声優魂≪Seiyu Damashi≫English Sub
I went to the contest of “Voice Actor Soul” held in Osaki on November 13 (Sunday) 2016 to interview.
In this contest, 21 junior high and high school students who won the qualification and 2 students who participated in the international category compete with. In the after-record review, they performed in accordance with the image of the animation “ Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!?, (“Give Blessings on This Wonderful World!”). Then they received advice from those judges and also showed acting further developed. They were showing off high-level performance where the personality of the character shines.
Also from this time, the name was changed to the “International convention” Zhou Shou Ning, the winner of the Chinese tournament held in Shanghai, China, and Lee Yun , the second winner, were at the contest. And Mr. Zhang Jie who is currently acting as a voice actor in China appeared as a guest, too.
This time, I interviewed the three people here!
“Voice actor spirit” interview with Chinese winner winner · Zhou Xiang Guanning and second-winner · Li Xiang
What triggered you to aim for a voice actor?
(Zhou) When I saw Japanese animation for the first time, I was amazed at the expressiveness of the Japanese voice actress, and from that I was interested in the work of the voice actress. I would like to please people, to impress, with the expression of my voice!
(Lee) Like Zhou, I was surprised by the performance of the Japanese voice actress. When I was a college student, I studied Japanese to see animation in Japanese. At the university I was invited by a friend, I made a voice drama, and at that time I was interested in the work of voice and Narrator. The friend is working as a voice actor in China now 🙂
What is your favorite anime in Japan?
(Zhou & Lee) NARUTO, ONE PIECE, Fullmetal Alchemist, K-ON! , And Saiyuki are interesting!
From now on, is there a future image that you are aiming for as a voice actor?
(Zhou) I long for a voice actor who can impress people. Ms.Paku Romi and Ms. Mizuki Nana are ideals. I want to aim for a voice actor artist, not an idol voice actor!
(Lee) It is difficult to work as a voice actor now, but I am very interested in it, so I want to cherish it as a best hobby.
Please tell me the state of the Shanghai
(Zhou) Everyone, rather than rival consciousness, I think that it was a competition to study dialogs with each other.
(Lee) I participated in the tournament and studied dialogs for the first time. That was a lot of fun.
How have you tackled the Shanghai convention (Japanese section)?
(Zhou) There were two sections : free dialogue and narration. In the judgment of speaking free lines, I acted as an American clerk. Personally, the narration department was more difficult and I practiced how to breathe.
(Lee) I was also difficult in the narration department. Also, it was so difficult to read Japanese kanji that I studied intonation and reading on the Internet. I practiced inside the futon so as not to disturb my roommate.
One last word!
(Zhou) I want to be a voice actor! Even though I thought, if there is a person who can not take a step quickly, I definitely want you to challenge the “voice actor soul”.
(Lee) Actually, I do not know the future yet. I do not know if I can make it work for my work, but I’d like to continue it because I am “fun”!
Interview with active voice actor Zhang Jie
– Please tell us the chance to become a voice actor.
(Mr. Zhang) It will be a very long story 🙂 What I was interested in for the first time is the animation I saw when I was a child. At that time, I was already interested in the “sound” of animation. It was around junior high school student that I thought seriously about wanting to be an actor of dubbing.
– What kind of things are there in the work of a voice actor?
(Mr. Zhang) The most frequent job in China is to dub up TV dramas. This seems to be a culture unique to China. The next most popular is anime drama, radio drama (although it says it is a little different from Japanese animation radio drama) but recently it is job of character of voice game .
– Mr. Zhang is also in charge of dubbing Japanese animation, such as Kudo Shinichi in “Detective Conan” etc. Is there anything to be careful about in that case?
(Mr. Zhang) The flow of dubbing is the same as that of Japan. Since the image of the character has already been completed, I think that it is important to prevent it from being destroyed.
– Please tell us the impression of seeing today’s “voice actor soul”.
(Zhang) I recognized that there is a market for voice actors in Japan. And the level of junior high and high school students who participated this time is very high. There are more Japanese voice actors than China, and there are many excellent talents, so I am very envious J
– What is your hope for Japanese and Chinese animation in the future?
(Mr. Zhang) I think that it is good to increase the talent of the Chinese voice actor industry more. If the number of population increases, excellent talent will also increase. And I think that it is good to increase the number of animation more.
It is very pleasing that not only Japanese juniors and high school students, but also those who try to aim for a voice actor in China will appear by watching the Japanese animation. While respecting the beauty of each other’s words, I hope that “Voice Actor Soul” will be an international event.