In recent years, critical attention has been increasingly paid to the subject of the profession of voice actor. While individual research articles are available, however, it does not seem that the emerging subject has explored in a coherent manner, not even in the studies of Japanese animation which has specific ties the voice actor. This article focuses on the “anime voice actor”, providing a historical perspective in comparison with early voice actors who performed in radio dramas or Japanese-dubbed foreign movies. It also traces back the anime voice actor to the “anime boom” which began with Space Battleship Yamato. The author will pay special attention to Yoko Asagami, the voice actress who impersonated the heroine. In her wake, the profession of voice actor came to assume its distinctive implications and emerged desirable career among “anime generation” who were close to Asagami in age.
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- Platonic Sex: Perversion and Shôjo Anime (Part Two)
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- Tarantino the Cartoonist
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- The Many Faces of Internationalization in Japanese Anime
- Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks and its Transition from Comic Strip to Animated Series
- Voice and Vision in Oshii Mamoru’s Ghost in the Shell: Beyond Cartesian Optics
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- Mamoru Oshii’s Production of Multi-layered Space in 2D Anime
- Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress: A Feminine Journey with Dream-Like Qualities
- Spirited Away: Conceptualizing a Film-Based Case Study through Comparative Narratives of Japanese Ecological and Environmental Discourses
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- Hayao Miyazaki’s Mythic Poetics: Experiencing the Narrative Persuasions in Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo
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- Japanimation (Anime)'s Expressions and the Inside (Part 2): From Joon Yang Kim's Empire of Images: Animation on Japanese Islands.
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- Concerning the anime directing method for limiting the quantity of drawings to 3500 sheets per episode of a TV series in Toei Animation Studio Co. Ltd. (Part 2): The Directorial Strategy in Japanese TV Anime.
- The Deviating Voice from the Visual: Representations of Female Characters and Feminist Critism in the 1990s' Anime.
- Inquiries around Animation and Moving Image: Anime, Animation and Animating.
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