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Reo-ppoi Radio and Yuricycle 10th Anniversary Live Broadcast

On 16 December 2016, Reo-ppoi Radio and Yuricycle Radio resumed from a nine-month hiatus for a special live program on Nicovideo in celebration of the 10th anniversary of A Kiss For The Petals. The two shows broadcast back-to-back for one hour each starting at 7 AM EST. St. Michael Girls’ School uploaded recordings of the shows on YouTube one week after on 23 December.

Reo-ppoi Radio was hosted by Anzu Hana and Izumi Ayaka. During this broadcast, Party Time! was revealed, with the formal announcement including tracklist following three days later. I submitted a letter to this show promoting The New Generation, which was translated to Japanese by Kuma Ichigo.

ごきげんよう、杏花さん。またまたクレイグ・ドンソンです。

ご存じのように、その花びらにくちづけを にゅーじぇね! 英語版がついに先週輝かしくリリースされました。8月のオタコン(オタワで開かれるアニメコンベンション)では、私自身が光栄にも制作発表をさせていただき、発表の準備の時間は1日もなかったのですが聴衆は親切に受け入れてくれました。共に英語化の作業をしたチームは、この制作をとても楽しみました。そして、もっと多くのその花を世界に広めるのを待ち望んでいます。

幸運がありますように。そして、ラジオに、おかえりなさい。


ごきげんよう、Anzu Hana-san. It is Craig Donson once again.

As you have heard, その花びらにくちづけを にゅーじぇね! English version was finally released last week to glowing reviews. I had the honor of announcing it myself at Otakon this August, and the audience there treated me kindly even as I had less than a day to prepare. The team I worked with enjoyed producing it very much, and we look forward to bringing even more その花 across the world.

Please wish us luck, and welcome back to the radio.

At 17:07 of the above recording, the letter was read. The following is a transcription of Anzu and Izumi’s reading of this letter and their response, translated by Kuma Ichigo and Ralen.

Izumi Ayaka: It’s been a while since we heard from this one too.
Anzu Hana: Who?
Ayaka: Greg!
Hana: YEAHHHHHHH! It’s been so long!
Ayaka: It’s from Mr. Craig Donson.
Hana: I say it’s been so long, but it’s only been 10 months.
Ayaka: That’s right.

Ayaka: “Gokigenyou, Anzu Hana-san. It is Craig Donson once again.”

Hana: “Craig.”
Ayaka: Yes, it’s actually Craig.

Ayaka: “As you have heard, the English version of A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! was finally released last week to glowing reviews.

Hana: Yep.

Ayaka: “I had the honor of announcing it myself at Otakon this August…”

Hana: His career is really moving forward. What’s been happening? I haven’t been keeping up.
Ayaka: He had been a fan though.

Ayaka:”…and the audience there treated me kindly even as I had less than a day to prepare. The team I worked with enjoyed [making a movie (映画化 eigaka)] very much—”

Hana: Making a MOVIE!?
Ayaka: An English version (英語化 eigoka).
Hana: Oh, an English version.
Ayaka: Sorry.  It’s not a live action version.
Hana: Ah, I was surprised for a second.

Ayaka: “…and we look forward to bringing even more Sonohana across the world. Please wish us luck, and welcome back to the radio.”
[The letter ends here, continued by the original English text.]
“Gokigenyou, Anju Hanya-shan…”

Hana: Whash ‘dat?
Ayaka: After this is in English, so I can’t read it.
Hana: It’s okay. Wow, it’s been a while!
Ayaka: Thank you!
Hana: He is spreading Sonohana all over the world.
Ayaka: When it’s English, it’s immediately broader.
Hana: Yes.
Ayaka: Right.
Hana: Then, it is possible that they will release the “cute” (old) generations’ adaptations, right?
Ayaka: In English?
Hana: The “cute” generations remember how they met too! They each have their own backstory.
Ayaka: That’s right.
Hana: Each couple has their own “Remembering How We Met“.
Ayaka: Yes, yes. I think it’d be good if they have more and more releases.


“Cute Generations” refers to the couples in previous titles, in contrast to The New Generation, and a track in Songworks Extra of that name, an arrangement of the theme song of The New Generation performed by Anzu Hana and Izumi Ayaka as Reo and Mai.

For my contribution to the show, I received a letter of gratitude and a sticker featuring Mai, Reo, Risa, and Miya. Click on the images to enlarge.

Yuricycle Radio followed immediately after, but I have little information on it as I was unable to watch it live.

A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met Promotional Video

This is a brief video produced to promote A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met to English-speaking fans, exclusive to MangaGamer’s YouTube channel. It has been translated by Ralen for MangaGamer.

A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met is available on MangaGamer.com (Website not safe for work) and Steam.

The New Generation! Voice Roles and Theme Song

From 13-28 February, St. Michael Girls’ School held an audition for the roles of Hazuki and Manami in A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation!  On 24 April, the selected actresses were revealed: Hazuki will be played by Tanaka Riri (田中理々, Twitter: @tanakalili), and Manami by Shiina Amane (椎那天, Twitter: @shiina_amane). Rather than traditional voice samples in-character, the voice samples provided in the above link are recorded messages from the two actresses.

Unusually, this casting for the lead roles was done after the release date of 26 June was announced, and rather late in the visual novel’s development. Additionally, the audition was open to all applicants and all ages, but the roles were ultimately awarded to established performers. No information has been provided to clarify these extraordinary circumstances.

In addition to these roles as the primary characters, Riri and Amane perform the visual novel’s opening theme, “New Generation”. This song was produced by Anzu Hana and is the first visual novel theme to not be performed by her. According to her tweets  following the announcement, she was offered this role after unsuccessfully auditioning for a lead role herself. On 1 May, the theme song was uploaded to YouTube.

For more information, see this post.

Songworks Niconico Livestream 2, 14 February 2015

A second live broadcast focusing on the music CD Songworks has been announced for 14 February 2015, at 8:00 P.M. Japan time, or 6:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time. This follows the first show on 22 December 2014, which promoted its release at Comiket 87 on 28 December 2014.  The St. Michael Girls’ School community page on Niconico will host the broadcast, which is unlikely to make a timeshifted archival available immediately following. A Niconico account will be required to watch it.

As noted on the post for the first show, I am posting this information to inform readers that fan mail is being accepted. The announcement page above has a form for sending fan mail. The accepted topics are impressions of Songworks and yuri-related thoughts and memories of Valentine’s Day. Listeners whose letters are read on the show are eligible to receive a gift of chocolate, and I can confirm that St. Michael Girls’ School is able to ship internationally. I encourage all interested readers to send fan mail, but be advised that the hosts are not fluent in English.

As with the previous show, it will be hosted by Anzu Hana, Manazuru Kou (Houraisen Rena, Girl C), and Tsubakino Nao (Girl D). The topic of this show will be rectifying the errors of the previous show in a bid for “revenge” and working on a Valentine’s Day present for the listeners. The show also has a secondary goal of 1,000 concurrent listeners.

 

Niconico Livestream: Anzu Hana’s Tendonitis Santa Special!!

On 22 December 2014, St. Michael Girls’ School hosted a livestream on Niconico to promote the release of Songworks at Comiket 87 on 28 December 2014. The show was hosted by Anzu Hana, Manazuru Kou (Houraisen Rena, the extra character “Girl C”) and Tsubakino Nao 椿野なお (the extra character “Girl D”). Throughout the broadcast, Anzu Hana signed 500 special discs to be distributed at Comiket, which contains an alternate version of “Sakura in Bloom ~The Scent of Flowers~”. The show took place between 8:00-10:30 P.M. Japan time, 6:00-8:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time.

I had learned of it only hours before it started, and that the show would accept fan mail. I quickly wrote a letter with the help of Kuma Ichigo and sent it immediately before I went to bed. As it was a special event, I incorporated grandiose posturing in my text and wrote it longer than I normally write for Reo-ppoi Radio. However, in my haste to make myself known on the show, I had realized the following morning that I have failed to both take any measures to record the show and adequately inform readers of this opportunity. For this, I sincerely apologize and will take greater effort to prevent this in the future.

At the time, I had assumed that Niconico livestreams were automatically archived for later viewing (known as “timeshifting”), but St. Michael Girls’ School opted out of this feature for this video as the hosts’ faces were shown on camera for a brief time. I learned that my letter was read, but because no one had recorded the show, I thought the reply was lost. However, on 29 December, the entire show was uploaded in three parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), albeit edited to remove the hosts’ faces. I believe readers will find the hosts’ reply to my letter entertaining. It has been transcribed by Kuma Ichigo (who provides annotations) and translated by Ralen.

Continue reading Niconico Livestream: Anzu Hana’s Tendonitis Santa Special!!

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 90

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 90 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 25 October 2014.  Izumi Ayaka, who had served as the “assistant” for the past several episodes, formally graduates from that role in the cold open of this episode. This episode is treated as a milestone celebration.

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At 7:40,  it’s the Reo & Mai True Friendship Quiz, where the hosts test their knowledge of their friendship, particularly in past episodes.

19:05 introduces a new segment named “Ask Reo-chan-senpai”, an advice column.

At 25:07, Reo and Mai read letters to each other, making many references to both past episodes of the show and the light novels and drama CDs.

In the closing minutes of this episode, Hana announces a giveaway for a line of yuri-related goods at 34:40. The top prize is a bundle of three CDs published in her name: First Love Melon KissInnocent Flower Fortune Telling, and the Non-Reo-ish Radio Summer 2013 special. They will be autographed by both Hana and Ayaka, similar to the discs sold at the autograph session from Girls Love Festival 12 the week before. One runner up will receive a yuri goods set that is yet to be determined. This contest requires a valid mailing address in Japan.

I have written a letter about the CDs Hana signed for me. If it’s accepted, it will appear approximately a month from now.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 89

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 89 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 11 October 2014.  Izumi Ayaka reprises her role as this episode’s “assistant”. This episode opens without any music, and the hosts whisper over it.

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Fan mail is read at 15:07.

The hosts give editorial at 19:42.

At 35:27, a voice letter from Sara (Uri Satsuki) plays.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 88

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 88 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 27 September 2014.  Izumi Ayaka reprises her role as this episode’s “assistant”.

The cold open was by fan request. Several letters in the introduction commented on the おばーりん from episode 85.

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At 27:23, a section called “St. Michael’s Comedy Club” (ミカ女笑点部; see comments below) has the hosts rewrite a line from the opening theme, “First Love Melon Kiss”, in sketches. The results are attached below, alternating between Hana and Ayaka.

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At 33:28, a brief tease from the voice of the Yuri Goddess plays.

At 33:41, a voice letter from Kaede (Gogyou Nazuna) plays.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 87

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 87 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 14 September 2014.  Izumi Ayaka reprises her role as this episode’s “assistant”.

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Much of this episode is dedicated to fan mail, which begins at 11:11.

At 27:05, two voice letters are played. Both are from Shizuku (Mi Ei) and Eris (Oukawa Mio), but the first is from impersonators.

A mini-drama is played at 34:02.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.

Reo-ppoi Radio Episode 86

YouTube user momoiro koneko has uploaded Reo-ppoi Radio 86 on their channel, which was originally uploaded on Niconico on 24 August 2014.  A pre-show was uploaded the week prior. Izumi Ayaka introduced the show as this episode’s “assistant”.

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Fan mail is read at 17:19.

The conclusion of this episode promoted the drama CDs sold at Comiket 86: With You ‘Till Morning and My Darling Lover.

You can listen to every Reo-ppoi Radio to date on this YouTube playlist.