Interview, article by Kazuki Miura
Editing by Hitomi Sakuma
It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that Eromanga Sensei was the most popular anime of Spring 2017 season. One of the reasons behind its incredible popularity is the cuteness of the protagonists!
In particular, the cuteness of the middle schooler heroine Sagiri Izumi has caused quite a stir, and the secret lies in the fact that, apparently, there's a special "Sagiri exclusive animator" who deals with Sagiri's animation throughout the anime. You can learn more about this in our past feature, Interview With "Eromanga Sensei" Director Ryohei Takashita and Animator Keisuke Kobayashi.
But we are positive that Sagiri's popularity is also due to her voice actress, Akane Fujita. We were lucky enough to interview her about her role, and about her thoughts on the anime.
"Kawaiiness" lies in the hands
Even while she's in that awkward "Eromanga Sensei mode", she still looks cute
Before the audition, my manager told me that although the title Eromanga Sensei could suggest some naughty contents, the anime was in fact very tame... So I wasn't worried about the story!
Sagiri withdraws in her room, and doesn't keep in touch with people - that's why she's kind of childish. This is also a component that tends to lead her to huge emotional momentums.
I also like the fact that, by interacting with her brother, with Elf and Muramasa, she gradually finds the courage to get out of her room little by little, to make a change.
Masamune understands Sagiri's feelings
Also, the fact that he can talk with Sagiri while she lies under him on the floor makes me understand that he has great conversation skills (laughs). He can cook, and also leaves messages in Sagiri's meals... Where do you find such a kind brother!?
Both Sagiri and I are quite the indoorsy type.
The voice I use for Sagiri is a little bit higher than my natural voice. It's not very hard, but it makes me a little bit conscious not to use my everyday voice!
For example, in Episode 7, Sagiri goes down the stairs and, afraid that her brother might be taken away from her, she screams "He's mine!!". This scene portrays the trouble she has getting out of her room, the difficulty of dealing with people apart from her brother, and the fear she has to lose him. Many emotions and situations come together, and her character ends up being quite different compared to the usual.
After all this time, I feel part of the staff
In this "prophetic journey", we have screenings accompanied by commentaries, and attendees can also have their voices heard. It's beautiful to be able to see the viewers' faces as they give their opinions! We also play the opening and ending credits songs, and I usually cosplay as Sagiri and dance (laughs).