Genshiken Nidaime Voice Cast…and a NEW OGIUE?!

UPDATE: Small point made below.

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Ever since the announcement of the new Genshiken anime, I’ve speculated about the voice cast. Courtesy of one Anonymous Spore and the official anime website, the new cast for the Genshiken Nidaime (or Genshiken II as I prefer to call it) has been revealed, and the big, big shocker is that Mizuhashi Kaori will no longer be playing Ogiue, that most grand of angry, once-traumatized hair-brushed fujoshi.

My initial reaction has been genuine surprise and confusion, as I thought she fit the role tremendously well, and seemed to be well-established as Ogiue. Her Ogiue felt genuinely conflicted about everything, and it’s my favorite role of hers (biased perhaps). She even participated in the Genchoken radio shows with Madarame’s voice actor Hiyama Nobuyuki, and drew a comic about how she landed the role as Ogiue. Even putting aside my own Ogiue fandom I’ve thought for a long time that Mizuhashi ranks among the best voice actors out there.

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That said, I think it would be a bit unfair to judge Yamamoto Nozomi before I even get to hear her voice the part of my favorite character. She’s pretty new, but she’s also already played roles such as Yukimura in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, and Tetora in Joshiraku. When I think about Tetora’s voice in particular, it may actually be a bit closer to how I imagined Ogiue’s voice in my mind when I first read the manga. Actually, Gankyou’s voice would have been even closer, but that’s maybe getting too off-topic.

As for the rest of the cast, you have Uesaka Sumire  (Dekomori in Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!) as Yoshitake Rika in addition to performing the opening theme, Uchiyama Yumi as Yajima Mirei (Davi in Dokidoki! Precure, Arata in Saki: Episode of Side A), and a combination of Kakuma Ai and Yamamoto Kazutomi handling the female and male voices of Hato Kenjirou, respectively. If you look at their list of works, all of them are pretty new voice actors, so perhaps there was something on the production side that required the use of newer voices. I read that they may be changing the old characters as well? Or maybe there was just a good old-fashioned scheduling conflict, which even happened with the Genshiken 2 anime and Keiko’s voice actor. In the end, it’s all just speculation, unless someone more familiar with the seiyuu scene could inform me otherwise.

Based on the previous roles of the actors for Yoshitake and Yajima, I can imagine them fitting their roles well, especially if they go for more naturalistic and awkward voices. I think Yajima especially will be a challenge.

In addition, voices aside, the art and character designs look probably the nicest they’ve ever been for Genshiken anime. I guess it all remains to be seen (and heard).

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UPDATE: I decided to look at Mizuhashi Kaori’s official site, which isn’t really updated anymore, and what’s really curious is the fact that where once the front page image was of Ogiue in an empty cardboard box, now Ogiue has been replaced by a different character. I’m unsure if it’s meant to be Mizuhashi specifically or if it’s meant to be another one of the characters she played, but just the fact that she used to use an Ogiue image on her front page as early as September 2012 may indicate that she was rather close to the character of Ogiue.

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5 thoughts on “Genshiken Nidaime Voice Cast…and a NEW OGIUE?!

  1. Kinda late to say this, but I guess its about confirmed the new Genshiken anime is adapting the Nidaime parts? I wonder how far they’ll adapt, and if they’ll do the ‘You had a nosehair sticking out that day’ scene.

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  2. I’d be very surprised if the other old characters didn’t have new seiyuu as well, especially considering that most of the staff members have changed. I reckon there’d be some financial motivation to change the seiyuu, given that new seiyuu would be significantly cheaper to hire than the veteran seiyuu who were in the original series. But it could also simply be the new director’s creative choice; he happens to also be working as the series’ sound director, so I’m thinking he’d be the person with the biggest say on which seiyuu to cast. Interestingly, he also directed Joshiraku, so he’s worked with Nozomi Yamamoto before. Perhaps he, like you, feels something like Tetora’s voice would fit well for Ogiue.

    Anyway, I’m hoping the new series and the new voice acting is great! I think Nozomi Yamamoto, Uesaka and Uchiyama are three very promising young seiyuu; I really enjoyed Yamamoto in Un-Go, Uesaka in Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, and Uchiyama in Binbougami ga.

    As a sidebar, Kazutomi Yamamoto (the seiyuu providing Hato’s male voice) can look rather convincingly feminine. Fitting perhaps? http://img.blog.chel-sea.com/20110102_1918994.jpg

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  3. Pingback: Additional New Voice Actors for Genshiken Nidaime Anime | OGIUE MANIAX

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