Sumire Uesaka Reveals Sadistic Side at Witch Exhibit
posted on by Eric Stimson
Sumire Uesaka (Kikko in Concrete Revolutio, Nonna and Piyotan in Girls und Panzer, Fubuki and others in Kan Colle) has a reputation for her enthusiasm over military culture, buttressed by her roles in military-focused anime and her knowledgeable DVD commentary on Girls und Panzer. At an appearance on February 19 at a museum exhibit on witches, she revealed some other aspects of her personality.
The exhibit, "Majo no Himitsu Ten" (The Secrets of Witches), is being held at the Laforet Museum Harajuku in Tokyo. It discusses witches from a historical perspective while also displaying how witches are portrayed in Sugar Sugar Rune, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Fairy Tail, Magimoji Rurumo, Maria the Virgin Witch, Flying Witch, and other manga and anime. Uesaka was present because her character in Concrete Revolutio, Kikko, is a witch. "The witch I play has the elements of classical cuteness, mystery, and clumsiness," she said. "I watched magical girl anime like that when I was little, so I wanted to be a cute witch." She admitted that the exhibit had altered her understanding of witches. "I learned that witches were a symbol of society's dark side and existed as a necessary evil."
Uesaka poses with art critic Gorō Yamada.
Uesaka also revealed a sadistic side. She was very interested in the instruments of torture on display, so press asked her if she wanted to try a device on someone. She said with a smile that she once wanted to torture someone a long time ago. "But I grew up and realized that you need money for torture."
She was especially interested in the choke pear, which was allegedly inserted into the mouth or other orifices and forcibly expanded. (Historians are unconvinced that this device was actually used as torture.) "It's terrifying," Uesaka said. "It's a device you can carry with you, so you can commit torture anytime."
The witch exhibit includes objects on loan from over 30 countries, including Germany, Austria and France. It will stay in Tokyo until March 13. Uesaka has explained her views on pacifism and fascination with war in an essay in a book on the subject.