‘Inu-Oh’ director Masaki Yusa on giving Noh Theater a rock opera twist

Masaki Yusa is known for doing the unexpected, and his latest Thin layer inu-oh Definitely proves why it works so well for the director.

anime is an epic rock opera set in 14th-century Japan, and is based on the work of real-life composer Inu-oh, but with a modern twist, with dazzling performances and lyrics. You Can’t Help But Rock Out Huh.

inu-oh Follows Tomona (Mirai Moriyama), a young boy who is blind and finds his calling as a wife [lute] Player, he meets the film’s eponymous character (played by Queen Bee rock star Awu-chan), a singer whose unique physical features, such as his extremely long arms and an eye where his mouth should be, make him an angel.

Tomona and Inu-Oh strike up an instant friendship strengthened by their love for music and talent for making it, and the pair begin touring the country giving elaborate performances that captivated the public, royals and farmers alike. gives.

Yusa talked newsweek How the musical was created, and why it was necessary to give Noah Theater a modern twist.

‘Inu-Oh’ director Masaki Yusa on giving Noh Theater a rock opera twist

A still from “Inu-Oh” featuring Inu-Oh and Tomona. Director Masaki Yuasa spoke to Newsweek about making rock operas and giving Noh Theater a modern twist.
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“Originally the project was brought in by a producer, but it really affected me with the story,” said Yusa Newsweek. “To think how a noh artist from the old days […] Was a real star, popular even among farmers, he was very popular.

“Noah is basically an artwork showing different sides of people who weren’t shown, or [were] Was erased from the story, so I actually thought it was interesting too.

“And I think the story was written by Hideo Furukawa [who wrote novel Tales of the Heike: INU-OH] And then it was very interesting to express that in an animation and show it to more people in this modern world.”

devilman crybaby The producer said: “Noh, even in Japan, it’s a really hard art to get into, you know, I didn’t even see Noh perform before the project started.

“But, you know, how Inu-Oh was an artist everyone loved, I really thought it would be interesting. And I thought I could bring that kind of energy into the present world.”

Yusa explained that he went to see the Noah Theater for the first time for his work on the film, and, although it was difficult for him to understand, the more he watched, the more he enjoyed it.

“It was really hard to understand, it’s also very difficult, it’s just a difficult subject,” the director said. “But, I think eventually as I saw more of it, I really got into it and I understood what was so entertaining about it.”

On Composing the Music for ‘Inu-Oh’

Yusa chose to add modern elements to K’s music. Inu-oh Tomona’s repertoire by incorporating guitars and adding him and Inu-oh riffs and head-banging like any modern rock star makes it a true rock opera.

cause Lou over the wall The director decided to do this so he could engage the crowd in Tomona and Inu-Oh’s show on screen, because the best music for that kind of reaction is rock.

Yusa said of the film’s music and its modern feel, “I really thought that using rock music would be a good way to incorporate them into the performance.” “Inu-oh, as an artist, his name lives on in history but none of his music, none of his performances are written down in history, so we don’t know anything about his music.

“So, I really wanted to portray a really surprising event for the audience, I really thought taking modern music would be a surprise.

“And then in regards to portraying history, if I only went back to the history that was written and then just based my story on that, I really felt like this was the story that I could tell. will limit his story.

“So, then I thought, you know, I want to do something that could have happened and that would be really amazingly different.”

You need a rock star to pull off a rock opera

The director said it was “a little difficult” to create the show-stopping performances Inu-Oh and Tomona created.

“Every time something happens that’s really extreme or something happens that’s very different [onscreen]I try to create realism in the way I express it, so it was difficult.”

To pull this off, Yusa made sure to hire people who could confidently put on a show like the elaborate cast for its main characters, but it took time to find the right actors.

Yusa shared, “Usually we’d try to find someone who fits the character, but, you know, it turned out to be a little tricky.” “So, then once we decided to cast Awu-chan and Mirai Moriyama as the two main leads, we made the characters really fit them, and it really went more smoothly.”

Asked if he felt it was important to include someone like Awu-chan, who leads his own rock band, Yusa said: “It was really important, it was something that was on our mind. I was from the beginning, we wanted them to be able to sing.”

Reflecting on my experience of making inu-oh And if he wants to make a musical again, Yusa admitted: “I think I went too deep with this film. So, maybe, eventually.”

“I think it would be interesting to do something contemporary, or maybe take something from the past, like story of the west, And it has a new version. It could be interesting,” he said.

Whatever Yusa decides to do next, musical or otherwise, it will undoubtedly continue to bring the director’s own unique stamp on the anime industry, and it will probably surprise and amaze as much as inu-oh Will.

Inu-Oh is now released in theaters across the US.

“Inu-Oh” director Masaki Yusa spoke to Newsweek about creating music for the film and casting rock star Awu Chan and actor Mirai Moriyama as the leads Inu-Oh and Tomona.

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