How to portray a great anime villain, the cast of Jujutsu Kaisen 0 explains their approach to the voice acting

The English cast for the anime film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 talks about their approach to voice acting and how to portray really great anime villains.

The film “Jujutsu Kaisen 0” continues to make money in theaters around the world after grossing US$100 million at the Japanese box office.

While the storyline, animation style, and soundtrack deserve the praise, it’s the voice actors’ performances that cement Jujutsu Kaisen 0’s place as the greatest anime film of all time.

At a press event for the film, we had the opportunity to interview some of Jujutsu Kaisen 0’s English voice actors and ask them about their approach to portraying larger than life anime characters.

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What makes a great anime villain?

Anime villains come in all shapes and sizes, and every single anime fan has their own personal list of awesome villains. While the big spooky fantasy monsters and demons are obviously intimidating, it’s the stylish and suave villains that really get the chills going; For example, think of Aizen from Bleach or Muzan from Demon Slayer.

In the new film, the main villain is Suguru Geto, a jujutsu high graduate who has focused his life’s purpose on creating a new hierarchy within the broader world structure of jujutsu wizards. However, Suguru Geto’s voice actor Lex Lang stated that his goal in bringing Suguru to life was not to actually create a malevolent aura.

Lang revealed that “as an actor, I want to be committed to what the character wants; Who is the character and what does he want to do? How does he experience his life in this arc and what struck me about Suguru is that he is very idealistic.

“His motives are entirely based on his own ideology. Good or bad, he’s 100% in. This film reveals various motivations he has had throughout his life and you can see where the course of his life changes a bit.” Lex Lang, Suguru-Geto.

“I don’t go into the booth and think, ‘Oh, I must be the bad guy,’ I go into the booth and think about what the relationships are between the characters, what I think about the characters that I’m talking to,” he said he Lex. I add that the point is to ask, “How do I feel about the topic being discussed?”

“Then I just give 100% or 150%: If it comes across as a scary character, it’s really because the truth that the character is speaking gets through to the viewer and it’s like, ‘Oh wow, this guy is scary’ or ‘Ooh ‘will This guy be passionate’ or whatever that might be. – Lex Lang, Suguru.

A nerve-wracking villain that will send shivers down your spine

One of Suguru Geto’s most intoxicating attributes as the big bad villain in Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is his voice; calm, composed and unnerving. As one journalist pointed out at the press event, we’d be “ready to follow Suguru to the ends of the world for Lex Lang’s sultry tones.”

Interestingly, Lex went into detail about his approach as a voice and specifically for Jujutsu Kaisen 0, how he was able to maintain the voice quality throughout the film.

“Rather than trying to keep vocal cord quality consistent throughout a performance, it’s more about embodying the character’s desires and emotional content. And if I can do that, as long as I’m connected to that state of the character, what I say will captivate the viewer.” – Lex Lang, Suguru.

However, the nature of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, which sits almost halfway between the traditional action and horror anime genres, also lends itself to the voice actors who portray these larger-than-life characters.

Kaiji Tang, the voice of Gojo, then revealed that fusing the two genres was an added bonus for him.

“I love the horror genre and I often run out of horror movies to watch with my wife, so I really delve into the horror genre. At the same time I love fight shonen shows so when I found out about the show it was the perfect mix.” – Kaiji-Tang, Gojo.

Tang then remarked how Yuta reminded him of the “Ring Girl” while pointing out how nice it was that the design of the world’s energy system “has that kind of Japanese yokai horror element”.

Play darker and more psychological roles

One of the things that kept coming up during the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 press event was how much fun the entire cast had as they took on the challenge of bringing these characters to life.

Because Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has a darker, more mature, and more psychological tone than much of the television series, this was an aspect of the role that appealed to Anairis Quinones, the voice of young Rika.

“For me, as an anime fan in general, I love psychological things. One of my favorite shows is Fullmetal Alchemist, but I also love Madoka Magica and these other really deep psychological things, so playing in that realm is really exciting for me.” – Anairis Quinones.

Age is another important aspect that benefits Anairis, given that Rika is such a young character: “I don’t think I’ve ever played a character as young as Rika before, which was exciting for me because with my older range plays.”

“To play with the fact that she has this alter ego, this cursed side that’s out there. And I play a lot of characters who hold things close to their chests. So it was a fun challenge to play a character that is so much more explosive and expressive. I really enjoyed doing it and now I want to do more of it like crazy more! It’s great.” – Anairis Chinones, Rika

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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