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Gio's Note: Not much is known about this interview with Kawakami Tomoko, Utena's Japanese voice actor, but it was part of the content translating for the Utena Encyclopedia release of episode 1. It would appear the interview was an extra on the Japanese LDs. The original translation was done by Yasayuki Sato. The formatting he used is preserved.

Title:  How I Met Utena
Title:  Kawakami Tomoko

Interview with Kawakami Tomoko for the Japanese LD

Kawakami:  Well, I first met Utena at the audition.
Title:  Kawakami Tomoko
Kawakami:  I thought the Utena story was an ordinary shoujo manga,
Kawakami:  and the Utena character an ordinary long-haired, cute girl.
Kawakami:  So I played her just as I thought, but when it was over, I heard that Utena refers
Kawakami:  to herself using "boku," and that she is a very tomboyish girl like those of Takarazuka.
Kawakami:  I thought, "What?! Oh, no, I blew it for sure! I played her all wrong!"
Kawakami:  But then... "Well, Ms. Kawakami, you've been selected to play the part of Utena."
Kawakami:  I thought "Really? Are they sure I'm right for the part? Anyway, now I have the part and must do my best."
Kawakami:  While I was thinking about how I should prepare for the role, I met Director Ikuhara.
Kawakami:  "Um, about Utena... It seems I did something different from
Kawakami:  everyone else at the audition. Would it be possible for me to listen to it?"
Kawakami:  He said okay, and when I went to Be Papas, they let me hear it.
Kawakami:  The truth was that I was the only one who played her that way. My Utena sounded naive.
Kawakami:  But, I guess that was better than how the others had portrayed her as being really cool, boyish and adoring to others.
Kawakami:  Hearing that, if I can play her as part naive, part cool, then...
Kawakami:  I think I can create an Utena of my own. So I've been working hard, pondering over it, and playing Utena.
Kawakami:  In the story of Utena, she is carried adrift by fate, but she will not give in,
Kawakami:  and faces it with all she has. I think that is really great of her.
Kawakami:  As for how the story of Utena develops, and the development of Utena, Anthy, and the other characters...
Kawakami:  Every single character grows up a lot through the story.
Kawakami:  I hope you will see these sorts of things as well, and feel good about it.

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