Monthly Archives: February 2015

#50 – Kimura Juri

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Name: Kimura Juri (木村 珠莉)
DoB: 7 June 19xx
Hometown: Fukuoka
Agency: Haikyo

You may or may not be familiar with the name Kimura Juri, but I would hope you are at least acquainted with her voice and character in SHIROBAKO as she plays our lovely, dependable Production Assistant Miyamori Aoi.

It has taken Juri quite some time to make this breakthrough; she entered the Tokyo branch of Haikyo’s Voice Actors Studio in 2010 before gaining admission as a full member of the agency the following year. Miyamori is her first major role, and she’ll be following it up with another lead in the spring anime Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku.

This is a translation of an Animate interview with Kimura from December last year about SHIROBAKO. It will probably only make sense if you’re watching the show!

I’m attracted to donuts lately

Q: Let’s start with some intros – please tell us about yourself and about your character.

A: My name is Kimura Juri and I am in charge of a character named Miyamori Aoi. Miyamori-san is a very hardworking girl who has a wide range of facial expressions; “always doing her best“ is the perfect phrase to describe her. Also, she loves donuts (lol). She works as a production assistant because of her love for anime but it’s not just that, she also loves working with people and loves the actual production work; that purity about her makes her a character that you can respect.

Q: Do you personally like donuts?

A: I haven’t actually eaten much sweet stuff of late but since I started voicing the role of Miyamori-san, I do find myself increasingly attracted to donuts! We tend to eat a lot during the course of recording so it’s easy for me to get carried away (lol).

Q: It seems possible that SHIROBAKO recordings would end up with a lot of donuts during snack times.

A: Ah, we’ve already seen quite a lot of donuts coming in (lol). Some of the senior seiyuu bring back donuts as souvenirs when they travel elsewhere to attend events.

Q: What sort of donuts do you like?

A: I like plain donuts. Actually, before SHIROBAKO started airing the 5 main cast members visited a donut shop in Kichijoji together. Just like in episode 4 of the anime where all 5 girls gathered in Kichijoji, we did the “Don-don-donuts, let’s go nuts!” chant together.

The anime’s charm-point is that it reflects ‘reality’

Q: Allow me to ask you about the anime. Where do you think SHIROBAKO’s appeal lies?

A: There are many things worth highlighting, one of them being that it shows the reality of the anime production workplace. There are a lot of people involved in the making of an anime. The main cast may consist of us 5 girls, but it’s wonderful how the show painstakingly shows that the creation of an anime comes as the result of the efforts of a large number of people. After all, anime isn’t meant to be something that relies on the efforts of a single individual.

Also, it’s interesting to observe how the 5 main girls get involved with anime in various ways. They’re all working in different areas so they each have their own set of worries and conflicts; even the satisfaction they get from their jobs differs. The more you watch, the more your knowledge of the varying sections of anime production expands. If you’re at all interested in the anime production process, this is a work that you should seek out.

Q: How realistically does SHIROBAKO depict the animation production process?

A: I am told that it’s very realistic. For example, there is a scene in episode 3 where the data was unable to be uploaded to the server; apparently this was based on something that actually happened in real life. You will have seen how it unfolded in the anime, but in real life it seems that things could get a whole lot worse than that.

Obviously, there are plenty of staff members present during our recordings so sometimes, we do receive instructions that use words and phrases commonly used during the anime production process. There were instances too, when changes were made to the dialogue during recording sessions. We have also received more realistic instructions from others, and not just from Sound Director Mizushima (Tsutomu).

Q: SHIROBAKO is an original story. Compared to other works, are there any difficulties you face that are unique to this show?

A: One of the things that makes me happy to be involved with this show is how it allows me to better visualize the people who are making the anime. Production staff are likely to go through the same struggles no matter what they are working on; SHIROBAKO illustrating these struggles in detail helps me to tackle this role with added respect (for the creators).

SHIROBAKO is the first ever show where I get to voice the main character. The fact that my first main role happens to be in such a wonderful production that has given so much to me; it’s an experience that will stay with me for the length of my seiyuu career.

Q: You’re a seiyuu, but have you ever considered getting involved with anime production?

A: We’re hosting a radio show on Onsen right now, and the 5 of us are actually planning to produce an anime (lol). At the moment, we’re in the process of drawing up character designs and going location hunting.

Q: Are you planning to enlist professionals to help make the anime?

A: “Please don’t get your hopes up” is what they told me. Hence, I am trying to learn as much as possible while watching SHIROBAKO. The way I watch anime has changed (lol).

Q: That’s a high bar you’ve set for yourself; if you make something that can satisfy SHIROBAKO fans, it might convince them that “This is a real anime”.

A: I know right! We’ll do our best to make them feel that way. But our schedules are a bit tight…

Q: What are you in charge of?

A: Since Miyamori-san is a production assistant, I too am a production assistant. They’re letting me be the “Real-Life Aoi”.

Q: Please don’t drive as aggressively as you do in the show!

A: Oh it’ll be fine since I don’t have a driving license (lol)

Q: Have you always wanted to be an actor?

A: Actually, that’s not the case. When I was in college I had no idea what I wanted to do in the future but one thing I did love was watching documentaries, and that was how I got interested in voice performance. From there I went on to study acting at training school and somewhere along the way I started finding it fun and thought about trying my hand at voice acting. I acted upon that one thought, and here I am today, a seiyuu.

Not just a place to have fun, recordings are also a place to learn

Q: What’s the atmosphere during recordings like?

A: There’s a really great atmosphere! It was Hiyama Nobuyuki-san (Exodus! director Kinoshita Seiichi)’s birthday recently and Yoshimura Haruka (newbie animator Yasuhara Ema) organized a surprise celebration party. I wasn’t aware of her plans myself so I said to Yoshimura-san “Thanks for coming up with that” when we were travelling home that day. Apparently, someone had done something similar for Yoshimura-san during recordings for a different anime, and at the time one of her seniors had said to her “I’ve always wanted to do something like this because of what someone else said to me: ‘It would be great if you could do this for others when it’s your turn to be cast as one of the main characters’”. Upon hearing that, Yoshimura-san promised herself that she too, would become someone who always looked out for the people around her.

Q: So it’s not just a place that is fun, but it’s also a place where you can learn. Apart from that, were there any other events that you did as a group?

A: For the broadcast of the first episode, the staff and cast all gathered for a special viewing. Just like how it was in the first episode of the anime (lol), though we were much more serious in devouring everything that was onscreen. Everyone from the seniors to us 5 young seiyuu, is making this anime with the production process in mind. I am really grateful to be involved.

Q: There are so many characters that appear in SHIROBAKO. Do you have any favourites?

A: For the girls, I love Production Assistant Yano Erika (CV: Yamaoka Yuri). She’s really cute, and Director Mizushima has said that he would always want to do his best for somebody like her. For the guys, I like Episode Director Yamada Masashi (CV: Hamada Kenji). The production assistants and directing team work closely together and for the episodes Miyamori-san was in charge of, Yamada-san served as the episode director. He may be a fairly blunt and sullen person, but like in episode 2 where he goes “Aya-chin..” etc, he sometimes lets slip his hidden love for his characters (lol). It’s also nice to see how he shows his human compassion in episode 3. I love that contradiction between his character traits.

Q: There really are so many characters in SHIROBAKO. How many are there in total?

A: At the moment, it’s about 20-30 people but there are more set to come in. Apparently double the number we have now.

Q: How many people take part in SHIROBAKO recordings?

A: Not all characters appear in every episode so there hasn’t been any one time where everyone has turned up. Usually it’s about 15-20? At the very least, we’ve never had a recording with less than 10 people.

Q: Please tell us about any fun things or failures that happened during recordings.

A: Hmmm, let me see. This isn’t a fun thing at all but…you know, the SHIROBAKO cast during recordings is huge, so there is a lot of switching in and out* going on. And then, I did something I really shouldn’t have done…

* there’re a limited number of mics for a huge number of people, so the seiyuu have to watch their timing when going up to say their lines so that they don’t impede on others.

Q: Is it OK to have this down on record?

A: Ah, maybe I’ll stop then (lol).

Q: So please keep it to a level with the minimum of details (lol).

A: So yeah. Takagi Wataru-san voices President Marukawa Masato, and there was once where he improvised his ad-libs so greatly when compared to the rehearsals that I burst out laughing, to the point where I couldn’t even say my lines (lol). Luckily it was just a test recording so it won’t make it to broadcast, but it was really awesome! The mood in the studio lightened up straight away.

Q: Are there any future events for SHIROBAKO that you’d like to do?

A: I did participate in one of the screening events. I really enjoyed being able to see the reactions of the audience directly. Therefore, I’d like to do another screening event with the rest of the cast and staff. I think the fans would have a lot of questions as well, so having the staff on hand to provide answers would allow everyone to appreciate the series even more.

Watch out for the CD of the theme song, a different version from what is played on TV!

Q: The SHIROBAKO CD will be released on 26th November.

A: Yes! The theme song CD will be released. It includes Ishida Yoko-san’s opening theme COLORFUL BOX, and the ending theme Animetic Love Letter performed by me, Yoshimura Haruka-san and Chisuga Haruka-san. Animetic Love Letter is written and composed by Momoi Halko-san and is a song that sounds sparkly and cute upon first listen, but when you hear it for the second time you might think – “Hmm?”, when you notice the unusual lyrics. It tells the story about being in love with anime. “Through the glass~”, or “In a 16:9 frame~” etc, these are lyrics that will put a smile on your face. Also, the arrangement isn’t the same as the TV size version’s, which brings a different feeling to the song. It’s a lot more sparkling and cheery than what you hear on the TV, so please listen to it.

Q: Lastly, please leave a message to all the fans.

A: From now on, SHIROBAKO will move into portraying the growth of the 5 main girls. I would be happy if you would continue to watch over Miyamori-san, who having taken The Oath of Donuts, strives to make her dream of “creating an anime with all 5 of her friends” come true. And to the fans, I look forward to the day when we can say “Don-don-donuts! Let’s go Nuts!” together.
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I’ve no idea how old Kimura is but it’s likely that she’s older than most of her rookie peers, having gone to college and then spent time in both the Osaka and Tokyo branches of Haikyo’s voice acting school. Being attached to the grand old Haikyo also means that she’s likely to go down the serious business 実力派(jitsuryoku-ha) route like her agency seniors Ohara Sayaka, Minagawa Junko and Satou Rina, with many opportunities not just in anime, but in narration work (Haikyo specializes in this) and drama dubbing. I greatly look forward to hearing what she has to offer!

Follow Juri on twitter.

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#49 – Hanamori Yumiri

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Name: Hanamori Yumiri (花守 ゆみり)
DoB: 29 September 1997
Hometown: Kanagawa
Agency: swallow

Hanamori Yumiri is one of the newest kids on the scene and she has been quick off the blocks in 2015 with major roles in Rolling Girls and the forthcoming Etotama. Using the stage name ‘rimyu’, she took part in Pony Canyon’s 2nd Koetama audition and was awarded a special jury prize, with Endo Yurika the overall winner. Her agency swallow is new too, but obviously they have the backing of Pony Canyon so you can expect a music début for Yumiri in due course.

Da Vinci recently interviewed Yumiri for their rookies series. You can find the original post here.

Q: We have seen your photo that is published on your agency’s website. Your hair has grown out a lot, hasn’t it?

A: Yes it has, somewhere along the way (lol). I got it cut short once for a school event but I do think that having long hair allows for more flexibility with regards to styles. It was actually all the way down to my waist before I had it chopped off. I did feel lonely when my hair was gone (lol).

*Please refer to her agency profile page for photos of her with short hair.

Q: A school event?

A: I was a cheerleader for athletic meets. I’d actually been a member of the tennis club but I ended up joining the cheerleading squad along with my seniors.

Q: You’re a high school student now. Are you used to having your photo taken?

A: Actually..I find it uncomfortable. All my friends are good at it, but I’ve been told that I’m a master of funny faces (lol). It’s not that I do it intentionally but somehow, it always seems to end up that way (lol).

Q: Heh. Yumiri is a fairly uncommon name. Do you have any nicknames?

A: There aren’t any in particular…just things like “Yumirin”. There was one instance though, when my school-friends called me “Yumiringo”, like ‘flamingo’ (lol). Right now I’m hosting a Nico Nama called Pony-Can Zenbu! and they call me Yumimi there. On Etotama Radio~ Soruraru Kurenya!~, Murakawa Rie-san had a chance to make up a name for me. She was talking about her favourite snacks to go with beer and her favourite carbonated juices, and when playing around with the word “non-be” (飲ん兵衛, heavy drinker) she ended up calling me “Hana-be” (lol). But of course I don’t drink alcohol; I’m a high school student (lol).

Q: Etotama Radio is the web radio show for the new spring anime Etotama, hosted by you, Murakawa-san and Matsui Eriko-san, isn’t it?

A: It gets so lively every time on the show; we’re aiming to become the #1 noisiest radio show in Japan (lol). The three of us may have our own designated roles within the programme, but we never know what’s going to happen every time (lol).

Q: We look forward to the anime broadcast (lol). Recording for currently airing anime Rolling Girls, where you voice Misono Chiaya, has already progressed quite far. What’s the atmosphere like during recording?

A: Every episode features guest appearances from amazing veteran seiyuu. This does mean that I get fairly nervous each time out, but I do think that at the same time, it helps to create an atmosphere that makes it easy to put in a good performance. Since it’s an original story, we do get the sense that we’re all working together to create this anime and I am grateful for that! When I am acting, I am always filled with hope that it will be a great anime.

Q: At 17, you’re nearly the same age as 16-year old Chiaya. Was there anything special in the way you approached the role?

A: Chiaya is a girl who has a rather awkward way of speaking and has to think properly before putting her thoughts into words. Every single thing she says is a result of her careful thought process. Thus, when I am voicing her I take a deep breath [note: Hanamori places a hand on her chest] before I say my lines. I try to emphasize a natural delivery of her emotions that come from within. “Don’t think; feel!” something like that (lol).

Q: The 4 main cast members perform the theme songs and insert songs as THE ROLLING GIRLS!

A: They’re cover versions of songs by THE BLUE HEARTS. For example, there’s a rather gloomy part in the ending theme Tsuki no Bakugekiki where the lyrics go “Ah~wakaru” (Ah, I understand); and I tried to sing it with similar feelings. It’s a strange tune where I do feel a certain amount of empathy even though it utilizes words that I would not think of using myself, and it also has lyrics that aren’t necessarily cheerful despite it being such a fun song.

Q: Do you talk much with the other 3 girls during recordings?

A: Ozawa Ari-chan is seated next to me so we’re always chit-chatting (lol). We talk about how Chiaya is such a difficult role, and she gives me some advice about acting. Ari-chan has…Ah, she does let me call her Ari-chan (lol)..taught me how she believes that amongst the characters, there are the types that require natural acting but that there are also types that come with a fixed image. She also told me that she loves how Chiaya-chan is overall, a very relaxed kind of character (lol)

Q: What kind of things do you talk about?

A: Last year, we were talking about how Christmas was just around the corner and we ended up exchanging gifts. I happened to be using a light blue pair of earphones at the time so I asked her “Ari-chan, would you like a matching pair?”. She said she’d like a pink pair so I got her pink earphones (lol).

Q: What did you receive in return?

A: I received a super cute pair of pyjamas! I put them on right away (lol). The pyjamas were short and fluffy with a polka-dot pattern and came with a hood; it keeps me very warm (lol).

Q: You girls sure get along well (lol). By the way – we know that you got your start as a seiyuu through the Pony Canyon Koetama Audition, but did you watch anime prior to that?

A: I started watching the late-night anime programming block from around my second year of junior high. It’s a clichéd story, but it was when a friend who had said to me “You should become a seiyuu~”, that I became aware of the possibility of being one. As I have no performing experience, it was only when I received my first role in Aiura that I started to learn the importance of things like how to stand in front of the mic and what acting is.

Q: What have you gotten most nervous about during recording?

A: That would probably be how my stomach kept growling during Aiura recordings…the more you try not to make a sound, the more it does (lol). Maybe the staff thought that I was really nervous~ (lol). Right then Uchiyama Yumi-san, who voices the teacher, gave me an onigiri. I fell in (one-sided) love with her right away (lol).

Q: Haha! So you’ve been continuing with your lessons since then, haven’t you?

A: For the whole of last year I attended voice training school, where I even had to learn sword fighting and dance. I am still taking lessons to strengthen the basics of seiyuu work and voice acting. Vocalization and line recital are some of the areas I still find difficult.

Q: What do you find most difficult?

A: I’m terrible with kanji and sentences. Sometimes I come in late on my lines because I’m too busy trying to keep up with the kanji characters. Therefore, when I receive my scripts I try to memorize as many of lines as possible before I go for recordings.

Q: What anime do you watch?

A: Actually, I really love Youkai Watch (lol). Before I became a seiyuu I was a huge fan of Level 5’s works! I loved Inazuma Eleven and Danball Senki. Or maybe I’m just fond of righteous*, easy-to-follow stories. Recently I’ve taken a liking to shows which question what the ‘truth’ really means, such as Psycho-Pass and Terror in Resonance. I like how there is foreshadowing everywhere, and how the creators can deliver their vision and convey their message to viewers.

* the word here is 王道 (oudou), which literally translates as ‘royal path’. It’s kind of a subset of the shounen genre and generally refers to series with the classic shounen elements of heroic feats, battles, friendship, good-defeating-bad etc…Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece would be that kind of show. The opposite would be 邪道 (jadou, evil path), darker things like Death Note.

Q: What characters do you admire?

A: I love Endo Mamoru-kun from the Level-5 work Inazuma Eleven. When I was in elementary school and finding it tough studying for the junior high entrance exams, I really looked forward to seeing Endo-kun every week on TV. I gained courage from seeing how he keeps moving forward no matter what he is up against. I would say the same of Pokemon’s Satoshi. He’s very honest. I’m aware of how much strength they’ve given me.

Q: Did your school-friends and family watch anime as well?

A: I’m always talking about anime with my younger sister (lol). Unfortunately, our ways of thinking are so different that we often end up arguing (lol). Unlike me, my sister is a good orator so she can get really obnoxious sometimes (lol).

Q: Now that you mention it, I heard from your manager that you often go to the karaoke with your sister (lol).

A: Yeah, I’m always going to karaoke together with her~. We both love Vocaloid songs and my sister especially loves the Kagerou Days series so we can go on for 4 straight hours singing those songs repeatedly (lol). Halfway through we can get so tired that we end up only humming, or we let the songs play as background music while we eat (lol).

Q: What are your favourite songs to sing?

A: I love singing the songs of Hachi, also known as Yonezu Kenshi – he’s got a really unique worldview. The melody in each of his songs is different and it’s very tough to sing, but I have a lot of fun trying. They’re very stimulating. His songs also help to heighten my senses, and that helps out with my acting.

Q: Let’s move on to talk about your future prospects. What is your aim as a seiyuu?

A: I hope to become a seiyuu who is able to deliver ‘something’ special to anyone out there, the way someone like Takeuchi Junko-san, who provides the voice for my beloved Endo-kun and Naruto, does. I say this because I too, received so much joy from watching anime. I’d love to continue acting with the objective of delivering that special ‘something’. I want to be a person who can make someone out there, even if it’s just 1 person, feel safe just by having me by their side.

Also, I hope to expand my abilities anchored upon voice work. I had a chat with my dad about this; how there are so many seiyuu these days who are good at singing and dance, and how I wanted to be like that as well. About how the seiyuu profession can open up so many new possibilities. Thus, not just for me but for others who are hoping to become seiyuu from now on, our dreams can grow even wider. But of course, in order to do this I need to work harder and harder (lol).

Q: Come to think of it, in a profile you filled up a year or so ago, you answered “a bride” to the question of “what you’d like to be in the future”. Does that still stand?

A: Ah, that was…you know. It’s every girl’s dream to be a bride (lol). I think rather than just being a bride, it’s more of a wish to walk down that aisle at a wedding, to set my parents’ hearts at ease. I’d love to be able to express my gratitude to my parents for supporting me and always having my back while I walk down this path of being a seiyuu….ah, I’m so embarrassed (shy).

Q: Last of all, please leave a message to the readers!

A: I know I’m still very inexperienced, not just as a seiyuu but as a human being, but I hope that I can develop into a seiyuu who has the ability to touch people, even if it’s only one person! I have much to learn still so I ask for your support in days to come!
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Yumirin is really quite the adorable kid, isn’t she? To me, she does look like an almighty amalgamation of Taketatsu Ayana, Toyama Nao and Yuuki Aoi. It’s early days yet but do keep an eye out for more of her name and her voice in seasons to come!

#48 – Misawa Sachika

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Name: Misawa Sachika
Nickname: Sacchi
DoB: 13 January 1993
Hometown: Yamanashi
Agency: Space Craft (formerly Style Cube)

Translation of #14 in the Seiyuu no Wa series, February 2014.

I remember covering Misawa way back when had just won that Kadokawa audition (see here) at the age of 16, so it’s really great to see her progress after 6 years. Expect more to come now that she’s signed to Space Craft, the home of her BFF Uesaka Sumire!

1. Please tell us how you became a seiyuu.
When I was in high school I admired the wide range of works that seiyuu were involved in and I longed to become one.

2. What was your debut anime role?
Gamagori Yuri in Shangri-La.

3. Of all the shows you have acted in thus far, is there any character that has left a particularly strong impression?
All have left strong impressions but the character Cafe-kun from Yumeiro Patisserie was particularly memorable as I’d voiced him for 1 year and 3 months long and had learned so much as a seiyuu from people around me. It was also my first time voicing a young boy, something that I had always wanted to try.

4. Please tell us if any of the characters you are voicing now share any similarities to yourself.
I voice Namatame Chitaru in the TV anime Akuma no Riddle, which begins airing in April 2014. Her facial expressions and decisiveness as well as her ability to get things done means that she sometimes gets called an “ikemen”. She’s also the type who, once she finds a friend or someone she desires to protect, will end up pulling that person along or following them around, just like Chitaru continues to protect Hitsugi-chan forever – I think I may be similar to her in that way. Also, she gets embarrassed when she’s treated like a girl and I might just be the same.

5. From all the shows you’ve been in, please tell us about any one scene that left a particularly strong impression.
The B part of the the first episode of Accel World. It was the first appearance of Kuroyukihime and I recall being so nervous that I felt like I could collapse. “Express your feelings in words to Haruyuki-kun”; the reason I managed to keep this in mind right up ‘til the last episode was because of what I learnt from the scene in which Kuroyukihime first appeared.

6. Please tell us any horror stories or memorable tales from the recording studio.
Back when I was still unfamiliar with recording sessions and hadn’t got my mic timing* down, the seniors around me would always use eye and hand signals to help alert me. Recordings were always nervy affairs for me but at the same time, I was full of warm feelings from wanting to make a good show.

*this refers to how seiyuu prepare to move in closer to the mics when it’s their turn to recite their lines

7. Are there any seiyuu you see as rivals or as someone to aim for?
Sakamoto Maaya-san and Tamura Yukari-san, who I will from now on, admire forever and ever.

8. If you weren’t a seiyuu, what do you think you would be doing now?
A junior or high school English teacher, or a librarian.

9. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced as a seiyuu?
I think I’m overcoming this bit by bit – my dislike for photoshoots. Somehow I always end up with forced smiles.

10. On the flipside, what’s the happiest thing(s) that has happened to you as a seiyuu?
When people say to me that they have gotten courage from the characters that I voice.

11. Do you like singing?
I love it from the bottom of my heart.

12. From all the radio shows you have hosted, were there any mails that left an impression on you?
Every time I get a mail that goes “This is my first ever mail!”. It always puts a smile on my face.

13. Is there anything you take particular care about when you’re acting?
I read up on the original work the show is based on. The original work and setting, the scripts, character relationships, the character’s background, environment and core beliefs – these are all important. I believe that an understanding of these aspects builds a livelier character as well as getting across what the original author wants to convey and overall, helps to make it a good series.

14. What kind of roles would you consider your specialty?
Not sure what I’m good at, but what I tend to voice a lot of, are the strong-willed onee-san types with long black hair.

15. Tell us what goals and dreams you have as a seiyuu?
A seiyuu is someone who delivers a message through his or her “voice”. I hope to be able to freely express what I wish to express, through anime, radio, songs and so on.

16. To the people who are aiming to become seiyuu, please give them a word of advice.
Cherish the feelings of “love” in your heart, and the gratitude to the people around you.

17. Apart from the shows that you’ve been in, are there anime that you like to watch?
When I was young I often used to watch Sailor Moon (Sailor Stars era). I would like to rewatch it again some time.

18. In relation to the above, are there any types of roles you’d like to voice or perhaps, characters that you admire?
I’d love to be any one of the three Sailor Stars. I’ve always loved androgynous characters and find it charming when they possess both the softness of women and the strength of men. Personally, I’d like to voice a cool male idol who transforms into a cool female Sailor Soldier. I really love them.

19. As a viewer, what kind of anime do you like?
I love anime that are filled with exciting developments.

20. What kind of child were you?
I was very active and took part in a lot of things.

21. Please tell us what TV programmes do you often watch?
I love Aibou and Kyotochiken no Onna. I also often watch owarai programmes.

22. Tell us what your favourite books are.
Otsuichi’s GOTH Yoru no Shou.

23. Tell us what your favourite game is.
Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. Getting to walk around with Pikachu is the best thing ever.

24. Tell us what your favourite movies are.
Kimi ni Todoke.

25. Tell us about your favourite music.
LiSA. There are few people who can move my heart the way she can.

26. Tell us what your motto is.
“Regret is something you create by yourself”.

27. Tell us about any of your experiences with sports.
Only whatever I did during PE lessons in school.

28. Tell us what songs you often sing when you go to the karaoke.
School Food Punishment, Perfume, May’n.

29. Tell us what your favourite foods are.
Spicy stuff.

30. Tell us what foods you hate.
Bitter stuff. Sour stuff.

31. Tell us about the stores you often go to.
I love Starbucks. I always order green tea latte with milk, less syrup and added caramel sauce.

32. Do you have any favourite snacks?
Nothing in particular.

33. Do you drink? If you do, what sort of drinks do you like?
I like red wine or Japanese sake. I’ve also been getting addicted to vodka lately.

34. What did you do on your last day off?
I went to the beauty salon and got a head spa, treatment and haircut.

35. If you had a whole week off, what would you do?
Go on a trip to Taiwan. Alternatively, I’d buy one week’s supply of food so that I can stay at home without taking a single step outside.

36. Are there any hobbies that you’ve been obsessed with recently?
Snap photos of any interesting alleyways I come upon.

37. Tell us about any qualifications you have.
Ordinary driving license, EIKEN English Proficiency Level Pre-Two, Kanji Proficiency Level Pre-Two.

38. What challenges would you like to take on within the next 10 years?
I want to read lots of books. I also want to travel a lot. I want to broaden my horizons and expand my vocabulary; I want to study more and more.

39. What type of guy do you like?
A gentle and calm person.

40. Which part(s) of a guy do you notice most?
The hands. I love hands with fair skin and long fingers.

41. Tell us the most expensive thing you’ve bought recently.
I think…an external HDD.

42. What is the one thing you most desire now?
Time. I want to acquire as many qualifications and study as many thing that I’m interested in as I possibly can.

43. If you could bring only one item to a deserted island, what would it be?
A teddy bear.

44. If you had 1,000,000 yen that you could spend as you wish, how would you use it?
Remodel the family home and replace the home appliances. I’d like to install handrails for the convenience of my father and mother as well as maintain a constant temperature in the house.

45. Please tell us if there is anything that you do on a daily basis, habits etc.
After my shower I do a steam facial, apply pre-lotion, face milk and face cream. Then I massage my feet etc with body milk and do some stretching exercises. It’s a daily ritual for me.

46. Please leave a message for your fans.
As always, thank you. Please continue to support me from now on.

47. Do you remember the first time you met Uesaka Sumire-san?
I do remember. It was a fated encounter.

48. (A question from Uesaka Sumire) If you had to gattai to join a battle what would you choose to combine with – a fighter jet or a tank?
A fighter jet. I will fight from the sky, so Uesaka-san – please attack from land with your tank.

49. Please tell us which seiyuu you get along well with.
Uesaka Sumire-san. She’s my waifu.
Nanjou Yoshino-san. My beloved senior. Also an artist I greatly respect.
Nishi Asuka-san. I did a radio show with her. She has plenty of healing qualities.
Ohashi Ayaka-san. It is only to Ayaka-chan that I show that innocent side of me.
Suwa Ayaka-san. You gave me that lovely pair of panda socks for my birthday! You always take time to talk to a shy person like me.
Uchida Mami-san. Hitsugi-chan and Chitaru are always together. We share many scenes together so we end up having eye contact, our mic positions are close and we do ad-libs together; we get to talk to each other and have gotten close.

50. Please leave a question for the next seiyuu (Nishi Asuka).
“You’ve gotta have this if you live alone!” If you know of any such items please do recommend them! Please give me any clues on ways to enrich my life!

The Sacchi-Sumipe ship sails nicely :3

#46 – Uesaka Sumire

In case you were wondering where post #46 had gone to…here it is. This just shows how I can sit on completed posts without actually remembering to push the publish button XD
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Name: Uesaka Sumire (上坂 すみれ)
Nickname: Sumipe
DoB: 19 December 1991
Hometown: Kanagawa
Agency: Spacecraft

I’m sure you know more about Sumipe than I ever will! I only recently made a concerted effort to remember her name since she’s in two of my favourite shows of the moment – KanColle and Cross Ange (LOL).

This was #13 in the Seiyuu no Wa series from January 2014.

1. Please tell us how you became a seiyuu.
I was impressed by how cute Momoi Halko’s acting as Komugi-chan in Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magikarte was, and I came to admire the seiyuu profession.

2. What was your début anime role?
Lady C in Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream.

3. Of all the shows you have acted in thus far, is there any character that has left a particularly strong impression?
My first ever regular role in an anime as the heroine Takanashi Sora in Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai.

4. Please tell us if any of the characters you are voicing now share any similarities to yourself.
I think I share similarities with Peach Maki-chan from Houzuki no Reitetsu where her low-tension monologues are kind of like how I am when I’m alone at home.

5. From all the shows you’ve been in, please tell us about any one scene that left a particularly strong impression.
A scene from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, in which I voice Dekomori Sanae-chan, where she was complaining while in tears, thinking about her master Rikka.

6. Please tell us any horror stories or memorable tales from the recording studio.
The first time I took part in an afureko session where I had no idea how to turn the pages of my script to minimize paper noise, and how a senior kindly taught me the proper way.

7. Are there any seiyuu you see as rivals or as someone to aim for?
My first ever seiyuu experience that is Momoi Halko-san; I admire everything about her, starting from her mental attitude.

8. If you weren’t a seiyuu, what do you think you would be doing now?
Studying Soviet history while managing a used bookstore on a small scale.

9. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced as a seiyuu?
It’s not exactly a struggle, but I was surprised to learn how broad seiyuu work can be – not just voice acting but also involving events, character song recording, and radio work.

10. On the flipside, what’s the happiest thing(s) that has happened to you as a seiyuu?
Getting to meet lots of people who love the characters that I have voiced.

11. Do you like singing?
I get nervous about singing in public, but I do like it.

12. From all the radio shows you have hosted, were there any mails that left an impression on you?
The times when radio listeners’ pen-names are so hilarious that I don’t even get to read the actual contents of the mail.

13. Is there anything you take particular care about when you’re acting?
I prepare as much as possible in advance and when it comes to the actual recording sessions, I try to loosen up and focus on character interaction.

14. What kind of roles would you consider your specialty?
Cheerful girls with particular quirks.

15. Tell us what goals and dreams you have as a seiyuu?
To meet people from around the world who love Japanese anime, I hope to respond to those feelings.

16. To the people who are aiming to become seiyuu, please give them a word of advice.
Believe in what you love, and never forget the feeling of fun.

17. Apart from the shows that you’ve been in, are there anime that you like to watch?
I often refer back to my Armored Trooper Votoms collection, from the TV series to the OVA to the artbooks and model sheets.

18. In relation to the above, are there any types of roles you’d like to voice or perhaps, characters that you admire?
Fyanaaaaaaaaa!

19. As a viewer, what kind of anime do you like?
Hard-boiled shows, real robot shows, bishojo shows, shows with dystopian settings.

20. What kind of child were you?
A very good child who would definitely listen to everything the adults said.

21. Please tell us what TV programmes do you often watch?
Sekai no Shaso kara.

22. Tell us what your favourite books are.
Russia o Shiru Jiten (Encyclopedia of Russian Knowledge)

23. Tell us what your favourite game is.
Magical Vacation.

24. Tell us what your favourite movies are.
Mr. Vampire.

25. Tell us about your favourite music.
Kinniku Shojotai.

26. Tell us what your motto is.
Марш,марш,вперёд! (March, march forward!*)

*so Google Translate tells me…

27. Tell us about any of your experiences with sports.
Really, nothing in particular…

28. Tell us what songs you often sing when you go to the karaoke.
Kato Hayabusa Sentoutai.

29. Tell us what your favourite foods are.
Lamb chops, chilled tomato, eihire (stingray fin), octopus with wasabi.

30. Tell us what foods you hate.
Celery, chestnut rice.

31. Tell us about the stores you often go to.
Nakano Broadway.

32. Do you have any favourite snacks?
Kinoko no Yama.

33. Do you drink? If you do, what sort of drinks do you like?
I like vodka and red wine.

34. What did you do on your last day off?
I went to the Ofuna Kannon in my hometown.

35. If you had a whole week off, what would you do?
Take a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, or visit the two cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.

36. Are there any hobbies that you’ve been obsessed with recently?
Staring at LED lights, or buying towels and dressing gowns.

37. Tell us about any qualifications you have.
EIKEN English Proficiency Level Two, Kanji Proficiency Level Two.

38. What challenges would you like to take on within the next 10 years?
Learn Chinese.

39. What type of guy do you like?
Someone whose eyes show their zest for life.

40. Which part(s) of a guy do you notice most?
The area between the neck and the shoulder.

41. Tell us the most expensive thing you’ve bought recently.
Lolita fashion clothing.

42. What is the one thing you most desire now?
Fyana from Armored Troopers Votoms’ cosplay outfit.

43. If you could bring only one item to a deserted island, what would it be?
A light wheeled armoured vehicle.

44. If you had 1,000,000 yen that you could spend as you wish, how would you use it?
Splurge on stuff in Mandarake.

45. Please tell us if there is anything that you do on a daily basis, habits etc.
Listen to the Soviet national anthem.

46. Please leave a message for your fans.
Hello everybody! Recently, I’ve been worrying about my excess sodium intake due to the consumption of huge amounts of corn potage soup. Also, my first album Kakumeiteki Broadway Shugisha Doumei has been released!

47. Do you remember the first time you met Okubo Rumi-san?
I think it is when I was allowed to follow Rumirumi-san around for a day in advance of my joining the the Lady Go!! radio show lineup.

48. (A question from Okubo Rumi) “I can’t sleep if I don’t have this!” Do you have something like that? If you do, tell us what it is…? harharhar
A teddy bear.

49. Please tell us which seiyuu you get along well with.
Misawa Sachika-san!

50. Please leave a question for Misawa Sachika.
If you had to gattai to join a battle what would you choose to combine with – a fighter jet or a tank?

I think I learned a lot from translating this. And I find her kind of scary now LOL

#47 – fhána

L-R: Sato Junichi, towana, kevin mitsunaga, yuxuki waga

L-R: Sato Junichi, towana, kevin mitsunaga, yuxuki waga


And now for something not quite related to seiyuu.

Da Vinci did something pretty similar to the 50 questions Seiyuu no Wa for the band fhána, except the number of questions have been halved and they’re directed at all 4 members. I have been a fan of theirs since the doujin days when they had no fixed vocalist and also keep up with the individual members’ own doujin circles, so it’s really quite nice to see that they’ve found some success since signing with Lantis. Their first album Outside of Melancholy just hit Oricon top 10 last week too!

I have separated out the 4 members’ features for reading ease. You can read the interviews in Japanese also – Part 1, Part 2.

1. Sato Junichi (chorus/keyboards)
2. yuxuki waga (guitar)
3. towana (vocals)
4. kevin mitsunaga (samples/programming)

Sato Junichi

01. Please tell us how you first got involved in music.
When I was a child I was gifted a Casiotone keyboard, on which I taught myself to play video game tunes by ear.

02. Which aspects of your instrument/role within the band do you focus on?
Rather than focusing on my own parts, my priority is to make sure that the band’s performance as a whole has good balance. Also, when it comes to my keyboard playing, I try to keep it rhythmical with a good, crisp backing sound. Closed voicing is also something I focus on. For chorus, there are things that I am particular about, especially since I myself have been a lead vocalist in the past. The emotional aspects, how my vocals fit in with the orchestra and towana’s vocals, and the recording process.

03. Please tell us any horror stories or memorable tales from the recording studio or stage.
This is just something that happened recently – we played an outdoors live during winter and it was so cold that my hands were numb and couldn’t move lol.

04. Are there any musicians you see as rivals or as someone to aim for?
I want to be like Sakamoto Ryuichi-san and Ozawa Kenji-san etc. Apart from musicians, I also admire Miyazaki Hayao and Anno Hideaki.

05. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced as a musician?
Having to constantly move about…it’s a test of my stamina.

06. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing now?
No idea whether I’d be able to become one but…a film director.

07. If fhána could do a cover of any anisong, what would you pick?
Blue Water from Nadia of the Blue Water.

08. Recommend us your #1 song from your album Outside of Melancholy, and tell us about its key listening points.
I’d recommend all of the songs but if I had to pick just one then I’d go for white light. We put all our energy into the melody, the vocal and the performance.

09. What should we expect from your (first one-man) live on March 1st?
fhána’s history and future.

10. Please give some advice to people who are aiming to become musicians.
This is true in general, but it’s very difficult for a person to change themselves on their own. Hence, when things aren’t going well one should try out a change of environment instead. More specifically, try to mix with people who are at a ‘higher’ level, or people who have lots of energy. I believe that if you spend most of your time with people who are too similar to yourself or are at a level ‘lower’ than you are, you end up limiting your own growth.

11. Excluding shows that you’ve been involved with, name 3 anime that you like.
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, CLANNAD, Wings of Honneamise.

12. Please tell us what TV programmes you often watch.
For older shows, Nippon Sengo Subculture-shi. Nowadays, Iwai Shunji’s MOVIE Lab. I tend to watch this type of NHK programming.

13. Tell us what your favourite books are.
There are so many so it’s hard to pick, but I’ll go for the original Legend of the Galactic Heroes novels.

14. Tell us what your favourite game is.
Nihon Falcom’s Ys II for the NEC PC-8801. I played it during my adolescent years and it had a huge influence on my subsequent creative activities.

15. Tell us what your favourite movie is.
The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi.

16. Tell us about your musical influences.
Yellow Magic Orchestra, Flipper’s Guitar, Koshiro Yuzo.

17. Name 3 of your favourite albums.
Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Complete Service, Ozawa Kenji’s Inu wa Hoeru ga Caravan wa Susumu, Smashing Pumpkins’ Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

18. Tell us what songs you often sing when you go to the karaoke.
Bump of Chicken’s Melody Flag, TM NETWORK’s Self Control.

19. Tell us about the stores you often go to.
Narikura* in Takadanobaba, clothing stores in Omotesando, zakka shops.

*a tonkatsu restaurant

20. Tell us what your favourite foods are.
Thai food, sushi, cocoa.

21.  Are there any hobbies that you’ve been obsessed with recently?
I bought Monster Hunter and Animal Crossing for my new Nintendo 3DS, games recommended by the other members. I really should start playing them soon…Also, I’ve always loved watching movies.

22. What type of girl do you like?
Someone whom I can respect.

23. Describe your impressions of the other members in one phrase.
towana – I used to think of her as a mysterious person, now I think of her as a strange person. She has gotten a lot livelier than before.
yuxuki – He’s always on time. Never misses deadlines. Loves games. His favourite anime and manga usually revolve around girls, things like im@s and K-ON!.
kevin – I used to think of him as a serious person, now I think of him as a flashy guy. Just joking, he really is a serious guy lol. He’s a mood maker.

24. What challenges would you like to take on within the next 10 years?
I’d like to continue working on various fronts – the anime scene, the band scene, the major Jpop scene, the niche subculture music scene.

25. Please leave a message for your fans.
Thank you, for now and for many years to come.
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yuxuki waga

01. Please tell us how you first got involved in music.
Music has been the source of my life since I was in school, so naturally…

02. What areas of your instrument/role in the band do you focus on?
I’m only part of the backing band but I do focus on bringing a good feeling to the arrangement and also aim for a gencre-crossover type of hybrid sound.

03. Please tell us any horror stories or memorable tales from the recording studio or stage.
Maybe when we’re playing live and my glasses and e-bow get knocked all over the place…someday, I’m going to end up stepping on them (wry laugh).

04. Are there any musicians you see as rivals or as someone to aim for?
I don’t really think of any one as a rival or someone to aim for but when it comes to guitar playing, I really like sleepy.ab’s Yamauchi Kensuke.

05. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced as a musician?
I have to be constantly on the move while carrying heavy equipment, so I’d like to have inexhaustible energy reserves.

06. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing now?
At the very least, I don’t think I’d be doing any job that wasn’t related to music in some way.

07. If fhána could do a cover of any anisong, what would you pick?
Either M@STERPIECE from THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukougawa e! or Rainbow from ARIA The ANIMATION.

08. Recommend us your #1 song from your album Outside of Melancholy, and tell us about its key listening points.
white light. It sounds like a song that you’d hear playing during a movie’s end credits.

09. What should we expect from your (first one-man) live on March 1st?
I’d like it to be a live that bridges the road that we’ve travelled up until now, to our path in the future. Let’s have fun together.

10. Please give one word of advice to people who are aiming to become musicians.
Be persistent, be curious in the new and unknown, place importance in your interests. Also, be flexible.

11. Excluding shows that you’ve been involved with, name 3 anime that you like.
THE IDOLM@STER, ARIA, CLANNAD.

12. Please tell us what TV programmes you often watch.
Cooking programmes.

13. Tell us what your favourite books are.
ARIA.

14. Tell us what your favourite game is.
DARK SOULS.

15. Tell us what your favourite movie is.
THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Kagayaki no Mukougawa e!

16. Tell us about your musical influences.
Too many to mention.

17. Name 3 of your favourite albums.
The Band’s Music from Big Pink, Radiohead’s In Rainbows, SUPERCAR’s Futurama.

18. Tell us what song(s) you often sing when you go to the karaoke.
Siam Shade’s 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou, UNISON SQUARE GARDEN’s Orion o Nazoru.

19. Tell us about the stores you often go to.
Narikura in Takadanobaba.

20. Tell us what your favourite foods are.
Soup curry, Thai food, gyoza.

21.  Are there any hobbies that you’ve been obsessed with recently?
I bought a PS4 so I’m playing Minecraft earnestly.

22. What type of girl do you like?
I like girls with short hair or medium-length bobs.

23. Describe your impressions of the other members in one phrase.
Sato-san – Someone who I’ve learned a lot from and whom I can rely on. Also, he’s good at impressions.
towana – A friend with good vibes. I think I’ve been talking to her a lot more now than I used to.
kevin – A fun junior. He’s a really good guy.

24. What challenges would you like to take on within the next 10 years?
A short-term goal would be to play a one-man live in my hometown of Hokkaido. Also, I’d like to visit Venice.

25. Please leave a message for your fans.
See you at our lives!
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towana

01. Please tell us how you first got involved in music.
I started learning classical piano when I was 3 years old. Since then, music has been the most important thing in my life.

02. What areas of your instrument/role in the band do you focus on?
Singing honestly and directly, with strong emotion.

03. Please tell us any horror stories or memorable tales from the recording studio or stage.
I turned into an empty shell after the recording of white light, the last song on the album. I think it’s because the song is so powerful.

04. Are there any musicians you see as rivals or as someone to aim for?
I have received the support of so many people, with each person being different and having their own strengths so I have much that I want to learn from them.

05. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced as a musician?
Body conditioning. I’m still exploring how.

06. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing now?
I’d be one of those onee-san types working in a library.

07. If fhána could do a cover of any anisong, what would you pick?
Rainbow from ARIA The Animation.

08. Recommend us your #1 song from your album Outside of Melancholy, and tell us what are the listening points.
Swinging City. I think I managed to get the feeling of “How fun this is!” across through my vocals.

09. What should we expect from your (first one-man) live on March 1st?
Since it’s a one-man live I think we’ll be able to try out some tricks. Also, look forward to fhána in a full-band formation ♪

10. Please give one word of advice to people who are aiming to become musicians.
My own days are still full of trials and errors…so let’s do our best together!

11. Excluding shows that you’ve been involved with, name 3 anime that you like.
My Neighbour Totoro, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, ARIA.

12. Please tell us what TV programmes you often watch.
Kanshou Manual Bi no Tsubo (NHK arts programme).

13. Tell us what your favourite books are.
Tokeizaka no Ie. It’s a children’s book, but it’s something I’ve loved since I was young.

14. Tell us what your favourite game is.
I prefer watching other people play rather than playing them myself. The one and only game I play is Animal Crossing!

15. Tell us what your favourite movie is.
The Disney movie Snow White.

16. Tell us about your musical influences.
There are so many people I’m influenced by…I can’t pick.

17. Name 3 of your favourite albums.
Spitz’s Indigo Chiheisen, Shiina Ringo’s Muzai Moratorium, YUKI’s joy.

18. Tell us what songs you often sing when you go to the karaoke.
Lately, I mostly sing anisong and idol songs!

19. Tell us about the stores you often go to.
I often go to clothing stores in Harajuku and Omotesando with the other members.

20. Tell us what your favourite foods are.
Meat and strawberries. For drinks, I like tea and water.

21.  Are there any hobbies that you’ve been obsessed with recently?
Looking at clothes in magazines and on the net! I try to come up with costumes that match my own preferences.

22. What type of guy do you like?
Someone whose sense of humour matches mine, someone gentle.

23. Describe your impressions of the other members in one phrase.
Satou-san – Leader! He’s everyone’s older brother.
Waga-kun – Amongst the members he’s the one I’ve known the longest, it’s a strange connection we have.
Kevin-kun – He’s a good guy but also scatter-brained.

24. What challenges would you like to take on within the next 10 years?
I’d like fhána’s music to reach every corner in Japan, and across the world!

25. Please leave a message for your fans.
Please come and have fun at our tours and events!
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kevin mitsunaga

01. Please tell us how you first got involved in music.
When I was in junior school I was invited by a friend to form a band and that’s how I got started in music. The reason I got interested in anime music was through CLANNAD, a game I played during my high school days.

02. What areas of your instrument/role in the band do you take most seriously?
I aim to leave an impression upon hearing just a little bit of the music, and to make an “abnormal”, distinct kind of sound.

03. Please tell us any horror stories or memorable tales from the recording studio or stage.
During a studio rehearsal I forgot the music data that absolutely should not have been forgotten. I genuinely panicked and became depressed.

04. Are there any musicians you see as rivals or as someone to aim for?
Artists I’m aiming for are Cornelius (Oyamada Keigo) and Pogo.

05. What’s the hardest thing you’ve experienced as a musician?
I’m having fun most of the time but it is a bit hard when the deadlines are near and I have to work through the night to get things done. After all, I’m the type of human who can’t function properly without enough sleep.

06. If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing now?
I like making things using a computer so I’d probably be doing something related to that. Maybe a web designer etc.

07. If fhána could do a cover of any anisong, what would you pick?
There are too many songs I like so I’d love to put them all together on a covers album in the future – making that would be fun.

08. Recommend us your #1 song from your album Outside of Melancholy, and tell us about its key listening points.
It’s hard to choose just one song but I’ll say ARE YOU SLEEPING? ! It’s a song I composed in a shoegazer style, but I think it shows the depth of fhána’s sound and how we can make music that transcends genres.

09. What should we expect from your (first one-man) live on March 1st?
We’re surprisingly much more “Rock” than what you hear on our records! I’d like people to focus on our performance.

10. Please give one word of advice to people who are aiming to become musicians.
I had never originally thought of making a career out of music and only intended for it to be a hobby. But as I went along doing this thing I loved, I got to meet a lot of people and it is those encounters that have led to where I am now. If you stick at something you love, you’ll enjoy new encounters. And that, will be the key to opening up your future.

11. Excluding shows that you’ve been involved with, name 3 anime that you like.
CLANNAD, ARIA, Ghost in the Shell.

12. Please tell us what TV programmes you often watch.
I love NHK programmes that deal with the sciences.

13. Tell us what your favourite books are.
ARIA.

14. Tell us what your favourite game is.
Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers.

15. Tell us what your favourite movie is.
Gattaca.

16. Tell us about your musical influences.
When I heard Cornelius (Oyamada Keigo)’s SENSUOUS album, it opened my eyes to the world of sampling and electronic music.

17. Name 3 of your favourite albums.
Cornelius’s SENSUOUS, Shuta Hasunuma’s POP OOGA, WATER WATER CAMEL’s Airship (it’s just impossible to pick 3 lol)

18. Tell us what song(s) you often sing when you go to the karaoke.
Yamazaki Masayoshi’s One more time, One more chance.

19. Tell us about the stores you often go to.
I have been wandering around looking for popular ramen places.

20. Tell us what your favourite foods are.
Ramen (Hakata tonkotsu), anything with vinegar in it.

21.  Are there any hobbies that you’ve been obsessed with recently?
Miso soup with shaved kelp is what I’ve been obsessed with. Also, I’m getting into participating in crowd-funding in the development of new gadgets.

22. What type of girl do you like?
Someone who acts after taking into consideration the feelings of others. For appearance, I like girls whose faces resemble racoons*.

*LOL. Probably a reference to Uchoten Kazoku…I guess.

23. Describe your impressions of the other members in one phrase.
Sato-san – The reliable captain who steers SS fhána
yuxuki-san – The super emo-onii-san whose cooking is amazingly good
towana-san – The stylish onee-san who’s good with gadgets

24. What challenges would you like to take on within the next 10 years?
I’ve never been outside Japan so I’d like to visit many places overseas. Especially Venice.

25. Please leave a message for your fans.
Thank you for reading to the end. There are a lot more fun things to come so I’d be happy if you would continue to support us.
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It’s nice to see that the band’s synergy extends to their tastes in anime, TV shows and games w. Especially ARIA! Please cover Rainbow for real!!