One of my absolute favourite things about anime is the voice actors and actresses behind the beloved characters we see in various shows. You may not pay much attention to the voice acting side of anime, but you’d be surprised how amazing the seiyuu culture can be. Finding out a seiyuu (translated to English: “voice actor/actress”) who has voiced one or a few of your favorite characters, hearing how dynamic a seiyuu’s voice is for different roles, watching the fun activities that seiyuu does on some online segments or praising them as an idol by buying their music and various merchandise; voice actors and actresses are surprisingly very important to the Japanese entertainment culture.
My first experience with seiyuu goes all the way back to when I first watched K-On!, when I watched a YouTube video of the voice actresses of Houkago Tea Time playing the instruments their respective characters play in the actual show. Seeing the voice acting side of anime for the first time, it was an interesting video to watch as you’re so used to listening to their voices from their work as animations instead. Years later as I started to really get into watching anime, I would learn more and more about the different seiyuu in the different shows I’ve watched to even started developing a love for this side of Japanese culture. Other than creating a whole segment on my personal blog revolving around and educating others about seiyuus in the industry, it’s gotten to the point of whenever I start a new show and hear a character’s voice for the first time, I just have to pause and research who voiced the said character.
Today’s show is primarily about what it’s really like to be a seiyuu, so let’s just jump right in!
synopsis – seiyu’s life!
Even though the voice acting is an extremely competitive line of work to go into, Ichinose Futaba continues to follow her dream to become one of the top seiyuu in the industry. However, it seems like her struggles were worse than she expected, as she has a difficult time finding the work project such as auditions and acting sessions, to the point of her having to juggle a part-time job as well. Plus, letting herself surrounded by the A-list seiyuu in the business doesn’t help her at all considering that she has to compete with often. While on her stressful journey, she becomes friends with the two fellow rookie seiyuu; Moesaki Ichigo, an aspiring idol supposedly from a different planet; and Rin Kohana, a middle-school student and a child actress who has to balance her own work and succeeding in her studies at the same time.
With these ladies having mutual experiences with the same kind of struggle as seiyuu, they all do their best to advance their ambitions in the voice acting industry.
By the way, I actually didn’t know this fact until I started writing this review but the Sore ga Seiyuu! series that was adapted from a web manga, was actually created by an actual voice actress! Yes, Asano Masumi whose voice has been featured in anime such as the Precure series and Hayate no Gotoku! … she wrote the story while a mangaka known as Hata Kenjirou —which happens to be her husband— illustrated it. It’s great to know that the story was being depicted from an actual seiyuu, which adds a whole other level of authenticity.
So if you’ve been following along with my reviews on this site, you may have noticed that I really like anime that give off a very realistic view of things that at least myself haven’t or would never experience; and this show is no different as well. In consideration that I am very into the seiyuu culture like I said before, it’s really insightful to see the different aspects of being a voice actor or actress, especially watching a person that’s brand new to the business. Getting to see the realities of being a part of that industry to the point of having to maintain another job to earn enough money in this tough world, what goes on with agencies and how managers and producers do their best to find you work, and even witnessing a live recording session, there is quite a lot you can learn about! They definitely show off these kinds of situations in both an informative and entertaining way.
As for the story that revolves around this particular trio of Futaba, Ichigo, and Rin, which it was honestly pretty interesting to watch. I’ve been talking about the more negative and unfortunate side of being a seiyuu which we do see happen often to our main characters, but it’s essentially an up and down kind of narrative; meaning that there’s a balance of good things and bad things that happen to each lady or even the three of them as a whole, such as in having the possibility of having a recurring role in an anime or even having your role being taken by a friend and how that changes your relationship with them. Overall, all the conflicts and resolutions were mostly voice acting-related, and all of those were shown throughout this show as an important part in both informing us about the occupation and being an enjoyable narrative at the same time.
And going back to the realism of this show, I think this series is similar to the most shows which dealing with a certain set of job and occupation, ones which can be very much relatable to normal people like you and me. Well, I guess not me since I’m still in high school but, I would assume that many people in this world have a hard time finding work and make money in order to survive, and that’s exactly what has been shown by these characters. Which lead us to discuss them..,..
I think the main characters are one of the best things about this show because even though all three of these ladies have the same occupation and basically have the same goals in mind, their differing personalities and behaviors give this anime a variety of stories to experience, whether the said stories are focused on only one of the three or on all of them as a whole group. Futaba, a very much nervous voice actress who tends to overthink about everything before voice acting; Ichigo, an expressive and passionate actress who claims that she’s a princess idol from a strawberry planet; and finally Rin, a sweet and talented actress who has been in the entertainment business since she was a child. They all were fun to watch throughout the show, especially when we got to see them develop pretty drastically as voice actresses.
A really cool thing about the characters in this show is that they each are featured as actual and well-known voice actors and actresses around the industry, they even had some pretty unique interactions with the main cast which made them pretty realistic. Each episode had a cameo from a popular seiyuu such as Horie Yui who most notably voiced Hanekawa Tsubasa from the Monogatari series, and even the legendary Nozawa Masako who voiced (and still voices) Goku from the Dragon Ball series. It was a really nice touch to hear the voice actors and actresses, people that we have heard and seen in the past anime, contribute to this kind of show. Fun.
visual and arts.
Eh, you know, the art style of this anime is pretty basic, to be honest. From the environments to especially the character designs, it’s not anything to be amazed from. I think as this show is supposed to be more of a cute or moe style anime, although it’s an acceptable art style and you can also say that the pastel colour palette is pleasant to look at.
Since this show is about voice acting and seiyuu, the voice acting for our main characters was pretty darn good. A cool thing about the seiyuu of Futaba, Ichigo, and Rin, is that all of them were (at the time) rookie voice actresses themselves. Before Kouno Marika voiced Silence Suzuka in Uma Musume or before Nagaku Yuki got the role of Yame Yukana in Hajimete no Gal or even before Takahashi Rie was chosen to portray Megumin in the ever-so-popular KonoSuba, they were still starting out from small animes like this in 2015. But fun fact; they actually were all chosen by the seiyuu-idol unit, EARPHONES, to voice act in these various anime and make music. Overall, they did a great job in depicting what they exactly were; rookie seiyuus, and it’s a really nice fact that in the real world, anime studios have decided to get this particular trio of ladies to work and now even got popular.
Music-wise, since this anime does feature an idol unit, we get a good amount of songs that really reflect the good ol’ genre of cutesy pop like you’d expect. Whether it be the opening of the show, “Earphones” or insert songs like “Into Your Ears”, they were all enjoyable to listen to and sometimes even catchy. As for the ending, it’s pretty significant because each episode’s ending theme featured the EARPHONES trio singing a small part of a famous anime song in the middle of it… if that made sense. Songs like “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” from Neon Genesis Evangelion or “Moon Pride” from Sailor Moon Crystal, it was a fun little thing to look forward to, seeing what anime song they would cover in each episode.
closing – al’s final verdict.
Since I really do enjoy shows where the whole setting is based on a particular job and occupation, along with the fact that I am very much into the seiyuu culture, being happy in learning more about the voice actors and actresses behind everything anime … this show was a ton of fun to watch. Watching the enjoyable of shenanigans and how tough Futaba struggles, together with her two ‘comrade-in-arms’, the way of they each developed throughout the story as a voice actress, and the fun little touches that were shown such as featuring real seiyuu … it was an enjoyable show to experience overall.
Do I think this is the best slice of life series under the specific theme of jobs and occupations? To be honest, it’s a no; there are better ones out there and even should be more of these that we have not known yet, but Sore ga Seiyuu! was a unique one to watch, as it deals with a side of anime that I believe, should be appreciated by more people.
additional pieces of information.
- Sore ga Seiyuu!
That is a Voice Actor!
- first time aired in the summer; 07.07.2015 till 29.09.2015
- al’s review of an anime tv
- from the studio of Gonzo
- tagged under the genre of #slice_of_life and #comedy
tagged under the subgenre of #seiyuu, #4-koma, #daily_life, and #manga
- the age-rated as PG-13
And that’s all! I hope you enjoyed this review and I think one of my intentions with this review is to sort of introducing and encouraging you to the fascinating world of voice acting in the anime world. It’s definitely one fandom to look into if you enjoy anime because as I said; more people should appreciate voice actors and actresses forasmuch as what they have done a lot to impact anime or pretty much any type of entertainment as a whole. Also, I apologize for not being very active on this blog, May has already been pretty busy for me, but I’ll do my best to stick with the schedule form now on!
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