There has recently been a surge of people in Japan taking notice of the madness and hypocrisy of the Western Entertainment Industry.
This news is a follow up so to speak, of that news.
Well known and beloved Japanese voice actress, Megumi Ogata ( Shinji Ikari, Yugi Moto and Dark Yugi, Karuma, Tier Harribel), formed a tweet on June 30, 2020, linking to a Yahoo JP article discussing Western voice actors giving up their roles.
Parts of the Yahoo JP write up also seemed to point out the hypocrisy going on in the West as well.
“Not only the problem between whites and blacks, but Asian characters are also attracting attention. For example, the New York Times notes that the voice of a Japanese-American character named Tricia Takanawa, a fictional newscaster in Family Guy, is also white. .. Regarding this, “there is no response from the production team so far” regarding future actions such as changing the voice actor”
黒人キャラの声は黒人が担当すべき 「人種の異なる声優がキャラを演じる時代は終わる」のか（クーリエ・ジャポン） – Yahoo!ニュース https://t.co/FWFTzHeDh7
— 緒方恵美 (@Megumi_Ogata) July 1, 2020
RayForceGame generously provided a translation.
Attention! The tweeter even tweeted this as a joke!
The role is played by a voice actor of the same gender, age, color, etc.
will become the standard.
I'm almost out of a job.
(Distant eyes) https://t.co/5mnoAhz4GO
— ＜レイフォース＞ (@rayforcegame) July 1, 2020
The gist of the joke, at least my understanding of it, is that Megumi Ogata is concerned she will be out of work since she has voiced a number of child characters in anime. Playing off the Hollywood logic, only a child should play a child. Reminiscent of the joke we covered the other day; “So an elf should play an elf?”
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