[Anime Seiyuu News 08132016] Special Comments from the Guests of the Great YuuTaku Festival 2016

I TOLD MYSELF I WAS GONNA STOP. THAT I WAS GONNA REGAIN MY BEARINGS. Both from the last long TL I did about this very event, and also baking cookies at 3am (…I was hungry, and I know how to cook, okay), but this thing arrived, and it has two ACTORS cast members (coincidentally both from the Japanese Culture Research Club - Satou and Tosshi) and the two other members of Trignal (Wing and Kimunii), so. This happened.

Please take note of my reasonable assurance, as always!

Report on the special comments from Sugita Tomokazu, Kimura Ryohei, and the group of guests for the event produced by Yuuki Ono & Eguchi Takuya’s self-produced unit “Team YuuTaku”!

Seiyuus Ono Yuuki-san and Eguchi Takuya-san’s independently-planned unit “Team YuuTaku” have organized an event “Great YuuTaku Festival 2016 in Maihama Amphitheatre (working title)” for two days – September 10 and 11, 2016, at the Maihama Amphitheatre.

Yesterday, we introduced an exclusive interview with the main participants Ono-san and Eguchi-san; this time, the guests who will be making their appearance in the same event such as Sugita Tomokazu-san and Kimura Ryohei-san – these lovely seiyuus shall be giving us their special comments.

The interview with “Team YuuTaku”’s Ono Yuuki-san and Eguchi Takuya-san is here!


  1. Please give your thoughts when you were offered to appear in this event.
  2. Please tell us your impressions of Ono-san and Eguchi-san.
  3. A message to the fans looking forward to the event, as well as what you are looking forward to in the event.

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Interview with Darby Anne Walker

We talked to Darby Anne Walker, the actress who plays Darby (or Yobi as of recent!) on Girl Meets World, and The Voice’s new #TeamMiley contestant. We got her take on the experience of being on Girl Meets World, and fashion tips she always stands by!

How did you get your job on Girl Meets World?

I started out as being background on the pilot of Girl Meets World and everything sort of snowballed from there.

What’s it like working on the Show?

Working on Girl Meets World was such a wonderful experience, to be surrounded by people who were so in sync and so creative was magical to watch and I’m very grateful I was able to be a part of that.

How’s being a talking extra different from being on the cast?

I honesty don’t love the labels. Almost every ‘back round’ classroom kid that worked on that show had been there since either the pilot or the first season. I don’t consider myself to be separate from 'cast or crew or whatever you want to call it. We all showed up, we all worked and put in our time and energy consistently week after week, and we all shared the passion to make that show wonderful.

Do you get styled for your character or do you choose your clothes?

The wardrobe department was in charge of styling everyone. You may have noticed Sarah always wore flowers in almost every single one of her outfits. I’d say the department got a feel for everyones vibes or the vibes for everyones character and went from there.

What’s Darby like? Did you create a backstory for her?

I created the character for myself during the pilot, thats where it all began. It began with my crazy over the top reactions and it grew from there. Darby is a quirky girl who doesn’t really care what other people think of her hence her relationship with Yogi. Her and Sarah are friends and although she may not of had too much to say she said everything she needed to with her facial expressions. She’s defiantly a wildcard haha.

Do you have any other projects planned?

I have a lot of exciting things in the works! I’m really looking forward to all thats to come and am so happy and grateful that all of my internet family will be with me on this ride!

Give our Fashion of GMW readers 1 fashion tip!

One fashion tip I always stand by is; if you like something WEAR IT! I am constantly playing with different textures and layers, personally I cannot get enough of either of them because I like when my clothes have dimension. Go BOLD and wear what you want. I don’t follow trends, I think trends are silly, I wear cloths that reflect who I am as a person. I’d rather have a sense of style completely unique and tailored to who I am over what everyone else is wearing any day.

Thank you Darby for this interview! We CANNOT WAIT to see you SLAY on The Voice!  

Noran Alaa

Creating illustrations on commission (perhaps for someone living on the other side of the world) might seem a nightmare, especially when you find yourself having to deal with a client that is particularly picky and demanding. However, the free-lance illustrator is a job that can also offer a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment. Elisa Serio, free-lance illustrator and colorist for years, is one of GiftBuzz’s new contributors and has decided to spend some time with us in order to give us more details on what this is all about. Obviously, she has also given us great inspiration for original gift ideas to suit creative personalities such as her own.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of working as a free-lance with occasional commissioned jobs, with clients that often live on the other side of the world?

Personally I feel lucky, as I have never had huge problems in dealing with requests from clients that come from other parts of the world. I get a lot of requests from foreigners because I promote myself mainly on international websites such as Tumblr or deviantART.

One of the issues with jobs commissioned by private clients, especially at the beginning, is that of not being able to value the actual amount of work to come: often I find myself having to work for days and days (especially if the client is confused and demanding) for very little money, due to the fact that I had thought that project required less time and attention.

Being commissioned a project depends on various elements: the “artistic flows” that are trending on the internet, the extent to which the work done by an illustrator is considered “pop” and, unfortunately, on whether or not a nickname is well-known (and this often does not correspond to the level of talent!). I have been lucky as my style is, by nature, very “pop”, therefore making it quite easy for me to have projects commissioned (although I must admit that I always get the same subjects requested). Many of my colleagues try to acquire extra projects, however they encounter many difficulties as at times their style does not go perfectly with the moment’s “stylistic fashion”. Being aware of your own level and style is something that naturally one acquires over time: in my case it has been a sort of a trauma actually, as I discovered I had to start raising prices for my work after being requested continuous changes over and over again, stressing me to tears. When a job becomes this stressful it must also acquire value in terms of money. As time passed I learned to organize myself with timing, breaks, my to-do list and now commissioned work from privates has become less difficult to handle!

Which are your favorite coloring techniques? And what do you think about digital coloring?

I try my best to move around every technique! The ones I am now more comfortable with are water coloring and the mixed technique, this is regarding the traditional methods. For me, water coloring has become a relaxing moment rather than a moment at work. Obtaining certain effects with a little pigment and some water is something I really find fascinating, so it has become a therapeutical and emotional moment. I love the romantic atmosphere that watercolors can give any picture.

The mixed technique instead is a longer and more complex process as it is a mixture between watercolors, colored pencils, soft pastels, acrylics, inks, graphite and others. In this case I don’t give myself any kind of limit and I use any medium I have in mind that can fit properly in that specific point of the illustration. If pictures acquire a romantic and tenuous touch with watercolors, with the mixed technique they acquire more energy, texture and richness.

Although traditional techniques remain my favorite ones, I have to admit that most of my time I work on digital ones, purely for work needs as it makes me save a lot of time.

As a colorist I work a lot on comics’ tables and therefore it is important I optimize timing, in this case digital coloring helps a lot. I don’t think digital coloring is “cold” compared to traditional techniques, as many of my colleagues believe, you just have to feel comfortable with it. I was born and raised with a pencil in hand and will never live without one. New generations instead have learned to draw on electronic tables since their first experiences, so they learned to create beautiful pictures with digital techniques and feel comfortable with it, at times managing to create pictures as emotional as an oil painting!

The list you created for GiftBuzz covers a wide range of products and some very peculiar choices: tell us something about what you chose to insert in the list and why you chose them.

I have always loved creating wish lists. I generally love having things under control and I write lists of more or less everything in my life. If I were to take a look at one of my wish lists from years ago I would probably not recognize myself in the objects chosen: moving on with time, living on my own and begging to work independently I realized how my desires and needs have changed.

Right now I really like bold and unusual things (especially if they have some nerdish connection to one of my favorite tv series, videogames or comics), however I don’t only focus on the aesthetics of an object but also want it to be useful. I don’t like spending money (and wouldn’t want others to spend it for me especially) for a decorative object that has no purpose whatsoever if not that of being pretty where it stands — excluding perhaps some of the action figures from my current favorite video game (which would anyway become a reference for my drawings, therefore not being purely a decorative item!).

My list is mainly constructed with my work’s tools: I am lucky as my job is my biggest passion, so I never stop looking around, exploring and trying out new tools and objects for my personal artistic production. Colors, brushes, drawing pads… I am in love with anything that relates to what I do.

Other articles that are always present in my wish list are art books and other manuals of different kinds, from those relating to animated character design to the “how-tos” related to digital painting. I would spend most of my money if I could only on these!

Narrative books (especially fantasy and horrors), videogames and electronic gadgets are also something I would add.

However, I also have a feminine and deliciously “superficial” side that makes me love shoes (better if they are wedges or boots), bags and backpacks (particularly those made in leather or vintage pieces) and dresses. I love pastel shades, oversize sweaters, lace and leggings, which I find extremely comfortable and practical. I like to dress basic and simple, and then add a touch that stands out (a pair of shoes or a bracelet perhaps).

I have taken with me from my adolescence the love for studs, skulls, the Goth culture and the Harajuku subculture from Tokyo. Therefore in my wish list it is easy to find a mixture of all these elements I have slowly collected within my life.

Which is the best gift you have ever received and which one has been the least suited for you?

I never expect to receive gifts, so I am always a bit embarrassed when I do get some. Just a small card with a couple of words jotted down meaningfully would be more than enough for me. However, if I am to speak in materialistic terms then I must say my mother is the one who has given me the best gift ever: not only she gives me her full support constantly, but she also recently bought me a professional graphic table, which literally made my drawings shine!

A really sweet gift I also received came from by boyfriend. Shortly after we met he brought back from Japan an authentic furoshiki. I like it so much that I am even scared of opening it. And more recently I received another really lovely present. One of my dear friends gave me a set of extra thin watercolors for artists, for my birthday. Those had been in my wish list for ages! I never thought I would be able to put my hands on those, due to their cost. My friend saw them in my wish list and chose to give them to me! Everyone should consider using their wish list more often, as it is a great source to get the gifts you actually want!

In terms of the least appreciated gifts instead, let me repeat that any gift I get is something special and I feel really sorry when I get a gift that has nothing to do with my personality. I mostly feel sorry for who gave it to me rather than for myself, as he wasted both time and money and this is such a pity. I don’t have very difficult tastes so I am not hard to please — a simple drawing book makes me the happiest person on earth — however I know that some people do find it difficult to pick out a gift for me.

This is why I also decided to keep a list where everyone can have access to my favorite and desired objects!

We hope this interview has been useful in getting to know this great profession in more depth and that Elisa’s list will inspire you in discovering new and interesting gifts that could perfectly suit a creative personality like hers. Keep following GiftBuzz to know more about our contributors.

anonymous asked:

This is a resend and urgent. Do you have any resources for dealing with anxiety and job interviews? I am freaking out! Also, do you have any information answering common interview questions? Thank you!! KB

Hi there!

Job interviews can be nerve raking, but I promise, its nothing you can’t handle. Below are some awesome advice and resources!

Job interview tips & tricks:


Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of concrete examples you can use to highlight your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy. Also have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.


Do your homework about the employer and the industry so you are ready for the question What do you know about this company? Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you have learned about the company when answering questions.

Get Ready

Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with.

Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

Be On Time

Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

Stay Calm

During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question.

Show What You Know

Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for. Use examples from your research when answering questions, “I noticed that when you implemented a new software system last year, your customer satisfaction ratings improved dramatically. I am well versed in the latest technologies from my experience with developing software at ABC, and appreciate a company who strives to be a leader in its industry.”

Follow Up

Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal thank you note. Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24 hours of your interview.

General tips:

  • Look your best (and appropriate). Don’t show up in unwashed clothes with greasy hair and chipped nail polish or so. They won’t like that. Bonus points: if you look good, you automatically feel more confident!
  • Try to stay calm. Or well, enthusiastic is good, but don’t be overly nervous. I know it’s hard but really, the best scenario is that they hire you on the spot and the worst scenario is that you will have learned how job interviews work and you’ll totally nail the next one!
  • Be prepared. Research the company/place you’re applying at,  know what you’re talking about
  • Try to ask questions. Aim for at least three. For example, ask how you could grow in the company (which shows that you plan to stay around for a while and that you’re ambitious).
  • Prepare for questions they’re likely to ask you. What are your strengths? Weaknesses? Are you a team player? Don’t say that you don’t have any weaknesses, they’ll think you are really full of yourself.
  • To leave a good impression, show up a little early.
  • Be interested in the people and the company. Be polite and thank the interviewers at the end of the conversation!
  • Turn!!! Off!!! Your!!! Phone!!!
  • Don’t give up during/before/after the interview. Even if they tell you there’s about a 1% chance you’ll get hired, it’s still a chance.

Helpful resources-

Hope this helps! Good luck :)!



Paul James


Tell us about yourself and your art practice.
I am Paul James, an artist from the England, based in Singapore.
My speciality is large scale non-representative abstract paintings, and some abstract photography. I also do interactive sound and video installations.

How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?

I started painting 20 years ago. I was studying at university  and needed something else to amuse me, so I started painting.  When I finished university, I moved to Singapore. All of my adult working life has been spent here. About 13 months ago I gave up my full time work to commit fully to being an artist. It is a tough art scene here.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

With the abstract works it is primarily a mood I am communicating,  and I want the viewer to share the mood, or find his own space or meaning in it.
The interesting thing is that viewers see figures or shapes in the paintings that I never saw, or they relate to the painting in  their own personal way based on their own experience  and story, which is really all I want.  If it moves someone then I am happy.
With the figurative or surreal works they generally have a stronger concept that’s usually very personal to my experiences, but again the viewer may see something or relate to it in a personal way.

Are you working on any art projects right now? What should we expect next from you?

I recently finished an interactive Video/Sound installation, called “Ebb and Flow”.  It used a video camera to detect peoples faces as they came down an escalator. This invoked changes in the musical soundtrack,  and in the stanza’s of the poem displayed a video screen.  
I am looking forward to getting back to painting abstracts in the next few weeks. Probably a few more abstracts on my Metamorphosis theme, in which wet paint is removed from the canvas, using solvent in a very controlled way, which leaves a very cool looking abstract.  I am also considering a series of black/dark paintings which are purely about the application of paint and the way in which it is applied.

What/who inspires you to create your artwork?

For me, inspiration comes from asking a question, “how can I express…?” or “how can I use this medium in different way ?”. Inspiration can simply come from experimentation.

My abstract works are generally an expression of my thoughts and feelings, they capture my mood at that instance. Some abstracts take a while to finish, because I have to revisit the same mood in order to complete them. Sometimes its just about having fun.
Some of my other more surreal works are a gentle poke at social situations that I have experienced.

What’s your favorite accessory or tool you use in your art making process?

Paintbrushes are necessary. I quite like old brushes and over sized brushes that hold a lot of paint. I also use palette knives, kitchen knives, to spread paint around, and wire mesh, sponge and whatever is laying around in the studio to create texture. I’ve just started using syringes create certain effects.

Do you use Photoshop or anything like that in your workflow? How does it help?

Yes, for preparing images for portraits, cropping and contrast adjustment mostly. With abstracts, I have occasionally, taken photos of the work and  digitally painted on the image to try things out before committing in paint.

 What advice do you have for somebody who wants to get started in the arts?

To daydream to sit in a quiet place and chill. To reflect on your own experiences, and listen to others experiences and stories. To experiment and not be afraid of messing it up, you can always paint over the canvas again.

What is your dream project if you could have any resource that you need?

Look at all the great artworks that have been done with very simple materials. I am not really sure that having all the physical resources in the world help in making great art. I think time and space do. I would really like to work on some very large abstracts.
I really would want to develop a brainwave translator. You know that internal voice in your head?  Something that records all your thoughts, dreams and images in your head, and produces a nicely formatted blog post complete with images everyday. That’s a bit far fetched, so I would settle on device to produce artworks based on your brainwaves – that would be cool.

Where can we find your work? Any websites or social media we can check out?

My main website is
My Instagram and Tumblr feeds: