10 Questions about Tomori
~ the first time ~
To commemorate Kusunoki Tomori’s first cover appearance, she will challenge 10 questions with ‘first‘ as a theme.
Q: Who is the first anime character you like?
Kusunoki: Tokyo Mew Mew’s Momomiya Ichigo! I like her straightforwardness and she makes everyone feel like she is ‘The Heroine‘. I was only about two when it was shown on TV, though I cannot remember much about it, looking back now that I’ve grown up, I really was drawn in by her cuteness.
Q: What is the first song you sang in front of people?
Kusunoki: I think it was for the opening act for a piano recital, where everyone had to sing in unison. For Karaoke, I sang the ending theme for Ojarumaru in front of my family. The title was……….I forgot it. Sorry!
Q: What is the first thing you admitted that you are bad at?
Kusunoki: I’m bad with confined places. A long time ago, I woke up and and couldn’t pull myself out of bed because I was wrapped up by the futon* (laughs), and caused me to panic for a while. Since then, I got a fear of being confined in places where I can’t move my body around. To think I love being inside the closet when I was a kid…….(laughs).
Q: What is the first* memory that you still remember well now?
Kusunoki: There was once during meal time in kindergarten, when a friend tore off a small rounded piece from a bread and told me, “This is candy~”, and I actually bought into that. But I don’t really understand why such an incident continues to linger in my memories (laughs).
*Earliest is a better word for this context. I used ‘First’ to fit with the format.
Q: What was the first song you composed and wrote?
Kusunoki: It’s a summer love song I got to sing a number of times at lives, called ‘Nagame no Sora’* I wrote it last year just before summer. When I create a song, I will always start with writing the lyrics, followed by humming the melody to form the tune (laughs). Then, I’ll bring it to my voice training teacher and discuss the cords, before finishing up.
*Lit: The gazing sky
Q: What was the first live you went to?
Kusunoki: It was a Tegomass live which I went with my sister. It was during the first or second year of grade school. Under my sister’s influence, I got into Johnny’s* faster than the usual. On the other hand, as I progressed through the grades, just when my classmates started getting hooked on Johnny’s, I ended up pursuing other interests. I tend to get sidetracked when it came to my hobbies (laughs).
*Johnny’s is a popular male idol agency with many groups popular with school girls in Japan.
Q: What was your state of mind like when you got featured in a magazine for the first time?
Kusunoki: I flipped open the pages, and the moment the pictures caught my eye, I closed the magazine (laughs). “Ah, it’s me. Slams!” (laughs). The feeling of embarrassment overwhelmed happiness. “What should I do…..? I can’t let my family see this.” My family ended up reading the segment more earnestly than me (laughs).
Q: What was your first surprise you experienced?
Kusunoki: I play a young magic apprentice in Märchen Mädchen, and when the broadcast ended, I was presented with a graduation certificate at an event as if to signify that my apprenticeship has ended. When I got on stage, suddenly my co-workers retreated back to the wings of the stage. I thought to myself, “Did something bad happen?”. Then, they came back with the certificate. That’s when i first learnt that when people are so shocked, tears don’t flow out even though they are moved by emotions (laughs).
Q: What did you buy with your first pay?
Kusunoki: Clothes and IPad. Oh and also an apple pencil. I bought it cause I wanted to draw, but I didn’t think that it would be so similar to drawing on paper so it felt great!
Q: What was the first film that made you cry?
Kusunoki: LIMIT OF LOVE umizaru. I watched it on TV when I was very young. As for when exactly, I can’t really remember, but I remembered bawling my eyes out when I watched it.
This interview was first published in the July edition of Seiyuu Grandprix. You can purchase it at Amazon.