"Gintama" and "Bakuman" actor ventures into the world of voice acting as Rhya
In one of the few examples of saying "Hey, draw me" to an artist ever going well, actor Hirofumi Arai will be joining the cast of Black Clover as Rhya, the character based on him.
The rogue Third Eye member will be making his appearance in the anime adaptation shortly. His appearance was based on Arai, after the actor appeared with creator Yuki Tabata on Jump Undercover Mission Police and jokingly asked to be drawn. When it came time to bring Rhya into the series, it was agrees that Arai ought to play his own character.
While Arai has appeared in live-action adaptations of anime series, Black Clover will be his first stint as a voice actor. Despite being an actor since the age of 22, the 39-year-old says he felt like a newcomer in the recording booth. While saying he found voice acting to be his most difficult contribution yet to the world of Shonen Jump titles, he hopes that people will enjoy his character.
Rhya will make his first appearance in the Black Clover anime tomorrow.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos. Her work can currently be read in Stranger Tales of the City from Obverse Books.