#76 – Seto Asami

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Name: Seto Asami (瀬戸 麻沙美)
DoB: 2 April 1993
Hometown: Saitama
Agency: Sigma Seven
Notable roles: Ayase Chihaya in Chihayafuru, Takatsuki Yoshino in Hourou Musuko, Miyamoto Konatsu in TARI TARI, Iona in WIXOSS, Onna in Death Parade

This is a translation of a short interview by Animate about how Asami became a seiyuu – by passing the 3rd edition of Sigma Seven’s open auditions. Previous applicants include Tamaru Atsushi, Ogame Asuka, Nishi Asuka and Fuchigami Mai.

Q: Do you have any interesting tales or memories from when you took the Sigma Seven auditions?

A: I was on my way to the second round of auditions but couldn’t find the venue so I had to call the number written on the guide sheet and say “I’m sorry, I’m lost”. When I knew I would get there late I thought to myself “Ah, I’m sure I’ve failed this”. However, I was still allowed to take part in the auditions but when I entered the waiting room I was taken aback by the sight of the other participants doing vocal exercises. To be honest I have little memory of what went on during the audition itself, but I do recall that I chose to sing during my self-PR segment. Why on earth did I sing. I might’ve been the one going through these things, but I myself understand little of my own actions (lol). The first time I ever stopped at that particular (train) station, the first time I met a variety of people – it was indeed a day filled with surprises.

Q: Please tell us why you wanted to become a seiyuu, and how you came to take the Sigma Seven auditions.

A: When I was in junior high I watched an anime called D.Gray-man and I was attracted to the performance of Kobayashi Sanae, who provided the voice of the lead role (Allen Walker) – this led to my interest in seiyuu. I was only vaguely dreaming about my future, but once I entered high school I started researching on how one could become a seiyuu. There were many different roads that others had taken in order to be able to do voice work, but I narrowed down the choices taking into account my status as a student as well as the environment I was in, my age and financial circumstances. And what I arrived at, was the Sigma Seven Audition. I had no idea what I was supposed to do for an audition but for the first time in my life, I recorded my own voice and had my photo taken in order to build my profile. When I look back on it now, the process was something that I knew so little about yet somehow, I was spurred to act purely on curiosity. “Let’s just give it a shot!” was how I approached it.

Q: Please tell us if there is anything you take particular care with when it comes to taking anime auditions.

A: For anime auditions, the basic flow goes like this – test, receive instructions, actual recording. During the test section, I utilize the information that I’ve already received beforehand to form my own impression of the role. When I receive instructions I use that information to present a different image of the character. While making sure not to be too stiff, I’ll try out for the character and if what I do suits the role perfectly, then that’s great.

Q: Please give some words of encouragement to those who are going to, as well as those who are thinking of taking the Sigma Seven Audition.

A: To those who are taking the audition, and even to those who are giving up on taking it – this is not the only road to becoming a seiyuu so please believe in the decisions you have made, and enjoy yourselves!

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Asami’s one for the 実力派 people. She’s never going to get the headlines, but she’ll be steadily landing roles.

I just think it’s great how Asami became a seiyuu because of Kobayashi Sanae, and by some amazing twist Sanae has just joined Sigma Seven. It’s fate!

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