Stephanie Sheh is a voice actress, voice director, ADR writer, and casting director. She was none other than the voice of one of our favorite time travelers Mitsuha Miyamizu in Makoto Shinkai’s hit anime movie Your Name. Stephanie was also the voice of Yuho in Masaaki Yuasa’s amazing film about a mermaid, Lu Over the Wall. Stephanie’s probably most well-known to anime fans as the voice of Sailor Moon in the current VIZ Media Release of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, as well as Hinata in Naruto, Kuro in Blue Exorcist and everyone’s favorite digital pixie Yui in Sword Art Online.
Michael Sinterniklaas has worked as an ADR Director, actor, voice actor, script writer, sound engineer, mixer, and producer. Michael founded NYAV Post, a bicoastal recording studio that has worked on over 500 anime and non-anime titles. He has had roles as Dagger in Black Butler, Kenji in Summer Wars, and Nnoitra Jiruga in Bleach.
What advice do you have for people at the beginning of their voice acting careers that you wish you’d had at the beginning of yours?
Stephanie, what was it like to be part of the animated feature Big Fish & Begonia?
Stephanie, you were involved in your anime club in college. Did you think that interest would lead you to a career?
That tells us how you started watching anime but how did you end up a voice actor?
Zeke-senpai was skeptical when I asked him to watch Lu Over the Wall. He said it didn’t seem like it be his kind of film. Yet after watching it he couldn’t stop raving about it to parents about its brilliant and subtle message: don’t judge people about how they look. It is never said explicitly, but it is how people act through the entire film. You were the voice of Yuho. When did you realize the significance of the project?
I think Masaaki Yuasa (writer/director of Lu Over the Wall) is an absolute genius by the way, because even in this kid-sy wrapper, there are so many wonderful lessons and they’re not preachy at all. He does a really incredible job telling real-life stories with really rich characters but they don’t harp on anything or make a point of anything they just have their lives in that reality. I think that is a key to the reason they just pop off the screen. The tricky thing about that story is that when boy meets fish-girl that there is a bond, but it’s not an amorous love. He has to confess his love to her in the end and be able to say “I love you,” but it not be romantic but about something else but about something she awoke in him.
Michael, you had the role of Taki, and Stephanie, you had the role of Mitsuha in the smash hit Your Name. What was it like working together on that project?
Are there any upcoming projects that either of you can tell us about?
We are were so happy to have had the chance to talk with both Stephanie and Michael. The careers they’ve had have been very exciting. We are so grateful that they were able to share their stories with us. We will be watching the credits for their names in the future.