Interview with Sakaguchi at Fanime 2016

We had the wonderful opportunity to interview voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi at Fanime 2016!

First we like to ask about your roots: what inspired you to do voice acting?

I really wanted to participate in Gundam.

What are some modern work trends you like? Any older methods you miss?

More opportunities, being able to come to the United States. Nowadays there’s singing, doing radio, etc.

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Fanime 2015 – Keoicorp’s Side

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I wasn’t sure what to expect at Fanime 2015 like any other convention, except I know that Fanime always has lots of interesting panels, excitement, laughter and amazing cosplay, making it one of the best anime communities there ever was! Seriously year after year I meet the most amazing people, it was one convention I never have regret going to.

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Fanime 2015

Fanime 2015 - SJCC

Welcome to Neko’s Shiritori Fanime 2015 coverage! Fanime is a convention held in the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (SJCC), in downtown San Jose so it was convenient to get to. There was no sight of registration line issues this year. Unfortunately ticket prices have hiked across the board due to Fanime’s rapidly growing attendance rate. On the upside we have also seen the fruits of Fanime’s extra efforts to further improve the overall atmosphere.

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Fanime Post Convention – Keoicorp’s Side

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Friday: The first official day seemed to have a slower start but hey its only the first day. The first amazing thing I noticed was there was no line for badge pickup whatsoever which to me gives Fanime a HUGE plus in my books. First thing I did was immediately taking pictures, already there were cosplay meet ups and one free-for-all gathering. Since the first day wasn’t too crowded I transitioned between hanging out in the game room, the dealers hall, and the artist alley for the remaining daylight. As soon as night hit though it was different, it calmed down considerably. Everyone was either just hanging out or just relaxing a bit since they knew either the rave or the next day will tire them out. I attempted the rave but left shortly after for the hentai room. Yes you heard me I went into the hentai room but it isn’t what you think….it wasn’t shady business going inside but the massive amounts of laughter and jokes from every direction. As I took the shuttle back to my hotel I had nice conversations with people around me.

 

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Interview with Director Hiroyuki Kanbe

We at Neko’s Shiritori had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing director Hiroyuki Kanbe at Fanime. His last notable appearance at a US convention was at Otakon 2013 when he was with the Oreimo team. Hiroyuki was primarily an animator for most of his career. His projects included Viper’s Creed, Chrono Crusade, and many others, but he’s most known for directing Oreimo.

Transcribing the interview was allowed, and there will be no posted video recording. The answers were from the translator.

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