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Kancolle Style Vol. 3/Akasaki Chinatsu Interview
The Following interview was conducted in the Kancolle Style Vol.3 Mook featuring Akasaki Chinatsu.
Within this 6 page Article, Akasaki Chinatsu does an interview and talks about her actives regarding KanColle, how she got her voice acting career for the Italian ships, her opinion on the ships she partook in voicing within and finally her thoughts on future things she wishes to see in KanColle.
Interview with Akasaki Chinatsu
|Voice Actor Fleet|
Akasaki Chinatsu lent her voice to Zara, Pola & Aquila, who're all ship girls from the land of Pasta.
|Only 16 fuel left?!? Admiral Akasaki's daily life |
-- Let's start with questions about the original KanColle browser game. Have you been making progress lately? (late October)
The Naval Base Saury Festival is in full swing right now, but so far I've only caught maybe 10 sauries. I might not make it......
-- The event has just started. If you already have 10 fish at this point I'd say you're doing fine.
Well, my daily routine consists of stuff like applying make-up in the morning, doing PvP in between preparations for leaving, then when I get back home in the evening I take a bath, and after that do PvP again while drying my hair, followed by sorties, so I guess I was just playing as usual......
-- If you start now you still have plenty of time though.
Give me one week and I'll catch them all! They practically threw themselves at me when I started sortieing specifically for them, so it'll be fine as long as the fishing zones don't dry up!
-- (ominous whispering)......if you keep sortieing to the same map they'll stop appearing pretty fast.
Oh, I see...... So I have to switch up the fishing grounds.
-- Well then, how long have you been playing KanColle anyway?
I supposed around two and a half years. I was pretty hooked by the game in the beginning, so I don't really remember what the events and maps back then were like.
-- What got you into KanColle in the first place?
When I was about to give it a try KanColle had become really popular, and I heard that in order to get into the game you had to win a lottery first.
-- I see, so if you hadn't got in it could have very well been possible for Admiral Akasaki to never take up her post. *laughs*
The Summer 2016 Event, big time.
-- That sounds like you really were in dire straits......
I just couldn't get the final kill, and I even had to use my precious, precious present boxes that I got from my dear ship girls......
-- One might say it was a miracle born from the ship girls' presents!
I was so glad I could clear that event!
-- By the way, what's your progress on the normal maps?
I haven't been to that new KW Atoll (i.e. 6-5) yet.
-- You can now use land-based air groups in 6-4, so there's your chance to try again.
Haguro, the only one I married. She's Lv.124 right now.
-- That reminds me, we were talking about how you got Warspite earlier, but what about Aquila...?
I got her! She unexpectedly dropped while clearing the maps. However, I can't say the same about I-26...
-- Graf Zeppelin pops up rather often in Aquila's voice lines though...
I actually have them! Bismarck just didn't want to come at first, but the shiest of them all was Taihō.
-- If you have assembled so many capital ships I suppose that apart from Haguro it's ships like Yamato whom you deploy to the final map of an event for an all-out war, right?
If it's battleships I usually have Nagato or Mutsu do some work first!
-- Oh, so you're taking a systematic approach!
Systematic is one way to put it, but when I consider the resources at my naval base I need to be extremely prepared if I want to deploy the Yamato-class, so I can't exactly use them except when I really need them. *laughs*
What was your first impression of that trio?
-- Moving on, we would like to ask you about when you were recording voice lines.
I had been playing the game for quite a while when I got the job. As more and more girls were receiving additional voice lines I couldn't help but think "I wonder if I could do that too... but if I were to voice any what should they be like...".
-- Speaking of which, what kind of ship girl would you have liked to voice?
A happy-go-lucky girl, and maybe someone like Kitakami.
-- And then you actually did voice the level-headed and energetic Zara, and Pola who does everything her own way.
A few days before the recordings I was told by the office that I'd get to work for KanColle this time.
-- What was your impression of that ship girl trio like when you were looking through the script?
I thought that Zara is really level-headed and loves her sister very much.
-- I see, so you were having a field day voicing her.
I was wondering whether it's okay to go this far, and when I let my own head-canon Pola run wild they said "Hold on for a second, please!". *laughs*
-- And as a result she became quite the sensation.
She certainly is in a league of her own. If I had to name ship girls that might like alcohol then Jun'yō or Nachi come to mind, but none of them overdo it as much.
-- Now that you mention it, Jun'yō started the trend of ship girls that enjoy alcohol, but I think that in the end they know when to stop.
But Pola is constantly three sheets in the wind. *laughs*
-- Speaking of which, what's your attitude towards alcohol?
I enjoy it sometimes. Lately I drink just about anything, but since I'm from Kagoshima I'm particularly fond of potato schnapps. Like Kuro Kirishima.
But when I drink wine I get boozy almost immediately.
-- That drunk yet cute side of hers sure has charmed many admirals out there as well.
Which I'm really grateful for. She can be quite a handful though. *laughs*
-- As far as I can tell from the voice lines Zara has been pushed around by Pola long before the latter's official appearance.
I heard that as soon as Pola arrived Zara enjoyed a sudden surge in popularity among admirals.
-- The hourly lines provide an insight into their relationship as well.
Well, there's Pola who's getting naked and leaving a mess, and Zoara who's trying to stop her. After listening to it again I think it really a fun, little scenario.
-- And now to the third one, Aquila.
At first I thought that Aquila was a level-headed, mature woman, but I was so wrong. *laughs*
-- Her "good good" when constantly checking things sounds fluffy somehow.
Her lines feature weird onomatopoeia like "Grrrrahh".
Anything special you realised when you actually got to voice them?
-- When I was listening to the pronunciation of the trio's Italian I really got the impression that they were native speakers.
When I was still in university I actually took Italian classes; it was my second foreign language. I'm not at exactly at a level where I can conduct research, but it's good enough to get a feeling for the pronunciation, so I had an easy time voicing some parts. Italian pronunciation is pretty close to how it's actually spelt after all.
-- Well then, so what impression did you get when you actually started voicing them?
Pola already made an appearance in Zara's voice lines long before I had to work on the former, but even then I already knew that she was quite a handful. *laughs*
-- And with that impression in mind, what did you think of Pola when you started working on her voice lines?
To be honest, when I started working on Pola's lines I'd almost forgotten about Zara. *laughs*
そう！ 大丈夫、忘れ物なし！ と思って席を立った時とかに、ついつい忘れ物しちゃうんですよ。
-- Come to think of it, if Pola was docile then Zara probably wouldn't have to be that dependable.
I think they're sisters that support each other. Even though Zara is doing most of the supporting. *laughs*
-- And what about Aquila's voice line recordings, which you had to attend without Graf Zeppelin in your possession?
She's a special case. She appears mature but also has her failings, so for me she's surprisingly hilarious.
-- Which line of that trio had a particularly lasting impression on you?
Speaking of Zara and Pola, I think their conversation at around 20:00 shows the best what they're like.
-- For Aquila it's her "good good", isn't it?
After we were done recording her lines I sometimes caught myself saying "good good" as well.
-- You certainly have voiced three very unique ship girls. If you had to choose which one of them resembles you the most, who would that be?
I'd say I have a little bit of all three of them in me.
-- That reminds me, didn't you forget something at the photo shoot earlier...?
Yep! I think "Alright, forgot nothing!", get up from my seat or whatever, but end up forgetting something anyway.
-- By the way, do you become like Pola when you drink alcohol?
I might start mumbling near the end of my sentences, but I've never seen my drunk self from an objective perspective, so I wouldn't know.
Pride goes before a fall? Gathering information is important!
-- Moving on, are there any events or ship girl action you would like to see in the game?
I wouldn't mind making a fleet with Abyssals. I also voiced an Abyssal ship after all.
-- During the Summer 2016 Event it was like they were hanging out in a resort.
When I first saw them I thought they went there just to have some fun. *laughs*
-- What a deep topic this has suddenly become...
A battleship! Like, a really huge battleship!
-- Come to think of it, during the past events Hayasui really had the chance to shine...
And I just want more girls of the Zara-class.
え、できます？ 最近実装！？ あ、あと装備のスロット順番を入れ替えるのは・・・・・・。
-- Please leave it at a girl who's just self-conscious about her name. *laughs*
Oh, that'd be cute! Like a modest girl who doesn't like her name. Well, this is making my imagination run wild.
-- And to conclude our interview, a message to all the admirals out there who're playing KanColle, if you please.
I do run expeditions during events, but there's this thrill when my resources are starting to run out.
-- Not to mention your instant repairs...
Oh God, yes! Don't get me started on Combined Fleets!
-- I see you're really doing fine in that regard...
That's how the world is, it's something you can learn from KanColle.
-- And to always be prepared for such events you shouldn't neglect your daily PvP and expeditions.
Well yeah, that's true, but sometimes I just don't the time to switch around ships and equipment, so there are days where I do nothing but PvP. I know the games is constantly getting new quality-of-life additions, but I also want to be able to easily switch ships around in a fleet!
-- Huh? If it's within a single fleet you can actually switch ships around via drag and drop.
Wait what, you can do that? They actually implemented that recently?! Uhm, then what about moving equipment between slots...?
-- Yes, you can do that too via drag and drop.
U-until now I've changed equipment one piece at a time...!
Special Thanks for Admiral_Mikado for the translation of the article.