Anime Ace Shoko Nakagawa

11 October 2012 / 4 years 1 week ago

Source: The New PaperTo deliver an anime theme song well, you simply have to deprive it of any overly distinctive traits.Take it from Japanese singer, popular voice actress, cosplay star and television personality Shoko Nakagawa, who has single-handedly built a reputation over the past 10 years churning out theme songs for popular anime series.The youthful-looking, doll-faced 27-year-old - whose hits include the songs for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Pokemon: Arceus And The Jewel of Life and Beelzebub - told LOUD in an e-mail interview: "Rather than make these songs my own, I always try to familiarise myself first with the world view of the anime series."Also, I'd imagine the anime characters in my head...It's like, I'm drawing the hero or heroine of the anime on my lyric sheet as I sing."Nakagawa, who goes by her nickname Shokotan, will be in town this Saturday (Aug 4, 2012) for a solo concert.It'll mark her second visit to Singapore, following her previous performance at the Anime Festival Asia in 2009.The talented multi-hyphenate brings the same commitment and work ethic to her voice acting (the art of providing voices for animated characters) projects.One of the most memorable characters she has taken on so far is Rapunzel, for the Japanese-dubbed version of Disney's animated movie Tangled (2010), said Nakagawa."I really love voice acting because through it, I can have extraordinary experiences which are impossible in daily life, such as fighting, wild adventures, even becoming a boy."The most difficult thing about voice acting is not to reveal too much colour and flavour of Shoko Nakagawa... I don't want viewers to be constantly reminded of my face while they're watching the anime."A huge anime fan herself - Nakagawa's all-time favourite series are Sailor Moon and Neon Genesis Evangelion - she hopes local anime lovers will be just as enthusiastic at her upcoming debut solo gig here."I'll be doing an anime song medley, so please sing along if you know the songs... Please dance with me at the dance corner too," she urged. "We shall all enjoy, there are no language barriers too big."One can also expect multiple costume changes from the avid cosplayer, who has donned the outfits of several classic anime and manga characters before, including Sailor Moon and Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion.As much as she adores animation, Nakagawa said that growing up, her idol was actually Hong Kong gongfu legend Bruce Lee."I started to have showbiz dreams because I love Bruce Lee and the Green Hornet TV series," she said.Aware that there is a burgeoning anime fan scene in the West, one of Nakagawa's wishes is to head there sometime in the future."In the next decade of my career, I would like to try my best to hold a concert in Europe or the USA," she said.

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