Tuesday, July 13, 2010

JUNON August 2010: Kamiki Ryunosuke (神木隆之介) Interview

JUNON August 2010 Issue. Scanned by the lovely Beccy on LJ. Clicked on her link for more great scans! :)


The movie to look forward to this summer! "Karigurashi no Arrietty" is his 5th challenges with Ghibli.
Kamiki Ryunosuke, a 17 years old's sensitivity.
"For my whole life, this is perhaps the first time I think humanity is scary."



Ghibli's works always seems like a close family member.


Studio Ghibli films, such as "My Neighbor Totoro" or "Porco Rosso", from when I was small are always feel so close to me that they has the feeling like that of a "family". Especially "Porco Rosso", I watch it so many times at the same place that I really like it. The last battle was very interesting. Also, "Why did he turned into a pig?" I would thought about it. The next work that I also watch often is "Princess Mononoke". But my childish heart at the time was scared. "Uwah, the heads are flying!" like that.

My first seiyuu work is for "Spirited Away", I was 8 years old, not knowing much about honorific speech (laughs). When talking to the staffs-san, "I like trains...", I completely used casual speech with them (laughs). But I remembered how they still treated me with affections. Even when I got to the studio in order to record for "Karigurashi no Arrietty", with an at home like feeling, they said, "Oh~, long time no see! How are you?". Like that, it has a sense of family.

For Ghibli's film, the various angles and ways you're able to watch it is its charm point. My favorite "Howl's Moving Castle" is the same, Howl's strong and complicated emotions, for example, even though there's a bit of maturity, it's also still childish, I think there are many thoughts inside of him that he's still unable to express. That's why when watching it 10 years later, I think you will be able to drawn out a different impression.

That can also be said for the work this time, "Karigurashi no Arrietty", a lovely and beautiful film that's like a dream. I played the voice of 12 years old "Sho", with a weak heart, unable to do things as he pleased, he come to the house in the forest in order to recuperate from his illness. There, the little person, Arrietty (voiced by Shida Mirai) is living under the floor quietly inorder to hide from humans. These two meet, finding an attraction in the things the other has that they don't, thinking "I want to be together forever", and a hope was born from the excitement. I'm not sure if it's what they call first love, but the two of them drawing from each others' strong point in order to grow, that's their relationship. I think this is one of "Arrietty" charm point.

The charm point of these two are probably also because of the pictures. With an abundant of nature, the color of each and every leaf are totally different, they are drawn vividly.

Arrietty is Shida-san herself! (laughs)


Before I did my recording, I was able to watch the film without any sound. Sho's eyes when he see Arrietty is gentle, and increasingly increasingly becoming stronger, but because Arrietty is a strong girl, such strength and cuteness, even without any voice, really made an impression. And then, comparing this film with others, the lines are not that little. When there are not much lines, perhaps being silence or smile. For that, what are they are feeling, will depend on the people who are watching, and us that are performing the character.

That's why, acting as the voice for Sho is a brand new feeling for me. For example, when I was doing Markl from "Howl" and "Summer Wars", they are characters with comical facial expressions, furthermore, they have an 1.5 times the exaggerated tension in their voice. When I was doing their voice, I actively has the same facial expressions as the character, however, this time for Sho, he's always flat. When he's happy he'll smile, when he's sad his eyes will cast downward. This type of subtle inner restrain for this drama was difficult!

By the way, the scene where Sho is sleeping on the bed, in order to not use my muscle, I sat on the chair, so that the voice coming out will be weaker. Doing such things for the recording was also my first experiences.

Shida Mirai-san, who played Arrietty, also starred in the same drama "Tantei Gakuen Q" with me, so I knew her since my first year in junior high. Arrietty, who's heart is strong and like to do things as she pleased, is exactly like Shida-san! The real person is also like this (laughs). We are the same age, and our friendship is also good, whichever drama we are working on, the other will know about it, that's why it's easy working with her. At the recording site, we never talk about our role, "How far have you studied?" for example, such talks are all that we talked about (laughs).

When I was around 12 years old, I want the bamboo-copter.

For this film, I think the small children who watch it will becoming excited while saying "There may be little people living under the floor board of our house.", even for the adults that watch it, I think they will be inspired. My impression is, Arrietty living in the forest is a part of "nature", with the human Sho who entered this world, perhaps this ideal relationship between "humanity and nature" is created.

In this story, you can also see the viewpoints of the little people. From the eyes of the little people, human are scary to the point of cold sweat. That is an impact impression. First time since birth, the most scary thing is perhaps humans. Humans are destroyer of nature, doing things just for our interests, but to be like Sho, who's facing nature and accepted it, nature may also be able to accept humans. I believe that is what the message this film is trying to pass on.

When I was around 12 years old, I didn't really think there are little people living under the floor, but truthfully, I really want Doraemon's bamboo-copter (laughs). Even now when I'm 17 years old, when talking about time machine with my friends, "Can we really warp physical substances?" we asked while going home (laughs). We had such dreamlike talk about scientific research.

And then, during the summer of my first year in junior high, I went to Disney Land with the managers from my office, I remembered they forced me onto the jet coaster that I dislike against my will in order for me to master it completely (laughs). It was scary, but because of that I'm slowly able to ride it, so from now on, if I were on a date at an amusement park, I will be alright (laughs). I'll be able to say, "I can ride it 4 to 5 times" (laughs).

Of course you can watch "Karigurashi no Arrietty" on a date, but because I think it's a film that take its time in arriving at the ending, people who want to be relax, or people who want to be heal, please definitely come and watch it!


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- As always, translation is not perfect. Please tell me! D:
- As always, I'm very thankful for the scanners. Do you know how hard it is to bend your favorite books or magazines in order to share? It's very hard. That's why, I'm very thankful. Thank you! <3
- Kamiki always has an air of gentleness when he's doing solo interview. ^__^;;
- Ok, for this interview, he said his favorite Ghibli film is "Howl's Moving Castle", but for the interview earlier, he said "Porco Rosso"... =___=;; So which on is it Kamiki? lol
- Once again he admitted his close friendship with Shida... They knew each others ever since they're in first year of junior high, so why is he still calling her Shida-san? >___<;; It's alright Kamiki, I don't think the fan girls mind your close relationships. :x
- His managers forcing him to go on Jet-coaster ride. That is too funny. XD;;
- Doraemon! <3<3
- Kamiki talking about time travel... >:3 Love it when I find talk of science in least expected place.
- I love his last picture. It really conveyed his gentleness well. *___*;;

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