Sentimental Crisis special

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The TV anime, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, which is adapted from Akasaka Aka’s manga is a love comedy set in Shuchiin Academy, a prestigious school with a rich history, and tells the interweaving story between the president of the student council, Shirogane Miyuki and the vice president, Shinomiya Kaguya. Their individual pride forbids them from being honest about their own feelings, and both of them engage each other in a battle of wits to make the other party confess to them, which is expressed by high tension gags. On the other side, we have the ending theme, Sentimental Crisis, a song that is full of heart wrenching emotions and also Kaguya’s concealed feelings. To commemorate the release of the single, Comic Natalie has gathered the voice actor behind Kaguya, Koga Aoi as well as halca, the singer for the ending theme, to talk about what they did to get closer to Shinomiya Kaguya.

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Q&A with Kohara Konomi (23/3/19)

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.


53340367_2545741222162591_6159635512438560615_n.jpgQ: It’s my birthday today!

A: Ehhhh!!! Congrats! Ah, it has already passed. Happy belated birthday ✨ Have a wonderful year ahead.

Q: Thank you. This is the moment I feel most relaxed.

A: Ah, saying something like that! It makes me embarrassed that my words can stir up such emotions lol. I’m really doing it at my own pace, so knowing that people enjoy them really makes me happy ゚(/□\*) Please let me thank you instead.

Q: Koko-chan’s IG live was so fun!

A: Really? Yay (*´꒳`*) I started doing it because I was trying to find more places that I can thank everyone, but now it has become such a heartwarming place thanks to everyone. Originally, as an actor, I should be using this place as a way to advertise myself (That should have been the correct way lol), but I didn’t want to head into that direction, and just slowly enjoy what I have here. In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, I believe that everyone got something different going on. When I open up my IG, I let out a little chuckle when I see messages like “Koko-chan is drinking milk again lol”, or stuff like “Koko-chan seems to be working hard now, I shall do the same too.”, I feel happy when I see things like this. Through the comments and DM, I get reports on everyone’s daily lives, happenings, worries and all sorts of conversations. Even though I can’t reply directly to everyone, I’m still supporting everyone, and properly reading your messages. Let’s continue to make this a warm place for everyone. I wonder if I can do an event someday….like <Relaxing Koko room> ….Sounds lame huh lol. hehehe

Q: What kind of person is Koko-chan’s mum like?

A: She’s an interesting person! Even though I said that, she is gentle, and someone whose heart doesn’t sway. She always listens to me when I have worries, get lost, or feel troubled, and always share with me the right way to do things. In a sense, you can say that she’s strict. And a person who doesn’t sway. My mum is still the same from the time before I debuted and the present. Although she’s happy to hear news of my job, she is more composed person than me and will think objectively about the situation. That’s why she would tell me “I’m happy for you.” but not things like “That’s amazing!”. I was really taken aback when she first told me “Once you forget about gratitude, you are nothing but a scum.” But now, I really like those words. But let me tell you, she’s really funny lol. The way I speak and laugh is passed down from her, and I feel that my grandma was the same too. Also, she is skilled with her fingers, good at drawing. Why did I not inherit those properties too…lol

Q: What kind of person is Koko-chan’s dad like?

A: I didn’t really talk much about him before. He is firm when he’s outside, but actually he laughs quite often at home. Also, he’s a very smart and knowledgeable man. He can always be depended on when I come across things I don’t know about. When he gets told that he looks imposing, he feels rather happy about that lol. Isn’t that funny? I think he will get angry if I write something like this, but he really takes care of mum. I’ve never seen him get angry or complain to mum. He’d always buy cake back for their wedding anniversary. He likes cooking and is good at it. Both of their hobbies are gardening so they often tend to the garden on their off days. He writes to me from time to time too, and I would describe him as a gentle family man.

Q: What kind of person is Koko-chan’s younger bro like?

A: If I were to describe him in a line, I would say he’s much better than me in all aspects. Really. It’s embarrassing to say this, but although we are 10 years apart in age, I quarreled with him frequently when we were younger lol. It’s more of me getting angry than a fight though. I was just an kid full of angst. And because he saw my parents got angry at me at a young age, he mellowed faster. Good for you heh? It’s thanks to big sis lol. He’d always call out “Sis, sis.” When I was still staying at my parents home while commuting to work, he’d always rush out to welcome me back home. Lol. We still talk on the phone often~

Q: Do you like your family?

A: Of course! I love them. But I think it’s because that I’m at this age now, that I can say something like this. It’s too embarrassing to say something like that when I was in school lol. That period has already passed heh. Even though whatever I have written about my family so far feels like a sparkling home drama, we are really your next door family. And, the family member that completes our family is Kuu (my black cat). He really makes me relaxed ✨ All of you cat lovers are the same too right? Just being there makes it better. He’s the most well behaved of my family. Lol.

Q: Are your grandpa and grandma happy with what you are doing now?

A: I hope so… Actually, they are in heaven now. So I hope they will be happy to see it. But they doted on me back then, so I’m sure they will be glad. Sometimes I will visit their graves and tell them how I am doing. Everyone, please be filial towards your grandparents.

Q: “People who can’t feel gratitude are scums!” That quote was passed down by your mum, right? Do you have any other quotes like this to share?

A: That definitely is her signature quote. She said it out smoothly, so she doesn’t have much recollection of that lol. Another one what I’ve mentioned before is “Words are really amazing right? Kotodama* is exists after all. In words, souls dwell in them and they can influence people. You use your voice for your job, so please treasure it well” I have to treasure these words too.

*Kotodama (言霊) refers to the Japanese belief that mystical powers dwell in words and names. English translations include “soul of language”, “spirit of language”, “power of language”, “power word”, “magic word”, and “sacred sound”. The notion of kotodama presupposes that sounds can magically affect objects, and that ritual word usages can influence our environment, body, mind, and soul.

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This Q&A was first published on 23 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

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53789009_378484909370415_6653562951660448966_n.jpgQ: What do you think about guys who can cook?

A: I think it’s good! Sounds fantastic ( *´艸`) Please teach me too… Lol

Q: What type of style do you like for guys?

A: Are you talking about fashion? I love people who dress simply. It will be nice if he can make himself presentable. But I don’t have any preferences.

Q: What are the types of guys you like? And how about types that you dislike?

A: People who have compassion, work hard, and can say “Thank you” and “Sorry” truthfully. I dislike people who only care about themselves, and people who don’t hesitate to hurt others.

Q: You’re a S* right?

A: What did you base that on!? Lol but I can’t really deny that. It’s pretty much out in the open when you hear me messing around with Zucchi on Yuzuraji and Ao-chan on KokuRadio. Lol but to be exact, I’m a mixture of both types. Hahaha.

*S here refers to Sado in Sado-masochism. This term, S or M, is commonly used in Japan now to describe personalities rather than its sexual definition.

Q: Do you prefer younger or older?

A: I don’t think too much about ages. I think I can go with either too!

Q: Where would you go on a date?

A: I don’t have any preferences. Just being together is good enough for me. It could be just taking a stroll together in the nearby park, or just having ramen in the neighbourhood.

Q: I got dumped by my girlfriend recently. Please console me. Cries.

A: You’re feeling sad right now right? I think it’s okay to be depressed. But after you more or less regain your composure, I think it’s good to think whether you were at fault for anything. By the time you fall in love again, you would have grown as a person. If you don’t, then there is no meaning in falling out of love (´••) For now, just focus on recovering back your energy, sleep lots, eat plenty of good food, hang out with friends and just relax.

Q: What do you think of guys who wear accessories?

A: I think it’s fine if they match well with their outfits. It’s fashionable. I think it’s quite nice to have a piercing on one ear.

Q: I’m going to Hawaii for my wedding ceremony next month! Has Koko-chan gone overseas before?

A: C-O-N-G-R-A-T-S!!!! Thank you for the wonderful news. And you only just turned 25 the other day right ✨ congrats. Please have a great party ahead (●´人`●) I haven’t gone overseas before. There were many questions like this. I hope to be able to do it for work some day!

Q: When you feel like you can’t suppress your anger, how do you calm yourself down?

A: I can suppress most of it, but if I can’t forgive that person, I will use words to express my anger if I’m older.  It’s just that it isn’t so good to develop negative thinking like this. Hurting people, you will understand right away if you see an irresponsible person. I too, get angry when I’m angry.

Q: Isn’t Koga Aoi-san just so adorable?

A: Yes, she’s cute. When the question about the seiyuu that I’m close to came up earlier, I was thinking about writing her name in, by working with her like this, I decided that I’m her boyfriend. Lol she’s the same be it during the radio show or during private life. Isn’t that adorable? She’s too cute 💕

Q: Are you aware that you are the hot topic recently? I’ve known you since Tsuki ga Kirei so I get lonely because I feel that you have gotten a bit distant.

A: There’s nothing like that so I’m not feeling any awareness here! I’m happy that I’ve gotten more opportunities to get to know people’s names. But I want to state something here. I’m still the same person. I haven’t gone somewhere far away at all. I hate those types the most, and my mum always reminds me to not become a person like that. I’ve been the same person since Tsuki ga Kirei. Moving on, I appreciate your support as always.

Q: Does getting female fans make you happy? 😢

A: That’s an obvious yes ✨ I’m really happy!! I grin to myself when I see female fans at events or when I found some on Instagram (●´ー`●) Thank you everyone, for your comments each time. Moving on, even though it’s someone like me, let’s get along well too.

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 23 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

Q&A with Kohara Konomi (22/3/19)

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.


54266360_2148192025491509_8657344315306417138_n.jpgQ: What made your day recently?

A: It has to be the fan meet event for Kaguya sama ♫ It was one of my wishes after all ✨ Being able to look at each and everyone in the eyes and talk was a real blessing. I hope I can do an event like that again.

Q: What do you do to turn your mood around?

A: Hmm. Look at news on my phone, browse Pinterest and look at photos. Getting ideas from looking at them is fun!

Q: What characteristics do you think you share with Hagoromo Lala (Star☆Twinkle PreCure)?

A: Her bright personality maybe… Ah! We love eating onigiri! 🍙 Will I get to eat with her one day… Lol

Q: Do you have a a daily routine to follow ?

A: I don’t have any particular preferences when it comes to this lol. I love bathing my body in the warm morning sunlight, then changing the water for the flower vase, and enjoy a cup of coffee… something like that lol. Bet you think that doesn’t feel like me right? Lol

Q: Do you pay attention to any specific detail when voicing your characters?

A: Inserting the character’s personality into my mind, but doing that properly isn’t straightforward. I form the image of the character inside my mind and discuss it together with the director at the studio.

Q: I love your voice~ Do you have a favourite hero or heroine?

A: Thank you. That makes me happy. (cries) My favourite hero is Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke! There isn’t such a person in reality right… ✨ lol. As for heroine, which also can be classified as a hero, Sailor Moon. It’s one of my favourite anime.

Q: What are your wishes?

A: Hmm… I didn’t really think of my own wishes. But every time I go to Kawagoe, I would make sure to wish for “Everyone to be happy”. Of course, I’m happy too ✨It may feel like “I’m pretending to be a good girl!” but I really wish for that! Lol

Q: What are the things you take note when meeting people?

A: Do not be rude to them, don’t do things that you wouldn’t want others to do to you. Also, always remember what your parents have taught you like “Gratitude” for example.

Q: When your favourite series end, how do you get over that loss?

A: You will get lonely whenever something is over. That’s the same for me. But, there is something new next time! And, there could be a sequel in the works! And just pray for that to happen! Lol

Q: What was the most memorable story from all the events you took part in last year?

A: It has to be the fan meet (Kaguya sama). It was fun and went by in a flash. There were some people who said to me “I’m sorry that I couldn’t talk to you properly!”, but that really wasn’t the case. Even trivial things are fine. As long as we got to talk, it’s meaningful ✨ Your feelings got to me perfectly. Thank you.

Q: Can you spare a word or two for those who are becoming full fledged members of the society?

A: Since you are starting off, there will definitely be difficult times. Don’t be discouraged when you come across things you can’t do! A single word “Do your best!” can’t convey all my thoughts. To borrow the words of an actress I admire, the late Kiki Kirin-san, “Don’t try too hard, but don’t lose heart.” I think it is important not to overwork yourself, and to have the strength to not be discouraged. Every job has its own hardship, but also its own worth and value. Be proud of how you carry yourself. I’m supporting you!

Q: Do you have a favourite race horse?

A: I don’t watch horse racing so I’m not sure about the specifics. But it sounds fun ✨ Sounds refreshing!

Q: What is your favourite scenes from Kaguya sama?

A: There’s a lot! The one with the most impact has to be Chika’s rap. Ah! Recently I’ve sung the full version of Chikatto Chika Chika ♡ ! It was so fun ●´ー`●)

Q: PreCure movie was great! Any stories from the recording you want to share?

A: Thank you! My seniors showered me with warmth. (cries) Ah, and, the Star Precure Team line was supposed to be delivered by Naruse-san alone, but Komatsu-san, Yasuno-san, the 4 of us discussed and thought it was better if we do it together, and it felt so lively when we did it, that I almost ended up crying. Acting is best when we do it together! That incident once again made me feel that way.

Q: What are the anime you grew up with?

A: Sailor Moon, Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan, Ask Dr. Rin!, and also Anne of Green Gables! I love it!

Q: Do you like sports?

A: Yes! I still play badminton once in a while!

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This Q&A was first published on 22 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

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54463841_370870440181110_5689641851930748836_n.jpgQ: What flowers do you like?

A: Sunflower! Sakura! I also like the dried craspedia which I have had at home for more than half a year now. (It’s a vibrant yellow flower)

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Q: Which seiyuu are you close to?

A: Firstly, my husband (Ishigami Shizuka-san) ♡, followed by Maekawa Ryoko-chan and Shiraishi Haruka-chan. Also, Kino Hina-chan, Nagae Rika-chan, Owada Hitomi-chan, Shimabukuro Miyuki-chan… But, the first person I would talk to, and spent most time with, is still Zucchi.

Q: Do you like novels?

A: I haven’t been reading recently. The other day, I received a book but haven’t got around to read it yet… (cries) Previously, I recommended Love Generation and I’m glad to have received a long message regarding it. I get into love stories easily. Also, slice of life.

Q: I’m worried about the future and I hope to have your support…

A: “You’ll be fine!” I can’t say something irresponsible like that. But you know, worries are part of our lives. Everyone has different reasons or circumstances, but there is no such thing as a person without worries. I’m the same. Don’t turn your eyes away from them, okay?

Q: What is something that a doctor must possess?

A: Technique. Since the person’s life is entrusted to you. I think the other one would be the determination to save.

Q: On a pleasant and warm day, do you go out for a stroll or go for a drive?

A: I like walking, so I guess I’m the “go out for a stroll” type! But driving sounds fun too.

Q: Are there no events that I can see you?

A: Not at the moment maybe… They were all in February ( ; ; ) But I’m sure there will be a chance again! Lol. Don’t write something like this to jinx it okay!

Q: My girlfriend will be moving to Tokyo next week… Do you think you can say some words of encouragement to me?

A: You said it before right… I remembered. It’s been on my mind. So the time has come… I know that you must be having all sorts of worries like, whether it will work out… or your getting lonely. I feel that if you think about the distance, you will only make yourself feel worse. Even though the time you can meet up with her will lessen, I think it will be nice if both of you can find a balance through this distance. I feel that maintaining a good balance is important. Being far away or nearby has their own fair share of hardships. I’m not really sure on how to say it, but please don’t forget about your feelings of empathy. It will be hard on everyone if you have a one sided mindset. At first, it will be good if you could think positively like  “I wanna meet her… Next time will be this date, so I’ll work hard until then!” I don’t believe in the saying “Long distance relationships don’t work out”. I mean, I know people who got married even though they were far apart! Pick yourself up and face forward, and send her off with a smile okay? ✨ I’m sorry if I pass off as someone looking down from above. But I’m honestly supporting you!

Q: Was Koko-chan the honors student type like Kaguya sama, back in school?

A: No! Not at all!! Lol. I was really weak back then…… People who could study are really cool… Someone please teach me… (cries)

Q: Is Koko-chan suffering from hay fever?

A: Nope! Not at the moment. But the thought of getting it is scary. (cries)

Q: Did Koko-chan ever get a telling off at work before?

A: Not really. But I think people who get angry at you are precious, really. It’s natural to want to refute their words, but after that, I think you will see the reason why and feel grateful.

Q: Did you cry during graduation?

A: I cried! I’ve been crying more often recently. Of course sometimes, it was due to sad moments, but I’ve been crying more often because my heart got moved.

Q: What is a must-buy at convenience stalls?

A: Milk! I want to say that but… it’s Frisk maybe… lol

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Q: This isn’t a question but, thank you so much for doing the Q&A even though you are busy.

A: Not at all (●´人`●) I like answering them too. I’m doing it at my own pace, but if you find it enjoyable then all is good ♫

 

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 22 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

Q&A with Kohara Konomi (21/3/19)

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.


53759568_670364063395836_8449041887106388205_nQ: What is Kohara-san’s favourite word and word that holds the greatest importance?

A: My favourite word would be “Natural”, while the word that I hold dear to me is “Thank you”.

Q: Why is “Thank You” the word you treasure the most? Is there any specific reason behind this?

A: When I was 12, my beloved grandpa passed away and I cried a bucket of tears. Back then, my grandma told me “Do you know? For a short period after someone passes away, they would be still be able to hear. Isn’t it a waste to be crying away? Wouldn’t saying [Thank you] to that person and sending him off with a smile make them feel much happier?” At that time, those thoughts didn’t register in my mind, but when my grandma passed away, once again those words came back to me. I understood the importance of those words. Your feelings of happiness and positivity will reach the person you want to convey to. That is why [Thank you] that my grandma taught me is such an important word to me.

Q: Is Kohara Konomi your real name? I love your name 💕

A: Thank, thank you… (blushes) I’m elated lol. It’s my real name. My dad & mum contributed one character each to my name. “好” from my dad, and “美” from my mum. Hehhehheh. It’s difficult to read, but I appreciate your support moving forward. lol

Q: Did Koko-chan take part in club activities in school?

A: I was in the basketball club in grade school and the badminton club in middle school. I really wanted to join the track and field club but there wasn’t any lol.

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Kohara voiced Erena in Hanebado! (Badminton themed anime).

Q: When did you feel that “I’ve found my calling” while being a seiyuu?

A: When I felt the joy of everyone enjoying the shows!! That makes me the happiest.

Q: Who are the seiyuu you respect, want to work together with?

A: Too many! As for co-acting, it will be Ishigami Shizuka-san 💕 I hope that we get on the same production again.

Q: Please host a radio show!!

A: I also wish to!!!! Does everyone want something like Dotto Ai*? What segments would you be pleased with?

*Dotto Ai is her first and only solo radio show to date.

Q: When you are feeling uneasy and worried, what do you do to lift up your own spirits?

A: I always struggle “What should I do? What should I do!? 💦” until the last moment. But once time is up, I just got to do it! I will flip on my serious switch and work hard! There is no way I can run away from all these worries and uneasiness…as long as I’m alive. I also wish to become tough enough to withstand all of these (●´ー`●) fufufu.

Q: What colours do you like?

A: Green, red! As for clothes, beige, navy, black and raw beige. I also like colourful stuff. lol

Q: I hope to see your acting as Mizuno Akane again!

A: Many people are asking for this. It makes me really happy. It’s been 2 years since Tsuki ga Kirei now. I’m also hoping to get the chance to act as her again (*´꒳`*) Please let that day come.

Q: Please leave a message for those who aspiring to become a seiyuu!

A: Do you struggle with understanding what acting is? I’m the same, I do not know what is right or wrong when it comes to acting. But, I think that’s fine. If you let your thoughts and feelings of moving forward stop, then nothing will change. If you surrender yourself to time, the chance will slip away from you!

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Making accessories! Although I’ve not made anything recently (´••) collecting ear piercings, I also love cute stationery! When I was in high school, I made an album for my friends birthday present, I like making collages and layouts 💕 I’ve also liked taking photos since middle school. I hope that I can do something related to that in the future.

Q: What are the things you wish to take on in the future?

A: Plentiful. There’s acting, narration for example. I’m also glad to see your comments of support saying “I’ve watched that CM! (which Kohara voiced over)”. The others would be stage plays, and the above-mentioned photography related jobs… Previously, I also did a little bit of modeling.. Someday, I dream about doing such jobs.

Q: What are the apparel and cosmetics shops you like?

A: Tons of questions like this came in (*´꒳`*) For clothes, I go to bulle de savon, KBF, Muji and UNIQLO. I’ve been wearing this beige skirt from UNIQLO for events ✨ As for cosmetics, I go to to/one, KORRES for my lip butter. I like their rose series, but it has been discontinued… I still have 3 sticks left in my stock so I’ll use them sparingly lol.

 

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 21 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

Q&A with Kohara Konomi (20/3/19)

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.


53183078_2318461565099775_4485496227477656802_nQ: Koko-chan, thank you as always! I’m supporting you!!

A: There were many messages like this. (cries) Everyone is so warm. It’s really nothing much, I should be thank you guys instead. I appreciate your continuous support.

Q: I love Koko-chan!

A: Kyaa ❤️ Happy!! I also love everyone for sending me all these messages that are full of warmth! I’ll be supporting everyone, since everyone is supporting me too. This is a lovely feeling.

Q: Can I send in a letter?

A: Of course!! I’ve kept all these precious letters I’ve received so far in a box at home. If you send it to Office Osawa’s address, I’ll definitely receive it. I’m waiting~

Q: What is your favourite item to receive?

A: Letters!! Of course I’m grateful to get presents too, but letters make me the happiest. Because a letter contains all the precious time and effort spent by the person.

Q: Gotcha YO!

A: I knew I would definitely get a “Gotcha UO!” response haha thank you! That makes me happy!! Lol

Q: What type of music, and which artiste(s) do you like?

A: I received lots of questions like this! I’m glad that people liked it when I posted on my stories on the music I’m listening to. ✨ I love the soundtrack of [Queen of Lunch] . My favourite tracks are Flow and Pullulate. The latter invokes all sorts of emotions in me and I always feel like crying when I listen to it. I think everyone would feel the same too. As for artistes, there are many of them. For example, ELT-san, Christina Aguilera-san and Aimer-san. I like If I Never Met You and Crimson Painted. There are many more!

Q: What’s your favourite food?

A: There are quite a few, but white rice still takes it. I also like onigiri (rice ball)! And… Tonjiru (soup boiled with pork and miso). Houtou Udon. And maybe yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) recently.

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Photo credit: http://www.houtou-fudou.jp/english.html

Q: Please share with us your favourite milk!

A: It has to be [Special Rich milk], I drink it everyday. I also drank the [White Rose milk] which is on my smartphone casing ✨

Q: I’m not good with milk… Is there anything I can do to overcome it?

A: There are people who can’t take them after all. If you aren’t good with drinking them, you can try using milk for stews! It can be used for dishes, not necessary just drinking it ✨ But, don’t push yourself too hard okay?

Q: Why did you think of becoming a seiyuu?

A: I get plenty of these questions every time I do a Q&A. I began thinking about acting in grade school during the Arts Festival. So, I always had an interest in acting since I was young. But I’ve always led a normal life just like everyone else till high school. When I was in grade school, my mum told me “Why don’t you try out a voice-related job?”, and those words remained in my heart. At the age of 23, I decided to give it a shot and sent my CV to Office Osawa.

Q: What does Koko-chan do when you get depressed? Do you have your fair share of these experiences?

A: Of course. I’m the same with everyone else. As long as we’re alive, there will be good times, as well as hard times. The good times pass by in a flash, but we feel the effects of the bad times for much longer. Be as depressed as you want when it hits you. But don’t stay there forever. For me, I think of what to do next. As humans, we grow a little each time when we overcome these hard times, and become more of an adult. In a real sense, you become more gentle. I think gentle people have strong hearts. Everyone, let’s work hard together, to overcome those obstacles in front of us.

Q: For all the characters you have acted out so far, who is the one you like best, and who is the one you have the deepest emotional attachment to?

A: I can’t decide! I treat each and every role with importance. As for the one that I’m most emotionally attached to, I guess it would be Tsuki ga Kirei’s Mizuno Akane-chan and Mahoujin Guru Guru’s Kukuri. Both of them taught me how it was to act like myself.

Q: I’m watching Star ☆ Twinkle PreCure! I love Lala!

A: Thank you! I’m happy to hear that! ✨ Ah! Thank you-run ♪ lol Please continue to support it-run! Runrun

Q: It’s the sakura season soon! Will you be going to Kawagoe?

A: Definitely! I’m been wanting to go ✨ I’m heading for Hikawa bridge!

Q: I’m thinking of going to Kawagoe. Do you have any spots to recommend? ✨

A: First, I think you should walk along the streets and look at the streetscape. It’s really pretty. And Kumano Shrine! You can witness the renjakuchou procession that Shotaro was involved in the anime. Also, there are many emas there, I also put up one the last time round. For everyone who is going, please write down your wishes of blessing. After that, you can head over to Hikawa Shrine and bridge! The blooming sakura will be amazing! Recently, plenty of wonderful shops have popped up, so I wanna make plans with my sis (Maekawa Ryoko-chan) to go over.

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Q: Where do you wish to go to?

A: Many places! I’ve been wanting to go to Izumo Taisha in Shimane. I hope to be able to go there someday. Also, Kanazawa and Yakushima. And the ranches in Hokkaido! I had many questions about Hokkaido and I hope to answer them later on ✨ Please wait for me (*´꒳`*)

 

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This Q&A was first published on 20 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.