“I’ve always been blessed with roles. The first TV anime I had the leading role in was Gurren Lagann, a robot anime. Gekidan☆Shinkansen’s Nakashima Kazuki-san, who was responsible for the composition of the series, taught me many important things about acting, just like if I were standing on stage. The next project I had the lead role in was Fairy Tail.
Fairy Tail, the guild that Natsu belongs to, is one where the members share a strong sense of fellowship and have bonds like that of a family. The cast playing these characters are also from the same generation, and are talented people capable of taking up lead roles. Meeting friends like these were vital in helping me build up the core of my acting.”
Kakihara voices Natsu of Fairy Tail. He was reading the manga when he auditioned about 8 years ago, but Natsu’s voice did not come to mind. When he entered the room where the auditions were being held, and greeted everyone with “good morning” using his natural voice, a commotion arose among the judges. He thought that he would be asked to continue with his audition, but his audition for the role of Gray was declined with “It’s fine (you don’t have to do it)”. Some time later, his agency informed him that he would be voicing Natsu, and he later learned that it was because all the judges thought “Natsu is here” the moment he said “good morning” upon entering the room.
“If I hadn’t been chosen with my natural voice to voice Natsu, I wouldn’t have had the experience of challenging things with my natural voice, and might have become an actor who can only put on a show by acting cool. I’ve gained many things because I met Natsu, and I have strong feelings about walking together with him these 8 years. The present Kakihara Tetsuya might not exist if I had not met Natsu. Mashima-sensei’s Natsu is gradually becoming an attractive man, and I have to keep up.”
Operetta Due has announced their newest series! Unsurprisingly, given their love of dark edgy themes and yanderes, the MC of this series will be a prisoner under the careful jurisdiction of several jailers…
This tainted love will be confined within sin and punishment…
A country resembling contemporary Japan exists in a certain universe.
After being falsely accused of murdering her own parents, the heroine of this story finds herself incarcerated and thrown into an infamously strict and severe prison.
Criminals who find themselves jailed in this institution are often imprisoned for life, and are even occasionally sold off to other people as slaves for a high price.
In a world that is plunged in darkness, will you be able to obtain genuine love? Or just insanity?
Mashima Hiro interview by Character JAPAN (10/5/17)
Character JAPAN posted an interview with Mashima Hiro just after WebNewtype published theirs. Most of the questions are the same as what I’ve posted here, but there are a few extra questions in the Character JAPAN interview and I’ve translated them below.
When did you become aware of “manga artist” as a profession?
I’ve wanted to become a manga artist since I was in primary school. However, after entering high school, I felt that being in a band would make me more popular as compared to drawing manga (laugh), and there was a period of time when I was engrossed with that. However, when I entered a certain contest, and the winner was a teen around 13 years old, I thought that “I can’t survive in the same circle with such a talent around!” and returned to manga.
I went to Tokyo and entered various competitions, and I think I was really lucky back then. There were hardly any fantasy manga published in Weekly Shonen Magazine when my serialization first began, and I filled this niche (laugh).
Are there movies that you have used as a reference in your work?
I’ve liked fantasy from the start, and I’ve used The Lord of the Rings movie as a reference. I like the original work as well. The buildings and scenery in Fairy Tail use medieval Europe as a motif, and Magnolia,
where Natsu’s guild is, is based on the townscape of Paris.
Mashima-sensei’s weekly serialization is currently ongoing. Did you get mixed up since you were working on the story of the manga and the story of the movie concurrently?
I got mixed up (laugh). I drew the storyboard for the movie quite some time ago, while serialization of the manga was also ongoing. Miraculously, the movie and the climax of the manga were revealed at around the same time. It might have been better if the movie was released slightly earlier.
How did you come up with the original characters for Fairy Tail Dragon Cry?
I started by thinking “It would be interesting if this character were to battle against this character”. “If someone were to battle against Gray, he should have this kind of ability.” I conceptualize each character by following this train of thought.
Did you request for particular seiyuus to voice the original characters?
I left the decision to the anime staff. I participated in the audition back when the anime of the TV series began, and requested for the person who matched the feel of the character the best.
Natsu’s seiyuu, Kakihara Tetsuya-san, looks just like Natsu. They seem to resemble each other more and more each year!
They resemble each other to the extent where I wonder who is the one becoming more like the other person. There have been times where I could hear Kakihara-san’s voice while drawing the manga.