July, when “Summer Anime” will start broadcasting one after another. What kind of anime was popular in the fiscal year ended July 2011, 10 years ago? We have selected three works from “Summer 2011 Anime”, celebrating its 10th anniversary in July 2021.
“Ro-Kyu-Bu! (Phase 1)
Light novel original animation by Sagu Aoyama. All 12 episodes + OVA. Later, the second term, “Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS,” was also produced.
The basketball club that I belonged to was closed due to a scandal, so the exchange and growth of high school student Akira Hasegawa (CV: Yuki Kaji ) and the members who decided to coach in the girls’ basketball club of the elementary school, and the passion for basketball Was drawn. Takayuki Noguchi, the character designer of the cute design of Mr. Tinkuru, who was in charge of the original illustration brilliantly, turned it into an anime. The lively appearance of elementary school girls attracted fans and became a hot topic. Especially at that time, like an internet meme, the original line “(Basketball’s high technology absorption) elementary school students are the best …” was changed to “Elementary school students are the best!” At all, elementary school students are the best!
“The ending theme “Rolling Rolling” was written and composed by Haruko Momoi, and it was impressive that she successfully incorporated “Elementary school students are the best !!” as sounds while combining English pronunciations and different lyrics.
“Penguindrum” “Penguindrum” was released in 2011 by Kunihiko Ikuhara, who directed “Revolutionary Girl Utena” and had a significant impact on anime fans. All 24 episodes were broadcast from July to December. The twin brothers, Kanba Takakura (CV: Subaru Kimura) and Shouma Takakura (CV: Ryohei Kimura), went to the aquarium at the request of their younger sister, Himari (CV: Miho Arakawa). She had a short life due to illness. However, Yomari collapsed and died at the hospital where he was transported.
However, Himari wearing a penguin-shaped hat bought at the aquarium, revived with a voice saying “survival strategy” and became a different personality “Princess of the Crystal,” ordering his brother to look for “Penguindrum.” Destiny begins to turn. Unique expression techniques such as the mob character being symbolized as a pictogram are used. Although it was often esoteric, such as quoting “Galaxy Railroad Night,” it works with many enthusiastic fans. In 2021, the 10th-anniversary project started, and the official website was opened.
The movie version “Re:” is scheduled to be released in 2022. The production of “cycle of the PENGUINDRUM” was announced, and the fans were excited. At the same time, a support cloud founding with the catchphrase “I want to celebrate the 10th anniversary together” was held, and the target amount of 10 million yen was raised to 15,192,960 yen, and the popularity is still alive. Even in the era of Reiwa, “Let’s do a survival strategy!”
The origin of the “Idol Master” series
The long-awaited animation of the training simulation game “THE IDOLM @ STER” becomes the producer of “THE IDOLM @ STER” and produces the idol in charge. The idol candidates who belong to the weak idol agency “765 Production” are depicted struggling.
All 25 episodes + special edition. In the game version, the producer was in charge of one idol. Still, in the animation where many heroes need to meet together, it was necessary to draw it as a group image drama, and it wasn’t easy to animate. However, in the early stages, he depicts the daily life of an idol who cannot sell, and after that, Atsu is born from the success of the unit “Ryugu Komachi” of Iori Minase (CV: Rie Kugimiya), Ami Futami (CV: Asami Shimoda), and Azusa Miura (CV: Chiaki Takahashi).
It became a work called a masterpiece due to the strange composition of reconciliation with Reki and delving into individuals’ circumstances and sufferings. Especially in the 18th episode, Ritsuko Akizuki (CV: Naomi Wakabayashi), who was devoted to the producer, is revived as an idol for only one day, and the consideration for the fans is perfect, which is suitable for the origin of many “Idol Master” series that followed. It still has a strong presence. Before the broadcast of this work, the Yomiuri Shimbun placed different advertisements in each region of the country, which became a big topic.
Some enthusiastic fans are struggling to get the national portion, and at the time of this broadcast, many fans wrote a lot of energetic writing via the net. It became a “festival,” how long the appearance of this work is expected. It is also a work full of episodes showing whether it was.