Kohara Konomi does a Q&A on IG every now and then. Do check out the previous ones here! Also, she answers some questions that are written in foreign languages. For those questions and answers, I did not translate them and left them as they are. They are indicated in MAROON.
Q: What are the things you take note when you have an event?
A: I always think of how to make the event enjoyable for everyone who comes. Even though I always say this, I share the same feeling as everyone who says “I’m looking forward to meeting Koko-chan”, and while it is work for me, on the other hand, it doesn’t feel like work too. Being together with everyone makes it enjoyable. Also, I try to look at everyone’s faces. Not just the front, but also the people at the back. Since everyone came out of their way to attend the event. (✿´ ꒳ ` ) ufufufu
Q: What are some memorable dramas you watched? (Hito ni Yasashiku [Be Nice to People] for me)
A: Ooh! I watched that too ✨ I really loved that drama back then. I like Lunch no Joou (Queen of Lunch) and Pride. Another one would be the dark-themed Soredemo, Ikite Yuku (Still, Life Goes On) which gave my heart quite the impact. The actors’ acting are really amazing. It’s a wonderful show that makes me want to be able to act like that one day.
Q: How did you come up with your autograph?
A: It would be really cool if I could do it in a single stroke, but due to my lack of sense…lol. Since both my family and first names start with “Ko”, I combined them as one. My dad also told me “Cherish your smile”, so I drew a face with a smile within the “O” lol. I thought you could tell that it is “Kohara Konomi” immediately, so I went ahead with this. Heh heh heh.
Q: Mizuno Akane’s boyfriend, Nomura Kasumi, Kanou Koyomi*, all of them are writers of novels, does Kohara-san have any plans to write one?
A: I don’t have any sense for composition so it’s difficult… (cries), recently I realised I am connected to girls and boys by “Literature”. lol
*All of them are works she appeared in. (Tsuki ga Kirei, Asobi Asobase, Yagate Kimi ni Naru)
Q: Please share with us the appeal of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. In a way that makes us want to watch.
A: Although it is a love story, there are tons of comedic elements in it which will make you laugh. You will be so busy laughing! Lol also Aoyama (Yutaka) san who is in charge of the narration is really interesting! Lol. The character I’m voicing, Fujiwara Chika is really cute… lol. I also got to do tons of ridiculous stuff that you wouldn’t expect haha, it’s a work I put in lots of effort in, so please watch it!!!!!! (cries)
Q: Where do you find all these cute accessories you are wearing all the time?
A: I like handmade items so I go to bespoke shops where they sell all these handmade ones ♡ I also made some myself uhehe
Q: What do you eat to get that charming voice…!?
A: No, not at all, when you put it that way, I’m really thankful… thank you. I didn’t really like my voice in the past. But, being able to do all sorts of work now makes me feel grateful. I get told by mum “I (gave birth to) a respectable one (●´ー｀●)” lol
Q: Did you buy a cake?
A: I didn’t buy one for Christmas. Instead, I ate a milk pudding~ lol
Q: The full moon yesterday night was indeed as per “The moon is beautiful (Tsuki ga Kirei)”! Do you think of acting as Akane-chan again?
A: Of course! Even if I talk about acting as “Mizuno Akane”, she has been imbued inside of me as an important existence. I’m sure this will not change in the near future. If there is a chance that I can deliver my voice as Akane again, I will gladly do so. Thank you for cherishing Tsuki ga Kirei.
Q: Do you have any roles you want to take on next?
A: Yes! I’ve been saying this, but I want to act out a role whose emotions is visible on the outside. Sorry for the complicated answer. What I mean is a role that isn’t categorized as a tsundere or loli but as an average person. This thought is probably influenced by dramas or films. That said, I love anime too.
Q: Do you have any things you want to do, or places you want to go in this lifetime?
A: Yep yep! I love Anne of Green Gables so I want to visit Prince Edward Island in Canada someday. As for things I wanna do, skydiving! Somehow it feels like your perspective of the world would change once you tried it.
Q: Sou Brasileiro. Luan.(Hello, I’m from Brazil.)
A: Olá! Obrigado pelo seu comentário. Estou feliz! (Hello! Thank you for your comment! It makes me happy.)
Q: What animals do you like? I love monkeys 💗
A: When I was young, we used to have a monkey at the back of our house lol. I love cats (●´人｀●) I keep a cat back home.
Q: What are the hardships after becoming a seiyuu? Also, how about the blissful moments?
A: Although there is no such thing such as hardship, there isn’t a template in acting which makes it difficult, since acting comes from your own accord, you don’t get help from others, and there are anxieties that come with it. However, that is the basis of acting. Your growth (as an actor) will stall if you remain satisfied. The moment that makes me feel blessed is bringing joy to everyone! Even if we do not meet directly, my voice is able to reach you. I’m really thankful for that!
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This Q&A was first published on 27 December 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.