Veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa has been honored with a pair of awards by Guinness World Records, recognizing her as the current record-holder for the longest time voicing a single character in video games and also as for the longest time working as a voice actor in video games for her work as Son Goku in Bandai Namco Entertainment's Dragon Ball Z video games.
Today's news - we have the voice actress Tomoko Kaneda who announced she is blessed with a child
Voice actress Tomoko Kaneda (43) announced on the TBS television program Ningen Kansatsu Variety on Thursday that she is six months pregnant.
The television segment's theme was "If an entertainer becomes a kindergarten teacher, the children will listen to what they say." Kaneda was on the program to prove or disprove the point and headed to a school with comedian Hirohisa Ōta to find out. During the segment, Kaneda confessed "I'm actually going to become a mother." Ota congratulated her upon hearing the news.
She said that she and husband Wataru Mori (33) are anxious but the couple is also smiling happily. Mori also appeared on the program and thanked everyone for their support.
After the program aired, both Kaneda and Mori updated their blogs with basically the same messages, writing that the baby would "probably be human" and that they had been anxious to have a child given Kaneda's age. They pledged to welcome the baby with "120%" of their feelings and hoped to make a happy household "more full of laughter than anywhere else," even though they are an "odd couple: a sports-obsessed actor and a puny voice actress." They diverged in their postscripts, with Kaneda worried that Mori would "send the kid on too many trips" (a reference to the Japanese proverb "Send cute children on a trip," meaning "Make sure they experience some hardship"), while Mori worried that Kaneda would make the household too cheerful.
Seems Kanazawa Hana and Ono Kensho did the deed ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Bunshun magazine reported on Saturday that voice actors Kensho Ono and Kana Hanazawa are in a relationship. The episode revealed reported images of the pair after a double date at a Western restaurant in Tokyo's Yoyogi neighborhood on February 12. After eating and getting coffee, the group split up at a taxi. Ono and Hanazawa were reportedly seen returning home together to a high-class apartment in Tokyo's Minato Ward after the date.
Taka, I got that vibes from her as well, so whenever I hear her voice my mind automatically says "oh, so this is the girl that wont get anything from the main character" Tho she did have roles where her character was the main girl of the MC, she's still way memorable with unrequited love, still cant get over Onodera's and Kuroneko's.
Idol industry is brutal as some fans cross the line due to too much self entitlement which resulted in a stabbing of Mayu Tomita. (Source)
She got justice as the guy got sent to prison for 14 years. I hope this incident helps prevents such grueling things to happen to any idols.
The Tokyo District Court sentenced Tomohiro Iwazaki (28) to 14 years and six months in prison on Tuesday for stabbing 21-year-old singer and songwriter Mayu Tomita (pictured at right, no relation to the former AKB48 member of the same name) before an event last May.
Tomita was in critical condition after receiving nearly two dozen stab wounds on the neck and chest. She later regained consciousness, and is continuing her rehabilitation. She testified in court behind a screen, sharing that she has had difficulty singing or eating due to partial paralysis of her mouth, and that she is also having trouble with her eyesight.
While she was testifying, Iwazaki interrupted Tomita and shouted, "Then you should kill me." He was removed from the courtroom. Before the verdict was handed down, Iwazaki apologized to Tomita and her family, and promised to learn patience in prison.
The presiding judge commented that Iwazaki's attack took away Tomita's dreams, and that Iwazaki "must learn to control himself and abide by society's rules while he is in prison."
Police had found Iwazaki at the scene in May. According to police, Iwazaki allegedly admitted that he had stabbed Tomita due to her returning a gift he had sent her, without clearly explaining the reason why. He had allegedly been waiting for her at the station to ask her about the gift.
Prior to the attack, Iwazaki repeatedly tried to contact Tomita online. Tomita had previously reported Iwazaki's actions to the police but the police did not consider the matter urgent. The police later apologized for not taking action.
Tomita was scheduled to perform at a venue in Koganei, Tokyo on the night of the attack. Singer Ray and idol unit AŌP cancelled their scheduled handshake events the same weekend.
Didn't know she voiced Megumin and Rem (oh that explains the fan art and official art crossover)
Taka, Megumin and Emilia, Rem was voiced by Minase Inori. Rie also voiced Shielder from Fate Grand Order.
True some fans here in Japan take it a lil too far, like the case with Nana Mizuki (Hinata's VA who is also a singer)
"Man Arrested for Threatening Voice Actress Nana Mizuki on Twitter"
32-year-old part-time worker and Nagahama City resident Akihiro Fukushima was arrested on Monday on the charge of obstructing business, after allegedly posting on Twitter that he would kill singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki. According the police investigation, the suspect from Shiga Prefecture admitted to the charge by saying, "I emailed Mizuki to say, 'I want to meet you,' but got no response, so I did this out of spite." The police reported that the suspect wrote to Mizuki's Twitter account on February 2, "I've got no choice but to kill Nana Mizuki," and other messages. The police are charging him with interfering with the business activities of Mizuki's fan club management.
Mizuki's representatives filed a complaint with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police in Akasaka on the same day they received the alleged threats. The police uncovered the suspect from the Twitter account name and other leads. After the incident, Mizuki's agency beefed up security at events.
Another male part-time worker was arrested in 2008 for posting on the 2ch online message board that he would kill Mizuki and her fans.
She was female Ranma. She was a lion's share of noted characters in the 90's, including Evangelion's Rei and Slayer's Linea Inverse. She's still Pokemon's Musashi and Detective Conan's Ai Haibara. And, she's active, with notable roles in One Piece, Rin-ne, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Ushio and Tora and Animator Expo. She's also 50 year-old. On March 30th (we're a day late), unforgettable voice actress Megumi Hayashiabara celebrate the big birthday.
Updates on Ayumi Hamasaki which highlights the dangers to one's health when your ears are bombarded with loud music for singing careers
Japanese recording artist/model/actress Ayumi Hamasaki has posted a message, explaining that her long battle with hearing loss has taken a serious turn. In 2000, Hamasaki returned to touring after contracting an ear infection that doctors said required rest an reduced exposure to loud noise recover from. This lead to gradually reduced hearing in her left ear, which was diagnosed as permanent in 2008. Hamasaki has now shared on her Team Ayu site that she has begun to lose hearing in her right ear, which will lead to complete deafness.
"I was told after various hearing tests that my right ear (which has been working overtime to compensate for the deafness of my left ear) is quickly weakening," she said.
Just before the start of this year's tour, the singer had been experiencing vertigo and sickness.
"I was experiencing crippling dizziness. I was unable to walk in a straight line, and was often vomiting in the restroom while at the rehearsal studio," she said.
With her complete deafness becoming a reality, Hamasaki has been struggling to cope with how to move forward with life after spending the majority of it as a pop superstar.
"I remember wondering how would I as a singer be able to cope with two useless ears. I was in the dark," she said.
Here's an article that sheds light or you have heard of already how brutal the voice acting industry:
Newcomers Struggle to Enter Japan's Voice-Acting Industry
Anime fans often glamorize the voice-acting industry in Japan. Young people imagine voicing anime characters as a dream job. However, the industry has a dark side, and Futabasha's Nikkan Taishū website posted an article on Sunday to expose the truth of the Japanese voice-acting world.
A staff member at a certain anime production company told the website that "Now, female voice actors are only young, cute girls." They explained that voice actors' faces used to be secondary, but now a good appearance is the first requirement. Appearance is more important to companies now because voice actors appear at more events in person, whereas they used to be able to work behind the scenes.
Because the industry was established with voice actors earning low wages such as 15,000 (about US$137) for a job, young voice actors now still face low pay. When voice actors desire to increase their number of appearances in anime, they often produce CDs and appear at events or perform concerts to promote the CDs. Related merchandise also goes on sale. According to the staff member, receiving earnings from pursuing that path of voice acting becomes an incentive and goal in the industry.
The staff member revealed that networking may play a bigger role than talent in determining which voice actors get roles. They said, "In the end, work is decided by connections." Voice actors favored by a talent agency's president may have a greater chance of securing their desired roles. Therefore, voice actors have to work to build relationships with the office's staff. However, that effort alone may still not be enough to earn work.
Voice actors also have to appeal to people in charge of casting, such as anime studios' sound directors and works' original creators. In order to stand out, voice actors may need to participate in drinking parties where the appropriate people are present.
Recently, aspiring voice actors have been appearing in smartphone games to start making names for themselves. However, such work may only provide income similar to having a part-time job. When word count determines pay, voice actors may bring in little income. Circumstances make it hard for voice actors to break into the industry, but many people pursue games because there is a possibility popular titles will receive anime adaptations.
Supply and demand are at odds in the world of voice acting. Complicating the difficult job climate the phenomenon of idols such as members of AKB48 entering the field. Recently, Haruka Shimazaki declared that she wanted to become a voice actress in a Ghibli film after graduating from AKB48. Before graduating from AKB48 in 2016, Shimazaki played Yukippe in the 2014 anime film Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!. Various members of AKB48 and SKE48, as well as many other idols, have already established themselves as voice actors. Because they already have supportive fan bases, former idols may find it easier to succeed in the world of voice acting than young people with little prior experience.
Due to all these factors, the world of voice acting is exceedingly difficult for young people to make a name for themselves in. They often resort to taking side jobs. When industry insiders paint a dismal picture of the voice-acting industry for newcomers, the field may not live up to the dreams of those who seek to enter it.
Prolific voice actress Megumi Hayashibara (Neon Genesis Evangelion's Rei, Detective Conan's Ai Haibara, Pokémon's Musashi) offered a similarly critical appraisal of voice acting in Japan last year. She said successful voice actors may be forced to perform cliched and stereotypical lines in an era of modern anime that lacks originality. She also said voice actors may go from hectic lives basking in limelight to falling out of popularity in just a few years.
Voice actors Kousuke Takeuchi and Satomi Akesaka commented in 2016 on fraud in the industry and the difficulties of making a breakthrough.
In addition, the anime industry is notorious for its harsh working conditions and low pay among animators. An episode of NHK's Close-Up Gendai+ program discussed the problems facing animators and studios last week.
It was announced at the exclusive event for her fan club members at Tokyo International Forum Hall A yesterday that popular anime voice actress/singer Yukari Tamura has launched her own music label "Cana aria" and her upcoming new mini album will be released from the label in early fall of this year.
Voice Actor Daisuke Namikawa Apologizes After Adultery Report
Japanese publication Weekly Bunshun published an article on Wednesday, claiming to have evidence that voice actor Daisuke Namikawa has had an adulterous relationship with a female employee at his agency for many years. The 41-year-old voice actor issued a statement on his agency's website on the same day, apologizing for causing trouble with his personal affairs.
Weekly Bunshun claimed that, while Namikawa was married in 2001, he began a his relationship with the unnamed female employee in 2004, and the female employee was in her teens at the time. Weekly Bunshun quoted an alleged friend of the female employee as saying the pair met at a cabaret club and had a relationship for three years before separating, but still had lingering feelings for one another.
Namikawa left his agency in 2014, around which time Weekly Bunshun alleges he resumed relationships with the employee. Weekly Bunshun further claimed that the female employee admitted in a phone interview to having a romantic relationship with Namikawa "until recently."
Regarding the allegation, Namikawa said, "I am surprised by this situation, but going forward I will be all the more devoted in order to recover everyone's trust." Oricon News spoke to his agency, but the agency said with apologies that it could not answer questions about the situation.
Namikawa is a prolific anime, video game, and voice-over artist. His many notable anime roles includes Lupin III's Goemon Ishikawa, Hunter × Hunter's Hisoka, Haikyu!!'s Tōru Oikawa, Hetalia - Axis Powers' Italy, Fairy Tail's Jelal, and Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE's Fay.
20-Year-Old Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Voice Actress Sumire Uesaka
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced today on July 19 that they arrested a 20-year-old male student at a technical college from Tsuruoka-city, Yamagata Prefecture, on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business on the day before. The man reportedly posted several death threats against 25-year-old popular anime voice actress/singer Sumire Uesaka, such as "I will kill Sumire Uesaka tomorrow," and "I will absolutely kill Sumire Uesaka," on Japanese textboard 2channel via his smartphone between June 2 and 5 of this year.
He is accused of obstructing the business of her agency Space Craft that was forced to increase security by hiring additional guards at her events. The police found the death threat posts on June 6, then the agency filed a damage report this month. According to the police investigation, the suspect has admitted that he also posted more than 20 slanderous comments against her and that he was her fan, but has not explained his motive yet.
Back in November 2016, Inori Minase cancelled her appearances at the events due to murder threats
which were believed to be sent from Taiwan via the internet. And in February of this year, Tokyo Metropolitan
Police Department arrested a 32-year-old male part-time worker on suspicion of posting a death threat
Taka: As for anime business, I'll work on the Spring 2020 anime stuff this weekend. I will finish up the Winter 2020 banners. My apologies. I thought I will out of work due to the virus outbreak. I'm glad I'm still working at the pharmacy
Mar 20, 2020 2:08:00 GMT
Dream: Looks like California and New York are now enforcing all non-essential workers to stay home, except for necessary needs and all public gatherings are banned, at least in New York. New York's are in effect Sunday.
Mar 20, 2020 16:16:17 GMT
Dream: Far as essential workers go, the following are in the category to my knowledge: retail, pharmacies, warehouses, food suppliers, medical offices, transport, emergency personnel, banks, media. May be some differences in what is considered essential...
Mar 20, 2020 17:27:04 GMT
Dream: ...dependent on state or localities. But basically, anything that is a major need for everyday living is considered essential.
Mar 20, 2020 17:28:01 GMT
Dream: Looks like a remake of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni will be airing in July. The original seiyuu from the 2000s series will reprise their roles for the remake and judging from the animation, looks like it will have more polish to it compared...
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:24 GMT
Dream: ...to the 2000s series.
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:30 GMT
Taka: That's interesting to hear. Didn't know it was going to get a remake.
Mar 22, 2020 0:33:35 GMT
Dream: Guess I'm gonna focus on wrapping up Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken whenever it comes out today. Been one of my favorites for the season.
Mar 22, 2020 16:44:54 GMT
Taka: I need to catch up or drop/put on hold whatever series I tried.
Mar 22, 2020 21:25:15 GMT
Taka: 1 confirmed death in my hometown next to 19 confirmed cases. I heard the police are fining folks for not practicing social distancing on Facebook.
Mar 24, 2020 2:31:40 GMT
Dream: At least in New York right now, they're not enforcing it. But non-essential employers who aren't abiding by shutting down at this point will be fined and shut down at this point.
Mar 24, 2020 13:38:28 GMT
Master Menos: Had some serious personal trouble go on, but now I'm through it. On-Topic, where I'm in, everything but the stores (and possibly the restaurants) are closed down.
Mar 27, 2020 17:48:40 GMT
Taka: They closed off beaches and parks along bike paths as well as extending K-12 school closure to mid May while colleges are cancelled for the semester.
Mar 29, 2020 0:47:15 GMT
CosmicNoirTear: Everything closed on my part. I live by a bunch of shopping centers. All of the are ghost towns. Hopefully means most people where I live are taking this seriously. Also got laid off from my job two weeks ago.
Mar 29, 2020 2:46:08 GMT
Dream: My county has 6 confirmed cases. Restaurants and bars have been on take-out or delivery only for about a couple weeks now since New York's the hardest hit state. Hasn't been too different for me any who since I've been out of work and tight on money...
Mar 29, 2020 15:11:51 GMT
Dream: ...to do anything outside of getting essentials and job hunting in recent months. Though with the state pretty much on lockdown, likely gonna have a rough time finding any employer to work with in-person for a while.
Mar 29, 2020 15:13:27 GMT
El_Directo: Stay safe guys
Mar 29, 2020 20:08:55 GMT
Taka: I think the only thing not closed for mass gathering other than essential services would be funerals in my area. The mayor and staff have been pretty busy in clarifying things in press releases. Edit: my mistake. Funerals are closed.
Mar 29, 2020 21:52:25 GMT
Dream: Gonna try whipping up a review for Dorohedoro at some point tomorrow. Find that I have quite a bit to cover with the series.
Mar 30, 2020 3:39:57 GMT