This is old/error-riddled, go read the new version: http://ninteenpointzerofour.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/proofreadingetc/
Finished! Sorta. I haven’t done another proofing pass yet because I’m still at work and I’ve been messing with this too much already today––so if you see any errors, tell me. I’ve omitted the interview for now since I’m not done TLing it and it’s fairly separable from the rest of the pamphlet. I’ll post it when I get done and probably append the PDF to include it.
Again, this pamphlet comes from the official site, you can grab the raw there. Also, the image quality is mostly not my fault, it was pretty degraded to begin with, and I’ve re-laid out the text so that it reads a little better in English, so don’t be disturbed that the titles and paragraphs aren’t in exactly the same locations as the original. Anywho, here it is:
The World of Star Driver v2.2
(v1.2 corrected interpretation error on the Staff Comment about Sugata on p.4)
(v2.0 interview added)
(v2.2 fixed some of the glaring errors in the interview, I still need to do a more thorough TLC though)
[EDIT III] Finished the interview. I probably should have done a closer edit before posting, but I was too amused by the interview to bother (tl;dr I think I love Enokido). So, again if you see any errors bitch at me and I’ll fix it. I’ll probably give it a once over later though. [EDIT] Wow, there are some seriously retarded errors all over this. Welp, I’ll get to it tomorrow.
[EDIT] Meant to mention, the random bold words are of no particular significance, I was just trying to break up title text a bit.
[EDIT II] tl;dr of the interview so far: Igarashi doesn’t know shit about robot anime, so everyone thinks he’s crazy for wanting to do a robot show with Enokido (who thinks Igarashi’s ignorance of mecha tropes is a strength––I’m inclined to agree0, lol. It really sounds like this is a project they had a lot of fun developing together––it’s definitely their vision (at least of what I’ve read so far, but it doesn’t sound like a marketing-comitte developed Gundam series or something). I dunno about anyone else, but now I’ve got really high hopes now.
Text only below the cut since apparently copy-and-paste doesn’t work for some reason (I didn’t protect it or anything, sorry)
The sparkling of “adolescence” reinvents robot anime!
Igarashi Takuya (director) x Enokido Yoji (writer)
Igarashi Takuya, the director known for his work on “Soul Eater” and Enokido Yoji, the man responsible for “Aim for the Top 2!” and “Revolutionary Girl Utena” among others.
These two are teaming up again after “Ouran Host Club” for “Star Driver – Radiant Takuto.”
What will director Igarashi try to express with his first attempt at robot anime?
And what is Enokido’s plot? A cool presentation of a talk between these two hot shots.
—”Star Driver Radiant Takuto” is director Igarashi’s first foray into robot anime, isn’t it?
IGARASHI Yeah. It was right after “Ouran Host Club” ended. They decided to have me direct “Soul Eater,” but right after that I talked to Enokido about “doing something original.” That‘s how it got started.
ENOKIDO I was surprised when he talked to me, since he’s been in the anime industry for such a long time, and inspite of making a name for himself as a director, it doesn’t seem like he’s ever had an interest in anything robot related—Igarashi that is. (lol)
IGARASHI Ahaha (lol)
ENOKIDO I think robots are a major genre of Japanese animation, but the robotic elements have a grammatical quality to them, don’t they? For example, upon hearing “mass produced” or “prototype” you just think “Ooh!” (lol). Igarashi had absolutely none of that sort of background knowledge. When I realized that, I thought “I really have to make something robot-related with this person.” (lol)
—As opposed to “let’s try it”?
IGARASHI It seems like there are laws that dictate “this is how robot series are”—speaking of which, I always got that impression when I was talking to the staff. Even during meetings, I was always asking “why?” and “how?” like a little kid (lol). I don’t think the preconceived notions about like “robot series have to be like this” are particularly bad. It’s just that I had a case of what you might call culture shock.
ENOKIDO Igarashi’s strength is that he is absolutely not ruled by those established works. I think that scheme is working out pretty well so far! (lol).
IGARASHI Of course, to say that up until now I’ve never seen any robot series at all isn’t quite true, but I never really paid attention to the setup parts. Instead [I paid attention] to the bits that were fun because they made me feel “this drama is interesting.” So, when I was actually making it, I was thinking “the robot fans are really not going to be able to enjoy this, are they?” so I consulted with all sorts of staff members.
—While listening to the opinions of surrounding robot fans…. (lol)
IGARASHI In the end, even if they tell me “this sort of thing gets me really fired up,” I’d have to incorporate things I don’t get, wouldn’t I? But, I’d also be thinking “if I change my perspective, I wonder if there are things I can add?”
That is to say, I think the people around us were probably rather dubious at the notion of what Enokido and I were thinking about doing. Like, “what the hell are you thinking!?” I think it’ll probably take a while for them to understand what we’re going for.
ENOKIDO When we put the plan out for this one, it was like, “aren’t you guys mistaking this for a traditional robot series?” But, when we said “aren’t you mistaken?” contrary to what you might think, somehow, the more anxious faces we caused, the happier it made me (lol). It kind of felt like “this is a misunderstanding contest!”
—A misunderstanding contest (lol). I’d love it if you could go into a little more detail.
IGARASHI The very first big thing we laid down was that it’d be a “school robot anime.” So you’d have robots and school things side-by-side. We gave a lot of thought to the mechanics of it all.
ENOKIDO One of the first things was that people wouldn’t die. Even though it’s got robot elements, people don’t die.
IGARASHI It’s not robot anime if people don’t die, some people might say, but I just end up thinking “Really? Is that how it is?” Sometimes I’d get people really upset with that (lol). But, for example, you couldn’t do a “Please accept this love letter!” like story the day after someone died. You could say we had to justify that somehow.
ENOKIDO I think a heart-pounding, cheerful [scene like] getting a love letter from an upperclassman is appropriate for the school part, but if their little brother was killed in battle the day before, they wouldn’t be able to be even remotely cheerful. In other words, the depictions of battle are such that we don’t lose the school portion. It seems like it’d be simple to make it so that it wouldn’t destroy that aspect, but it’s pretty hard. On the other hand, as long as you clear that problem, I think you’ll end up with something kind of new. Like with scenery you’re very familiar with and ingredients you eat often, when you bring the two together, it makes you think, “Oh, so this is what it becomes?” That newness is my main goal this time.
—So, you came up with Zero Time to make that device work, right?
ENOKIDO Yeah. It’s our sure-kill device this time. “Fighting in an alternate dimension” itself was used a lot in past series, but the alternate dimension wasn’t prepared just for the sake of fighting, that alternate dimension itself, along with using the main motif of the reason for fighting, resonates well with the story and setup. There’s a closed space called Zero Time. And the enemy’s objective is to take the robots out of that closed space—it’s a simple arrangement.
IGARASHI On the other hand, the protagonists are desperately trying to defend the school portion somehow (lol). That is, in other words, even though we ourselves are here, if the robots are brought out of Zero Time Southern Cross island would probably be rushed by UN Peacekeeping troops or the SDF. In short, it’s to prevent a war from breaking out. Well, what is the best way to stop that from happening?
—At which point, the robots called Saibuddies are the key, right.
ENOKIDO The “buddy” in Saibuddy is from “body,” in other words one’s physical person, as for Igarashi, he knows even less about the military than he does about robots (lol). Like, real guns have such and such qualities, the armor’s thickness is so-and-so millimeters, and so on…if there was no romance I’m not sure we could produce this…
IGARASHI I’ll probably piss off the robot fans if I say this, but to me, [series] with robots are kind of like magical girl [series] in some respects (lol). That is to say, the existence of robots themselves—like the robots we saw when we were children—seemed like magic, didn’t it? Like, if such things really exist in the real world—well, we have little ones, but there aren’t any in the shape [we know from TV and movies], and for me one way to interpret that is magic. Imagination you might call magic. If it crosses over from imagination, even if it’s super technology, even if science had the power, it’d still be magic to me.
ENOKIDO Not a single one of the hit robot anime series up until now hasn’t incorporated “magic.” As far as “Star Driver” goes, the reason is that some sort of ancient ruins were found near Southern Cross island.
—And it was excavated because the Saibuddies were there, right?
IGARASHI As far as the Saibuddies go, rather than hiding them behind garish armor, I really wanted to use a bit cleaner design. The Saibuddy designs were done by Koyama Shigeto, but I think it’s Koyama’s style of facial expressions, rather than his figure lines, that suits Star Driver. At the first design meeting I thought “this is good.”
—By “this is good” you mean?
IGARASHI That it agreed with my inner vision of what the robots should look like. Of course, I like robots like Gundams too, but those feel like the kind of thing boys would think are really cool. But, this sort of thing is a little different—with this, the human shape is much more radical. With the human shape, the cool factor is still there, but it feels a little like the balance is ruined. It’s obscure, but, what I was imagining in my head was Koyama’s design and Donpisha. At that time, I could think “this is good, isn’t it.” I thought, “if it’s this robot, I love it.” Whether it’s the robots, the characters or the world, the point is whether you love them. After all, I think whether you can love and use the characters you create is the most important thing.
—Just a bit ago, you said that Star Driver was a school robot series, but what do you find interesting about the “school parts,” director Igarashi?
IGARASHI School life is something just about everyone’s experienced. That is to say, what you do within the confines of the time from elementary, to middle and through high school. That’s the most interesting [period]. What kind of people did you meet? What sort of experiences did you have? What did you think about? Naturally, love should be in there too, and friendship, along with being required to study. What sort of drama can occur in those silly events—that’s what’s interesting. That’s how it turned out for me, but it seems like other outcomes are possible too.
—So are you saying that your school life was unhappy, director Igarashi? (lol)
IGARASHI No, I think I had a very normal school life (lol). In the end, I think it’s just that it has meaning because it’s a constrained period of time.
—So you’re saying it’s how you shine during that time? The catchphrase attached to the series, “Dashing appearance, the galactic pretty-boy!” is pointing at that too, isn’t it? It’s a kind of embarrassing catchphrase though, isn’t it? (lol).
IGARASHI Aspects that might could be considered “embarrassing” are okay with me (lol).
ENOKIDO “How’s that!” I say. If it’s just normally embarrassing, it’s no good, I think (lol).
IGARASHI In that sense, the phrase “galactic pretty-boy” had it’s origins in the very beginnings of this project. You could say that we wanted to make a “galactic pretty-boy” series.
ENOKIDO From the very beginning, the thing I was thinking about was that I wanted to make an anime-ish anime. And so, beginning with “Astro Boy,” from the dawn of anime, there was “space boy” and “meteor boy” and “wolf boy” so I wanted to make a series with a title like “xx Boy.”
—You don’t really see series with titles like that anymore.
ENOKIDO A boy washing up on the shore of a southern island on a night where the sky is so heavy with stars it feels like it might come crashing down, is a really romantic way to start, but to me, that romance feels like the kind I felt from the anime at the “dawn of anime.”
—I see, I see
ENOKIDO So, I was struck with the phrase “galactic pretty-boy,” but, after all, it’s just an homage to “meteor boy” and “space boy” and it just sounds retro. That’s not it, what I was thinking about at the time was that, in the past phrases like “meteor boy” and “space boy” made my heart pound for real, and I wanted to share that feeling with people now. That’s when it struck me, I added “pretty” and ended up with “galactic pretty-boy.” Even though everyone around me was laughing (lol).
—”Galactic pretty-boy” has a sparkly feel.
ENOKIDO Yeah, it definitely does. A sparkly feel. That’s why the enemy organization ended up with a sparkly name like “Glittering Crux Brigade” too (lol). That’s why, within me, these Saibuddies are more a Balcony of Appearances than weapons.
—Balcony of Appearances? (lol)
ENOKIDO Yeah, Balcony of Appearances. These robots are giant, human-shaped Balconies of Appearances. Just, don’t make fun of this Balcony of Appearances thing (lol).
IGARASHI I’d like to try standing on that Balcony of Appearances (lol). That sort of feeling is really important, don’t you think?
—Mr. Enokido, what sort of person is the main character, Takuto?
ENOKIDO He’s positive. Because he’s still just 15 years old, he has many immature aspects, but if you embrace those immature aspects, it creates the sense of a bright, lively and fun boy. I really wanted the southern island, Star Driver’s stage, to be a fun stage too. It has robots, people bent on world domination, I wanted it to be a fun world. When you get right down to it thematically, before Takuto came, Southern Cross island was on a course for a disastrous fate. There’s a secret below the island, a conspiring secret society, and friends and enemies are forced to live separate school lives. Takuto is the kind of guy who seems like he’d just blow all that off. To him, embracing fighting to protect the peace of the world is all part of school life. Because of his actions, two separate worlds’ ways of doing things are gradually starting to change. That’s the kind of story I think it is.
—Ultimately he has the role of fusing the robot anime and school anime sides, right?
ENOKIDO Even though he’s doing this sort of work right now, in reality he’s burdened with a fate so heavy it’s impossible for a human to describe it…. I think the world is full of people in a positions to that effect. So, I think there’s a theme of it-could-be-anyone, even though Takuto comes across as an incredibly powerful character, the proper implication is still there, isn’t it?
IGARASHI Enokido talked about the masks we made to present a double life, but one objective was to get the characters to their feet. Another is that Takuto is the only who doesn’t wear a mask, even in Zero Time. In other words, he doesn’t change at school or in Zero Time. We’ve depicted Takuto as the personification of destroying that distinction.
—I see, I see
IGARASHI Of course, there are other reasons we made him such a cheerful kid, I think this was already mentioned, but ultimately he’s burdened by something. So, if he’d avoided piloting a Saibuddy, he definitely wouldn’t be such a special boy.
—So, lastly, Star Driver will be airing on TV soon, but what should we look forward to? Could you give us some highlights?
ENOKIDO This time I’m running wild. (lol)
ENOKIDO I’m definitely running wild. This time, I’m not holding back, nothing’s tying me down, I’m running wild. So rather than “what to look forward to” it’s “what to prepare yourself for” (lol).
IGARASHI Since this is my first robot anime—though I guess school robot anime would be more accurate—I think I’ve dipped my toes into areas I’ve never tried before. I sorta got over the times where I thought “considering my character, I should just give up.” (lol) It might be a little different from Enokido’s “running wild,” but it’s like “I wonder if I could try a somewhat more adult presentation too?” (lol). I think that’s the kind of series it is.
ENOKIDO Igarashi’s image is really going to change after this series. From now on he’ll be a “slightly bad[-boy] director” (lol).
IGARASHI To have my bad-boy debut at 45 (though I don’t quite know what I think of that) (lol).
ENOKIDO Bad-boy has a youthful feel. In the end, I think Igarashi seems like an honor student. But, as far as that image goes, it’ll be “Eeh?! Igarashi was that sort of person?!”
IGARASHI I wonder if I should try lowering my car a little bit (lol). My windows are tinted, but the areas by the mirrors are cut out (lol). With that sort of feeling, I ought to embrace my youth a little. I think that’s the sort of feel this series will have.