Interest Astronaut/Yamato Fan Noguchi Plays Himself in Space Brothers
posted on 2012-05-12 02:00 EDT by Ko Ransom
On Friday, astronaut Sōichi Noguchi recorded lines of dialogue for a guest role as himself in the 13th episode of the anime adaptation of Chūya Koyama's Space Brothers manga. In the episode, Mutta, one of the story's protagonists, recalls a talk by Noguchi on "the three-dimensional ant," a concept that Koyama first heard from Noguchi when he visited NASA's Johnson Space Center as part of his research. This marks Noguchi's first experience as a voice actor, and unlike most voice acting in anime, Noguchi's voice was recorded prior to animating his character.
In 2010, the Japanese space agency JAXA posted a photograph of Noguchi on the International Space Station wearing the signature red-arrow-on-white shirt of Susumu Kodai, the main character of the classic anime Space Battleship Yamato. According to JAXA, Noguchi was a fan of Yamato as a child.