Bushiroad recently held an interview with cast members from D4DJ First Mix, where they discussed their characters, the first episode of the anime, the global popularity of D4DJ, and much more. Check out their responses here!
In conjunction with this interview, D4DJ is holding an autograph giveaway! Find details below on how to win an autograph from Yuka Nishio (Rinku Aimoto), Aimi (Kyoko Yamate), Risa Tsumugi (Saki Izumo), or D4DJ First Mix director Seiji Mizushima.
Q: To start off, could you introduce yourself and your character?
Yuka Nishio: I’m Yuka Nishio, and I’m the voice of Rinku Aimoto from Happy Around!
Rinku can sometimes be seen as an oddball by others, since she grew up on a jungle island in Africa. Rinku is extremely bright and cheerful, like the sun that gives energy to everyone, and also like a storm that pulls everybody around her into whatever she’s interested in.
Aimi: Hello, everyone. I’m Aimi, and I voice Kyoko Yamate.
Kyoko is the vocalist of Peaky P-key and overall a cool charismatic girl.
Risa Tsumugi: Hi! I’m Risa Tsumugi, and I voice Saki Izumo! Saki-chan is… if I were to describe her in one word, it’d be “the universe.” The way she interacts with her supportive big sisters in Photon Maiden is very cute!
Q: Please tell us the most charming part of your character.
Yuka Nishio: Rinku’s charm is that you just can’t hate her, despite her lack of common sense, and she has an extremely cheerful nature due to growing up on a jungle island!
Aimi: Kyoko spares no effort to improve her music and is strict with herself, but she shows smiles to her friends often. That character gap is her charm.
Risa Tsumugi: Saki is just so adorable! …Please excuse me for being agonized by her cuteness every time I play her. (Laughs) Even though she appears to be a person with common sense, she can be odd and goofy sometimes. However, her style on the stage is totally different from how she usually is, and that is her charm. She also has “synesthesia,” so please take notice of that part of her as well!
Q: D4DJ First Mix released the first episode on October 22nd for an early streaming. Are there any scenes from the first episode that were memorable to you? Are there any parts that the fans should pay special attention to?
Yuka Nishio: The scene where Rinku learns how to DJ from Maho was a memorable scene for me.
Maho shows Rinku how to DJ, and she explains it in a way that the audience can also understand what a DJ does, so please take a close look at that scene! Another scene would be the one right after that, where Rinku senses that the song playing could transition well into “WOW WAR TONIGHT”; it was also a memorable scene to me since I have similar experiences often.
Aimi: The concert scene with Peaky P-key! It was so lively! I felt the excitement and couldn’t stop myself from dancing! I want everyone to watch it again and again!
Risa Tsumugi: The first episode was already very “Happy Around!”-like! (Laughs) I love their energy and how lively they are. The opening song is filled with their energy, and I love it! I also sing in the opening for a little bit as Saki with Kyoko-san, and their relationship is so precious… so please enjoy the opening song as well!
Q: “DJ” is the theme of D4DJ. What kind of impression do you have about DJs? Was there any change to your impression before and after joining the project?
Yuka Nishio: My impression of DJs didn’t change since I used to DJ at a club before joining D4DJ. However, clubs had an intimidating impression for me since I thought it would be full of party people before I started DJing. Now, DJing is a fun tool to share our favorite music and to enjoy music indefinitely by mixing and arranging!
Aimi: I didn’t have much knowledge about DJs before, but I got to feel how limitless music is! There are no restrictions to the performances, so I enjoy trying different methods to create exciting concerts!
Risa Tsumugi: Since I also play a role as a DJ in a different title, I appreciated the joy of DJing through my role again. In the beginning, I was wondering, “What does a DJ do?” so I hope more people will know about the DJs through D4DJ!
Q: When playing your character in the anime, is there anything you prepare in advance?
Yuka Nishio: Rinku is usually full of energy and excitement, so I uplift my own mood before I play her by listening to my favorite songs or by running to physically energize myself.
Aimi: Kyoko is a role that requires convincing dance skills and high-level performances, so I started with building my stamina. I’m going to try my best to create her charismatic atmosphere!
Risa Tsumugi: Actually, I had recorded for [the mobile game] D4DJ Groovy Mix before recording for the anime, so I was able to get into the role [of Saki] smoothly compared to back then. When I play her, I’m extra careful about not faking her cuteness. Saki has this pure and natural cuteness, so I try not to break that image of her.
Q: Please tell us what you hope for the fans to expect in future developments after the first episode, from your own perspective.
Yuka Nishio: All the members will be gathered, and Happy Around! will be formed. Please look forward to how Happy Around! will grow and how they build their friendship. There are concert scenes in each episode, so that’s also something to look forward to as well!
Aimi: In the first episode, the story of HapiAra-chan [Happy Around!] excited me all the way from the beginning to the end. I think Kyoko felt the same way. Please look forward to how the members of Peaky P-key will come into the story!
Risa Tsumugi: Please make sure to check out when and how Photon Maiden will be involved in the story, and how they will interact with HapiAra-san [Happy Around!]. I suppose the key point is that Photon Maiden is a unique group since it has a producer, and the members were selected from an audition!
Q: The Official YouTube channel is streaming D4DJ First Mix with subtitles in 7 languages, and anime fans all over the world are watching. Is there anything you would like to tell the overseas fans?
Yuka Nishio: Please enjoy D4DJ through the anime and also its music!
D4DJ original songs are allowed for everyone to remix and upload, so I’m looking forward to listening to everyone’s remixes!
(*Please refer to the official website for the regulations on the usage of D4DJ original music. URL: https://d4dj-pj.com/news/20200923/post-418)
Aimi: We will try our best to deliver the music of D4DJ to the world! I promise the best music and the best time at live concerts, so please come see us one day!
Risa Tsumugi: WOW!! Hello everyone!!! I’m really happy that many people from different countries know and are watching D4DJ!! Anime, concerts, games and more are coming out, so check them out now!!
About D4DJ First Mix:
Anime “D4DJ First Mix” is available on the D4DJ Global YouTube Channel with subtitles in 7 languages for free! You can join the Watch Party on the D4DJ Global YouTube Channel for each episode every Friday at 8:00PM (PST) / Saturday at 4AM (UTC)!
Share the excitement with other fans from all over the world!!
Subtitles in other languages are also available on the streaming platforms in various countries. For more details, please visit the official website.
To celebrate the global release of this interview, D4DJ is hosting an autograph giveaway featuring Yuka Nishio, Aimi, Risa Tsumugi, and Seiji Mizushima for 12 lucky winners!
To participate, please follow the instructions below.
- Share or retweet our social media posts about this interview.
- Follow at least one of the following D4DJ Global Social Media channels to stand a chance to win an autograph.