The theme of “Bokuai” from the theatrical animation “To all you who I loved” (from now on “Bokuai”) and “To the one who loved you” (from now on “Kimiai”) An interview with Keina Suda, who was in charge of the song and insert song, has arrived.
Recommended by Keina Suda, the leading video of the scene is in which Koyomi talks about the values of happiness in harmony. A love story where one boy, Koyomi, falls in love with a different girl in each world in a world where the world he did not choose when choosing something exists as a “parallel world.” Koyomi, the main character of both works, is voiced by Hio Miyazawa. The heroine Kazune who falls in love with Koyomi in “Bokuai,” is played by Ai Hashimoto, and the heroine Shiori who falls in love with Koyomi in “Kimiai,” is played by Ayju Makita.
“Boku Ai” depicts Koyomi’s life following her mother after her parents divorced, and “Kimi Ai” depicts Koyomi’s life following her father. Regarding this work, which hides a novel setting in which the ending changes depending on the order in which you watch it, Suda said, “I watched it in the order of ‘Kimi Ai’ and ‘Boku Ai.’ I’m curious about the impressions of those who watched it, but I want to cherish what I felt when I watched it in this order.”
My favorite scene is “It’s tough to introduce because it’s going to be a spoiler (laughs),” but he said, “I love the scene where Koyomi talks about the values of happiness in ‘Bokuai.’ Also, the gap between Shiori, who became a ghost in ‘Kimi Ai,’ and Koyomi’s time axis was impressive, and it was a scene that made me feel very sad.” is telling.
At the same time, Koyomi talks to Kazune about the values of happiness, which Suda mentioned as her favorite scene from “Bokuai.” “If there are 100 you and 100 me in the world, the 100 me will surely love the 100 you.” What if that was the case…? It’s a video that makes you feel the strong message of “loving everything about the other person” that was born while spending many years together.
Interview with Keina Suda (full text) –Where did you start
Are you watching the finished work?
I watched “Kimi Ai” and “Boku Ai” in that order. I’m often asked, “Which one should I watch first?” If I had to say it, I would recommend forgetting the slogan that if you watch from “Bokuai,” you will be sad, and if you watch from “Kimiai,” you will be happy, and watch it with your intuition. Everything is organized, no matter which way you look at it. I am curious about the impressions of those who have watched the episodes in a different order than mine, starting with “Bokuai,” but I would like to cherish what I felt after watching them in this order.
How did you go about making the music?
Both “Bokuai” and “Kimiai” are in the first person, and it was impressive that the main character, Koyomi, was there, so I felt that the theme song would be in the first person. And the title “Kumo wo Koiu” comes from the proverb “Kagotori Kumo wo Koiu.” So it was linked to Koyomi, a kind of trapped state where you can’t express your feelings because you’re in a state of being trapped and yearning for freedom, so I decided to create a song while linking that.
I settled on this title by thinking about the balance between the image of the movie, the calendar, and the idea of the film even if you listen to the song, but I thought about it until the end. For this song, I want people to listen to the chorus the most, so the songs I make a start with me singing the chorus. This time it was the same way, but what is different from usual is that I used a lot of slightly twisted expressions and words, but I made the lyrics the purest in my mind. In particular, I was apprehensive about the choice of words and thought about it carefully.
Regarding your favorite scenes from “Boku-Ai” and “Kimi-Ai.”
It would be a spoiler, so it’s tough to introduce them (laughs). However, I love the scene in Bokuai when Koyomi talks about the values of happiness. I felt like everything was recovered at once with just that line. Also, the gap between Shiori, who became a ghost in “Kimi Ai,” and Koyomi’s time axis was impressive, and it was a scene that made me very sad.
About your impression of Saucy Dog, who was in charge of the theme song and insert song for “Kimi Ai.”
I honestly thought the theme song “Shion” was fantastic. When I first listened to it, the video was already 80% or 90% complete, but it’s a favorite song that makes me want to listen to the music, even if it’s just the theme song. The video, melody, and lyrics in the ending all matched and had the power to make you feel like, “This is it!”
There are two love stories, the bitter “Bokuai” and the sweet “Kimiai.” Suda-san, which kind of love story do you like?
Of course, I also like pure love stories, but I feel that the sadness and the ending that leaves something behind will remain in my heart for a long time. “What was that?” or “What did the main character think?” I choose based on my senses, but if I were to explain why I like heartrending love stories, I think that’s probably what I’m talking about.
Finally, the message I want to convey through the song.
Even if it’s not the calendar and chords of “Bokuai” or the calendar and bookmarks of “Kimiai,” whatever the relationship, we lived together ten years ahead, even 100 years. However, I believe we will never be able to understand each other 100%. But I also think that we should be able to get closer. Although we can’t completely understand each other, I felt that the theme was how to get more relative to each other, so I think it would be nice if I could convey a little bit of what is not beautiful as a human value.