Yamaguchi Maho (Mahohon) /1st Generation

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  1. Dokuro3313

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    mod edit: breaking two forum rules in a one word post must be a new record, btw, remember your own motto "don't judge"
     
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    One more follow-up article out of the many that had been released later into the day today. This one comes notably with the official comments from Maho, director Moriwaki Tomonobu, as well as the manga author Mizuho Rino.
    The content is common with other articles published on other media outlets (Oricon's, for example). Also, the fact that they all came out after the promotion appearance on the previously-mentioned YouTube channel suggests that this was maybe intended to be the main piece of news announcement, but Sports Houchi's morning publication jumped the gun before all else.
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    Yamaguchi Maho acts in her first ever protagonist performance on the big screen, Mizuho Rino’s manga “Chocolat no Mahou” receives movie adaptation

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    Mizuho Rino’s manga “Chocolat no Mahou” has been adapted into a movie, with Yamaguchi Maho, who graduated from NGT48 back in 2019, starring in the main protagonist part. It has also been learned that it is slated for release in 2021.

    Published on the manga magazine Ciao, the manga “Chocolat no Mahou” had broken past the mark of 1,000,000 copies sold in total across the whole series. This is a fantasy horror which has for its leading protagonist Aikawa Chocolat, a chocolatier that would prepare mysterious chocolate candies that can make wishes come true simply by eating them. Within the story, one female high school student bearing a certain wish hidden inside her heart comes to visit the manor inhabited by Chocolat, who as the price to pay for her chocolates would take with herself what one person has as their “dearest thing”. Participating as the director was Moriwaki Tomonobu, who worked on the drama “Suits” and the “Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi” series among others, whereas Kanazawa Tatsuya handled the scriptwriting.

    Playing the part of Chocolat, a chocolatier and a beautiful witch at the same time, Yamaguchi declared that “Since I used to be a reader of Ciao back in my elementary school days, at the time when I received talks for it I truly felt emotionally thrilled as though I had gone back to that period”. “Being on my first big screen appearance and on my first protagonist acting, I felt insecure on whether I would be up to the task, but also with the collaboration from the various people from the staff and the co-performing actors, I managed to make it past that”, she also commented. In addition to that, she sent out a call saying: “While Chocolat is a chocolatier who can prepare chocolate candies that will make wishes come true, she also expects to receive back something which that person holds as dear, as a price for realizing such wishes -- This is an unexpected side that will leave people breathless, which makes me wonder if it wouldn’t be enjoyable for people from all different generations. It is my personal desire that families too would come over and have fun watching it, by all means.”

    Moreover, Moriwake spoke of how “Yamaguchi Maho-san too, who seemingly felt lost back at the time of the makeup testing for Aikawa’s character, when it came for her to stand in front of the camera on the first day of the shootings she had already turned into the very image of Aikawa Chocolat, combining together both beautifulness and eeriness in it!”, while Mizuho added that “In addition of course to those people who already know of Chocolat, the content is without a doubt also one that can be well appreciated also by those who don’t know of her yet. Don’t hesitate to come see it!”

    The movie “Chocolat no Mahou” is scheduled to be progressively released across the whole country starting from early 2021 Summer.

    Yamaguchi Maho’s comment

    Since I myself, personally speaking, used to be a reader of Ciao back in my elementary school days, at the time when I received talks for it I truly felt emotionally thrilled as though I had gone back to that period.
    Chocolat, as drawn by Mizuho Rino-sensei inside of the source work, is so very cute. As I progressed into reading through the original series, I found myself more and more enamoured of Chocolat’s prettiness -- I enormously love Chocolat, as depicted by her author, in fact, to the point that I have even set her as my cellphone’s background wallpaper.
    But for all that, just as much as I was fascinated by Chocolat, so did I then feel insecure on whether I would be up to the task, being myself on my first big screen appearance and on my first protagonist acting, but still also with the collaboration from the various people from the staff and the co-performing actors, I managed to make it also past that. With the costumes, hairstyle, and makeup also being all faithfully recreated, this too is another key point that I hope people would direct their attention to.
    While Chocolat is a chocolatier who can prepare chocolate candies that will make wishes come true, she also expects to receive back something which that person holds as dear, as a price for realizing such wishes -- This is an unexpected side that will leave people breathless, which makes me wonder if it wouldn’t be enjoyable for people from all different generations.
    It is my personal desire that families too, by all means, would come over and have fun watching it.

    Moriwaki Tomonobu’s comment

    We have gone on to shoot it with an eye firmly on both the beautifulness and scariness of it, in a manner that it won’t pale in comparison to the energy of the original work. I trust that people would be able to enjoy this blend of both horror elements and the sparkling feeling that is typical of school-themed stuff.
    Yamaguchi Maho-san too, who seemingly felt lost back at the time of the makeup testing for Aikawa’s character, when it then came for her to stand in front of the camera right on the first day of the shootings she had already turned into the very image of Aikawa Chocolat herself, combining together both beautifulness and eeriness in it! I would definitely appreciate it if you will all come watch it in cinemas.

    Mizuho Rino’s comment

    A live-action movie adaptation, I’m so very happy about it! Many fantastic people have been kindly taken part in the working for it.
    So, in addition of course to those people who already know of Chocolat, the content is without a doubt also one that can be well appreciated also by those who don’t know of her yet.
    Don’t hesitate to come see it!

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    Source: https://natalie.mu/eiga/news/412679
     
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    Reading up a little on the manga/anime, it's hard to imagine a more perfect role for her. Hopefully there'll be some way for international fans to watch it eventually.
     
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    First of all I wanted agree that my post was inappropriate,
    Second of all there are different people with different opinions on Yamaguchi Maho, when a person likes her I personally don't understand the reason, but that's okay.
    I will endeavor in the future to stop expressing myself badly about members and stop judging that much.
    Third of all, there were people on the Tano Ayaka thread, who called her a witch, it makes me as a person who likes Tano Ayaka and dislikes Yamaguchi Maho feel unconfortable to read such a stuff. So the idea was to turn the table, but it kind of failed.


    Best luck for Yamaguchi Maho in future, even if she prepared some circumstances to the group generally.
     
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    Call me crazy but maybe people who are antis of an assault victim and stan someone who helped create the situation in which the victim was assaulted, should feel uncomfortable.
    Anything negative that happened to the group was because of how management mishandled every single thing about the situation. Maho just spoke her truth.
     
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    They called Tano a witch? What have witches ever done to anyone?
     
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    As I have published it already elsewhere, here's me relating the good news also here as it's due, if with a little bit of delay. Cheers!
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    Yamaguchi Maho: First regular appearance in a drama serial - Taking on the role of the workplace colleague of Wakatsuki Yumi’s character in “Kekkon dekinai ni wa Wake ga aru”


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    News has come in on April 7 that Yamaguchi Maho, former member of the idol group NGT48 and now actress, will be appearing in the TV drama serial “Kekkon dekinai ni wa Wake ga aru [There is a reason why we cannot get married]” (ABC - Every Sunday at 11:55 PM), featuring Hayami Mokomichi in the lead role, which will start on April 18. For Yamaguchi-san, this is going to be her first time making a regular acting appearance in a TV drama serial. “The original work this is from is very intriguing, in fact this was one which I ended up devouring through at an eager pace. I’m so happy to have received a proposal for it. What with this being my first regular acting appearance, there’s also some tension I have to it, but I’ll be working my hardest on it with all of my spirit.”, she told about her personal outlook.

    The drama has for its basis work the digital comic going by the same title (Solmare Editor), authored by Murasaki-san and which has already broken past the mark of over 23,000,000 downloads. Depicted in it is the bizarre triangle relationship between Tomizawa Mitsuo (Hayami-san), in love with his doll, Goto Mariko (Wakatsuki Yumi-san), who intends to get married in 100 days from there, and the unsettling doll “Michuko” itself. Yamaguchi-san is going to play as Takada Yoshie, a workplace colleague of Mariko and herself already married.

    In addition to the above, it has also been announced that Furukawa Tsuyoshi-san of the popular group “SUPER☆DRAGON” will make an acting appearance in the role of Mitsuo’s junior coworker Inoue Kenta; Igashira Manami-san in the role of Tanimura Tetsuko, who similarly to Mitsuo also maintains some “demanding hobby interests”; Yoshida Shiori-san in the role of Mariko’s workplace colleague Shizuka; Akiyama Yuzuki-san in the role of Satsuki; Narumi Juria-san from “Yume Miru Adolescence” in the role of Kenta’s fiancee Ichinose Koharu-san; Dandy Sakano-san in the role of the company’s subsection manager; as well as Takada Shoko-san in the role of Tetsuko’s mother.

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    Source: https://web.archive.org/web/2021040...-web.jp/article/20210406dog00m200054000c.html

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    Main promo images released for the drama “Kekkon dekinai ni wa Wake ga aru”, featuring Wakatsuki Yumi’s acting performance! 8 people confirmed for the supplemental cast, among which Yamaguchi Maho, and YumeAdo’s Narumi Juria

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    The main promotional material has been publicly released for the drama “Kekkon dekinai ni wa Wake ga aru”, in which Wakatsuki Yumi will be acting. Moreover, regarding the supplemental cast, the acting appearances of Yamaguchi Maho and Yume Miru Adolescence’s Narumi Juria have also been confirmed.

    The main promotional picture unveiled today has the leading protagonist Hayami Mokomichi, Wakatsuki Yumi, and the doll Michuko all giving one impactful final effect to the composition.

    Moreover, the central actors cast, who will be bringing in even more animation into the story, has also been announced.

    The role of Inoue Kenta, a junior coworker of the protagonist Tomizawa Mitsuo (Hayami Mokomichi), is going to be handled by SUPER★DRAGON’s Furukawa Tsuyoshi.

    Moreover, the part of Tanimura Tetsuko, who maintains some “demanding hobby interests” in the same manner as Tetsuko, will be played by Igashira Manami; while the part of Tetsuko’s mother will have Takada Shoko at it.

    In addition, as for Mariko’s own group of three, same-age friends, Yamaguchi Maho has been confirmed for Yoshie’s role, Yoshida Shiori for the role of Shizuka, and Akiyama Yuzuki for the role of Satuki.

    On top of that, working in the part of Kenta’s own fiancee Ichinose Koharu -- in what is an original character spot made for the drama -- will be Yume Miru Adolescence’s Narumi Jurina, while for the company’s subsection manager it will be Dandy Sakano.

    Interview with the performing actors

    Yamaguchi Maho (in the role of Takada Yoshie)


    -- Can you please tell us about what your honest feelings were, at the time when your acting appearance in the drama “Kekkon dekinai ni wa Wake ga aru” was decided?

    Yamaguchi:
    The original work this is from is very intriguing, in fact this was one which I ended up devouring through at an eager pace. So, I’m so happy to have received a proposal for it. What with this being my first regular acting appearance, there’s also some tension I have to it, but I’ll be working my hardest on it with all of my spirit.

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    -- What are the appealing aspects of Takada Yoshie, who you will be acting as this time, and what kind of character role does she hold?

    Yamaguchi:
    Yoshie has herself already got married, and she is one of the workplace colleagues who are giving their support to Mariko, who instead desires to get married eventually. Though, as it is also in some certain scenes where they would have a lunch all together, there’s actually something that still gets you wondering “How is it possible that Yoshie managed to get married, when Mariko hasn’t yet?”, about the whole way the meal in there is like, and so on. (laugh) She is chill and a little straight-from-the-shoulder, but at the same time she has a very humane spirit too, as such she is the kind of figure that would feel reassuring if you ever have one as your own friend.

    -- Can you please send out a message and your personal wishes to the future viewers?

    Yamaguchi:
    I’m confident that the “reason” in “There is a reason why we cannot get married” will turn out to be something that will go beyond anyone’s possible guesses. All the same, this series will be one that, in some part or another, will get you wanting to root on for the characters; and that will make you curious about what’s next and wonder “How are things gonna turn out like, now after that!?”. So, please, don’t hesitate to come watch it.

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    Source: https://popnroll.tv/articles/16165
     
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    Does that mean she wasn't a regular on the drama '白でも黒でもない世界で、パンダは笑う' ?
     
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    In ShiroKuroPanda that was a central character for one episode's story, not the whole series.
     
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    Thanks, I was mostly confused by the article calling it her first drama in a way but I get it now ^^
     
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    The trailer for “Chocolat no Mahou” has just been released:

     
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    I'm actually surprised they used 'Former NGT48' in the trailer. I would have assumed they'd want Maho and NGT48 separated from now on.
     
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    Yamaguchi Maho: “I’ve been careful not to betray the original image of it”. A sense of “pressure” about her first ever acting performance and leading role on the big screen < Interview >

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    The movie “Chocolat no Mahou”, in which ex-NGT48 and now actress Yamaguchi Maho will be working in the leading role in what will also be her first ever acting appearance on the big screen, is going to be released on this June 18 (Friday).

    The work in question is a fantasy horror authored by Mizuho Rino, issued at irregular intervals on the young girls comic magazine “Ciao” (Shogakukan) breaking past the mark of 1,000,000 copies sold in total across the entire series, and which over the course of 10 years has been receiving much loving appreciation from the public as a manga aimed at young girls, with it also receiving an anime adaptation among other things. A witch that can prepare mysterious chocolate candies with the ability to make any wish come true just by eating them, Aikawa Chocolat would fulfill those wishes while taking back in exchange what is the “the dearest thing” that the person who ate it has.

    On this occasion, we had a direct interview with Yamaguchi, who, as she confessed, had too been a reader of “Ciao” during her elementary school days. Here, she talked to us about her feelings regarding her first ever movie appearance, some personal episode of hers revolving on chocolate, and much else.

    I felt unsure whether I could personally bring out such cuteness (laugh)

    -- What were your inner feelings like, at the time your acting appearance was decided?

    Well, naturally, there was a feeling of pressure about it. With there being many fans of the original work, and it going to be adapted into a live action movie, there was also this resolve on my part, to be careful not to betray the original image of it.

    -- It looks like that Yamaguchi-san too had been an affectionate reader of “Ciao”, isn’t it?

    The first manga I have ever read in my life was on “Ciao”, in fact. Back in my days, “Kirarin ☆ Revolution”, “Mirmo de Pon!”, and many others, were being published there serially, so I have memories of growing up while looking at those.

    At the time, “Chocolat no Mahou” still hadn’t begun its serialization, so it is actually only after plans for this movie were set, that I took the opportunity to have a look at it. While at it, looking at the pictures drawn by Mizuho-sensei in the original work, I couldn’t help thinking how extremely cute her artistic touch was in the illustrations. But since this ended up growing on me very much, as an opposite effect I ended up feeling unsure whether I could personally bring out that same level of cuteness, myself. (laugh)

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    Costumes faithfully replicating those of the original work

    -- Regarding the costumes, they were made to replicate in a faithful way those from the original work, I see...

    They really are exactly as they are found in the original series, indeed. The cake[-shaped hat] I am wearing on the top of my head turned out to be something really carefully crafted, so much so that I have to wonder if it would look like an actual one, when seeing it on moving picture… But all the same, it also had its fair share of weight, so I had to make sure that it wouldn’t be tilting too much on the side while at it -- and also for the wig itself, until now I had never worn a long-haired one, so I needed to pay attention so that my head wouldn't hurt from the whole heaviness of that.

    -- I have heard that you have also been paying attention also about your dietary style.

    The costume was tailor-made and all, and since at the time of the try-on fitting it matched just exactly what were my own size measurements, I couldn’t help wondering if I wouldn’t have been able to get inside of it in case I ended up gaining even a little extra weight afterwards, so I had been constantly attentive about that. But as a result of me keeping on with this habit, when today I came back to wearing it again after so long, it rather feels like that the skirt is now too loose around the waist, instead...

    -- Is there anything that you had been conscious about, when getting into the character’s role?

    Being this a slightly mysterious character role with no human warmth to it, I tried to avoid putting on much expressivity, by speaking in a lower tone than I normally would. And even when at home, I kept practicing on it by doing recitation on my own.

    Other than that, since laughing too much, and such things, would be at odds with the supposed image of Chocolat, I worked to act in a detached and unfazed manner even on those parts where, in normal circumstances, one would instead tend to express an emotive reaction. I am the type of person who tends to immediately end up laughing, myself, so it would have really been the end if there had been someone among the co-performing actors who would’ve gotten me to... (laugh)

    -- Are there any aspects in which she resembles yourself?

    The fact we love chocolate and that we know how to prepare it, and also the fact that we tend to get down and consider matters from a variety of factors. Chocolat would give to each person who has some personal plights exactly what they request, and she would let that person realize what is it that they actually lack in within themselves, with it. So I too, when I have a friend of mine come have a talk with me about their personal worries, would tell them in a forthright way what it is that actually needs improvement, and I would work on thinking up a solution to the impasse. I have got to wonder, therefore, if we aren’t both the same, in that way…

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    If I could have a wish come true, “I’d like to have a dog as a pet”

    -- What was the atmosphere like, over at the shooting location?

    Everyone looked like they were feeling pretty cold. In the scenes at Chocolat Noir, they had actual chocolate candies in there, so to prevent them from melting, they avoided turning on the heating, with the result that it felt rather cold in there. But anyway, once the shootings were over, when I got to take the chocolate that was actually placed there as set decorations and ate it, they tasted extremely good. They were something fantastic, both in appearance and in substance.

    -- Inside of the story plot, one can have one’s wishes come true simply by eating a chocolate candy, but what wish would Yamaguchi-san like to see come true, instead?

    I’d like to have a dog as a pet. A Shiba Inu, or a Pomeranian, or maybe a Toy Poodle… I really adore dogs, but unfortunately the one dog that we used to own as a pet over at my family’s home had departed away to heaven without me ever having any chance to meet it, and for this reason I am left yearning to find a dog I could be together with… It’s to the point that, on even more than one occasion during the month, I find myself uttering “How much I’d like to have a dog as a pet” out loud!

    -- By the way, when your wish is fulfilled there is a trade-off to pay for it. What is it that you would give away?

    Eeeh… Being no longer able to eat chocolate would be pretty much impossible so, since they are long, I guess that I would offer my hair instead. (laugh) Sure enough, I’d imagine that dog’s hair too does tend to fall off in great quantities and all, so I gotta wonder if maybe I could get my own hair reduced to just about the level of a short bob cut, then…?

    -- Is there anything that you would love to do in the future?

    Recently, I have been doing a lot of research about colors. Turns out that for each person, there exists a certain thing called “personal colors”, which suit that specific individual -- this way, that also helps you to present yourself in a better manner by wearing on yourself items that thus suit you, and also gives you a cue on how to look for them, too… I too, on my part, have taken a personal color test before, and there have been situations where I could feel as though my life has changed and turned for the better as a result, indeed. So, for this reason, I would be happy if I too could develop myself a special eye for colors, and be of help in providing items that would look well-suited for people of various kinds.

    -- Lastly, can you please leave a message to our readers?

    The movie “Chocolat no Mahou” is an entertainment production that will be faithfully recreating the very same world atmosphere of the manga. This is a movie which sees the protagonist Chocolat working to make the various characters in the story realize what is it that they are actually lacking in, and with this, one can also get to look at matters from various different perspectives this way. I feel that this is a movie that will give an opportunity to take on a new awareness on things, so come watch it at the cinema, if you please.

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    Source, and for an additional photo gallery: https://thetv.jp/news/detail/1029463/
     
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    Maho talking at the studio where she recorded the theme music for “Chocolat no Mahou”:



    The video includes a new trailer for the movie.
     
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    Former "NGT48" Maho Yamaguchi's first movie starring "The Magic of Chocolate" (directed by Tomonobu Moriwaki, released on June 18) is a collaboration between the 5-member unit "mzsrz" and Yamaguchi. It was revealed on May 20 that the song "Unbalanced feat. Maho Yamaguchi" was decided. The movie trailer has also been released. The theme song "Unbalance feat. Maho Yamaguchi" has also attracted attention for providing the song "Mosaik Role" for "Hey! Say! JUMP" and writing the lyrics for Ado's latest song "Dance".

    The trailer portion of the video above.




    Interview in print

    ――What was your impression when you heard the song?

    When I first saw the lyrics, I was surprised a lot, I thought it was a song that matched the world view of the movie, and there were many points that I could sympathize with.

    When I listen to this song, I think that there are many things that many people may be disappointed with, things that they dislike, and things that they want to escape from, but I thought I couldn't do my best. Sometimes, I think it's a song that gives me the courage to say that I don't have to work hard, and that it's a song that is close to me.

    I want a lot of people to listen to this song, and since this version I sang can only be heard at the cinema, I definitely want a lot of people to listen to it at the cinema.

    --Did you have a hard time recording?

    DECO * 27 is a lot of other producers, and I listened to it a lot. It was hard to raise and lower the keys, the rhythm was very fast, and I thought it would be impossible for ordinary people to sing, but I worked hard with everyone.

    ――What was the particular part of the recording?

    Since the lyrics match the world view of the movie, I tried to sing while thinking of the movie scene, and I also sang in light of my emotions to see if there was any overlap with me.

    There is a lyrics that says, "If you want only what you want, it's important to lose it", but this is also a match in the part of the movie scene, so I hope you can check it in the movie.

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    https://thetv.jp/news/detail/1033540/
     
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    Yamaguchi Maho, first song recording in 2 years and a half. Collaboration with mzsrz for the theme song of her main-starring movie “Chocolat no Mahou”

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    It has just been revealed that former NGT48 member Yamaguchi Maho is going to be singing the theme song for the movie “Chocolat no Mahou” (out on June 18), in which she herself is working in the leading role. For Yamaguchi, this has been her first music recording after about two years and a half.

    The main song is titled “Unbalance feat. Yamaguchi Maho”, in what is going to be a collaboration track with the 5-member group of teenage vocalists mzsrz (“mizushirazu”). This had been composed specifically for today’s movie by Vocaloid producer “Deco*27” (read: DecoNiina), who has already called on much buzz to himself also for having provided the music for Hey! Say! JUMP’s “Mosaic Roll” and for having worked on the lyrics of Ado’s latest song “Odori”.

    Initially, it was planned for just mzsrz (mizushirazu) to be singing in it. However, since the lyrics of the song itself also went hand in hand with one of the themes that are intended to be conveyed through the movie and the character role played by Yamaguchi herself in the story, that is the «Balancing between “wishes” and “reality”», this led to Yamaguchi also swiftly joining in into the song recording process at the end of April. While the idea at first was for her to exclusively sing the refrain segments, because the voices of Yamaguchi and mzsrz (mizushirazu) fit together in a way much better than it had been prefigured, she eventually came to sing also in other additional parts of the song as well.

    Regarding the music created by Deco*27, Yamaguchi told “Between the fluctuations in the keys, and the rhythm of it being fast, I thought it would have been out of my capabilities for me to personally sing in it, but with everyone else in here also providing to me their cooperation, even though it had been a hard task to do nonetheless, I went on to work hard on it”, reminiscing back her first song recording session after quite a long time.

    Upon reading the song’s lyrics “There actually were plenty of parts of it which simply left me awestruck, and it also fits in so well with the world atmosphere of the movie. Even speaking about me personally, I could really emotionally empathize with it”, she told before adding “This is a kind of song which, whenever there would be anything that makes you almost lose heart at it, anything that feels unpleasant, when you just want to leave everything and run away, when you believe that you are at the end of your rope -- when listening to it on any of those times, it would feel like it’s standing emotionally close by your side, reassuring that you can do it even without pushing yourself impossibly hard”, in emphasizing the good qualities of the song.

    Moreover, sending out an invitation to the public, she told “The version in which I have sung can be listened to only at the cinemas, so for this reason I’d love for as many people as possible to get to do it while over there”.

    This production is a live action adaptation of a popular work which saw serialization over approximately 10 years inside of Shogakukan’s young girls comic magazine “Ciao”. A fantasy horror, this has for its main protagonist a chocolatier, Aikawa Chocolat (Yamaguchi), who can prepare mysterious chocolate candies that would make any wish come true just by eating them. With Yamaguchi in the role of the witch Chocolat, and Okada Yui in the role of a female high school student who’s working on solving a mystery-filled case, also making their acting appearance inside it will be Sakurada Hiyori, Nakajima Ken, Tsuna Keito, Hata Mei, Mori Kisho, Ueno Rinko, Kawaguchi Aoi, Yoshida Akari, Miura Maya, Hamada Yoshihiko, and Azuma Takahiro.

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    Yamaguchi Maho participates in a track recording for the first time in about 2 years and a half. “A song standing emotionally close by your side”

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    It has been officially confirmed that the theme song for the movie “Chocolat no Mahou” (out on June 18, Friday), in which ex-NGT48 Yamaguchi Maho will be working in her absolute first protagonist role, will be “Inbalance feat. Yamaguchi Maho”, a tie-up collaboration track with mzsrz (mizushirazu). With it, shots from the recording session of the song have been unveiled as well.

    The movie “Chocolat no Mahou” is a popular work which had been receiving loving appreciation from the public for about 10 years already, originally published inside of the magazine “Ciao” (Shogakukan) and breaking past the mark of 1,000,000 copies in total across the whole series. The story is a fantasy horror which has for its main protagonist Aikawa Chocolat (Yamaguchi Maho), a chocolatier who prepares mysterious chocolate candies that can make any wish come true simply by eating them.

    “Unbalance feat. Yamaguchi Maho” is a song composed by Vocaloid producer Deco*27, who had previously provided the music for Hey! Say! JUMP’s “Mosaic Roll”, and worked on the lyrics for Ado’s latest song “Odori”.

    While initially it was planned for just mzsrz (mizushirazu) to be singing in it, since the lyrics of the song itself went hand in hand with one of the themes intended to be conveyed through the movie and the character role played by Yamaguchi herself in the story -- the «Balancing between “wishes” and “reality”» -- at the end of April she quickly went on to perform this track recording as a result.

    Yamaguchi, for which this had been her first track recording in about two years and a half, was planned at first to take part in the singing of just the refrain segments, strictly in the form of a special guest-singing. Yet, in spite of that, after demonstrating a remarkable compatibility with mzsrz (mizushirazu)’s own voices, she eventually came to sing in other additional parts of it too.

    Yamaguchi Maho’s comment

    -- What was your impression at the time when you got to listen to the track?

    When I looked at the song’s lyrics for the first time, there were actually plenty of parts of it which simply left me awestruck, and I couldn’t help feeling how this was a song fitting so well also with the world atmosphere of the movie. Even speaking about me personally, there were many points inside which I could really emotionally empathize with.

    And by listening to this song... Well, I must imagine that for many people, there are many things that make them almost lose their heart at it, that feel unpleasant, and that would make them want to just leave everything and run away -- and so I am convinced that, on those times whenever one feels they are at the end of one’s rope, this would be one song that may reassure them that you can do it even without pushing yourself impossibly hard, that may give them courage, in a way, that would be standing emotionally close by their side.

    I’d wish for as many people as possible to have a listen to this song. This version which I have sung can be listened to only at the cinemas, so for this reason I’d hope for many people to go ahead, and get to listen to it while over there.

    -- What is something you struggled hard to accomplish during the recording session?

    Deco*27-san is someone who has been employed also in the production of many other various works, and so I too have listened to lots of those on my part. Between the parts with the keys fluctuating high and low, and the rhythm being extremely fast, I felt like that it would have probably been beyond my capabilities, for a plain ordinary person to sing that. It had been a hard task to do, but with me and everyone else putting our efforts together, I went on to work hard on it.

    -- What are some aspects you paid special attention to during the recording process?

    Given how the song’s lyrics fit in with the world atmosphere of the movie, I tried to sing it while at the same time recalling into my mind certain scenes from the movie, as well as by comparing it all with my own personal sentiments, seeing if there couldn’t be any points which are in common with myself.

    There’s a line in the lyrics which goes “If you desire for only the things you crave for, what you’ll lose is only that which you cherish”. Even that too, it is a part which matches up with some certain elements present in the scenes within the movie, and with that, I hope people will come and find that out for themselves through the movie itself, too.

    -- Can you please tell us about the movie’s must-see points?

    This one is going to be a horror fantasy piece in which Chocolat, the chocolatier who can prepare magical chocolate candies granting any wishes whom I play as, will be at the origin of a mystery unfolding inside of one certain school. There’ll be suspenseful scenes, as there’ll be touching scenes -- I believe that this will be an entertainment work which people of various, different generations may all enjoy, so please, take the opportunity to come watch it at cinemas, then.

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    Source: https://thetv.jp/news/detail/1033540/
     
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    I can see how Maho's vocals could suit a vocaloid-ish song, she has a pretty high-pitched voice. I always liked her vocals on Inori wa Donna Mirai mo Shiawase ni Kaeru, I wonder if she still displays her gentle lisp.
     
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