The 10th Seiyu Awards ceremony was held on March 12th at the Bunka Housou Media Plus Hall in Tokyo’s Minatoku district. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the awards committee this year aimed to promote recognition of “voice acting culture.” Much attention is being paid to this annual event.
Previous years have seen the award winners announced prior to the actual awards being presented, but this year saw a shift toward announcing the awards at the ceremony itself. This, together with the addition of live web broadcasting, meant that this year’s awards were watched with a level of excitement not yet seen.
In this tense atmosphere, Matsuoka Yoshitsugu was awarded the prize for lead male seiyu, and Minose Inori for lead female seiyu. The two have become the leading faces of the seiyu world.
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu is a popular voice actor affiliated with I’m Enterprise Inc. To date he has voiced several popular heroes such as Kirito in Sword Art Online, and Aoba in Buddy Complex. Last year alone, he had a fantastic performance as Soma in Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, and also appeared in Aoharu x Machinegun, Sky Wizards Academy, Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, and Unlimited Fafnir, among others. Without a doubt, 2015 was a fulfilling year for Matsuoka and the Seiyu Award for Lead Male Actor is a fitting result.
Already his 2016 is rife with high expectations for his roles as Hiro in Seisen Cerberus, Korogi in Dimension W, and Orga in Luck & Logic.
Minose Inori is affiliated with Sony Music Artists Inc. Since 2010, her popularity has rocketed upward. In 2015 Minose voiced Naruse Jun in the movie The Anthem of the Heart, and Takeya Yuki in School-Live!.
The role of Jun was a particularly challenging one, as the character suffered an childhood accident which left her unable to speak. Minose rose to the challenge of speaking without using her voice. As Yui, she played a cheerful schoolgirl who is isolated from the rest of the world, because she is one of the sole survivors of an infectious plague that has turned people into zombies. This role, too, was a difficult one. With both works becoming big hits, the maturing Minose Inori also saw her popularity rise.
The ceremony featured awards for Best Lead Male Actor, Best Lead Female Actor, as well as Best Supporting Male Actor, Best Supporting Female Actor, Best Male Newcomer, Best Female Newcomer, a Musical category, and a Personality category. Further awards given included the award for Perseverance and Dedication, the Tomomiya Kei Award, the Takahashi Kazue Award, the Synergy Award, the Kids and Family Award, the Award for Most Popular, and the Special Award.
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