C3 Charaexpo took place last weekend on 9 and 10 July, at Hall 7 of the Singapore EXPO.
We were very fortunate to be able to secure interviews with 3 Guest Artistes of the event; namely Ms. Sora Tokui (JP), Ms. Angie (Malaysia) and Ms. Yingtze (Malaysia).
We present to you below, the contents of our interviews with all 3 Artistes!
First up, Ms. Sora Tokui; whose last visit to Singapore recently was at the Kinokuniya Singapore main store on 17 May, 2016 to promote C3 Charaexpo as well.
A Japanese voice actress, singer and manga artist with the common VA nickname of “Soramaru”, she is the yellow component of singer group Milky Holmes, a member of the singer group of 9 main voice actresses for Love Live!, as well as
Question: Welcome Back to Singapore, Soramaru-san! You’ve been to Singapore quite a few times! What do you like the most about Singapore so far?
A: Singapore is a really beautiful country, very green, and the environment is very warm, that’s what I like about it the most!
Question: That’s great to hear! What can you tell us about your latest single, Waku Doki Shooter?
A: It’s the Ending Theme Song for the newest series, “Future Card Buddyfight Triple”! I feel that it is cooler (More Hip!) than the previous 2 songs!
Question: For Paruko Nanana from Future Card Buddyfight, what do you like about her the most?
A: I feel that it is very exciting to play that role!
Question: How did Miyamura Yuuko, the voice actress for Asuka inspire you to become a voice actress?
A: I went to her event previously as a fan. I met and spoke to her, telling her that I wanted to become a voice actress. Ms. Yuuko told me to go forth, that’s how I decided to become a voice actress!
Question: For Milky Holmes, what has kept the 4 of you together since 2010?
A: It’s actually quite simple! We like to eat similar kinds of food, so that bonds us together!
Question: Which live performance attire did you like the most?
A: For me, it would be the gym attire for Milky Holmes, as it’s much easier to dance in that attire!
Question: As a seiyuu, what are the most unforgettable moments that you’ve experienced?
A: Because a voice actress is what I wanted to be, the most unforgettable moment was when I heard my own voice broadcasted on television for the very first time!
Question: What would be your favourite character to voice?
A: Definitely it would be to voice Nero (譲崎 ネロ) from Milky Holmes, as I’ve voiced her for a very long time; I feel very strongly about her and am the most attached to her.
Question: Any advice for new budding voice actresses-to-be?
A: I think it’s very important to take the first step towards your dream, such as taking part in your first audition!
Question: If you weren’t a voice actress or singer, what occupation would you have wanted to be the most?
A: Definitely to be a manga artist!
Question: For your drawings’ character design, what are you inspired by?
A: I am inspired by the images that I’ve consolidated; then I begin to put them out!
Question: What country would you like to visit next?
A: I would like to visit the European continent; more specifically France! As I have heard that there are many anime fans in France! I also want to have a photo shoot in Europe!
Along the way, Ms. Sora Tokui also shared some interesting trivia with us.
She told us that for Love Live, she finds Maki to be the best character that Nico shares a good relationship with, and she likes the song Niko puri Joshi dou (にこぷり♥女子道) the most.
She finds it the most fun when she’s doing a live show on stage.
Before each performance, she eats a proper meal to prepare for it.
She prefers group performances to a solo performance, as she finds it more comfortable, secure and much less lonely!
Also, in her spare time, she really loves to have a nap! That’s also her secret stress relief tool!
She shares that she finds it surprising to be invited to Singapore, that she didn’t know people knew about her outside of Japan!
To end off, she aims to be an even better seiyuu and manga artist, that’s her important goal for the next few years!
Her ending message for Singapore fans is: From her autograph session earlier in the day, many local fans conversed in Japanese with her, she was very surprised and rather touched by their efforts and wishes to thank them!
Next up, a combined interview with the duo guest cosplayers from Malaysia!
Angie is a cosplayer and illustrator, who started cosplaying in 2008
Yingtze has started cosplaying since 2007, learning sewing and drafting from her aunt, before she started to create the costume masterpieces that she is known for today.
Along the way, both cosplayers have gained expertise in sewing, doing cosplay makeup; and other essential cosplay skills!
Question: Hello Angie! Can you tell us more about your D.Va costume from Overwatch, how are you making it?
A: Hello! For the D.Va costume, I am getting the body suit base from Taobao, but I am making the headgear, armor and neck piece; I hope to be able to finish it by next week. I will be using the costume for a photoshoot!
Question: What’s your favourite type of photographer or photography styles, and why?
Angie: I would like a photographer that’s easy to work with, can shoot me very nicely, to have many ideas during the photoshoot. During a photoshoot, I can become very tired, so I hope the photographer can have many ideas to guide me. I will often find photographers based on the style that they shoot with.
Ying Tze: For me, I want a photographer that can capture my costume in detail, because I’ve spent so much effort to make the costume details. Of course, it must also be a mutual want-to-shoot feeling, for both of us to want to work on the same projects together.
Question: Ying Tze, care to share with us your secret to remembering so many different fans’ names and faces?
(Angie) “I want to know as well! -Laughs-
Ying Tze: There are many fans that always come to meet me, or tag me in their social media, I see them a lot! There’s even a fan that makes chocolate cupcakes for me, which are very nice to eat!
Question: Angie, What’s one of the most interesting gifts you’ve received from your fans this year?
A: I’ve received many interesting gifts! There are many artwork gifts for me, such as drawings of my face, characters that I’ve cosplayed, it’s nice to collect!
Question: What cosplay skills are you looking forward to improving in the near future?
Angie: Props crafting! Especially for armors and weapons, I don’t trust Taobao quality for those.
Ying Tze: Wig-cutting!
Question: Ying Tze, can you tell us about your Chun Li Bishoujo costume that you’re wearing today, what were the hardest parts of making it?
A: For the props, I commissioned my classmate Joe to help out! I made the rest of the costume myself, the hardest parts were the shiny gold pieces, as they had to be drawn to match the shape and size of the original costume design! I took about 2 days to finish this costume.
Question: Angie, are there any overseas cosplay studios that you are interested in photoshooting at, and why?
A: There’s quite a lot of cosplay studios I’m interested in! But there’s one exceptional one in Shanghai, it’s a mansion, like a wedding studio, with a lot of themes! There’s also the studio that recently opened in Bangkok!
Question: Angie, for your recent Gazelle photoshoot, can you tell us how the photoshoot came to be with the 4 tigers?
A: The 4 tigers actually know each other! I often shoot with a studio known as Cupcats, I am friends with the boss and lady boss, who happen to photoshoot quite a few number of muscular male models as well!
While I was photoshooting at the studio, there was an idea to create this shoot; although there were quite a few delays before we managed to get everyone together because the studio owner wanted to find really buff models, it dragged from March to May!
Initially I expected only 2 male models, but I got 4!
Question: Finally, Ying Tze can you tell us more about your recent Grand Legend Ramayana production? How did you get involved and what were the most memorable moments?
A: I was invited as a guest, purely to promote the Grand Legend Ramayana series, by re:ON comics, an Indonesian comic company! The story is based on real legends!
They are the first in Indonesia to invite cosplay guests; we flew in 3 days earlier to rehearse!
I had lots of fun rehearsing with guests from other countries such as Liui and Orochi, they are all very good performers! I’m very proud to be part of this production!
And this is it for the interview segment of the C3 Chara Expo 2016! We look forward to further interviews for the next year as well, thanks for inviting us to the event!