On the First Day of AniChristmas (Seiyuu Introduction Post)
On the first day of AniMas(shortened the name to suit the song), InterestSoap gave to me, a blog post about seiyuus. You can sing that but I know it is a really cheesy intro, but you get the idea right? Today I am going to give you guys are blog post about seiyuu.
First thing first, I know you will definitely be asking me this… why a post about a seiyuu? I have only one thing to say to that. I’m a seiyuu nut and I hope that through the posts, you will understand why I respect/revere/worship this people and enjoy their work. Most of the information I am telling now is information I have gathered while researching on seiyuu myself so I hope you will enjoy it.
For now, I am going give you guys a brief introduction to the world of seiyuu and what you want to do from then is all up to you. Ok? Ok. First, seiyuu are Japanese voice actors and are in a completely different world to their American counterparts. So for this post I will tell you the great perks and downs of being a seiyuu.
1. Becoming One in the First Place
It is actually a lot more complicated than this, but basically, there are mainly 4 ways to becoming a seiyuu.
1. Go to a specialist seiyuu training course run by an affiliated school
2. Take a voice acting course at a vocational school
3. Win one-off open auditions for a production or advertisement. And finally
4. Branch out from another entertainment form. (i.e. Singing)
For those who go to Seiyuu School or a vocational school they have to put in many hours of practice and money to even complete it. It costs 2.6k Singapore Dollars (Do the conversion yourself) for only the starter course. And let me put it simply, even if you complete their most advance courses, you will still not be guaranteed a job as a seiyuu.
Even those who win auditions still have to put in a lot more effort to become a seiyuu, no matter what path you choose you need to put in effort a lot of it. If you want the really detailed explanation on the whole process, go here.
2. The Things Seiyuu Have to Do
Did you think that seiyuu just voice act? Wrong! Back in school, (did not have space to mention this) they have to learn how to sing and dance. Some even form Seiyuu Groups like Sphere or Ro-Kyu_Bu. The things seiyuu have to do in their jobs include, voicing over characters, photo shoots, radio shows and live events. So it is hard for a seiyuu to actually have a day off work.
3. The Perks
None whatsoever. Nah, just kidding. As far as I can see, from my perspective, the best thing about being a seiyuu is that it is fun. Most seiyuu are anime fans as well, for example Yuuki Aoi, and they love to be in this anime world. So, to get a job that you love doing, I don’t mind putting in this much effort.
4. Occupational Hazards
Surprisingly, they have these. It seems that in Japan, there ore Otakus out there who are even more desperate then I am and go to great lengths to stalk various seiyuu. A place where these people gather is 2channel. (Just kidding, no seriously) Some post up threats and deface the posters of the seiyuu are in or destroy the figures whose character the seiyuu voices as. Let’s leave it at that. It’s a touchy topic.
5. Why they are awesome people
From what I can see through the radio shows and what they write on their blogs, unless they act really well and not slip once, they are nice people and are surprisingly normal. Not Hollywood Star-ish but people you can actually encounter on a train ride. So it gives you the impression they are closer than you think. (Too creepy?)
And one of the best parts is that most of the time to be a seiyuu you have to look “cute” enough. Seriously, it is a requirement. So most seiyuu are above average in the looks department, they are also mostly gamers! Completely different from the American female gamers you see. (no offence)
Ok, so that brings me to the end of the first day of AniChristmas. If you feel amazed by seiyuu, welcome to the club, you are not the only one. So…. Comment down your thoughts about this and anything else. Again you can tweet me over here and again I am very open to suggestions. So feel free to comment, criticize or ask me a question. If I made a mistake, feel free to scream at me at here or Twitter. So, enjoy the holiday season and enjoy this Moe picture. Happy holidays! Day 2 is over here.
Posted on December 14, 2011, in Anime, Otaku-ism and tagged AniChristmas, becoming a seiyuu, Japanese Voice actor, live performance, radio show, ranting, real life, seiyuu, seiyuu training. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.