Original Yu-Gi-Oh! Voice Actress Looks Back on Getting Role
posted on by Carlos Cadorniga
Years after first having the role, voice actress Megumi Ogata has recently looked back on first voicing Yugi Mutou from the original 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.
The memory apparently came to Ogata after listening to "Yōryū Risui," a Samurai Deeper Kyo character song for Sanda Yukimura (another of Ogata's roles).
She has since tweeted about her memory of getting the role.
更に思い出した。 昔、遊戯王(初代)が、なぜ私に決まったかという話。監督曰く、 「闇の匂いを感じたから」 素敵だったりカッコいい演技ができる声優さんはたくさんいるけど、闇の匂いがするのは、あなた(緒方)と塩沢兼人さんだけだと、、、(当時)
嬉しかったけど、複雑でした。。(笑)— 緒方恵美@12/27Live『禊』 (@Megumi_Ogata) November 22, 2015
The tweet above states: "I then remembered the conversation I had with the director when I was chosen for the part. He told me 'I can feel the scent of darkness from you.' There were a lot of talented voice actors there that could have done it, but he told me I had the air of Kaneto Shiozawa about me. I was ecstatic, but confused..." (Kaneto Shiowaza was a Japanese actor known for his distinctively cold voice that often landed him the parts of villains or anti-heroes throughout his career).
The character's alter-ego, Yami Yugi, was known for his sinister personality and cruel games he would subject his enemies to, which is likely what the director saw in Ogata's voice.
Her tweet was suddenly misinterpreted to mean that she was unhappy with the way she got the role and quickly posted an apology for the misunderstanding.
サイトに人を集めるためのタイトル付けでしょうけれど、文面の意味の真逆は酷すぎます。 https://t.co/sy7I78MFrk— 緒方恵美@12/27Live『禊』 (@Megumi_Ogata) November 23, 2015
Her follow-up tweet states: "I wrote that I was happy about the role, but I only said I was confused as a joke. But a lot of people on this site misunderstood that and that was pretty mean!"
Along with Yugi Mutou, Ogata is known for for her roles as Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon, Kurama from Yu Yu Hakushou and Yukito Tsukishiro from Card Captor Sakura, and Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
[Via Hachima Kikō]