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).