Ah, so... what is that I've been saying about authorial intent? THAT KUBO HAS ONE? Kubo speaks:
There are bits in the manga where I draw scene that wouldn’t get the reader’s attention too much. I always put all my effort into my manga but how each audience read my manga are different. So it’s really important to make sure they would end up all having a similar idea of my story, but then again, it’s really up to them how they read the manga, but then there are scenes where I want the audience to be touched, so it’s really hard.
Got this from the IchiRuki FC over at BA thanks to Geta Boshi.
MelodyMix was nice enough to translate it for us
Kubo-Sensei makes sure he watches anime every week. Morita-san, do you buy Jump every week as well?
M – Yes. Every Monday I read it at the Convenience store
K – You buy it with your own money?
M - Of course! *laughs* what, can I get one for free? I’ve been buying Jump since year 2 (7~8 years old in Japan), with my own money *laughs*
Ever since you voiced Ichigo, have you changed the way you read Jump?
M – It did change. When I read Bleach now I get really nervous. I go home, take a bath, and prepare myself to read *laugh*
K – It’s like a script *laugh*
M – It is like a script! I read before going to bed, making sure the area around me is quiet. Being a voice actor, first impressions are always important when reading a script. That’s why I make sure I’m in a quiet area so I can concentrate.
M – People ask me that a lot. This also applies to real life as well but there are humans with different background stories, and when those humans interact a story is born. They present this very well in this manga so reading it is always fun. That’s why whenever someone asks me “Who is your favourite character?” I really don’t know the answer since they are all unique. But when they tell me to chose one I couldn’t think of anyone but the character I’m voicing, so I would answer Ichigo Kurosaki. Oh, and maybe Rangiku Matsumoto too
K - *laughs* Awesome. It was interesting listening to your answer. You really do read it carefully.
There is an image of Ichigo Kurosaki that is inside Sensei (Kubo) and inside Morita-san. Is there any scene you thought both your image of Ichigo was well presented?
M – I think the part where Renji and Ichigo roared out in synchro. Ichigo and Renji’s relationship is very interesting, that you can’t put it in words. They are rivals yet friends. Like if you are spelling out ‘enemy’ but you read it as ‘friends’ *laughs*. An amazing person called Kentarou Itou does this role (Renji’s voice) and because of this, that “TO MY SOUL!” speech made me think that those two (Ichigo and Renji) has unleased themselves using words. That speech was extremely hot. It was a very memorable scene as well.
(On this page there is a tiny screen cap, where Renji and Ichigo both shouted “TO MY SOUL!” and next to the screen cap it says “The scream of the soul. Episode 52, For Rukia, they have once fought against each other with their swords – Now they scream with their soul.)
M - Inside themselves they are doing ‘Gatsu-Pose’ but they would never tell anyone about it * laughs * (this means, they act tough and strong on the inside but they would never tell anyone about it). Playing Ichigo Kurosaki, there are ways I want him to say stuffs. Like if I want to put my own taste in him, or put my own thoughts about this character inside him. During the Grand Fisher arc, the part where he met Rukia in the forest, Sensei also found this scene memorable but the scene where he is mumbling out his words. In that scene there was this taste I wanted to present in his sentence
What was his sentence?
K – The part where Rukia told Ichigo that a Hollow might have killed his mum, right?
M – The part where he said “なんでもねーよ” and “残念でした” and left
K – In that scene when I first saw it on TV, I was so thrilled I actually got goose bumps. Morita-san put his own taste inside Ichigo and that made me really proud. I was very thankful and made me want to listen to it. And because of that, my image of Ichigo was different to his and made that scene really deep. I was really thrilled. That time I really thought making an anime is an awesome thing to do.
M – While reading a script an image just popped up into my mind. Even if Ichigo was just mumbling out his words I wanted to put my all into it because I wanted to show how I want to voice Ichigo Kurosaki and my image of him. I wanted to show Ichigo is a normal high school boy. The taste I wanted to show in that scene was how normal Ichigo is.
K – He did a good job
If it gave you goose bumps then that ‘image’ of Ichigo must have been powerful?
K – I guess you’re right. I’m happy with anime following the manga but what makes me even happier is making me think “Oh, so that’s how it’s shown” when watching the anime. That time, Ichigo’s attitude made me think “Oh, so that’s how Ichigo expresses himself”
M – That scene was a pretty normal scene, but that’s why it was so important and shows Ichigo’s character very well. Ichigo is pretty blunt and usually speaks few words. Even the time when he rescues Rukia, all he says is “Yo!”
K – “Saying that “Yo!” was an important bit in that scene. Ichigo was a normal high school boy who turned into a Shinigami. Him being a Shinigami isn’t that main point. So I wanted to express that in that scene. Ichigo isn’t very talkative. Even the time with Renji, all he says is “ああ” (referring to episode 32)
M – That speech really got to me. He was listening to Renji’s story you couldn’t help but cry. But he has to say something back to him so he said “ああ”. After I finished voicing that scene I was so worried if my voice turned out right that I couldn’t even watch it on air.
K – That episode was really amazing! Renji and Rukia. Watching those two was truly amazing and Morita-san’s speech “ああ” was amazing too. In that episode Orikasa-san (Rukia’s voice actor) said she got very emotional while doing that scene where Renji’s hand’s were on Rukia’s shoulder and says “ああ そうかありがとう” while letting go of his hands. I was thrilled, listening to the way she said “そうか”
M – That Rukia’s sentence “そうか” affects her relationship with Renji later in the episode so unless she puts a lot of emotions into it, it would sound plain and unimportant.
K – There are bits in the manga where I draw scene that wouldn’t get the reader’s attention too much. I always put all my effort into my manga but how each audience read my manga are different. So it’s really important to make sure they would end up all having a similar idea of my story, but then again, it’s really up to them how they read the manga, but then there are scenes where I want the audience to be touched, so it’s really hard.
M – The creators want everything to seem natural.
Where is your goal aimed at?
M - Voice actors are always living under the rules. Firstly, there is a rule called “Script” and inside the script there are lines you have to read. And there are also director’s rules. But inside those rules I want voice actors to be able to find a place where they can be free and express themselves. And when you find that space I don’t care whether it’s small or big, as long as it’s a place where they can play around then it’s okay. The director says “Instead of thinking “Oh no, what should I do?” you should try and find an route where you can escape, and when you find that route you think, “This is it!” and truly express yourself”. I want a place where I can spread my wings, and still continue working on Bleach while my wings are spread. I really think my wings can still get bigger. My wings aren’t fully opened yet. It can still spread and grow. I truly think Bleach is an enjoyable masterpiece that I would die for.
K – You must be number one fan of Bleach. Maybe you love Bleach more than me * laughs *
Any words to your fans?
M- a movie has been decided to be released. And I hope you are all able to see a new Ichigo after returning from Soul Society.