anibee Features: Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne Producer: Michihiko Suwa
Have you been following the adventures of Madoka, Lan and Muginami in Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne?
Between the school antics, and the high-flying Vox-induced chaos, Producer Michihiko Suwa generously took the time from his busy schedule to have a little chat with us!
anibee: Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Mr. Michihiko! Please tell us briefly about yourself, how long you have been in the animation industry, and what some of your previous projects were.
Suwa: I have been in the industry for over 20 years, making my debut as Producer in January 1986 as Producer for anime like the remake of "Robotan", "City Hunter" and "Detective Conan".
anibee: How did production of Lagrange begin? What were your first thoughts on it?
Suwa: We wanted to do a robot-anime with a new spin to it to set it apart from classics like Gundam and Neon Genesis Evangelion. That was how it was decided to make the central characters to be school girls.
anibee: How does Lagrange compare to the previous shows you have worked on? What do you think makes it unique?
Suwa: I find that the concept of how the Vox Robots are controlled by the pilot's emotions and character, as well as the setting of the show, are what make it unique.
anibee: What is the meaning behind the title of the show, 'Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne'?
Suwa: The word 'Rin-ne' itself, has a meaning of reincarnation, while 'Lagrange' is the name of a fictional flower.
Also, it just so happens that there is a wine with the same name as well (Chateau Lagrange) - it really is a very elegant name!
anibee: How did Nissan get involved in the designing of the mechas?
Suwa: There are a lot of professional designers amongst them who happen to be big robot anime fans. A collaboration was then proposed between them and the production staff upon the beginning of the project, and after some exchanges (and a design competition!), it was confirmed.
anibee: What qualities were you looking for when selecting the actresses to play the main characters, Madoka, Lan and Muginami?
Suwa: We wanted people who could portray a new generation of youths who, despite baring a great burden on their shoulders, still exude the same lively & fresh energy that girls their age should. It was actually during the auditions, was when details of Madoka and Lan, such as making them high school students, were decided.
anibee: Who is your favorite character in Lagrange?
Suwa: I'm a big fan of Madoka, but I do like Lan's peculiar earnestness!
anibee: What can we expect to see in the second season of Lagrange?
Suwa: Definitely be prepared for more Vox action!
anibee: Please say a few words to all the fans of the show!
Suwa: I hope you all will enjoy the further development of Madoka's character. Please continue to support Madoka & her friends in their adventures – and help make them Japan's new leading robot anime heroines!
Special thanks to Mr. Michihiko Suwa for taking the time to participate in this interview!