Morikubo Shoutarou; Over the Years
Excerpts from CHAIN REACTION Character Talk
Mini 4 Fighter (Bakusou Kyoudai Let’s & Go!!) 1996
It goes without saying that this was my debut role. [I had so many lines that] later the sound director who hired me said, “If I knew it was a role that spoke this much, I wouldn’t have let you do it” (laughs). But I was trained a lot because of this work, and without a doubt it was the role that became my foundation stone.
Musica (RAVE) 2000
I hadn’t voiced a manly character in a while besides Orphen [Majutsushi Orphen, 1998], and Musica is even more straightforward and cool. Because he’s a type of character I didn’t play much, and because I’m a fan of the original work, I was really happy to voice him.
Kirihara Akaya (Prince of Tennis) 2001
Kirihara came out earlier in the series than his other teammates, in one scene only [T/N: the scene where he fell asleep in the bus, missed his stop, and ended up in Seigaku]. To tell you the truth, I thought my work was done there (laughs). Didn’t think I’d continue doing him for this long. I have a lot of things in common with Kirihara. He’s friendly with his seniors, cheeky toward them, and because I’m also friendly with other seiyuus in the series, it’s easy to say those cheeky lines… (laughs)
Amano Ginji (Get Backers) 2002
Ban’s Nobutoshi Canna-san played the main character in my earlier series Roads Tousenki, and at that time he’d been really scary (laughs). That’s why at first I was like, “I don’t want to” (laughs), but afterward we became a combi, we did radio together, we went to a lot of interviews together, and I was being spoiled by him. Later on I confessed, “You were so scary that I disliked you” (laughs). But we’ve been great friends ever since.
Nara Shikamaru (Naruto) 2002
Actually I went to the audition aiming to be Naruto. But then I was given the wrong script from on top of the pile. When told to do Shikamaru, I was like, “Who’s that!?” while panicking and trying to do the character on spot, I don’t remember how I did it (laughs). Though something like that happened, Shikamaru has now become a character that I really love.
One time, I was told to do a narration for a Naruto game commercial. The thing was, I had to do it as Shikamaru. I said, “(with a lazy voice) XX game is now on sale,” and at that time I felt really terrible (laughs).
Narugami (Matantei Loki RAGNAROK) 2003
Narugami was really easy to do, and he was the first character where I did a synchro to—when voicing him, I really acted [moved/changed facial expressions] just as he did. There was a scene where Narugami crashed so hard while seizing his sword, that time I was in synchro and I really felt as much pain as the drawing.
Shigeno Goro (MAJOR) 2005
When taking the audition for this series, I was aiming for Goro, while Morita (Masakazu) was going for Toshiya. But at the audition, I was told to do Toshiya and Morita did Goro, it was a strange audition. When my office called and said, “You got a role in MAJOR! As Shigeno Goro!” I went, “That can’t be right, go confirm it again! I didn’t do him at the audition!” (laughs)
Kadaj (Final Fantasy VII Advent Children) 2005
Kadaj is a difficult character—his movements, facial expressions, and what he’s really thinking are all over the place. There were 4 lines that the director made me redo for hours. He didn’t OK me no matter how many times I tried, and just when I thought, “I can’t do it,” finally he gave me an OK. It was a valuable experience.
Okita Souji (Hakuouki) 2010
Hakuouki’s script was easy to understand, it could make you cry, and not to mention it was interesting! When reading the dying scene, I was all in tears…
I thought of Okita as, “Aah, this person is aloof and speaks with harsh words, but inside he has a mature side and another side that’s full of spirit, yet he doesn’t show them,” and the character came naturally to me. I know a lot of people who have acted as Okita, and for myself, he’s a character that’s different from others that I’ve ever played.
Hanamura Yosuke (Persona 4) 2011
Recording for this series has always been fun, the cast list is full of weird people like (Yamaguchi) Kappei-senpai (laughs), it’s always loud in the studio, we’re all good friends with each other.
Not to mention, in the series, there are a lot of scenes that make you think, “This is really good!” and can make you cry. Hanamura Yosuke whom I play is a good character too, if it’s him I feel like I can act even when asleep (laughs). He is the role that I don’t need to act the most. Maybe I’m just like him… Namikawa (Daisuke)-kun who plays Narukami Yuu also says the same.
Kotobuki Reiji (Uta no Prince-sama) 2012
Kotobuki Reiji is a senior idol who’s gone through his peak. Although he’s an idol, he smells like Showa [older Japanese period] (laughs). He’s a character who’s easy to do and I synchro a lot with him. Reiji looks like just another playful character, but there are scenes where he’s really serious about his work. He’s really stupid, he’s really earnest. Even for someone stupid like him, there are things that he’s considerate with. Playing a mature side of him like that is unexpectedly fun.
Me with Chizuru and Kazama from Hakuoki at Arizona Matsuri 2014.
I was cosplaying as Chizuru earlier (also in Western clothing) but because it’s Arizona, it was crazy hot and had to change clothes. So happy I found more Hakuoki fans in Arizona!
Here’s another post with a better look of the image of the Limited Edition. It looks amazing!
Michael Morones, a 11 year old boy from North Carolina, recently attempted to commit suicide, as he was bullied into it simply because, he liked a cartoon show named, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Needless to say, he is brony and was bullied because of it, according to Equestria…
I was at Taiyou Con just over the weekend and these are the only two things that I bought from the convention. A Hakuoki clock and Okita Souji figurine. I was literally fangirling when I saw it at the vendor’s hall. I’m so happy that I bought it! I’m also happy the fact that the conventions around my area finally have Hakuoki merchandise. I expect more in the future.