Miorine Rembran in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury is played by Lynn, known for her roles as Marzenski in Horse Girl Pretty Derby and Sakura Yamauchi in I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. She plays Miorine, who attends the same school as Suletta Mercury, a transfer student from Mercury, and is the first person Suletta meets. Miorine, the daughter of the school’s president, is also caught in the middle of a major current. We asked Lynn, who was chosen for this role, about her words filled with love for the Gundam series and her passion for postrecording.
Being chosen to be a voice actor for 「Gundam」 is the best birthday present ever!
-I understand that you had a longing to appear in the Gundam series.
That’s right. When I found out that a new Gundam series was being produced, I auditioned for the role. That alone was a great honor, but when I actually got the call that I had been chosen for the role, it was on my birthday. It was the best birthday present I could have received, and I was extremely happy. It was the best birthday of my life that I will never forget.
-What a wonderful coincidence! But, being in a series that you have always wanted to be a part of, did you feel a lot of pressure to play the role?
At the time, I think I was simply “excited” to be able to act in the Gundam series (laugh). However, Gundam has a very long history, has many fans, and is an indispensable part of the Japanese anime story, so I felt a lot of pressure. I felt the weight of responsibility to take the baton that has been passed down to me by my predecessors and deliver an absolutely wonderful work.
At the same time, I knew that the lead actress, Kana Ichinose, is a very solid and wonderful actress, so I There was something like a sense of security
-What did you consider important in playing the role this time?
When I first saw the pictures and materials of the character I was going to play, I thought that a natural acting style would suit the character. I am not very good at so-called cute, anime-like acting, so I thought it would be good to express myself in a way that made the most of my natural voice without being overly theatrical. When I saw the other cast members after I was cast, I had the impression that many of them performed naturally, so I felt the staff’s desire to create a Gundam with that kind of atmosphere. When we started the postrecording, everyone’s individuality as a character stood out, but the way they expressed their emotions was very human, and I thought that was good. Miorine Rembrandt, whom I play, is the type of girl who doesn’t hide her feelings and expresses them straight to others. So, I am also conscious of trying to throw my emotions as they come out in the exchange of lines.
Personally, this role is quite a challenge for me.
-What kind of character do you feel Miorine Rembran is?
She is a difficult child to express herself. she is a loner with no friends, and he doesn’t get along well with her father, so she seems to be a lonely existence. But she’s fine with that, and she’s not attached to school life. Anyway, She is a mature girl who wants to go to Earth and get away from her father, and she wants to live freely without letting others decide her life for her. On the other hand, she is very strong-willed, but in the end she doesn’t really understand that she is in a privileged environment, so I think she is very much a child in that way (laugh). I think she feels that being free and unrestrained under her parents’ protection is in fact an inconvenience for her.
-She is a bit ambivalent about it.
She’s ambivalent and her expressions tend to be emotional. She doesn’t care what others think of her, so she says and acts honestly what she thinks. She is the kind of girl who is too harsh with others or says things in a way that irritates them.
So when I plan my performances, I try to think of expressions that would not immediately occur to me, such as I would not say it this way, but Miorine would say it this way.
-I think it must be difficult for you to think about how to approach acting because the character is so far away from you.
Yes, it is. I am a person who only cares about what people think of me (laugh). Everyone should have an emotion of wanting to be thought of as good as possible by those around them, but I don’t have that kind of thing with Miorine. I have no similarities with myself at all, so the role is quite challenging for me personally, and for that reason it is very interesting to play.
-What kind of direction did the director and sound director give you during the actual recording?
In terms of acting, especially this time, there were a lot of pinpoint and specific directions, so it was very easy to understand and very interesting. However, it is difficult to immediately express what I am told to do…. It is also a site that tests my ability to be spontaneous. I can visualize the words I receive from the acting instruction, but I have to instantly digest them as Miorine, so it’s a constant battle with myself.
-How do you see the relationship between Suletta and Miorine?
At this point, I don’t think Miorine has any particular feelings toward Suletta, or rather, I think she just feels that she got acquainted with an annoying girl. I think she just want Suletta to not do unnecessary things to them and not disturb my world. Suletta is scared of Miorine, but Suletta has her own goal of making friends at school, so she tries to close the gap with her. But they are complete opposites, so I have the impression that it will take a long time to close the gap between them (laugh).
-I wonder if Suletta and Miorine’s hearts will be able to communicate with each other in the future….
Miorine is not at all approachable to others at first, so I am looking forward to their relationship from now on, to see how much Suletta will bite on her. I hope that the relationship will keep changing in a positive direction.
-Please tell us about Kana Ichinose, who plays Suletta. What do you find attractive about her as a voice actress?
I have been watching other works in which Ms. Ichinose plays the heroine, and I have always thought that she has a very nice voice and good acting skills. In fact, I have always wanted to work with her, so I am very happy to be able to work with her this time. When we were dubbing together, I was often impressed by the way she made facial expressions in front of the microphone, etc. She is a voice actor whom I can respect.
Suletta tends to talk with her head down, but Ichinose was also acting that way in front of the microphone, and I thought the way she approached the role was really wonderful. Suletta has many comical and funny reactions, and Ichinose-san, who plays her, is very cute.