Paradise Kiss' Osamu Mukai Makes Voice-Acting Debut in Doraemon

posted on 2013-02-11 22:15 EST by Egan Loo
Honey and Clover/Beck actor to play 22nd-century action star "Osaru Mukai" in show, film

Actor Osamu Mukai (Paradise Kiss, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Beck) will make his voice-acting debut in the Doraemon anime. Mukai will portray a 22nd-century action star named "Osaru Mukai," born in the year of the monkey (saru in Japanese). Osaru Mukai believed as a child that he was good at nothing, until he watched an old movie DVD and realized that one of his ancestors was an actor.

The Osaru character will first appear in "Saikyō! Korobashi-ya Z," the March 1 episode of the Doraemon television anime. He will then appear in the Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum (Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum) film, which opens on March 9.

In a short interview, Mukai gave his thoughts on casting and the production. "I've watched Doraemon since I was little, so playing this role is something I'm proud of," he said. "I never thought that I would be able to do this — I've always been just a viewer of the show, so I'm really happy."

The budding voice actor also mentioned how difficult it was to do dubbing for the first time, saying that there is no time to say words leisurely. He added that he could move his body around and use facial expressions if it were a live-action role, but he did not know what sort of depiction it would make using only his voice. When asked about his favorite Doraemon character, Mukai replied that he liked Gian, Nobita's antagonistic, tone-deaf classmate.

The story of Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum (Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum) revolves around the signature bell of the titular robot cat Doraemon, which has been stolen. Nobita and the gang must to go to the "secret gadget museum" where all of Doraemon's gadgets originate to find the bell.


Images © Fujiko Pro , Shogakukan, TV Asahi , Shinei , ADK 2013

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