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Kakihara Tetsuya & Hirano Aya interview (TV Pia Anime Express)



From the TVぴあ issue released on 7/2/14.

For those who are unfamiliar with these two, Kakihara Tetsuya is Natsu’s voice actor and Hirano Aya is Lucy’s voice actor.

I couldn’t find a complete HQ scan of this, so the summarised parts you see below are based on the Chinese translation done by 蓝璱橙子汉化, and the translated parts are mostly based on the Japanese text I could see from photos of the magazine that were posted online. My apologies in advance if there are any mistakes.

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— Thoughts on the anime returning after a year:

Both Kakihara and Hirano had no problems getting into their characters despite not having voiced them for a year. The recording studio is lively as usual, just like the Fairy Tail guild.

— On both of them being similar to the characters they voice:

Hirano says that she’ll cut her hair if Lucy cuts hers, so that she can feel connected to Lucy. She thinks that Kakihara’s becoming more and more like Natsu. Kakihara says that his eyes are becoming more and more like Natsu’s, and Hirano add’s that his personality and behaviour are becoming more similar to Natsu’s as well. Natsu’s usually happy-go-lucky, but there are times when he says something thought-provoking and there are also times when his mature side appears. Hirano also thinks that Kakihara’s supporting everyone just like Natsu does.

Kakihara says that Hirano has a rational and mature way of thinking, just like Lucy. The way Hirano comments on things is also like Lucy.

Hirano explains that she was asked by the sound director to vary the way she comments on things before she started voicing Lucy, and she learnt multiple ways of making remarks by watching shows. However, she mentions that she hasn’t been making many comments lately. Kakihara says that it’s because 7 years have passed in the manga, and both Natsu and Lucy have gradually matured.

Which leads to this part of the interview that I managed to find a picture of:

— Have Natsu and Lucy become closer than friends?

Hirano: I think that Natsu being in a position between friends and lovers is just nice, and I hope that it stays that way forever!

Kakihara: No, guys like Natsu are those that you think of as friends, but end up liking before you even know it.

Hirano: Even though I think Natsu’s not bad, it’d be nice if it were attractive Celestial Sprits.

Kakihara: There’s only Loke I guess?

Hirano: Everyone’s voice is attractive!

Kakihara: That’s right! (laugh) I thought the opening (OP) depicted Natsu and Lucy really nicely, and I was able to see how they’ve both grown. I really like Lucy! Isn’t she cute? If she finds a guy that’s no good, then bring him to me.

Hirano: Didn’t you say that Erza was your type at first?

Kakihara: Ohhh! Erza’s great. Strong girls are more girly than the others! I grin when I see strong girls. They’re doing their best (laugh). What do you think about Gray, Aya-chan?

Hirano: My chest tightens a little at moments when I think Natsu’s coming to help but Gray suddenly appears instead.

Kakihara: Eh-! But I’m mostly the one that’s saving you!

Hirano: There are times when Natsu isn’t there. If Natsu doesn’t come, I think “Natsu, what are you doing!”

Kakihara: The times when you’re waiting for Natsu shows that you like Natsu, right?

Hirano: … Is that so (laugh).

— On the scene from the Grand Magic Games that left an impression in them, and future developments:

Kakihara: The scenes of Sting and Gray all battered up left an impression in him. He thinks that Frosch is very cute, but Happy is the best. Happy’s his partner, so Happy’s cute in a different way. He also looks forward to learning from Sakurai Takahiro (Sting’s voice actor) and Suzumura Kenichi (Rouge’s voice actor).

Hirano: Future Lucy’s appearance left an impression in her. Future Lucy plays an important role in the plot, and the relationship between the different guilds will become something important as well.

— On the item that they need to have with them, or they will feel uneasy:

Hirano: Her cell phone charger. She can handle forgetting to bring her cell phone, but she’s always concerned with its battery usage once she has it with her.

Kakihara: His scripts. He feels uneasy if he doesn’t bring them along while traveling, but he forgot them on the day this interview was done.

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