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Cast Change in Little Busters Due to Pregnancy of Seiyu Kawaragi Shiho

by dtshyk
Aug 17, 2012 7:51 AM | 124 Comments
According to the official website, the cast for Nishizono Mio in Little Busters! was announced to be changed from Kawaragi Shiho to Tatsumi Yuiko considering the health of Kawaragi, who recently became pregnant. Kawaragi said she's six months pregnant and the condition of the baby is stable.

Sources: Little Busters official website, Kawaragi's official blog

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Quit complaining about JC Staff and watch the show...they have had their share of mess-ups but also have made some great animes :/

Sep 14, 2012 9:19 AM by Besuro

jmal said:
There is middle ground between "freak the fuck out the sky is falling" and "this will be absolutely perfect without a doubt"

I lol'd. (not an insult, just found it funny the way you put it)

As expected as it is for people to be negative about every piece of info that comes for this anime, it's still depressing to see. I'd ask questions like "Why are people like this?" but I already know the answer.

I trust that JC Staff is going to take this project very seriously, and that's all I need.

Aug 25, 2012 11:00 PM by Florete

minimiau said:
Its the first time I read about a cast changes becouse a pregnancy.

I think one or two seiyuu in One Piece had to go on maternity leave before. I'd guess it happens most often with long-running shows.

If it's not a super common occurrence that's probably due to a few reasons:
- most anime are adapted from print (novels or manga) or are original, so there's no voices to change, meaning you'd only really see cast changes for sequels
- many female seiyuu are younger and not getting pregnant while actively working for various reasons

So yeah it's just an unpredictable and uncommon thing, at least with seiyuu and roles considered newsworthy.

Aug 24, 2012 7:28 AM by jmal

Its the first time I read about a cast changes becouse a pregnancy.

Aug 24, 2012 7:00 AM by minimiau

No one blames key here for siding with JC staff over other companies in the first place? Oh they didn't have time you say? Well i am sure there are many other and greater companies. They just want money from failed rewrite sales. (Rewrite only sold around 35k copies last i checked) which is pretty bad.


35k is pretty bad for Key PAST standard. With economy decline they're having right now, 35k is a superior sale number. Not to count that Rewrite isn't that great compared to other Key works.

Actually VN sales is pretty similar with sales per volume for anime, only a bit higher. Selling >10k is a mild success and only few companies that could reach >50k. >100k is legendary.

Aug 24, 2012 5:46 AM by zeroyuki92

tysonultima said:
No one blames key here for siding with JC staff over other companies in the first place? Oh they didn't have time you say? Well i am sure there are many other and greater companies. They just want money from failed rewrite sales. (Rewrite only sold around 35k copies last i checked) which is pretty bad.


I don't get how picking J.C. Staff equates to Key just wanting money, if Key just wanted money they would have waited for a company with a better track record, after all a better adaptation would = more sales.

Aug 23, 2012 8:09 AM by mitch3315

tysonultima said:
No one blames key here for siding with JC staff over other companies in the first place? Oh they didn't have time you say? Well i am sure there are many other and greater companies. They just want money from failed rewrite sales. (Rewrite only sold around 35k copies last i checked) which is pretty bad.


You forgot to add: "...in comparison to previous Key Visual Novels". Sales only tanked because Key fans only want the same shit over and over and over.

Aug 23, 2012 7:36 AM by Leon-Gun

No one blames key here for siding with JC staff over other companies in the first place? Oh they didn't have time you say? Well i am sure there are many other and greater companies. They just want money from failed rewrite sales. (Rewrite only sold around 35k copies last i checked) which is pretty bad.

Aug 23, 2012 5:52 AM by tysonultima

leokiko said:
Mio's fans are obviously going to get angry.


I love Mio but I'm not angry :p
Because they are nos responsible and the new seyuu's voice seems to fit well too

Aug 22, 2012 4:29 AM by SIeepwalker

Mio's fans are obviously going to get angry. It's hard to not have someone to blame though, so they gotta explode on someone, and on this case, J.C Staff.

About the anime....I hope they deliver, their reputation are on the balance here. Whether they deliver great animation throughout the anime(it's impossible, even Toradora had shitty animation at times) or they will get shot down by raging fans.

Aug 22, 2012 12:44 AM by leokiko

As much as I liked Mio's story, Mio isn't even that important to the overall plot of LB! Calm down people...

Aug 20, 2012 11:12 PM by guyklc

This is not even out yet and people are already criticizing the crap out of it? Because a bloody VA got pregnant and quit the role? Excuse me whilst I go smoke a whole lot of pot... Maybe then I could understand you idiots better. Wait until it is out before judging it... Idiots will use anything these days to criticize something outright.

Aug 20, 2012 10:02 PM by aleios

kratos_aurion said:
There is too much negativity about Little Busters animation.

JC Staff has nothing to do with a seiyuu's pregnancy.
By the way, it's already the second change of seiyuu for Mio, counting the novels.
From wikipedia: Voiced by: Yumi Arai (game), Kaname Yuzuki (Little Busters! Ecstasy), Yuiko Tatsumi (anime)
I'm not too sure about that, Shiho Kawaragi appears credited in most places for both games. I know Yumi Arai is someone else so maybe someone credited it wrong. Wikipedia itself has it credited to both Yumi Arai and Shiho Kawaragi depending on the article you go to. My guess is they credited it wrong, not the first time they do so.

Aug 20, 2012 6:51 AM by Leon-Gun

There is too much negativity about Little Busters animation.

JC Staff has nothing to do with a seiyuu's pregnancy.
By the way, it's already the second change of seiyuu for Mio, counting the novels.
From wikipedia: Voiced by: Yumi Arai (game), Kaname Yuzuki (Little Busters! Ecstasy), Yuiko Tatsumi (anime)

Aug 20, 2012 4:40 AM by kratos_aurion

I'll give this another one or two days before it gets locked.

Aug 19, 2012 6:41 PM by ihateeveryone

Hoppy said:
Hidamari Sketch being saved.

When was it ever in need of saving, though? Unless you mean the Gotou Yuuko thing.

Aug 19, 2012 5:18 PM by jmal

Yvese said:
Hoppy said:
Gash_V-D_Hetchum said:
-Yumaol- said:
I believe in JC Staff. =)


JC Staff's success with this project will lead them into a brighter future.

ALL HAIL JC STAFF!


Not even a miracle from God can save the series and J.C.'s reputation after the press, 2ch, and tabloids (Sankaku) get wind of the failure.


What else can you see with that crystall ball of yours?


Hidamari Sketch being saved.

Aug 19, 2012 4:20 PM by Hoppy

Hoppy said:
Gash_V-D_Hetchum said:
-Yumaol- said:
I believe in JC Staff. =)


JC Staff's success with this project will lead them into a brighter future.

ALL HAIL JC STAFF!


Not even a miracle from God can save the series and J.C.'s reputation after the press, 2ch, and tabloids (Sankaku) get wind of the failure.


What else can you see with that crystall ball of yours?

Aug 19, 2012 3:45 PM by Yvese

Gash_V-D_Hetchum said:
-Yumaol- said:
I believe in JC Staff. =)


JC Staff's success with this project will lead them into a brighter future.

ALL HAIL JC STAFF!


Not even a miracle from God can save the series and J.C.'s reputation after the press, 2ch, and tabloids (Sankaku) get wind of the failure.

Aug 19, 2012 3:30 PM by Hoppy

If I keep my expectations low, it will be fine....maybe. It's not like they can animate something better than KyoAni anyway.

Aug 19, 2012 3:27 PM by leokiko

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