The Voice Actors/ Actresses Award took place for the 10th time since it was founded in 2006 as an Academy Award in the Voice Actors/Actresses world.
The award was established in order to improve the status of the Voice Actors/Actresses,
to respect their long contribution and to aid the development of the Voice Actors/Actresses world. The ceremony took place in a special atmosphere.
New-face male Seiyu Award New-face Female Voice Actress Award
Yuichiro Umehara, Shunsuke Takeuchi and Ayumu Murase gained awards.
In the new-face male Voice Award, Mr. Umehara showed his wide range of performance in “Young Black Jack” (as Kuroo Hazama), in “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blood Orphans” (as Eugene Seven Stark).
Mr. Takeuchi collected attention in “Idolmaster Cinderella Girls” (as a producer) and in “Young Black Jack” (as Hugo) and he performed as a profound middle aged man, even though he is a high-school student to show his strong presence.
Mr. Murase showed his strong presence in “HaiKyuu!!” (as Shooyoo Hinata), in “Gatchaman Crowds Insight” (as Rui Ninomiya) and in “Hepburn-Kaitoo Jooka” (as Joker).
Sumire Uesaka, Rie Takahashi, Aimi Tanaka were awarded in the New-face Female Voice Actress Award.
Ms. Uesaka took an important part in “Fleet Collection-Kan Colle” (as Fubuki), in “Concrete Reborutio” (as Kikko Hoshino) and in “Idolmaster Cinderella Girls” (as Anastasia).
Ms. Takahashi played the main characters in “That is a Voice Actor” (as Futaba Ichinose) and in “Game of Laplace” (as Kobayashi).
Ms. Tanaka performed in “ Himooto! Umaru-chan” (as Umaru Doma) and in “Lance N’Masques” (as Liu Yuifa).
“I couldn’t have reached this stage without your support. I’d like to make more effort to be a great Voice Actress to be fit for this award.” (Ms. Umehara)
“I’d like to convey my pride, confidence and expectation to my parents who have supported me during my high-school days. Thank you.” (Ms. Takeuchi)
“I’d like to improve myself to be confidently equal to the senior actresses who have supported me.” (Ms. Murase)
“I’m very honoured that I received this historical Voice Actors/Actresses Award. I’d like to think of myself taking this award as my encouragement. (Ms. Uesaka)
“This award is for people who have supported me, who have cheered me up, the works and the characters, together with me. I‘ll do my best with this award in my mind.” (Ms. Takahashi)
“I’d like to cherish the people, the work and the characters that I have come across. I’d like to improve myself.” (Ms. Tanaka)
The presenter, Mari Shimizu for the New-face Voice Actors/ Actresses Award said, “I think the job of the Voice Actors/Actresses is about “conveying the human heart”, it’s a great job.
The New-face Award can be received only once in your lifetime. Good luck to all of you!” She gave loud praises to the young talented people.
The Support Actress Award
Ms. Shizuka Ito and Saori Hayami were awarded.
Ms. Ito showed her performance skills in “Prison School” (as Meiko) and in “Crystal” (as Minako Aino/ Sailor Venus).
Ms. Hayami illustrated her clear voice and high quality expressions in “Sound! Euphonium” (as Haruka Ogasawara) and in “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU cont.)” (as Yukino Yukinoshita).
“When I started this job, I thought, “I’ll be fully fledged in 10 years.”, but even now, after 15 years, I still feel as if I am at the first step of the staircase. I’d like to make effort to step up even further. (Ms. Ito.)
“I feel a strange connection between the first time at the awards at my debut and receiving this award now, in the 10th year. I’d like to thank everyone and my parents.
The Support Male Actor Award
Kenichi Suzumura and Yoshimasa Hosoya were awarded.
Mr. Suzumura received a “Personality Award” as well.
He showed his strong performance skills in “Laughing Under the Clounds” (as Hirari), in “Prison School” (as Shingo) and in “Mr. Osomatsu” (as Iyami).
Mr. Hosoya who received the Support Male Actor Award twice, gave a steady performance and supported the anime world in “Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blood Orphans” (as Orga Itsuka) and in “Death Parade” (as Ginti).
“I have had a 22-year-career in my work. My job as a support actor who really supports someone in this business has been increasing. I’d like to be a support actor who can support various people. I’ll change my subject. This award is definitely due to your sarcastic remarks. Join me, everyone! Ready? 3, 2, 1 “Shee—“. (Mr. Suzumura)
“I have become a free agent since July 2014. Many things have happened. I actually think on this stage that I couldn’t do anything on my own. I am a really lucky performer. I thank all of you who have supported me.” (Mr. Hosoya)
The Best Actress Award
Ms. Inori Mizuse was awarded. She gave a fresh performance in “The Heart Wants to Shout” (as Jun Naruse) and in “Living at School” (as Yuki Takeya)
Ms. Mizuse wanted to be an Voice Actor/Actress since the age of 5.
15 years have passed since she dreamed that “I’d like to talk to the characters.”
She received the trophy as the Best Actress at her young age of 20.
“I’m delighted to be here, it’s like a dream. I’d like to aim to the higher stage in my job.
Thanks go to my parents who introduced me to the job as a Voice Actress, and who made it possible that I could receive this award. I’d like to be someone’s dream someday. Thank you.”
She spoke about her impressions and deeply bowed down.
The Best Actor Award
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka was awarded. He showed his capability of expression, his out-standing presence in “List of Food Wars” (as Sooma Yukihira) and in “Sword Art Online ⅠⅠ (as Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya) performing as the main characters in a lot of those works.
He received his trophy, looking blank, and he said, “I don’t think I received this award just for myself.” in the middle of his speech he sounded as if he was overwhelmed by his emotions, but he could express his gratitude.
He made the people laugh when he said “My hands won’t stop shaking.” Then he said,
“I’m now 30 years old. I’d like to cherish every single work with my expectation and anxiety.
Please look upon me with your “lukewarm” hearts. I’d like to leave those kind of works behind, which everyone can enjoy as a performer. Thank you.”
The Award ceremony for 13 categories was concluded.