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Post Reply Anime talent agency explicitly rejects voice actress applicants who have appeared in pornography
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Posted 5/8/16

Rinrinrinn wrote:
Strictly speaking, it's a business decision.
or just for their own image.
If you could make someone or they have talent then that shouldn't stop them.
But then again I don't know how hard they can be on such stuff.

As they should focus on talent rather then the person?
Or atleast there was a time that was the most important thing for selling/business to have the best they can get.

Posted 5/8/16

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Dude, what I'm saying is MOST ANIME have sexual undertones. Most shonen anime have more fanservice than you can shake a stick at, even the ones aimed at kids. Harem anime are abundant even if they aren't sexually explicit. Restricting voice actors from taking roles that are likely to be sexualised in some form anyway on the basis of them being involved in sexual activity is what's hypocritical.

Japan as a nation has a habit of doing something like this anyway. Look at the idol industry, where you can literally lose your job if you date someone because it shatters the image men like to project onto you that you're their 'waifu'. Anime is an extremely sexual medium, and is aired for all ages at all times of day, and the female characters in a lot of anime like harem and some shonen anime are literally there to be ogled at and used for fanservice, but women who may have had jobs in the porn industry in the past can't voice them?

It's a little different in the west when you wouldn't want the face of a porn star in your hollywood production, which I can understand, but in anime they're literally just recording lines in a booth which is then applied to an animated character. There's a pretty large disconnect between the character on the screen and the voice of the actor.


1) It's not. I hardly doubt they're interested in the issue of if the seiyuus are virgins or not. They only care about the image, so the public porn videos are a no-no. I'm sure the applicants can be nymphomaniacs behind closed doors for all the company cares. They are specifically restricting those who have appeared so in public, specifically in the porn industry.

2) Male idols / groups are just as restricted. To omit and deny that fact is what is hypocritical. Besides, I read the article linked twice. Nowhere did it say that it's specifically for female applicants aside from in the title. Even the quoted piece highlighting the exception is not gender specific. I'm assuming the auditions are strictly for female voice actresses, so unless there is proof that the rule would only apply to female applicants, there is no basis for your sexist claims.

3) Now THAT is what I call blatant hypocrisy. You do know that voice actors are just as much public personalities as regular actors, right? From radio show guesting, video messages and chats with fans, public promotions, and even live shows, they are as active outside the recording studio as any regular actor / celebrity. Don't believe me?

(Haikyuu!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUzwvtUIrU8

(Nurarihyon no Mago) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvJsteocyJs

So yeahhh... Their personal image is just as important, if not even more, since the fans associate the actors with their characters' personalities and they are not simply voices.
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Posted 5/8/16

Rinrinrinn wrote:


radbackflips wrote:

A 'wholesome image'? Even some of the all age shonen has fanservice in it! This isn't the West. There's more anime with fanservice than without. It's extremely hypocritical. For that matter, which children would KNOW about a particular seiyu's history? It's more than likely they don't even know who the seiyu are. This is just another example of Japan trying to restrict women who happen to have anything even remotely sexual associated with them.


It's not hypocritical unless they're doing hentai or any kind of overly sexual series. It's called having standards and since it's a well-known thing that having such rumors or even videos surface can cause major headaches for agencies to do damage control, they do in fact reserve the right to make that exception. They're not being sexist. They're just acting in their own best interest. Might I also point out that it's not Japan doing the restriction. It's the company. Celebrities ANYWHERE live under a microscope and there will always be people trying to find dirt on them. I don't blame a company for trying to avoid future problems. I do think it's a ridiculous thing to insinuate sexism or turn it into a sexist issue. Strictly speaking, it's a business decision. Let's not get so emotional about it.

NO... NO MKAY? THIS IS WRONG. THINK ABOUT THESE WOMENS' FEELINGS WHY DONT YOU? FUCK THE YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHIC THAT ACTIVELY SEACHES UP THEIR FAVORITE SEIYUUS THEY'RE NOT IMPORTANT. WHY DONT YOU THINK ABOUT HOW YOUD FEEL IF YOU TRIED TO GET A JOB AND THEY DIDNT LET YOU BECAUSE OF A PAST MISTAKE. FUCK IF LITTLE TANAKA-KUN LOVES YOUR VOICE ACTING AND THE FIRST THING HE SEES WHEN HE GOOGLES YOUR NAME IS SOME BOING BOING TA-TAS. THIS ISNT ABOUT LITTLE TANAKA KUN OKAY?
Posted 5/8/16

Freddy96NO wrote:

or just for their own image.
If you could make someone or they have talent then that shouldn't stop them.
But then again I don't know how hard they can be on such stuff.

As they should focus on talent rather then the person?
Or atleast there was a time that was the most important thing for selling/business to have the best they can get.



Image is very important in show business and even more so in Asian countries. Yes, talent is important, but that won't save an actor or an agency from controversy when something unwanted (such as a past in the porn industry) surfaces.
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Funny i remember when i was younger and would buy hentai dvds from America they were all voiced by actual porn actresses.
But i guess this topic is about anime and video games, not hentai.
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Posted 5/8/16 , edited 5/8/16

Rinrinrinn wrote:
You do know that voice actors are just as much public personalities as regular actors, right? From radio show guesting, video messages and chats with fans, public promotions, and even live shows, they are as active outside the recording studio as any regular actor / celebrity. Don't believe me?

So yeahhh... Their personal image is just as important, if not even more, since the fans associate the actors with their characters' personalities and they are not simply voices.
damn what have they done?
But I guess its more with the major businesses then anything.

Rinrinrinn wrote:
Yes, talent is important, but that won't save an actor or an agency from controversy when something unwanted (such as a past in the porn industry) surfaces.
oh I remember a time where this was just a background story rather then something to make a huge deal out of.
Where you was accepted by who you are and what you can do.
Not by the past..
So why should porn be any different?..
Like some of those hired could for all I know done something way..way worse to someone rather then..p..porn..ughh..

But I guess the public is too much on about it, and have a negative light on it in those areas.

Posted 5/8/16

Freddy96NO wrote:


Rinrinrinn wrote:
You do know that voice actors are just as much public personalities as regular actors, right? From radio show guesting, video messages and chats with fans, public promotions, and even live shows, they are as active outside the recording studio as any regular actor / celebrity. Don't believe me?

So yeahhh... Their personal image is just as important, if not even more, since the fans associate the actors with their characters' personalities and they are not simply voices.
damn what have they done?
But I guess its more with the major businesses then anything.

Rinrinrinn wrote:
Yes, talent is important, but that won't save an actor or an agency from controversy when something unwanted (such as a past in the porn industry) surfaces.
oh I remember a time where this was just a background story rather then something to make a huge deal out of.
Where you was accepted by who you are and what you can do.
Not by the past..
So why should porn be any different?..
Like some of those hired could for all I know done something way..way worse to someone rather then..p..porn..ughh..

But I guess the public is too much on about it, and have a negative light on it in those areas.



It has always been that way. I don't know what time you speak of when nobody cared, nor do I remember any time when sex tapes and other such things didn't cause controversy for public figures.

P.S. They did also mention that anyone who has done anything illegal is also not welcome.
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Posted 5/8/16 , edited 5/8/16
I believe if a company wants to use racial quotas, than it is fine. No to racial quotas? Okay, fire someone for a racist tweet. Okay. I believe this applies here as well, although I dislike it a great deal when people are fired for the PAST. Example? A hot Spanish teacher was fired for her playboy spread. Can't you let bygones be bygones? Also, I would be perturbed if they disallow obscure actresses from applying but let someone like Ron Jeremy in.

Although I find this agreement better than, say, firing someone the target of sexual harassment just to "handle" it. That I feel should be illegal and not a legitimate excuse nor right to be afforded to said company?

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