[Interview] Seiyuu Grandprix 2020/12 Edition – The scenery changes – Saito Soma’s expanding world

Released: 2020/11/10

※Soma was on the front page cover and had a 12-page feature. There were also two shop-specific bromides.

※Scans not provided because the magazine can easily be bought digitally from sites like Bookwalker.


Throwback 2020

The situation made me realize that I’d become a captive to our ways

—This will be the second time in 2020 that you’re gracing the cover of Seiyuu Grandprix.

Thank you very much. It feels like it’s been quite a while since last time, but when I heard it was February, I thought, “It was still within this year!” *laughs* Still, it’s already been half a year…? It’s not just my situation, but the whole world’s that’s changed. To get straight to the point, even now, it still feels like the things I used to think were normal were actually things I was taking for granted. Before, it was normal to have thirty cast members sharing four mics at a sports anime recording, but now it’s too difficult. The recording environment has completely changed.

—Technique-wise, has recording become more difficult now that you can’t record in large groups?

In American cartoons, it’s standard practice for everyone to record separately, one by one. When you think about it that way, our environment up until now might’ve been a blessing. By the way, when foreigners see us switching in and out in front of the mics while voice acting, apparently many of them get surprised and go, “Ohh! They’re ninjas!” *laughs*

—That means that Japan’s voice acting technique is a culture we should be proud of! *laughs*

Now, we can’t really do recordings like that either. I’ve done recordings by myself in the past before, of course, but personally, I love the acting that comes from live dialogues. This situation made me realize that I’d become addicted to it.

—In scenes with a lot of room for movement, those dialogues can result in something more exciting than you imagined.

Exactly. I was forced to realize just how much I’d been receiving from others’ acting. By the way, in the past, I was bad at listening to other people’s lines. Rather, when you’re just starting out, it’s common to get too caught up in the idea of “I have to say my own lines right.”

—In your case, when did that weakness turn into an “addiction”?

To put it simply, when I properly received someone’s acting and returned with mine, I could sense that I’d succeeded in establishing a conversation, and that felt really good. I don’t think I would’ve noticed it if I’d always been recording alone, so I’m grateful for that. But right now, it’s hard to get the chance to notice that and change my responses accordingly. There’s nothing that can be done about that… but I think that by realizing this and reflecting on myself, I was able to make good use of this stay-home period.

—In these turbulent times, have you been talking to others about the current state of entertainment?

Yes! My personal impression is that there are a lot of people in this industry who are thinking seriously about what we can do and how we should continue going forward. If there are things we can’t do no matter what, then it’s important to proactively consider what we can do—we often talk about that.

—Many voice actors have taken this opportunity to entertain the fans with personal online streams and videos. Are you considering trying something like that?

My primary focus has always been on characters and works. I entered this industry because I wanted to add colour to them with my voice, and I don’t think that central feeling will ever change in my life. That said, today’s world is such that if you stick too closely to that principle, you won’t be able to expand your range of expressions. Ideally you want to be flexible, so I do want to take on expressing myself in various forms. Fortunately, I have my music career as an outlet for that. I think I’m very blessed to have been able to release three digital singles over the course of three months. Also, the stay-home period gave me a lot of time for input. I’m glad that I was able to prepare for my future output as well.

—You’re appearing in many anime this season, including ones that had their broadcast dates pushed back.

The recordings were all at varying times, and I can really feel that I’ve been given the opportunity to play a wide variety of roles. In EX-ARM which airs next year, I play an ordinary high school student who risks his life to save the world, while in Yuukoku no Moriarty, I play a young man who chooses the path of evil for the sake of changing the world… Since I’m playing a lot of unconventional characters, I’m spending more time thinking “What would this character do?” than I used to.

—In a previous interview, you said that you wanted to be associated with unconventional roles. Have you gotten closer to that ideal?

I hope so, but it’s rather difficult… *laughs* There are also more series that I’ve been involved with for a long time, like IDOLiSH7 which can be considered a stable franchise now. There are also works like Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima where, rather than explaining it, I’d rather you watch it first and get a feel for it yourself. In every work, the staff are trying to deliver the best entertainment they can in these circumstances, so I hope you’ll enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Soma Saito ✕ glamb

I aimed for simple clothes that I wanted to wear

—In October, you announced your collaboration with glamb, consisting of pullover knits, berets, and socks.

I like fashion, but I never would’ve expected that I could be involved with clothes in this way, so I was grateful and surprised at the same time. We had several meetings, and the end result was clothes you could wear in everyday life rather than ones that strongly looked like merchandise. A better way to explain it would be clothes that I wanted to wear. *laughs*

—Yes, when I looked at the lineup, I felt that they seemed like clothes you yourself would like. *laughs*

Right?! *laughs* When I first received the collaboration offer, they asked me to choose a brand too… so I requested glamb, a brand that I wear often for work and in my personal life, and they accepted right away.

—They’re warm items that suit the release date.

I considered a cardigan too, but ended up going with the pullover knit first. Then, they suggested an incredible number of materials and designs. They adjusted every little detail for me, such as whether or not the sleeves should be ribbed.

—The logo placement also felt like it was carefully selected.

If it weren’t for the logo, I think it’d be a simpler piece that you could wear more easily, but I had a selfish desire for something a bit unconventional *laughs*. I got to wear it myself too, and the size, material, and logo were all exquisite. I’m definitely going to wear it all the time!

—The socks make for vivid accent colours.

Socks represent an exquisite area—there are times when they aren’t visible, but then they peek out when you sit down. I think it’s nice to have a sense of playfulness for those times.

Also, the berets come in two colours: black which goes with everything, and a stylish beige.

—Berets always seem to match you perfectly.

Before I started this job, I’d never worn a beret before! The first person who put a beret on me was my stylist, Honda-san. Thank you, Honda-san! *laughs*

—Wow… I see!

I like simple clothes where the material feels good on my skin. Shape-wise, I think I’ve been wearing a lot of loose clothes lately. I generally like autumn/winter fashion, like shirts, knits, and cardigans. For photo shoots, I get to wear a lot of clothes that I normally wouldn’t choose, and that’s fun.

—What do you pay attention to when choosing clothes?

Whether clothes suit someone or not is important, but in the end, I think what matters most is what I want to wear. Basically, whether I’m committed to liking how I look when I’m wearing them. In the past, I had an extremely narrow scope for that, and I thought I could only pull off one specific look. I didn’t even think that hats or glasses suited me. But, that scope expanded bit by bit as I encountered new things.

—Did your view change because of doing photo shoots for work?

It did. Up until high school, I hated having my photo taken, but after having it become part of my job, I started thinking, “What feelings can I express when I’m wearing these clothes?” It was really fun, and it felt like it was the clothes that were providing me with that enjoyment.

So, I love encountering styling that I’d never imagined before. While I do value my own preferences, I also want to value things that aren’t to my taste. After all, if it leads to me liking it, there’s nothing more wonderful than that. This applies to acting too—I have more fun when others present me with things I hadn’t expected.

—I think that having those “realizations” enriches your life.

Sometimes the realizations come when I’m not in the right frame of mind, but I do prepare for them… Basically, I keep an open mind and put up an antenna for them. I think there are a lot of things I’ve realized this way.

This year in particular, I realized that many of the things I thought were normal were actually very special, and I should be grateful for them. For example, being able to talk to someone in person and laugh loudly with them was special. By the way, my latest revelation was that yakiniku and sushi are better eaten in restaurants *laughs*. Being able to wander into a store and eat all sorts of things is a special thing I should be grateful for. I want to be thankful for all of these “normal” things and treasure them going forward.

about Soma’s fashion

An interview with Saito Soma’s stylist, Honda Yuuki, who has gained the trust of Saito-san’s fans as well. From the way they enjoy choosing clothes together, we can guess that they have the same values. What’s his secret to maximizing Saito-san’s charm?

—How did you meet Saito Soma-san?

When I was working as a stylist’s assistant, my mentor worked with a number of voice actors, and Saito-san was one of them. I remember that when we first met, I really clicked with his opinions on clothes. Perhaps he remembered too, because when I went independent, my first job was from Saito-san, who requested me as his personal stylist.

—What do you focus on for Saito-san’s styling?

Our taste in clothes is extremely similar and our physiques are also quite close, so it’s easy to imagine outfits on him, which makes styling very easy as well. Plus, Saito-san has an androgynous aura, so he looks good in a wide variety of clothes. As a result, I end up bringing tons of clothes because I want him to try them all on. If it’s for a magazine shoot, then I prepare styles that feel more like “outfits,” but if it’s for an event, he likely has to use his voice a lot, so I focus on functionality—a loose neckline—and add in abstract elements of the role he’s playing… For his artist career, I go for a more sophisticated look. But, it feels like he picks the clothes I want him to wear, so as long as he doesn’t dismiss me, I’d like to continue having fun choosing clothes for him. *laughs*

—What were the styling considerations made this time?

Since he was going to be wearing the collaboration items, I prepared clean styles that would match them. For the one with the jacket, since it’s a magazine shoot, I included a lot of playful, fun clothes.

By the way, it wasn’t used this time, but I also brought something from a brand that Saito-san and I had clicked with before. It was back during my assistant days, and we both agreed that we liked that style. Saito-san remembered too, and he said “This brings back memories, right?” *laughs*

What are “kuumaA” and “glamb”?

kuumaA is a brand collaboration project where an artist (expresser) thinks of what they want and find interesting, and a brand supports them to turn those thoughts into special items. This time, Saito Soma requested to collaborate with glamb, a fashion brand whose concept is “grunge for luxury.” Their style is elegant rock and they’re known for their borderless ideas that aren’t restricted by conventional fashion.

“in bloom” series

Saito Soma composed and wrote lyrics for every song, shaping various worlds!

—Your second album, in bloom, will finally be released on December 23.

So far, in quantum stranger and my blue vacation, I’ve been releasing songs themed around “the end of the world.” This time, I wanted to depict the story of what comes afterwards. Prior to the album, in bloom was announced as a series of digital singles, consisting of the three songs “Petrichor,” “Summerholic!”, and “Palette.” The full album will be a collection of songs related to them that expand on the world views. Rather than having a single concept for the album, it’s more like the songs exist within the same overarching theme, but each represents its own unique story and lifestyle.

The main difference from my previous full album is that this time, all of the composition and lyrics were done by me. But rather than making it about me, I think the idea of “having one person present a different world view in every song” is an interesting experiment. Among these songs are lyrics with motifs that I wouldn’t have tried to use in songs before.

—Motifs you haven’t used before?

Earlier, we talked about “realizations.” There were many realizations I had that were only possible because of the coronavirus situation. For example, the song “Kitchen” came from that.

—It’s a bossa nova style song.

But, the chorus is like guitar rock with a sense of speed. I’ve actually had the prototype for this song ever since the time when I was in a band for fun, but it’s so distinctive that it was hard to find a place to use it… Also, normally lyrics come to mind together with the melody, but this song was the only one where that didn’t happen. However, due to COVID, I started cooking for myself again after a while of not being able to, and I thought “kitchen” might make an interesting theme. But the finished lyrics feel the craziest out of these songs. *laughs*

—It’s brimming with paranoia. *laughs*

“Petrichor” and “Summerholic!” were also subjective songs, but it’s even more prominent in “Kitchen.” It’s like the protagonist is cheerful about eating something, but when you look at him from an onlooker’s perspective, his behaviour is abnormal. What I can say is that you’d better not seriously try to follow the recipe in these lyrics. *laughs*

—The abstract lyrics feel very much your style.

Yes. If I restrict lyrics to a single meaning, I don’t feel much meaning from them anymore. Feel free to read too much into this song and think, “The kitchen is a metaphor for an alchemist’s workshop…” *laughs*

—What’s your impression of the leading track, “carpool”?

It was rather difficult to decide what to do with the leading track. The three songs from the “in bloom” series depicted the changing of seasons up until fall, and this album was going to be released in winter, so I wanted to use a darker song with a good melody… but I couldn’t come up with anything. When it was almost time for the MV filming and I was like “Oh no!”, that’s when “carpool” popped out. It’s an orthodox chord progression that I like, sprinkled with my vocals, and the arranger Saku-san and the others liked it too. Writing the lyrics was a struggle at first, but once the song was finalized, it went incredibly quickly. It’s possible that I was too hung up on the idea of “writing songs that are different from what I’ve done before” and that made me too fixated on logic. In the end, the lyrics and the melody are pop with a hint of darkness… It has an aspect that I haven’t had before, so I personally like it too.

—It’s interesting how composing songs based on intuition leads to discovering new ground.

It’s incredibly difficult to decide whether to compose based on logic or feeling… This time, I decided to write songs freely without any restrictions on myself, but I realized that that thought was already restricted by logic. By the way, “carpool” doesn’t have anywhere to breathe at all, so it’s ridiculously hard to sing. *laughs*

I’m interested in how they’ll turn out when I sing them live

—What about “Schrödinger Girl”?

Since I started doing more work at home, I bought a new DAW software. I used that to make a demo of a song called “Hokuou (Kari)” (Scandinavia (Temp)), which I posted on Twitter. The temporary name was that because the melody resembled Scandinavian rock bands. Every now and then, the fans would ask “What happened to that song?”, and at last, that song has become “Schrödinger Girl” *laughs*.

Even though it makes heavy use of bubbly, swaying effects, it became one of my fastest songs. But to tell the truth, it was also the hardest one on this album to come up with lyrics for… The recording was delayed, and I’d write lyrics while commuting. Looking back now, it’s become a fond memory *laughs*. The final result tells a clear story, which is rare for me. So, please listen to it and make your own speculations.

“Canary” is a simple composition without many syllables.

I wanted to do a dark, whispery song like Elliott Smith (an American singer-songwriter). However, even though I like that kind of music, I had to consider whether or not there would be meaning in the voice actor Saito Soma singing it. But ever since around the time of my blue vacation, my desire to sing introspective songs had been growing. This time, I included one with the reasoning that it would expand my range. I hope the lyrics also make it feel like the singer’s consciousness is clouded in fog.

By the way, this song was only recorded in about two takes, and there wasn’t really any pitch correction or whatnot, so I think it really feels like it’s sung live.

—”Vampire Weekend” is another conspicuous song.

I haven’t been following set formats with my songs, but I think this one is by far the strangest structure *laughs*. It began when I found a sound loop in the DAW I started using and I wanted to see if I could make a song out of it. I played the looping sound through my tablet and sung along into a mic, in a haphazard digital-yet-analog way of making a demo. *laughs*

So, the original song sounded like a 70s “looping” song, but when I asked ESME MORI-san (who I worked with in Hypnosis Mic) to do the arrangement, he immediately turned it into the stylish song that we have now.

The lyrics give off a very different impression depending on how you interpret the meaning of the word “vampire”—I think they can also feel perversely humorous.

—At the time of this interview, some of the songs are still in production.

Yes. Please look forward to them… One of them is also an epic that’s over eight minutes long.

—Eight minutes?!

I was originally assuming it’d be around six minutes when I sent in the demo, but the arranger slowed down the tempo, so I figured I might as well make it longer *laughs*. I’ve always loved shoegazing (a type of rock music), and this song has that kind of feel. I hope you enjoy the wonderful flood of tones.

—There really is a lot of variation on this one disc! I’m sure many fans are hoping you’ll be able to sing these songs live one day.

Many of the songs have challenging aspects, like “Kitchen” which includes the sounds of kitchen utensils and “carpool” which will be difficult to sing live in one take [because of the lack of breaks]. So, I’m really curious about how they’ll turn out if I sing them at a concert. Considering my musical style, it’s also possible to use special production techniques on stage, so I’ll save the fun of figuring out the specifics for when the time comes!

This album really does have a wide variety of songs, so I hope you’ll listen to it over and over, savouring the sounds as pure “music.”

Behind the scenes of Saito Soma’s fashion

Saito Soma-san makes his second front cover appearance after the first one in the February 2020 edition! For this photo shoot, he wore the items he produced himself. The day of the shoot was the first time he put on the completed samples. They were designed for everyday use in the first place, but he seemed to very fond of the colouring and size, and said “I really am going to end up wearing these all the time” with a smile.

Also, since the interview was going to focus on Saito-san’s fashion style, we also interviewed his stylist, Honda-san. The outfit on the front cover was his freestyle styling. He always brings many different outfits with him. When he and Saito-san were choosing clothes, you could tell how close they were—they looked like they were going clothes shopping, saying things like “This one looks good too” and “I want to buy this one.” It was a harmonious start to the photo shoot.

We also interviewed him about his second album “in bloom” which comes out on December 23. It’s a must-read for fans who are impatiently waiting for the release!


Shop-specific bromides:

Off-shot from Honda Yuuki:

Extra:

The blue jacket Soma wears in one of the outfits is glamb’s GB0320 / JKT17 in Navy (¥38,500): https://www.glamb-lodge.com/c/jacket/0320jkt17

glamb×Soma Saito

Soma’s first apparel collaboration! glamb is a designer brand that he wears quite often for photo shoots and in everyday life. The clothes in this lineup are designed around what he “really wants to wear.”

General Information

Preorder period: 10/30 19:00 ~ 11/16 23:59 JST
Release date: Late January
Store: https://kuumaa.jp/index.html (Accepts international credit cards! You will need a Japanese address to ship to though, such as Tenso)
*Since items are made-to-order, cancels and returns are not permitted.

Purchase bonus:

  1. Spending more than ¥5,000 before tax (¥5,500 post-tax) in a single order will net you one (1) bromide A (see below).
  2. Spending more than ¥15,000 before tax (¥16,500 post-tax) in a single order will net you one (1) bromide A and one (1) bromide B (see below).

Due to system restrictions, each order can only get you one of each bromide. If you plan on buying a lot of items, it would be wise to split your purchase into multiple orders (e.g. splitting a pre-tax ¥30,000 order into 2 x ¥15,000 orders would get you two of each bromide instead of just one). Just make sure that you don’t drop under the minimum per order. There is no limit to the number of orders you can make.

(Autographs are printed)

Catalogue

Product page: https://kuumaa.jp/soma-s/loose-knit.html
Price: ¥14,800 + tax

A unisex light knit pullover with extra long sleeves. Comes in two styles: Sepia Black and Ecru White.

This is the first item that Saito-P requested: a light knit top. The neckline is wider and looser than glamb’s standard lineup, while the cuffs are tightened with ribbing, making for an outline with exquisite contrast. The cuffs have two modes: a solid colour extra-long mode with thumb holes, and if you fold them back, it reveals coloured stripes. The pullover is versatile with layering and can be used in a wide variety of outfits.

Also note the front logo position: normally these are placed on the chest, but this one is purposely shifted far down to promote the feeling of looseness. It’s a design with ennui and a hint of deviousness.

Many meetings were had to perfect the colours, design, and feel. Why not add Saito-P’s ideal top to your wardrobe?

Product Nameglamb×斉藤壮馬 LOOSE KNIT(ルーズニット)
ColoursSepia Black, Ecru White
SizeLadies’ : Length 65cm, Bust 126cm, Shoulder Width 60cm, Sleeve Length 57cm
Mens’ : Length 72cm, Bust 140cm, Shoulder Width 67cm, Sleeve Length 60cm
Material55% Acrylic, 45% Cotton
WashingHand wash (preferably by itself)
Country of OriginChina
  • “It feels really nice, and you’re bound to wear it all the time! Since it’s not tight around the body, it’ll be invaluable for recording sessions.”
  • Since it’s loose, you can wear it over shirts and innerwear, or layer outerwear on top.
  • It’s also comfortable enough to wear when relaxing at home. The light material will be suitable for indoor wear until the beginning of spring.
  • The sleeves have thumb holes. Stylish while also protecting from the cold without hindering your hand movements.
  • At the back of the neck is an embroidered cursive “S.S” in Saito-P’s own handwriting. The embroidery is subtle, matching the colour of the fabric.
  • Sepia Black: A dark, yet warm-feeling colour scheme with salmon pink accents. The logo placement is Saito-P’s preference.
  • Ecru White: An exquisite colour scheme with dusty blue accents. Saito-P mulled over the enormous selection of colour samples before picking these out.
  • The logo symbolizing this collab is a combination of Saito-P’s initial “S”, a treble clef, and the tip of a fountain pen.
  • Each colour scheme’s logo colour is also used on the inner collar and the inside of the long ribbing at the end of the sleeves. The two stripes appearing when the sleeves are folded back were also Saito-P’s idea.
  • There’s a glamb logo tag on the front right made of Jersey stitch. Saito-P likes its sleek texture.
  • You can tuck in the bottom for a mature look. The loose, drop shoulder form is cute. (Model for the ladies’ size is 154cm tall)
  • A smooth, sleek back side. The ladies’ size is long enough to hide the butt.
  • The right hand shows the thumb hole being used, while the left hand shows the sleeve folded back. Choose the style that fits the occasion!
  • The Ecru White is a great casual colour for spring. You can even wear the mens’ size for a baggier form.
  • Eligible for digitally signed bromides! See campaign details above.

Message Video from Saito-P

Hello everyone, voice actor Saito Soma here!
I was given the opportunity to collaborate with glamb, and they helped me create clothes that I’ve always wanted to wear. Thank you very much!
Now then, this time we’ve created three items.
First is the loose knit, which I’m also wearing right now. There was quite a lot of thought put into the material, logo position, and stripes, and I took up a ton of everyone’s time *laughs*.
As for my impressions now that I’m actually wearing it, the neckline is fairly loose, so it’s easy to put on and take off. The material is also very stretchy. It’s relatively thin, so you can wear it by itself or add more layers as the weather gets colder. I think it’s very versatile.
Colour-wise, there’s a black base and a white base. Both of them have very exquisite, desaturated accent colours. It might be hard to tell here, but please see them up close in person, and I hope you’ll think “exquisite” when you do. We all looked through the infinite colour variations in the colour sample book and decided on these, so please buy them and see for yourself.

Product page: https://kuumaa.jp/soma-s/mellow-beret.html
Price: ¥9,900 + tax
*Limited to 1000 due to material availability. Currently sold out, but they are looking into whether they can increase the cap.

Designed from the ground up! A beret focusing on form and texture. Comes in Matte Black and Caramel Beige.

Saito-P’s request was “a beret that will appeal to both those who want volume and those who want something compact.” So, this piece of headwear was designed from scratch for Producer Saito Soma.

We analyzed the ideal form by referencing glamb’s past releases as well as Saito-P’s own berets. Additionally, Saito-P selected the materials from a huge assortment of samples, saying that the outer material should have “just the right amount of tension, to support a beautiful form” and the lining should “feel nice on the face.” Thanks to the careful consideration towards the material, we were able to achieve the perfect shape!

There was also focus on the design. In typical glamb fashion, the belt shows a glimpse of the inner lining. Original embroidery was added as a detail as well.

Originally, there was only going to be one size available, but it was changed to two sizes at the last minute so that it could fit more people. It’s truly a beret designed to meet the needs of the wearer. Please try out this magnificent, meticulously-created item.

Product Nameglamb×斉藤壮馬 MELLOW BERET(メロウベレー)
ColoursMatte Black, Caramel Beige
SizeLadies’ : Head Diameter 56-58cm
Mens’ : Head Diameter 58-60cm
MaterialBody: 91% cotton, 9% down
Lining: 100% polyester
WashingNot washable (wipe stains with a dry cloth)
Country of OriginJapan
  • “A design that can match any type of outfit, and my ideal sense of size”
  • The caramel version has a playful, antique-patterned belt. Its mellow aura is a bit different from the black version’s.
  • Its beautiful form was achieved after many rounds of close examination. The collaboration icon is neatly embroidered on in each version’s belt colour.
  • Matte Black: Easy to use in everyday life. The solid dark green used for the belt distinguishes itself nonchalantly.
  • Caramel Beige: Uses a patterned brown belt. “I think it’ll fit fashionable people’s wardrobes as well!”
  • The tightness can be adjusted at the back. Choose from two sizes according to your head diameter.
  • On the inside are Saito-P’s handwritten “S.S” embroidery and glamb’s tag. The embroidery is gold on the caramel version as well.
  • The inner lining uses the same material as the belt. Since the materials are suitable for all seasons, the berets can be worn all year round. Also note the delicate tailoring by a Japanese artisan.
  • Ladies’ size. Note the stylish logo over the left ear.
  • It’s also cute with the logo brought to the front. It’s easy to shift the beret to one side or make it more compact.
  • Eligible for digitally signed bromides! See campaign details above.

Message Video from Saito-P

(September 29, somewhere in Tokyo)

Q: What’s the key point of the Mellow Beret?

I like the word “mellow” and I wanted a hat, so we had a beret made this time. There’s this beige one as well as a black one. Can you see here? The accent colour has a different pattern. The black one has green around here instead. I think the black one can be worn normally, and I recommend that fashionistas try using the beige one with a variety of outfits.

Product page: https://kuumaa.jp/soma-s/block-socks.html
Price: ¥2,800 + tax

Socks that add some spice to your feet, accented with loop tabs at the top. Comes in Black x Blissful Pink, Off-White x Blue Waltz, and Paprika Red.

These colourful socks can be matched with the Loose Knit from the same lineup. The highlight here is the loop tab at the top. When you wear the socks, the ribbon loops with the embroidered collaboration logo stick out from the top of your feet. It’s a chic design.

Also, glamb’s socks are usually made from thick knitted fabric, but this time it was requested to make them thin. They work well with sneakers, short boots, and now pumps as well. You can use them in a wide variety of outfits no matter the season.

In addition to the two colours matching the Loose Knits, there’s also Saito-P’s beloved red. They’re bound to add stylish new accents to your daily two-to-three-colour arrangements!

Product Nameglamb×斉藤壮馬 BLOCK SOCKS(ブロックソックス)
ColoursBlack x Blissful Pink, Off-White x Blue Waltz, Paprika Red
SizeLadies’ : Foot Size approx. 22-24cm
Mens’ : Foot Size approx. 25-27cm
Material55% cotton, 25% acrylic, 15% polyester, 5% polyurethane
WashingMachine washable (net recommended)
Country of OriginJapan
  • “They use the thinnest material possible, because I wanted them to be usable by men and women alike!”
  • The outfit’s sense of unity and completeness go up when you combine the socks with the Loose Knit. They also go well with the black Mellow Beret.
  • Matching the black Loose Knit with the red socks. “I added playfulness to this exquisite surface area.”
  • The loop tags at the top add a glamb-esque trendy accent. The socks are made of thin material, so they can be worn all year round.
  • The black version has a mature colour scheme. Black x Blissful Pink is the only one where the fabric is mottled where it switches from one to the other.
  • The Off-White x Blue Waltz version uses a refreshing mint green tone.
  • Saito-P often wears red socks as an accent colour. It’s fun to have them peek out from the hem of your pants.
  • The collaboration icon is embroidered onto the tabs as proof that they’re produced by Saito-P. The embroidery colours match the body colours and contrast nicely against the black loops.
  • glamb’s logo is by the toes. The socks use domestically-made Jersey stitch and feel soft against the skin.
  • A combination with high-top sneakers. The tabs sticking out increase the casualness of the look.
  • Also works with women’s shoes such as pumps. Since the material is thin, you can combine them with your usual heels without discomfort.
  • Eligible for digitally signed bromides! See campaign details above.

Message Video from Saito-P

Q: What kinds of outfits do you want to match them with?

I think that socks work well as accent colours, so we have here a red base, a blue/green base, and there’s a pink base too. For example, if you wear one of the knits with pants that have a bit of texture too, then I think it’ll be extremely effective to have these socks peeking out underneath.
The material is also quite thin, so I think they can be worn by men and women alike. They come in three colours, so I hope you can mix and match them with various outfits.
The key point is this… what do you call this? This part *laughs* Tag? I think the way it sticks out makes for a cute accent.

I wear glamb’s clothes often, both personally and for work, and I never thought I’d be able to collaborate with them like this as a voice actor. I think the photo shoot went very well. These items were created with versatility in mind, so please buy a lot *laughs* and wear them every day. This has been voice actor Saito Soma; thank you very much!

Twitter Campaign

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Other

Soma shared some items from this collaboration with his fellow voice actor friends, who tweeted/instagrammed about them!

Nakajima Yoshiki (embed not working for some reason)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CGrhiDMMVaC/

“I got something nice from Soma!! I regularly wear glamb’s clothes, so this makes me happy. The colour scheme is cute too. The beret and knit are also cute… It looks like orders will start on Oct 30. Please check it out!”

Nishiyama Koutaro

“I received glamb x Saito Soma collab socks from Soma! I put them on right away~
He also took a picture for me☺ The other items are really cute too!”

Uemura Yuto

“I received a beret from Saito Soma-kun and a shirt from Nakajima Yoshiki-kun♪ Thank you for the wonderful presents✨”

“Hello everyone! It’s a fall day today☀ The weather is comfy♪ Let’s have fun and do our best this afternoon (^_^)v The beret I got from Soma-kun looks good✨”

Takeuchi Shunsuke (under his Amadeus name)

“Socks I got from @SomaStaff the other day. Cute😎”