Irritated due to constant cough and taking drops all the time. Can't seem to stop it even with nasal spray.ANN: Kotono Mitsuishi leads Sailor Moon Crystal Cast
Annnnd there we go.
Not really an "ugly side" moment, but using the tag will make this entry easier to find for me. Maybe I should call it a "rant" because I am spilling my guts out with perhaps little to no logical backing or evidence. It is emotional and I'm all over the place.
Frankly, I am happy that something is finally revealed. Not that upset
like a raging fire
, I'm just ready to go start.
I'll get this part out of the way first: I think the designs
. Everyone complains about how the necks and legs are weird, and something else about details on the jewelry? It is unusual, or maybe I should say it's a break from the common pattern of "school anime" (?) that looks lazy (ironically, spiky hair is difficult to draw? At least to me
I don't have a prayer
). You can see a handsome main character from miles away. Even though, I somewhat see the visual connection to Pre-Cure, which is one part of the fandom's ire, since Pre-Cure artist is a part of this project. We'll see how it is in animation. It is FIRST visual only after all.
As for the voice actors...
SM: Japan Idol
. Not sure if I can explain this properly.
Note even kidding: I was a bit depressed.
I do like Itou Shizuka and Koshimizu Ami in general. There are complaints about using fresh VAs for the picks of course; I know that Ami and Shizuka are semi
-new. Quite sure that some of the older warriors, I think Tomizama-Mars, Pluto, Fucami-Venus, and even K-sensei-Neptune for example, had maybe around ten years AT LEAST before their start. Furuya was definitely in the business long before that, racking up main characters.
As for my thoughts: I talked about this before, and I talked about complaints from senior VAs such as Mitsuishi herself.
I am sad for typical selfish reasons.
The original five VAs for the Sailor warriors are friends, and it looks to me that there are concerns from even Japan as to why Sailor Mercury is not Hisakawa Aya, considering her and Kotono's recent activity.
I think Mitsuishi aided with the choosing during audition???? [Nico Douga?]
There were various discussions among the English-speaking fandom: "Keep the original", "they can't do it", "they're going to all be new", "re-cast them", "since it's based on the manga, the characters are different". Even if different, it's a VAs duty to adapt and perform the character.
I had two simple thoughts: "They'll come back" or "the cast is change and the originals will end up being parents or important supporting roles".
The change doesn't surprise me in the slightest because it happens a lot. Especially in American cartoons it does. The TMNT are changed virtually each generation; in new Turtles, Rob Paulsen went from Raphael to Donatello amazingly. Also, Marvel and DC heroes: how many Spider-Mans, Wolverines and Supermans were there?
This all reminds me about the rough truth that VAs can be easily replaced, and that juniors rarely perform with their coveted/motivating seniors in active roles. The seniors who deeply touched many juniors and got them into wanting to do voice work.
This is something that even Mitsuishi has said, and I want to find that article
. I'm sure it's in my blog somewhere. For this reason, I am happy that Kotono leads the cast. Plus, veterans don't get the main cast very often.
It's a little bothersome on how many youths (INTERNATIONALLY!) aspire to be VAs, as difficult as it is. CDs, net radio, concerts/live stage events, etc. Yet, I virtually see a similar cast each time-- say Kakihara (柿原 徹也), Seki-Tomo, Kimura Ryohei (木村 良平), Nakamura Yuchi (中村 悠一; WHY?!?!), Shimono (下野 紘), Toyonaga (豊永 利行), Miyamo Mamoru, Hanazawa, Kamiya Hiroshi in lead-- in virtually every show. Studio affiliation?
On the other hand, I do get a little annoyed when I see a show with an unfamiliar name take up majority of the cast. It gives you a good idea that VAing has become popular. I don't pick a work just due to cast. I'll have to like everything--cast, staff/production, what it's about--it all must come together.
There seems to be the influence of Pre-Cure for most of the new Sailor Moon picks, since there is the attachment with director, script writer and art designer. Kotono still remains strong in the Sailor Moon image
something about Usagi DNA. Lol, did I read that right?
. Similar to the main cast of Dragonball, which were mostly retained for many years for some blessed reason. Lupin was like that for a moment.
I told myself
for some security
that a new cast would be important because, since SM is so well-known, it will give them a chance to "follow their dream". The new VA of Mars explains that herself. While thinking this, I also remembered an article about the cast change for Saint Seiya
(Interview by Yamauchi Shigeyasu). Furuya Toru (Seiya) was very close to the cast that he was with. Kuramada seemed troubled with the change?
I'm sad because there are very few times that even the veterans can enjoy this seiyu boom, as this business activity has increased considerably since 60s and 70s. Not necessarily for Sailor Moon, but for VAing entirety. Ogata Megumi (Uranus) seems to go up and down, balancing in between acting and singing, having landed roles in Danganronpa and Persona both animation and game series.
This argument might have to do with "pursuing the past" vs "pursuing current audience". Or is it versus "pursing money"? You're probably thinking that this is no different from 70s and 80s, with Akira Kamiya, Furukawa Toshio, Inoue Kazuhiko being at vanguard. In 90s, it's Hayashibara Megumi, Seki Tomokazu, Kusao Takeshi, and Mitsuishi Kotono. Just to name a few.
It is considerably different in terms of how things are relayed or achieved, and I am quite sure the amount of voice overs have increase.
Pointing back to the seiya interview:
* 13 years later: Degraded voice quality
* Fan complains about difference; performance is not heated enough (since the show is about boys)
I, quite frankly, thought Horikawa Ryo did great in Heaven's Overture. Why didn't Kurumada want a change?
Under the fans
's new era pretenses and misunderstandings that whether the original sailor warriors ALIVE voice actors are active or not, it'll continue to be an anxiety because of the pattern of current VAs and the world of "idols". A generational anxiety? Their position in the current business -- how are things decided? What will be the outcome? Maybe I am just being a picky baby while its all inevitable. Sailor Moon is an important work that went deep in a heart. For Mitsuishi Kotono, I may see Sailor Moon and Misato (EVA); for others, they may see Murrue Ramus (gundam SEED). Mitsuishi is very entertaining and that hasn't changed.
It's pretty much like theater.
As for the Outer Seishi, after seeing some comments, I think it's utterly stupid for Ogata, Katsuki, and Minaguchi (Saturn) to return since the main cast changed. Pluto change may be inevitable as well as the VA retired.
It must be an attachment, similar to why we question "voice quality" (like Seiya above).
Still, I will watch it. I hope there isn't any slander towards Toei and the VA.
VIDEO: Clip from Saint Seiya Heaven's Overture movie