»Lycoris Recoil« is one of the most popular anime titles in this still young summer season 2022. The Japanese portal February introduced now interview with Shingo Adachi, the director of the hit anime.
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Many renowned fan sites regularly place »Lycoris Recoil« at the top of their anime rankings for the current season. And this despite the fact that the anime is an original work and cannot fall back on an existing fan base. It simply convinces with quality.
Accordingly, director Shingo Adachi, who is also responsible for the script, storyboard and series composition, has a huge share in the success. But what many people don’t know is that Adachi made his directorial debut with »Lycoris Recoil«.
Now he answered questions about topics related to the popular original anime. That interview we have translated it for you below this line in full length.
Interview with Shingo Adachi
“How much of the world and the characters have changed since you went to the meetings anyway?”
»The names and personalities of the five characters from the LycoReco café have not changed at all. Contrary to the world view. The concept ›A girl as City Hunter‹ (note: popular action anime from 1987) was not yet conclusive. After all, it’s a coffee shop on the surface, but there are dangerous gun-toting missions behind the scenes.
Ryo Saeba (City Hunter protagonist) is an adult and free to choose his work. But that’s not the case with underage girls, is it? So we needed a reason why these girls aren’t going to school and are doing such dangerous things instead. We discussed that with Asaura-san and then built the world accordingly.”
“So the scenario changed significantly?”
“That’s the way it is. I didn’t want the plot to be so dark. I wanted an easy-to-watch anime that would make you laugh every five minutes. The anime should really please fans of guns and action, while also appealing to all other fans.«
»Mangaka Muru Imigi created the character designs. Did you bring him on board?’
“Yes I have. I happened to meet him at the winter comedy and when I asked him if he would help me, he said yes. I have always loved his drawings and wished I could draw like him. I’m glad he agreed.”
“I think the character design is very similar to some of the characters he’s drawn in the past.”
“That wasn’t really an issue at first, but we wanted a character design that appealed to the concept and the target group. And I felt that Imigi-san could express my ideas at the highest level.«
“What were your instructions to Imigi-san?”
‘I hardly gave him any. I gave him the character description as text and told him he could create the rest of his own ideas. And that’s what came out of it. In fact, during the planning phase, someone drew a preliminary design, but I didn’t want to impose a template on them, so I asked them to create it from scratch.”
“And fashion designer Kimika Onai, who also designs the costumes for the idol band ‘Nogizaka46’, designed the Lycoris uniform.”
»I know from my own experience that it is really difficult to design a school uniform that is immediately recognized as such. So we wanted to involve an expert as the uniform is an important part of the anime. Luckily Aniplex is a producer so why not ask through the Sony Connection? Everyone agreed. Many thanks to Onai-san.«
»How does it feel to be the director of an anime for the first time?«
“It feels kind of lonely. Especially here, because I’m solely responsible for the structure, the development and the dialogues. I was constantly worried about whether it would fit and whether I would live up to expectations. In the script meetings, I kept asking myself why no one said it was good. Even now I am uncertain and doubt whether all decisions were good.«
»This interview was done shortly before the first episode was broadcast, which is the most exciting time.«
‘He really is. The whole team worked on this project for a year or two, so it’s the director’s responsibility to make the hard work pay off. But whatever the outcome, I hope they at least think it was a great time. There is one thing that makes me happy as a director. Namely, that viewers and employees love the work at the same time.«
»There is always a bit of luck involved in whether an anime is successful or not. So it’s not really predictable.”
“I myself think it was just luck that I got this far. But I hope that I haven’t already used up all my luck. All in all, I think we’ve done everything we can and now we can only wait for the outcome.«
The original anime “Lycoris Recoil” has been broadcast on Japanese television since July 2, 2022 and is available in the original language with German subtitles on Crunchyroll on demand. The German SimulDub started on July 23, 2022 with the first episode.
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