While I didn’t have the same kind of unmatched hype as Stilts did before the start of the season, Sore ga Seiyuu! was still perked my interest enough to preemptively include on my ‘watch’ list. It’s about the industry, I have a personal interest in the business of acting, it looked like it could be funny (with minor extra amusement when watched alongside Nagato Yuki no Shoushitu), and it’s good to see studio Gonzo still shambling about despite being held together only by necromantic energies. The second episode seems to continue the strong run of the first, so I decided to pick it up for weekly coverage. If nothing else, it’ll make for a good place to discuss the magic by which actors bring a script to life.
The out-of-work actor cliché exists for a reason
Being somewhat familiar with stage acting myself, I was full of sympathy for our budding seiyuu who must support themselves with one or more soul-crushing part-time jobs (this message sponsored by Lawson). The fact that Futaba actually has a paying part at all is already a Pretty Big Deal, considering how many could-have-beens are left on the wayside. I suppose, though, in the world of episodic anime production voicing a completely expendable minor role doesn’t do much for job security. Perhaps the lesson is, when your only line seems to be, ‘Pipo,’ you shouldn’t get too attached. Even Pikachu had three syllables.
Of course, once you get to the tip-top, pie in the sky levels of fame, things are different. It’s the Hollywood rockstar dream that have lead many young hopefuls to a bitter grave. This week’s cameo is the ubiquitous Kamiya Hiroshi (and they also sing the OP from one of his shows in the ED), and he contrasts with our rookies by being excessively employed. He also, er, seems to be some sort of crazy cat lady. Well, I didn’t know that. Considering how much of the internet is cat gifs I shouldn’t really be surprised.
Auditions are more stressful than the actual performance. I claim this without reserve. For an audition, one can invest in all the research (time to play the spot the reference game again, folks) and all the practice possible within the short time-frame and still come away with nothing to show for it. So I admire our girls for being able to face failure again and again without giving up. Sally on, even if sometimes you get cast for mismatched roles or have to deal with a tough crowd. Maybe I’m just a sadist who likes seeing protagonists struggle, but it does feel more realistic than if all three were young prodigies. That said, if they fail any more we’ll start entering the realm of black comedy very quickly, so I hope Pink and Purple land some big roles sometime soon. Unless, of course, Sore ga Seiyuu! does turn out to be a black comedy, where our protagonists can never catch a break. I don’t think we’re that kind of show, but considering how bleak much of the industry is in real life we shouldn’t discount the possibility entirely.
Looking ahead ~ web radio
For now, there does seem to be a light on the horizon as our trio get scouted for a radio show by a creepy guy. If we were going to go full black comedy the ‘producer’ would invariably turn out to be a con artist or a serial killer, so… well, I don’t think we’re that kind of anime. A web radio show has been been foreshadowed in the OP/ED, so it should pan out.
I know these web radio programmes exist, but I never really found out what they’re actually about. For now, I don’t even know why the Pastel Trio was approached, other than perhaps for their character chemistry (and they do have chemistry! It’s what drives half the comedy of Sore ga Seiyuu!). It’s going to be a different side of the seiyuu industry, most likely; less the acting and more the marketing. Well, building a personal brand is important too, on the path to stardom. I remain highly curious about how it’s to be done.
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