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50 Japanese Voice Actors Share Acting Tips in Interview Compilation Book

posted on by Kim Morrissy

A new book titled The Way of the Voice Actor: 50 Voice Actors Share Their Knowledge and Hints (Seiyūdō: Meiyū 50-nin ga tsutaetai shigoto no kokoroe to ikiru hinto) went on sale in Japan on February 8. The book compiles interviews with 50 veteran Japanese voice actors, including Kenichi Suzumura (Masato Hijirikawa from Uta no Prince Sama, Sōgo Okita from Gintama) and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Yasutomo Arakita from Yowamushi Pedal, Allelujah Haptism from Mobile Suit Gundam 00).

The book was published by Shufunotomo in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Seiyuu Grand Prix magazine, which the publisher also handles. The book advertises itself as the "bible" for aspiring voice actors, and costs 1,400 yen (US$12.70).

Seiyuu Grand Prix's website posted short snippets from various voice actors to tease the contents of the book:

Masako Nozawa (voice of Goku): "In the studio I was Goku. I would even do the Kamehameha."

Toru Furuya (voice of Amuro Ray): "My encounter with Gundam allowed me to cast off Hyuma (Hoshi)."

Keiko Toda (voice of Anpanman): "You don't need a 'nice voice' to become a voice actor!"

Nobuyo Oyama (voice of Doraemon): "Doraemon taught me a lot of things."

Kōichi Yamadera (voice of Spike Spiegel): "You can't become a pro if you don't have the skills."

Kotono Mitsuishi (voice of Usagi Tsukino): "It was a dilemma hearing myself referred to as 'The voice actor from Sailor Moon.'"

Mayumi Tanaka (voice of Monkey D. Luffy): "Loving other people is a way of expressing your individuality."

Norio Wakamoto (voice of Charles V. Britannia): "The way of the voice actor is the path that you make for yourself."

The list of voice actors represented is Masako Nozawa, Toshio Furukawa, Ryo Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao, Toru Furuya, Shūichi Ikeda, Keiko Toda, Keiko Han, Banjou Ginga, Kenyuu Horiuchi, Keiji Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Hiroki Takahashi, Kenichi Suzumura, Megumi Ogata, Kōichi Yamadera, Kotono Mitsuishi, Nobuyo Oyama, Megumi Oohara, Keiko Yokozawa, Wasabi Mizuta, Tomokazu Seki, Yasunori Matsumoto, Hiroshi Masuoka, Miina Tominaga, Norio Wakamoto, Atsuko Enomoto, Yuji Mitsuya, Noriko Hidaka, Kikuko Inoue, Mariko Kouda, Fumi Hirano, Mayumi Tanaka, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hidekatsu Shibata, Junko Takeuchi, Kazuhiko Inoue, Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto, Masako Ikeda, Michio Hazama, Keaton Yamada, Hikaru Midorikawa, Ryotaro Okiayu, Romi Park, Mitsuo Iwata, Fumiko Orikasa, Kenichi Ogata, and Wataru Takagi.

Source: Seiyuu Grand Prix official website via Nijimen


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