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Locating the Voice in FilmCritical Approaches and Global Practices$
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Tom Whittaker and Sarah Wright

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190261122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261122.001.0001

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Anime’s Star Voices

Anime’s Star Voices

Voice Actor (Seiyū) Performance and Stardom in Japan

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(p.101) Chapter 6 Anime’s Star Voices
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Locating the Voice in Film
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Rayna Denison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261122.003.0007

This chapter investigates Japan’s thriving system of voice actors, a part of its larger transmedia star system, in order to understand how that system might be instigating particular performance styles. Voice acting in Japan has become a major star system in its own right, with training schools, agencies, and live events supporting and promoting the creation of voice stars. Within this system one medium, anime, has become the locus for star voice creations, and is used as a case study here. This chapter takes the two production cycles around Fullmetal Alchemist as an example in order to show how voice performances signal the presence of stars, even when actresses perform roles across gender, age, and culture gaps. Focusing on Rie Kugimiya and Romi Park, Fullmetal Alchemist is used as a means to think about how and when voice stars become discernible and how their star presences are nurtured by industry.

Keywords:   anime, seiyū, voice stars, Fullmetal Alchemist, Japanese stardom, idols

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