In the same vein of last week, this episode of Sore ga Seiyuu! sails a distance from the shores of anime to touch upon some foreign colonies that are still related to the great seiyuu motherland (that metaphor sounded a lot less tortured in my head. I apologise for it). The idol arc is one we’ve been following for a while, so that shouldn’t be too new, but the second half of the show gets behind the scenes of yet another odd job that requires a voice: narrating what seems to be a low-budget Discovery Channel segment. Well, narrations in general, I presume. I’m just amused they decided to use a video of a sloth as an example, presumably as a metaphor for how incredibly thrilling the subject matter is.
I jest, of course; I actually found the narration job the more interesting half of the show. Not that the first half was boring; I was simply more familiar with its subject matter and found less education in it (wow, that’s a nerd moment right there: being excited for education in entertainment. I need to give myself a wedgie). There’s no end of idol anime these days (the surprisingly technical IDOLM@STER is playing this very season) and I already have personal and traumatic experiences of dying on stage, so all I had left was the feeling of pity for the staff who seem to bear the stress for empty seats while sharing in none of the potential celebrity. And while the concert was fun, it’s not really the best in choreographed pop fribble in anime and it’s not really what I come to Sore ga Seiyuu! for anyway (which is why I’ll readily forgive the choppy animation that comes up). It was still a good bit, but Futaba’s narration job, which didn’t have a song and dance number (again: sloth) changed my perspective. I had imagined doing narrating to be rather low-calorie work, but it turns out I didn’t appreciate the tight schedules and precise timings set to cue-less video. This week’s cameo, Tanabe Shōji alias Machi Yūji, who has a short anime resume but apparently huge TV experience, certainly showed me that one can be a superhuman in any field.
Both halves of the episode, though, follow essentially the same formula, one that we should be familiar with by now. Futaba starts off fumbling, screws up, gets inspired by either an industry veteran or her one fan, then does better in the mulligan. Should I feel bad for Futaba always getting such a raw deal? Is she the weak link in her unit, or just suffering the fate of the comedic punching bag? I suppose Futaba, starting so low, also offers the greatest possibility for growth. Interesting, this episode also offers an interesting dichotomy in that regard. Futaba’s idol work, with its staged glamour, is a stark contrast to her narration work, where she may as well be a disembodied voice. Futaba’s boss wants her to have a balance of both. I’m not sure what it means by that, but I’m thinking that it has something to do with Futaba’s continuing growth.
Looking ahead, there are continuing hints that Rin has room to grow as well, in more ways than one (height. Slightly variable heights). Her issues at school (her possibly familiar school). From her furtive expressions, it seems that she has uncertainties about her future. Futaba and Ichigo are pretty all-in on the seiyuu career, but Rin’s still just a high schooler. How far does she intend to carry this? Seeds for future drama are being sown. Maybe we’re building towards a climax? I think they’re starting to erect some signs.