Wednesday’s What About: Casting Rookie Seiyuu

I thought I’d like to try my hand at a weekly series. Maybe I can attempt to coherently articulate my thoughts about interesting topics.

Ideally, the articles will spark discussion. I would love to see readers chime in with opinions and arguments. Feedback for the “Wednesday’s What About” series is also welcome!

As for this week, I still have Love Live! on my mind since I’m listening to START:DASH over and over. I’m rather excited about the upcoming Sunshine!! spin-off, as well. But I did notice something interesting about the voice actresses for Aquors, the new idol group. Apparently, almost all of the selected seiyuu have no voice acting experience! Komiya Arisa, the girl who was cast as Dia in Love Live! Sunshine!!, is the only one with any sort of experience at all!

It seems like there’s two trains of thought when it comes to casting newcomer seiyuu to popular shows. Some viewers think doing this for Sunshine!! is perfectly fine since giving ordinary girls a chance to shine is the very essence of Japanese idol groups. I’m with this camp, personally.

However, others think it’s too risky to cast new voice actresses as roles in a franchise that is very popular, pointing out that every member of the original idol group was voiced by established seiyuu.

I admit that casting rookie voice actresses can be a gamble. In recent memory, ex-SKE48 member Matsui Rena allegedly provided a divisive performance with her first role as Kagami Suzune in the 2015 anime, Denpa Kyoushi. Some people thought her voice was annoying while others considered her voice to be both different and refreshing. While opinion of her ability is mixed, at least she’s generating discussion. It is a bit alarming to see that she hasn’t been cast in any roles since then, however…

[What are your thoughts? Do you think roles (in series that are guaranteed to be popular) should be reserved for experienced voice actresses? Does the type of series actually matter when it comes to casting roles?]


7 thoughts on “Wednesday’s What About: Casting Rookie Seiyuu

  1. I think giving rookies a chance is really good for fostering new talent. They can’t keep relying on the same 20 VA’s forever, not only because they’ll die, but because they’ll also reform. Plus there’s the chances of hearing the same person in too many shows and starting to saturate. I personally never experienced that, but I know some people have, to the point they refuse watching certain shows/movies if they’re the MC.
    Regardless, I think as long as they do a good job, then go for it 😀

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    1. I agree. We might have to put up with less than stellar performances from rookie VAs, but, like you said, they have the chance to develop. Gotta expand the industry!

      I think Japan did a similar thing in WWII (gasp). Their fighting plane aces were kept on the field until they died, which meant there was no skilled instructor to bring up the new blood pilots. This meant the new fellows were easy prey ;___;

      W-wow I hope I can avoid experiencing that, as well. I can understand why some people would think like that, though.


      1. Just because they’re rookies/new to the scene will not always mean bad performances. Look at Maaya Sakamoto, first big role was Hitomi Kanzaki in Escaflowne at 16, and she slayed it ❤
        Yeah, well, if there's no instructors, then there's pretty bad chances for anyone going into it 😅

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        1. That’s fair. It would be silly to assume all newbies underperform. Sadly, some rookies do have less than smooth beginnings. But that just means we have to support the struggling VAs all the more!


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