Back in October, we asked fans to send us their questions for the Japanese voice cast of “In Search of the Lost Future.” We got so many great questions that it was hard to choose! Take a look below at the final part of our 3 part series of interviews. Today, we have Akane Tomonaga, the Japanese voice of Yui Furukawa.
Q: In Search of the Lost Future has a lot of unexpected twists and turns. When you went in to record those early episodes, did you know what was going to happen over the series? Do you prefer to know how the show ends and voice act from there, or do you like to discover the twists as your characters (and the audience) do?
A: For this show, I didn’t know where the story was going while we were recording. I went into every recording session with a fresh sense of wonder, thinking, “Wow! So, this is how the story unfolds!” Of course, there are times when I like to know how the story ends and structure my performance accordingly. And I was especially dying of curiosity to know how this series ended. But it was precisely because I didn’t know that I was able to read each script with a fresh outlook and it made the recording sessions fun.
Q: For some of you, the roles you’re playing for In Search of the Lost Future are quite different from your previous ones, both in terms of personality and even vocal pitch. How do you prepare for a new role, and is it difficult to switch between projects?
A: I look at the art for the character and imagine, “For this girl, maybe her voice would sound like this and she would talk like this,” and rehearse to match the script and the art. And then, in the studio, I try giving my performance of the character the way I’ve conceptualized her. If I get the OK, I go with it and if it’s not quite right, then I make adjustments on the spot. So, I don’t think it’s difficult to switch between projects.
Q: As English-speaking fans of your work, we’re curious if any of you have seen an English dub of an anime, especially one with a character you voiced in Japanese. Have you seen any, and if so, which?
A: I’m sad to say I’ve never seen any. I’d love to get the chance!
Q: Do any of you have experience playing visual novels (particularly the original In Search of the Lost Future)? If so, what was your favorite?
A: I’m not really sure what defines a game as a visual novel, but I like to play video games. Regrettably, I’ve never played the game that this show is based on. But lately, my favorite game is “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate”, though that’s not a visual novel, is it? I like the so-called “otome game (girls’ games)” genre and I play those games often, of which my latest top pick is “Ayakashi Gohan (Mystical Meals)”! I voice one of the characters in it, but even without that fact, the story is really wonderful and I love it!
Q: In America, voice actors often record lines individually, while in Japan, multiple voice actors might record in the same room together. Does interacting with other voice actors ever affect your performance, e.g. do you ever change your delivery or ad lib based on how you interact with the other voice actors?
A: Naturally, hearing the performances of my fellow cast members tends to bring out a different performance from me than what I’d rehearsed on my own. What they do can spur me to feel different emotions, which leads to shifts in my performance. I think it’s those “emotional changes” that make it so fun to record together.
That concludes our 3 part interview series! Special thanks to all the fans who submitted their questions for the Japanese voice cast, and to our translation team, and our licensor for facilitating these interviews! We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the seiyuu and the characters of the show. Click this link to see the previous interviews in this series.
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