Shiro Sasaki is the President and CEO of ANiUTa, INC. a new anime music service and FlyingDog Inc. a recording company. In 1982, he got his start in the music business when he entered Victor Music Industries. Mr. Sasaki has produced music for many series including Akira, Macross Plus, Macross 7, Macross F, Gunbuster, Cowboy Bebop, X, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex -- to name a few. He founded FlyingDog Inc. in 2009 and in March 2017 he created the anime music streaming service ANiUTa.
Ryo Horikawa is known for voicing some of the most iconic characters in anime. Some of his most well-known roles include Vegeta (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super), Heiji Hattori (Detective Conan). He currently represents himself and other top talent as President of Aslead Company.
(President and CEO ANiUTa, INC)
We were talking with Shoji Kawamori a few weeks ago about the beginnings of Macross. He was telling me about how Victor Music was responsible for finding the voice of Lynn Minmay (Mari Iijima). When you were auditioning people for the role, did you know what you were looking for?
You then went onto find the talent and produce the music for several of the other Macross franchises. When casting Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee) and May’n (Sheryl Nome), was it difficult to find the right voices?
You recently started an anime music streaming service called ANiUTa. I listened to it for more than an hour on the flight to San Jose. What need did you find in the marketplace for such an app? What sets ANiUTa apart from other streaming apps?
Who do you think the core demographic listening to this app will be?
First, did you know or did you feel that Dragon Ball would be as popular as it has become?
How do you approach the voice of Vegeta?
Do you have any roles, other than Vegeta, that you are especially nostalgic for? Characters you really like playing or would like to play?
What advice do you give to young talent as they start in the business or to those who want to get into the business?
Is there anything about the industry you think needs to change?
You’ve been an actor for a long time. You must like acting a lot.
Honey-chan would like to thank Ryo Horikawa and Shiro Sasaki for all of their sage advice on the music and the business of voice acting. The years of expertise really showed and the chance to talk with the voice of Vegeta and the man who gave us our greatest Macross idol was a real treat. We also know that the Honey’s Anime Hive will be rocking to our favorite anime soundtracks via ANiUTa. Zeke-senpai already has a subscription and listens to it on his way to work. We again thank Ryo Horikawa and Shiro Sasaki for their time.