Marui Group Holds Anime Commercial Voice Actor Auditions

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Japanese retail company Marui Group is collaborating with the SHOWROOM live streaming platform for performers and idols to hold anime commercial voice actor auditions. The winners will make recording for the project's animated commercials, and they may be able to participate in future anime projects.

The application period is running from January 19 to February 4, and the event period will run from January 26 to February 4. Applicants must use SHOWROOM to perform lines that will be distributed when the event period starts. Participants will perform as characters from Marui Group's "Neko ga Kureta Marui Shiawase" (The Round Happiness a Cat Gave) net anime series that premiered in May.

Participants who rank from #1 to #3 in the SHOWROOM campaign will automatically advance to the final judging. In addition, people who rank at #4 to #8 will be eligible to receive special judges awards what will also advance them to the final round. The judges will choose up to two participants for the special judges awards, and the campaign is encouraging engagement on Twitter to improve participants' chances of winning. All participants will receive a "Neko ga Kureta Marui Shiawase" character avatar.

People who qualify for the grand prix will receive notification by February 12. They will then make voice recordings in Tokyo in mid-February. The winners will record anime commercials for Marui Group, and the commercials are slated to premiere in March. A compilation of the commercials will air on television, but the project staff does not guarantee that participants' work will appear in the televised version.

The "Neko ga Kureta Marui Shiawase" net anime series centers on Mari Hirakura, a young female worker who is trying to succeed at her job and find balance in her life. She repeatedly encounters a relaxed calico cat named Oi.

Marui Group invested in its first television anime productions with last summer's Aho Girl and Tsuredure Children anime. The company had previously invested in the Aozora Yell and Gintama live-action films.

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