Shuuichi Ikeda Yelled at Kouichi Yamadera While Recording Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Prolific voice actor Kouichi Yamadera (Lupin III's Zenigata, Ghost in the Shell's Togusa, Evangelion's Kaji) shared some secrets on his OHA OHA Aniki television program on Friday from the recording of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack. Yamadera recalled an incident when he aggravated Shuuichi Ikeda, voice of Char. In the anime film, Yamadera voiced Gyunei Guss, a body guard and prominent follower of the Neo Zeon leader Char Aznable.
When he joined the cast of the 1988 film, Yamadera was a newcomer who had little experience with or understanding of the Gundam franchise. He had the black-and-white moral view that "For robot anime, there are bad guys, and good guys fight them." Between recording sessions, Yamadera said to Ikeda, "Char is a bad guy, and Amuro is a good person, isn't he?"
That assertion did not go over well with the voice of Char. Ikeda replied, "You idiot! Gundam isn't like that!!" He added, "So you came here not understanding anything. Idiot." At that time, the naive Yamadera apparently had no appreciation for the nuances of Gundam's characterization and moral messages. Ikeda tried to give him a wake-up call.
However, Yamadera seems to have learned his lesson, and he saved the camaraderie between the two voice actors. Yamadera asked Ikeda out for drinks, and that smoothed over the situation. The pair were able to continue recording the next day without harboring ill will.
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