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Masahiko Ohta is one of the most prolific directors currently working in the anime industry ~ !

He's been apart of some of anime's greatest story-telling, having directed our very own Kotoura San! ~ !

One of his most recent masterpieces, YuruYuri is here on Crunchyroll ~ !!!

YURUYURI follows four students who decide to occupy the room of defunct tea ceremony club, dubbing it the ‘Amusment Club.’ While the Student Council does its best to eliminate this club, their endless energy, happiness and comedy will keep audiences smiling all season long!



Crunchyroll's own Keikawa and SailorBee interviewed the director himself, and we brought your questions TO HIM ~ !

So without further dawdling ~ Here are the answers to YOUR questions ~ ! ANSWERED BY MASAHIKO OHTA. You will see the original response in italics, followed by the translation.

Unasdoop -- What is your OTP in yuruyuri ?

皆好きですが、特に「あかり&ちなつ」が好きです。いつもはネコかぶってるちなつの本 性が全開になり、それを逃げずに受け止めなければならないあかりの不憫さがカワイイの です。

I like everyone, but I particularly like the Akari and Chinatsu duo. Akari’s pitiful reactions are cute when she has to accept Chinatsu’s true nature—when she drops her phony innocence act.


ZombieBreaker -- What were the biggest challenges in directing something based off a 4koma with lots of humour but also dark themes like Kotoura-san?

漫画の面白さをそのままアニメ化するする事は「ゆるゆり」に限らず、どの原作付き作品 をやるのも同じ苦しみがあります。漫画は読者のペースで読めますがアニメはそれを視聴 者に押し付ける物なので、うまく変換しないといけません。作品によってベストの変換の 仕方は違うので毎回四苦八苦しながら作っています。少しネガティブに受け取られるテ ーマ>「百合」の事を言ってるのかと思いますが、この作品は深く「百合」展開にならな い事がルールなので、ちょっとしたスパイス程度に考え作っています。苦労?は1期はあかりをどれだけ画面に出すか?でした。居なくてもいけないし、出し過ぎてもダメ。難し い・・。2期はあかりが人気が出すぎたので出さない訳にはいかなくなり、逆にあかりが 一人の時はどうしているのか?を描くことになりました。これだけ笑えてかつ楽しく見続けられる内容にできたのでしょうか。>ありがとうございます。そう言って頂ける事がスタッフ一同、次作品へのエネルギーになります。

To take the fun parts from a manga and make it into an anime is a challenge not limited to YURUYURI. The same difficulties are felt during any kind of original work. The manga moves at a comfortable pace for the reader, but the anime has to force an equivalent “flow” on the audience, making a good conversion a must. Depending on the work, the best way to convert it differs, so each project takes great effort. Potentional darker themes: I think that you are referring to the “yuri” aspect of the show. Our rule for this project was to not make deep “yuri” developments; therefore, it was treated more as a spice added to a recipe. As for challenges... During the first season, the main challenge was “how much do we want Akari on-screen?” She couldn’t be gone, but she couldn’t be too present, either. It was difficult. In the second season, Akari had become so popular, we couldn’t remove her from the story as much, so we decided to draw “what Akari does when she’s by herself." How do you make it so funny and enjoyable to watch?: Thank you. Being told that gives the entire staff energy for their next project.


TheJudged -- What was your reaction to the reception of YuruYuri (and Kotoura-San) by fans overseas/in the west? Did you anticipate the popularity and success that these shows would receive or did they come as a surprise to you?

予想外でとても嬉しいです。皆さんは日本人になりたいのでしょうか?笑

It was unexpected and I was very happy. Does everyone want to become Japanese? *laughs*


TerraGamerX - If you were a cute young girl, which Yuruyuri character would be most similar to you?

全く同じ子はいませんが、結衣が少し似てるかもしれません。ツッコミをする所が。

There is no child that is completely similar to me, but Yui might be a close fit. Particularly when she butts in on what others are saying.


HappenCheese - My question is, in creating the show, how closely do you work with the manga artist, Namori? Are manga artists included in the process?

なもり先生にはキャラ・シナリオ・コンテの最終チェックをお願いしています。基本的には任せて頂いております。なもり先生も客観的に楽しまれた部分もあるのではないでしょうか。

We asked Namori-sensei to do the final checks on the characters, scenario, and storyboards. But the process was basically entrusted to us. I would like to hope there were some parts that Namori-sensei found particularly enjoyable.


dragonbretheren - So who is the main character of Yuru Yuri?

京・・あかりです。

Kyo—erm, Akari.


mocliamtoh -- Something that I really enjoyed with Yuru Yuri were the eyecatch scenes, and how each character had their own complete with their own tune. How did you come up with this idea?

ポニーキャニオンさんから各キャラクターの曲を本編で使えないか?との打診があったのですが、本編に使うのは難しいと判断し、それならアイキャッチで・・となりました。

“Can the tunes created by Pony Canyon for each character be used in the story?” was a question we voiced, but it proved too difficult to use them in the main story. That was when we decided to use them for the eye-catches.


lolijusticesquad -- What do you think made Yuru Yuri so popular overseas?

謎です。太田が教えて欲しいです。

It’s a mystery. I'd like you to tell ME actually.


tspecialist21 -- Mr. Ohta, how do you decide what is necessary to bring into the televised version of Yuruyuri that is both similar and/or different from the manga series?

②の質問でも答えましたが、漫画とアニメは違う媒体です。その中で漫画ではコレがベストだがアニメはこちらの方が良いという事があります。そういう時に変更をします。必要/不必要の判断は監督にとっていつも難しい問題です。その判断が良かったかどうかは視聴者の方々が決める事なのです。

I also answered this in the second question, but manga and anime are different mediums. Some things work best in the manga, but something else might work best in the anime. We change such things when we find them. It is always a difficult problem for the director to judge what is necessary and what isn’t. Ultimately, it is for the audience to decide if their decisions were good or bad.


Thank you Ohta-San ~ !!!

If one of your questions was chosen please PRIVATE MESSAGE ME, your address, and I will send you the prize from the contest. You have until September 13th to message me to claim your prize ~ !!!! Send your message to : SailorBee


See you next time ~ !!!

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We would like to bring questions from Crunchyroll users with us and have THOSE make up our interview ~ !

SO HERE'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.

♫ Simply, write your question in this thread ~ !

You have until MIDNIGHT, Friday June 21st, 2013 to submit your questions.

If you miss this deadline, feel free to FOLLOW and TWEET your Questions to us ~ !

Twitter - @SailorBee

Twitter - @Keikawa



The ten questions we choose to ask Okada-san, will win PREMIUM EDITIONS of the YuruYuri Boxset from NIS America ~ !

♫ Thank everyone ~ ! We cannot wait to bring home answers to your QUESTIONS!





♥ And remember, if you haven't already watched YuruYuri, you MUST ~ ! SERIOUSLY. OMG.
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Only one question is allowed?
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Which Yuru Yuri girl could you find yourself relating to, despite being a guy.
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Is there going to be a third season of YuruYuri?
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How difficult was it to make YuruYuri?
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How do you feel after making the first episode of Kotoura-san?
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Will you be posting the interview with him as a video, or simply write down the answers on the CR site?
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Were you a reader and fan of the stories you directed?" Thats my question~ Im out~
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Is there anything that you find yourself incorporating into all the shows you direct that give it your own unique flare or do you approach each work individually, adding something new each time?
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What is your OTP?
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What inspire you to create Yuru Yuri?
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My question: "Will Akari get more screentime?"
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What was your current emotional state of mind when you started planning the anime Yuri Yuri, and what inspired you to create Yuri Yuri as you did?

Are there any significant relationships you intended to include between the characters in 'Kotoura San' and 'Yuri Yuri'? And were you successful in establishing these relationships?
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what does it feel like to know that YOU were the director of some of the most popular animes out there and that you are responsible for their success (or at least partially)
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Was the process of making Yuri Yuri unique in any ways?
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