So today I had the extreme honor of seeing Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Live Stage Project, featuring original game voice actor Mitsuaki Madono reprising his role as Adachi.
I was unsure about attending in cosplay, as it was my first major fandom event in Japan. However, I did eventually choose to go in the femme!Adachi cosplay I recently designed (as the skirt /tights is a lot more suited to Tokyo in July than the full suit of my standard Adachi outfit). My friend also cosplayed as Human Teddie and we got a lot of compliments from fans before the show started. I was wearing a caution tape hair bow and belt which many people found very creative.
The show itself was amazing. Madono was perfect, he had such great stage chemistry with the actors playing Sho and Yu and even included some (probably ad-libbed) flirty moments like making kissy faces at Yu during their fight scene. All of the other actors were also amazing - especially those who had to play both normal and Shadow versions of their character.
Anyway, during the first curtain call, the house lights were up and my friend claimed that Madono had pointed and smiled at me. (We were seated in the second row, easily visible from the stage.) I didn’t notice because I was focusing on the….interesting….dance Sho and Kanji were doing.
The cast came out again for a second curtain call, and this time Madono had a big plastic Junes bag with him.
He walked off the stage and into the audience.
Walked STRAIGHT to where I was sitting.
Took me by the hand and raised me from my seat, while spotlights zeroed in on the both of us.
Took a large autographed sign out of the bag and handed it to me.
I was in shock. I remember bowing to him probably too many times, unable to communicate how grateful and thankful I was to him. When I sat down and he returned to the stage to finish the bows, I started crying happy tears.
After the show, many other fans came up to me asking to take pictures of it, to touch it or to touch my hand that had held his. At one point I stood in a circle of applauding Persona fans, repeatedly going “congratulations” and “Adachi-san, Adachi-san,” several of which were also happy crying.
I’ve only been in the Persona fandom for a little over a year, but it’s already been such an amazing experience - making new friends, getting back into writing fanfic and now getting to meet my favorite voice actor.
I’ve never been happier or prouder to be an Adachi fan than I am today.
To my Persona 4 fans and especially the Adachi fans out there! My best friend got the Person 4 Arena Ultimax Suplex Stage Project DVD and has posted on Youtube all the scenes with Adachi (MItsuaki Madono)! They are pretty awesome. It’s a little out of order but you get the idea if you played the game! I hope everyone enjoys this as much as we did!
And this is the final scan from the P4GA 4th volume booklet. A heartfelt message about Adachi from Mitsuaki Madono (Adachi’s JP Voice Actor), translated into English.
Mitsuaki Madono :
“Adachi is ‘human garbage’. Or at least he was ‘human garbage’. Within the boundaries of the story, those who saved Adachi are more or less Yu-kun, as well as Dojima-san. But now I can say with certainty, that what saved “Tohru Adachi”, is none other than “the love that the fans feel towards Adachi”.
If the heart can be described as a container for love, then those whose hearts are filled with it, desire to treat each other with kindness. Adachi’s container for love was empty. Or rather, it may have been muddled, stagnant and filled with impurities . If it’s not cleansed and the corruption removed, it may not be possible for it to hold a pure form of love. No matter how hard they may try, is it impossible for the characters within the story to achieve this? I believe that the impossible was made possible thanks to “the love that the fans feel towards Adachi”. This time, I have a feeling that the power of love that saved Adachi was extraordinary. It is truly a power that exceeds the strength of Magatsu-Izanagi. And it is thanks to those who have given love beyond expectations, that the impurities and muddiness washed away, and Adachi’s container was filled.
The Adachi right now is no longer ‘just garbage’. He is ‘garbage that is loved’. On behalf of Adachi, I want to thank all fans who have poured their love in him.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I am grateful.”
Disclaimer: I’m by no means an expert in translating Japanese, so excuse me if it reads a bit awkward. If you see any mistakes, let me know.
Recurring voice actors in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Quite a few seiyuus have the privilege of having voiced different important roles in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure over the years, and some of their contributions even go back as far as the 1992-1993 Drama CD series.
- Akio Otsuka (Solid Snake, Solidus Snake and Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid) played Mohammed Avdol in the Drama CD series (1992-1993). He returned to play Wamuu in the Battle Tendency anime (2012) and All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Shou Hayami (Sosuke Aizen from Bleach, Enrico Maxwell from Hellsing Ultimate and Kosuke Houji from Tokyo Ghoul) is probably the most recurrent seiyuu in JoJo, as he played Noriaki Kakyoin in the Drama CD series (1992-1993), Vanilla Ice in the Heritage for the Future game (1998-1999-2000-2012), as well as Enrico Pucci in All-Star Battle (2013-2014). Notice how these three characters have been Dio’s servants at some point or another.
- Mitsuaki Madono voiced a LOT of characters in the Heritage for the Future game (1998-1999-2000-2012) : Noriaki Kakyoin, Gray Fly, Forever, Rubber Soul and Steely Dan. He returned to play JoJolion’sJosuke Higashikata in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Hochu Otsuka (Jiraiya from Naruto) played the young Joseph Joestar in the Heritage for the Future game (1998-1999-2000-2012). He returned to play Hol Horse in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Norio Wakamoto (Cell from Dragon Ball Z, Alexander Anderson from Hellsing Ultimate and Charles zi Britannia from Code Geass) played Dio Brando in the Drama CD series (1992-1993). He returned to play Hol Horse in the second Stardust Crusaders OVA series (2001).
- Romi Park (Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, Tao Ren from Shaman King, Temari from Naruto, Hanji Zoe from Attack on Titan, Ragyo Kiryuin from Kill la Kill) played Giorno Giovanna in the Vento Aureo PS2 game (2002). She returned to play Koichi Hirose in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Rikiya Koyama (Yamato from Naruto, Frank West from Dead Rising, Rudolf Ushiromiya from Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Jack Bauer from 24) played Will A. Zeppeli twice : first in the Phantom Blood PS2 game (2006), then in the cancelled Phantom Blood movie (2007). He returned to play Yoshikage Kira in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Miura Hiroaki played Panacotta Fugo in the Vento Aureo PS2 game (2002). He returned to play Joshuu Higashikata in All-Star Battle (2013-2014).
- Rika Fukami played Holly Kujo in the Drama CD series (1992-1993). She returned to play Enya Gail in the second Stardust Crusaders OVA series (2001).
- Kenji Utsumi (Raoh and Kaioh from Hokuto no Ken, Shenron from the Dragon Ball series) played the old Joseph Joestar in the Drama CD series (1992-1993), as well as Daniel J. D’Arby in the first Stardust Crusaders OVA series (1993). I made a post about him right here.
The Japanese version of the game features interviews with twelve voice actors for main characters. This bonus feature was not done for the European and North American releases with the English voice actors. The models used for the Japanese voice actors interviews remain in the North American release of the game.
I am Uguisumaru. Ookanehira? He is made in the same manner of the Ko-Bizen sword.
Well, In such a close Era, we were born from similar swordsmiths. Like siblings, perhaps.
Uguisumaru was forged by Bizen Tomonari (備前友成) around 987 CE, making him one of the oldest sword ingame so far.
Tomonari founded the Ko-Bizen (old Bizen) school, so called for being the oldest branch of swordmaking in Bizen Province. Three great sworsmiths are associated with the school: Kanehira, Masatsune and Tomonari.
In his introduction Uguisumaru says that he and Ōkanehira* or “Great Kanehira” are like siblings because Ōkanehira was forged by Kanehira Bizen around a century later than Uguisumaru.
Ko-Bizen tachi are generally thin, have a strong koshi-zori (curvature at the base of the sword) and small kissaki (end of the blade). The grain is itame-hada (pattern created on the blade for decoration) or small itame-hada and the hamon is small midare (pattern of the blade) made of nie in combination with chōji and gunome (crystals). So he was never meant to be used in an actual battle and was infact never used to kill people. Instead, he has always been treated as a work of art, which is why he shows interest in battles but without the intent to kill.
Uguisumaru had first been in possesion of the Ashikaga shogun family, until the 6th shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori awarded him to the Osagawara family for their achievements in the Yukigassen (yuki=snow kassen= battle, snowball fighting-competition) during the year 1439. He then became the family sword of Osagawara and was handed down generation by generation.
After the Meiji restoration, he went into the possession of the Baron Sou family. (There’s been a rumour going on about that Uguisumaru was sold, because the Osagawara family was too poor.) Afterwards he got bought by Viscount Akimoto. Later he was bought by Tanaka Mitsuaki, a politician during the Meiji era, which presented Uguisumaru to the Meiji Emperor in 1907, when the Emperor was in Ibaraki for the special military presentation.
Ever since he’s been in the Imperial Collection alongside Tsurumaru Kuninaga, Ichigo Hitofuri and Hirano Toushirou, and he’s now located in Sannomaru-Shōzōkan, the Museum of the Imperial Collections, but he’s not on display for public viewing.
When Tomonori forged him he didn’t fold the metal tight enough so some air remained trapped inside the metal and his body became full of blisters almost making him useless, both as a sword and as a work of art. The Ko-Bizen had to fix him before handing him to the Emperor.
His phrases “treasure your life!” and “don’t mind what other people say” may come from this depressing part of his past. He wasn’t born perfect and neither did people take good care of him, which leads him to treasure what little he’s got.
When you obtain him he says “I am Kobizen’s Uguisumaru. I don’t really know where my name came from, but well, please take care of me. ”. He had been called Uguisumaru ever since the Muromachi era. But story says that when he was drawn from his sheath, the singing sound of the uguisu (japanese bush warbler, its distinctive breeding call can be heard throughout much of Japan from the start of spring.)can be heard even when it’s not springtime (while maru means circle and is frequently used in male names). Also his image is based on the uguisu.
(The strange little jacket he wears on his arms are gauntlets called Kote (篭手). )
Uguisumaru liking for tea may be related to the Bizen province being a famous producer of teaware, and he is also the “Tea” part of the R4’s nickname: Ice Royal Milk Tea. Sometimes he is also referred as the King of said quartet, probably for his notable age and easy-going and relaxed personality due to the fact that he was always treated as a piece of art.
* The name refers to the extraordinary size of the blade(89cm while Uguisumaru is 81cm), unusual signature for Kanehira who usually used a two character signature; owned by Ikeda Terumasa and passed down in the Ikeda clan.