Okay first the Han’s panel because that was the best one:
Megumi Han is Keiko’s daughter obvs. She plays Gon in the Hunter x Hunter reboot which I personally don’t care about (what I care about more is that he plays Sumire on Chihayafuru- she mentioned they’re doing an event in Japan where she has to wear hakama and play with the boys- she was practicing memorizing karuta cards on her way up). The real point is she is super sweet. She was super excited by the Kilua cosplayer and wanted a picture with her. Megumi started crying in the middle of the panel because she was so moved to be there with her mother. Keiko was sort of confused and was like “we were arguing just before this panel.
Keiko joked about fighting with her daughter a lot- she said she will hear her daughter practicing and barge in and tell her what she’s doing wrong and they’ll fight. She says she always wins the fight and her daughter will cry. Megumi said that it’s difficult to switch to thinking of her mother in the role of a voice acting mentor/more experienced voice actor. One guy asked if being in the same business makes them grow closer like sisters (which was a bizarre way to put it and also confused them) and they said it was closer to rivals. Keiko joked that Megumi was still immature and had a lot to learn so she wasn’t worried.
Growing up, Keiko was on TV as Luna and her daughter would watch it and know it was her mother, which gave her an awareness of anime as a medium most people don’t have.
Keiko is a single mother, which I didn’t know- she mentioned that while far more common in America, working mothers are not as common in Japan, especially in her generation. So she’d get embarrassed sometimes she wasn’t around to teach Megumi everything
. For instance, Megumi was a huge Hunter x Hunter fan when she was little. Megumi knew that that Naoko and her husband Togashi, who is the creator of Hunter x Hunter, would be attending Kotono Mitsuishi’s wedding, which Keiko was also attending. So Megumi made her mother a letter to Togashi. Apparently, she wrote the letter on both sides of the page (which I guess is unusual/impolite in Japan? Or it’s considered unusual/impolite to write such a long letter?) and Togashi laughed about it, but Keiko was embarrassed she hadn’t taught Megumi not to do that.
Apparently it worried Keiko a lot that Megumi was so into Shonen Jump and Hunter x Hunter as a child. She even described her as shocked to see the mag in the house and mad? Keiko clarified that for “my generation” it was unusual for girls to like “boy comics”. She also said that most of the other girls Megumi’s just read Shoujo back then. But then Keiko decided to accept it.
It surprised me a little that that’s such a big thing, Ibut I guess it shouldn’t have, I know better than anyone there’s a stigma against like, girls who read our version of “boy” comics (superhero comics) over here in America so…
Some guy called Megumi “Megumi-chan” which gave me second-hand embarrassment- she’s in her twenties and you barely know her, that’s probably impolite. ALSO YOU ARE NOT JAPANESE. P. sure voice actors should be called –sensei too. But I didn’t know for sure (or if it would be weird/eye-rolling for them to hear an American use honorifics) so I went the less weeaboo-ish route and said “Ms. Keiko Han” when I asked a question. I was like BUT WILL IT SEEM IMPOLITE TO HER IF I DON’T USE HONORIFICS? And then I remembered duh she’s been to America a ton, she knows how we are and probably recognizes “Ms.” The point of this story is I panic a lot about stupid things and that’s why I hate ad-lib speaking I public.
ANYWAY the cutest thing that happened in this panel was Keiko noticed a little girl in the audience and jumped up yelling “SO CUTE!” in English and Megumi joined it( they switched between english“cute” and “kawaii’ several times in the next ten minutes- I found it cute how excited she was!)
Anyway she pulls out this poster and invites the little girl over! It’s a little Witch Academia poster. She basically calls the girl cute ten million times and signs the poster and the little girl is so excited jumping up and down! Keiko said she looked like Akko. She was REALLY INTO promoting Academia- she told everyone to watch it and she said she’d give the little girl the DVD and show it to her. She really enjoys seeing parents bring children to cons
The translator made it sound like it was Naoko’s wedding Keiko was invited to, so I asked about that, if Naoko invited all the voice actresses- but it was Kotono and she invited four other sailors- so probably the inners which makes sense considering how long she worked with them. I asked how it was different working on PGSM from the anime- she said since she was talking to real people instead of all chilling in the VA room, it made her go more into reality. Trivia that Keiko mentioned- Kotono’s wedding was around the same time as Usagi and also like Usagi she got pregnant before she was married, so her baby was at the wedding.
Megumi said reprising Gon was ”very difficult” and “sugoi pressure! She also said that after she and Keiko acted as Gon and Mita together, Togashi personally called them to thank them. They both thought it was very weird playing a son and mother-figure when they were related in real life.
Keiko pointed out a girl’s shirt said “moe” and asked dubiously if she really fully knew what that meant. She said she had been asked to do a “moe” anime and said she didn’t think she could do that type of anime.
Keiko said she has something coming up she is not allowed to talk about yet- Wishful thinking, but I’m hoping it’s the reboot. (The person in front of me seemed to think that was the case, but not like they knew anything). If not that, possibly Little Witch Academia has a chance at being a series.
Keiko then said she was thankful everyone supports her like this, since she is closer to the grave than the cradle now. She wants to raise up the new generation of voice actors, including her daughter.
I really liked both these women. They were both really funny, fun and total sweethearts. They answered questions well and were really enthusiastic.
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Comic by Cockpit. Translated by Sailor Scribbles.
I am sitting in the lobby of the humanities building at my university and trying SO HARD not to squeal because there are lots of people around…
THIS IS TOO PERFECT
Cockpit’s comics are basically canon to me.
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Comic by Cockpit. Translated by Sailor Scribbles.
Translator’s Note: Kibasen or “cavalry battle” is a competitive game played on Sports Day where groups of three people hold up a fourth. The person on top tries to take the headbands off the other team’s riders. Team with the most headbands wins.
i imagine mamoru’s entire life is like this
goes to buy ice cream
why don’t I get hugs :(
has to sit in the corner and jealously admire beautiful friendship