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Jouji Nakata's Seiyu Red and White Contest Announces 1st Performers

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Jouji Nakata's inaugural Seiyū Red and White Singing Contest has found its first line-up of performers. Nakata tapped popular voice actors from the 90s anime era as well as current big names in the industry.

The first program is set to air on the on-demand SKY PerfecTV! channel on April 14. The Red Team guest list includes the eternally 17-year-old Kikuko Inoue, her daughter Honoka Inoue, Cardcaptor Sakura voice actress Junko Iwao, Magic Knight Rayearth's Hiroko Kasahara, Tenchi Muyo!'s Chisa Yokoyama, all-around talent and Pokémon fanatic Shoko Nakagawa, and A Place Further Than the Universe's Mikako Komatsu.

The White team will consist of Death Note's Naoya Uchida, Black Jack himself Akio Ohtsuka, Full Metal Panic!'s Tomokazu Seki, idol anime alumni Shunsuke Takeuchi, Yuri!!! on Ice's Toshiyuki Toyonaga, and Bakuman's Kenyuu Horiuchi.

Nakata is the founder of the contest with Junichi Suwabe and Kana Ueda as moderators. The idea started with a casual Twitter post made by Nakata. He floated the idea of a voice actor version of the annual contest and was surprised with how much support he received from fans.

The competition is modeled after NHK's annual Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest") that pits two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. The program is a New Year's Eve tradition.

Nakata's version will take place at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba.

Source: Comic Natalie


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