Anime Boston 2017 played host to a very special event. In association with Warner Japan and Anime Boston itself, Sentai Filmworks was able to showcase the world premiere of Anonymous Noise (Fukumenki Noise), over a week before the Japanese TV broadcast.
Anonymous Noise tells the story of Nino Arisugawa, a girl who’s loved singing her entire life. After two close childhood romances end in painful unfortunate partings, she continues singing, hoping to find them again. Fate brings the three of them together as Nino enters high school. However Momo, Nino’s first love, seems distant, off in his own world. Meanwhile, Yuzu, Nino’s second love, says he wants nothing to do with her, but doesn’t seem to mind her singing the melodies he wrote when they were children.
When the school’s band club’s vocalist runs off in a jealous rage, having heard Nino singing to Yuzu’s piano, Yuzu and the rest of the band club turn to Nino as a replacement vocalist, who’s raw, passionate vocals turn heads at the school welcome event.
With the school’s band club on the verge of shutting down, Yuzu having seemingly lost his muse, Momo scouting the band club’s performance, and stirrings of the mysterious but popular band “in NO hurry to shout” and their impending breakup, the stage is set for drama and romance.
The Anonymous Noise anime is adaptation of the manga of the same name, serialized in the shoujo manga magazine Hana to Yume since 2013. It’s animated by Studio Brains’s Base (Baccano, Durarara!!, Penguindrum), and directed by Hideya Takahashi. The show itself has a somewhat light atmosphere with an undercurrent of intensity. That intensity comes to the fore in a big way multiple times throughout, and it’s both genuine and visceral. At other times, the show jumps between heartwarming and hilarious, in a very good way. It’s not afraid to make some wacky faces or have its characters take funny verbal shots at one another.
The show’s visuals are quite strong, in keeping with the intensity of the characters and plot. The characters are beautiful, both boys and girls, and carry the unmistakable “shoujo anime” look of large, expressive eyes and unexaggerated body features. The show makes use of some 3D CG work during concert scenes, mostly to smooth out otherwise intricate animations. It’s noticeable, but because the concert scenes are so stylized, with heavy interplay of shadow and lights of all colors, they don’t take away from the visual experience.
The anime releases officially on April 11th, streaming on Amazon’s Anime Strike service. I highly recommend checking it out when the time comes!
And if you can’t wait, the manga is currently licensed by VIZ Media.