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Interview with a Japanese voice actor: Hiromu

Japanese voice actor Hiromu

Hiromu has his talents as a professional voice actor planted in many fields, ranging from narration, onstage performance and voiceovers for a wide range of TV programs. It only takes sitting in a recording studio with Hiromu to realise why he is so sought after as a voice actor. Without further ado, let's get underway!

Which animal do you feel best represents you, and why?

Recently I have been feeling an affinity towards the pufferfish, as my face tends to swell up when I get angry.

Do you have a quote that inspires you? Who is it by? Do you have a motto you live by?

There is a quote by Tokugawa Ieyasu that says "Life is lived moving forward bearing a heavy load. Don't fret, don't rush." These words remind me not to worry when I fail, but to live taking one sure step forward at a time. A Japanese motto I like is "Reliance on others". I make sure I ask for help when I get stuck!

Any favourite dramas or movies? What are you watching at the moment?

I love all of Akira Kurosawa's movies. Some western movies I like include 'Patch Adams' and 'Forrest Gump'.

I am currently watching a Chinese drama called "Records of the Three Kingdoms".

As a voice artist, how do you feel the industry has changed over time?

There have been so many technological changes in the industry since I started, however putting on a good performance is one thing that will never stop being sought after.

What is your usual practice in preparation for a recording?

I do some vocal exercises and stretching, as well as watching a movie or listening to music to get myself in the mood.

Do you have any advice for aspiring voice actors out there?

If you have a dream, pursue it without giving in! If you are doing your best, there will be people who will come alongside you to cheer you on.



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