The career of Japanese voice actress Miho Okasaki isn’t very long but it doesn’t mean she hasn’t made an impact. She debuted as a professional voice actor in 2017 being cast mainly background roles and side characters. Ms. Okasaki’s first main role was that of Miku Nishio in the anime series Ongaku Shojo as part of an ensemble cast and in anime idol unit. Her big break came when she was cast as the blue and squishy main character Rimuru Tempest in The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The now in-demand seiyuu took time from her busy schedule to talk with the Honey’s Anime and the ladies and gentlemen of the Anime Press at Crunchyroll Expo 2019 about her career and the loveable round protagonist that made her famous..
What inspired you to pursue a career as a voice actor?
Were you interested in the isekai genre before being cast as Rimuru Tempest??
Your character in Slime has two different speaking voices, one when he is in slime form and the other when he is in a human form, is it hard to alternate between the two?
Do you prefer one voice over the other?
That Time I Got Reicarnated as a Slime has an impressive cast of seiyuu. What was it like working with such a talented group of actors?
Is there anything that you are reading that you’d like to see as an anime?
Is it hard to create a voice that carries authority when the character is so cute?
How did you feel when the show became a smashing success?
You had a singing role as Miku in Ongaku Shojo do you consider that part of your career or is it just something you do as part of a role?
What do you think makes Rimuru different than other protagonists in the genre?
What advice have you gotten from your senpai in the industry?
You are now in the spotlight as a lead actor. What is the transition like going from background actor to lead actor?
You played a lot of “Girl A” and “Voice in Crowd” characters. Were you ever discouraged? It must have taken a lot of auditions to get a big break as you have?
It’s something you love so you do it regardless of the size of the role??
We wish to thank Miho Okasaki for her giving us her time for this interview. We really appreciate her example of perseverance in the voice acting industry. The genuine understanding that she has about all the voice actors, background or main, being important is a great example for anyone in the field. We look forward to talking to her again when the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime airs. A note for our readers… we wanted to ask about that upcoming second season, but she wasn’t allowed to talk about it, so we didn’t push. We also thank the other members of the press pool for their hard work in conducting this interview.