Takahashi Rie’s Seiyuu Zukan

As mentioned in the previous post, I will be starting a series where I focus on some seiyuus before they got their break. Since debuting in 2013, Takahashi Rie has gone from an unknown to recently being ranked at No.9 in a female seiyuu popularity poll conducted by Charapedia.

I chanced upon DDnavi which has an ongoing corner where they interview up-and-coming seiyuus. This was also that defining moment in my opinion where Takahashi Rie really got her break. She had won auditions to voice 3 prominent characters in their respective shows that summer.

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This is ‘Seiyuu Zukan” (Seiyuu pictorial book), where we interview highly anticipated seiyuus, how they got their opportunity to become a seiyuu, their first work, as well as their personal life and any other interesting things, together with a mini photo shoot.

For the 74th edition, featuring Takahashi Rie, who has voicedas Ichinose Futaba (Sore ga Seiyuu!), Naoki Miki (Gakkou Gurashi!), Kobayashi (Rampo Kitan – Game of Laplace)

Q: Good job on today’s shoot! The outfit really looks good on you!

Takahashi: Thank you! I would usually wear a shirt or a collared shirt with a jacket and slim pants but for today I thought that I would try to coordinate my whole outfit together that would look cute. Also, the hair styling really matched well with my clothes. Usually I would show my ears.

Q: You have 3 main roles coming up in July! Firstly, what kind of a girl is Ichinose Futaba (Sore ga Seiyuu) ?

Takahashi: While she’s a new seiyuu just like me, I also feel that her character is similar, and she puts in her emotions in what she does. When I imagined Futaba as this kind of girl, I realised I didn’t need to change much of my natural voice (laughs). In the end, when I realised, ” eh? That’s me! “, I was taken aback (laughs).

Q: Now that you said it, she really does resembles you. Energetic, lively image for example.

Takahashi: At the beginning, Futaba didn’t really carry that lively image. I think Futaba passes off as a serious and earnest girl,and might appear as someone who puts in everything in what she does. But that facade gives off a certain cheerfulness which I think also reflects myself. It’s a little embarrassing to pass off that image as myself though (laughs). I would also think being overly serious could be a demerit too.

Q: “I’m bad at self promotion and lacking in personality” – that was the one of the brief outlines for Futaba. Surely that wouldn’t be similar to you right?

Takahashi: Actually I think we are kind of similar in that aspect too (laughs)! When I was in Japan Recitation Academy radio show together with the seiyuus from my cohort. At times I was lively, sometimes I was warm and fuzzy – that period made me wonder and fuss over what my personality actually was. But now, I can finally say that being serious (outlook) is one of my traits. This was all thanks to having met Futaba.

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Q: Moving on, in Gakkou Gurashi, you played the role of Naoki Miki who is a member of the School Living Club. Please tell us more about the adaptation!

Takahashi: The adaptation will also include a different development from the original work, so I think even for people who has read the Manga would enjoy it. I hope that everyone will watch it!

Q: Finally, we have “Rampo Kitan – Game of Laplace” which is a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing away of author Edogawa Ranpo. You play Kobayashi, who can be said to be the navigator of the story.

Takahashi:
I hope everyone will enjoy my performance as Kobayashi. He is a character who often holds the final dialogue to solving the mysteries, so I have to be careful on how to convey his lines smoothly without getting lost for words.

Q: And there, you really have a busy summer ahead of you!

Takahashi: I’m really, really surprised (laughs). People around me also told me they are surprised but I think I’m the one who’s most startled by the news (laughs).I won’t forget the gratitude for the things i have experienced till now, and from now on, and I will cherish every character I act as!

Q: By the way, what was the trigger that made you want to pursue a voice acting career?

Takahashi: Back in middle when I saw anime which had female seiyuu acting in male roles, I knew I wanted to be a seiyuu.

Editor note: And she has really become a seiyuu who has also voiced male characters! (Ernesti from Knight’s & Magic, Kobayashi..etc)

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Q: What did you watch when you were younger?

Takahashi: I watched Ojamajo Doremi when I was a kid! In junior high school, I got absorbed Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and SOUL EATER, and that really made up my mind to aim to become a seiyuu.

Q: How about the opportunity that led you to debut as a seiyuu?

Takahashi: I joined an audition held by 81 Produce during the 3rd year of high school, and subsequently joined their training school. After a year of training, I joined 81 Produce as a seiyuu. The first role I got credited for was “Girl C”!*
The solitary line was “I’ll be travelling with my family”.

*See the subbed video of Rie talking about it by LEGOF here!

Q: What was your first work after joining 81 produce?

Takahashi: It was for 81 studio’s audition CM narration. For the first time in my life, I went into the recording studios, read out telephone numbers and practiced a lot.

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Q: Tell us about your private life! What do you like to eat?

Takahashi: Recently, I came to really like takoyaki! I’ll be happy to eat them for all 3 meals. It can be anything from the frozen ones sold out there, or the authentic ones from Osaka – I would eat all of them!

Q: What do you do to freshen up yourself?

Takahashi: UV curing resin is really popular now, so I created a key chain holder of Korori chan*. I’m pretty skillful with my fingers!

*Futaba’s plushie from Sore ga Seiyuu.

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Q: How about your off-days?

Takahashi: If anything, I’ll do vocal and articulation practice at home. Also, redoing lines I couldnt deliver well, building up stamina for lives (concerts) at a gym, doing up my nails or going to the salon. I like using the time for my self development. Oh and I make sure to sleep properly! On days I can afford to sleep in, I would really just sleep a lot (laughs).

Q: Who do you get along well with?

Takahashi: Ueda Reina & Aisaka Yuuka comes to my house often to hang out! Also the seiyuus from L.I.N.K.s* (Aisaka Yuuka, Ishihara Mai, Ikuta Yoshiko, Yamamoto Nozomi) as well as Earphones** (Kouno Marika, Nagaku Yuki). I hang out with them a lot in my private time, as well as work with them in the studios!

*A seiyuu unit formed for Ange Vierge
**A seiyuu unit formed for Sore ga Seiyuu

Editor note: Both Reina & Yuuka are still her close friends, see here
Reina mentioned recently in Shigohaji #19 to Tanaka Minami that Takahashi Rie is a very important person in her life.

Q: Do you have any ambitions as a seiyuu?

Takahashi: I want to voice a character where only I can bring out the charm! Also, I would like everyone to enjoy, as well as be able to surprise people with my performance.

Q: Lastly, do you have any messages to the readers?

Takahashi: I’m Takahashi Rie, a new seiyuu! For the characters entrusted to me, I will do my best to draw out the charm for each and everyone of them, treat each of them with great care and earnestly act out my parts. I would be really happy if any of the characters I play can bring joy to someone out there and end up making people fall in love and support the work. Thank you!

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This interview was first published on 30 July 2015 in ddnavi.com. All images you see here belong to their respective owners.

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