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17 July 2010 @ 09:40 am
More Morita-kun at AX 2010! Panel videos  

I have such a crush on Morita-kun. Videos have been posted from a fan question/answer at the Anime Expo in LA earlier this month. The Q/A seemed pretty relaxed and open and questions were apparently not screened beforehand; people lined up and were asked to make their questions Bleach-related and not anything offensive.

There were  lots of "what were your favorite ---?" questions and Morita answered that his favorite part in Bleach was when he went ban kai for the first time and that his favorite episode was the Memories in the Rain one. He said it is the origin of who Ichigo is today, that it made Ichigo realize who is important to him and that Morita still thinks of it while working on Bleach today. So there you have it, IchiRuki fans (and go forth and discuss among yourselves but behave ye shippers--I'm out at a picnic today and listen trolls, I don't even care if you get us on Fandom_Wank again--that place is beyond boring these days--it's former Roman colosseum glory gory days are over).

Early on, a fan asks what was his favorite thing Rukia said to Ichigo, but Morita misunderstood the question and the translator misinterpreted. Morita answered that his favorite thing was "I will save you" which is obviously what Ichigo said to Rukia, not vice versa. Morita's favorite line: "I swear to my soul!" The scene Morita thought the funniest was when Kon was tied to the toilet and also when Rukia drew the mustache on Ichigo in episode one (the translator didn't seem to understand how to say this so Morita acted out the bit and drew the mustache on himself with his fingers in the vid--so cute).

He's quite a crowd pleaser, Morita. He said he always works his hardest on Ichigo. He said that once voicing Ichigo, he strained his throat so hard it bled so "I make Bleach with my own blood." He mentioned that the a.c. is not allowed to run during recording because the recorder picks up the sound so he asked fans with money to donate a cooling system to their studio.

Part three (Morita appears near the end)

Part four

Part five

Part six

Marie: [bleach: ichigo] ♥proglution on July 17th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, Morita. ♥ There's a reason you're my favorite seiyuu and why I never lose faith in you.

You and your BFF Kubo are adorable, sir.
connaka: ichigo » deathberry.connaka on July 17th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)

Back to his fanboying ways, I see. xD

Srsly though, he's such a cute little shipper! And the cuteness with the mustache thing? Just- I ADORE HIM SO FUCKING MUCH. <3

Thanks for posting the rest of these vids here, Deebie. ^^
Nacchannacchan_touya on July 18th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
CONNA-CHAAANNN~!! \(*A* \) he's soo cute ain't he?? XD

thank you for compiling the videos debbie-san <3
(no subject) - frozenhowlz on July 17th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
oh gallant piglet,: ouchaizome on July 18th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
"He mentioned that the a.c. is not allowed to run during recording because the recorder picks up the sound so he asked fans with money to donate a cooling system to their studio."

Ouch! This confirms some of my suspicions about Studio Pierrot, unfortunately. :( So not only does Morita use his own blood, but also sweat to make Ichigo. Really makes one appreciate his work, and indeed, the work all the seiyuu put into it.
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oh gallant piglet,aizome on July 18th, 2010 04:11 am (UTC)
There's a thing sometimes with actors. I'm sure Morita knows he is NOT an actual Shinigami, but considering how long he's been voicing Ichigo, I imagine it's pretty easy for him to get "in character" at the drop of a hat. I've also seen photos of him imitating Rangiku, complete with big balls/balloons stuffed in his shirt. He's a dramatic guy who makes a living pretending to be fictional characters. Can't honestly judge him based on that, IMO.
Grenat: virgoescarboucle on July 18th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
No, Renji says the same line because he remembers Ichigo saying it. Ichigo's line is actually a flashback.
qwirky on July 18th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links, Debbie!

Morita's answers were very cute. It's not surprising that he seems to prefer Ichigo from the Soul Society arc over Ichigo from the Hueco Mundo arc. Well, not only does Ichigo get more airtime in SS arc (so more time for Morita to voice him!), but as a character, Ichigo was on his way up, rather than down. Bonus points to him for liking "Memories in the Rain" (hopefully he was thinking more about the OVA or the manga than the TV episodes though~).

Eeehh. It's nice how Morita takes voicing Ichigo so seriously, but reading how he once made his throat bleed from the strain... Well, I'm sure they told him to take it a little easier after that. But you wouldn't be able to tell it after watching something like Fade to Black. <3
marheavenangel: Rukiamarheavenangel on July 18th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
Morita....you are the cutest little fanboy ever! :D