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