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Just gonna make this a sticky post of the spreadsheets that I make. Still working on updating the ones I did previously with season information but the new ones I’ve listed have all that down. Any names down there that don’t have links yet means I’ve not quite made the data presentable yet, but they’re coming…soon-ish.

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#243 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #15: Takaoka Binbin


Didn’t think he’d get an interview too but I’m sure some people out there are dying to hear the thoughts of Kihara Gensei (CV: Takaoka Binbin)! PS Takaoka’s words are adorbs tho ;;;;;

Psychological Warfare vs Shokuho Misaki is Worth Watching + Behind-the-scenes Interactions with Asakura Azumi

Q: How would you describe the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: A battle story featuring students with special abilities in the futuristic Academy City. Each individual is attractive in their own way (they’re more mature than adults) – it’s a very intriguing story that’s both cool and funny.

Q: What’s the mood like in the recording studio?

A: The series has been running for a long time so it’s harmonious [in the studio] and a lot of fun to record. The dialogue is peppered with a lot of difficult technical terms – when I commented “It’s tough on everyone”, they’d tell me “It’s all your fault though (lol)”.

And the answer is…Yeah. It’s definitely Gensei’s fault…

Q: Were there any aspects that you focused on in particular when voicing Kihara Gensei?

A: He may be an old man but he has the energy to pursue whatever he wants to with his indomitable spirit, plus he never stops smiling.

It’s easy to stick the ‘mad scientist’ label on him but…nah, he’s just someone who enjoys life to the fullest…or so I think.

Q: The battle between Kihara Gensei and Shokuho is a highlight – was there anything from that exchange that left a strong impression on you?

A: It was psychological warfare that was a battle to outwit the other. Probably the part where it went from ‘oh crap~’ to ‘of course not, stupid.’

From a personal viewpoint – Asakura (Azumi)-san gave me Valentine’s Day chocolate so I’m really glad that the victory belonged to Shokuho-kun.

It’s Definitely Better to be a “User”

Q: Did any other scenes from the Daihasei Festival arc leave an impression on you?

A: Kuroko’s seiyuu Arai (Satomi)-san is incredible at ad-libs and I’m always so impressed by how she can produce all sorts of ‘Gyoee~’ or ‘Gyohoho~’ sounds…only to have the director give it an NG, describing them as ‘vulgar’…I still laugh when I think about it.

Q: Which of the characters are your favourites?

A: I’d say Kozaku (Mitori)-kun and Dolly. Kozaku ran into her at the research facility when she was young and at first, she wasn’t too willing to play with her but she found herself laughing naturally at how innocent Dolly was. And by the time Kozaku came to realise how important Dolly was in her life, she had stumbled upon a ‘secret’ that was supposed to remain hidden…

It’s quite sad, isn’t it? You wouldn’t want to be told that you were just fodder for experiments. It’s always better to be a ‘user’ [than to be ‘used’].

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: Thank you for your support, as always. Although my time with the series was short, the show is of great quality and the studio such a passionate place that it has been a wonderful experience for me. It would be nice if Gensei-san is still alive but…(lol). Please continue watching!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)
#9: Nanjo Yoshino (Awatsuki Maaya)
#10: Hayashi Daichi (Baba Yoshio)
#11: Abe Atsushi (Kamijo Toma)
#12: Kawanishi Kengo (Sogiita Gunha)
#13: Tomita Miyu (Kozaku Mitori)
#14: Kohara Konomi (Dolly)

#242 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #14: Kohara Konomi


Next up is cutie-pie Dolly (CV: Kohara Konomi)!

How to Express the Purity of Dolly’s Heart

Q: How would you describe the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: I had the impression that it was a story about girls with mysterious powers but it turned out that there was a lot more depth to it, and that it had the ability to firmly pull you in.

Q: What’s the mood like in the recording studio?

A: Everybody was really kind… I was a bunch of nerves approaching recording but by the end I felt so relaxed and soothed, even though it’s supposed to be work. It’s probably because everyone has been together for so long, but the studio was so lively and fun.

Q: What kind of character is Dolly? Were there any areas that you focused on, or were directed to do when acting?

A: She’s a pure child who knows nothing of the outside world. But there’s also a shadow of loneliness hanging over her, and she doesn’t really understand why. I kept that in mind as I played the part. She’s such a pure-hearted girl that it left me feeling a little sad at times.

Q: Tell us your honest thoughts when you learned about Dolly’s background (the fact that she’s a clone created by a research facility).

A: It was crushing. Not only her background, but also when it came to her emotions, I would just… But seeing her dream of the outside world and knowing how much she enjoyed spending time with the ones she loved made me want to draw as near to her as I possibly could.

Q: In episode 15, we learn how important Kozaku Mitori and Shokuho Misaki are to Dolly.

A: Dolly seems to enjoy herself so much when she’s with the 2 people she loves most which in turn, meant that I very much enjoyed voicing her. She could never have imagined that soap bubbles and sugoroku would be so much more fun and joyful when played with someone else, instead of alone.

Touched by Kozaku’s Thoughts and Actions Towards Dolly

Q: Were there any other scenes in the Daihasei Festival arc that left an impression on you?

A: I’ve got to say I was moved by Kozaku’s emotions and actions towards Dolly. And hearing Tomita Miyu-chan’s performance in the studio too – her words resonated in my heart…

Q: Do tell us if any characters in Railgun T piqued your interest.

A: Maybe it’s because I voice Dolly, but I grew more and more interested in Shokuho-san throughout the recording process and as the show aired. Not only because she possesses such fascinating abilities, but also because I love her cute way of talking.

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: While looking forward to seeing how Dolly gets involved with the rest of the characters in future, I’ll continue supporting the story!

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: I’m truly blessed to have the chance to be involved in this long-running series. Through Dolly, I hope I’ll get to make the story even more exciting so please continue supporting the series in future!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)
#9: Nanjo Yoshino (Awatsuki Maaya)
#10: Hayashi Daichi (Baba Yoshio)
#11: Abe Atsushi (Kamijo Toma)
#12: Kawanishi Kengo (Sogiita Gunha)
#13: Tomita Miyu (Kozaku Mitori)

#241 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #13: Tomita Miyu


Next up is Kozaku Mitori (voiced by Tomita Miyu), who’s hardly likely to be anyone’s favourite character unless you have a fetish for bitche-

What it Felt like to Voice Kozaku Mitori, a Type of Role That I Find Challenging

Q: We hear that you were originally a reader of the Toaru series, but what are your impressions of A Certain Scientific Railgun?

A: My thoughts were: ‘it’s a series that everyone knows’. I had watched [Railgun] when I was in primary school, and there were many kids around me who got hooked on anime because of this series. It was popular in my class as well, so copies of the manga would be passed around amongst the students.

Q: What’s the mood like in the recording studio?

A: Everyone’s just very kind and recordings were always relaxed – I looked forward to going to the studio every week. I learned a lot from my seniors’ performances and I’m glad that there was so much for me to absorb every week.

Oh, and Sato-san and Arai-san took turns to bring in snacks every week and I could feel how much they love the series – I hope I can be a senior like them someday!

Q: What kind of character is Kozaku Mitori?

A: She’s a character whose role is to thwart the protagonists – I’ve never voiced someone like her before, and it was a challenge.

The flashback story in episode 15 was very meaningful and even though she’s classified as an ‘antagonist’ in the storyline, you see that she too, has gone through many painful experiences and has someone dear to her…she’s just so very human, I think.

That’s why I’d say Kozaku Mitori is not an ‘evil role’. I actually had a lot of fun during recordings as I grew to understand her character.

Q: This series features many characters with unique speech inflections – was there anything specific you were careful about approaching the role of Kozaku Mitori?

A: I tried elongating the ends of her sentences; made her sound a little more languid and aloof so that it wouldn’t be easy to read into her mental state.

Mitori often puts on rather theatrical reactions so I was instructed to ‘make her sound more like a foreigner’ and to ‘make her sound like she does things deliberately’.

I hope you were able to catch that slight bit of creepiness I tried to inject into the ends of her lines.

I Felt Charmed by the Contradicting Parts of Kuroko, Whom I’ve Loved Since I was in Primary School

Q: Tell us what your favourite scenes in the Daihasei Festival arc are – both those involving Kozaku Mitori and those without, and why.

A: It’s got to be the flashback story with Dolly. With this episode you can clearly see the events that gave shape to what lies in Mitori’s heart as well as what drives her and to be honest, I could feel my heart aching as I was recording the episode. At the end however, she was reunited with Dolly and that final scene with the 3 of them felt like the greatest reward ever.

Also, I’d been chatting with Kohara Konomi-chan, the voice of Dolly, about wanting to see each other in the Railgun studio as soon as possible so with this episode it was like ‘finally, I get to meet you!’ – I was so glad (lol)

Personally, I’d like to recommend the pairing of Saten (Ruiko)-san and Uiharu (Kazari)-chan – they’re really adorable and I love them: it made me so excited to get to see them!

Q: Are there any other characters that pique your interest?

A: I love Kuroko-chan! She’s the one I’ve loved since primary school and if I could use any power in life, I’d like to be able to ‘Teleport’…it seems so useful (lol)

In terms of visuals she’s very cute but there are so many parts of her personality that clash [with her appearance] such as her facial expressions when she’s fawning over Mikoto or when she’s involved in a battle – that’s what makes her so charming.

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: There will be new characters appearing in the second half so I’m sure that both manga fans and those who know Railgun through the anime will enjoy the thrilling, heart-pounding developments!

As a fan, I’m really looking forward to the heart-warmingly cute everyday scenes alongside the exciting battles!

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: I’d be pleased if the Daihasei Festival arc managed to convey the charms of Kozaku Mitori as a character to all of you. Thanks to being involved with this series, my love for Railgun has grown more and more.

The excitement won’t stop and every week will leave you on the edge of your seat! Please continue to enjoy A Certain Scientific Railgun!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)
#9: Nanjo Yoshino (Awatsuki Maaya)
#10: Hayashi Daichi (Baba Yoshio)
#11: Abe Atsushi (Kamijo Toma)
#12: Kawanishi Kengo (Sogiita Gunha)

#240 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #12: Kawanishi Kengo


Amazing Punch is in the house! Sogiita Gunha (CV: Kawanishi Kengo) is rather popular, isn’t he?

What’s Important When Voicing Sogiita Gunha, The Boy with Amazing Impact

Q: How would you describe the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

I thought of it as a superpower battle series with a school setting, where characters would use their abilities to solve daily happenings etc

Q: This being part of a long-running series; what’s the mood like in the recording studio?

A: I’m only joining in starting this season so at first, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to fit in well with the overall setup since it’s a long-running series, but everyone so welcomed me so warmly and I enjoyed working on the show.

Q: What kind of character is Sogiita Gunha?

A: With him, what you see is what you get, and he’s a straightforward ‘never say die’ kind of guy. The type of person who acts before they think.

Q: Were there any aspects that you focused on in particular when voicing Gunha?

A: As soon as [talk of] the role came up I went to look up the source material to find out what he was like and I ended up with one word: ‘Amazing Punch’. I knew that this was of great importance.

Q: Did you come up with the way to say ‘Amazing Punch’?

A: He immediately launches into ‘Amazing Punch’ when he first appears so I had a couple of ideas in mind, but it took many retakes to get it right.

The 2nd half of Railgun T: I’m Looking Forward to It All as a Viewer Without Any Advance Info!

Q: What were your favourite scenes from the Daihasei Festival arc?

A: The battle scene in tandem with Kamijo Toma. You can see glimpses of it from the opening animation – it really gets the boys’ blood pumping and I was thrilled even before I had started recording the scene.

Q: Are there any other characters that pique your interest?

A: Before I got involved with this series, I’d already heard of it and vaguely knew some of the characters but when I watched it for the first time, I took a shine to Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko right away. I may not possess deep knowledge of the series but even I knew of the way these 2 characters interact so when I saw them for real I was like, “This must be it!”.

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: Though the source material is always on hand, I’m admittedly the type who prefers to watch it in animated form since I am part of the business, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing everything as a normal viewer.

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: I am a newcomer to Railgun but I’ve given my best in hopes of livening up this series so please continue to support us from now on.

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)
#9: Nanjo Yoshino (Awatsuki Maaya)
#10: Hayashi Daichi (Baba Yoshio)
#11: Abe Atsushi (Kamijo Toma)

#239 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #11: Abe Atsushi


Chatting with the MC from that other show – Kamijo Toma (CV Abe Atsushi).

Even if the Series Changes, He Stays the Same: That’s His Charm

Q: Tell us your thoughts upon hearing that the Railgun series would be starting up again.

A: When a continuation to the Toaru project was announced, I was thinking ‘Maybe [Railgun too]…?’ so I was happy when I heard the announcement. It’s a story from a perspective different to that of the Toaru series, and it complements the main franchise in many different ways, which is part of its appeal.

Q: Talk us through your emotions upon seeing the familiar cast and staff members gathering in the studio.

A: I think it’s been about 10 years since the auditions, so I was quite moved by the thought of being able to record with everyone else once again (lol) Also, Index is recorded in the morning but Railgun is recorded in the evening so it’s always fun to go out for dinner after the sessions are done.

Q: Once again, let’s discuss the appeal of your character, Kamijo Toma.

A: The fact that he stays the same no matter if the series changes: that’s his charm. You feel reassured right from the very first moment he pops up onscreen.

My Impressions Upon Seeing the Explosive ‘Dragon Strike’ in Episode 14?

Q: You played a big part towards the tail end of the Daihasei Festival arc. Tell us your thoughts about Kamijo Toma’s scenes.

A: Dang, it was just so very amazing! I was already quite taken aback by the scene in the manga but it was even more amazing seeing it animated! Plus, the words that were said to Mikoto at the end were what you’d expect of Kamijo-san – utterly cool.

Q: Were there any other scenes that left an impression on you?

A: Kongo (Mitsuko)-san with Wannai (Kinuho)-san and Awatsuki (Maaya)-san’s friendship touched me. To think that these three had become so close at some point – it really hit me in the feels.

Q: Are there any characters that pique your interest?

A: Saten-san. We’re both Level 0s and in this season, our paths cross for the first time.

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: I think Kamijo-san’s work is done for now. Like the rest of the viewers, I’ll be looking forward to seeing the main 4 in action.

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: What kind of role will Mikoto and the other 3 girls play in the story moving forward? I’d be glad if you could watch over and support the show together with me!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)
#9: Nanjo Yoshino (Awatsuki Maaya)
#10: Hayashi Daichi (Baba Yoshio)

#238 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #10: Hayashi Daichi


Next up is cast favourite Baba Yoshio (Hayashi Daichi)!

What I was careful about when voicing Baba?

Q: How would you describe the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: It’s a series with a history exceeding 10 years, where the characters (or rather, just the girls) are very attractive – their abilities included.

Q: What’s the mood like in the recording studio?

A: It’s a long-running series where the regular cast members are very close to each other. There are also a lot of characters appearing and that means lots of people in the studio, which makes it very lively.

The thought of being watched by such a huge crowd of people…is a good motivator, performance-wise.

Q: Were there any aspects that you focused on in particular when voicing Baba Yoshio? What parts of the role did you enjoy?

A: I focused hard on expressing Baba-kun’s distinctively unpleasant nature.

I constantly referred to the manga to see what he looked like in specific scenes. And how he’d appear in the next…it was awesome to get to play a Baba-kun who cycles through his entire vault of emotions and expressions within a short period of time.

One minute he’ll be sickeningly smug and the next minute he’d be drowning in a crisis and then get slapped and sent home with his tail between his legs. It’s the first time in my seiyuu career that I’ve performed so passionately, and with so many lines to boot.

I’m truly grateful to Baba-kun from the bottom of my heart.

My oshi is Awatsuki-san! Plus, the Characters I Expect to Play a Big Role in Future

Q: Your performance was amazing! Did you have any favourite scenes from the Daihasei Festival arc?

A: I love Awatsuki-san and her ‘Errmm, I’m surprisingly powerful y’know lulz’ line was a huge favourite of mine.

Also, the scene from episode 14 where Kongo-san recovers! It was so good that I was crying while watching it at home.

Q: Apart from Awatsuki-san, are there any other characters that pique your interest?

A: I’m extremely curious about what will happen in the future when Kozaku Mitori and Shokuho Misaki meet.

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: I’ve always been a fan of Kongo-san, Wannai-san and Awatsuki-san so I’d love to see more of them. Especially Awatsuki-san!

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: Hey all, did I manage to voice Baba-kun in a way that lived up to your expectations?

The character has left such a big impression on me that it may just be the defining role in my seiyuu career. I hope that the Baba-kun of the anime will leave an equally deep impression in your minds too.

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)
#9: Nanjo Yoshino (Awatsuki Maaya)

#237 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #9: Nanjo Yoshino


More minor sidekicks, this time Awatsuki Maaya. But more importantly, some chat with Jolno about fripSide and one of the best anisong of all time, ‘only my railgun’!

Scenes that Demonstrated the Power of Friendship Made me Fall More and More in Love

Q: Tell us your thoughts upon hearing that the Railgun series would be starting up again.

A: I was overwhelmed to think that I would have the chance to meet Mikoto and the rest of the characters once again! It only seemed like 2-3 years to me when in fact, it’s been 7 years since our previous encounter.

Q: Where do you think the appeal lies in the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: Friendship, human connections, bonds. Also, believing in justice and oh, red-hot battles! And Arai-san, who voices Kuroko!! I love her (lol)

Q: Talk us through your emotions upon seeing the familiar cast and staff members gathering in the studio.

A: I felt happy but also slightly shy at the same time. While I do see [the cast members] at other recordings, maybe it’s ‘cos we’re all gathered together face-to-face, or maybe because it’s Railgun, that I’m easily reminded of what it was like in the studio 7 years ago – it definitely feels like a reunion this time around.

Q: Once again, let’s discuss the appeal of your character Awatsuki Maaya.

A: She’s a very good-natured, well brought-up ojou-sama who’s never even been in an argument her whole life.

And yet, this season, Awatsuki (and Wannai) get angry on the behalf of Kongo-san. There are scenes that demonstrate the power of their friendship, which makes me fall in love with [Awatsuki] more and more.

Q: What were your thoughts when watching the Awatsuki-centric episodes (5-6)?

A: So much passion! This is the first time in the anime that Awatsuki and Wannai have played such a big part in a battle and I was compelled to cheer for the two of them when I watched the episodes on air.

Q: Any other scenes that left an impression for you?

A: The very beginning of episode 1 features Mikoto humming a song – during studio tests, Rina-san had chosen to hum ‘only my railgun’.

The finished article had her humming a different tune but Mikoto humming ‘omr’ was so precious and left me feeling quietly excited by my lonesome self (lol)

Thoughts on 10 years of Railgun as a Member of fripSide

Q: fripSide once again performs the OP theme: this season’s is titled ‘final phase’. What were your thoughts upon seeing the OP visuals? Can you also tell us what Railgun means to you from the viewpoint of the OP theme artiste?

A: Ahh, watching the OP visuals I went, ‘ Ohh~~~~~~this is it this is it! Railgun!!’ As cool as ever!

The Railgun series and fripSide are now inextricably linked for eternity. It may be the first Railgun anime in 7 years but whenever we perform at concerts or festivals it’s guaranteed that we’ll sing Railgun songs – we’ve spent these last 10 years of our career walking alongside ‘only my railgun’, the theme from Season 1.

Back then I was just a newbie who was fumbling around without being able to make heads or tails of anything but I’d like to think that I’ve matured a little from those days through the many opportunities we’ve been afforded. Now I can say with confidence that I want to contribute to, or give back to the Railgun series that I’ve traversed the past 10 years with, side-by-side. [Railgun] has been a comrade-in-arms, a trustworthy companion and a partner who’s always got my back.

Q: Which character in Railgun T piques your interest, and why?

A: There are plenty of appealing characters, both among the protagonists and antagonists but I’d still go for Kuroko…or rather, I’m always wondering what kind of Kuroko Arai-san will bring to the table. I can’t take my eyes off of her….!

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: I’m waiting to see how the stories converge and am curious whether Awatsuki-san, who’s been absent for quite some time, will still have any part to play in future! (lol)

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: We’re able to return after a 7-year gap and I’m very glad to get to see the cast and staff members at recording once again.

From the moment episode 1 kicked off, I keenly felt, ‘Ahhh, this is the Railgun feeling’ and I’d be glad if the hot-blooded yet gentle air [of the series] gets through to all of you as well.

Recently, I’ve been surprised that, whenever we perform ‘only my railgun’, we frequently hear various people say to us ‘I’m so glad I finally got to hear this song live!’. We’ve been performing it throughout the years so ‘Why now?’, I thought, but apparently many of them were still in kindergarten and primary school 7-10 years ago and it’s only now that they’re old enough to attend concerts to hear us perform it live.

That’s a profound moment where I think…so this is what it means to work on a long-running series.

I’m sure that right now, this series will be enjoyed in real-time by generations who weren’t able to in previous seasons. Whether you’ve been watching the series from its first iteration or whether you’re watching this in real-time for the first time, let’s gather forces and passionately watch over Mikoto and the other characters as they spring into action!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)
#8: Tomatsu Haruka (Wannai Kinuho)

#236 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #8: Tomatsu Haruka


Next up is an interview with Wannai Kinuho (voiced by Tomatsu Haruka).

Feeling the Magnitude of Her Strength and Tenacity Once Again

Q: Tell us your thoughts upon hearing that the Railgun series would be starting up again.

A: I’ve always hoped that more anime would be made as it’s a work loved by so many. Naturally, I was filled with joy to hear that the anime would return and once again, I realised what a great series this truly is!

Q: Where do you think the appeal lies in the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: All of the characters have really strong personalities, each with their own cool ability!!! Made me so excited wishing I had my own powers to use.

Q: Talk us through your emotions upon seeing the familiar cast and staff members gathering in the studio.

A: The staff opening speeches during first episode recordings included a remark that stuck in my mind: “When we first started [making Railgun] most of the cast members were single but before I knew it, more and more of had gotten married – time sure flies” (lol)

As for my character, it’s been a while since I’ve voiced Wannai-san so I was reminded to make her sound a little younger (lol)

Q: Once again, let’s discuss the appeal of your character Wannai Kinuho.

A: I’d thought of her as being this easygoing ojou-sama all this while – well, she still is, but in the [Wannai/Awatsuki-centric] episodes you can see that she’s not just the placid type. Instead, you get to feel her strength and tenacity when she’s fighting.

Q: What were your thoughts when watching the Wannai-centric episodes (5-6)?

A: I’d never seen her involved in a battle scene before so it was definitely refreshing! Plus it’s the first time she’s ever lost her temper and that pleasingly, gave me the chance to voice a different aspect of hers: she was so very cool.

The Character I’m Curious About? Gotta be That Person! The One with Huge Impact

Q: Any other scenes that left an impression for you?

A: The scene where Kuroko and the others had already lost their memories of Mikoto – shocking even when you’re aware of it. It was sad to see how Mikoto and Kuroko weren’t interacting like they normally would: I couldn’t help but feel frustrated.

Q: Which character in Railgun T piques your interest, and why?

A: In terms of characters I had interactions with: Baba, who’s unforgettable (lol) Not only was his performance great, but the animation of his facial expressions had quite the impact!

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: It’s not limited to only the second half of the series, but the fights between Espers are extremely cool so I’m looking forward to the battles as we head towards the climax of the story. From a personal point of view, I’ve always loved the exchanges between Kuroko and Mikoto so I’ll be looking out for that too!

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: In the second half of the series there will plenty of breathtaking moments, powerful scenes and developments that you can’t afford to miss! Please continue to watch until the end!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)
#7: Kotobuki Minako (Kongo Mitsuko)

#235 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #7: Kotobuki Minako


Time for OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO

What Kotobuki Minako Believes Railgun’s Charms to Be

Q: Tell us your thoughts upon hearing that the Railgun series would be starting up again.

A: Extremely happy! I was excited to think that I would have the chance to meet these characters once again! I really love the balance of the 4 main characters and I think I’m like Mitsuko, harbouring admiration for them. Recordings had always been cheerful and fun, so I was looking forward to working alongside these wonderful actors again.

Q: Where do you think the appeal lies in the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: I would use the phrases ‘stable’, ‘fresh’, ‘variety’ and ‘flexible’ – those words represent my image of the series.

From the very first time I took part in Railgun my seniors’ performances were stable and at the forefront – which I mean in a good way, and you’d have the other characters chasing their backs with a degree of freshness that helps to colour this series with rich diversity.

The flexibility of the staff who put their trust in the actors to freely express themselves in the creation of this series allows it to shine even more. That, I think is what makes this show attractive.

Q: Once again, let’s discuss the appeal of your character.

A: My character Kongo Mitsuko seems like a bit of an ojou-sama in terms of appearance and her language and is a little pretentious at times, but the truth is that she’s quite a sensitive girl with a lot of worries in her heart. She tries to hide her weaknesses through her brash attitude but it’s part of her personality and also one of her charms. Gradually, she’s allowed herself to show her compassion and admiration for others, which adds depth to her character, making me love her more and more.

Q: Talk us through your emotions upon seeing the familiar cast and staff members gathering in the studio.

A: I was surprised by the fact that it’s been around 7 years since the last Railgun TV series recording!

During breaks, the staff and cast would fondly reminisce about those days. I was so happy to receive a letter alongside a Christmas gift of confectionery from Arai Satomi (voice of Kuroko).

Reflecting on the Fight with Baba in Episodes 5-6

Q: Episode 5-6 ably demonstrated the friendship between Kongo Mitsuko and Wannai-san and Awatsuki-san. What are your thoughts on those episodes?

A: I was deeply moved. It was quite distressful since I voiced that scene, but it did make me think that Baba (Yoshiro)-kun has quite a lot going on in his life (lol). It surprised me to see Mitsuko going to such lengths for someone else’s sake, and seeing Wannai-san and Awatsuki-san standing up for her was touching too. I was truly glad to see just how strong the bond between the 3 of them is.

Q: What were your highlights in the Daihasei Festival arc and why?

A: The Daihasei Festival arc was so much fun, with a huge number of cast members who made recordings lively. I was really excited to see the anime episodes on air too. From a personal point of view, I loved how Mitsuko worked so hard after being entrusted [to be Mikoto’s partner] by Kuroko, and her partnership with Mikoto was outstanding.

Q: Which character in Railgun T piques your interest, and why?

A: Baba-kun. His duality was shockingly scary. I’d like for him to find happiness in the future (lol)

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the Railgun fans.

A: To everyone who supports the Railgun series, thank you so much!

As seen in her trademark ‘Do you persist in committing this outrage knowing that I am Kongo Mitsuko?’ phrase, Mitsuko’s actions and lines always have quite the impact and are unforgettable. That’s how wonderful Mitsuko’s influence is. I hope that she’ll continue to leave a mark in your hearts from now on!

Please continue to support A Certain Scientifc Railgun in the future!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)
#6: Sasaki Nozomi (Sisters)

#234 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T cast interviews #6: Sasaki Nozomi


Time for a chat with the adorable Sisters (CV: Sasaki Nozomi)!

Savouring Ordinary Days That Were Once Unknown – The Sisters’ Interactions Hits You in the Feels

Q: Tell us your thoughts upon hearing that the Railgun series would be starting up again.

A: Someday, I’ll get to voice the Sisters again…! is what I’ve always been thinking, so I was glad. ‘Finally! I’ve been waiting!? T!? Wow!’ was my reaction. I was looking forward to seeing what kind of story would be told.

Q: How would you describe the A Certain Scientific Railgun series?

A: A series where the charms of Onee-sama are there for the whole world to see!♥ It’s a series where the Sisters get to share special times with their Onee-sama. A happy place where you can gaze with affection at these new sides of the Sisters.

Plus, the girls who appear in the series are all strong, have unique personalities and are cute. I’m spellbound.

Q: How does it feel to spend time in the recording studio with the familiar faces of the cast and staff?

A: I’m so glad to be a part of this again~! Truly grateful. I made sure to reimmerse myself in Misaka-imouto so that I could see things from her pure and calm perspective. During breaks we’d all play the Toaru game, have parties to celebrate staff members’ birthdays and we’d often go for meals together once recording was done.

The cast and staff really are very close to one another so the mood during recording is always cheerful. I’m sure that you’ve been able to see from time to time, how wonderfully the Railgun team get along.

Q: Once again, let’s discuss the appeal of the characters you voice.

A: As a fan, I was very excited at the prospect of seeing new aspects of the Misaka Sisters.

The Sisters usually appear quite docile and cute but they’ve undergone rigorous training, and honed their physical abilities to an impressive level through a lengthy history of fierce battles…there might be scenes here and there that perhaps, demonstrate these hidden charms of hers. These girls are anything but ordinary…they’re cool! Hohoho.

Q: What were your thoughts upon seeing Misaka-imouto participating in the Daihasei Festival in episode 3?

A: I felt my chest welling up, thinking ‘Imouto, I’m so happy for you’.

I often say to Sato Rina-san, who voices Mikoto, as well as to the other cast members, that ‘Scenes featuring the Sisters’ interactions really warms my heart’. The purity and sensitivity of their viewpoint comes from the fact that she’s now able to savour a daily life that she had never experienced before. You can see how it’s one amazingly precious moment after another for her.

I do really love her unique perceptiveness and her kind nature as shown through her love for cats.

Look Forward…to Onee-sama’s Cute and Cool Side!

Q: What were your highlights in the Daihasei Festival arc and why?

A: The Tokiwadai ladies were all so cool! Such impressive abilities! And so smart! I admire them. Wannai (Kinuho)-san and Awatsuki (Maaya)-san’s magnificent battle completely captivated me. And most of all, Kongo Mitsuko! Mitsukooooooo!! What a good girl! She made me cry.

Q: Which character in Railgun T piques your interest, and why?

A: (Shokuho) Misaki-chan. I completely lost myself in those sparkly eyes✧ of hers; I just couldn’t take my eyes off her. And Asakura Azumi-chan who voices her is so cute and lovely, which makes her even more charming.

I like (Sogiita) Gunha-san too. Love his energy. AMAZIIINNNNGG PUNCH! And most of all, Mitsukoooooooooooooo!!! (sobs)

Q: Please tell us what you’re looking forward to, or what you’re anticipating in the second half of the series.

A: I wonder if new characters will be making their entrance one by one!? So much mystery! I’m excited. What I’m anticipating most of all has got to be Onee-sama’s cute and cool appearances…I’m waiting eagerly! Please look forward to the second half! Biribiri!

Links
#1: Sato Rina (Misaka Mikoto)
#2: Arai Satomi (Shirai Kuroko)
#3: Toyosaki Aki (Uiharu Kazari)
#4: Ito Kanae (Saten Ruiko)
#5: Asakura Azumi (Shokuho Misaki)