12 Days “Liking Like is Likely Not Likeable”

Oh crap. Run away! Run away!

This is part of a series of shorter posts recapping some of the more whimsical aspects of 2011, and not necessarily having to do with any of the main topics covered by this blog.

Hanazawa Kana is a voice talent that I rarely praise, and that was especially true for the first half of the year. That was when she was, to borrow a phrase from Tropic Thunder, going the “full retard” as Shiro in Deadman Wonderland and more infamously Nessa in Fractale.

She’s probably unfairly put into 2 different types of roles, emotionless and arrogant in roles like Kuroneko and flying way off the scale in the other direction in the 2 roles mentioned earlier. There are good roles in the middle; I like the restrained, yet conflicted role as Kobato in Haganai or the naive about the world Tsukimi in Kuragehime. Yet I would hardly call either a breakout role.

Just when things couldn't get any worse...

Which leads back to the title of this post. So imagine you are in her shoes, taking on a lead role in a Noitamina show, with a director who is confident that this series will save his career. The first episode or so seems fine on reading it, but eventually something will have to happen to make the character more normal. Then the scripts keep coming in week-after-week where your character only gets worse and you wonder what you have gotten yourself into. Yet you continue to deliver those terrible lines of dialogue because you’re a professional. Plus, you have the new role coming up as the female lead in an action series where your character has a dark and blood-stained past.

When you move on as Yamakan picks up the shattered remains of his career, it’s on to the next starring role…and oh dear. I think the point I’m trying to make is that the voice actor may be one of the least important parts of a terrible role, but probably gets a disproportionate part of the blame. While those really responsible may struggle to find work again, they don’t get exposed to the level of wrath that the performer does.

6 thoughts on “12 Days “Liking Like is Likely Not Likeable””

    1. I think to paraphrase something I heard somewhere else, if I could talk to you in person for 30 minutes I would be able to tell you why you didn’t like Nessa.

  1. First off, the post title got a good laugh out of me.

    And, yeah, I was one of those heartless bastards mocking poor Hanakana, but you’re definitely right in saying that actors get a disproportionate amount of blame for these things, likely because they are the most “visible” people in an anime production. No acting they do wasn’t approved by SOMEONE at the studio, so hey, they wanted Hanakana as retarded as possible.

    1. Heaping as much blame on Yamakan for that mess is probably the best thing that can be done when it comes to Fractale. Her agency probably could have helped her out a bit more in choosing roles though as she seems to be relegated back to supporting roles again.

  2. I don’t think HanaKana got that much flak for being in a terrible show. She was just doing her job, after all, and outside of her voice-acting work, I don’t think she had any other input. Just one tiny smudge in her career.

    But yeah, this post is rather depressing to read 😦

    1. I wasn’t even trying to make this a depressing read though. I was mainly going for a reaction like Shinmaru’s where we could laugh at how bad those roles were, but that it really wasn’t her fault.

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