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After Ryu's request of translation for a haruhi interview, I decided to sit down and do it, and do it RIGHT.

I haven't translated much stuff for a while, please excuse my horrible grammer, it was my best attempt but all the key stuff should be there. I really couldn't take too much time into it, but if people can sit down and just enjoy it, that'll be wonderful.

The interview is a "Oricon 5th in the charts" celebration interview by the 3 main heroines in the series. Haruhi, Mikuru and Yuki.

This was presented in the August edition of Megami Magazine.

H = Hirano Aya (Haruhi)
G = Gotou Yuuko (Mikuru)
C = Chihara Minori (Yuki)

With the finale of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" TV series drawning near, we managed to talk with the three key actresses about this high quality show.

Haruhi is a character like no other. -Hirano-

-We understand that "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" is a mind-blowing series in many ways, if you are to introduce this series to your friends, what would you say?
H: The catch phrase for Haruhi is "an exceptional gakuen story", if I were to introduce this series to a friend, this slogan will cover most of what I want to say. Then I will just tell them "to watch the rest". (laugh)
G: A story of a girl who wants something different and miraculous in her life, who acts the way she wants to act without anything tying her down, manages to find miraculous events and people without her even knowing. (laugh) something like that.
C: It's a gakuen story, yet it has some Scifi-ness to it, with unique characters like tsundere and coodere. Something of that sort, uhmm that's hard to explain. (laugh)

-Sorry for starting off with such a hard question. (laugh) It looks like Haruhi doesn't air in a chronological order. In what order did you guys record the series?
H: We recorded them in the order they were aired. That's why we had characters suddenly disappear and reappear out of no where, with many new characters acting like regulars on the show. (laugh) It was puzzling at first. While I acted out Haruhi, I needed to grasp the character's emotions differently each time accordingly. Haruhi's melancholiness, her closeness with Kyon were some of the things I needed to be very careful of.
G: Yes yes, like regular characters of the show suddenly being introduced with a "nice to meet you" at the end of the series were pretty common. We needed to recheck the character's relationships on each episode.

-That must've been confusing. By the way Hirano-san, you were saying earlier that Haruhi was a mind-blowing character, I'm sure it was difficult voicing her out.
H: I actually never voiced an "energetic/genki" character until Haruhi. It was always the calm oneesan or the quiet girl. I was very worried at first but after voicing Haruhi for a while, I managed to catch Haruhi's force and energy. But more than that, I started liking Haruhi's character and that's when I started feeling more comfortable voicing her.

-Gotou-san, Chihara-san, did you notice Hirano-san's change while recording the series? For example, like Hirano-san acting more free and wild than before.
G: (Laugh) When I think about it, when Haruhi was being naughty toward Mikuru, Aya-chan starting doing things that wasn't in the script, and it got worse.
H:(Laugh) I was actually uncomfortable with teasing Mikuru at first.
G: Yeah, it felt like she wasn't into the teasing at first, like she was distant, but "boom" suddenly she got really into it, I saw a big improvement. Also it felt like Aya-chan was really enjoying it. (Laugh)

The character in spotlight is the giant Kamadouma! -Gotou-

-The main male protagonist of this series is Kyon, what are your thoughts on him?
H: Errrm... if he spoke in monologue like that everyday...
G: I don't know if I could stand that.
H: Yeah exactly~ I think I like Koizumi-kun more. (laugh) I like unique boys, like the ones who analyzes people on a daily basis.
C: Me too, I think Kyon is too nice, I like men who I can depend on...
G: But I think theres some things I like about Kyon. People say I act weird at times, so I may want someone who will correct and guide me.

-Then you might be perfect with Kyon. What are your favorite characters in the series, other than the ones you voiced?
H: I'm going with Shamisen the cat. I was always a cat-lover, but more importantly, I think it's hilarious that a cute cat like Shamisen is voiced by Ogata Kenichi-san.
G: He's voice is so refined and manly. I think my favorite is the president of the computer club. When he turned into a giant Kamadouma, it had me in tears. (Laugh) Also because the voice of the president and the kamadouma was done by the same person.
H: A Kamadouma?
G: What? You don't know? That thing that looks like a cricket, with long black legs and hides around toilets and kitchens.
H: Uhhhmmm...
C: I didn't know that either. I thought he got turned into a cricket.
G: Maybe they're only around my hometown....? (Nagoya)

-I am from Saitama, and they were everywhere. (Laugh) I think my favorite is the vegetable stand owner in episode 1. I loved his horrible acting.

"Haruhi" gave me a lot of impact. -Chihara-

-By the way, the ED of "Haruhi", "Hare Hare Yukai" performed by you 3 were a big hit. It's 5th on the Oricon Charts.
H: I was very surprised. (Bikkuri) I actually went to the music store to buy it on the release day only to find out that it was sold out. I went back several times after that, and bought the OP theme "Bouken Desho Desho?" everytime. (Laugh) It was after a week when I finally managed to purchase the ED theme single.
G: This news surprised me as well. People cheered at me saying "Woo Oricon singer!" at the office. (Laugh)
C: I was surprised, but I was more amazed at the popularity of the "Haruhi" series.
G: Yes yes, I am so thankful for all the fans who watched the series.

-The "dance" for the ED theme is very popular. I'm sure you guys can do the dance too right?
G: uh. of.. of course!
H: fufufu.
C: I hear that the non-sos brigade voice actors/actresses can do the dance as well.
G: It looks like a lot of the fans are really trying to learn it as well.

-It appears so yes. I'm looking forward for you guys to dance and sing in future appearances.
C: An event/appearance, sounds great.
H: Sounds fun.
G: True true.

-On June 21st, a new single "Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsumeawase" released, can you tell us a little about it?
H: The first song "God knows..." and the 2nd song "Lost my music" are the songs Haruhi sang in ep12 as a live performance. Both are very cool rock songs.
C: I listened to it, the music, the lyrics, the arrangements, everything was awesome.
H: The songs in the single are arranged a little different than the one aired in ep12. The sound should be more thick and crisp.

-So we can expect something a little different than the one aired. Finally the 3rd song by Mikuru, "Koi no Mikuru Desetsu". This is the theme song for the movie aired in ep1, "Asahina Mikuru's Journey", what can I say... the song is very unique and the lyrics has an awkward touch, yet there's something I can't get enough of. (laugh)
G: Exactly. (laugh) I needed to arrange my voice to fit Mikuru's amateur singing skills, making my voice and tempo toward the song off-key a bit. I was like "What am I going to do?" before the recording, but at the test recording, they accepted it really quickly. When people listened to the finished song, everyone said "You are so good at singing horribly." and that filled me with mixed feelings. (laugh)
C: She was really good at being a bad singer. (laugh) But I think this song will be fun at the Karaoke.
G: Oh maybe so. People can compete on who can score the lowest at one of those scoring karaoke machines. (laugh) I also think that this song gives you a good kick in the brain, so you should listen to it before going to study or if you are sleepy. (laugh)
H: (Laugh) This CD is named "Tsumeawase" (assorted) and does an excellent job at delivering the assorted "fun" or "Haruhi". All 3 songs are wonderful and we hope that everyone can enjoy it.

-Finally, please leave a message to all the "Haruhi" fans out there.
H: The finale of the series is closing near, and I want to thank everyone who stuck around for so long. We recorded this hoping that the ending will move your heart in some way. Please don't miss out.
C: I am so thankful to be involved in this series. I recieved so much power from this series that made me think "I too, need to work harder and become stronger." so many times. I wish it wouldn't end~.
G: It's such a shame that the series is coming to an end. Before airing, I thought a series like "Haruhi" would be something people are not be used to. But after hearing the fan's response, it wasn't like that at all. People were looking for "Haruhi" all this time. This is a unique work like no other, and I'm truly hoping for a sequel.
granny moe ftw.

on a side note, need to rewatch this series again, havent watched it for awhile.

General Anime Chat / Do you like... One Piece?
July 31, 2006, 12:57:22 PM
i think one piece has its ups and downs. But it made a huge comeback imo. Sorajima arc was the arc i realy disliked and got over the series, but the cp9/robin arc is just straight crazy and got me back into it. The story of her past was one of the best stuff i've ever read in a while. I never liked the anime much, but I love one piece, one of the best epic mangas ever.

i actually never liked that ending. I watched most of yakitate and I notice myself skipping that ED immediately, i guess it's just not my cup of tea. (i do have quite an appreciation for 70s soul culture but I cannot stand Japanese related soul, r&b or rap.)

as for HHY, i don't think it's revolutionary like some people make it out to be, but it is a great ED. Plus anything with tsuruya-san dancing = win.

holy crap, i want too. but i want a yuki guitar one even more.
General Anime Chat / Any Good Anime OPs?
July 26, 2006, 11:05:23 AM
Quote from: "Tsubasa"Hm~

Give a Reason - Hayashibara Megumi - Slayers NEXT OP

gah, totally forgot about that, one of the best.

also the 1st and 2nd ruroken openings by judy n mary - sobakasu, kawamoto makoto - nibunnoichi are classics. the l'arc ending also blew my mind @ the time.
General Anime Chat / Any Good Anime OPs?
July 25, 2006, 07:36:41 PM
funny how i was talking about this with ryu the other day.


some of my favorites:

Cowboy Bebop (classic)
Chrno Crusade (the 2nd one)
Kaleidostar (the 2nd opening)
Pani Poni Dash (all of them, obviously)
Samurai Champloo
Aria (both seasons, especially since its new footage everytime)

General Anime Chat / Your very first anime
July 23, 2006, 11:34:34 AM
Quote from: "paragyaru"I always thought (Bishoujo Senshi) Sailormoon was my first anime, but I found out a while ago that it was actually Littl' Bits and Maya the Bee, haha^0^

holy crap, i remember those on nick. there was also that series with the koalas before little bits. lol

as for maya the bee, i didnt even know it was an anime.

General Anime Chat / Your very first anime
July 18, 2006, 06:08:07 PM
probably pa-man, obake no yuutaro, pro golfer saru, doraemon and ninja hattori-kun back in like 84-85. All the child favorites. Fujiko Fujio ftw.
Ein the data dog, for sure.
with how much this series has blown up (internationally). I'm guessing there will most likely be a 2nd season. Am i right? :D  I mean hell, theres a lot of material they can still cover with how many volumes they have out. Either way, it sucks that it's ending soon, very soon.
Quote from: "Tsukai Mori"By any chance, is Mikuru the daughter of Kyon and Haruhi?

if thats true, it'll be disturbing to think that kyon is looking at his future own daughter like "that". daughter moe ftw
*wants to keep this thread alive, i like it*

just finished watching gun x sword. (yea, people will say, whats wrong with you?). People had mixed feelings on it and i wanted to judge it for myself. Watched it non-stop hoping that something big will happen eventually... and wow, what a waste of freakin time. I could probably write an essay on whats wrong with it, lol. To summon it up, characters are just god awful, mecha is subpar, story was hideous but concept and setting was awesome.

General Anime Chat / Ouran Koukou Host Club!
June 23, 2006, 05:10:59 PM
is this series slapstick humor? I may check this out, I hope its not super shoujo, but i'm looking for another solid comedy series.
Quote from: "Tsukai Mori"Mushishi? I haven't seen it. I guess if you liked it so much you're bummed, It's worth watching.

ahhh~ well, i'll still say mushishi isn't for everyone, if you're not feeling the concept and it's world, you'll never be drawn into it. I recommended it to several people only to get little response. But its by far the best series for me this year by miles. My mind was blown, heart moved, tears drawn, i dont know what else to say, its just so freakin solid! :)

sorry for going off topic
Quote from: "Tsukai Mori"Anyone realize that there are only two episodes left? I find it a little depressing really. Weird, I know, but when a good series ends, I sometimes feel disconnected from that "world". Anyhow, I hope the next two episode are like episode 12, perfect.

It might be a little late, but next fanime con, I'm going to look for Haruhi stuff. I doubt it will be out though (unless that anime is released over seas...which it should, obviously).

i feel that. As much I think this show is overrated (yea i said it), its a damn good series for what it delivers, and its always a huge bummer when great series come to an end. On a side note, I'm more bummed that mushishi ended. :(
General Anime Chat / Where Do You Read Manga?
June 17, 2006, 09:37:05 PM
i usually read my manga in my room. Also in the s*itter, i usually keep like 20 volumes of old jump comics in there.
damn its over.

now make a damn fate/hallow ataraxia sequel!
1. err this is a hard one, but right now its Mushishi for sure.

2. Sugoiyo masaru-san, hxh, one piece (except sora jima arc) and kochikame. Been a huge jump comic head since I was like 5. (I only read shounen and seinen)

3. Author, probably have to give dr. togashi the credit here. He blows my mind every freakin time.
General Anime Chat / Whats the craziest anime?
June 11, 2006, 07:06:51 AM
Sexy Commando Gaiden, Sugoiyo Masaru-san takes #1 by far, pure genius, set a new standard on random comedy during that time.

and Pani Poni > Excel