The best bee in the hive, Honey-chan sat down with Director Tatsuyuki Nagai for a brief talk about his career and anime while attending Otakon in Washington, DC. Tatsuyuki Nagai directed such memorable anime as Toradora, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Anthem of the Heart, and Anohana: The Flowers We Saw That Day.
Do you consider yourself a storyteller?
Iron-Blooded Orphans and Anohana: The Flowers We Saw That Day are two very different kinds of stories, one being very sentimental and the other filled with action. Was one genre more difficult than the other to make?
You’ve helped bring some very popular titles to the screen, like Toradora, A Certain Scientific Railgun, and Anthem of the Heart. Is there a character you really enjoyed bringing to life?
Anthem of the Heart has been one of my favorites and I describe it as a romance? Is that accurate? Or is it more a story about letting go of guilt and regret?
Are the plots of the growing up stories the result of creating for a demographic composed of younger viewers or is it because they are simply good stories?
So, you created a problem for the heroine Jun Naruse and then created a story for the cause of the problem and then the solution?
When you are looking for voice actors for your roles and you listen to their voices do you have an “Ah-ha!” moment when you realize it is the right actor for the role?
Is there a story you worked on and would like to continue?
Honey-chan would like to thank Tatsuyuki Nagai for speaking with us. Your thoughts gave us amazing insight into these anime. We really hope to hear more about revisiting the Gundam Universe of Iron-Blooded Orphans in the future. We also look forward to all of Tatsuyuki Nagai’s projects in the future.