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Shingeki no Kyojin cast Q&A

An interview with the main cast of the Attack on Titan series, following the completion of recording for the 3DS game Shingeki no Kyojin: Shichi kara no Dasshutsu, released on 11 May by Koei. It is the first adventure game for the series with an original story – Seko Koji is supervising the story with visuals by Wit Studio and partial voice-acting by the anime cast.

6 Questions
1. Thoughts on completing recording
2. Recommended points, impressive scenes or things to look out for from what you recorded
3. Surprisingly different sides of the characters that you saw, or lines that left an impression
4. People or things you’d consider your ‘partner’, any stories that made you feel ‘connected’ to other people
5. 2017 is looking to be exciting with the release of this game & season 2 of the anime. What do you want to achieve or accomplish this year?
6. A message for the fans

Kaji Yuki [Eren Yeager]

1. Thoughts – As it’s an adventure game this time out, I wondered ‘Oh, I might not have to fight so much this time!’ and as I looked over the script I thought to myself ‘Hmm! I might not even have to shout that much any more!’ …but now that recording’s over, my throat is shot… ah, I’d forgotten that this guy [Eren] is a weirdo with a loud voice… (laughs)

2. Recommended scenes – In any case it’s a spinoff story this time, so the presence of a protagonist who’s a member of the 104th Training Corps is memorable. This time you’ll get to see a lot more of expressions Eren normally doesn’t show his colleagues as he’s basically operating with just another person [the protagonist] alongside him. Getting to play an Eren like that somehow gets me buzzing as well (laughs)

3. Different sides – You’ll get to see stills of members of Levi’s squad doing low-level work side by side…that sub-episode about them cleaning up was very impressive (laughs). As always, the Captain is beautifully obsessed with cleanliness.

4. Partners & stories – The bond between the Shingeki no Kyojin members really is quite strong. Not just the cast but also among the staff as well, the director and sound director included – we have built a solid relationship. That is why the studio was like a battlefield.

5. Aims for 2017 – Body building! I want to climb Mount Fuji!

6. Message – It’s an ‘escape adventure’ this time, so I think you’ll be able to feel a different type of excitement compared to previous Shingeki games. Be the protagonist & team-mate of Eren & the 104th Training Corps, join forces with a variety of different characters and escape from your predicament! Look forward to it!

Ishikawa Yui [Mikasa Ackerman]

1. Thoughts – With the game this time being a completely original story and added to the fact that it’s been a while since I’ve recorded anything Shingeki-related, I felt a bit nervous as I was rehearsing at home over whether I could voice Mikasa properly. But when I turned up at the studio on the day of recording and was shown the packaging and in-game illustrations, the images came rushing back – although it’s a spinoff, I was able to perform as the usual Mikasa! After all, Eren is always life to Mikasa…!

2. Recommended scenes – Amongst the various Shingeki-related collaborations we’ve seen so far, there haven’t been too many where we get to guide the users, converse with so many characters or even have proper one-on-one talks with the users. Especially for Mikasa who isn’t the type of character who freely opens her heart; to see her development as the trust builds up between [the user & Mikasa as] partners was unusual to see. Thus I think you’ll get to see sides of her that you don’t normally do. I’d like you to pay attention to that!

3. Different sides – Rather than leaving an impression, this is more something that I’m personally interested in…in the game, the user will select a character and within their storyline, attempt to escape. The script I received contains only the scenes that Mikasa appears in so I’m really curious about what the other characters are like! For example, we have Connie who’s an idiot but always manages to calms things down and it makes me wonder if he can actually cooperate well with the [user’s] protagonist to escape safely… and so on. I’m definitely curious about the characters that rarely act solo!

4. Partners – My script[s]. They’re an actor’s “partner”!

5. Aims for 2017 – To ride a horse. And to get a general medical check-up.

6. Message – Having ‘you’ as a partner, you’ll get to see different sides of various characters that have never been seen before! It’s a game that can be enjoyed by anyone, whether you’re a guy or a girl. By all means, make Mikasa your partner and play around with the world of Shingeki no Kyojin!

Inoue Marina [Armin Arlert]

1. Thoughts – I am happy that I managed to confidently act out the story of Armin and the player(s). Shingeki no Kyojin recordings are always battles, but it was an absolute bloodbath this time around (laughs). Armin’s storyline has a lot of exposition and observations so I feel like I needed a lot more concentration than I normally would.

2. Recommended scenes – Armin is a character who has shown a tremendous range of growth throughout the series so I am always careful to consider what stage he is currently at when voicing the role; this time, I imagined him at a point after Eren has fixed the hole. I think the story will give a glimpse into the direction in which Armin grows going forward. There are times when it may get painful thinking about Armin but the ending was one that made you think that it might be the catalyst for his future.

3. Different sides – I never thought we would get such fanservice-y scenes for each character. However, I was disappointed to discover that the Captain [Levi] who is normally so fond of his tea would be on ‘that’ side instead of ‘our’ side. Is it because he is an adult?

4. Partners & stories – I (arbitrarily) think that the Shingeki members are bound together by bonds similar to those formed by comrades who have survived life-or-death battles together. I believe this confidence will remain unchanging in the future.

5. Aims for 2017 – From spring 2017, the long-awaited second season of Shingeki no Kyojin begins. My biggest aim is to be able to go all out in voicing Armin. Also, I need to go for a medical check-up.

6. Message – The Shingeki no Kyojin franchise has seen many action games up until now but this time, it’s a simulation game so I too am really looking forward to enjoying the storylines of each character. I hope that all of you would play through each path as well. With Season 2 of the anime, we look forward to your support going forward!

Ono Daisuke [Erwin Smith]

1. Thoughts – I said my lines while imagining the tension and heat levels that were present during the anime recording sessions. I’m dreadfully exhausted.

2. Recommended scenes – As a leader, I did put quite a lot of spirit into my instructions and words of command.

3. Different sides – I think the vast amount of information found within is precisely what makes the game such a pleasure. The more you play the game and appreciate those little details, the more new charms you will find in Shingeki.

4. Partners & stories – I just took part in the Shingeki-collaboration real escape game the other day. I could feel the bond between the cast then.

5. Aims for 2017 – Of course I want to have a ‘big hit’. To be able to contribute to that, all I can do is to give my best as an actor.

6. Message – Advance, into a new world of Shingeki no Kyojin!

Kamiya Hiroshi [Levi Ackerman]

1. Thoughts – I was wondering how it would turn out since I have a lot more dialogue here than in the anime, so I am relieved to complete recording without any problems!

2. Recommended scenes – There are familiar scenes and there are scenes that are closer to being gag-like but no matter what, Levi remains as serious as ever so please pay attention to them!

3. Different sides – In the scenes where conversation is being held with the original characters, the content of the dialogue changes a bit depending on the strength of the ‘bond’. However, Levi has such a difficult personality to comprehend that it’s hard to tell the difference!

4. Partners & stories – I do feel the bond between the cast when we’re all in the studio, working towards the same direction to improve the quality of the work! That is the kind of title Shingeki no Kyojin is!

5. Aims for 2017 – For 2017, I’ll be more careful with my health and give my best, more than ever!

6. Message – Please continue to support Shingeki no Kyojin from now on!

Park Romi [Hanji Zoe]

1. Thoughts – The volume of content is…amazing. Let me say that one more time. The volume of content is…amazing.

2. Recommended scenes – What I want you to pay attention to… On the contrary, how would you players like to pay attention to Hanji? That’s what I want you to pay attention to (laughs)

3. Different sides – Hanji appears to only be looking at the Titans but it was truly interesting to see how her comrades are reflected in her eyes.

4. Partners – My beloved daughters (pet dogs) Saran and Mian are awaiting my return so no matter what, I will overcome that battle field!

5. Aims for 2017 – I just want to travel around the power spots and store up energy!

6. Message – Thanks for your continued support. We’re gonna scale up the Shingeki no Kyojin world more and more! Don’t dare take your eyes off Hanji’s “research”!

Taniyama Kishow [Jean Kirstein]

1. Thoughts – I’m stepping into the Titan world after a long absence. It was pretty damn intense.

2. Recommended scenes – I put quite a bit of effort into the scene where Mikasa strangles and nearly drops [Jean] (laughs).

3. Different sides – I think Jean does show growth throughout the story. That makes me glad.

4. Partners & stories – Whenever I feel like things are going really badly, there’ll always be someone who comes along to lend me a hand. That’s what life is like for me at the moment.

5. Aims for 2017 – Move house, a new smartphone, travel overseas.

6. Message – Look forward to it!

Shimono Hiro [Connie Springer]

1. Thoughts – Up until now there have been various projects involving the Shingeki no Kyojin license but few opportunities for Connie to talk as much as he does in this particular work – it felt really fresh and I enjoyed it.

2. Recommended scenes – Basically there are many new discoveries. Memories of family – there are many things that are depicted well. You’ll see many scenes like that so please be sure to pay attention.

3. Different sides – This time you get to see a lot of scenes involving daily life that we’ve not really seen before so it was truly refreshing to see various aspects of the characters, Connie included. It made me feel a little bit joyful.

4. Stories – Recently, a person* in charge of the music of a certain anime work that I auditioned for (& won a role in) turned out to be the composer working on my solo artist activities. I didn’t know that beforehand but when I found out later, I felt like it was a fateful bond between us.

[*note: that person would be Takahashi Ryo, who composed Shimono’s first single Running High and also wrote the music for the ACCA anime as well as being part of ONE III NOTES]

5. Aims for 2017 – Obviously I want to work my hardest for Shingeki no Kyojin this year but since it appears that I will have increasing opportunities to do live concerts when compared to last year, I’m hoping that I’ll pull them off well too. Gonna give my best both for my acting and my singing!!

6. Message – Shingeki no Kyojin will have an exciting 2017 with various projects including the anime. I’d be glad if you could please give Shingeki no Kyojin: Shichi kara no Dasshutsu a play so that you’ll learn more about the various characters and grow to love them even more! Thank you!!

Kobayashi Yu [Sasha Blouse]

1. Thoughts – I am very pleased to have the opportunity to voice Sasha once again. This time, the game has an original story so we have a Sasha that we’ve never seen before and that also allowed me to experience a similar [new] impression. I was really pleased to get to meet that side of my beloved Sasha for the first time ever. At the same time, I took great pleasure in seeing parts of Sasha’s identity blow up so nicely. One thing that can’t be left out when talking about Sasha is “food”. She’s hard at it this time too, and you can see that [obsession] delivered in a couple of variations here. She’s someone whose comically charming side shines through but at the same time she can also be diligent and serious, which makes her a picture-perfect character. I’ll always brace myself when I’m voicing a multi-faceted, charming character like Sasha, handling her carefully to the best of my ability. Thankfully, Sasha plays an active role this time so I am deeply grateful not just as the actor behind the character but also as one of Sasha’s fans. Thank you!

2. Recommended scenes – There are many, but amongst them is a a scene containing a lecture about hunting that I found very impressive. Through that scene I got to see a shining Sasha, demonstrating her cherished way of life as a native of a hunting village. When teaching [others] how to use a bow, Sasha uses a uniquely genius method of teaching. It’s lovely to feel how ‘Sasha-like’ her masterfully wild intuitions are. Seeing the others’ reactions to those lectures gives you a glimpse into the ‘richness’ of each of their characters and it makes me smile.

3.Different sides – The butler & maid café was shocking to me. I’m glad to see that everyone had such such a great time, particularly as they are constantly living in danger. Each character has a distinct personality; it’s a lot of fun and one of the things to look out for. This time around we get to see Sasha experiencing a ‘suspension bridge effect’ like the maidens I admire plus she gets to wear maid clothes as well, showing various expressions for the first time ever. I was deeply impressed by these new charms that Sasha shows and it fills me with excitement.

4. Partners & stories – The time spent together with all of the staff and cast who I am under the care of is important & represents irreplaceable moments for me; I can feel the bond between us.

5. Aims for 2017 – I apologize for having the same goal every year, but I will continue to devote my strength and all I have to every single day in 2017.

6. Message – Thank you to everyone who is looking forward to the game’s release. This is an original story where you, the player, becomes the hero and advances together with the characters as your partner – what a most exciting and tasteful work it is. There is also human drama and moving scenes to be found amidst the fear and urgency of the mighty Titans. While going back-to-back with the crises of life, there remain heartwarming episodes that will make you smile here and there, so you can enjoy the game from that angle as well. I would be happy if you could immerse yourself in the world found within this game. Thank you.

Hosoya Yoshimasa [Reiner Braun]

1. Thoughts – As it’s an original story, I had to spend quite a bit of time taking stock of the situation at hand. I’m happy to have finished recording without incident.

2. Recommended scenes – Maybe the cats… The scene where the cat comes out… objectively speaking, it might be the kind of scene that provokes laughter.

3. Different sides – I still think the cat left the biggest impression. Since it’s an original story, I think it’s fun to see these ‘alternate’ tales, completely separate from the main plot.

4. Stories – When I met up with a friend from my elementary school days for the first time in about a year, he said ‘Long time no see’ to me and we both felt uncomfortable hearing those words. I thought, ‘Ah, so we’re both living our lives feeling the same sort of emotions’.

5. Aims for 2017 – Season 2 will be starting soon. I hope that I can take what I learn from encountering people through my work, to do more as a person. After all, you only live once. I want to enrich myself.

6. Message – It’s a clichéd one but… ‘Dedicate your hearts!’

Hashizume Tomohisa [Bertolt Hoover]

1. Thoughts – It’s been a while since I’ve gone all out in voicing Bertolt. It’s an adventure game so the scenarios are quite detailed so now I get to understand and connect his feelings with the events of seasons 1 & 2 of the anime! And while thinking of that, I realize that season 2 is finally starting soon.

2. Recommended scenes – He always goes together with Reiner so it’s unusual to see him depicted in such a way this time around. From the beginning to the end of the scenario, I would like you to feel the changes and subtlety of his feelings towards the protagonist.

3. Different sides – The title is ‘Escape from Certain Death’ so obviously the content of the main storyline is quite serious but you’ll also get to enjoy sub-stories that are unique to the game; they’ll make you go ‘Eh!? This character or that character does something like that!?’

4. Partners & stories – I’d say buddy but he’s more like a big senior to me; after mentioning that ‘this is the first time I’m taking part in such an event’ during the Shingeki Festival, Kamiya [Hiroshi]-san was a great help to me on stage and came to my rescue when I got stuck during the talk parts. When I felt uneasy about [us] having to take turns to speak individually, I turned to see Kamiya-san’s face on my left and felt relieved.

5. Aims for 2017 – Bodybuilding on a casual level. I did a bit in summer and managed to put on quite a bit [of muscle] but by winter they had evolved into something that wasn’t muscle, so I’d like to take on the challenge again. I’ll try to build more muscle by taking part in active things like bouldering, cycling and so on.

6. Message – Finally, Season 2 is here! It makes me happy just to think that I’ll be able to get into the studio and voice him alongside the rest of the cast. I’ve had the chance to be involved with the franchise in various ways following Season 1 and it’s made me even more excited. The wait has been long enough so please hold on a bit more and look forward to it!

Mikami Shiori [Krista Lenz]

1. Thoughts – As it is an original story there were many new discoveries to be made and I was able to record with a fresh feeling. There were scenes I had never seen before so I had a lot of fun acting.

2. Recommended scenes – The scene where [Krista and] Ymir talk about their respective childhoods got me. I’d be glad if you make sure not to miss how important Ymir’s presence is to Krista, and how Krista continues to grow throughout everything that happens.

3. Different sides – I like the scenes where Connie and Sasha are helping everyone with their studies. It warms me up inside, thinking & wishing that such peaceful times would last forever.

4. Partners & stories – The other guys who always listen to my stories are both my buddies and my comrades. Fujita Saki-san, who voices Ymir, has been very supportive all this while so it is now my turn to become stronger so I can support [her] in return…!

5. Aims for 2017 – Since I’ve always held a driving license, I hope I can get used to driving around in the city center to a point where I can tell people that my hobby is going for drives.

6. Message – There are plenty of charming stories packed in here. I’d be happy if you could choose Ymir and Krista to be your partners so that you can enjoy their story. Thank you!

Fujita Saki [Ymir]

1. Thoughts – Whenever you enter the world of Titans, you need to have a certain amount of preparation for it and what you’ll get out of it is similar to the sense of accomplishment and elation from running a full marathon – it was the same feeling this time. As players you will enter such a world and try to survive together [with us] so being Ymir, I’m able to show a lot of different expressions as well.

2. Recommended scenes – I do want [you] to successfully escape! I work together with Krista so there may be dialogue that the player feels sounds a bit harsh but I hope that you’ll be able to grasp the clumsy tenderness behind her words!

3. Different sides – The butler & maid café. Make sure you check it out. What outfit will Ymir be wearing? Look forward to it!

4. Partners & stories – There are so many that it’s hard for me to single any one out. In Shingeki no Kyojin recordings the staff and cast go all out in making the show together and you can really feel that bond there. Each and every person perseveres and holds on, taking on the challenge of the job with their absolute might; everyone helping to create the story’s worldview. With such an atmosphere you don’t even need to say a word to be able to feel [the strength of] that bond on your skin.

5. Aims for 2017 – I want to get into the habit of exercising, even if only a little bit. (laughs) Go me.

6. Message – Jump into the world of Shingeki no Kyojin through this game that is scheduled to be released on May 11th. If you could also watch the TV anime broadcast at the same time, you’ll be able to feel like you have signed up for the Survey Corps yourself! Please continue to support the increasingly exciting Shingeki no Kyojin!

#59 – KanColle

Ah yeah I sort of fell into a KanColle black hole. The Teitoku life has succeeded in hooking me in (albeit a little belatedly) where Livers and Producers failed :< I suspect my wallet will suffer major 大破 this year as a result, so there goes all those planned Japan trips!

Anyway, here is a translation of an interview with the anime’s main cast just prior to broadcast. Teitoku = Admiral, Kanmusu = Shipgirl.
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Q: What do you think are the charm points of the Shipgirl(s) whom you voice?

Uesaka Sumire (Fubuki): Fubuki is straightforward and has a very refreshing spirit – she may mess up at first but her motivation remains strong! Also, the shipgirls are really a bunch of individuals and in a way, I feel that Fubuki being the “ordinary girl” amongst them helps make the others look better.

Fujita Saki (Akagi): The anime depicts Akagi-san as an elegant older-sister type who has been entrusted with the job of leading the rest of the shipgirls – indeed, that’s what you’d expect of an aircraft carrier!! Of course, the anime also shows Akagi-san’s playful side as well so I think that this gap is what makes her charming~♪

Iguchi Yuka (Kaga): As in the game, I think that the coolness of the anime version of Kaga-san is what makes her charming. And I believe that in the anime, her feelings of: “I love Akagi-san” are growing ever stronger. It seems she’s a bit of a tsundere.

Sakura Ayane (Nagato, Mutsu, Shimakaze etc): All of them have rich personalities that don’t overlap with the others.

Toyama Nao (Kongou, Hiei, Haruna, Kirishima): I’m trying to look at this from every angle and I’ll say…maybe, the things that make them distinct from each other. There may be similarities in their looks and poses but I think you’ll immediately be able to tell them apart; there are reasons for those differences in details which means you’ll get attached to each of them. The same goes for all of the girls’ lines – you can tell whose it is just by reading the words, and I think that’s amazing.

Otsubo Yuka (Ooi, Kitakami-san): The cute designs of the ships, and how they faithfully recreate their real-life counterparts’ features and historical details. It’s also fantastic how each group of sister ships has different types of costumes!

Hidaka Rina (Mutsuki, Mochizuki, Yayoi etc): I’m in charge of a few characters but my main girl in the anime is Mutsuki, and I think it’s charming how she’s honest and cares a lot about her friends.

Suzaki Aya (Akatsuki, Hibiki, Ikazuchi, Inazuma): In the anime, it’s super cute when the 4 girls of the Sixth Destroyer Division, who each have their own quirky personalities, get together to chit-chat!!

Taneda Risa (Myoukou, Ashigara, Nachi, Haguro): I voice multiple ships who each have their own personalities and I’m giving my all to each one of them! What I think is most charming is the change in the characters’ facial expressions when they’re bonding with the Admiral after a victorious battle. It’s not just about the battles, it’s about the irresistibly cute reactions that are unique to the shipgirls!

Q: Please tell us what is attractive about the story and world of the KanColle anime.

Uesaka: After all is said and done, I’m just happy that Fubuki gets to shine!! You’ll get to enjoy seeing the shipgirls both in their daily lives and during battles, plus you get a detailed portrayal of the naval base and these things help to expand your view of the world of KanColle.

Fujita: You now get a thorough, animated view of things like sorties, docking and expeditions that you only used to be able to click within the game~. What the shipgirls are thinking of and how they feel leading up to sorties…these sorts of things now feel a lot more meaningful when compared to playing the game. Also, everybody is just really cute so I’d love for you to check out how we look in animated form!

Iguchi: Hmmm, I think…the fact that the characters are now moving! And talking! Seeing them fighting is just amazing. The fleet is made up of girls, aha! This is how you depict battle scenes, isn’t it! Amazing! So cool!!!…is what I think.

Sakura: This is an ambitious work that helps to add value to the world of the KanColle game that players have already expanded upon themselves.

Toyama: Each of the shipgirls is cute, it’s very refreshing! Their actions, the way they speak; ahh…”This is how they move! This is how they speak!”, there are lots of these kind of discoveries to be made. You’ll see new sides of the shipgirls you have been so carefully raising up until now! You’ll definitely experience a succession of happy feelings. At the same time, it’s interesting to see the interactions between characters that only existed as individuals within the game. As for what the shipgirls are going to call each other – this is a point I’d like you to look out for in the anime.

Otsubo: It’s charming to see how vessels that existed in real life have been drawn so cutely, and also to hear dialogue between characters that had previously no connection to each other within the game!

Hidaka: I was touched by the mere sight of the characters that, previously having had no interaction with each other within the game, are now having conversations. Also, I think one of the charms is in seeing the growth of the main group of characters with Fubuki in the center.

Suzaki: Fubuki’s growth and the bond between the shipgirls!

Taneda: I’m happy that the anime shows the interaction between the shipgirls, something that was not present in the game. It also shows plenty of things like the difference in capabilities between the shipgirls, battle scenes unique to KanColle and charming little details about the characters such as the troubles they face as shipgirls etc.

Q: Please let us know your thoughts about recordings; what’s the atmosphere like?

Uesaka: It’s somewhat interesting that despite having a large cast of characters, the actual number of cast members during recordings is relatively small. Maybe it’s because we expend a lot of energy due to having to do multiple roles, but it seems like someone is always eating something at any given time.

Fujita: It’s lively since it’s only women there! There are girls who voice a lot of different roles at the same time as well so once recording starts, a strange sort of tension settles over the room (lol).

Iguchi: Fighting girls! Are so glorious!!! Also, everyone has to multi-task roles (ah, all of them are “main” roles!) so it can get a bit tough (lol).

Sakura: When I have a lot of lines, I get so nervous the day before that I can’t sleep. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on something like this. Recordings are tests of one’s ability to maintain an intense level of concentration as well as the level of endurance of one’s throat.

Toyama: I feel the atmosphere is both friendly and relaxed at the same time. Obviously recording studios are places where you perform but I do think that it’s not quite enough to just immerse yourself in the emotions…at the same time, voice work is something that requires a calm approach and the KanColle studio strongly reminds me of the fact . For example, KanColle is all about being able to flip that switch between you roles. Having the opportunity to observe the other actresses working at their individual craft makes the recording studio a truly luxurious place.

Otsubo: Even though there are so many characters the cast is small!!! Each seiyuu voices many different roles…so I get to gaze with respectful amazement at how awesome everyone is. It’s also interesting to have a conversation with oneself.

Hidaka: Since most of the seiyuu are responsible for multiple characters, we tend to tackle recordings with a lot more concentration. The method of recording is also different from the norm, with each scene split into separate segments.

Suzaki: There’s a cozy and peaceful atmosphere!

Taneda: There are many seiyuu who are responsible for the voice of more than one ship and what really sticks in my mind is how some of them end up having conversations with themselves. It’s especially interesting to hear the dialogue between Ooi and Kitakami – it’s one person voicing two people within their own little world (lol). The recording studio is where you get to hear every seiyuu’s personal touch in their characters.

Q: Is there anything in particular that you try to keep in mind when voicing your Shipgirl(s)?

Uesaka: I’m only voicing Fubuki for now so to make up for the fact that I’m not doing multiple roles, I try to draw out as many different expressions for Fubuki as I possibly can. If I have any other roles that come up…yes, I will do my best!

*note: Some of her other characters ie. Soryuu and Hiryuu have appeared in the anime now

Fujita: As I am Fubuki’s admired senior, I try to maintain what makes her the target of admiration – how she’s cool, strong and dignified by paying attention to the details. Also, I believe that I should have fun voicing an Akagi who is always trying her hardest, so I do enjoy every recording session☆

Iguchi: The staff asked me to be careful not to turn Kaga-san’s coolness into cruelness. I’m trying! (>_<)

Sakura: I tend to get distracted by having to switch up my voices between characters, so I try to keep in mind not to neglect the fundamentals of acting – to understand the individual character’s circumstances and also to grasp their feelings, and so on.

Toyama: It’s been 2 years since I recorded the lines for the game that everyone has been playing. I think all of you Admirals will have heard our voices repeatedly as you play, so for the anime I’ll take great care to do justice to the characters as people see them. On the other hand, I’m also doing my best to bring a new performance that is befitting of the character and isn’t just a mere imitation of my work in the past.

Otsubo: As Ooi is even more acerbic in the anime than she is in the game, I have to take particular care in voicing Kitakami who gets caught up in those antics. Especially since the two of them are the livewires of the show, so I am treating them tenderly.

Hidaka: For the game we record our lines individually but for the anime I get to interact with many other characters, and I hope that I can help expand the range of the shipgirls’ expressions while still maintaining the characterizations from the game.

Suzaki: A lot of my dialogue actually consists of conversations between my own characters so rather than try to make each one sound distinct, I prefer to prioritize bringing out their individual characteristics instead.

Taneda: The Myoukou class consists of four sister ships so I tried to make sure that the difference in their ages showed during their conversations. There are points from the game that remain the same ie. how cute and energetic the destroyer girls are. The toughest thing so far is preventing my characters from overlapping when I converse with other shipgirls whom I normally wouldn’t have much interaction with.

Q: Lastly, please leave a message for the fans who are looking forward to the KanColle anime.

Uesaka: The anime is just getting started but I hope that all Admirals will look forward with much imagination to how the story will develop. Please kindly watch over our lovely shipgirls in this drama interweaving tales of burning passion and friendship!

Fujita: I believe that as you watch the anime and see how the shipgirls spend their days and what their feelings are as they go to sorties, you will also grow to love the shipgirls more and more!! I hope all Admirals will watch the anime!! Thank you for your support!!

Iguchi: At last! The KanColle anime is starting! Hooray! Each and every character has been drawn with love. I’m sure you will be able to discover a lot of charming new aspects in the anime. Please do watch the show.

Sakura: This is a work we can deliver to fans with confidence as it is made with much love by the staff and cast. I hope that everyone will enjoy the show. Thank you very much!

Toyama: There have been a lot of “firsts” for both the staff and cast when it comes to the KanColle recordings; for me it is a place where I can experience many things. With everyone joining forces, we are enjoying the process of making this show every week. It’s also thanks to the efforts of KanColle supporters that the property has become such a huge hit. Taking this pressure and turning it into strength, I will continue to maintain a good pace as we move towards the finale. It’s a big NO~ to look away from future developments!* Thank you for your support!

*Her words here are a play on an in-game quote by Kongou [MVP line : 私の活躍見てくれたの?もっと頑張るから目を離しちゃNo! なんだからネ!]

Otsubo: It’s thanks to the support from all Admirals that we are where we are today! The shipgirls have become even more appealing now that they’re animated so please enjoy the show! Please continue to show your love for these shipgirls that are full of personality! Thank you for supporting!!!

Hidaka: It is thanks to the support of everyone that we are able to meet the KanColle anime. Thank you so very much! As to how the many shipgirls will grow…please watch the show ‘til the end. Thank you.

Suzaki: Back when the game had just launched, I never imagined that it would one day be made into an anime! It’s truly thanks to the support of all Admirals!! I’m so happy to be able to see the shipgirls moving in animated form! I hope everyone looks forward to it as well! Please continue to support us in the future too!

Taneda: I believe that the KanColle anime is a work that is both newcomer-friendly while at the same time, helping to enhance the experience for existing game players. There will be many developments that can only be depicted in animated form so I’d be really glad if you could check the show out every week to find out if your favourite characters appear! Please support the KanColle anime too!

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Now I’m regretting I didn’t start playing the game way earlier cos I cannot (yet) make Prinz Eugen my ship mistress owo

At the time of writing, the anime finale will be airing in just a couple of hours so I’m uhhh…looking forward to seeing whether we’ll get more tragic or happy-end MI Akaga doujins!

#11 – The SPEED GRAPHER girls

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Back in 2005, open auditions were held to find a voice for the heroine Tennozu Kagura for Gonzo’s new anime SPEED GRAPHER. From a total of 2056 applicants, 10 girls were picked and put through two rounds of judging – a public vote, and a final judgement by a ‘panel’. The results of the public vote were as follows:

Name (no of votes):
Nakai Erika (2319)
Kimoto Orie (2149)
Miyazaki Ui (1698)
Soda Miho (1514)
Kodaki Izumi (1068)
Ikeda Sayaka (769)
Saitou Tomomi (467)
Fujita Sakiko (462)
Iguchi Yuka (242)
Saitou Kei (187)

FYI, the role went to Saitou Kei.

Almost 10 years on, what are these 10 girls doing? Let’s take a look at who made it and who didn’t.

1. Nakai Erika – Signed to the Toritori Office agency, Nakai’s most well-known role is as Eila in the Strike Witches series. In 2009, Nakai changed her stage name to Ohashi Ayuru and has since signed a recording contract with Wisetone, releasing 1 album, 7 mini-albums and in July 2014, a best of compilation. She has also landed supporting roles in the Saki series (Sawamura Tomoki), Love Live! (Yuuki Anju), Girls und Panzer (Nogami Takeko) and Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Adele).

2. Kimoto Orie – She had already done seiyuu work before auditioning for SPEED GRAPHER, but was mainly a stage actress. Kimoto has a solid if unspectacular CV, with the Precure series’ Hyuuga Saki/Cure Bloom/Cure Bright being her biggest role. In 2010 she announced her marriage and pregnancy on her blog. Kimoto hosts the annual Yoninde SUPER☆TEUCHI☆LIVE events with her Precure Splash Star colleagues Enomoto Atsuko, Gojo Mayumi and Uchiyae Yuka, and in 2012 and 2014 she surprised fans with the announcements of the birth of her second and third children.

3. Miyazaki Ui – Miyazaki went on to sign with RAMS agency and had a productive period both as a seiyuu and a singer, solo and as part of the unit Clover. She left RAMS in 2013 and signed up with 81 Produce, but very little has been heard from Ui since with her blog and Twitter both strangely silent which has led to fans speculating on her possible marriage and pregnancy as a reason for the inactivity.

4. Soda Miho – She was signed up by Avex Planning & Development alongside the likes of Chihara Minori and Hirama Juri, the former of whom Soda is good friends with. After only a handful of minor roles in anime and games, Soda retired from voice acting in 2007 and became a psychotherapist.

5. Kodaki Izumi – Did not pursue voice acting.

6. Ikeda Sayaka – Now a tarento doing CMs and acting after winning an audition for a Tokyo Seleccion Deluxe stage play in 2009. You can see a video of her in a 7-Bank ad here.

7. Saitou Tomomi – Did not pursue voice acting.

8. Fujita Sakiko – Fujita was already an active rookie seiyuu when she auditioned for the role, having won an award in Pony Canyon auditions while still attending Nichinare voice actor training school. She changed her stage name to Fujita Saki in September 2005 and started winning roles in shows such as Tsuyokiss, Tokimeki Memorial and Manabi Straight!, but it wasn’t until in 2007 when she was hired as the voice of VOCALOID2 Hatsune Miku that her career truly exploded. Saki now appears in many anime and games with the most recent standout title on her CV being the Kantai Collection series. She is scheduled to voice Akagi in the anime next year.

9. Iguchi Yuka – I don’t think I really need to say much about Iguchi. She was already active as a seiyuu, albeit a very young one, by the time she auditioned for SPEED GRAPHER having already won a role in Di Gi Charat a couple of years earlier. Needless to say, Iguchi went on to bigger and better things despite not making the grade for the Gonzo production and today, she is one of the finest seiyuu in the business and is still only 26 years of age.

10. Saitou Kei – The eventual winner despite picking up the lowest number of public votes, she changed her stage name to Shindou Kei in October 2005. She has continued to work steadily with some popular roles including Kodomo no Jikan’s Kagami Kuro and Hanamaru Kindergarten’s Anzu, while recent roles include Galilei Donna’s Hazuki Ferrari and Wizard Barristers’s Hotaru Natsuna. Her career has never really hit truly great heights though.

I do find it amusing that the three seiyuu with the least public votes are the three that are most active nowadays. Goes to show you that our untrained opinions mean nothing at all 😛