[Shiori, you have to be the best.]
That’s what my father used to say to me, Himemiya Shiori.
I’m now considered a top voice actress, but I was born into an ordinary middle-class family of an ordinary salaryman and a part-time housewife.
When I was a child, I was what you would call a “good kid” who listened to their parents.
Then one day–
I had finished my elementary school homework early and was watching a variety show on TV in the living room.
I always watch this show, and it’s pretty interesting, but I felt bored.
“Sigh, is there any other interesting show?”
I operated the remote control and switched channels.
[Now, here’s what I’m going to do–.]
[Then, here is tomorrow’s weather. The Kanto region will be generally–“
[You’ve got to be kidding me ! !]
The sudden angry voice made my body tremble involuntarily.
I let go of the remote control and fearfully turned my eyes to the TV screen, where I saw a young boy with a bleeding head staring at a man in military uniform with a devilish expression on his face.
[You killed everyone in the village…..you killed Karen !]
[Hmph, look what you say. There are always sacrifices in war, and I was only fulfilling my duty as a soldier. If you want to hate, you should hate your country.]
[–Enough. I will defeat you with my own hands !]
[Well, if you can do it, go for it ! Brat.]
Just as the two men drew their swords and the battle was about to begin…
The scene changes and the ending begins to play.
I found myself leaning forward from the sofa, glued to the screen.
It was more exciting than any show I had ever seen, and I felt like I was being pulled into the screen and becoming one with the characters.
I looked up the work on my phone and found that it was called [Someday, Under That Promised Tree,] or [Itsuki] for short.
It’s a dark story about a boy whose hometown was destroyed by an enemy nation when he was a child, and he becomes a soldier to avenge his childhood friend. However, when it’s discovered that his childhood friend is still alive–
“W-what’s going to happen…..?”
I couldn’t stay still, so I went to the video store and rented the DVD of “Itsuki” and watched it.
Under the tree where they promised each other when they were young, [When we grow up, we’ll get married].
There they faced each other.
[Karen, as long as I have you……that’s all I need, I don’t need anything else.]
[Me too, I feel the same. Shin……]
The hero hugs his tearful childhood friend tightly.
And then the distance between the two of them grows closer and closer–
“Ugh, it was a good story…….”
I had finished watching “Itsuki” to the end, and was soaking in the afterglow while wiping my bright red swollen eyes with a tissue.
All the characters were living each day to the fullest, which was very different from me who live in a bird cage. And they filled my boring days with excitement.
Then it occurred to me.
“I want to be a heroine, just like Karen…..”
I want to escape this boring everyday life and go to the exciting and thrilling world.
Tap tap tap
[How to become an anime character]
As the idea came to me, I asked Dr. Google and what came up was the word [voice actor].
–What’s a voice actor?
I’m not sure, but I do understand that this is a way to become like Karen.
“I…..I want to be a voice actor !”
At this moment, my dream was set.
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