Mythical voice actor Megumi Ogata not too long ago gained the Highest Voice Actress award on the Seiyu Awards, an annual rite to acknowledge voice appearing in Japan. To start with, Ogata thought of declining the award, however made up our minds to just accept the distinction to make a bigger observation about gender, identification, and voice appearing.
Ogata is best possible identified for voicing Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Uranus in Sailor Moon. The voice actor additionally performs protagonist Yuto Okkotsu in Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Film.
The following speech wasn’t your conventional acceptance spiel. Somewhat, Ogata used the platform to make larger, extra vital statements concerning the that means and craft of voice appearing. Ogata requested the gang, “Are you positive I must be getting the Highest Voice Actress award?”
“Seventy p.c of the jobs I’ve achieved are boys and I don’t truly believe myself an actress,” Ogata persevered (by the use of translator Mishima Kitan). “Are you positive I must be getting Highest Voice Actress? There’s such a lot discuss being genderless these days, and there are voice actors within the trade who’ve pop out [as queer].”
Ogata added that there have been those that, just like the famed voice actor, are living their day by day lives no longer pondering of themselves as ladies.
“In comparison to actors who will have to display their faces on media, I believe it’s the voice actors who can suggest to head past the genders and set aside labels of ‘male actors’ and ‘actresses.’” Ogata recommended putting off the gendered labels for the following Seiyu Awards.
“To start with I slightly thought of declining this award, however I made up our minds to just accept this for individuals who have created the titles with me,” Ogata persevered. “Within the Eastern anime trade, actresses of my age don’t get to play the protagonists. To be in such an trade, I believed that my award acceptance is usually a certain affect, so I’ve made up our minds to just accept it. I’m sorry for sounding conceited. I in reality am satisfied for this.”
We’re so fortunate to have a ability as huge and vital as Ogata.