I guess it was quite unfair of me, last week, to blame Tamura Yukari for making me feel old. This week we have a cameo from an even older generation: Tanaka Takashi aka Ginga Banjou. He may not have Yukarin’s sparkle powers (not that he doesn’t try), but Ginga Banjou has been in this industry longer than I’ve been watching it. Unlike previous cameos, though, he doesn’t bring his own song for the ED request corner. Instead, it’s MOON PRIDE, the OP of Sailor Moon Crystal, originally performed by a popular Japanese idol unit (which is how it links into this week’s topic). Still, I think Ginga Banjou’s appearance does well to reinforce this week’s theme about tenacity.
I like how Sore ga Seiyuu! is using these cameos not just as fanservice (an enjoyable form of fanservice though they may be), but also to give sage advice to our trio of beginners. It’s nice and straightforward. Instead of having to invent a character who is a veteran of the industry, Sore ga Seiyuu! simply uses a real-life veteran. It allows viewers some bonus setting details based on their own meta-knowledge of these individuals while saving exposition time. This season’s THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls does it too, albeit with cameos from its source game rather than the real world. Ginga Banjou is especially fitting for this episode, since he has done many supporting roles of all kinds, and has died a lot in-character. The point is, every role, big or small, deserves an actor’s professional effort, even if it’s just an advertisement (ad work is still more work than a lot of aspiring actors get). For Futaba, Pipo may have just been a throwaway character of limited vocabulary, but when you’ve only got two syllables in any given scene it just means you have to make them count.
Of course, Futaba’s problem is not lack of enthusiasm, it’s a lack of work altogether (and, if anything, she tends to overact anyway). Hopefully, this new idol-unit-thing will help with that (the name, though? Not sold). But, is it just me, or are we wandering a bit off-track? Sure, becoming an idol-seiyuu may have been Ichigo’s dream, but what about the other two? Singing and dancing on stage seems one step removed from voice-acting. Still, I guess if you’re going to do voice work you might as well learn how to sing. They’re well connected fields. And our girls can’t really afford to be picky right now. Again, they need tenacity. Give everything a shot.
Looking ahead ~ Event
I suppose what lies in store with each episode of Sore ga Seiyuu! is never going to be surprising. Next week, I presume the girls will have to participate in their first event i.e. their first overt marketing exercise. I assume that they’re starting out as complete unknowns, so that kind of exposure is definitely necessary. Knowing this show, though, they’re likely going to bomb on their first try. It seems that the underlying theme of Sore ga Seiyuu! is that the path to success to paved with screw-ups. Well, it gives our protagonist a chance to work out their various image insecurities (look, Ichigo even curled her cowlick!). On my part, I’m going to have to try refraining from comparing this show to THE IDOLM@STER any more, but depending on how far they take the idol business it may be too hard to resist.
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