Since Terashima Takuma is in quite a few otome games I thought this piece of news would be worth mentioning. Apparently the staff of Kokoro Connect anime, hired a less popular seiyuu Ichiki Mitsuhiro, to record lines for what they claimed was an original character. When they then did a radio show with the other voice actors, namely Terashima Takuma & Mizushima Takahiro, they revealed that the guy recorded lines for nothing and it was all a hoax. He apparently even dropped some of his projects thinking he had a role but they just ended up laughing and making fun of him in front of everybody. At the end of the video they think it’s funny to offer the voice actor a job as a janitor. ( ´_ゝ｀) In Japan public humiliation is a huge deal and some people commit suicide because of it that’s why this is now a serious matter. Here’s a video of the horrid live show:
Edit 9/2/2012: Kokoro Connect anime site has issued an apology implying that the videos were altered and that uploading them to the web is illegal. LOL. Way to dig a deeper hole😆. Terashima Takuma has issued an apology on his blog but it implies that he and Ichiki are friends and that this was all the internet’s misunderstanding…and that the whole thing was really a staged act. ( ´_ゝ`)….right.
Other voice actors, like Sugita Tomokazu were disgusted that they ended up unfollowing Terashima on twitter. He also apparently ignored him at the Bandai event.
There’s two 2ch threads discussing this as well as the tweets with eufoneous the music composer (who I had no idea was a jerk.) A wiki has also been setup detailing the events that went on. Amazon members are also giving Kokoro Connect 1 star reviews saying how they will not buy a show produced by such shameless staff. Here’s an anti Terashima thread on 2ch and here’s a matome blog for a simpler breakdown. Here’s a detailed matome blog but be careful it has some NSFW ads/posts on it. Ichiki Matsuhiro on Sugita Tomokazu’s radio show discusses the incident here. Edit: Apparently this whole drama spawned from some unrequited love incident and prior bullying.
“During the audition it was hard for me not to laugh ^^”
「アレは歴史的瞬間ですよ多分 」「衝撃的でしたよ（笑） あんなに人が崩れ落ちる瞬間が綺麗なんだって思いました（笑）
“That was an epic moment! Seeing someone break down like that was gold! His schedule is gonna be so full now! “
“So many people are chasing their dreams in this business but because of that they’re desperate and easy to use.♪ Because he didn’t realize it himself he was easy to fool, that’s why he won’t get hired-♪”
Wow eufoneous and I fucking liked your Clannad music you son of a bitch. ٩(╬ʘ益ʘ╬)۶
I feel disappointed because while I do expect this kind of thing to go on behind the scenes, I expect it to STAY behind the scenes. How could you publically make yourself look like such an asshole is beyond me. I liked the Kokoro Connect anime and I liked Terashima as a voice actor so I have to now try to ignore this incident if I want to enjoy any of the games he is in or the rest of the anime. Then again money is what talks so I probably won’t be giving them any monetary support from now on… I wonder how long before people start trashing on Terashima’s CDs on Amazon. Here’s some niconico comments I capped on the video about Terashima:
Additionally some relevant tweets: