Miyamura, Gold Coast Film Festival 2010

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Postby gwern » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:02 pm

Nothing really new here: http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/23801/192/

COLIN FONG: It’s now 10 years since the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series ended. What was your reaction when it was announced they would be remaking the series into four movies?

YUKO MIYAMURA: At first, I was very surprised because I heard the producer say they would never make any new Evangelion movies. When the news had been announced, I looked forward to seeing the new movies.

CF: How different has the experience been in re-doing this role for you?

YM: At the End Of Evangelion (first series ending) Asuka had been through a lot of horrible things. As her voice actor I went through the pain and sorrow she had. I hated feeling like that. In the new movies, Asuka is more approachable. So, I felt that Asuka was able to become closer with Shinji, Rei, Misato and everyone else. It made me happy as an actor.

CF: What do you like the most about her character?

YM: She is so cute. If I were to say what is cute about her it would be her “tsundere” character. “Tsundere” in Japanese describes someone who is selfish and easily irritable, but on the inside they’re actually lonely and they just want to be loved.

CF: Were you surprised how different the Asuka in 2.0 is compared to the Asuka in the television series?

YM: Yes, I was. Not only because of her personality change but also because she has a different name. In the first series her name was Asuka Langley Soryu. In the new movies it has changed to Asuka Langley Shinikami.

CF: Why your character’s last name has changed?

YM: I can’t tell you because I don’t why! The director Hideaki Anno is keeping it a secret from everybody.

CF: What are some of the biggest challenges you have to undertake in the role of Asuka?

YM: The role of Asuka in the new movies was easy for me because I have been her voice for many years. However in the new movies I also did the voice acting for Evangelion Unit 3. It was my first time doing the voice of character/creature, so that was very challenging for me.

CF: Did Megumi Ogata (Shinji) really strangle you while recording the voices for the End Of Evangelion to get a realistic performance?

YM: Yes, she did. I tried many times to make it sound like I was being strangled, but I couldn’t get it right. So, Megumi Ogata helped me make realistic sounds by actually strangling me. She’s nice isn’t she!?

CF: What do you think the biggest difference is between anime fans in Australia compared to anime fans in Japan?

YM: I think Australian fans and Japanese fans have the same passion towards anime. One big difference is that some Australian fans have learned Japanese so they can understand the anime in its original language. Learning Japanese must be very hard for them. So I think they’re great!

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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:24 pm

Ogata DID apologize for that, it was Anno that directed Miyamura/Ogata to enact the strangling: http://www.akadot.com/story.php?id=31 ( http://web.archive.org/web/20080623173408/http://www.akadot.com/story.php?id=31 Inb4 the archive doesn't work...)

And ahh, Miyamura said that "it's a secret" (see also: SMASH Con http://forum.evageeks.org/viewtopic.php?t=9635 ) because even SHE doesn't know about Asuka huh? I shouldn't be surprised, but... :lol:

Very nice to hear her thoughts so far, even if this is "nothing new".
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Postby gwern » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:26 pm

View Original PostSailor Star Dust wrote:Ogata apologized for that: http://www.akadot.com/story.php?id=31 http://web.archive.org/web/20080623173408/http://www.akadot.com/story.php?id=31 (Inb4 the archive doesn't work...)

And ahh, Miyamura said that "it's a secret" (see also: SMASH Con http://forum.evageeks.org/viewtopic.php?t=9635 ) because even SHE doesn't know about Asuka huh? I shouldn't be surprised, but... :lol:


Well, as I said, there's nothing new in this interview. It's just nice to have more confirmation of the strangling and secret.

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Postby Seele00TextOnly » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:09 pm

However in the new movies I also did the voice acting for Evangelion Unit 3. It was my first time doing the voice of character/creature, so that was very challenging for me.

I hadn't been aware of this detail. I don't think they've ever had one of the pilot's VA's voice an Evangelion before, unless they happened to also be voicing the 'host soul' character stuck in the Eva... an especially chilling exception for them to have made in this case, if I'm correct about that.
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Postby Ornette » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:17 pm

Megumi Hayashibara did the sounds for a berserker Eva-01 in episode 19. Unless you meant the VA for the pilot voicing their Eva.

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Postby Seele00TextOnly » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:22 pm

View Original PostOrnette wrote:Megumi Hayashibara did the sounds for a berserker Eva-01 in episode 19. Unless you meant the VA for the pilot voicing their Eva.

Yeah, I mean for Yui to channel her voice through the Eva makes more sense to me than for Shinji or Asuka to be able to do so, so it becomes more horrific if they do is basically all I'm saying.
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Postby symbv » Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:28 pm

Nice of her to explain what "tsundere" means. Concise and to-the-point.
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