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Interview and Promo: Cobra The Animation's SASJA ANTHEUNIS

A Crunchyroll-coordinated interview with the Australian songstress, who performs themes for the Cobra the Animation OVAs and TV series.

If you're paying a lot of attention, some of you may already be familiar with Sasja Antheunis, the silky-smooth singer of themes for the Reideen remake and Karas. Antheunis also performed the theme for Cobra the Animation: Time Drive, the Cobra OVA follow-up to Cobra the Animation: The Psychogun. The latter is currently up on Crunchyroll, and the former will be joining it shortly.

But she's ALSO performing the theme song for the new Cobra the Animation TV series, which Crunchyroll will be simulcasting, and they've given us a sneak peek of the new show and her theme, which you can see riiiight...now!
 
 
Crunchyroll also coordinated and conducted an interview with Sasja that I've been given. She's a pretty unique star: an Australian born singer who has found her place in Tokyo, she has sung themes for many films and TV series in Japan. She has a phenomenal voice, too, don't you think? And it looks like she actually wrote the lyrics for this theme. Here's the interview!
 

Q: How did you like singing the main theme for COBRA: THE ANIMATION?

Recording and writing the lyrics for the COBRA main theme was a lot of fun! I felt very free to play around with the confident, sexy character of Cobra.

   

Q: What did you care most about when you were singing these songs?

I cared about the listener hearing the drama in my voice, and just having fun with it.

 
 

Q: What do you think of the guy like COBRA?

I’m not really in to the kind of guy that wears red LYCRA. Let’s just leave it at that shall we!!

   

Q: Do you have any plans for concerts, recordings or something?

I’ve always got another project on the horizon, so if all goes well I’ll be getting my teeth into it in 2010!

  

  Yes, he is.
 Yes, he is.

Q: Please give us your message to the fans of COBRA.

"Love, danger, desire. Cobra is the Master."

 

Q: Where in Australia are you from?

I was born and raised in Melbourne.

 

Q: What is your favorite movie?

The most recent film I saw was Michael Jackson’s This is it. That was a heart stopper. But, a favorite, I don’t know. A comfort film and favorite film are very different. I’ve seen films that were amazing but I could never watch again due to the heavy content. However, for a feel good film I can’t go past the Pixar movies, and I actually find a lot of comfort in the films I watched as a young person growing up. The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, (Jim Henson was the master of intelligent quality children’s entertainment) Anne of Green Gables (I know-- sorry!!!). The original Star Wars films, etc.

 

Q: What is your favorite Japanese food?

I love all the commonly loved foods in Japan. Such as, Sushi, Sashimi, Nato... oh and Hachimitsu Umeboshi*! I’m totally obsessed at the moment!

 (* Note from Gia: Hachi Umeboshi, or honey umeboshi, is a dish of pickled plums sweetened with honey.)
 

Q: Who is your favorite singer?

I really am a fan of all music, be it pop or classical. So it’s very difficult to choose a favorite! I’m currently listening to Royksopp and Alicia Keys latest albums.

 

Q: How do you spend your holidays?

I love reading and just taking it easy. My long time close friend and I like to escape to our favorite beach when I’m in Australia. We go sailing, and lie around in the warm sand. We also catch crabs and prawns and have a feast by the fire! PERFECT!!!


Q: How do you spend your holidays in Japan?

My holidays in Japan are very different to my holidays in Australia, basically due to the environment. I spend time with my family and friends. I ride around and explore Tokyo on one of my many bicycles (I love cycling). However, I did go to Miyakojima* this year to a friends wedding and it was like another world. I couldn’t believe I was still in Japan.

  (* Note from Gia: Miyakojima is an Okinawan island famous for its beauty.)

And that's all she wrote! Thanks again to Crunchyroll for putting together this sweet package for us. I dunno about you guys, but I'm really looking forward to watching some Cobra the Animation: The Psychogun while I'm stuck at the airport later today!
Aliceon Dec. 27, 2009 at 9:26 a.m.
I like her style :D
 
Jazzy is my favorite, but maybe that's because I have a total crush on "Tank."
 
That, and she has good taste in movies ^_-
giaon Dec. 27, 2009 at 10:55 a.m.
@Alice: Haha, she does. I really enjoy the jazzy feel to it too, very lounge.
constanzadellarosaon Dec. 28, 2009 at 11:52 a.m.
Loved the retro touch of the clip, very Bebop-esque. It remided me also of the old James Bond themes (Shirley Bassey et al).
giaon Dec. 28, 2009 at 1:08 p.m.
@constanzadellarosa: Oh, yeah, i think Bond is very much what they're going for in the look...even if Cobra himself is perhaps not so Bond-like :)
GodLen staff on Dec. 29, 2009 at 3:06 p.m.
She is amazing, Cobra is the MASTER

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