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.
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.