The upcoming Battery anime is based off of a novel series of the same name that focuses on two youthful boys and their emotional adventures in the world of baseball. I got the chance to go to the premiere of the first two episodes of the series this past weekend, and here’s what I found out about the anime:
There isn’t much music–and that’s not a bad thing
Something I noticed while watching Battery was that there were long periods of silence. While most anime try to cover every single second in some kind of background music, Battery only used its soft, gentle melodies in the most necessary moments. Otherwise, the anime’s soundtrack is made up of the beautiful nature sounds that bring to life the countryside in which the show is set. You can hear the birds, the rain, and, most importantly, the sounds of cleats against the ground and baseballs flying through the air. It’s extremely atmospheric and shows what Japan does best, using negative space to make something beautiful.
The backgrounds are gorgeous
Taking place in the countryside, one of the areas focused on in this show is nature, and the backgrounds do not disappoint. From the Japanese-style house Takumi’s grandfather lives in to the snowy landscape of Okayama, it is a feast for the eyes to see the changing, varied scenery.
The series has a live-action drama feel
While this is an anime, it sometimes doesn’t feel like it. Battery is almost like a live-action TV series redrawn with animation, meaning it’s perfect for even those who aren’t hardcore anime fans. It’s not surprising that Battery gives off this vibe, as the novel has already inspired a live-action television show and feature film.
The voice actors struggled with their characters’ dialects
As a majority of the actors in the show were not born in the show’s setting of Okayama, they all agreed that getting down the Okayama dialect was difficult. Tasuku Hatanaka, the voice of Kō Nagakura, mentioned that he often mistakenly said his lines with a Kansai accent and had to correct himself.
The voice of Seiha is actually played by a child
While the twelve-year-old characters are played by mature adults, protagonist Takumi’s younger brother Seiha is actually played by a child, something quite rare in anime. The older voice actors at the event commented on how responsible and professional child actor Yūi Fujimaki is, despite his age.
The show’s voices were recorded to sound natural
According to the actors in the show, the director has a policy to let the actors recite their lines all at once, and then make corrections afterward in an attempt to make the conversations between the characters sound natural.
Battery will premiere in Japan on June 15 during Fuji TV’s “noitamina” animation programming block.