In our final piece on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected anime in Japan, Crunchyroll Japan Correspondent Daryl Harding spoke to various animators, studio heads, and producers to get the inside word on the current state of the anime industry and the biggest issues companies face in the aftermath. Read on for the full story!
Our Japan correspondent Daryl Harding dives deep to take a look at how the coronavirus (COVID-19) has so far affected the voice production side of the anime industry in Japan, how voice actors are handling the lack of work, and what it might mean for the anime you're looking forward to. Read it all after the jump.
Famitsu Gamers DX, a web program on Niconico that features voice actors Tomoaki Maeno and Kenichi Suzumura playing video games for their audience, is celebrating the New Year with a special episode featuring special guests that will stream on January 26, 2020. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some sad news for fans of old school anime: voice actor Makio Inoue, known for such roles as Harlock in Captain Harlock and Ishikawa Goemon XIII in Lupin the Third, has passed away at the age of 81. Hit the jump to learn more.
As previously reported, voice actress Kana Motomiya has graduated from her role as the voice of Fennec in the Kemono Friends Project - a mixed media project that includes anime, video games, and live music performances - and now voice actress Akane Misaka of Pro-Fit will be taking over the role going forward. Hit the jump to learn more.
Telling spine-tingling tales of horror and the macabre is a summertime tradition in Japan, and now the NHK network is enlisting a group of veteran voice actors to perform spooky stories for a special, two-night TV program entitled "Seiyuu x Kaidan" ("Voice Actors x Ghost Stories") that will broadcast on August 14 & 15, 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some happy news for fans of voice acting and professional wrestling: voice actress Suzuko Mimori and professional wrestler Kazuchika "Rainmaker" Okada have officially announced their marriage. Hit the jump to learn more.
From January 26 - February 17, 2019, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan is teaming up with voice actress Ayana Taketatsu (Azusa Nakano in K-On!, Kotori Itsuka in Date A Live) for a special collaboration event entitled "Ayachi Highland", and now you can check out a video of Taketatsu tackling the Fujiyama rollercoaster as part of the fun. Hit the jump to check it out.
On April 14, 2019, two teams of famous voice actors will square off in a "red-and-white" singing contest at the Maihama Amphitheater for the "Seiyu Kouhaku Utagassen 2019" event, and now the first members for the red and white teams have been revealed. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a statement through his agency, Mausu Promotion, voice actor Tōru Ōkawa announced his return to work after an extended absence to seek medical treatment. Hit the jump to learn more.
In an official statement through her agency, Aoni Production, voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro (Kitaro in GeGeGe no Kitaro, Fujiko Mine in LUPIN THE 3RD PART 5) has announced that she will be taking time off from voice acting this summer for before-and-after childbirth maternity and childcare leave. Hit the jump to learn more.
As of March 31, 2018, voice actors Shinnosuke Tachibana (Seido Takizawa in Tokyo Ghoul) and Jun Fukuyama (King in The Seven Deadly Sins) have left their previous representation with Axl One and formed a new company entitled BLACK SHIP Inc. that will focus on fostering new talent and nurturing innovation in the fast-paced and highly competitive industry of voice acting. Hit the jump to learn more.
Voice actors Rie Kugimiya (Kagura in Gintama) and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Yuno in Black Clover) are teaming up with the Kumamoto Media Contents Commission to act as virtual voice guides promoting tourism in Kumamoto Prefecture in a campaign entitled "Koe to Tabi suru Seiyuu Onsei Guide" ("Talking and Trip-Taking Voice Actor Voice Guide") which runs until March 09, 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
The winners of the 12th Annual Seiyu Awards, an industry event that recognizes excellence in the field of Japanese voice-acting, were announced at a special ceremony held at the Cultural Broadcasting Media Plus Hall in Hamamatsuchō, Minato Ward, Tokyo, Japan, on March 03, 2018. Hit the jump to see the results.