THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE cast talk sessions – Chiaking is a suteki onee-san

source: THE IDOLM@STER 輝きの向こう側へ! Pamphlet

source: THE IDOLM@STER 輝きの向こう側へ! Pamphlet

Interview with Nakamura Eriko, Asakura Azumi, Shimoda Asami and Takahashi Chiaki. Interestingly, all of them are from Arts Vision except Chiaking (ex-Arts Vision) who is now freelance.

The interview covers their initial thoughts on the movie production, and their thoughts after recording. One little segment that I thought was nice to read was about Chiaking channeling her inner Azusa.

Here’s a rough translation:

Takahashi: …Is it intimidating of me to speak my mind?

Nakamura: W-what’s wrong? (laughs)

Takahashi: I’m just wondering if I have any common features with Azusa.

Asakura: When I just came in during the 5th anniversary (in 2011 as Yurina’s replacement), Chiaki-san really looked out for me. During rehearsals, if I was standing alone she would swiftly approach me and ask “How have you been lately?”

Nakamura: Me too! During the 3rd anniversary at Pacifico Yokohama, we’ve never had such a big stage before, so when I was standing on the side of the stage all stiff, Chiaki-san quickly came to me and held my hand, saying “Don’t worry, you will shine”. At that time, even Chiaki-san’s hand was covered in sweat and shaking, but she said that to me. Also, when I was afraid to sing, she looked at me and said, “Don’t worry, I will sing.”

Shimoda: I have a story about Chiaki-san as well! When I was nervous at the 7th anniversary live at Yokohama Arena, she told me, “If you go in there with a smug face (ドヤ顔) you’ll be fine” ! And it really worked! Just go in there looking smug and everything works out!!

Nakamura: Just when I thought you were looking great, that was your smug face!?

…Time to go back to 7th to check out Shimoda’s doya? Chiaking has always struck me as quite Azusa-like (or maybe it’s the other way around?). She seems mature and also very outgoing. Anyway, you can read the rest of the interview in the pamphlet.

For all im@s animation fans out there, I highly recommend the movie pamphlet. The product itself has no name except the title of the movie. Inside it contains character info, staff interviews, and cast comments. You can take a quick look inside the book here (0:22-0:53). You can find it online for as little as 800yen on mandarake. I also really recommend the nemurihime m@terial book (roughly 1500yen on manda) if you enjoyed that segment of the movie. Both books are good quality and offer valuable insights into the movie for their decent price!

50 Q&A to know Kotobuki Minako better・・・ Well, 28

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I found this random scan on the internet (Google images actually) from who knows when (probably a while ago), it says 50 questions but it only has 28.. I found the other 23 on a separate page but I think I’ll save that for another time LOL
Well anyway without further delay…

1. Nickname when you were a kid?
When I was in primary school and junior high school, everyone called me Mina. My high school friends called me Minako.

2. What do you think you’d be doing now if you didn’t become a voice actress?
Before I started working as a voice actress, I did some acting, so I think I would have continued with that.

3. What are your favourite sushi toppings?
Engawa (fluke fin), tsubugai (whelk/sea snail), squid and sweet shrimp (amaebi). Continue reading

Ultimate question time with Mizuki Nana (2011)

I randomly found this video some time ago on YT (since then removed) and it was amusing so I saved and roughly translated the script of most of the video. Not sure about the video’s origins exactly but it came out in 2011 near the end of the year, on a segment called SHOWBIZ TIME.

[starts around 0:25]
Q1: Choose one of the following:
A: Be a voice actor for the rest of your life
B: Be a singer for the rest of your life

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