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Kancolle Style Vol. 2/Sarah Emi Bridcutt Interview
Within this 6 page Article, Sarah Emi Bridcutt does an interview and talks about her experiences with KanColle, her voice acting career along with how she gave some of the Kanmusu thier voices, some of her experiences with the game and her invovlement with the KanColle Naval Review.
Interview with Sarah Emi Bridcutt
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|Voice Actor Fleet|
Sarah Emi Bridcutt
Out of many different ship girls Sarah Emi Bridcutt lent her voice to five of them, all of whom have markedly peculiar personalities.
|The circumstances behind the creation of that popular line have been revealed at last! |
-- Now that KanColle has celebrated its third anniversary and entered its fourth year, is there anything that left a particularly lasting impression on you when, for example, playing the game or attending offical fan events like the Naval Reviews, and that you would like to share with us?
I've received letters, presents etc. from fans of many different franchises, but even among them nothing makes me witness a bigger burning passion than KanColle, like, I can really feel it when people tell me "I love this character!", and that passion gets even stronger over the years, you know.
-- Even at events such as the KanColle Naval Reviews the admirals responded with affection to those lines, didn't they?
They sure did! At the Second KanColle Naval Review I was mainly playing as Kumano, and whenever I shouted the line "Wooooo↑ooooah↓!" the crowd just went nuts and laughed.
-- Speaking of which, how did the line "Wooooo↑ooooah↓!" come into being in the first place?
I was basically told "Kumano is a well-bred girl from a rich family, but also such a try-hard that she ended up being kinda weird, so please give us a shout with all that in mind, if you will". *laughs*
-- Kumano also has many limited-time voice lines where she's being playful.
When she was going "Omnomnom" while eating the ehōmaki during Setsubun, I initially imagined her trying really hard to eat it, but the line turned out to be too hard to understand, so I was instructed to "please make it a bit more intelligible, but still sound like your cheeks are stuffed", among other things......
-- There are more and more scenes where both Suzuya and Kumano appear together, aren't there?
The limited-time voice lines, to name an example, had moments where each line had them talking to each other, turning it into something like a conversation between them. That way you have so many more ways to play around with the characters, which is so much fun, don't you think?
-- I'm sure the ship girls have thoroughly become second nature to you by now, but what was your impression of KanColle like back during your first recording sessions?
When I was told about it, I looked it up before starting to work on the voice recordings to see what kind of game it was, and I got the impression that it was a game about warship that apparently was so popular that prospective admirals had to enter a raffle first, but when I got the script my first reaction was something along the lines of "That's...... a ship?". *laughs*
-- Well, they're cute girls no matter how you look at them.
There are many works out there that feature anthropomorphised items, but I was really surprised, like "So that's what warships look like when you turn them into humans...".
-- I see you really put your heart and soul into your ship girls' voice line recordings. Which one of them did you get first in the game?
The first one was Yūbari, whom I built with All 30.
-- Now that's some luck!
Until then I didn't have any luck getting even one of my girls, so one day I decided to do the daily quests and hit construction with all 30. I still remember the goose bumps I got when I saw the golden background.
-- By the way, I'm sure your Suzuya & Kumano already are decently levelled, but what about Hatsukaze & Maikaze?
......I honestly don't know why, but no matter how much I've tried during events, I still haven't got them!
The acting impressions of five completely different girls
-- Well then, who is your favourite ship girl, including the ones you voiced?
I really love Makigumo! The girls I voiced also are precious to me, but I just can't help but love Makigumo and Akizuki...... I even have rubber straps of them.
-- You love those sleeves, don't you?
Yep, those dangling sleeves are just so cute!
-- I see everyone relies on her for Anti-Air Cut-Ins. *laughs*
Totally, I'm always grateful for her work during aerial combat.
-- So it really is Akizuki whom you rely on the most when push comes to shove, right?
Yes, it's Akizuki. If I had to name someone I voiced myself it'd be Suzuya and Kumano. I'd say I have a rather laid-back and casual playstyle, but even then I managed to remodel both Suzuya and Kumano into aviation cruisers relatively early, and they see quite some action during events and other occasions, so I rely on them a lot.
-- Well, apart from Zuiun they can also mount other equipment such as drum canisters.
About those drums, I've already voiced another character that can equip them. *laughs*
-- Moving on, what was your impression of each ship girl you voiced when you recorded their lines?
Let's start with Suzuya. When I read the script and saw lines like "'Sup!" or "Thaaanks!", I thought that, wow, she's so casual! Like a gal. *laughs*
-- Let's move on to Yūbari then.
Yūbari takes the spot of a traditional heroine. I felt that she's in a rather even position where she can approach the admiral with romantic interest or just as childhood or regular friend.
-- Ah yes, her "Don't leave me behind!" line. *laughs* All right, let's move on even further to Hatsukaze, someone who apparently refuses to drop.
Yes, after all these years she still doesn't want to come to me. *laughs*
-- Well, she did shear off her bow...... All right, let's move on to the last girl, Maikaze.
I imagine Maikaze as the youngest, like a 11 or 12-year-old elementary schooler, but I also made sure to express that she's trying hard to keep up a happy-go-lucky facade in order to deal with her depressing past, acting all energetic and cheerful, and dragging the admiral into her shenanigans.
-- Lately she's been interacting more and more with Nowaki.
She certainly is. I find the whole "Nowacchi" thing really refreshing.
-- I was about to ask which line left a particularly lasting impression, but I'm assuming it's "Wooooo↑ooooah↓!", isn't it?
I guess so! Not to mention the one about buying a sandwich at the convenience store.
People imagine and love them in different ways
-- Is there anything that left a particularly lasting impression on you, be it the way the admirals out there have expressed their support for the ship girls you voiced or something else?
There are a lot of fans who've told me how much they love Suzuya and Kumano, but there also are many admirals who love not just those two but all five girls.
-- Yūbari also starred in the anime series. Was there anything you had to keep in mind when playing her?
When working on the anime I kept asking "Does Yūbari make an appearance here?" on several occasions, especially for fight scenes, and pretty much begged them to let me ad-lib lines for getting hit if she did just so that I could make her appear more present, even if it was just for a little bit.
-- Well, she did appear not just in fight scenes.
Ah yes, the pot making scene with the girls from the 6th Destroyer Division. In the original game she's rather generic, but that scene highlighted how she's not so impartial to mechanics, so I was aiming to portray her as a bit of a nerd in that regard.
-- I see you've had quite the memorable moments during the anime recordings. *laughs*
I guess so. *laughs*
-- Speaking of the anime, Suzuya and Kumano made an appearance in the film preview trailer that was shown at the KanColle Spring Festival.
I was totally surprised, but also really happy because I've always wanted to see them in the anime, wearing those blazers!
Bridcutt Fleet looking for member #6 !
-- Before the film's release there's still the 3rd KanColle Naval Review that's coming this summer. Are there any fond memories of the Naval Review events you would like to share with us?
For the stage plays I appeared as Yūbari during the first naval review, then as Kumano during the second one.
-- What about the 2nd Naval Review?
At the second one I didn't intend it to be so funny, but even when I - as Kumano - said a little bit weird lines besides just "Wooooo↑ooooah↓!" everyone was laughing really hard...
-- Now that the 3rd Naval Review is coming up soon, if there's anything you're looking forward to, feel free to share it with us.
After Yūbari and Kumano I'm really looking forward to who it's gonna be at the third one!
-- Speaking of which, is there anything you wish to see or try in future KanColle events like those?
Since the game has regular events where several characters get to wear Halloween costumes or yukatas, why not hold real life events where the voice cast also gets to wear Halloween costumes and such?
-- Whether it's the Oktoberfest or frying sauries, the game certainly has a large variety of events.
And from those this year's rainy season finally gave Yūbari the limited-time outfit I've been waiting for!
-- Well, then let's look forward to even more limited-time outfits in the future. *laughs*
I'd also like to try my hand at a drama CD.
-- All right, we've already talked about those five unique ship girls, but is there some other type of ship girl you would like to voice?
I'd like voice a big sister character. Who also happens to be a hardcore sadist.
-- Makigumo is cute, isn't she? *laughs*
Yes, exactly someone just like her. *laughs*
-- If she's a stern knight I suppose she'd be a battleship. If we consider foreign ships there are many to choose from.
Yes, a battleship would be great!
-- And to wrap this up, a message to all the admirals out there, if you please.
You never stopped loving this game, and now it's already the 4th year since its release. I am deeply grateful for that.