Inside Scoop: ‘Bungo Stray Dogs’ voice actor Kisho Taniyama, the voice of Chuya Nakahara, shares his favorite book in his teens

2016.07.17 <PASH! PLUS+>

'I hope more authors will continue to expand a literary world that's filled with excitement and inspiration'

©2016 Asagiri Kafka・Harukawa 35/KAD OKAWA/ Bungo Stray Dogs Production Committee

We go straight to the questions with Bungo Stray Dogs‘ voice actor Kisho Taniyama in this special interview excerpt from the PASH! August Issue.

     ――Please share with us up to where in the story, you will want to perform as the role of Chuya Nakahara.

     I definitely want to continue playing the role of Chuya Nakahara until the part where Chuya battles with the Fellowship of the Guild member, Lovecraft. I get to fight along with Mamochan (voice actor Mamoru Miyano), and I’ve been excited for that specific part ever since I read the original manga series. I’m really excited to see how they decide to portray those battle scenes in this anime series. I think everyone should look forward to it with great anticipation. You get to go deeper into the love/hate relationship between Chuya and Dazai, and their past really come into play in their complicated relationship. I’ve always loved reading H.P. Lovecraft’s novels and the horror themes always made it so thrilling.

     ――H.P. Lovecraft is actually an author and poet in right life, and has written many horror novels and created the fictional god known as ‘Cthulhu.’

     I love horror novels, and I used to read about Cthulhu. I do remember that it was a very difficult reading, and there were times where I’d read the lines, but I wouldn’t be paying attention. But since growing up, I’ve gone back and read these books again, and I feel like I can appreciate them on a different level, now that I’m older myself. It’s exciting to hear that so many people are watching the anime series, but I also hope that by watching the series, it will also spark an interest for others to read the original manga. By knowing about the original author, it will allow the viewer to get a bigger and better look into a completely different world.

     ――Would you say the experience is one the things that makes this series so appealing?

     Absolutely! If you don’t know anything about the novel or the author, I definitely want to recommend people to give it a try and go on this crazy adventure. The story shows a number of characters who go through various changes and in a way, they’re going through their own stages of something similar to puberty. I personally love being in that kind of world, because I have my personal issues that I dealt with and can relate.

     Masaaki Iizuka and I sing ‘Trash Candy’ with our band ‘Granrodeo’ for the opening theme song, and we’ve incorporated the theme of going through stages of change in this song. A while back, we came out with the song ‘Sugar’ and there’s a line in the song that says, ‘First part, Chuya Nakahara-sama’ and when I first got the role of Chuya Nakahara, a fan came up to me and told me that I was lucky to get a role that I loved so much. To be honest it was all a coincidence, but I’m so thrilled to be a part of this exciting project.

     ――When you started to prepare for your role of voicing Chuya Nakahara, did you do any research to learn about your character?

     The role that I play is a character as well as an actual author, so I wanted to at least have a general idea of who he was as a person. As I learned more about him, I realized that there were certain similarities between us. His poetry is known for being very abstract, and the songs that I write tend to be abstract as well. We both have baby faces, he also was into alcohol, and he also didn’t get along with Dazai Osamu, lol. Knowing small details about him has helped me get an idea of how I wanted to portray him as a character.

     (Excerpt from PASH! August 2016 issue)

     Read the continuation in the August issue!

 Details :

    Bungo Stray Dogs

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     Ⓒ 2016 Asagiri KafkaHarukawa 35/KAD OKAWA/ Bungo Stray Dogs Production Committee

  Staff :
     Original work : Kafka Asagiri
     Manga : Harukawa 35 (Young Ace series)
     Director : Takuya Igarashi
     Series organizer・Screenplay : Yohji Enokido
     Character design : Nobuhiro Arai
     Chief animation director : Nobuhiro Arai & Hiroki Kanno
     Music director : Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
     Animation production: Bones Inc.

   Cast :
     Atsushi Nakajima : Yuto Uemura
     Dazai Osamu : Mamoru Miyano
     Doppo Kunikida : Yoshimasa Hosoya
     Ranpo Edogawa : Hiroshi Kamiya
     Junichiro Tanizaki : Toshiyuki Toyonaga
     Akiko Yosano : Yu Shimamura
     Ryunosuke Akutagawa : Kensho Ono
     Motojiro Kaji : Wataru Hatano
     Kyoka Izumi : Sumire Morohoshi
     and more. . .

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