Shimba Tsuchiya appears in this magazine for the first time in about two years. During that time, he has not only achieved remarkable growth through encounters with various roles, but he has also studied dubbing music for the future.
It’s been five years since you debuted as a voice actor. Looking back, how do you feel? Tsuchiya: To be honest, I was a little relieved that I was recognized as a voice actor by the people around me when I received the New Actor Award at the Seiyuu Awards this spring. Actually, I promised my parents before my debut that I would get a job if I didn’t get results within 3 years. It was there that I happened to meet Tatara Fujita, when I starred in the movie “Welcome to the Ballroom.” At that time, I was already a mass of complexes. I haven’t even attended a voice actor training school, and the only thing I’m confident about is action (laughs). I’ve worked recklessly (laughs). I’ve worked recklessly until now, worrying about how I should compete in post-recording. About voice acting, I think I have no choice but to continue to challenge myself recklessly in the future, but I would like to be able to make the most of my experience in other genres, such as improving my speaking skills on the radio.
In the currently airing anime “White Sand Aquatope,” 24 episodes of youth ensemble drama are depicted in a small aquarium in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. What kind of approach will you take to the role of Kai Nakamura? Tsuchiya: When we first started dubbing, I was told several times by director Toshiya Shinohara and others, “I want you to give him a more simple feeling,” or “I think he’s a little too handsome.” Up until now, I’ve played a lot of simple roles, so I was surprised, thinking, “Where’s the lie!” (laughs). I haven’t been told that much lately, so I think I was able to establish a solid character. I had many opportunities to talk with the director on set, and when I casually said, “In that scene, Kai would have thought this way,” he replied, “Yeah, yeah! I will reply, I’ve been there before. From there, the acting plans I brought in came to match the director’s OK sign. In that sense as well, I feel that I was able to obtain a new drawer through Kai.
Your work in video games is also impressive. You played the role of Yue in “Angelique Lumina Rise” (Ammina). Tsuchiya: Yue is the chief guardian saint, and the person who has played a character in the same position in the series so far is Sho Hayami-san… It was inherited from the legend. It is drawn with a new taste and theme, and I think that the patron saints will feel a familiarity as a familiar existence.
I heard that you dyed your hair golden when you performed at the vent of “Ammina”. Tsuchiya: It was the first time I was able to meet an audience, and I wanted to express my feelings for Yue in my own way, so I chose blonde hair for the first time in my life. When the manager told the stylist, “Please make me look like a prince,” they prepared that wonderful costume. I was able to have a great time with the guests, and the feeling of fulfilment after the event was amazing. On that day, the sound director was also at the venue, so I couldn’t help but say, “Thank you for letting me meet Yue!” I love to pour my love into my work. I am very happy, and I think that it is a good thing.
You have been involved in a wide range of activities, including being a reporter on the information program ZIP! Tsuchiya: First of all, my number one goal is to appear in more anime works. I also want to take on the challenge of dubbing more and more, so I’m studying hard. Most of the dubbing is based on a nomination system, and the works I’ve appeared in so far have been through auditions, which is rare. From now on, I want to study hard so that I can get people to talk to me, and at the same time, I want to appeal to them, saying, “I can do dubbing, by all means!” (laughs).
In the previous interview, you said that you study music on your days off. Tsuchiya: I was studying DTM to create songs using music software, but it was too difficult for me, and I couldn’t complete a whole song. My knowledge of DTM is useful when recording voice samples at home (laughs). Oh! Also, I was active when I uploaded a video of the ED of “Bakuten!” on Instagram, I wondered if I could do something for the final episode, so I decided to help with singing, which is one of the things I want to be good at. Editing was harder than I expected, but it was a great experience. Speaking of Instagram, at the time of the last interview, I hadn’t started yet. I opened it about half a year later, but until then I thought it would be cool not to use SNS. There was also a place. However, once again, when I thought about what I wanted to cherish, I felt that I wanted people to see my work, and I wanted them to come to events and stage performances.
What do you usually do to relax and refresh yourself? Tsuchiya: The first thing that comes to mind is of course my dog. For some reason, she uses the same pillow as me. I was thinking, “Do dogs use pillows too?” Speaking of refreshing, I do kickboxing, karate, and acrobatics. I would like to have the opportunity to take action in earnest. Well, I’ve made my body so that I can talk to you anytime.
Lastly, please give a message to your fans. Tsuchiya: This time, I was able to take some really nice pictures, so I’m hoping to get my hands on a Voice Newtype as soon as possible (laughs). It’s interesting to see how I feel when this is announced, as I feel like I’ve achieved one of my big goals this year, or that I’ve been able to put out what I’ve cultivated so far. By the time this magazine goes on sale, I think it will have grown a little more, and I’m looking forward to delivering it to everyone through the works around next year. Please check them out.
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