Franchouchou from Zombie Land Saga is just the latest idol anime group to make the leap into real life.
Zombie Land Saga is seeping into reality with the advent of the series idol group Franchouchou in real life. The voice actors of the show’s zombie girls perform live for fans of the show at events. However, this is not a new trend, it dates back to when Creamy mommy It was at its peak in 1983.
Described as “media mix,” it is a marketing strategy that has led to the rise of rising idols taking on voice acting roles to launch their careers. Zombie Land Saga is just one of the many idol anime that make use of this tactic, with other titles such as Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Love Live! Y Bang Dream !: Girl Band Party have similar configurations.
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The group went through two temporary names before finally landing on Franchouchou. The first was “Death Musume” or “Daughters of Death” and the second was “Green Face”, referring to the undead skin tones of girls. The group landed on “Franchouchou” when Sakura insisted that the group’s name begin with “Fran-” with the rest completed by the sound of Tae’s sneezing. This is the name they have stuck with ever since and the name that voice actors perform by. It is speculated that the part “Fran-” was going to be a tribute to Frankenstein, as the girls are brought back from the dead while the “chuu” part is the Japanese onomatopoeia for kissing.
Franchouchou’s voice actresses, Kaede Hondo, Asami Tano, Risa Taneda, Maki Kawase, Rika Kinugawa, and Minami Tanaka, have participated in live events since the anime began, usually wearing some of their character on the show. During these performances, girls sing and dance anime songs while wearing costumes that are exact replicas or inspired by those worn in the series. They even go so far as to replicate the collapse of the stage during their performance of “Yomigaere.”
This is done by using smoke machines and lights to replicate the effect of the snow while the girls act as if they have fallen due to the force of the falling stage. When they get up, they make their voices sound exhausted and hurt, while Sakura’s VA Kaede Hondo doubts how her character does. As they perform, a screen above them reproduces scenes from the corresponding performance of the series. It is also during these performances that duets and individual character songs are also sung, so that each girl has a chance to shine. They even bring in some of the supporting characters like Iron Frill to perform.
Due to the popularity of anime, Saga Prefecture has seen a surge in tourism and VAs have even participated in events such as the Saga Restoration Festival 2018 and the 34th Kashima Gatalympics in Episode 5 t-shirts. Franchouchou has also been named. officially “Ambassador of Public Relations of the Prefecture of Saga”. In addition to these events and performances, a play was produced chronicling the first seven episodes of the anime with the name Do-n’s Zombie Land Saga Stage!, although it does not present the actors of the program. Instead, a new cast takes on the roles. of the idol group and their manager.
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