Simple | 2015 Katsuki Masako x Shumei Doki Article (Part 2) #バッサリさん #勝生真沙子


Previous article: K.M x Shumei Doki (Part 1)

Let’s return to Katsuki-san’s mental strength.

From Last time

From BLEACH B Station:

イライラを溜め込んでしまう性格を直すにはどうすればいいですか?

勝「とっとと言えっっ!」

“A personality that accumulates irritation/nervousness, what should I do to correct it?”

“Katsu: Speak right away!!”

舞台に立ったときにあがらない為のアドバイスを下さい!

勝「みんなあがってんだよっ!」

“Please give advice for going against standing on stage” (note: implies that the person is nervous? Agara nai is a negative of “doing something/going up”)

KATSU: “Everyone is like that/everyone does it/GET UP AND DO IT!

YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMORROW

役者をやってるのですが勝生さんの様に太く長く続ける為にはどうすればいいですか?

勝「笑えっっ!!

I am an actor. How do I continue a long time [as actor] strongly like Katsuki-san?

LAUGH!

This reminds me of what I said in a previous entry about online abuse in regards to acting and the http://www.nyfa.edu, which is the the New York Film Academy: “you need to survive physically and mentally.”

The New York Film Academy’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Film program places a heavy emphasis on two additional kinds of courses: foundation studies and physical and mental wellness.

The above quotes from BLEACH B STATION pretty much confirms that Katsuki is a casual, straightforward type of character, but I guess she isn’t on the radio show there to “instruct”. Instead of technical advice, it’s rather “sitting on the sofa” type of silly, relaxation talk. She seemed comfortable with Morita Mazakazu [C.V of BLEACH’S Ichigo, radio personality] and they laughed through and through.

Is being positive wrong? Is it frustrating to ask instruction from someone who faces little error due to length of experience?

On to PART 2

I found a file where I collected a bunch of tweets, from watchers to quotes, regarding the Shumei Doki program. Back then, when the program aired and afterwards, I wanted to gather as much impressions as I could, along with the information and the reactions of the advice.

If one of the methods to relieve discomfort and stress is to “laugh”, could it be so simple as to “not think about it?”

It seems to be the advice of a theater actor.

Quore from SHUMEI DOKI:
「年寄りや若い人の声なんて色々あるんだから
自分が与えられた役を

自分で素直に演じるだけです。

だって私が選ばれたんだから
どんな声を演じてもいいわけなんだから」

Because oneself is given a variety of roles from old to young person, perform obediently. After all, I was chosen, therefore voice that is performed should be good.

Obedience could mean reliance. Now, it could be my awful grammar and a mistranslation, I don’t want her to come off as completely arrogant. The concept seems very simple. I think she is being very considerate. A voice quality might be strange to a role, but actor should be loyal, and immersed, to the performance. Also, the point of the actor, especially the voice actor, is to play roles, few and many.

In voice acting, there is something called “voices of seven colors” (七色; nanairo) or a person who can perform various roles. It may mean a “specific thing” (ie: comedic, cool type, boy/girl, elder, animal); every actor has a width in performance. It does not necessarily mean the change of tone in a voice, which cannot change that significantly, but the nuance.

Here are good links regarding research on VA’s role adaptability by inutorikoya and yuzu:

  • 研究「声質の適合性」 (女性編) (Female)
  • 研究「声質の適合性」 (男性編) (Male)
  • IMO, there has been very few cases where Katsuki-san disappoints me, even if it’s a male role. I think the male role is a bit subtle, that it made me wonder. Most women play a young male; Katsuki seemed to have had difficulty with the dark witch in the Pre-Cure films.

    「役柄の年齢は気にしない。
    問題は感情だけ。
    お腹に力入れて、感情を込めて」

    The age of the role doesn’t matter.
    It’s nothing but an emotional problem [your feelings].
    Load your emotions within your stomach

    Not sure if I got that third phrase properly. It either means to ignore age (or all worries) as an issue or use your feelings to reinforce your acting. It could be both.

    勝生真沙子の演技指導「喋れば良いです」

    Katsuki Masako’s Performance Guidance: Speaking should be good

    Absolutely agree, and a lack of nervousness and the balance of breath (and consideration of how the speech comes out) support this. If anything, Katsuki-san articulation is often praised. Even recently, by Hirata Hiroaki, the C.V of ONE PIECE’s Sanji and SAIYUKI’S Sha Gojyo:

    平田:またあの役が大変だからね。僕は勝生さんの演技がとっても大好きで、セリフの言い方とか滑舌とか、すごく聞き取りやすい喋りをなさる方なんだけど、その勝生さんでも大変なセリフってあるんだ、って、僕も新鮮に見ていました。

    Katsuki-san will appear in SAIYUKI RELOAD BLAST as Sharak Sanjo. Apparently, it is a challenging role for her, perhaps due to the sutra, technical term, and the importance of the lines (as a SANZO PRIEST). Hoshi Souichiro expresses that it was “an exciting/very interesting experience to see”. Isn’t to face a flaw and break through it not a good thing?

    SOURCE: SAIYUKI Story – Chairman and Hoshi Souchiro in good health and going strong (GUNOSY)

    SAIYUKI RELOAD BLAST Advanced Screen Event.

    That’s all for now. I leave you with this man.

    JUST DO IT!

    A free acting sense? Mental Strength? Release the stress | 2015 Katsuki Masako x Shumei Doki Article (Part 1) #勝生真沙子


    SOURCES/Links:

    “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
    Helen Keller (ヘレン・ケラー)

    It’s been nearly two years in the making. Matter of fact, this was hanging in my documents, incomplete, for quite some time. Real life has gotten in the way, but this is something I wanted to place a lot of effort and accuracy into. Why?

    Back in September 2015, there was a program special called Shumei Doki (趣味どきっ!一声入魂!アニメ声優塾; Hobby time! Voice consecration! Anime Voice actor private school!) hosted by multi-talent Nakagawa Shoko (AKA: SHOKOTAN) and two other guests. Each week, Shoko and these guests are assigned to a single instructor: Eight well known seiyu or voice actors. I love the majority of them, their craft indeed renowned.

    What was this special about?”

    誰もが知っている“あのアニメキャラクター”は、なぜあんなにも魅力的なのか?
    キャラクターに声で命を吹き込む声優にスポットをあて、制作現場の裏側で繰り広げられる声優たちの努力や創意工夫、情熱の源を明かしていく。

    番組では、魅力あるキャラを完成させるために、声優たちが声の演技に込めるもののすべてを“アニ神魂”と呼び、 単にアニメ制作現場の裏側を知るだけではなく、人生の教訓ともなる教えを学ぶ。

    塾長として番組を取り仕切るのは、アニメ、漫画などに関する造詣が深く、声優としても活躍する歌手・タレントの中川翔子。 アニメと共に時代を創り上げてきた声優陣をゲスト講師として招き、“アニ神魂”を引き出していく。

    Why is “that anime character” we know so attractive? The voice actors who breathe life and voice to the character, voice actors of effort and inventive idea, working behind the production, source of passion, are revealed to light.

    This program, completing charming character, performance of voice actors are called “Ani god spirit”.

    Lessons of life are learned.

    One of the instructors, the seventh, is someone I would probably put in my TOP 10 Japanese voice actors. When it comes to females in entirety, she would probably rank in my TOP 5. I adore this person.

    A sensual tone, a passionate timbre, probably a go-to-gal when you reliably want a strong female character, this person is probably best known to Westerners as the voice of NARUTO’s Fifth Hokage and Sailor Moon’s Sailor Neptune (in which was recently given to Ohara Sayaka for Sailor Moon Crystal) among a long line of credits – animation, tokusatsu, video games, dubbing, narrator, drama CDS, singing. Among her performances is her rather silly personality; she is also a VA tutor of the Tokyo Animation College in Shinjuku. There’s an impression that a “heart is straight”.

    Her name is Katsuki Masako.
    (その名前は勝生真沙子)

    There are many things that I could say about this person but I should contain myself to the main topic.

    In today’s age where there are live shows and music performances of seiyu, Katsuki-san’s appearance in media is quite rare. In such an opportunity, as an instructor of Shumei DOKI, she applies knowledge that is fundamental NOT just for any actor, but is also universal health advice. What to learn from “sensei”? Sensei’s advice is nothing technical or complex.

    On the program, she was defined as 止まらない勝生 (tomaranai katsuki). The unstoppable Katsuki.

    It’s weird because Katsuki’s theme is “freedom”: Having little preparation of getting into the part, and let the flow run free. Why is that? It’s due to the pressure. An actor’s mind should be released of pressure. Now, I will elaborate on sensei’s performance style or Katsuki-ryuu (勝生流).

    This is the Refresh Style (リフレッシュ術).

    心構え = 勝生流声優道
    Prepation/readiness/mental atitude = Katsuki style VA path

    One of the techniques to release this pressure or stress is LAUGHING! I recall her appearance on “BLEACH B STATION”, hosted by Morita Matsukazu (the C.V of Kurosaki Ichigo) and answered a question from someone regarding “being scared”

    And K’s answer was “WARAE” or “to laugh!”.

    BLEACH B STATION
    舞台に立ったときにあがらない為のアドバイスを下さい!

    勝「みんなあがってんだよっ!」

    Tell me advice to stand on stage.
    Everyone get up!

    The majority of her explanation in Shumei Doki is about a strong mentality, or there is “little matter”.

    I found a hilarious photo regarding the “laughing” advice in connection to the program and I have yet to find it (and I am totally upset about it).

    Using the voice

    anatomy-of-the-larynx-by-arijit-3-638.jpg
    The diaphragm, which is the piece of muscle underneath your ribcage that supports your lungs and the flow of air, has an important function in breathing, thus your voice. Another important factor for your use of voice is your larynx. To put it simply, the muscles you contain in neck and chest must coordinate equally. This is necessary when singing, using the muscles in continuum.

    Your vocal cords (in laryx) function by vibrating from air and making sound. Because you breathe outward while speaking, laryx goes down and your cords close. Avoid touching the back of something with tongue (or muscles). To not stray far from the point and not into science, the point is that breathing is highly important. You have a versatile voice capable of making sound, including tone change. So confidence shall be a factor in a good performance because it’s both physical and mental. Inflection is important as well; not just voice but the use of speech.

    Listen to a contrabass flute of different range of “low” notes.

    A mental effort is a significant factor within a performer not just for the practice and conveying for a character, but to avoid self-indulgence, and to know what to expect from such a job (ie: difficult products, criticism/ugly remarks, etc). This also includes your mistakes. Also, a confrontation of a physical and mental disorder. There should be a step-by-step patience and motivation.

    Part 2 and further elaboration should come another time.

    About Katsuki-san:

     

    Help ya boy Shinji out! | Celebrate @Megumi_Ogata’s 25th Anniversary ALBUM #animeg25th #wishes


    LINK: “Animeg. 25th” Megumi Ogata 25th Seiyuu Debut Anniversary Project

    Long story short.

    Ogata Megumi is a voice actress/singer that I admire, with too many credits for me to list, and she’s an advocate for animators in their business and her fans including overseas.

    So now, she believes that one of the ways to support financial dissemination is through crowdfunding. She’s releasing a new CD, and overseas fans can get it through Tokyo Mirai Mode‏.

    How? Just back the crowdfunding.

    And here is the album’s JUICY tracklist:

    “Taiyou Ga Mata Kagayaku Toki” – from Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – feat. Nobuyuki Hiyama
    “Moon Revenge” – from Sailor Moon R: The Movie – feat. Masako Katsuki
    “Platinum” – from Cardcaptor Sakura
    “Komm, süsser Tod” – from THE END OF EVANGELION
    “Driver’s High” – from Great Teacher Onizuka
    “Fukanzen Nenshou” – from Kamisama Dolls
    “My Soul, Your Beats!” – from Angel Beats!
    “Kimi no Kioku” – from Persona 3
    “Kamisama no Itazura” – from Tamayura: Hitotose
    “Bye Bye Yesterday” – from Assassination Classroom Second Season – feat. TERASAKA-GUMI
    “Hikari” – from Hamatora
    “Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku” – from Danganronpa
    “Sakuranagashi” – from EVANGELION: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

    Indeed. All of these products, from EVA to Persona, Ogata has appeared in all of them. I am personally looking forward to the Sailor Moon duet; believe me, I’ve contained my excitement. Even though the goal has been met, let’s acknowledge this wish further and continue to support Ogata.

    “What can I do to overcome this invisible wall separating the fans and myself? There has to be something that even I can do, right?”

    (Sic) I also wish my project could help finds residing outside of Japan to gain access to a wide variety of Japanese content. Nothing would make me happier than having those wishes come true.

    P.S:

    AROUND THE WORLD BABY! (Yes, I like Daft Punk)

    More Links/Sources:
    TOWER RECORDS: 緒方恵美、声優デビュー25周年記念アニソンカバーアルバム『アニメグ。25th』の一般流通盤が登場!

    nlab: 声優・緒方恵美の25周年アルバム、檜山修之さん、勝生真沙子さんら6人が参加決定! エヴァQ「桜流し」の追加収録も

    I felt defeated + Sketch a Day #sailormoon #sailormooncrystal


    This is another long entry that I started in January (or start of Feb). I also wanted to wait until my last assignment was done, and the broadcast of a particular show. I’m glad that I did. The Sketch of the Day choice is this lady, withheld until I did this entry. Of course, the first time is never great. It’ll just have to improve later.

    It’s nice to know that I’m not a zombie. I see fans show earnest anticipation for an upcoming video game, a movie adaptation of another work, and more.  I rarely feel that emotion, at least not strongly to the point of tears.

    Jan 27 and Jan 28 is probably when I understood how I really felt about Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon.

    Why did I feel defeated? It started with sympathy, then it was selfishness, then ended with an appreciation.

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