Voice actress Okamoto Maya released a concept CD of her fictitious anime “Raijin Hachi ZARAM”. What does that mean? It’s basically an independent production in the form of a CD, rendering the idea of a hit 90s sci-fi anime.
Illustration/Key Visual is by Asamiya Kia (麻宮騎亜) of STUDIO TRON, who’s in charge of illustrations for sci-fi Shinseiki Vagrants (神星記ヴァグランツ), Space Battleship YAMATO 2199 movie, Martian Successor Nadesico manga, Batman Child of Dreams, and Silent Mobius. She also does the genga (key animation used for replication) and moving scenes for anime works such as Naucisca, Z Gundam, and Lupin The 3rd Part 3. Character design for Sonic Soldier Borgman, Zeorymer, and Detonator Orgun. She also works on creature design for KAMEN RIDER FOURZE and was animation director for Shurato (OM SOWA!). Check out @kia_asamiya on Twitter and her above website.
First sight, and I immediately liked the key visual.
About the Work
NEWS WALKER: “Concept anime is group performance staged in Earth and Mars. Okamoto Maya’s self-made plan interview”
– Part 2 of Interview
She provides the voice of Emma Sheen from Z Gundam (where she was 17 years old), Haruka Minato of Nadesico, Soretta of SAKURA TAISEN and Saiko Yuki Silent Mobius, among many others. She “retired” for a while, dedicating time to singing and overseas dubbing, even going to New York. (Source: Wikipedia). She is a member of talent office NEVERLAND ARTS Co.,Ltd., being one of its few “voice actors”.
Emma Sheen plays the clear minded role of the AEUG (united earth faction), having defected from the TITANS due to their brutal methods. If I could explain Okamoto’s voice quality, it’s “chirpy” with a bit of an adult-sister feeling.
Full title of this project is “The Eight Thunder Gods ZARAM -bFemme Fatale – Girl of Fate.” (雷神八系－ZANAM－ ファム・ファタール 運命の女). If ever produced as an anime, the idea for it to be a 52 ep series with the image of a contemporary 90s anime. For starters, there’s the theme RISE AND FALL, which Okamoto sings. In this work, she is the character Kanon J (Jeanne d’Arc) Kusanagi.
Okamoto, in the above interview, states that the main song wouldn’t have a simple theme such as “good and evil” or “light and darkness”. Also, not “fire” and “water”; it is difficult to distinguish. There is a mention of “Wind” and the eight thunder gods as a part of the “anime”‘s concept.
“Glance of a Battle on Earth, battle on mars, and possibly a third power”.
The official website of ZARAM provides information on an official CD and radio show that Okamoto hosts, receiving questions via e-mail. The show is called 岡本麻弥のラジオDEファム・ファタール. (Okamoto Maya’s radio DE Femme Fatale)
The CD contains 2 songs + short drama “Blueness Star” for 2,000 yen. Then, there was a music event at M3 [media mix doujishi exhibition] back in April. Here are the CD Contents:
M1.「Rise and Fall」
（”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』主題歌）
歌 ： 岡本麻弥 作詞 ： RUCCA 作曲/編曲 ： 加藤慶
Main theme. M1 “Rise and Fall.”
Song: Okamoto Maya
M2.ショートドラマ 第0話「星の蒼さ」 (脚本 ： 岡本麻弥)
カノン･J･草薙 ： 岡本麻弥 / シャンテル･シャルマ ： 新井笙子 /
チミー･神山･テンジン ： 徳本英一郎 / ナレーション ： バロン山崎
M.2 is a short drama called “A more blue star.” (blueness?) Original idea is Okamoto. Cast:
Kanon J Kusanagi: Okamoto Maya
Shantel Saruuma : Arai Shoko
Chimi Kamiyama Tenzin: Tokumoto Eiichiro (NEVERLAND ARTS)
Narrator: Baron Yamazaki (NEVERLAND ARTS)
（”架空”TVアニメ『雷神八系- ZANAM- ファム・ファタール 運命の女』劇）
歌 ： 岡本麻弥 作詞 ： 岡本麻弥 作曲/編曲 ： 加藤慶
M.3: KAZE NO OTO (Song of Wind)
Song/lyrics: Okamoto Maya
Composition/Arrangement: Katoh-san [possibly Kyo]
You can hear a piece of KAZE NO OTO on the radio show. Sounds like it’s 90s bridging into 2000s. I can’t find Rise & Fall.
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Good luck in your efforts Okamoto and everyone else! ❤ This is unique and I am always into these bots. Like she said, it is “wishful thinking”: 50 episode anime, participating with a 90s cast, and so on (source: interview). It could be foolish, but an idea can only sprout into something interesting. That’s the whole point of arts. Because there was someone, aside from Okamoto, who contained the feeling of wanting to see an animation that contained the essence of 1990s.”
If 90s is what she looks for, I wouldn’t mind Katsuki Masako as a fierce rival. Hayashibara Megumi could also be that or the evil Mars empress (lol). I can also imagine Ueda Yuji, Yasunori Matsumoto, and Seki Tomokazu. Okamoto mentions that even she would like for the project to be something for a young voice actor to participate in.
I will keep an eye on this project and provide more updates. I’m a bit too busy to catch anything from the radio show, if I can catch any familiar Japanese that is (^.;), but we’ll see. Next time, I’ll look over that interview a bit more.
52 episodes? If anything, I couldn’t mind a cheap budget show even with a freeze frame, akin to an older video game for cutscenes.
Check out another original mecha audio drama “Chou Onisei ZEA VIDE” (超鬼兵ジーヴァイド). It’s OP is Z TOGETHER. ZEA VIDE