A cyber-battle fantasy centered on the survival of mankind! Cyber Sentai Last Angels SP STAGE 3 2ND OPERATION” interview with Mao Minamisawa (voice of Alice) & Haruka Sakurai (voice of Oz)

By, 2022年3月15日

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“Cyber Sentai Last Angels” is a large-scale mixed media project filled with brilliant voice talent. Following the 25th anniversary of the original Cyber Sentai Voogie’s Angel by Aoi Takeuchi, this is a reboot project with a completely new story and new characters set in the same world.

Coming after the release of “Cyber Sentai Last Angels SP STAGE 1 Angels of the Light” in March 2021 and “SP STAGE 2 Character Song Collection” released in April of the same year, the third CD will finally be released on March 2nd (Wed), 2022! Fighters known as the “Last Angels” (hereafter referred to as “Angels”) fight in a desperate battle that will determine the survival of mankind.
Additionally, Lav (voiced by Ayana Taketatsu) & Midi (voiced by Sakura Tange) perform a duet in the new ED theme “Invisible Link”, available via digital distribution starting February 16 (Wed). The two singing voices beautifully express the nature of their world in this story.
This time, we got a chance to talk to Mao Minamisawa & Haruka Sakurai, who voice Alice and Oz: two humanoids controlled by the mother computer “Teddy”.

―Could you introduce the characters you played again?

Mao Minamisawa: Alice was a cybernoid corps instructor in charge of Lav and the others back in SP STAGE 1, but now she’s under the control of Teddy and makes another appearance in this series as an enemy.

Haruka Sakurai: Oz is a humanoid of the same kind as Alice, and looks similar to Alice as well. That said, Oz’s personality is completely different, and speaks in a much rougher way.

―Please tell us about your impressions post-recording.

Minamisawa: I got to have the opportunity to work alongside Sakura-san in a different production, so I wondered whether I could get a sense for how she would perform before she did anything. The performance ended up being as I expected and I really enjoyed performing alongside her!

Sakurai: Thinking about her relationship with Oz, I listened to a lot of scenes with Alice in advance to prepare. I hoped I could pull off a little brother for Alice in my performance as Oz.

―What are some of the draws of Last Angels?

Minamisawa: The setting is very detailed. When I got the script for SP STAGE 1, I read through the glossary and drew a diagram correlating the other characters to my own. I think you get drawn into the story especially because of how the worldbuilding is done.

Sakurai: I watch a lot of things that are set in the near future, but I love how Last Angels is filled with such lovely things as bishoujo and battles. Each character bears extreme responsibility, and the cast all performs their roles very carefully so I made sure to play my character properly as well.

―What characters in particular have you taken an interest in in this series?

Minamisawa: It’s Lav for me. I was really moved by her show of humanity.

Sakurai: I’ve liked Alice since SP STAGE 1. I’ve always liked beautiful and cool onee-san characters (laughs) but I love how she has a playful side and how she did things like throw chalk at the Angels during their old lectures!

Minamisawa: Yeah that scene, I love that one too. (laughs)

―Please give us some highlights from this work.

Minamisawa: There’s something of a gap between the comical interactions between the characters and the serious scenes, and I really like that. I can’t talk more about the relationship between Alice and Oz, but as the story goes on you’ll find yourself surprised so I hope you’ll look forward to it!

Sakurai: “Family” is one of the big themes I think, so I hope everyone could be aware of that. Given how the world has been for a while, I think a lot of people haven’t been able to easily meet with their families so I think it’s a particularly emotional story.

―Alice and Oz are set as “siblings”, but do you two have any siblings?

Minamisawa: I’m an only child. If I had a sibling though, I would have liked to have a funny older brother. I like comedians, so I would have liked to debut together as a comedy duo. (laughs)

Sakurai: I have a younger brother, but his personality is completely different from mine. I was a liberal arts student and I like reading, but my brother is really into sports. Even though he just started playing volleyball in school recently, he’s already rushed up to the top bracket of players in the prefecture and is just amazing. The only thing I can do well at is swimming. (laughs)

―In this story, humanity is exposed to the threat of nuclear annihilation by a supermassive black hole bomb called “Googolplex”, but what would you two do if our Earth was in a similar situation?

Minamisawa: The first thing I would do is hold my lion stuffed animal I’ve loved since I was little. Then, I’d go and visit all the people I love and give them a hug. Then I’d like to go eat cheese and drink wine at a nearby wine bar.

Sakurai: I would like to get my relatives together and hold a “Yuba Party” (a delicacy). We could put it in any shape, like sashimi or in a hot pot, really I just want to eat a lot of yuba! Also some beer and highball to go with it. (laughs)

―Please give us a final message.

Minamisawa: It’s a wonderful story that really shows off its fleshed-out world via soul-filled acting and fantastic direction. I want everyone to “Watch with their ears” and experience the excitement of this story!

Sakurai: I’m honored to be able to get involved with such an important work. We hope that the Angels will continue to be featured in all kinds of content in the future!

<Interviewer / Photos / Dandy Saeki・Article wording (editing) by Repotama! editorial department>

【Digital Distribution Overview】

“Cyber Sentai Last Angels” New ED Theme Song
“Invisible Link”
Song: Lav (cv. Ayana Taketatsu) & Midi the Girl (cv. Sakura Tange)
Digital Single now on sale!

“Cyber Sentai Last Angels SP STAGE 3 -2ND OPERATION-”
On sale March 2, 2022 (Wed)

<Disc1: Voice drama CD>
Cyber Sentai Last Angels 2ND OPERATION

<Disc2: Single & Voice Actress Comment CD>
“Cyber Sentai Last Angels” New ED Theme Song
1. “Invisible Link”
Song: Lav (cv. Ayana Taketatsu) & Midi the Girl (cv. Sakura Tange)
2. Invisible Link (Instrumental)

<Voice actor comments>
3. Lav: Ayana Taketatsu
4. Jiggy: Sumire Uesaka
5. Grace: Kana Hanazawa
6. Nikki: Aya Uchida
7. Hotaru: Mizuki Hasegawa
8. Midi: Sakura Tange
9. Teddy: Yumi Touma
10. Meyer: Nobuyuki Hiyama
11. Alice & Oz: Mao Minamisawa & Haruka Sakurai

☆Purchase Bonuses☆
1. Sofmap Limited Purchase Bonus: Ticket for Online Stream Event Featuring Ayana Taketatsu and Sakura Tange
2. Retailer Limited Purchase Bonus: metal Badge (6 Types of SD characters randomly distributed)
※Target Retailers: Animate, Gamers, Toranoana, Amazon
Price: 1,980 yen (tax included)
Product Number: RKPS-1005~1006
Publisher: Sparkiss Records

【LA (Last Angels) Information】
Based on the original works created by Aoi Takeuchi “Cyber Sentai Voogie’s Angel” and “Fushigi Koubou Syndrome” and the character design done by the up-and-coming illustrator RAYVON.
The main cast includes Ayana Taketatsu, Sumire Uesaka, Kana Hanazawa, Aya Uchida, Mizuki Hasegawa, Sakura Tange. The cast for sub characters includes Yumi Touma and Nobuyuki Hiyama, among others. Various forms of content are currently being produced.

【Story and Highlights】
The year is 455 under the Neo-Gregorian calendar, and only two humans remain in the world.
The humans once held the reins as Earth’s master, before the Arishia aliens began to move into human society and eventually take it over.
Following a brutal 100-year battle, the two species decided to coexist and signed a nonaggression treaty. It was intended to prevent any foolish behavior that could destroy their own shared star…
However, another 150 years have now passed. Following the resurrection of the strategic system “Teddy the Boy”, known for its history in the previous war, mankind is once again on the brink of survival.
Teddy the Boy’s cyberattack on the Earth United Military’s military supercomputer “Byron” caused it to go on a rampage and deal incalculable damage to humanity, but the Cybernoid Project LA1 Team (Lav, Jiggy, Grace, Nikki, Hotaru, Midi) were successful in overcoming the threat through an intense battle. Once again, fleeting peace returned.

This sequel, with “Family” as its main theme, depicts the bonds between the Angels.
Lav approaches Midi to find out where her parents have gone. Nikki thinks about her younger brother in Aria, and Hotaru thinks of her father, the king of Aria. The complex feelings of Grace and Jiggy are also displayed, two members who don’t know their parents…
However, Teddy makes another appearance before humanity, and the countdown to the ultimate destruction of mankind by a supermassive black hole bomb begins. Lav and the others are forced to face off against a new enemy in the form of a humanoid and extremely powerful brother and sister, but there’s a secret to their past as well…
In an emotional and climactic battle, the story touches the hearts of listeners with the Angels’ teamwork and their unbreakable love for one another.

【3rd PV】

● Last Angels Official Site
● Last Angels Official Twitter

【Project Team】
Planning: Nichion
Momogre Company
Cosmic Ray
Release: Nichion
Production: Momogre Company
Cosmic Ray

(C) Aoi Takeuchi, Cosmic Ray, Momogre / Nichion

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