At a recent stage event promoting the Orange – Mirai theatrical anime film, voice actress Kana Hanazawa offered a response that surprised the audience when asked what message she would send to herself if she could mail a letter 10 years into the past.
Hanazawa, who plays the lead role of Naho Takamiya in the Orange anime TV series and its sequel film Orange – Mirai, related the following story:
“Around 10 years ago, I didn’t have much experience in anime dubbing, and I was playing a heroine on a work that was currently broadcasting,” Hanazawa said. “One of my male co-workers told me ‘Even I could play that role, if I just mumbled in a monotone.’“
The audience reacted with shock and dismay, and Hanazawa continued: “Even so, I was trying my hardest, so I would say to the me of that time ‘Ten years from now, you’ll be a part of such a beautiful production [as Orange], so it’ll be okay!’. And then I’d send my past self an ale.”
Truly, living well is the best revenge, HanaKana.
The original Orange manga by Ichigo Takano is serialized in Futabasha’s Monthly Action seinen manga magazine. An English language version of the manga is available via simulcast on Crunchyroll and in print through Seven Seas Entertainment.
Orange – Mirai is directed by Naomi Nakayama and Hiroshi Hamasaki and features animation by TMS Entertainment. The film was released on November 18, 2016, and is currently playing at theaters in Japan.
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.