All posts filed under: Waxing Inquisitive

Heard Feelings – Bryce Papenbrook – Waxing Inquisitive

During Anime Festival Sydney 2020, I was fortuitous enough to sit down and chat with Bryce Papenbrook. Known throughout the dubbing world for his roles in, well, most things, Bryce explained the nuances of voicing characters who have already received such a treatment in Japanese. More than producing a similar performance, he focused on the importance of translating the emotions behind the voice. One may understand the intention behind dialogue presented in a tongue not their own, but to feel it is a visceral sensation granted by knowing the language spoken. That isn’t to discourage linguistically branching out, merely acknowledge what adaptational performances can bring. Simply put: We can all enjoy what we love, and love what we enjoy. And that’s nice. -30-

Theatre of the Voice – Ricco Fajardo and David Matranga – Waxing Inquisitive

During Anime Festival Sydney 2020, I was lucky enough to be able to sit down and talk with Ricco Fajardo and David Matranga. Known for their work in dubbing, they were more than happy to discuss their experiences and the overall process itself. That being said, the discussion of how dubbing relates to both theatre and the study of dialogue itself presented a unique insight beyond the trappings of booth recording. Were time not so limited, I would’ve loved to carry on this train of thought, as it goes to show just how much goes into bringing the characters we all know and love to life; a second time to us, but also a first. Which is pretty darn cool when you think about it. -30-

We Are All Team Rider! – Interview With TokuChris – Waxing Inquisitive

Hot off the heels of the successful Team Rider meet up in New York City and ahead of the upcoming C2E2 event in Chicago, I had the opportunity to correspond with Chris Boothroy of TokuNation (known in the toku community as “TokuChris”) regarding all things tokusatsu and Kamen Rider. Here’s what he had to say: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. To start off could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your involvement in the tokusatsu community? Thanks for reaching out to speak with me! My name is Chris – known more as TokuChris on social media. I’m a husband and a father first and foremost. I’ve been a fan of tokusatsu for roughly 30 years and have really gotten in to the greater community of it in the last 10 years. I started TokuNation back in 2012 because aside from a blog or a Facebook group here or there it was hard to find streamlined news and information for toys, collectibles, and the shows. I’ve also started PwrRngr.com …

The Fiery Rei Hino: Sailor Mars! – Interview with Cristina Vee at MadFest 2016

The inaugural Madfest Japanese Pop Culture Festival, run by Australia’s own Madman Entertainment, featured many guests. Out of them all, we at SnapThirty were given the opportunity to interview many, including the lovely Cristina Vee who, as you may know, is the voice of Sailor Moon’s own Rei Hino, also known as Sailor Mars. Alongside that huge role Cristina also lends her talents to Killua Zoldyck (Hunter X Hunter), Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Riruka Dokugamine (Bleach), Mamejiro (Blood Lad), Rei Hououmaru (Kill La Kill), Hawk (Seven Deadly Sins), and many, many more! We sat down to talk about all things Sailor Moon, Hunter X Hunter, and Pokemon as she attempted to catch herself an elusive Kangaskhan before leaving Australia, not knowing when she’ll next return. Spoiler alert: Sometime after the interview…she caught one! Woo hoo! Below is the video featuring the entire interview so sit back, relax, and enjoy our talk with the lovely Cristina Vee. -30-

Interview with Shingo Natsume the director of One Punch Man

During the first ever Madman Anime Festival, we were lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with Shingo Natsume the director of the mega hit anime series One Punch Man. We discuss his work on the series and thoughts on Yusuke Murata’s original artwork in his adaptation manga as well as talking about the ins and outs of directing an anime series. Read on for our full interview with Shingo Natsume. SnapThirty: Given One Punch Man’s status as a fan favourite, what sort of pressures were involved in its adaptation? Natsume: As you can imagine with the quality of Murata’s art style it was hard to imagine how it would be in animation, however Kubota-san the character designer for the series did a really good job and was able to achieve the same quality of design. Also the animators were really great people. We were lucky to have such skilled and passionate people that were able to reflect the animation really well. SnapThirty: How much discussion went into creating the signature style of …

Interview with Tomohiko Ito and Shingo Adachi

During the first ever Madman Anime Festival, we were lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with Tomohiko Ito the director of series such as ERASED and Sword Art Online and Shingo Adachi the man behind the art design of Sword Art Online. We discuss all things Sword Art Online and ERASED as well as exploring the inner workings behind the scenes of an anime series at A-1 Pictures. Read on for our full interview with Tomohiko Ito and Shingo Adachi. SnapThirty: Sword Art Online has become one of the most popular anime in recent memory. Did you ever think it would become as popular as it has and what does it feel like to have worked on such a colossal hit? Ito: I didn’t think that it was at all and I’m really actually happy about it. Is it popular in Australia? SnapThirty: Very popular! Adachi: Really? How do people see it? SnapThirty: There is online distributors and its played on TV as well. Adachi: How do they analyze how many viewers …

Interview with Hideo Ishikawa (石川 英郎) the voice of Itachi from Naruto

Recently at SMASH! Con 2016 at the Rose Hill Gardens, we were lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with legendary Japanese voice actor Hideo Ishikawa for an interview. Ishikawa is famous for his role as Sasuke’s brother Itachi on the Naruto anime series and has performed countless other iconic roles in series like Bleach and Slam Dunk. He even has some live action credits to his name having worked on tokusatsu series like Kamen Rider. In our interview we talked all things Naruto, Bleach and even explored his secret basketball obsession. Read on for our full interview with Hideo Ishikawa. At the time of the character Itachi’s introduction, the Naruto series was already a hit in Japan. It has of course since gone on to become popular around the world. Did you ever expect the series to become a global hit like it has when you first signed on to do the role of Itachi? I must say that it may be because Naruto is quite the same as Japanese culture. We …

Interview With The Development Team Of Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom

Ever since Hajime Isayama’s brutal Manga was adapted into it’s very own Anime, courtesy of Wit Studio, fans have wondered what it would be like to be in complete control of their very own multi-dimensional manoeuvre gear, having to use it for the sole purpose of slaying giants that threaten the safety of humanity’s remains. This has been attempted, but never successful. Even to this day, fans still long for a well-made Attack On Titan action game that will give them the same, if not greater, thrill than that of the series’ Anime. Koei Tecmo and Omega Force have come together, once again, to answer the call of the fans with their upcoming multi-platform title Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom. Using development assets from their more recent titles, Omega Force have come to create an Attack On Titan game that fans can be proud of, and us here at SnapThirty have been given the grand opportunity to interview just a few of the key players behind this game’s development. Hajime Isayama, the creator of …

Interview on ‘Yo-kai Watch’ with David H. Steinberg

With the recent debut of the English dub of Yo-kai Watch on Disney XD in North America, the global takeover of the Yo-kai Watch franchise has begun. We were fortunate enough to ask some questions of David H. Steinberg the writer behind the English localization of the anime series and get the inside scoop on the Western take on the Japanese phenomenon. Read on for the full interview: Yo-kai Watch has officially debuted in the West with the anime now airing on Disney XD in America. Can you tell us a little bit about your role and involvement in the series localization? Early last year, the Executive Producer Mark Risley was hired to head up the localization team. I had worked with Mark on several other projects in the past and he brought me and my writing partner Keetgi Kogan onboard. What we do is more than translating but less than pure writing since we’re adhering to the original story. We take the translation of the Japanese and then conform it to the Western speaking …

Our Interview With Culture Japan’s Danny Choo – SMASH! 2015

What does it take to become a celebrity in the world of Japanese pop culture? If there’s any man to ask, it has to be Culture Japan’s very own Danny Choo. From humble beginnings, this man worked himself to the bone in order to reach the level of success he currently holds. The curator of an amazingly detailed blog about his life, the creator of pop culture mascot Mirai Suenaga, and the host of his very own Japanese television program, there’s no one who knows more about hard work and dedication than Danny Choo. This year’s Sydney Manga and Anime Show allowed us the opportunity to sit down and have a one-on-one interview with the man himself to talk about, well…pretty much what I detailed above. In a quite room, away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, we sat and spoke about as much as we possibly could within the short time we had with him, but you don’t want to simply read about an interview, you want to see the interview! So enough …

Interview with Japan Foundation’s PR Coordinator Jessica Chow

We recently got the chance to speak with the PR Coordinator for the Japan Foundation here in Sydney, Jessica Chow. Throughout our interview with Jessica we discussed the Japan Foundation itself, the upcoming annual Japanese Film Festival and of course Japanese Culture in general. For the full scoop on the Japan Foundation and the wonderful world of Japanese Culture please read on for the complete interview.   S30: Thank you for the taking the time out to speak with us, could you tell us a little about what you do for the Japan Foundation? JPF: Thank you for the invitation. As the Public Relations Coordinator, I share Japanese culture to those living in Australia, and help build connections between them through promoting The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s array of events and programs. S30: For those out of the know, what exactly is the Japan Foundation and what sort of work do you guys do? JPF: The Japan Foundation, Sydney is a cultural organisation dedicated to ‘Bringing Japan to You’, so we share all things cool, quirky and …

Interview With Hanabee’s Karen Pak At SMASH! 2014

During SMASH! 2014 in Sydney, we were able to sit down with Karen Pak the Product Manager for Hanabee during her brief downtime over the busy convention weekend for an exclusive interview. We discussed their latest title announcements made at SMASH! 2014, the nature of anime streaming and the brand new Hanabee streaming service. There is some detailed discussion of what Hanabee will implement in order to make themselves known as one of the big players in the anime streaming game as well as general anime release information for Hanabee’s 2014 schedule. Big thanks to Karen for taking the time out to sit down with us. You can check out the full video interview below for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. -30-