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01 April 2007 @ 15:55

I think... I think it IS connected to Weiss Kreuz. I think it is!!

The Tokyo International Anime Fair was held at the Big Sight from the 22nd to the 25th of March 2007. The 25th and 25th were the public days and, at the Wedge Holdings booth, there was a special screening of the pilot film for "VELVET UNDER WORLD".

The special screening was announced at this site only a little while before but people started gathering and the booth was packed by mid-morning. Thirty minutes before the movie was screened, there were a ton of people waiting for the event to start in front of the monitor.

And so the event started and everyone fixed their eyes at the sceen. It started with a message from the creator of the project and the singer of the theme song, Koyasu Takehito-san. He talked in earnest about his feelings in regards to "VELVET UNDER WORLD" and his thoughts on the project. Koyasu-san spent a lot of time discussing his ideas and is clearly considering it very deeply.

And so the second half, restricted to those who attended the Tokyo International Anime Fair, was the screening of the long version of the pilot. Over the sounds of the image song "ALTERNATIVE", many charming characters were introduced! Do you remember them?

And, just like that, it was over. There was a limited edition "VELVET UNDER WORLD" Tokyo International Anime Fair card for everyone that had participated. On the front is a cool illustration of the main characters by Sakaki Kuuya-sensei and on the back is the main character AYA[*]... But only those who came to the showing know the full details about that. Although the image is small, it might give you a few ideas as to its significance.

The pilot film of "VELVET UNDER WORLD" was shown four times in that two day period. Those who came made it a wonderful event. Our thanks to everyone who came and everyone who sent us messages of support.

In a few days, this official homepage will have a character introduction page added and, even for those people who weren't able to come to the screening, a look at one character at a time. So please look forward to it!

[*] This is written in capitals in the Roman alphabet. "Our" Aya's name is written in katakana.

Well, this is poorly-timed for April Fool's, huh? But if it is, it's Koyasu-sama's, not mine.

I swear I will get back to answering comments very soon. Sorry. ^^
Daegaer: Aya posing with sworddaegaer on 1st April 2007 08:28 (UTC)

Er, sorry.
William: Weiß Side B: Yuki Masqueradegenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 08:41 (UTC)
No, no -- me too!
キャラ エンスイ: Hidaka Ken // Gotta be Kidding?kyraensui on 1st April 2007 09:04 (UTC)
*FLAIL* Awesome news.
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 09:10 (UTC)
I know!
(no subject) - kyraensui on 1st April 2007 10:24 (UTC) (Expand)
Avium: Crawford - Live a littlecode_renegade on 1st April 2007 10:53 (UTC)
Just when I thought I had anime firmly locked out of my life, this comes at me. Oh, Fate, you are so cruel! XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 11:11 (UTC)
The Weiss world just keeps dragging people back, even if there's only a tenuous(??) connection!
Mami: lost focus yohjimami_san on 1st April 2007 11:18 (UTC)
eeeeeeeeee o___o~ Thanks for this~~
Mami: schu guiltymami_san on 1st April 2007 11:25 (UTC)
Oh, and speaking of Weiss. @_@ I never actually thanked you for putting Weiss Day together, so--- Thanks~!! ^__^ It was fun, even if you ended up playing catherder to us towards the end. (Sorry XD)

And apparently it was your birthday the other day, so~ Happy (late) Birthday!
(no subject) - genkischuldich on 1st April 2007 11:37 (UTC) (Expand)
strawberryjoy on 1st April 2007 11:18 (UTC)
If this is a joke, I will kill you. Or him. Or both!

Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 11:38 (UTC)
It's not a joke... at least, not on my part. I don't think they go in for AF much over here.
scribblemoose on 1st April 2007 11:20 (UTC)
Wow! Oh, for more Weiss. *pines*

And happy birthday for yesterday. :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 11:40 (UTC)
I know! Assuming it is Weiss-related... Although Aya is named Aya and looks like Aya. I want to know more!

Thanks for the birthday wishes too. :)
The Devil's handmaiden: muse crawford from spiritawayseraphim_grace on 1st April 2007 11:52 (UTC)
It's too coincidental, one of the most famous weiss songs is velvet underground, the main character is aya
same author, i bet he's voicing it too
I have noticed Side B tends to have less to do with him (plots making sense and all) so maybe this is him playing again, maybe it's like gluhen and it'll be a whole thing, maybe from his freelance days

I'm still fantasising about sideb schwarz though
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 12:53 (UTC)
Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be good. It's Koyasu-sama, after all. And he almost certainly is voicing it -- they said he was singing the theme song 'Alternative'. Perhaps that's a clue?
Silverheart: Quiet Koyasukoyasufan on 1st April 2007 12:15 (UTC)
He reuses names, so I'm still not convinced. I have volume 1 of the Lunar Pitris manga he did. Half of the cast was a mix of the names from Weiß. (Tsukiyono, Fujimiya, and Takatori come to mind immediately.) And there was no connection from it to Weiß.
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 12:55 (UTC)
That's an interesting thought, but if you look at the picture AYA looks very much like our Aya. And they really do emphasise it as much as I do, if you take a look at the original. I really am hoping for some connection.
Fluffymaru: Aya_Purplefluffymaru on 1st April 2007 12:25 (UTC)

<=== Freaks. Out.

FINALLY. My anime pool has been drying up lately...
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 12:59 (UTC)
Hmm... but they don't outright say it's an anime. I think it's listed as a 'multimedia project'. Whatever that means...
Aya Creusetaya_chan_koyasu on 1st April 2007 12:44 (UTC)
=3 now, we have to wait for this cute thingy that koyasu wants to show us XD~~~~
~~~Aya-Chan Koyasu Fujimiya~~~
---Takehito Koyasu No Koibito---
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 12:59 (UTC)
I want to see it too. :)
tirwolftirwolf on 1st April 2007 13:51 (UTC)
Please keep us posted!!!
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 14:08 (UTC)
I will!
the dissident: aya- shoot medissident on 1st April 2007 14:22 (UTC)
if this is a joke, it's a MEAN one! :P If not though, then.........squeeee!
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 14:47 (UTC)
If it's a joke, it's Koyasu-sama's and extremely elaborate. :) Squee for now!
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Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 15:27 (UTC)
I want to see the character's names more than anything else. I can think of several places that new Weiss members could come from.
nekojitanekojita on 1st April 2007 15:29 (UTC)
*sighs* The man just loves messing w/ WK fans, doesn't he? Thanks so much for the update!
Williamgenkischuldich on 1st April 2007 15:41 (UTC)
He certainly does. Expect many updates -- I'm stalking the site!
(no subject) - nekojita on 1st April 2007 15:57 (UTC) (Expand)
golden_bastetgolden_bastet on 1st April 2007 16:32 (UTC)
Oh, this would be very, very good news...

BTW, was Project Weiss Koyasu-sama's most successful anime / franchise? I know he's done a lot, and was wondering.
Williamgenkischuldich on 2nd April 2007 16:27 (UTC)
I've no idea. I'm sure he's had more successful anime (he's been in Gundam, after all). But Weiss was his baby and while he's had other projects, I'm reasonably certain WK was the most successful one that belonged to him.