:11 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> i didn't want to just symbolize beautiful girls, but i asked the character to develop realistic girls, girls who live next door
14:51:23 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> so thats why i asked the character designer to be careful with each line
14:51:37 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> the symbolic line is her thigh...
14:51:49 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> so i asked him to develop the line for her thigh again and again
14:53:07 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Q: You said you got a coreographer to do the opening for Kannagi.... did you use screen printing or other technology?
14:52:51 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Also, anything about the second season?
14:53:54 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: We asked the coreographer to dance and we video'd it and then showed it to the animator and recreated it
14:53:58 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> However, it is not roteoscope...
14:54:06 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> It is an animator's creation based on video
14:54:18 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> S: (Or maybe the above was S)
14:54:32 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> And also, the opening, we used 30fps instead of 24fps, meaning that the movement is more detailed
14:54:55 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y directs to S....
14:55:07 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> S: I'd myself would like to do it... but I don't know about mr yamamoto
14:56:02 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Y: I'd love to do it, but the author hasn't drawn as fast as the anime so it depends on how she is going to draw in the future (how far she progresses) and where the second season will end...,
14:56:17 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> Going to take the last couple minutes and get you to participate....
14:56:23 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> we're doing got do a kannagi dance lesson
14:58:25 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (delay for the next panel)
14:58:34 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> (can't get out of here right now.. hopefully this ends up online)
14:59:52 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> zange-chan confessions at the aniplex panel....
15:00:18 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> good confessions...we're going to list the top 10... on the fc
15:00:36 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> do please give a big thanks to our guests
15:00:36 <bay|Ota|AniNagi> thank you for coming
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