Ridiculously attentive readers may have noticed the “Seiyuu Cards” page I put up a few days ago. This idea bubbled up out of my desire to easily compile the roles that I care about from different creators without having to wade through ANN or MAL pages. Originally this plan was to include all creators, and may yet still, but for now I’m focused on seiyuu.
Making these seiyuu cards is fun for me because I lack the words to talk about seiyuu regularly. It’s not easy to put into words why, for instance, I love Hanazawa Kana’s performance as Nessa in Fractale so much, beyond “she’s so adorable!” Any other aspect of the series I could break down intricately, and I feel like my inability to talk about seiyuu betrays the depth at which I care about them. These days, seiyuu alone can be my reason for watching a series (see Fractale again).
The cards aren’t very pretty nor consistent since I’m using MS Paint to make them, but they’re unique in that they don’t cover every role that a seiyuu has. In fact, neither do they cover all of the seiyuu’s noteworthy roles. (For instance, the Goto Yuko card does not contain Kaede from Shuffle because I have no intention of ever watching Shuffle).
The factors deciding what roles get put on the cards are as follows: 1. It’s a performance I enjoy (regardless of whether I liked the anime—see Bungaku Shoujo on HanaKana’s card). 2. It’s a performance from a show that I like and am likely to watch again. (This is for roles I either don’t remember well enough or didn’t care for the first time, but know that I will watch the show and hear them again). 3. Shows that I know I’m going to watch at some point and will probably enjoy the roles. (This goes for both series I haven’t gotten around to like Key the Metal Idol on Iwao Junko’s card and one’s that haven’t started yet, like Ao no Futsumashi and Deadman Wonderland on HanaKana’s card). So the roles that get left off are either ones that I didn’t like, or ones from shows that I don’t intend to watch.
The position of roles on each card are entirely unorganized, though I did try to put my current favorite roles near the top. If I tried to organize the roles, editing the cards would be a massive pain in the ass, whereas this way I can just tack on new roles at the bottom. On the Seiyuu Cards page itself, the cards are displayed alphabetically by seiyuu. The images are just the best-looking one on the character’s MAL page, since MAL images are mostly helpfully consistent.
I’ve only done five seiyuu so far and have been selecting them at random from the shows I’m watching, but if you like the project and would like to see a certain seiyuu’s card get made, I’m open for requests (though they might not be that helpful to you if I hate your favorite shows lol).
Ooh, nice start. I used to watch seiyuu videos, to hear the different voices they can perform. I guess if you hear the characters voices in your head while you look at these cards, it can give the same feel.
I like browsing through seiyuu roles via AniDB, but sometimes there aren’t pictures to some of the roles. And here, the pictures are larger. ^^
I would like to see a Sawashiro Miyuki seiyuu card, but that’s because she is my favorite seiyuu ^^.
I will gladly do Sawashiro next, because she’s also *my* favorite seiyuu :D
And it’s done! https://myswordisunbelievablydull.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/sawashiro-miyuki-card.png
I love this card because it perfectly expresses my love of Sawashiro: The entire top 5 are characters from shows in my favorites list (consisting of 32 shows total). That’s a damn great track record!!!
I’m delighted to see Hoshi ni negai wo Hikaru on that card!
I knew you would be! I just watched it the other day. Pretty fun stuff, and Sawashiro was great in it.
No Skuld for Hisakawa Aya?
Can’t wait for the Megumi Hayashibara one. You could arrange them by personality type (Lina Inverse to Rei Ayanami).
I’ve never seen any of Ah My Goddess, nor do I think I ever will~
Hayashibara should be fun, though she isn’t high on my priority list.
The original Ah My Goddess OVAs aren’t bad. I don’t think I’ve ever watched any of the TV series.
“… I have no intention of ever watching Shuffle.”
GOOD. I’m watching it right now with Desbreko, because the Blu-Rays are out and he likes the second half of the series, but it’s just utter pain right now. I can’t watch more than two episodes at once; it’s like getting a spike made out of pure brain cancer and hammering it into my skull. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted an entire cast of characters to die as much as in Shuffle!
Kana’s card blows my mind
Yeah that’s all a big part of why I’ve never come near the series. That and the character designs are fucking ugly as hell. It’s one of those that makes you go “and this is popular because…?”
How about Wakamoto Norio?
That will be one hell of a huge undertaking. Wakamoto is one of the most prolific seiyuu of all time and has so many random minor roles. I don’t know where to start with deciding what all roles to include. I’ll definitely do him at some point, but not soon.
Hmm, didn’t think about that. I only know of three, maybe four of his roles.
BTW, are you still going to add entries to the character database?
Yes, thanks for reminding me! I literally stopped for the simple reason that I keep completely forgetting about the series lol.
Got an ETA for the next entry?
Sunday I guess.
I really like this little project of yours. I always enjoyed visual representations of likes in this kind of way :D
Takehito Koyasu would be fun to see ^_^
Oh dear god, Koyasu would take an entire afternoon to make lol
Glad you like the cards~ I think they’ll be helpful for me keeping track of people and not ending up doing things like thinking thinking one actor played a role through an entire episode, only to find out it was someone else.
He’d be worth it!
I’d totally make my own little cards to rememeber Seiyuu’s better because I have favourites but to be damned if I can remember their names half the time. XD
Guess which one I want you to do next?
I’ll give you a hint: You should have done it first.
I assure you she will be done. I’ve been picking from shows that I’ve been watching so far though.
I’d like a card for Ayumi Fujimura~
So would I, having just watched UC 3, so expect it soon~
Since you already make Hanazawa Kana(<3) card, how about making a card for Miyano Mamoru :3
Sounds like fun! Though it’ll prolly be kinda small since I don’t know a whole lot of his roles.
https://myswordisunbelievablydull.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/miyano-mamoru-card.png here it is!
This card was full of surprises! I knew that Miyano had played Kida Masaomi, Takuto, and Light Yagami, but had no idea he played Death the Kid, Ling, Suou Tamaki, and Moondoggie! All great characters, but most from shows I watched before I started recognizing voices. I really like his roles as Masaomi and Takuto, so I look forward to enjoying them for those other characters on rewatches.
Dude this will be of great help to people like me who have really big trouble remembering seiyuus and connecting them to their characters. >_<
You should make more
I’ve been pumping them out like mad~
Shit didnt realize there was a page for it up top. My bad.
And bro, this new blog is sweeetttt.I know you moved a while back but I’m loving the changes
Thanks, I like it as well. There’s a lot of room for me to dick around and have fun with this design and it fits my current state of mind well.