Winter 2019 Anime: Official Twitter Hashtags & Pages
2018 is almost out, guys and girls, and that means that another anime year is ready to take its place.
Ikki: After the audition for the role, I had been thinking about what I should have done better and felt very anxious. When my agency told me over the phone that I had got Denki’s role, I was literally jumping up and down from joy. [laugh] I was extremely happy as this was the first time for me to play a young boy in a long-running anime series.
Ikki: I’d already started reading it, but when I reached the scene of Asuma’s death, it was too painful to continue reading. I was a sensitive teenager at the time and stopped reading it. However, I have now started re-reading it from Volume 1, as I feel I must know the world of Naruto thoroughly to play Denki in Boruto. Naruto has lots of great scenes which make me cry my eyes out again when re-reading it. [laugh]
Ikki: Well, it’s quite difficult to narrow a favorite one down because there are so many fantastic scenes which inspire me. [laugh] I felt the strong teacher-student bonds during the scene depicting Jiraiya’s final moments because I could see his belief in Naruto, ‘Naruto will understand’, and his wish, ‘I want to be of help to Naruto.’
Ikki: Denki always tries his hardest to achieve his goal, becoming a ninja. I think he admires Boruto who saved him and wonders what sort of ninja he must become to stay with Boruto. As his voice actress, I’m glad that Denki, who was bullied at the beginning, gets more and more friends as the story progresses! I’m delighted to see him becoming a genin together with his friends and being happy surrounded by them.
Ikki: Exactly. I like his contemporary aspect. The character design of Denki is based on an illustration posted by a fan, therefore he is depicted as an aspiring ninja who came from a regular family, not a ninja family. I think he is the most accessible character.
Ikki: He was bullied and extorted by a bunch of bullies in the first episode, but I think he is more cynical rather than introverted. He is also quite stubborn.
I thought he lacked self-confidence at the beginning, so I portrayed him as someone who has low self-esteem at the audition. However, I was told by the director: ‘Denki doesn’t lack self-confidence but is in fact mentally strong, so please bear that in mind.’ I realized then that he is not just a timid character, and braced myself to play a ninja who is a part of the Boruto world.
Ikki: I feel exactly the same! He’s teamed up with Iwabee Yuino and Metal Lee, so I’m interested in how they’ll work together and how their bonds will develop. I’m so excited in anticipation of their bonds becoming like their fathers’ generation.
Ikki: Definitely! It’s exciting to think of him eventually arriving at the destroyed Konohagakure (Hidden Leaf Village) that we saw at the beginning of Episode 1. However, my wild imagination tells me that he will support Boruto and fight with him using his computer skills. [laugh]
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