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Feed from the Rie Tanaka panel at New York Anime Festival 2008. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
This is unedited.

10:57:56 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> on stage right now doing random line requests
10:57:57 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> from the audience
10:58:57 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (for some odd reason.. playing the chobits op right now)
10:59:50 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> welcome to the rie tanaka panel
11:00:11 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> i'm sure you guys know a lot about her
11:00:22 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> i think we can just skip introductions and go right into q&a
11:00:25 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so... questionns
11:00:47 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: how was strike witches?
11:01:29 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: (first said that the series had finished after recording)
11:02:20 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> minna has a song inside the series too... but is really kind and gentle but has a heavy past... and then she has a certain character come out.... so i was suprised about the diferences.. .the gap... of her two different characters....
11:03:24 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: how do you feel about being the host of (yuukomi?) and how does that compare to being a voice actor
11:03:36 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: its on the live from midnight to 1am.. she hosts a radio show...
11:04:12 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> but there are times when im really sleepy... because sometimes i was working since 8-10am and then have to go on air from midnight... sometimes make myself really hyper on purpose if im too tired...
11:04:21 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> its really rewarding and really fun
11:04:38 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: what was your favorite role
11:06:04 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (question was dodged)
11:06:32 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: which others voice actors do you like to work with together
11:07:30 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: usually when i see my friends that i work with, it makes me really hyper... (paraphrased)
11:07:55 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> she's good friends with the va for shinku so she could give her 120% to 200% playing her role...
11:09:35 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: difference in voice acting for anime and voice acting for games
11:09:47 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: if it's a video game, we don't do voice over with other people
11:10:16 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> if it's a video game, it's just you inside of a booth... you are just imputing your voice to the video game...
11:10:40 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> if it's animation, it is usually with other actors in the same room so it is more like acting and doing "catch ball" of conversation..
11:11:15 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> if it's a video game, you have to imagine how the other characters will act
11:12:21 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: any difference between voicing for big franchises like gundam and smaller series
11:12:39 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: there is not that many differences...
11:13:51 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> it's not that different between a big/small animation but sometimes i realize that even small 30 min ep that you see costs 3 million dollars so it means a lot of staff are involved...
11:14:09 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so the staff put all their effort into it... and its a professional thing so i put my best into each episodes
11:14:32 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (semi-paraphrase)
11:14:42 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> that includes the character business and all the different revenue for the anime series...
11:14:53 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> if it becomes a movie relaese.. it costst more and the budget can double for the whole production
11:15:19 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so when i get the main character, she feels like she has to do it and it puts pressure on her to give her 100%
11:16:07 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: how was it playing (shinka??)
11:17:17 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: she went to audition for that role.. she didn't have time to talk with the director about he voice before hand, but she had read the original story.... (lost rest)
11:17:23 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so they like the voice and chose her
11:17:37 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: which job did you find to be the hardest
11:18:29 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (correction: it puts pressure on her... for her to give her 100%)
11:18:39 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (did i hear that question right?)
11:18:47 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (this answer seems different...)
11:19:39 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: so... lacus... she thinks that the character wasn't actually too realistic as our role, because there is not much emotion
11:19:56 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> and its always she has to be gentle and nice.. .and she never changes or doens't show any human emotion that much..
11:20:37 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> it's always that she has her own style... but because of the war going on ... it makes her... she's kinda... she slightly shows her emotion.. but she always has to be in a certain style that she has to stick with so that was very challenging .. it was challenging to her...
11:21:33 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: asked about favorite character again...
11:21:58 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (in sugintou's voice) of course it's sugintou (this is semi-joking)
11:22:05 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (she asks the audience who plays games)
11:22:55 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> when i was into internet games... when i was in college.. i was just playing...
11:23:01 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> there was no life but video games...
11:23:40 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so her question is... so after i graduated college, i have to work so i try to save my time for work and not play all day, but how do you guys save your time and stop yourself from playing video games
11:23:58 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> audience: sheer force of will
11:24:01 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> don't get caught at work
11:24:23 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> tanaka: because i do voice actress.. i have to study before hand before the actual recording
11:25:09 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> normally, for a 30 min anime series, i can do a quick study before hand and just finish it... but if it's a video game shooting.. there is a whole part of material that i have read through and have to study
11:25:18 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> it makes me feel like im an addict of the game
11:25:48 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so... i play games on the cell phone on the way to work.. makes me feel like im in heaven...
11:26:16 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: favorite moment as reborn character
11:26:18 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: the wedding...
11:26:35 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> makes her feel like the character is very girl and very feminie
11:26:35 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> *feminine
11:26:44 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> *on the way to work on the train
11:27:13 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> in reborn, she is going to do another character in the future
11:27:20 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (aren't announcing which yet)
11:27:44 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (asking about the guy's cosplay)
11:28:25 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: future roles?
11:28:37 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (as a certain character)
11:28:37 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: don't know yet
11:29:57 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (doing random lines right now)
11:31:05 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (she does the lacus holding the haro look)
11:31:19 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (people take pictures)
11:31:30 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (question is kinda been lost.. .something about a movie... no news of something yet...)
11:32:20 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (now having a rie tanaka holding a haro picture thing)
11:33:10 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (and now a figure.... i guess of lacus... is on stage)
11:33:10 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (again... photos)
11:35:06 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (talking about yomi and diets... from azumanga ...i thought it was cute that she always caring about it...) (heavy paraphrase)
11:35:58 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> she saw many costumes yesterday and she thought she saw more chii's than lacus
11:36:13 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> please let us know if you find any lacus cosplayers
11:37:08 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (question about her kara no kyokai character)
11:37:13 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> q: did she enjoy the role?
11:37:27 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a: it was a really heavy character... heavy story..
11:37:49 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> it was... i played it a heavier the first time but it was changed to a cuter one...
11:38:26 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> because in the original story, the character was sad and there was tragedy behind her..
11:38:34 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> and since that would make her creepy, we discussed and we made it a girlier and more fragile character
11:39:33 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> so... the character she played kirie, the enemy of the main character... when i saw the questionairre after the series was done
11:39:51 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> a lot of people agreed with her about kirie's character... (???)
11:40:17 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (that didn't match what i heard in japanese)
11:40:40 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> (she was part of a song... not sure which one... singing it now....)
11:41:20 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> *she was asked for part of a song
11:41:36 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> *character and wanted to see it again... (???)
11:42:38 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> jan ken for prizes now
11:44:35 <bay|NYAF|RieTanaka> thank you for coming to the panel...
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