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|Unedited Feed from the Ai Nonoka panel at Otakon 2012. Transcription: bayoab
Note: ( ) is usually commenting on the panel and was not said.
10:14:56 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (aniplex is running this as a madoka va as kyoko)
10:16:43 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> good morning
10:16:47 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> how you guys doing
10:17:01 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> well thank you very much for coming to ai nonoka's panel
10:17:10 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> we're here from aniplex, here's ejay and hiroe
10:17:26 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> and before she comes, she wants you to welcome her here by calling her a nickname
10:17:42 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> you guys know her nickname?
10:17:45 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (chants of aipon)
10:18:08 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> welcome to the stage
10:18:19 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> and i'm sure lots of fans are excited to see you
10:18:24 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> would you briefly introduce yourself
10:18:30 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> what's up guys (in english)
10:18:43 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> good morning, my name is ai nonoka, call me aipon (in english)
10:19:11 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> thank you for inviting me here, i am glad... okay? okay! (in english)
10:19:14 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (now into japanese)
10:19:21 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> please take lots of photos and take them home
10:19:25 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (there was a no photo sign)
10:19:40 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> as you know, she's a famous voice actress and singer
10:19:48 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> one of her roles being kyoko in madoka madoka
10:19:57 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> first of all, before we start q&A
10:20:04 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> what's your first impression of anime fans in america?
10:20:26 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> looks like you guys are having a lot of fun, and you have no less fandom than the japanese fans
10:20:41 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> and one more question for before q&a, you played kyoko, do you have any memories of playing her?
10:21:07 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> well, the character kyoko shows up in the middle of the series after mami is gone, so that was a little awkward
10:21:20 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> do you want to do a quick line of kyoko?
10:22:11 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> if you have any questions, please line up in front of the mic
10:22:21 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: please ask lots of questions
10:22:38 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Could you describe some of the difficulties you faced doing Fuuko from Clannad?
10:22:41 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: That's nice question (english)
10:23:57 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Well, Fuuko is a funny character so it was fun playing her, and i had to keep a straight face to do scenes, like where the straw gets inserted into her nose
10:24:25 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: I understand that the america release, we never got the drama cds, could you take us through the experience for the drama cd between kyoko and mami
10:25:22 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: and the drama cd, is about the encounter between kyoko and mami, so it takes place before the story in the anime
10:26:08 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> and this is before kyoko's family sees disaster and before she goes bad, so it was a bit of a challenge to play her as a pure hearted character
10:26:35 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What's your opinion as a voice actor on voiceloids?
10:27:33 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: is it like hatsune miku?
10:27:39 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: like it, but optimized for speaking
10:27:47 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: ehhhhh that's great (english)
10:29:48 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Having playing Kafuka and (ichijou?), which do you think is more crazy
10:28:16 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: let me see...
10:29:55 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> they both are...
10:29:55 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> kafuka has too much positive energy, and that's where the crazyniess is, ichijou is lower tension, but still crazy
10:29:55 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What do you think of the relationship between kyoko and sayaka
10:29:55 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Nice couple
10:30:42 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Well, kyoko wories for sayaka, but she only has kamijou in mind, so i hope kyoko can save sayaka in the movie version
10:30:47 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Is that a one way love? A: Yes
10:31:36 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Every time you voice an anime by (???), do you find yourself bending up for the face shot scenes?
10:31:42 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: I tend to act along when my character is running or fighting
10:31:49 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Favorite kafuka line?
10:32:26 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (Does a line in voice)
10:32:42 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Both of the negima anime, what was the difference in voicing for konoka in both of them
10:32:58 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: there wasn't much difference
10:33:33 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> but there were ...the two series were different in flavor, so there was probably a difference in pacing
10:33:38 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> so who is your favorite character in negima?
10:34:16 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (missed it)
10:34:33 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: I really liked your work as Fuuko in clannad. Do you like starfish?
10:34:37 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: starfish?
10:34:45 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> i like starfish! (english)
10:35:02 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> but it's very squish so i don't want to touch it
10:35:11 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Is it hard being a voice actor?
10:35:32 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: It's very, very very (x many) difficult (english)
10:35:53 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> The tough part is acting along to the mouth flaps
10:36:04 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Sometimes, you might be angry and you want to say a lot in the line
10:36:06 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> but the mouth flaps are going slow
10:36:08 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> and that won't match
10:36:25 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Who is your favorite voice actor?
10:36:41 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: My favorite voice actor is... umm... Ogata Megumi (english)
10:36:54 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Evangelion.... Shinji...
10:36:59 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Very good
10:37:36 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Lately she got a role in dynasty wars 7, what's the difference in voicing for an anme vs voicing for a game
10:38:08 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: there is no difference in the acting or the vocing part... but ...
10:38:15 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> very very muzukashii (very difficult)
10:38:28 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> in anime, the entire cast is together when we're doing the recording
10:39:01 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> but doing video games, we do our takes individually, so we have to worry afterwards if all our acting is together, if things go coherently
10:39:16 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Could she say a line fron Dynasty Warriors?
10:39:18 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (line)
10:39:49 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What was it like playing Imoko in Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo
10:40:08 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: She's tiny and very cute
10:40:21 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> And the tough part being explicity when she's angry
10:41:11 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Can you sing a line from your song chiruga?
10:41:33 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: (song)
10:42:17 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: I like the range of the characters you do, but they have sorta different characteristics, is there a specific type of character you like playing
10:42:35 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: That's nice question (english)
10:43:10 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I don't have a particular... difficulty or favorite with regards to what type of character i play (para)
10:43:24 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> but i tend to get girls, so i would like to play boy character
10:43:40 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Why did you choose to become a voice actor and how did you enter the industry?
10:44:16 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: In elementary school, I watched YuYu Hakushu, and I fell in kurama, and that's why i wanted to be a voice actor
10:44:31 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> And so that's when I started learning acting
10:45:20 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What was is it like to play meimei from denpa onna seishun otoko compared to your other roles
10:45:51 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Normally, i tend to play characters who are younger than me, but in denpa onna, meimei is a mother character, so that was a challenge
10:46:05 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> And she's older in age, but she likes to act young
10:46:47 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Normally she's very energetic, but there are times where she is more mature like when launching the bottle rockets
10:47:14 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Do you actually watch anime together (the question was being asked for his father in the audience)
10:48:01 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Can you say Fuuko's Dozo
10:48:04 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: very english jouzu....
10:48:22 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (line)
10:48:38 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (wasn't exactly a dozo)
10:48:52 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What would Towa meimei think of the story of madoka?
10:49:09 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Very difficult question (in eng)
10:49:29 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> She'd probably say it's an interesting anime
10:49:44 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What's your favorite line as Fuuko from clannad?
10:50:20 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Fuuko sanjou
10:51:14 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: If kyuubey would be to appear and offer you a contract, would you take a wish and what would the wish be?
10:51:09 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: "eeeh, kyubey, oh no"
10:51:05 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I do not wish to meet Kyubey
10:51:40 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Well, if i should meet kyubey, kyoko might scold me, but magic has to be used for the good fo people
10:51:58 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: If kyoko would to come to baltimore, what do you think she would like to eat most?
10:52:03 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Crab cake?
10:52:11 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Have you had any yet?
10:52:14 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: not yet
10:52:40 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: How do you prepare for a new role when you enter a new show?
10:53:05 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: First, if the character designs are ready, I look at the character
10:53:46 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I look at the character designs, and if the eyes are droopy, i might think they are a little slow, but if they are pointy, she might be more agressive...
10:54:06 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> If the anime is based on a pre-existing work, sometimes i might read it and study, sometimes i might
10:54:30 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Sometimes it's better to have no pre-conceived notions and other times it's better to read up on the character and have a grasp
10:54:53 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What was it like working with such a talented cast in madoka magica?
10:56:05 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: When I audtioned, the characters were cute, so i thought they would pool young voice actors but when i saw them, madoka is done by a young one, but the rest were established and talented so i was (lost?)
10:56:13 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Any interesting stories of working with madoka's voice actress?
10:56:16 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: She's very cute...
10:56:42 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Is there any voice actor you enjoyed working with?
10:57:11 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Well, I get along with everyone, so it's always great working with them
10:57:27 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I get along very well with Emiri who plays kyubey, i hate kyubey but i get along with emiri
10:58:19 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Have there been any shows you would have like to work on as a cast member?
10:58:23 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Lots
10:58:40 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Oh, Doraemon
10:59:05 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I didn't make it through the audition, but I do get a guest character role once in a while, so i'm happy about it
10:59:21 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Oh kyubey... oh no, kyubey... but kyubey is pretty
10:59:37 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: What is it like working with SHAFT?
10:59:52 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (the animation studio)
11:00:04 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: I owe a lot to SHAFT
11:00:18 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Director Shinbo is a very interesting man, it's fun talking with him
11:00:53 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> But according to Director Shibou, my best character was Ichijou, so everytime i act, i have to set my goal and try to exceed it
11:01:10 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> So it would be great if my performance in madoka exceeds ichijou (lost)
11:01:48 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: (Request for the dribble, shoot scene from clannad)
11:03:29 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: When recording a scene for a show, how many takes does it take for the final?
11:04:25 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: A recording session is 3 times... once through, test, and final take
11:04:51 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Can you say ganbatte onii-chan in fuuko's voice?
11:04:55 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> (line)
11:06:03 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Q: Can we hear your rendition of Kurama from YYH?
11:07:09 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: very hazukashii, can i do it as fuuko?
11:07:23 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Thank you for your questions
11:08:10 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Lastly, would you give your fans a message?
11:08:19 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> A: Thank you for coming (eng)
11:08:32 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I'm glad to be able to come
11:08:49 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> Okay? (end eng)
11:08:55 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I'll be signing later, I hope to see you there, please drop by
11:09:17 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> I may not get everything in english, but please talk to me
11:09:45 <bay|Ota|Nonoka> please give a big hand