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

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

From Last time

From BLEACH B Station:



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

“Katsu: Speak right away!!”



“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!




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


This reminds me of what I said in a previous entry about online abuse in regards to acting and the, 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:



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.


    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.


    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:


    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.


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


    “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?”


    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.

    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!”.



    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

    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:


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    It was genuine tears.

    If anyone has read or watched Hajime no Ippo, you know that there are some significantly strong rivals that Ippo had to face. Miyata, Sendo, Vorg, and Mashiba are among a few.

    One of the seniors of the Kamogawa gym, a junior light weight (AKA: Super feather weight), Kimura Tatsuya had a rough school life with his pal Aoki and was inspired to train in boxing. Within this sport, this “ex-thug” also had to face challenges unlike before.

    The OVA “Kimura vs Mashiba: Execution” (はじめの一歩 間柴vs木村 死刑執行) is beautiful in and out. You would do yourself a disservice if you don’t watch this after the first TV series. Despite being a veteran, Kimura Tatsuya is a total human being. You wouldn’t see him much as a competent boxer considering the spotlight has been on Ippo. Also, Kimura and Aoki has had risen through the ranks. When Kimura realized that he had to fight Mashiba,, he had insecurities and started comparing himself to Miyata and Ippo, well-known fighters. Not to mention, Mashiba is quite known for being terrifying, and sending boxers into retirement.

    The OVA also teaches you that you can have ups and downs, and you can teach yourself new tricks.

    The C.V of Kimura is FUJIWARA KEIJI, who has been on a rather long hiatus for medical reasons, and has finally returned. I am quite happy as I was floored by his Kimura. I’m quite glad actually, since he plays a lot of goofy and rough guys, but there’s a complete concept of humanity within Kimura that can be praised, different from Fujiwara’s Leorio, ACDC (Esedesi), Holland (Who is great too), Axel and Reno, etc.

    Hajime No Ippo has an ensemble cast of characters, many men of different backgrounds and personalities. I recommend it even though I am not a boxing fan.

    Hiroshi, take it easy. Don’t hop back in too quickly.

    Direction and Visions! Illustrator/Screenwriter histories + artists with “anime-style” work #AoKWoW #neversaynever

    “Empowerment is about sharing power and authority to make decisions. Empowering leader helps followers solve problems on their own instead of prescribing solutions, encourages the followers to use their talents and to come up with new ideas, offers opportunities to learn new skills and develop themselves.”

    Lee J. Konczak, PhD, 2010, Dirk Van Dierendonck, 2011. Both write articles for social psychology.

    Short Version:

    • Someone asked a question and I rebuke the answer
    • Leadership qualities and leadership-servant concept
    • Names of those in animation and game industry, and their upbringing/inspirations.
    • The anime-like, or inspired, illustrations and products from artists globally.
    • Stop telling others  what they can or can’t do


    AoKWoW stands for my category-tag “Acts of Kindness & Words of Wisdom“. Sooner or later, I’m going to clean up these tags, and the blog address may be renamed once I get everything together.

    Apparently, a 20 year programmer or a freelance blogger knows everything about how a country works or how someone performs. Without question.

    This entry was originally titled “Don’t ask those without answers” because I was upset. However, as days went by, I became impressed by everyone’s work (see below), and I’ve decided to not be negative. All eyes are on everyone; attempt to not treat it like a low-rate blog. As my articles, my writing examples end up here, I should provide critical, positive examples.

    About three or four weekends before last, I became sick and it seemed to have lasted for a while. I’ve come to terms that I hate being degraded and treated unprofessionally. Ironically, I am in constant demand of tasks. I also hate hearing others complain about their job while lingering within it. In other words, my passionate energy is not placed into where I want it to and that’s where a part of my irritation is coming from (see Doggie Daily Life).

    How this entry came to be started with a question from an anonymou person to someone, and that someone’s answer. It was a Japanese anime-related question. Basically, the work surrounding it.

    The answer?

    Basically, that small answer doesn’t describe nothing more than hubris, and was set up as a moment to embarrass another for humor. To embarrass others, picking fun of those who were/are unable to create perpetuating credentials, is always a cog for trolling and internet entertainment. Some people has an inner circle being their only comfort and protection.

    And I think that someone, receiving that answer, was the wrong person to ask. You ask a person who actually developed and completed a project. It is a plus if said person teaches others.

    Then, id that’s the case, that’d mean I couldn’t offer the best answer either. I will have another entry on opinion and accredited research some other time. I will say that those with a strong curiosity and research in a specialization will gain the answer, and both opinion and criticism truly matters.

    The best advice is no matter what I say, or anyone else, diligently look it up yourself.

    Also, acknowledge that they’ll be problems and denials.

    “Killing the Voice Actor. Aim for non-regrettable voice actor.” Something like that.

    This is because many kids aspire to be a seiyu (voice actor in Japan). That is the same case among anime fans in Western countries. The title of SekiTomo’s book is heartfelt: it is a difficult job. This comes from a guy over 20 years in the job, doing many roles from the screaming heroes and cold villains to the animals and little boys.

    I always felt the same way. Why pursue voice acting when you have to be an actor first and foremost? It is the advice for most veteran voice actors.

    Let me first say that I am no means interested in “making anime” or going anywhere in that direction. First and foremost, I am a gamer. If I wanted to construct anything, it’d be a game or to take part in a game or an illustration.

    Here is an example of asking questions and getting good answers:

    QUORA: Is freelance video game programming a viable career?

    Such straightforward answers from those with the correct, accurate specialization and background. Since game and animation is in the entertainment industry, and with parallels, just remember the high demand, willingness, and organizational structure of these spots. Also, be prepared for failures or/and a long road.

    Why do I use quotes on leaderships and working? Think of yourself as someone in the lead in your craft, plus it’s good work advice.

    “Research suggests that leaders who encourage creative thinking stimulate the manifestation of various positive individual and organizational outcomes (Fong & Snape, 2013), which in return cultivates a performance culture.”

    Kai Hung Fong (Tianda Group Limited), Ed Snape. Empowering Leadership, Psychological Empowerment and Employee Outcomes.

    Time to actually answer the question. Or rather than answering, I want to provide examples of those who work in anime, create it, etc. I think one tough question doesn’t deserve a single answer because there are various paths, various options, and the future can’t be predicted. Everyone says to be passionate with everything.

    The above mentioned Dierendonck mentioned that “The most important thing that you gain is that your employees will be more more motivated. what we know is that people with a strong intrinsic motivation, they are also more creative. They are willing to do more than what’s asked of them.” And those are steps towards professionalism.

    Famous People

    First, here’s an outline of the backgrounds of those who work in animation and comics, which also include digital production of video games:

    Nomura Tetsuya (野村 哲也)
    Game art designer/director for SQUARE ENIX. Best known for Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. After graduating from Okou High School in Kochi Prefecture, specialized in fine arts, he went to a vocational school for design and advertisement; and then was hired by SQUARE (pre-SQUARE ENIX) to do debugging for FF VI. That was his first job. Nomura’s HS art teacher showed him works by char designer Amano Yoshitaka, which inspired Nomura to join SQUARE.

    Urobuchi Gen (虚淵 玄)
    Writer of Kamen Rider Gaim, PSYCHO PASS; did screenplay for a few episodes of ALDNOAH ZERO. Screenplay, series composition, etc. Graduated from Wako Univerity. Debuted by being a scenario writer for adult games for NitroPlus; inspired to be a novelist. Has family in the industry.

    Toriyama Akira (鳥山 明)
    Comic creator/cartoonist designer. Known for DRAGON QUEST, Dragonball series, and Dr. Slump. In elementary school, he won sketch competitions, and in High school, he won an award for creating a poster for a beauty competition. Respects Tezuka Osamu (BLACKJACK, Jungle Emperor Leo) and Walt Disney. Toriyama graduated from Aichi Tech HS from design department.

    Fun Note: Walt Disney was told many times that his drawings were bad and was turned down.

    Okada Mari (岡田 麿里)
    Worked on Anohana, Kiznaiver and Tora Dora. Okada went through a lot of truancy through school life, but graduated and entered game vocational school. Afterward, she joined V CINEMA.

    Isamayama Hajime (諫山 創)
    Mr. ATACK ON TITAN! Graduated from Kyushu Designer Institute’s MANGA Department. However, he graduated from Oichi Engineering High School (Specialized in forestry, machinery, etc). Participated in Magazine Grand Prix.

    Kobayashi Yasuko (小林 靖子)
    Screenwriter for tokusatsu and anime, including ATTACK ON TITAN, Kamen Rider Ryuuki, Jojo and CLAYMORE. This story is a little funny. Formerly a computer software programmer. Kobayashi did not know how to enter the tokusatsu industry so she sent a plot for SPECIAL RESCUE EXCEEDRAFT (特捜エクシードラフト) in opinion/comment for TV Asahi. It caught the attention of producer Hori Nagafumi (1936 – 2015). She went to a scenario school.

    Nihei Tsutomu (弐瓶勉)
    Serialized KNIGHTS of SIDONIA. Fukushima Tech school graduate and became a construction foreman. Won Judge Special Prize from Afternoon Four Seasons contest with short story “BLAME”. The judge was Taniguchi Jiro. Nihei worked as an assistant for Takahashi Tsutomu of Monthly Afternoon (manga magazine). Went oversees by himself to study painting. In his works, he initially started painting in acrylic.

    Shigeno Shuichi (しげの秀一)
    Creator of INITIAL D, and his favorite car is the Toyata AE86, which is the car of the main character Fujiwara. He worked on dojinshi during student days; he rode a motorcycle and went to college in Tokyo. Sometime, he became an assistant to Cartoonist Hio Akira (Space BAttleship YAMATO) and Ishiwata Osamu. Check out Shuichi’s workplace and words, stating he did not expect INITIAL D to be a hit. Also, his car/best buddy Hachiroku. Initial D is worked with only pencil and pen.

    Fun Note: He doesn’t like automatic driving 😉

    Stephen King
    Had a rocky family life, but in a nutshell: Grammar school, high school, then wrote in a newspaper for University of Maine, graduating with a Bachelors in English. B.A of English has concentrations in Analytical Writing, Creative Writing and Professional Writing. He wrote for magazines and eventually became a HS English teacher. Even so, he still applied for publishing companies.


    Now this seems very intimidating. Perhaps that is for everyone’s own good.

    One problem with these figures is that they’re internationally famous, sometimes unexpectedly, and it seems that achieving “success” in the entertainment world can be compared to the size of a jewelry box. Maybe the above mentioned people listed can be considered “geniuses”.

    QUORA: What did your Indie game fail?

    Despite that, be business and skill oriented. Above all, hard work (and sometimes, the work/credits/practice from childhood, alumni, and family within industry, which I dislike to say) is a factor. Usually, hard work and building relationships. Another thing that is shared among these listed names is that they’re inspired by the work of another. Such as Nomura and Amano.

    Before or after primary school, gain any training if available. You can go with vocational, Bachelors and Masters degrees in various arts, and then throwing it out there.  Also, have some “power”, some drive to make yourself known.

    Consider specific studies and where you’ll find it. Aim big; do research in schools please (especially with the pay involved). A couple examples: The Art Institute of Michigan or California Institute of Arts, which has programs in Character Animation, Digital Design, Acting, Costume Design, Digital Art, Film and Video, Scene Design, and Stage management. In my home state, one of the oldest schools is The College of Creative Studies, a special-focus institution for the arts/craft field.

    Comics/Artists with anime style

    Since someone was told that he/she will “never be able to do anime”, here are some examples of artists/products with an anime style, even those who worked with licensed anime works.

    Tuskegee Heirs

    Amazing. A sci-fi product by Marcus Williams and Greg Burnham. About aviators, roughly based on the first African American fighter pilots.  TO quote the premise: “Following in the Japanese animation genre’s age old practice of dropping unusually talented youths inside the cockpits of enormously powerful machines, the amazing pilots of this series will be no exception.”


    FS Thailand Artist Zaionic created this fantasy comic. The language is in Thai, but the first few chapters are free. Zaionic also has a DeviantArt page.

    Albiero Marco (His website)

    Marco of Italy is a big fan of Saint Seiya (Twitter). He has done various graphics and illustrations for magazines. Provided DVD cover art for Ashita no Joe and official art for Sailor Moon.

    Gaia, available on STEAM, is a single-player RPG created by SPECTACLED BEAR GAMES (official site). Their approach is to make euro multiplayers games.
    Here are examples of the concept art, provided by artist MCASHE.

    Hakuren Studios
    From Peru. Just found them and I am deeply impressed. Saint Seiya or other fan animations/anime projects. Twitter. Facebook. I look forward to Tenkai Hen Zeus. I’ll do a more in-depth article on Hakuren when I have time.

    Last Thing

    I conclude with one more quote: From Minority Nursing, which explains the five stages of a nurse achieving expert level:

    The process begins with learning the fundamental skills of nursing care while also learning to apply sound principles of nursing, evidenced by research and exemplified through proficient patient care. Another important part of the process is learning to apply critical thinking skills to find solutions to complex situations or problems.

    Everyone has a different learning style—for example, it can be hands-on, verbal, written or a combination of all three. Novice nurses should read scholarly journals, conduct informational interviews with experts, take time to shadow, and follow up when they receive a constructive evaluation of their skills in the clinical setting.

    What does that have to do with anime? These words are all related to an individual’s craft and how to approach your expertise. Patience, guidance, and a need.

    A director’s interpretation? (Arslan) Also…

    We must learn to identify with another. I began this entry back in early January, trying to make it as considerate as possible.

    Now, it couldn’t come at a better time as a show’s second season heads this way, as does a kick-starter that everyone has been looking forward to. But more importantly, I think, I am getting annoyed by typical, heated arguments of insulting ones’s intelligence that gets passed as facts or as cool. I’m also offended by being seen as ignorant of the visceral range of a person’s acting, or told that “actors aren’t one trick ponies” because I disagree with a casting. Then again, I live in a country where it’s looking possible that the next President behaves like a schoolyard hair-slick-back bully from the streets. That’s cool no? And just this morning, and I mean April 4, I saw someone’s video about bullying.

    I am motivated now.

    So, this entry all began with one show and how it bothered me a little bit. I’m not the type of person who gets deeply disappointed in what I watch, so I wanted to further ponder on it to get it out of my system.  What brought this up and why couldn’t I just leave it alone? It first started off with me coming across an interview and a bulletin board. I wanted to know the core of my disappointment, to see reason behind it because I’m about to pose an argument.

    And, I kind of felt like a jerk kicking on this one guy.

    While working on the entry, I came across different, interesting perspectives. Understand that I like being free and seeing different principles, and I also don’t tolerate those who insult others with a different opinion.

    I’m not even sure if I have everything here that I want, or if fully proofread.

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