NR Interview: Voice Actress Mai Aizawa

Last week, Nerd Reactor was at Fanime 2012 in San Jose, California, hanging out with all the fans. It was a great way to spend Memorial Weekend and despite some setbacks like a power outage, everyone still had plenty of fun. I was able to sit down for an interview with Guest of Honor Mai Aizawa! Known for her roles such as Negima! (Natsumi Murakami), Nichijou (Mio Naganohara), and Mirai Nikki (Minene Uryu). I asked her about working as a Voice Actress in Japan and her roles. Read the full interview to found out!

NR: Is this your first time in America?
Aizawa:  No, I’ve actually been to Las Vegas before.

NR: How are you currently enjoying California?
Aizawa:  It’s so vast and big!

NR: How did you get your start in the Voice Acting business?

Aizawa:  At first, I was previously doing a business woman kind of job. However, it was always a childhood dream of mine to become a voice actress. So when the company I worked at went out of business, that was when I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a voice actress.

NR: Your most notable role known in America is Murakami Natsumi from Negima!, how did you fit into that role?
Aizawa: That was actually my career debut role. Both she and I shared similar characteristics between personalities. As a result,  I felt that we both grew up together.

NR: You do a lot of voice roles for Kyoto Animation Studios (Haruhi, K-ON, Nichijou, etc), do you have a particular attachment to KyoAni?

Aizawa:  KyoAni is a special place to me because I’ve been working with them for a long time. They have always treated me very well there.

NR: Is there anyone you enjoy working with as a voice actress?

Aizawa: Hmm, I’d have to say Honda Mariko because she played Yuuko, who plays opposite of Mio in Nichijou. Mio and Yuuko are best friends in the anime and I feel that we also share the same kind of relationship in real life (laugh).

NR: Your most recent role, is Minene Uryuu from Mirai Nikki (Future Diary). She’s very different from the types of characters you normally play, how did you handle playing a more mature role?

Aizawa: I actually struggled with this particular role. I received the role for Minene a year prior to working on Mirai Nikki. With that long period of time, I went over the original work and thought hard about how to convey her through as an animated character

NR: Since Voice Acting was a childhood dream of yours, were there any Animes you liked? How about voice actors who inspired you?
I listened to Mayumi Tanaka (Monkey D. Luffy, Koenma) and Kouda Mariko on the radio when I was younger. They were my inspiration for becoming a voice actress. As for anime I like, it would be Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, from that generation. Recently, I like Puella Magi Madoka Magica!

NR: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Aizawa: I like to get together with my friends and we would spend time cooking.

NR: You have a new single out on iTunes, “Kimi ni Todoke”. Are you an avid singer?

Aizawa: Ah yes, I often go to karaoke shops and sing.

NR: What are some of your favorite songs?

Aizawa: I can sing all the song from Macross 7

NR: FIRE BOMBER!

Aizawa: Yes!

NR: Lastly, do you have any words for inspiring voice actors?

Aizawa: I used to have a reversed and withdrawn personality, but ever since I took up voice acting, I feel that I’ve become more and more open and outgoing. If you want to get into the business (of voice acting) and anime is your passion. Don’t be afraid, Work hard, it will work out!

NR: Thank you so much for your time and please enjoy the rest of the Convention!

Aizawa: Thank you!

 

 

Follow Aizawa on her twitter (@moririnmonson) and check out her new single Kimi ni Todoke” , now on iTunes.

 

Facebook Comments

About author

Hokan Lo
Hokan Lo 324 posts

Hokan Lo is a contributing writer and photographer for Nerd Reactor. He likes Pizza Butts and Mello Yellow. You can contact him on twitter @colorinlive. <a href="http://nerdreactor.com/about/">Meet the Nerd Reactor Team</a>

10 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply