Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kurozuka Characters/Seiyuus -- pics and info

In addition to its mind-bending plot, action, and imagery, Kurozuka has a cast full of top seiyuus. Here is a character/seiyuu page showing little pics of each character, with a pic of their seiyuu and info about his or her past roles.

Paku Romi -- Loran Cehack (Turn A Gundam), Edward Elric (FMA), Osaki Nana (NANA), Teresa (Claymore)
Miyano Mamoru -- Kiba (Wolf's Rain), Tamaki (Ouran HS), Light (Death Note), Setsuna F. Seiei (Gundam00), Zero (Vampire Knight)
Nakata Jouji -- Alucard (Hellsing), The Count of Monte Cristo, Van Grants (Tales of the Abyss)
Kuwashima Houko -- Sango (InuYasha), Shuurei (Saiunkoku), Clare (Claymore)
Fujiwara Keiji -- Nohara Hiroshi (Crayon Shin-chan), Holland (Eureka 7), Shuu-chan (Honey & Clover)
Irino Miyu -- Sena (Eyeshield 21), Syaoran (Tsubasa Chronicle), Saji Crossroad (Gundam00)
Inoue Kazuhiko -- Dusty Attenborough (LoGH), Nefee/Nereis (Banner of Stars), Gorou (Moonlight Mile)
...with more to come.

For a long time the top three in the list were the only ones named on the show's official site. It appears they cobbled together the rest of the cast near the last minute. Maybe that was when some top seiyuu knew for sure they had time.

Click on the image to go to the character/seiyuu page:


10 comments:

j1m0ne said...

I don't know about Kurozuka, but I just wanted to point out that anime productions don't usually 'cobble together' the cast at the last moment. The majority of the time seiyuu are cast at least one-two seasons beforehand, while some can even be cast more than a year in advance (like Ga-Rei Zero, Kemeko DX etc).

And of course, the seiyuu don't get to pick & choose what roles to take on, since their agencies & management will likely have the biggest input on what auditions to send their seiyuu to, and sometimes the sound directors will already have in mind which seiyuu they want for the role. If anything, most seiyuu would take on any role they were offered... money is hard to come by these days!

Keep in mind that the seiyuu who do get the roles are usually sent scripts for the episodes very early on & given the source material (if any) to enable them to research & get a feel for the character. Episode recordings are usually done at least 3-4 weeks before airtime as well.

hashihime said...

@j1m0ne -- "Cobble together" was probably a bit extreme. What I noticed was that there were only three names on the official site all summer, when some of the other names would have been good publicity. That made me think some of those people had been hired on -- or perhaps confirmed -- rather late. Is this possible?

If it is possible, why would they do it this way? I was thinking it might be because they wanted certain seiyuu and waited until they (their management mainly, as you say) knew their fall schedule was such that they could fit it in. Otherwise, I wasn't sure why they would have held those names back.

j1m0ne said...

Because they were lazy, or felt it wasn't particularly important? :P

I mean, Kurozuka is not exactly the sort of otaku-oriented show that people watch because X seiyuu is in it. Or rather, I doubt many Japanese people would even watch a certain anime just because of the seiyuu.

Seriously, a lot of the time anime staff don't bother to reveal who are voicing whatever character and you usually find out from the credits. It's not unusual tbh.

And I thought the rest of the Kurozuka cast was actually announced pretty early on (mid-September, was it?) compared to something like Bihada Ichizoku (a few days before broadcast) ;)

I wouldn't read too much into the whole issue really.

hashihime said...

@j1m0ne -- Yeah, that makes sense: either lazy or unimportant. You're right about this not being a show that will probably sell itself on the basis of seiyuu, considering who the likely audience is (the "likely" audience not including me).

It makes sense also because it seems so unlikely that this particular combination of talents would not know months ahead of time what they were going to be doing this fall.

As for Kurozuka itself, it was one of the last shows I expected to like. Bloody adventures are not my thing. I just watched ep1 so I could say I had -- and because of the seiyuus. But it won me over.

Guillermo leos said...

wow, is interesting? owo

anyway i think i'm gonna see it later :D

desucube said...

I must say the seiyuus themselves gave me a good enough reason to watch this anime.

I'm frankly of the faint-hearted, blood and gore isn't really my thing. But I happened to be a fan of Nohara Hiroshi since Honey and Clover, so I gave Kurozuka a shot. So far, I'm extremely pleased with what I'm seeing; a heck of a cast, dark and eerie settings with exciting twists in the story, gripping action. Though I really could use a break from the colour red.

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