After Mr Tohru Furuya – the voice of Amuro Ray in Gundam and Seiya in Saint Seiya – payed us a visit at the Cartoonist festival (April 20-21 in Nice), we are glad to share with you the report he wrote about his journey in France, published in the monthly Gundam ACE (August issue).
We would like to thank Mr Furuya again for his kindness.
Here are some extracts of the report:
April 20 (Sat)
I was supposed to start this day’s signing session at 11, together with Seiya’s French voice actor, Eric Legrand, anime singers and others guests. But since the signing session before us got late, we were finally scheduled to noon and therefore I had the chance to record an interview with the TV channel “Nolife” right at the entrance of the festival, where cosplayers were gathering.
Eric was as popular as all the other Japanese guests. Like me, he played Yamcha in Dragonball… And even Vegeta! I was very surprised of this, but Eric has been very friendly and expressed his thanks with great respect.
April 21 (Sun)
At noon, I recorded an interview with the Net radio “Nihon no oto”. They knew a lot about my career and we discussed the details of my participation in “Casshern Sins”, the coming-soon anime version of “Gundam The Origin” and even wether the facts reported in “Gundam Sousei” manga were true or not. In the end, it was a very very interesting moment.
At 2 PM, together with Eric, we started the panel in the main theater. There I yelled Seiya’s attack “Pegasus ryuusei ken” in French (“Les météores de Pégase”) and so did Eric in Japanese! His cheerfulness has made this panel a very pleasant time. As we discussed, I have been very surprised of how Japanese and French ways of dubbing are different – the French can record six episodes a day! And they don’t play with a booklet in their hand but read the dialogue as it slides under the screen right at the time it is supposed to be said, like subtitles. As a result, Eric said that he was a little jealous of the slower Japanese pace of recording and of our booklets.
After I had took part in the following panel, with “Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas” author Shiori Teshirogi, I went to act as the main judge in the Gundam model kit contest held by the AEUG, the organization of the French Gundam fans. There I awarded a golden Gundam trophy and a Perfect Grade RX-78 model to the winner. The president of the AEUG also gave me some wine as a souvenir from France.
[Caption of the winning entrant’s picture] The winning entry of the Gunpla contest, Char’s Z’Gok – A very tough choice since all the entrant models were top notch.