Q&A with Kohara Konomi (15/7/18)

This is part 2 of Kohara’s Q&A on Instagram. Enjoy 🙂
Part 1

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Q: How do you go about acting out your characters?

A: I will consider the story as well as the personalities of the characters. To be honest, outside of that I don’t really have a fixed formula on how to tackle them. Maybe I would try to find any common points between me and the characters and move from there. ^ ^
I won’t put together or phrase out the lines prior to going to the studio. Because I think having a (natural) dialogue with the person acting out is important after all. (I want to get better at doing this)

Q: Please share with us your favourite sweets. 🍭

A: Right now, I like this whipped cream shake by the fresh cream specialists. ❤️ I also like their milky soft cream parfait and soft cream!!!! (laughs)

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Q: I became a fan of you after watching Gakubaby (Gakuen babysitters)! Please share with us any interesting backstage stories.

A: Thank you so much. ゚(/□\*)゚ I’m really happy to hear that! The studio was always full with laughter as there was lots of ad lib for the children’s lines. ^ ^ We were talking about what would everyone’s kids be like when they grow up. ♫

Q: Do you have any favourite granola flavor?

A: Actually I just ate some for the first time! I like the chocolate-flavored ones!

Q: What does Koko-chan does to relax?

A: Doing things I like, going to places on my bucket list. ✨ Of course, sleeping is one of the way to relax, being on the phone with friends, spending time with them… How about everyone? What do you do to relax?

Q: Are there any plans for you to release a single? I really want to hear your song!

A: What kind words…TT Thank you so much. There’s no plans for it now lol, I would like to focus on my acting. I did sing some songs in Asobi Asobase, so please watch it it you like ^ ^

Q: Do you like milk? 🥛🐄 (Any particular milk you would like to recommend?)

A: Of course! I love milk ( *´艸`) I got plenty of questions regarding this. Recently I like the special rich milk from Megmilk snow brand 🥛which is really rich and delicious (*∩ω∩) Next time, I want to try to make milk gelato using this milk. ✨

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Q: As Koko-chan was an actress before becoming a seiyuu, did that experience help you out?


A:
Not just from a voicing viewpoint, but I was glad to be able to learn acting from scratch. I think these (feelings) will get transmitted to the viewers.

Q: Which seiyuu(s) do you look up to?

A: Ever since entering the seiyuu world, my path has been filled with wonderful seniors, so I can’t really single out anyone… I learn something new each time I go to the studios.

Q: Is your english terrible like Olivia and Kasumi (Asobi Asobase)?

A:
Yes, that’s right lol, that’s my worst subject.  That’s why I will feel flustered when I get asked (about directions) at stations. But I want to learn conversational English one day. ✨

Q: What should we do if we encounter Kohara-san by chance in public?

A: I got called out before, and it made me happy. I would feel spooked if someone keeps staring at me, so just call me out normally ^ ^

Q: Do you use the air con?

A: I tried to resist using them, but I end up switching them on. (cries) I’m bad with the heat… Being able to circulate the air around plays a big part too. ✨

Q: What type of bread do you like 🍞?

A: Salted bread 🥐 I told my mum, “The person who came up with this is really amazing! (laughs)” and ate then. I bought a toaster recently, so I have been using that to toast some English muffins. ♫

Q: Is being a seiyuu fun?

A: I get to continue acting, met many wonderful people and fans, which made me feel happy. Also, I have always liked narration, so being able to do it now makes me happy. But I worry about (my) acting each time since there is no definitive answer in acting. (*∩ω∩) I will try my best!

Q: Please tell us your favourite places in Kawagoe!!
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A: First will be Kumano shrine and Hikawa shrine! During this period, you get to hang your wishes on the wind chimes 🎐 so please visit if you can. ✨ Also, Hikawa bridge
(○´U`○) The list just goes on!!! I want to go back to see the wind chimes this year as well. ✨

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*Photo credit: https://matcha-jp.com/cn/4685?type=news

Q: Have you gotten used to living alone?

A:
Many people asked me this question ^ ^ Thank you. I have already gotten used to it ✨ Somehow I was able to do it. Sometimes, I’ll call my mum and brother on the phone. 📞 Even though I’m alone, It’s totally ok. (●´ー`●) Ah, that’s a lie! I actually feel lonely without Kuu around me (the name of her pet cat back at her parents’ home)

Q: Do you have any scent you like?


A:
A warm smell ! I feel at ease since it smells like Kuu and make me feel at ease. Also, the smell of herb 🌿 I like natural scents over man-made scents.

Q: What’s your favourite animal?


A:
Cats! I have one at my (parent’s) home!! Love♡ Kuu

Q: Do you do muscle training?

A: I have already turned 26, I think it’s about time I start soon (*∩ω∩) Stretching and massages are important too.

Q: What have you been drinking recently?

A: Barley tea! Perfect partner for the summer

Q: What was one recent touching moment?


A:
I was moved by the words of the late Utamaru shishou*. I really like Shōten**, and I also admired him. He really led a cool life. His words were really cool, “Only us humans are capable of laughing”, “It is a special privilege only granted to us.”

*Master/Teacher
**A long-running Japanese comedy show starring Utamaru.

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.

Letters from Ai #4

In the last part, Kayano shares her feeling about the 4-year long column and how much she has grown since then. This has been a wonderful series to do, I might or might not do the interview in the photo book, but for now, this is the end for this mini series, Letters from Ai. I hope everyone enjoy the (translations) and beautiful pictures of her.

I went to Japan recently and found a copy of this photo book at Surugaya book store retailing at 7000yen!

Part 1 (2011)
Part 2 (2012)
Part 3 (2013)

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P.S special thanks to Pyrite for the QC and proofreading!

You can purchase this e-copy of Kayano Ai’s [Letters] at Amazon. As for the physical copy, your best bet are physical stores in Japan since this photo book was released in 2014.

Q&A with Kohara Konomi (13/7/18)

Kohara Konomi is a relatively new seiyuu, from Office Osawa, and bursted onto the scene as Akane from Tsuki ga Kirei. Recently, with Instagram stories having introduced a AMA (ask me anything) function, she answered questions from fans. This whole series is split into 4 parts, which I will upload separately.

1Q: What do you do if you can’t fall asleep?

A: It must be something on my mind that kept me awake  but I’ll still lie on my bed first. It’s usually only for that moment that I’ll keep awake lol.

Q: What anime are you watching now?

A:
Asobi Asobase*, Hanebado!* for sure✨, also Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work) , Satsuriku no Tenshi (Angels of Death) and Harukana Reshi-bu (Harukana Receive) to list a few. Oh, also Sazae-san and Chibi Maruko-chan.

*She has roles in both shows.

Q: How was the studio environment like for Asobi Asobase?

A: Basically a very lively environment (●´人`●) The staff are also happy having fun.✨ But the moment recording starts, the situation is like ‘Too noisy!’ lol.

Q: Which seiyuu did you get along well with recently?

A: Hmm, I guess Kino Hina-chan and Nagae Rika-chan lol. Both of them are really interesting! Lol

Q: What do you wanna do in summer?

A: Catch the fireworks! When I went to the fireworks festival last year, it was an adventure (recording) with the hero (Zucchi*) and the sunflower fields!

*Zucchi is the nickname for her ‘husband’, Ishigami Shizuka.

Q: A word for your ‘husband’, Ishigami Shizuka-san please!

A: Thank you always. I wanna meet you soon.

Q: ‘Radio Dottoai’* has broadcasted over 1 year now, what do you think has changed since?

A: I don’t think much has changed. But I’m definitely happy to have a place where I can talk. I love talking alone at my own pace and it makes me really touched and happy to read all these letters and comments.

*http://www.joqr.co.jp/kokohaji/
Dottoai is a radio show mostly for new seiyuus to become radio personalities and they switch over to a different seiyuu after some time.

Q: What kind of life does Koko-chan* think Azumi and Akane-chan** lead now?

A: I think they are living a happy married life. Of course, together with benippo***
(*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡ The key word is an ordinary life. (By the way, this is off-topic, but since the anime was depicted in 2016, they will be the same age as my younger brother who’s in 2nd year of high school now)


*Koko-chan is Kohara Konomi’s nickname

**Akane is the female lead for Tsuki ga Kirei
***Benippo is a stuffed toy that appeared in Tsuki ga Kirei

Q: I like all the voices of the characters you played. Out of all the characters you played till now, who do you think resembles you the most?

A:  Thank you so much… I’m really happy to hear that TT *crying sounds.. This is a really difficult question lol. Maybe if you add Akane and Kukuri (Mahōjin Guru Guru) together and then divided them? Perhaps. But those 2 are really pure. Maybe I’m lacking those pure,pure feelings…. (laughs)

Q: Are you a spicy ramen person?

A: I’m not good with them. ゚(/□\*)゚I like them with just a little spiciness. For curry, I’m good with medium spiciness, I like something like Muji’s curry. Though if I eat green curry, the spice is so overwhelming that I can’t taste anything! (laughs)

Q: Can you tell us what you like about Zucchi?

A: Yes♡(laughs) Erm, but there’s only good points when it comes to her…since she’s my hubby. When my other friends meet Zucchi at other studios, they will go, “Ah, that’s Koko-chan’s husband!” lol I get lots of comments like this too.

Q: What do you do every summer?

A: Visiting the graves…(sorry for the uninteresting reply) But, I have a really good relationship with my relatives, and though I only meet my cousin 2-3 times in a year, we are really close. (○´U`○) That’s why I look forward to meeting them every time.

Q: Why did you aim to becoming a seiyuu?

A: Acting has always been my interest since grade school, the trigger came when my mum and sensei asked me, “why not be a seiyuu?” I actually wrote in detail on a Q&A previously, so please check it if you are interested ^  ^

Q: How many pierced earrings do you have?

A: I think about 30, including the ones I made. I love them. ✨

Q: Your favourite food?

A: Milk, meat, ginger fried pork set, pork miso soup, tomato, kimchi hotpot, whipped cream, white chocolate! (These are the ones that came to my mind for now lol)

Q: Where do you want to travel to? (Overseas too!)

A: Seems like many people asked this question (●´人`●) For now, I would want to travel within Japan. I want to visit Izumo-taisha in Shimane ✨ Also, Kyushu! Hot spring spa sounds good too. And raunches! 🐄🥛 As for overseas, I would say Canada’s Prince Edward Island as I’m a fan of the novel ‘Anne of Green Gables’.✨

Q: What was the reason for wanting to become an actor *?

A: Watching dramas, movies and stage plays gave me this goal, “I want to give my all into acting.” Although for now my main job is using my voice, if the chance comes,I want to try out all sorts of things! This feeling has not changed even now.

*Kohara was an actor previously before becoming a seiyuu.

Q: What made you want to join Office Osawa no matter what?

A: Before I took on the auditions, it was by chance that I was studying the on-site recording of Fairy Tail Zero. Both Noto Mamiko-san and Hanazawa Kana-san had roles in it, and they called out to a total stranger like me. Hanazawa-san offered me senbei*, and I had a conversation with Noto-san… It’s not really a big thing, but to me, it was a huge impetus for me. I went in with the thinking that I want to meet them again, so it was a really happy moment when I managed to join them.

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 13 July 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

Ueda Reina’s Seiyuu Zukan

For this time, we have Ueda Reina! While translating this, it was hard for me to believe that the Reina I read about in the interview, is the same as the confident and mature Reina who is hosting a radio show by herself, as well as with Takahashi Rie. I’m really glad to see that she has grown so much since her debut.

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