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|Unedited Feed from the Bob Shirohata panel at Otakon 2011. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
12:02:56 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Hello everyone, thank you for coming
12:03:14 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> We have two people... the director of Hetalia, bob shirohata
12:03:29 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> And Akira Sasanuma
12:03:38 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> We're pretty much going to talk about Hetalia..
12:04:48 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sasa: I apologize in advance that neither of us speak english or have a listening comprehension of such
12:05:15 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Shiro: But we were in the audience for the previous panel, and I saw everyone loves hetalia,and I was happy to see that
12:05:21 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (Sh and Sa from this point on)
12:08:49 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Will Seishiru(character who appears at the very end of series?) have any screen time?
12:07:50 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> A: It's one of the characters that I'd love to give more screentime as the series goes on more?
12:07:51 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Will the series continue?
12:07:50 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> A; That's to be determined but I certainly hope so.
12:07:51 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa: And austria doesn't get much time either
12:07:51 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Can I ask a LoZ question?
12:07:51 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Favorite video game and favorite dungeon in twilight princess
12:08:05 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; My favorite game is the PSP Hetalia
12:08:20 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Dungeon? Dungeon?? DUNGEON?????
12:08:28 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> It's kinda hard to say if I can love dungeons
12:09:00 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa: I didn't expect a zelda question
12:09:21 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Favorite line for Austria in Hetalia @ Sa
12:09:38 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa: Innareteru(?)
12:09:56 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Specifically, I love saying that to prussia
12:10:10 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Did you ever expect Hetalia anime as a webcast to be popular outside Japan
12:10:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: It wasnt forseen but since there are so many world character, were were nervous about the reaction, I'm glad it got a lot of fans.
12:11:51 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Have you been to Austria or is there somewhere you would like to visit? (@Sa)
12:12:55 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa: I haven't been. But when I saw a travel show on TV about Austria that made me want tot go. It's really (?) to me how isolated you are if you don't speak the local language
12:13:06 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> I had trouble ordering coffe this morning.
12:13:28 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: See more Finland of Sweden...and Hana Tamago(???)
12:14:29 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: This ties into a previous question, and I would certainly hope the series would continue. There are more characters I'd love to give onscreen time to.
12:15:01 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Could you sing (Marukai?)
12:15:13 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; How about all together?
12:15:29 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Someone get me the lyrics please
12:16:23 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> That was more embarassing than I thought it would be.
12:16:28 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh; It was fun.
12:16:42 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: There were a lot of complex character in hetalia, what was you favorite beside austria and why?
12:16:47 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Actually for both
12:17:57 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; As a character, I like Great Britan, and I'm closest to the voice actors who play Prussia and Russia, and for female character I like... henria(??)
12:18:42 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: I love all the ? character, but if I had to choose, Hungry, because it's a she...and the same for the other female characters (all those minor EU countries)
12:19:27 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Which character would you take drinking and what would they order?
12:19:38 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; German, Beer
12:19:47 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Japan, Sake
12:19:50 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Russia, Vodka
12:19:58 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Prussia, beer
12:20:10 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; That's actually the stereotypes
12:20:32 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Have you read the manga Mr. Shirhata?
12:20:36 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Yes
12:20:58 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: What scenes were you most excited about to animate and what scenes would you like to do in the future if given the opportunity
12:21:49 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Best scene is ep 1 of anime and vol 1 of manga which is the world conference which could only be done in hetalia
12:22:04 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> and if there were more hetalia, Nekotalia(??) is what I'd like to do
12:22:11 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa: Question... for the director
12:22:26 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> When does Austria get to be a member of the world conference?
12:22:30 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh; Sometime
12:22:33 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; Thank you
12:26:05 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: (Not a question, just a bunch of thanks so far)
12:26:05 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> What is the feeling you get when personifying countries... countries, history, war, what does that mean to you...what does hetalia mean to you as you are working on it?
12:26:05 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> A; Was that in context of world situations and incorporating into the story?
12:26:05 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Yes
12:26:06 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: We made hetalia thinking, regardless of what's going on in the world, the world of hetalia is love and peace, they fight an the make up and they have fun
12:26:06 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: (@Shirohata) Least favorite character?
12:26:06 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: There is no such!
12:29:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: What was your reaction when Korea raised a fuss about their character and had it removed about the anime?
12:29:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; As austria, yay, more screen time!
12:29:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (Missed if there was something else)
12:29:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q; What's your favorite part of america so far?
12:29:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: This is my second time in the states, and we just got in last night and I'm trying to figure out what to see and when my free time is
12:30:15 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: How did you feel transitioning from the manga Gravitation to the anime series?
12:30:38 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: These days, it's not uncommon a genre, but back then, it was a rare type of anime, so i was excited to work on it
12:30:58 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q; In vol 4, there is a strip that france gets a lot of development... any chance of it getting animated?
12:31:25 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: The answer repeats itself, but if the series continues on, that would be something I'd like to...
12:34:24 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Will (???) get character songs (was entirely said in the voice of the character... russia?)
12:34:24 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: that's something I'd look forward to myself
12:34:25 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: I know hetalia is more for a general audience, but do you consider it a fujoshi anime? Do you make decisions in respect to the fujoshi demographic? Can you tell me about the viewer demo
12:34:25 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Well, I certainly hope that hetalia would be enjoyable by everyone and that there is someone for everyone to enjoy
12:34:55 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Well I do know that hetalia is very popular with females but I do hope and intend that it's enjoyable for all ages and everyone.
12:35:38 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q; Will we ever get to see austria or any of the other countries that france has done april fools rampage on in the anime?
12:35:47 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (realizing it ties into the "if it continues")
12:35:58 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: I can't say for sure.
12:36:36 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: If there is a country that you would like to be made into a character that hasn't been in the series yet, what character would that be?
12:36:55 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Hong Kong
12:37:23 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; Well, it doesn't matter who i want to see as long as austria has screen time
12:38:12 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: How was it decide that you would play austria? Audition? Director's decision?
12:39:17 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; Hetalia for an audition for the most part, but I wasn't. That's because before the hetalia anime, there was a drama cd made, and the label wanted me to do austria then, and they wanted me to continue
12:39:57 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: (Can't hear, I really enjoy your drama series... how do you prepare for those typesof scenes... couldn't hear most of that)
12:40:08 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (The audience is laughing)
12:41:08 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa: First of all, the work involved in preparing for a role is the same, regardless of it's (??) or hetalia
12:41:53 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Since I have no real life experience with another guy, my senpai told me to mentally substitute my partner with a girl and play out the role...
12:41:57 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> YOU IDIOT
12:42:20 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Did you watch the english version of Hetalia?
12:42:31 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Both: No, unfortunately.
12:42:40 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (One of them say I'd love to.)
12:43:05 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Because the english version is ...uh...rougher?
12:43:40 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (There are funi people in the room)
12:44:14 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (Missed Q, answer was nothing was different)
12:44:27 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: What character would you want to be your valentine?
12:44:49 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: because I'm a guy I have a hard time imaginging...
12:44:50 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; Belarus
12:45:25 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Something about pairing up...
12:45:31 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Answers were Italy and Germany
12:45:48 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: Favorite part about your respective jobs?
12:46:33 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; The best part about being a voice actor, is being able to act with the other voice actors and being involve in the creation of work
12:47:42 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: For me, I'm usually in the studio working on the story board, and i imagine what hte reaction from the audience will be, and if i do get an audience and find out if the scenes worked out as intended, those are the best momenets
12:48:32 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Q: What is your favorite anime? And don't worry if you haven't seen it. We'll have it for you tomorrow (Funimation brand manager)
12:48:44 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> (Question was asked for someone else online)
12:49:02 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Ashita no Joe
12:49:33 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; Naruto, Bleach, Jump anime... Keroro
12:49:20 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> there are too many, i can't say
12:50:25 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sa; We're running out of question, there is a question I wan to ask the audience, who is your favorite character?
12:50:31 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> A: Austria (mostly)
12:50:52 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Sh: Today was really fun. Thank you for coming.
12:51:03 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> Thank you for coming.
12:51:06 <bay|Ota|Shirohata> End