(No scans provided because it was anime visuals only)
Saito Soma (Yoshii Isamu in Kitsutsuki Tantei Dokoro)
Sakurai Takahiro (Kindaichi Kyousuke in Kitsutsuki Tantei Dokoro)
“I feel nostalgia from the milk hall scenes”
Q: What kind of person do you think Yoshii Isamu is? Please tell us what you noticed from voicing him, and anything you strive to do while voicing him.
In a way, Yoshii is the most “man of literature”-like of the milk hall cast; you can sense a good kind of greenness from him. He smokes and utters cynical words, but still seems pure somehow… That’s nice; I like that *laughs*. He also plays the role of comedic relief, so I have a lot of fun voicing him.
Q: It seems that you studied literature in university. What did you specialize in? And what kind of impression do you get from this series’ story, Takuboku, and Kyousuke?
I mainly studied Japanese contemporary literature. That said, I wasn’t that serious of a student *laughs*. When I was a student, I’d often get together with friends and we’d discuss literature and ramble about things over drinks. So, I feel nostalgia from the milk hall scenes.
The combination of the innovative and sensitive Takuboku with the unsophisticated yet kind Kyousuke-san makes for a very well balanced duo. I also think it handles the mystery and slice-of-life well.
Q: In Episode 3, Yoshii made an effort to help save Kyousuke who’d been arrested, and in Episode 6, he worked on the murder doll mystery with Takuboku. As someone who’s in close proximity to Takuboku and Kyousuke, what do you think of their relationship where their bond deepens as the episodes progress, despite their quarrels?
First of all, Kyousuke-san’s devotion towards Takuboku is amazing, right? He’s so enamoured with Takuboku’s talent, and in a way, it seems like he’s entrusted his own dreams of adventure to him. But I wonder if it’s actually Takuboku who relies on Kyousuke-san more for emotional support. That’s another reason why I can’t take my eyes off them.
Q: Were there any particularly memorable scenes or lines for you up to Episode 9?
Episode 6 was memorable for me overall, since it was Takuboku and Yoshii’s episode. They both seem similar somehow, right? It was really fun acting out the scene at the end, when they’re going “I don’t want to die yet!”
Q: Since you love literature, please tell us what books and authors you’ve enjoyed reading recently.
For Japanese authors, I like Fukunaga Takehito-san, Tsutsui Yasutaka-san, Maijo Otaro-san, etc. As for the so-called literary masters, I like Uchida Hyakken-san and Tanizaki Junichiro-san.
I recently re-read a novel called The Magus, and I just can’t get enough of that pedantic and aesthetic style. A Japanese novel that I found interesting recently was Murata Sayaka-san’s Shiro-iro no Machi no, Sono Hone no Taion no. It’s rather fetishistic, or rather, it might not be for everyone, but it really struck me.
Q: What do the fans have to look forward to in Episode 10 and beyond?
First of all, thank you for watching up until now! The story is finally in its last stage. It’s been progressing like basso continuo since the start, and the hidden mystery is becoming clear. Please watch until the end, and then rewatch it from the start! Thank you for your continued support!
Q: Out of the unique men of literature that gather at the milk hall, name one for each of the following: someone you think is cool, someone you think is cute, and someone you’d want to be friends with.
- Someone I think is cool → Nomura-san. He’s everyone’s reliable big brother figure. When he’s there, the conversation develops a rhythm and becomes more fun.
- Someone I think is cute → Kyousuke-san. Combined with Sakurai-san’s acting, he’s just too cute.
- Someone I’d want to be friends with → Sakutarou. I’d like to have calm discussions about literature with him.