Super Quick sketch (sorry for the messy lines!) I am over the moon *_* I couln’t believe my eyes! Mashima keeps showing that Jellal is not some shy, submissive guy and Erza a dominatrix, but this, they were enjoying themselves <3
Q: Thank you for accepting this interview even though you’re currently very busy. First, we have a question that focuses on Namikawa-san. Did you always have a “good voice”?
A: You started off with a weird question! (laughs) No, I don’t think my voice is a “good voice”! Although I’ve been taking up dubbing jobs ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve always thought that my voice was weak…… Of course, I’m happy when people praise me! But, rather than sticking to my own voice, I imagine the character’s “personality” and “feelings” before I voice them.
Q: During your normal everyday life, has there been a time where someone realizes it’s you when they hear your voice?
A: Never. I guess other voice actors rarely experience this too…… I think if people do hear my voice in the middle of the street, they would probably think “Jellal is here!”. At most, I was told that “I resemble Jellal……?”. (laughs) When voice actors read out their lines in the animation, they want the audience to think “It’s that character’s voice!”. Anime is a joint effort between the voice actor and production staff to produce this “composite art” so I feel that I won’t be able to bring out the character well if it’s by my own strength.
Q: I would like to ask about a few of the production that you’re taking part in. What are your thoughts on Fairy Tail’s Jellal Fernandes after voicing him?
A: It’s surprising how it has already been 5 years since the anime first started airing. Time flies! I’m very honored to be part of the regular cast in this long series. There are usually two voice actors voicing the adult and child version of a character but for Jellal, I play both his normal character and when he was young. That challenge left an impression on me. In addition to Jellal, I also have to voice two more characters, his alter-ego, Siegrain, and Mystogan, from the parallel world. I thought really hard about how to voice the three of them without having to betray the image of what the fans have in mind. I, too, have been reading Fairy Tail since the start and am a huge fan of it so I don’t want to betray the fans’ expectations. I think it’s possible to play different characters so long as you are able to accept and digest the difference.
estella-may said: Talk about Jerza and/or Mystogan/Knightwalker. :3
I may not fangirl over every pairing in Fairy Tail, but I support and appreciate each one of the Big 5 (Nalu, Jerza, Gruvia, Elfever, and Gale).
And today I want to talk about how good the Jella and Erza pairing is for both of them.
Erza has a touching vulnerable side. Probably because she was a child-slave, she craves normalcy, including something like getting married. This is played up more in the anime and movie than the manga, but it’s part of her character.
In the KoSS arc, think how excited Erza was at the prospect of a simple picnic. In the movie, she goes out and buys a wedding dress. That makes her so happy that other people notice her good mood. Much more telling, the wedding dress is the only requip Coordinator cannot dispel.
In the manga, Erza’s the only one I can think of who has appeared in a wedding dress on a chapter cover. When she found out Alzack and Bisca were married, her reaction (played off comically, but still showing her character) was this:
But the Erza that we mostly see is the strong, capable one.
Erza feels a great responsibility to protect her guild. Part of it stems from the fact she’s S-class and one of the strongest mages in FT. Another factor is because she abandoned her childhood friends at the ToH, and feels the guilt from that.
But I think that this responsibility not only spurs her on, but is also a burden to her.
Erza is a smart, skilled, and strong fighter. But with one or two exceptions, I’ve not enjoyed her fights. I contrast her demeanor with Natsu’s to explain why.
Natsu, too fights for his friends, but he’s also a character who enjoys fighting. While battling Gildarts at Tenrou, he’s serious but smiling. Same with the dragon slayers’ fight–he was avenging Lucy, but he totally had fun while doing it. He’s often exuberant at the end of a tough battle.
Erza, on the other hand, is always serious, some times desperately so. I noticed this first in Phantom Lord, when she was so broken up because of what Aria did to Makarov. She chastised herself severely for not being with him. Even when she took the blast from Jupiter or saved Natsu from Aria, even when she’s strong and capable, I can almost see how heavily duty weighs on her.
It’s the same in her fights with Azuma at Tenrou and Minerva at GMG.
My husband views Erza’s protectiveness of her guild as maternal. And yes, she is often like a tigress protecting her cubs.
Think about the circumstances in which her magic manifested herself—a time of great crisis, when she needed the strength to fight for her friends. Would Erza be the Knight if she’d had a normal childhood? Maybe, maybe not. She might’ve had a different magical ability altogether.
But because she has this responsibility toward the guild, she finds it very hard to be vulnerable to them. Look at the way she goes off by herself to cry after Jellal is arrested, or when she insists she’s fine at Eclipse when she’s not:
And while the guild would never hesitate to back Erza up, they want her to always be their S-class Erza. This is how they see her:
This panel, btw, clinched for me why Erza should seek a romantic relationship outside of her guild. Who wants to be in a relationship with someone who can’t handle you being weak some times? Especially since Erza’s dynamic with most of her fellow members is her being a kind of an older sister to them.
Jellal, on the other hand, can be with Erza in her strength and her weakness.
He knew her when she was just a frightened child-slave. He was the natural leader of their group, he drew her out, gave her a last name, fought to save her, took punishment on her behalf. She looked up to him, probably had a crush on him.
He knows, intimately, where she’s coming from. She doesn’t have to put up a front for him.
And she doesn’t need to protect him in that maternal way she protects her guild. He’s her match in power and maturity. Like she said to Mira, he can take care of himself:
And Erza is good for Jellal, too.She gave him the cold, hard truth about his past crimes in the Nirvana arc. And she wouldn’t let him take the easy way out. She forced him to confront what he’d done and to atone by living, not committing suicide.
She gave him hope. She fought for his life when he would’ve sacrificed it in his guilt.
He was vulnerable before her, when he confessed he was afraid of getting his memories back. And her response was:
I’m here for you.
This is the woman Jellal hurt deeply. He turned her friends against her. He killed someone she cared for. He was going to sacrifice her life for his evil plans.
And she’s forgiven him, and wanted to walk his path with him.
Circumstances made it so that Jellal was imprisoned and Erza sealed in a bubble for seven years. During the time she was gone, Jellal managed to walk his own road of atonement. He’s not clingingly dependent on her.
But she’s still his bridge from the shadows to the light, from his underground existence to the normal world. He recognizes that and is grateful for it. And though he still feels he does not deserve her and pushes her away (with that whopper about having a fiancee), Erza understands him quite well.
And she’s willing to give him the time and space he needs to complete his journey.
Jellal taking the Oracion Seis under his wing, offering them a chance to go from darkness to light, is huge for his own redemption. So is his partnering with Doranbolt, the only surviving member of the Magic Council. I feel good about his transition to the world of light, as he calls it. After all he’s done and will do this arc, I don’t think he’ll be a fugitive any longer.
Jellal and Erza are the most self-aware of the big 5 couples. They’re the ones furthest down the romantic road, with the kiss (or almost-kiss) they shared. I think they’d be the first to make their relationship official.
And Erza still has that wedding dress in her inventory. :)
Once upon a time, when Estella was still little more than a teenager, her creator had told her he was making her a companion. She remembered waiting anxiously for cycles and cycles, anticipating the day he would finally be finished. She filled the time drawing pictures, imagining what he would look like. She had rehearsed endless imagined conversations they could have, written scripts for herself on what she could say that would amuse him. All the time she had waited, she hadn’t gotten any real work done, to preoccupied with the thrill of imagining what it would be like to have a real friend for the first time…
When at last she was allowed to see him, a tall, lanky boy with heated green eyes, they had only been permitted fifteen minutes together. She smiled at him and said ‘Hello!’. The boy had not answered, only stared at her, his gaze intense and bright.
‘My name is Estella’, she told him, ‘May I know your name?’
The boy had approached her then, reaching out and clasping her hand, ‘Erick.’
Starscream was quick to snatch him from the room then. After that, she saw him only six times more, then never again.
Estella’s throat was tight, her fingers drumming against her collarbone. Tears slipped down her reddened cheeks as her head bobbed back and forth in disbelief.
Erick craned his head down to see her better; a strain for a man so tall, “Why do you weep, Estella? You are not displeased to see me..” His shoulders bunched self consciously and he quickly raked a hand through his mess of hair.
“Oh no!” She urged, horrified that she had offended him, “Erick, I am very, very glad to see you! I am sorry,” she choked out, wiping her face readily, “Only… I had begun to think that you had only been in my imagination… A friend I made up in my mind to ease my loneliness…” She closed her eyes and brushed her hair back, “Creator never spoke of you…I could not find any of your information in the consul… You must think that I abandoned you…” She sobbed and looked up at him in misery, “Oh Erick, I am so sorry… How you must hate me…”
Ahhh, you guys ~~ So… I recently hit 300+ followers! This is the very first Follow Forever that I’ve ever made, and I’m sorry if it’s a little simpler than some of the much-more awesome FFs, but I just wanted to say thank you!! to every single one of you guys who are following me! It really means a lot, to know that the stuff that I post can make people happy enough to follow my blog! :) Regardless of how often we’ve talked, I just wanted to let you guys know that I love each and every one of you sunshines! ^_^!!
Before I get into this Follow Forever, I’d just like to give a shout-out to a couple of VERY SPECIAL SUNSHINES on here! These lovelies mean the world and beyond to me, and I have no words to express how very much I appreciate and value their friendship!! <33!! They are my very closest friends on this sin site Tumblr, and they are so, so important to me! Thank you so much for being such a huge part of my life – I can’t imagine Tumblr/my life being the same without all of you guys in it! <33333!!! I really do love you guys – ya’ll are simply waaaay too amazing for me, haha! <3.
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These precious sunshines below, these are the blogs that make me happy, whenever they pop up on my dash ^.^ <333! They consist of my personal favorite blogs/bloggers/friends, from across various fandoms (mostly Fairy Tail and Free!, but will also include some super-quality Owari no Seraph, Detective Conan, and Hunter x Hunter blogs <3). I highly recommend everyone to check out and follow as many of these blogs as you’d like, if you haven’t already, because they are all just such amazing blogs, and even more amazing people behind the blogs!! <3
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