Earphones 3rd year commemorative live report

Introduction to Earphones

A short introduction about Earphones for the uninitiated. Earphones is a seiyuu unit group formed directly from 2015’s ‘Sore ga Seiyuu‘ (Seiyu’s Life!), which is an anime based on the 4-koma doujin by Masumi Asano. The story revolves around 3 rookie seiyuus and follows their journey on surviving in the industry, recording sessions, and eventually forming an idol unit.

Takahashi Rie (Rieri) is perhaps the most prominent member of the group, and became popular after back-to-back main roles in Konosuba (Megumin) and Re:Zero (Emilia).  Her unit colour is yellow, and her stage position is usually on the left (from the audience point of view). She is referred by the other two as the leader of the group, and her official position is ‘Sister Leader’.

Kouno Marika (Marinka) has grown in prominence lately with main roles in Mitsuboshi Colors (Sat-chan) and Uma Musume (Silence Shizuka). Her unit colour is blue, and she is usually the center of the group. Her position is ‘Noise Beauty’.

Nagaku Yuki (Gakkyu) often goes unnoticed but I do think she compliments the other two well. Her most recent lead role was in Hajimete no Gal (Yukana). Her unit colour is pink, and she usually stands on the right of the stage. Her position is ‘Strawberry Princess’.

Their debut song is Mimi no Naka e (Lit.: Into your Ears) and they refer their fans as Komaku-chan (Eardrums).

This was the last leg of their 東名阪 (Toumeihan – Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka) Some Dreams tour, and it was held at Toyosu Pit.

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Yasuno Kiyono’s Seiyuu Zukan

For this time, we have Yasuno Kiyono! At this point of the interview (Spring 2014), it has been 4 years since her debut, and before her major breakthrough in Saekano. Unfortunately, most of the photos from this series seem to have been taken down already. Nevertheless, enjoy the interview! 🙂

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Q&A with Kohara Konomi #4

This is the final part of Kohara’s Q&A on Instagram. Enjoy 🙂

She really does have a quite vast range of voice, from the squeaky Mina (Takagi-san), the soft spoken Akane (Tsuki ga Kirei), to this season’s wing girl, Elena (Hanebado!). She may have made her debut as a seiyuu rather late, but judging from her repertoire and early career success, I think she does have potential to garner more main roles in the future.

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Q: What time of the day do you read your letters and comments?

A:
For Instagram, I read it as soon as I received the notifications. I visit everyone’s profiles too. ^ – ^ As for letters, I read them at home. ✨ I’m happy to receive reports about your lives. There are times when I think, “Ah, so it’s like that! I’m glad.” (laughs) I’m really happy to receive these letters. Thank you!

Q: What brand of clothing do you like?

A:
I like the range of clothes from bulle de savon. ✨ I’m also on good terms with the shop staff. ✨ I also like stuff from Muji..etc.

Q: I watched Kohara-san’s nico live a while ago, and it seems that in the past you are someone who gets messed around?

A: That’s strange.. (laughs) Quite the opposite instead, I’m the one who fools around..lol

Q: Have you got to play Summer Pockets* yet? (I really like Shiroha, she’s so cute.)

A:
Not yet!!!! Everyone! How was it? Is it fun? Did you get to date Shiroha? Thank you for saying you like Shiroha! Super happy!

*Summer pockets is Key’s 13th game. They are famed for visual novels like Air, Kanon, Clannad..etc. Kohara plays Naruse Shiroha in it.

Q: Do you know Akane’s (Tsuki ga Kirei) birthday? Kōtaro’s birthday was revealed within the story, but not Akane’s, so it’s a little sad.

A: Actually, I don’t know myself too. But, even without her birthday being revealed,
Kōtaro will surely celebrate with her! Tsuki ga Kirei is not just a setting, a lot of details went into it, the school, scenery, all the locations, and even the background sounds of Kawagoe are painstakingly modeled after real life environment, so you will feel happy no matter how many times you watch it.

Q: If you are given a chance to hold a birthday event, how would it be like?

A: Such a dreamlike event… ✨ I guess an event where you feel at home. Also, a place where I can directly express out my gratitude. Not the thankful words for being able to hold the event, but gratitude for always supporting me. In that way, I’ll be able to remember everyone’s faces!

Q: What is your regret in your life?

A: I can’t just single one out. At my previous job, my resume could not pass through at all, really. That is why when I decided on applying for a seiyuu agency, I did not want it to be dragged out and went in with the preparedness to give up if I couldn’t get accepted by Office Osawa. I have many things I regret.

Q: What do you end up buying at convenience shops?

A: Milk! Lol and whipped cream! Somehow it ended up being quite rich (taste) lol. ✨ How about everyone?

Q: How do I become a master of Koko-chan?*

A: Why does this sound like a Dragon Quest job lol. The journey must be arduous right? (laughs) Yes, that’s right just by liking me, knowing about my roles is more than enough! ✨ In that way, anyone who asked me questions are already masters. Thank you for writing articles and reports about me! (´•̥̥̥ω•̥̥̥`) **

*Probably asking how to become someone who knows everything about Kohara.
**The person who submitted this question is probably someone who writes event reports or edited Kohara’s Wikipedia entry.

Q: What is Koko-chan’s treasure?

A: If it’s a physical thing, it would be a ring which I received from my mum when I was young as well as a toy accessory which my grandpa gave me. I still treat them with great care now. They are my protective charms!

Q: Will you be opening a Twitter account?

A: I don’t have a Twitter account now. ゚(/□\*)゚ I probably won’t start it later too. I feel that Instagram is easier to use, that’s why I started it. ✨ I’m really thankful to everyone who went out of their way to install Instagram just to follow me.

Q: What’s your aim for the second half of this year?

A: To be a composed person! And as usual, to continue working hard at work!

Q: At your first workplace (recording studio), who was the first person who greeted and talked to you?

A: I didn’t go to the extent of remembering such details, but it was probably the first person who could talk to me? Probably! (laughs)

Q: What’s the one place you want to go now? (For me, it’s the atmosphere)

A: The place I want to go, like now right? Mm. (Parents’) Home! (laughs)
Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 16 July 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

Q&A with Kohara Konomi #3

This is part 3 of Kohara’s Q&A on Instagram. Enjoy 🙂
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Q: Do you listen to any other seiyuu’s radio shows?

A: To be honest, I don’t. But, I do catch bits of radio here and there. ✨ Do you have any recommended radio shows to share with me?

Q: What do you do on your off days~?


A:
Sometimes I go out, and on some days I stay at home the entire time. (*´꒳`*) I like going to the museums too. Being able to sleep past noon is also a blessing. ufufu

Q: What roles do you want to take on next?

A: I said previously that I want to take on a character who has no qualms airing out her opinions, and it has not changed, but I do want to try voicing a character who is as humane as possible. Sorry for the strange answer.

Q: Please tell us Zucchi’s charms and her amazing features from a seiyuu point of view.

A: Ahh once I start, I can’t stop okay? Her personality is charming after all. I’m sure everyone can see that too right! As for me, another point she excels in is her acting! Her acting for every role is different. She was a boy for Nike (Mahōjin Guru Guru), and has had plenty of elder sister roles. At the recording studio for Guruguru, I was able to learn as Kukuri (Kohara’s role) everytime I had to act, it was all thanks to Zucchi that I was able to grow as a seiyuu together with Kukuri. While we were doing the recording, Zucchi will always tell me, “It’s fine” no matter what happens. Hearing the words, “No matter what happens, I will protect Koko-chan.” at that moment really made feel glad that Ishigami Shizuka-san was the hero in the lead role. I still love her very much now.

Q: Any shops you went recently that you want to recommend?

A:  I like Nakagawa-masashichi chain of stores. (*´꒳`*) They have a nice range of daily necessities as well as gift ideas, so I often visit them. ✨

Q: What’s Koko-chan height?

A:
159cm. ^ – ^ Very average height… (laughs)

Q: Are you continuing to cook? Have you managed to increase your repertoire?


A:
Somehow or rather, I have been continuing to cook. As for my cooking repertoire… mmm. For example, teriyaki chicken, vegetables soup… simple stuff like these. I’m going to try baked curry rice next time. Also, I feel like eating hanpen* now. (laughs)

*Stuffed fish cake

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Q: During stage greetings, you had to keep the flow of the conversation going, were you given the chance to do something like this previously?*


A:
No, (,,•﹏•,,) the first event i had to host was last year’s ‘Tsuki ga Kirei Kawagoe san chuu culture festival’, where I took part in my first talk show. Other than that, I was also in ‘Gurunavi Radio’, where I had the opportunity to learn from Zucchi. Zucchi is really good at keeping the conversation flow! ✨
Though I’m bad at being an MC, I will work hard on it!

*The question is asking if Kohara’s conversation skills came from previous emcee-ing opportunities.

Q: Do you think you are more of a busybody or spoilt child?

A:
Hmm. Both i guess? That’s all! (laughs)

Q: Do you think it is fine to start chasing your dreams no matter what age you started from?

A: I think it is fine. But for that part, chasing a dreams and taking actions are proof of your courage. But, not taking any actions will be a waste of that dream! Because everyone is given the same amount of time, ✨please work hard towards that!

Q: Please share with us Kuu-chan’s charm points.

A: Too many.. He is a mass of healing power, as well as the best behaved member of our family. Though he doesn’t speak, Kuu is like a human. He is cute and a family member I love deeply.

Q: Which areas do you think you are lacking in now?

A: There are quite a few, but I would say the number 1 would be ‘composure’. I would like to become a more composed person.

Q: Do you love your fans?

A:
Of course. (*´꒳`*) Just by being there for me, and even receiving letters from everyone makes me very happy. ✨ There are people who also come from faraway places just to attend my events. That’s why I want to try to remember, not just your names, but your faces too. But for now, I want to repay this gratitude with my acting and by working hard! Thank you always for supporting me.

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 15 July 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.