Today actually marks 14 years since Nana’s debut in 2000 when she was only 20 years old. (Fun fact: she debuted on the exact same date as Koda Kumi.) I got to know her in early 2007 so it’s right in the middle and marks my 7th year knowing her lol. Not much to actually say really except CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Over the past 14 years, Nana has dished out 10 albums and 30 singles, broken several records and appeared on Kouhaku 5 times (this year will be her sixth time). She is truly a remarkable icon in the anime world and not many in Japan don’t know her name or have not heard her voice.
Appearance wise I can’t say she changed all that much apart from longer hair and… bigger eyebags lol.
Nana in 2000.
Nana in 2014.
Way more than 14 years ago but I felt compelled to share in the midst of nostalgia lol.
Surely many more successes and happy stories await.
As always…. 水樹奈々に・・・・かかってこい！！！！
source: THE IDOLM@STER 輝きの向こう側へ！ Pamphlet
Interview with Nakamura Eriko, Asakura Azumi, Shimoda Asami and Takahashi Chiaki. Interestingly, all of them are from Arts Vision except Chiaking (ex-Arts Vision) who is now freelance.
The interview covers their initial thoughts on the movie production, and their thoughts after recording. One little segment that I thought was nice to read was about Chiaking channeling her inner Azusa.
Here’s a rough translation:
|Takahashi: …Is it intimidating of me to speak my mind?
Nakamura: W-what’s wrong? (laughs)
Takahashi: I’m just wondering if I have any common features with Azusa.
Asakura: When I just came in during the 5th anniversary (in 2011 as Yurina’s replacement), Chiaki-san really looked out for me. During rehearsals, if I was standing alone she would swiftly approach me and ask “How have you been lately?”
Nakamura: Me too! During the 3rd anniversary at Pacifico Yokohama, we’ve never had such a big stage before, so when I was standing on the side of the stage all stiff, Chiaki-san quickly came to me and held my hand, saying “Don’t worry, you will shine”. At that time, even Chiaki-san’s hand was covered in sweat and shaking, but she said that to me. Also, when I was afraid to sing, she looked at me and said, “Don’t worry, I will sing.”
Shimoda: I have a story about Chiaki-san as well! When I was nervous at the 7th anniversary live at Yokohama Arena, she told me, “If you go in there with a smug face (ドヤ顔) you’ll be fine” ! And it really worked! Just go in there looking smug and everything works out!!
Nakamura: Just when I thought you were looking great, that was your smug face!?
…Time to go back to 7th to check out Shimoda’s doya? Chiaking has always struck me as quite Azusa-like (or maybe it’s the other way around?). She seems mature and also very outgoing. Anyway, you can read the rest of the interview in the pamphlet.
For all im@s animation fans out there, I highly recommend the movie pamphlet. The product itself has no name except the title of the movie. Inside it contains character info, staff interviews, and cast comments. You can take a quick look inside the book here (0:22-0:53). You can find it online for as little as 800yen on mandarake. I also really recommend the nemurihime m@terial book (roughly 1500yen on manda) if you enjoyed that segment of the movie. Both books are good quality and offer valuable insights into the movie for their decent price!