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Spreadsheets masterlist

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.

Abe Atsushi
Amasaki Kohei
Asanuma Shintaro
Chiba Shoya
Enoki Junya
Furukawa Makoto
Hamano Daiki
Hanae Natsuki
Hatanaka Tasuku
Hino Satoshi
Horie Shun
Hosoya Yoshimasa
Ichikawa Aoi
Ishii Mark
Ishikawa Kaito
Ishiya Haruki
Kaji Yuki
Kawanishi Kengo
Kimura Ryohei
Kobayashi Yusuke
Kumagai Kentaro
Maeno Tomoaki
Masuda Toshiki
Matsuda Kenichiro
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu
Murase Ayumu
Nakamura Yuichi
Nishiyama Kotaro
Nogami Sho
Okamoto Nobuhiko
Okitsu Kazuyuki
Ono Daisuke
Ono Kensho
Osaka Ryota
Saito Soma
Sakurai Takahiro
Shimazaki Nobunaga
Sugawara Shinsuke
Suzuki Ryota
Takeuchi Ryota
Takeuchi Shunsuke
Tezuka Hiromichi
Tsuda Kenjiro
Toyonaga Toshiyuki
Uchiyama Koki
Uchida Yuma
Uemura Yuto
Umehara Yuichiro
Yamashita Seiichiro
Yashiro Taku

Akasaki Chinatsu
Amamiya Sora
Anzai Chika
Asai Ayaka
Chiba Saeko
Fujii Yukiyo
Fujiwara Natsumi
Han Megumi
Hayami Saori
Hidaka Rina
Hikasa Yoko
Hondo Kaede
Inoue Marina
Ise Mariya
Ishigami Shizuka
Ishikawa Yui
Ito Kanae
Ito Shizuka
Iwami Manaka
Kaida Yuko
Kanemoto Hisako
Kayano Ai
Kimura Juri
Kito Akari
Kobayashi Yu
Kohara Konomi
Komatsu Mikako
Kotobuki Minako
Kusunoki Tomori
Minase Inori
Morohoshi Sumire
Naganawa Maria
Nakahara Mai
Omigawa Chiaki
Onishi Saori
Ozawa Ari
・Saito Chiwa
Sakamoto Maaya
Sakura Ayane
Senbongi Sayaka
Seto Asami
Shiraishi Haruka
Taichi Yo
Takagaki Ayahi
Takahashi Rie
Taketatsu Ayana
Tamura Mutsumi
Tange Sakura
Taneda Risa
Tanezaki Atsumi
Tomatsu Haruka
Toyama Nao
Toyosaki Aki
Tsuda Minami
Uchiyama Yumi
Ueda Reina
Yuki Aoi

-Yes, I am prioritizing working on Aketagawa Jin’s cronies. I really like looking at his hiring patterns
-Through doing this, I learned that Mima Masafumi is really biased too *cough* Kaji *cough* Anzai Chika
-Kimura Eriko’s my favourite sound director to look at in terms of her casting decisions. She picks interesting people!

Edit: And as always, please excuse any errors – these are all sheets I make for my own personal reference & liable to the mistakes of my fat fingers…so if anything is screwed up rest assured I will rectify them at some point 😛


Spreadsheets, or stuff I do when I’m bored

As you may or may not have noticed, I love data. I love plugging stuff into spreadsheets; I like looking at text and figures, analyzing things. I had that ‘married seiyuu’ list for years and I used to keep silly ones about seiyuu height and blood type…but what I’ve been doing the past X months has been looking at an individual seiyuu’s animation credits. Since I posted that stream of consciousness blah post a year ago, I’ve been thinking a whole lot about the casting process. This kind of stems from this one comment I heard from Amamiya Sora, about how her casting in Akame ga Kill! was ‘decided’ [決めていて was the exact word] well in advance of her role in Isshukan Friends, the latter of which aired the cour before the former.

‘Decided’. Who decides? What are the factors etc etc? For Amamiya/Akame, it is hardly a stretch to suggest that she was shoehorned into the anime’s lead role to tie it into the fact that Sony Music Entertainment (one of the members of the Akame ga Kill production committee) was preparing to launch Amamiya’s solo singing career via Skyreach, which served as the anime’s first opening theme. Did she have to audition for the role? Maybe only for show? Who knows. Nobody’s going to tell me or you, for sure.

Of course, I offer no answers. Instead, I offer you…spreadsheets. Which are a WIP, let me warn you, likely to contain typos and errors. I have been looking at a couple of seiyuu, some are personal favourite and some are just people I am interested in for various reasons. Mostly I look at the director and sound director and in some of the idols’ cases, the production companies involved. I was thinking about the studios but really, it’s only Shaft [Shinbo/Kameyama] and Bones [Wakabayashi/Mima] that are so easy to predict with their favoured sound directors/castings.

1. Sakamoto Maaya
I’m always amused when people dismiss Maaya as being ‘a singer, not a seiyuu’. She started off as a child actress and voice actress anyway, before Escaflowne & Kanno Yoko came along. She doesn’t do a crazy amount of anime but that’s because she already has so many things on her plate – her film/drama dubbing credits list is way more extensive, plus all those games, narration work, planetarium navigation, radio…and oh, her singing career. Casting-wise, Maaya’s a Bones/Wakabayashi favourite
2. Tomatsu Haruka
3. Amamiya Sora
Comparing notes over Music Ray’n/Sony’s two golden egg- I mean, girls. So far, Amamiya’s voice acting career isn’t hitting the heights as quickly as Tomatsu’s did – at the 5-year mark Tomacchan was already doing things like Anohana and Pokemon while Amamiya is um…well, we shall see.
4. Toyama Nao
5. Uchiyama Koki
6. Ozawa Ari
Three talented young actors who aren’t playing the idol game and get cast by whatever sound director, purely based on ability.
7. Ishigami Shizuka
8. Kobayashi Yusuke
9. Taneda Risa
10. Onishi Saori
Comparing some of Aketagawa Jin’s favourites. When the guy likes you, he really likes you. The key is whether one can turn that initial visibility he gives you into something bigger – the seiyuu’s got to catch the eye/ear of other sound directors, cos Jin-kun doesn’t stick with his ‘favourites’ for very long and you can’t rely on him to keep giving you roles.

Initially, I was planning to look at Aketagawa’s castings over the years, just for the heck of it. Just to look at how his casting patterns have changed, which girls he’s favoured over the last 2 decades. I may yet come up with something but for now it’s on the back-burner cos the sheer amount of data involved is just…hah. Still got plenty of seiyuu I’ve been/am looking at; mostly older favourites though. People like Nakahara Mai, Sakurai Takahiro and Kawasumi Ayako.

So, can one even predict a cast for an upcoming anime? My answer would be ‘maybe’, but only if I know the following in advance 1) studio 2) director 3) sound director 4) production committee members. And I can tell you from experience that for roughly 65-75% of anime, you won’t know who the sound director is or the identity of the production committee members until that first episode airs. They know crazy people like me are watching, closely w