[Interview] Animedia 2020/6 Edition – Shimazaki Nobunaga & Saito Soma – “Furi, Fura” Love Lesson & Katari, Katarare Interview

Released: 2020/5/9

Shimazaki Nobunaga
(Yamamoto Rio in Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare)
Saito Soma (Inui Kazuomi in Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare)

“Furi, Fura” Love Lesson

Q: What are your impressions of your characters?

Nobunaga: Rio ponders and ruminates over things, but in the end, his feelings take over. I can sympathize with the reckless things he does when that happens.

Soma: Kazuomi is a very gentle kid. I could really relate to how he tries too hard to balance everyone’s expectations with his own wants, and ends up not being able to do anything.

Q: The two of you co-act quite often. How did you feel when you were both cast for this film?

Nobunaga: Based on the characters we’ve been voicing lately, when we heard that we’d been cast together, we thought that I would be Kazuomi and Soma-kun would be Rio. So, we were surprised.

Soma: I thought it was a fresh take. But when we actually did it, both of us fit our roles better than expected. I had a lot of fun.

Q: Tell us your memorable scenes from the film!

Nobunaga: That would be Rio’s actions after realizing that he likes Yuna-chan. They were purely reckless, with no concern for his surroundings. I really liked watching him running desperately to confess his feelings, not caring about how ragged he looked. Rio’s growth and change throughout the story is very noticeable, so honing in on that might increase your appreciation of the film.

Soma: The last scene between Kazuomi and Akari. I have to keep the details a secret though, because it’s a spoiler *laughs*. And personally, I like Yuna-chan’s “Reject me” line. I think it’s one of the best scenes in the film, in part thanks to Suzuki Marika-san’s acting.

Q: Who do you think this film will resonate with?

Nobunaga: I recommend it to anyone who wants to become proactive. I hope it’ll spur you on to take that step forward.

Soma: People who want a taste of “adolescence.” The theme of the film is romance, but it’s also packed with all sorts of things from that age, like friendship, facing yourself, and conflicts regarding future prospects. And of course, love. The exciting, refreshing feeling you get after you finish watching it is second to none, so please experience adolescence through this film.

Katari, Katarare Interview

Q: What were your impressions after reading the scenario?

Soma: First off, I thought the title was really great. I think those who read the original manga will know what I mean when I say that the work’s entire essence is contained in the title. And this work’s story does a very good job of depicting “when things don’t go well.” Feelings that don’t get across, unrequited love. Just when they think they’ve gotten closer to that person, they drift apart again. These back-and-forth relationships are no different from ours in the real world. And I found it was fascinating that the worries the characters have in the film are things that I can relate to even as an adult.

Nobunaga: I also enjoyed the realism of the characters and story. It made me think, “Yeah, this would happen in that situation” and “People are like this these days.” When I imagine myself in the characters’ shoes, they always do what I would’ve done. All of the characters in this work are very human. Even though the theme is romance, it’s also a story of human drama.

Q: What do you think of the heroines, Ichihara Yuna and Yamamoto Akari?

Nobunaga: Yuna-chan is charming because of her honesty when it comes to both love and friendship. She’s dazzling. I think that this kind of honesty is hard to maintain when you become an adult, especially when you’re concerned about what other people think or afraid of failing. That’s why Yuna-chan’s honesty is radiant and appealing. On the other hand, Akari-chan has relationship experience, so she starts off guiding Yuna-chan, but Yuna-chan’s honesty gradually gets to her, and it was sweet watching her come to terms with her own feelings.

Soma: I think Akari-chan is a girl who has to act mature because of her complicated family situation. That makes it hard for her to be true to her feelings, which is where her story begins. Akari-chan becomes changed through Yuna-chan’s pure, honest energy, and it was comforting to watch her face her feelings, clumsy as it might’ve been. I think anyone who’s gone through puberty will be able to sympathize with that awkwardness of hers. The two girls are completely different in personality and their approach to love, and the story of how they influence each other really pulls you in.

Nobunaga: They really are opposites.

Soma: I like the game that Akari-chan plays throughout the film. I loved how she wouldn’t confess herself, instead trying to draw a confession out of him. I also thought the most dazzling scene was Yuna-chan’s direct “Reject me” line. It’s great to see the girls’ different approaches to love.

Q: Rio and Kazuomi both struggle with their feelings and conveying them. If you were in their situations, what would you do?

Nobunaga: I think I would make a move. I’ll ponder over things for a while, but in the end, I tend to be true to my feelings. Even if I make a move and it doesn’t work out, that’s a weight off my shoulders, and I think it’s always important to express how you feel. That’s also why I respect people like Akari and Kazuomi, who can repress their feelings for the sake of others. It’s admirable because it’s something I can’t do.

Soma: Wow, I agree with everything he said *laughs*. If I had to find something different, I think it’d be that I admire the idea of “a love that might not come true,” and worrying that your feelings might never reach the other person. But in actuality, I don’t think I’d be able to keep my feelings a secret and worry like that. If I realize I love them, I’ll probably take action right away.