I had always been curious about the voice acting industry. After hearing information about the VA’s actually graduating from voice acting schools, my curiosity grew bigger.
Thankfully, there was an anime that was released late last year that focuses on that. And that anime was Hashiri Tsuzukete Yokattatte.
Minato visits a recitation at an anime event with his friend. He is captivated by the voice actors’ performances and decides to enroll in Suidoubashi Animation Academy. There, he meets Chikako, who used to live in the room he is moving into and who left a message in a USB drive. Minato, who aims to be a voice actor but is unable to put himself into the role, and Chikako, who lives with a past trauma, encourage one another and try to improve themselves. With the help of seniors such as Ryouta and Kei watching over them, they try to mature. As they stumble and worry, what lies ahead for them both? (MAL)
This anime was really short, but nice.
For a 4 episode series, it was able to deliver its message to the viewers. It delivered a general view of what voice acting is, its struggles and how to overcome them. In some ways, it was through this series that I reaffirm my respecting and praises to all voice actors in the industry.
However, this anime stilll has flaws. Because of its short airing, deeper details of the characters were left in the air and were unresolved. It would have been nice if it was a bit longer, but we only got a 4 episode run and we should applaud the production team behind this series for cramming as much info as possible while not making it too much.
For the characters, the two main leads were really likeable. From their interesting traits to their personal struggles, even a normal person like me could relate to them. I think my only problem with the chaeacters would be the presence of the 2 supporting leads. As supporting, they supported the characters, but I don’t see their importance to a point that the production team added them in the poster of the series. They barely had screentime! Well, that’s just my opinion.
Unfortunately, i wasn’t able to listen, remember much the OP, ED, and even the BGM of the series. I guess I was too in gross to the series, i might’ve skipped through the OP and ED. The BGM was too generic for me to remember, but I did notice some good tunes during the heartwarming moments. At least, they have that.
Overall, Hashiri Tsuzukete Yokattatte was a nice watch for me as I am a fan of a lot of voice actors. It made me understand a bit of what they struggle, what they’ve gone through (I think) and also their mindset. I do know that this series was overgeneralizing everything, but there’s always a source of this, right? The series might be an exaggeration, but atleast we got a bit of an idea. And for me, that’s more important.
Anyway, that is all.
This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!