Its being a long time, since I made a post here. Unfortunately, I did not have time to post my monthly releases for music this month as I went on an overseas trip to Japan. I will start posting the February releases soon, before the start of Feb. ^_^”
For now, as you guys probably heard or something, we had acquired a media pass for AFA 2014. Due to my working schedules, I can hardly find time to write for the interviews that we had done in AFA 2014 with fellow media friends. Well, I personally went through the whole interview recording, and translate it from scratch as well, so it took some more time needed. Haha.
Well, this is one of the interview that I was suppose to post last week, but took some time to tie up the backend part.
I will thus work on going through the rest of the interviews that I have on my hands, namely LiSA, Aoi Eir, GARNiDELiA and fripSide. Hope to finish them soon!
So hereby, I shall present you the interview with Kitamura Eri-san! K.I.T.A.E.R.I. yay!
(Note – Questions asked are from the media as a group, not just ReV-AMF)
Kitamura-san, is this your first time in Singapore? Have you gotten used to it?
KitaEri: This is the first time that I came to Singapore. After arriving in Singapore, I was constantly involved in stage rehearsals, and thus brings about a tight schedule.
Therefore I could not do much sightseeing. I still do not quite know about Singapore’s ambience. Speaking of whether I am used to it, I would say no, but I have gotten a first feel of things.
Kitamuura-san, You say you are a huge fan of anime. Which are your favourite series?
KitaEri: I really like a lot of anime, and thus I can’t choose. It is quite hard for me to rank them. In terms of genres, I like fantasy, horror, even violence. For anime, I would look at the genre, the characters and the stories.
As my preference for them does change, it would thus be hard for me to rank them. In short, I like different types of anime.
Of all the characters that you had done voice acting for, which do you think represents yourself the most?
KitaEri: For appearance-wise…, none at all. The characters that I had voiced are mostly cute, beautiful or cool. As I am acting to be like them, it would be difficult to gauge, thus I can’t choose.
(Profile Photo from Star Child site)
You are both a seiyuu and an artiste (singer), which profession do you like more?
KitaEri: I can’t choose either of them, as I like both of them. As a seiyuu, I can act in a character that differs from mine and I can enjoy the story of the anime.
As an artiste, I can do and challenge the things I like, such as performing and singing, and that is fun to me. The enjoyment for both professions is different and that is why I am unable to choose which one I like more.
Why do you want to be a seiyuu or singer?
KitaEri: Ever since when I was a child, I like anime, games and manga. My mom likes the profession of a seiyuu. When I was young, I already knew quite well about this profession.
And thus, I’m keen to join the industry in which captivated me with the anime, games and manga that I like when I was young, and being able to do creative things in this line.
(Anime – Knights of Sidonia)
When watching Knights of Sidonia, what is the thing you like best about it, and what leaves you with the deepest impression.
KitaEri: There are a lot of parts. In general, I quite like robots and sci-fi animation. In this series, the activation scenes and the scene in which the hero launches in the Tsugumori, are done in a stunningly beautiful manner and looks really cool.
I also performed the ending theme, titled Show 掌, for this anime. I wrote the lyrics and made the song, based on my imagination of this anime. Also the scenes in Knights of Sidonia left a deep impression on me, and therefore I like it.
Kitamura-san has recently just launched her own fashion line, Ghost Chest. What are some of the challenges faced?
KitaEri: When I am performing as an artiste, there are situations during my live performances, where I felt like to wearing some type of costumes, in which designs are not readily available in the markets.
And that is where my dream of creating and designing out my own costumes came about. The gothic style that I like, and will thus imagine that it would be nice to be wearing it during my work or as casual.
Based on this image, I’ll design the clothes and that is what Ghost Chest is.
Kitamura-san, you are quite good at sketches and drawings, is there any sketches that you are proud of?
KitaEri: None. Its more like a hobby and interest. There are more talented people around, such as the mangaka-senseis that I like.
Even among the seiyuus, there are many who drew better illustrations than me.
It stimulates me in the way I think my drawings aren’t quite there yet. I don’t think I have any drawings or sketches that are well drawn.
As a seiyuu, you had voiced both male and female characters. Is there any difference in voicing them?
KitaEri: It’s hard to explain. When I’m acting out the roles of both male and female characters, even when voicing out the same line, the loudness, the pitch and other aspects are different.
During my visits to the family restaurants and cafes, I will do human observations. Like “Ah, so that’s how males shout, gets angry, etc.”, “Oh, that’s how girls laugh”.
From there, I will think of how the difference between both genders, and incorporate into my voice acting.
Kitamura-san, do you have any favourite actor or seiyuu?
KitaEri: Though I can’t choose.. (Media: Again?) Yes, again. ~Laughters in the room~. I can’t decide on who ranks first, as voices differs between everyone. It’s the same as acting.
For example, in the series, Cross Ange, in which I’m working with Mizuki Nana-san, I think that her voice is incredibly powerful. Even with a similar powerful voice, male seiyuus, will exhibit a different tone and coolness.
There’s quite a lot of seiyuus, which I hope I can learn from and incorporate their techniques into my voice acting, and thus I could not choose. (in regards to the question)
(Anime – Cross Ange | Nana Mizuki voiced for Ange while Eri Kitamura voiced for Salia)
How do you usually prepare for your concerts?
KitaEri: In all, I will first listen to my songs numerous times. I’ll use the mirror in my house and do a mock rehearsal. I’ll also imagine meeting everyone, speaking to them, holding the mike and doing the live performance.
Through imaginations… I’ll do some rehearsals… and come the actual event… I’ll forget everything! It will become something totally different from what I rehearse.
But in short, I’ll listen to my own songs in the setlist before the day of the performance.
Based on your previous answer, would you say that you are a good improviser?
KitaEri: The reactions that I had imagined during the day before my performance and the actual live performance, as expected differs greatly.
As it is something that I can experience only at that time, I would really like to show to the crowd how I really felt then. When I want to express how I really feel, in a blink of an eye, it’s already time for the ending song. When I think about it, I’m unsure if improvisation is one of my abilities.
In comparison, I feel more that the crowd is pulling me into the mood of the performance, rather than the other way around, since I think that everyone is also quite good at improvisation too. ~laughs~
Do you have any artiste or singer that you like to collaborate with?
KitaEri: The music genres that I like are Metal and Rock. As an seiyuu, the characters that I voiced are those with cute voices, those with high keys… But when I’m singing, my key is actually quite low. It might possibly be that a male’s key is more comfortable for my singing.
Of course, I have quite a few female artistes that I like. But I do not have the confidence to sing their types of key. Therefore I have no such person that I would like to collaborate with.
Since you like the Metal genre, do you have any favourite metal genre bands?
KitaEri: Though I can’t choose whose the first on my list… ~Laughs~. I do listen to several Metal genre bands with female vocals frequently. Of which I liked Nightwish, Delain and Arch Enemy.
I do listen to both major and minor artistes of the genre. Those that I listen to most frequently are an artiste named Ann-san and Within Temptation. For the rest…. it’s top secret.
Kitamura-san, What are your thoughts on Singapore?
KitaEri: For Singapore, what I’m most interested to know would be, ‘Among the works that I have done, which character from which work that is most popular here.’
As this is the first time I’m in Singapore to meet with fans of I Love Anisong, and thought ‘What if I can meet with those who knew KitaEri’. As it is before my live performance, I’m quite interested to find out how do they feel about me. This is what makes me curious the most this time.
I’m thinking it would be really good if I can get people to be interested about. ~laughs~
Is there any advise you want to give to people who wants to be an actor and seiyuu?
KitaEri: I would also like some!~ ~laughs~ This is quite difficult as it depends on timing, chance and opportunity. Although equipped with skills and talent, it would mostly depend on fate.
For me, I feel that I have stumbled upon a chance, and feels that it is a fateful encounter. It is quite tough to explain, so in all, please work hard and do your best!
I’ll also work hard not to disappear. ~Laughters~
-End of Interview-