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|Unedited Feed from the Kitamura panel at Anime-Expo 2010. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
12:41:33 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (Starting)
12:40:03 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Thank you for waiting
12:40:12 <bay|AX|Kitamura> We're going to start the panel in 30 seconds
12:40:24 <bay|AX|Kitamura> We are NISA america and thank you for coming to the Panel
12:40:34 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And this is why you are here, we have Eri Kitamura
12:40:43 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Have a warm welcome to america miss kitamura
12:41:06 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (She runs in waving)
12:41:24 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Along with we have the chief director of Toradora, Mr Yamanaka
12:41:55 <bay|AX|Kitamura> She just came from Japan and we want her to sit down and relax and have her introduce herself
12:42:02 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Minnasan konichiwa
12:42:04 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Nihongo Ume
12:42:24 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Nice to meet you everyone, I'm Kitamura eri
12:42:46 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Well this is my first event overseas and I'm really nervous and there is one thing I want to do with you guys
12:43:06 <bay|AX|Kitamura> We don't do this often in Japan but i think we can pull this off with this much energy
12:43:11 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I want everyone to say Kitaeri Kita
12:43:17 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (Repated)
12:43:27 <bay|AX|Kitamura> This isn't possible in Japan
12:43:43 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I am a voice actress
12:43:53 <bay|AX|Kitamura> In the series toradora i was Kawashima Eri
12:43:58 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I can see the expressions on your faces
12:44:06 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Let me turn around and say something in her voice
12:44:16 <bay|AX|Kitamura> "Eh, Ami-chan wakaranai"
12:44:43 <bay|AX|Kitamura> When I was really young, I really liked anime, manga, games, cosplay, everything
12:44:47 <bay|AX|Kitamura> So here I am after all these years.
12:44:54 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Of course, I love prinny too.
12:45:19 <bay|AX|Kitamura> So it's really amazing that I can do a job that i love and meet my fans out here like this
12:45:32 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (Yoroshiku)
12:45:56 <bay|AX|Kitamura> PV for toradora... since some of you have heard of it and some of you might have not
12:46:08 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (This is the english subtitled trailer that's been floating around)
12:48:10 <bay|AX|Kitamura> At the NISA booth, we've been collecting questions.
12:48:15 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I'd like to read out some questions.
12:48:51 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: What inspired you to be the seiyuu for Ami?
12:49:37 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: First of all, I fell in love with the character design the moment I saw her
12:49:56 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And as I learned more about her character, she's a perfectionist but still has a weak side, and i can relate to that and that's what made me love her character
12:50:26 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q; In your role as Ami in Toradora, did you every find yourself sympathizing with the character?
12:50:38 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (the rest of the q was a basically a repeat of the previous)
12:51:04 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A; She just seems perfect on the outside but and she's a hardwork in the shadows, a real hard worker behind the scenes...
12:51:22 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And she's really cool to many people and at the same time you know she really cares about them
12:51:32 <bay|AX|Kitamura> So you know that she throws herself into a bad position but she did it voluntarily
12:52:09 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: What personality trait do you share with your character in Toradora?
12:52:44 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: Maybe I'm just trying to act too tough on the front, you can't really express what you want to say the right way and give people a cold shoulder (para)
12:53:44 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Oh how cute @ the next person
12:53:23 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: Based on all the roles you have done, which type do you enjoy acting as?
12:53:38 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: Gotta be Ami -like...
12:54:07 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q; What type of character do you want to play that you haven't been able to play?
12:54:41 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: I've done a lot of tsundere and a lot of cool-dere, so yandere...
12:54:52 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I always get the cool tough girl, so it might be nice to play a sick-type girl..
12:55:01 <bay|AX|Kitamura> What do you think about yandere? Do you think I can do it?
12:55:21 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: What was your favorite episode and why?
12:56:12 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A; The episode that left the most lasting impression is episode 5 when she appears for the first time.
12:56:40 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (Even when watching it myself, I felt, wow what a bitch... - paraphrase)
12:56:34 <bay|AX|Kitamura> But she's really a good girl deep down
12:57:19 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And then as the series progresses, when her personality develops, you can tell that she lies intentional to save her friends.
12:57:27 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I like that she does that for the better good even though it hurts her (para)
12:57:54 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (There is a TK cosplayer in line)
12:58:38 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: You play a variety of characters... (examples)... you don't play the Judy (ssf4) character that much. Is it harder for you?
12:58:57 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A; Might not be able to say that on the record (thus censored)
12:59:14 <bay|AX|Kitamura> It was a lot of fun
13:00:27 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (getting a lot of voice requests)
13:02:14 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (And there is the Yui~nyan one)
13:03:14 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: For the role of Umineko... or the characters that you received the role as, did you audtion as the other character than what you got as your role?
13:03:45 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: It depends on the series.... in the case of toradora... i got it off the bat
13:04:21 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Since i've done such a wide variety, when i audition, they will sometimes ask for a whole range of girl types
13:04:46 <bay|AX|Kitamura> for Angel Beats, i tried to go for Yui-nyan, Yurripe, and Tenchi....
13:05:06 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Even if I fail, it just gives me motivation to go on.
13:05:20 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (voice request)
13:06:32 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q; What's it like playing a character like Rin?
13:06:41 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Is it hard to have that mindset where you are underage and hitting on your teacher?
13:06:46 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (This was asked by a female)
13:07:05 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: I think that was the first time I had to voice a girl so young so I had a hard time
13:07:13 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I couldn't say sensei and laugh the right way so I practiced a lot
13:07:56 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (voice request)
13:08:37 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: You liked anime and games when you were small. Is it harder to follow a series now as a pro? Do you hear your coworkers instead of the characters?
13:09:16 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A; A lot of times when I go in for my role, I meet a lot of more experienced voice actors and all I see is the characters.
13:09:25 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (lost two parts)
13:09:40 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (voice request)
13:10:16 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: Can you do an impression of Kugimiya Rie and Yui Horie's characters from Toradora?
13:11:42 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (voice request from angel beats episode 4)
13:12:43 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q; How did it feel to play as Yui and how did it feel when (spoiler from episode 10)
13:12:50 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A; no spoilers!
13:13:36 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Well as you all know she's a really bright and outgoing character, but there are scenes where she is determined... (lost due to interference)
13:13:52 <bay|AX|Kitamura> So I ask you to go watch the series and try to envision how I felt.
13:14:01 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q; Did you cry at the end?
13:14:05 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: No comment.
13:14:26 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: What is your favorite character to voice act so far and why?
13:14:29 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: All of them.
13:14:34 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (The only answer)
13:14:46 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (Follow up)
13:15:00 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: It's really hard to compare because there are so many different personalities and stories.
13:15:23 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (voice request)
13:16:03 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: What would you do if you were in Yui's situation at the end of Angel beats?
13:16:45 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: First of all, I want to get a lot of work as a VA and have a lot of people say Kitaeri Kita.
13:17:44 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: Have you ever seen any similarities between what you've worked on and american movies....
13:17:48 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (the example being Chaos Head and Matrix)
13:18:28 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: When I watch an aniem, I focus on the characters so I don't really think about other things.
13:18:57 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And there are times when people point these things out and I'm like... Oh.. yea... (para)
13:19:24 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q; How did it feel knowing you voiced (?) Yatterman in Tatsunoko vs Capcom and would you do it again?
13:19:59 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: Well first of all, fi there are any offers, I'd love to do it
13:20:11 <bay|AX|Kitamura> But yatterman has a long history of voice actors and I'm happy to put my name on that list.
13:20:16 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And I'm not good at fighting games...
13:20:48 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Q: For Queen's Blade, did you find it difficult for the scenes for the character you played?
13:21:24 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A: When I'm actually standing infront of the mic recording these lines, I don't imagine how sexy or whatever it is.
13:21:27 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Afterwards when I watch it....
13:21:40 <bay|AX|Kitamura> But I do think, wow, those are huge tits when I watch it....
13:21:49 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (lost parts of the previous)
13:22:15 <bay|AX|Kitamura> (voice request)
13:22:19 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Thank you guys
13:22:21 <bay|AX|Kitamura> and before closing this panel
13:22:32 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I'd like to get a word from Mr Yamanaka
13:22:45 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Hello everybody, I am the producer of Toradora from King records
13:22:57 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And I didn't really get any attention today, so I thought, it's about time.
13:23:33 <bay|AX|Kitamura> I'm here representing toradora here, but I'm amazed you knew all those other series.
13:23:42 <bay|AX|Kitamura> But you can find this package at the NISA booth so please pick it up.
13:23:58 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Kita: I'd like to make a promise with you guys...
13:24:06 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Kaoze... Cho-kaoze...
13:24:12 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Please think of minori here...
13:24:25 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Thank you very much.
13:24:35 <bay|AX|Kitamura> At last, I'd like to get a word from Ms Kitamura.
13:24:40 <bay|AX|Kitamura> A word for the american fans
13:24:51 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Thank you very much for inviting me to this amazing convention
13:25:14 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And as you all know, this is my first time overseas, and I'm glad this is the first event I got to go to.
13:25:52 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And recording voices in Japan, you never get to see the reaction from fans around the world so it was good experience to see you guys.
13:26:19 <bay|AX|Kitamura> And I want to take all the energy in this room and bring it back to japan to fuel more works
13:26:22 <bay|AX|Kitamura> So please look forward to more.
13:26:25 <bay|AX|Kitamura> Thanks you guys...
13:26:56 <bay|AX|Kitamura> End