Voice actress Misaki Kuno recently put out an emotional note on her Twitter account detailing the struggles she faced while voicing Faputa and Irumyuui from Made In Abyss Season 2.
While Kuno was happy that she was chosen to voice the characters, she also felt uneasy about it due to the sheer amount of pressure associated with these roles. She was afraid that if she accepted them, it would break her.
However, as the going got tough during the recording, Kuno’s co-actors Mariya Ise, who voices Reg, and Yuka Terasaki, who voices Vueco, gave her support.
“When I auditioned for the roles of Faputa and Irumyuui, I was so happy to be chosen for the roles. But to be honest, I was also very anxious. There was a tremendous amount of pressure, and I was afraid that if I accepted the role, it would break me,” Kuno wrote in her note.
“At the recording studio, Yuka Terasaki, who played Vueco, held my hands to warm them when they got cold after acting, and Mariya Ise, who played Reg, covered them with blankets to give me support,” she added.
According to the voice actress, Faputa was the most intense role she played in terms of “anger, hatred, sadness, loneliness, jealousy, love, and other emotions.” She got emotional every time she stood in front of the microphone for recording.
In one such incident, Kuno lost her voice after hitting her limits while recording Faputa. She cried as she was frustrated at her incompetency. This was the first time in her career that such a thing happened.
“In fact, there was a time when I was recording Faputa by myself and my throat was at its limit and I couldn’t voice Faputa anymore. It was the first time in my life as a voice actor that this had happened in front of a microphone. I felt so bad for interrupting the recording, and I cried so hard because I felt so bad about my incompetence,” Kuno wrote.
The voice actress agreed to finish the recording session if she was allowed to lessen the intensity and perform the role more comfortably to a certain extent. Kuno said so because she knew that rescheduling the post-recording would put a huge burden on the staff.
However, the staff rescheduled the recording session, rather than compromising the quality of the show, something which Kuno was grateful for.
“When I told him that I could finish the recording if I could do it with some ease, but that it would be ‘sad’ to do a performance that wasn’t at its best, he said, ‘Let’s do the rest another day’. I know that doing the recording on a different day puts a tremendous burden on the staff, and I am so grateful to them for putting their desire to make a good product ahead of my concerns,” the voice actress wrote.
The staff recorded Faputa’s scenes from episode 10 and 11 of Made In Abyss Season 2 without any rehearsals as it required constant screaming. Rehearsals would have strained Kuno’s throat a lot more.
She praised the recording staff who captured the “screams, cries, and vocalizations in one shot” and thanked the staff for their support throughout.
“I was always full of energy at the Made in Abyss site. But when I would get anxious in front of the microphone and turn my head to look behind me, the staff would always be there to catch me. Without their support, I would not have been able to perform until the end.”
Kuno ended her note noting how Faputa and Irumyuui’s roles pushed her beyond her physical and mental limits. This is something she had mentioned earlier on her twitter account too.
She noted that she wouldn’t have been able to play the role if she were younger.
The roles made her realize how she loved voice acting, saying that she was grateful that everyone was able to see her perform them.
“I think I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to play these roles. I am sure that I would not have been able to play the role if I had been a little younger, and it is precisely because I was able to encounter it now that I was able to play it. Once again, I realized how much I love acting. And thanks to the many people who worked on the show, I am so grateful that everyone was able to see it. Thank you so much for seeing the show through to the end,” Kuno’s note read.
Misaki Kuno is a voice actress based in Japan. Along with her roles in Made in Abyss Season 2, she is also known for voicing the titular character Ren Aharen from Aharen-san wa Hakarenai, Hawk from Seven Deadly Sins, Kurumi from Lycoris Recoil and Frederica from 86.