Sugiyama Noriaki interview for “Otomedia” Magazine October 2017
Before we start I want to clarify 2 things:
1) I translated only Uchiha Family stuff (it’s about 80% of all interview). Maybe one day my laziness and self-confidence in my translating skills will let me translate it till the end (or someone else translates it) but for now only SasuSakuSara parts.
2) English is not my native language so if you see any grammatical, lexical and other mistakes or just don’t understand some parts feel free to write me.
This story tells about the final of the difficult situation that has developed in the Uchiha family!
Was Sasuke (even in his own way) as nervous as Sarada was? While
emotions are increasing, the strength of their family’s bond warms the heart.
Is it really because of the nervousness in the 23 episode he doubts whether he should
poke Sakura’s forehead? We asked about this seiyuu of Sasuke, Noriaki Sugiyama.
“Without words he said to Sakura: Are you really willing to do something so embarrassing in front of your daughter?” It was funny to watch him teasing her (laughs) It seemed to me this shyness was very much in Sasuke’s style. Honestly, after the end of the recording, Naruto’s seiyuu, Takeuchi Junko, said to me: “No, I don’t believe that he could do otherwise!” (laughs), probably Takeuchi-san is right. “
We talked a lot with Sugiyama-san about Sarada’s Story. After reuniting with his family, Sasuke again goes on a journey. However, there is bento in his hand made by his family therefore even if they’re apart, their family’s connection is felt even more.
- How it
was to play Sasuke as father and husband?
In "Boruto” Sasuke Uchiha appears to be different from what we’ve seen before. So I often wondered how I should play him. Of course, in «Naruto» he and Naruto sorted all things out, his character somewhat “softened,” but if you change a lot the nature of the character, in the end you will ask: “Who is it?” (laughs). Therefore, to prevent this from happening, I had to think carefully how to express this softness in Sasuke’s style, how would he show it? I believe that it is unlikely that Sasuke would say a lot of gentle words to his daughter … at first glance, Sasuke could look indifferent, given his violent past, but I’ve felt that he certainly thinks about Sarada. And I thought it would be very difficult to balance.
- There was a scene where in his words to his wife Sakura you could feel a “trust”.
There is a reason why Sasuke was absent from the village, that is why I think that during their meeting you can feel how much their relationship changed, especially from Sasuke’s side. Although the atmosphere is similar to the one that was before… how to say it more precisely, there is a mutual understanding between them. At least, I felt it.
- What’s about Naruto?
opinion, one of the most notable changes was his attitude towards Naruto’s
words. After they sorted all things out, instead of cutting Naruto off with
words «it’s wrong!» Sasuke rather thinks: “Well, most likely this idea
also can be right”. If you compare with the former Sasuke, you can get the
impression that in his mind he’s indulgent to Naruto. I think, instead of
“a little softened” (about a small change in Sasuke) it would be more
correct to say: “Ah, he seems to have become a little kinder.”
I think if Sasuke was too kind to Sakura and Sarada, Sarada wouldn’t have had all these worries. The image of Sasuke should have turned out to make Sarada think: “Does this man understand what kind of relationship should be between the father and the child?” And this is also difficult.
- Sugiyama-san, what is your impression of Sasuke’s daughter, Sarada?
I think with the way she thinks and her insight she’s just like Sasuke. And love. In the Uchiha clan, “they are penetrated with love, that’s why they try to avoid this feeling” and Sarada also inherited it with the blood of Uchiha (laughs). In my opinion, the child is very cute. From her mother Sakura, she gets both love and trust, but you can see how much she wants to know the truth, she want everything to be clarified. Here, the blood of Uchiha has proven itself especially strong.
- Is there any scene and phrase in the story of “Sarada Uchiha” which really impressed you?
There are a few, but the most exciting of them, when Sarada asked: “Do you think your feelings are well and truly connected to Mom?”, and when Sasuke replied: “Because we have you, Sarada,” what surprised her. Even if he doesn’t say a lot “Sarada, Sarada”, his concern for her is evident. Sasuke’s position can be understood, because if he were in Konoha, it could bring danger to Sarada and Sakura, so he wanted to eliminate all those who sought revenge on him in the village or outside of Konoha. In the village, he has people dear to him, to whom he can’t return, and he strongly feels that he must protect them from the outside.
Translated from Russian to English by me
Translated from Japanese to Russian by SasuSakuTeam. Мастерская переводов