Agency HoriPro Advances Foray Into Anime with New Unit

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The talent agency HoriPro announced on Wednesday that it established an "Anime Vision Development Unit" for expanding into anime-related businesses, such as training anime voice actresses and anime song performers. It invested in its first anime film (this April's A Letter to Momo), and it also wants to expand into overseas markets in the future.

HoriPro already represents theme song performer May'n (Macross Frontier's Sheryl), live-action actor Tatsuya Fujiwara (Kaiji's title character), and live-action actor Kenichi Matsuyama (Gantz's Katō). The agency held auditions in Los Angeles for the first time for the "next generation voice actress artist" last August. Azusa Tadokoro (pictured right), a 17-year-old girl from Ibaraki Prefecture, eventually beat 12,745 other competitors in that "36th HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan" in October.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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