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MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

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MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:16 pm




Salutations, Mai-Multiverse! I've had the pleasure and opportunity to sit down and interview Canadian V/A, Carol-Anne Day. The English voice actress for Mai Tokiha in both Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome! As a fan of the Bandai Entertainment dub, this was quite an honor. :)

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Mai HiME interview MM: How did you get started in voice acting?

I actually kind of fell into voice acting at a very young age. I was doing children’s theater at the time, and my director thought I should audition for a cartoon studio she was doing work with. She’s an absolutely amazing woman. That’s it really it, not very exciting, but since then, Blue Water has been a second home. I’m pretty much the luckiest girl in the world.

MM:: What was it like voicing your first ever cartoon/anime character?

My first show was a pretty overwhelming experience. I think the character I played was electrocuted, and I was too shy to scream, ha-ha. My first scream came out in a very operatic fashion. My director gave me on the spot screaming lessons. That’s the thing with cartoons though, there’s always so much to learn. I’m still in a process of constant learning every time I’m in the booth.

MM: Did you ever appear on camera for any live action shows?

I’ve done a couple of small independent film projects, but I’m more of a ‘behind the mic’ sort of girl. I find the camera makes my head look small....

MM: What were your most fond memories of working in any recording studio?

This is a really hard one for me, every session is so much fun! I love everyone that I work with so much that it would be impossible to have a bad time. I think one of my fondest memories was from the very first show I had recorded (I think I was 14 or 15) and I was so nervous. I was in the booth with a number of other veteran performers, and they really went out of their ways to make me laugh... all session, I could barely keep a straight face. I also once fainted into the microphone... story for another day though, we still laugh about that one.

MM: What was the casting call and audition like for you when My-HiME surfaced?

It was a pretty straight forward casting call for me. I watched the subbed version of the show, and fell in love right away. The auditions are always a little nerve wracking for me, because I want to make sure I’m doing right by the fans and the feel of the show.

MM: Your thoughts on Mai Tokiha's character in both Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome.

I loved Mai, heck, I still love Mai. She had such an amazing depth to her. I try very hard to feel with the character through every moment, and she was a roller coaster ha! The thing I loved most about her was her strength, as I’m sure you know, she went through a lot in that show. But no matter how bad things got, no matter how bad the breakdown she always seemed to find an inner strength. She was also so caring and warm when she needed to be. Through all of the woe and love (and love triangles lol) I really grew to appreciate that strength.

MM: Was Mai Tokiha the only role you auditioned for or played in the series? Just in case you did additional voices here and there.

Mai wasn’t the only role I auditioned for, but she was the only one I played in the series.

MM: What was it like for the first few recordings? After getting to know the character of Mai better.

Getting to know the character makes a huge difference. It makes my job a lot easier, because you begin to understand how that character would react without having to think so much about it.

MM: Many voice actors say they never meet the rest of the cast since recordings are done individually. Did you end up meeting the rest of the cast like Cheryl McMaster (who voiced Natsuki) or Melanie Risdon (who voiced Shizuru)?

With ADR we are generally alone in the booth, but we do occasionally meet in passing. I’ve met a couple actresses from the show, but not Cheryl or Melanie unfortunately. That show was jam packed with incredible women though, I wish I had met everyone.

MM: What was your favorite episode or moment in the series?

The panties episode!!!!! So fun... I will say I was glad at the end when Mai and Tate finally hooked up, they were driving me nuts!

MM: Have any of you read the manga or saw the original Japanese anime of the Mai-Series (HiME and Otome)?

I haven’t had a chance to read the manga, but I definitely saw the original Japanese version of Mai HiME, I really enjoyed it.

MM: How many times did you have to say "Kagutsuchi!" (Mai's CHiLD) during the recording of an episode? *laughs* It's one of those battle cries that need several takes before it sounds just right. Or did you say it perfectly every time?

I’m not convinced I ever said Kagutsuchi right hahaha!!! Seriously though, it got easier the more I said it, so it was a 50/50 split I suppose, sometimes I was right, but when I was wrong, I was WRONG hahaha

MM: Do you own anything of My-HiME?

There is plenty of cool merchandise out there, especially for Mai Tokiha. I have the series on DVD, but I am severely lacking in Mai swag!

MM: Lastly, any advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in voice acting?

The best advice is always take advice. Passion should drive what you do, and then the skill will follow. It`s not something that you`re amazing at overnight, patience is huge.

MM: Thank you so much, Carol! Mind finishing this interview off with a shout out to the fans of My-HiME and those who continue to support your work?

What can I say? The fans of this show are absolutely amazing, and you guys are the reason I do what I do and will continue to do what I do. Consider this more of a giant thank you than a shout out, I love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You can catch Carol aka Mai Tokiha herself on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carolanne.day.3

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Cheshire Kat on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:44 pm

Ohmygoodness, she's just as awesome as I thought she was ; u ; She'ssuchacutieaaaah

AND A FELLOW CANADIAN!!! I think I'm gonna cry~

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Kuga Natsuki on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:57 pm

I spoke to her on facebook several months ago. She's a sweet person ^_^

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:53 pm

Couldn't agree more with you girls. Carol is a real sweetheart. :) Best of all, she actually cares about the characters she voices. She remembers Mai Tokiha with heavy fondness.

mai hime

Tokiha-san, you are so fortunate to have two of the most talented people in the business voicing you in both English and Japanese.

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by The Fire Stirring Ruby on Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:48 am

OhmyfreakingFumi.
Carol Anne-Day.

She's very nice, just reading the interview. I'm glad. (T__T)

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:12 pm

The Fire Stirring Ruby wrote:OhmyfreakingFumi.
Carol Anne-Day.

She's very nice, just reading the interview. I'm glad. (T__T)

I know you'd appreciate it a lot, Ruby. :) You should of seen Kat's reaction to the interview and the fact that Carol joined our Facebook group! I've never seen her so happy. Mai Tokiha brings happiness to all...when she's not being angsty about Tate. Shizuru Fujino

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by The Fire Stirring Ruby on Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:13 am

Luu Sky Sapphire wrote:You should of seen Kat's reaction to the interview and the fact that Carol joined our Facebook group! I've never seen her so happy.

T-T

*speechless*

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:54 pm

The Fire Stirring Ruby wrote:
Luu Sky Sapphire wrote:You should of seen Kat's reaction to the interview and the fact that Carol joined our Facebook group! I've never seen her so happy.

T-T

*speechless*

Think you're speechless now? Wait and see who shows up tomorrow. Shizuru Fujino

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by *BlackRose* on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:36 pm

Ohmyfumi I love this woman <3

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:04 pm

*BlackRose* wrote:Ohmyfumi I love this woman <3

Lol. That's the spirit. How can you not love this woman? Pretty and talented is a nice combo.

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Post by *BlackRose* on Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:03 am

yep a very nice combo indeed

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:39 pm

*BlackRose* wrote:yep a very nice combo indeed

The best voice actresses have that combo. Arika Yumemiya

BTW Rose, your signature is way too big. Please either shrink your bottom image or remove it. If this is not done, my PM will be your first reminder.

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by *BlackRose* on Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:37 pm

Luu Sky Sapphire wrote:
*BlackRose* wrote:yep a very nice combo indeed


BTW Rose, your signature is way too big. Please either shrink your bottom image or remove it. If this is not done, my PM will be your first reminder.
ok Luu

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:56 pm

That's better. Arika Yumemiya Thanks for your cooperation.

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:24 pm

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Carol-Anne Day, the English voice actress of both Mai Tokiha, just received my present! Those who don't recognize the hat, it's the very same hat worn by Mai in episode 9 of Mai-HiME.
Her lifeguard hat. XD

Carol sends her love, thank yous and support to all of Mai-Multiverse!

- Luu Sky Sapphire

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:30 pm

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A marvelous Facebook update by the beautiful and talented Carol-Anne Day!

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Woot!! I finally picked up the complete My-HiME series for myself (I was missing a few individual volumes). I'm stoked to rewatch this show tops to tails again!!
It also feels great to have the full series, just in case FUNi does end up changing the dub ;P

What are some of the animes you could watch over and over again?

Source: Carol-Anne Day Voice
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She got herself a copy of the now out of print Mai-HiME Anime Legends dvd collection! HOW COOL IS THAT!?  Happy

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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Thu May 15, 2014 7:36 pm

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If case you missed the amazing Facebook update, Carol-Anne Day shares a selfie on herself while playing Mai-HiME Episode 9 in the background. Carol-Anne Day hanging with "Mai-HoMIE", Mai Tokiha! Wearing the official hat (again, from episode 9) I gave her as a present!


Carol-Anne Day wrote:Watchin Mai Hime with Mai-HoMIE !!!!

Carol has great respect for her fans and a genuine love for the series.

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Re: MM Exclusive Interview with Carol-Anne Day. English voice actress for Mai Tokiha!

Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Sun May 18, 2014 10:59 am

Carol-Anne Day just posted another Mai-HiME update! She finished watch Mai-HiME again!:
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Just finished watching the entire my Mai Hime series from tops to tails, and I have learned 4 important lessons:

1. Make sure to tell people you love them BEFORE a giant sword (AKA evil obsidian prince) tries to make you his wife, and destroy the world and everything in it.
2. Don't make women mad, or their super powerful giant fire dragon/whale/space ship/ Phoenix will LITERALLY lay waste to you and your surroundings-- this is not productive, and repairs are very expensive
3. Love is terribly important, and the relationships you have are worth fighting for
4. Scream crying.... I am good at scream crying and should implement it more often in my everyday life.

End list!! What a great series, I am so unbelievably proud to have been a part of it!!

HAPPY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY MAI!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Luu Sky Sapphire on Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:29 am

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Carol-Anne Day returns with another Mai-HiME update! It appears she has discovered the Mai Tokiha shirts from Redbubble! Only, instead of customizing it into a basic T-Shirt like I did, she is rocking it tank top style!:'


Credit: Carol-Anne Day's official Facebook page, Carol-Anne Day Voice

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