Pony Canyon to hold auditions for voice actors

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Anime and music publisher Pony Canyon Inc. said it will hold auditions this year in hopes of discovering the next generation of anime stars.

The company launched the official website “Ponycan Koetama Audition 2012” on Dec. 1. Females aged 12 to 24 who are aspiring voice actresses or anime singers are encouraged to apply through the website.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31. After an initial document screening, public voting by visitors to the website will start in February.

The second part of the selection process will be held in March to evaluate acting skills, followed by the final process in April to test singing ability.

The multiple-stage audition process is long and demanding, but winners will be given a chance to be cast in anime titles from Pony Canyon or release their CDs through the company.

A leading player in the anime industry, Pony Canyon has produced many popular animated TV series such as “K-On!” and “Shinryaku!? Ika Musume.”

In recent years, voice actors and actresses, as well as anime song singers, have been gaining increasing popularity. Anime and music companies are also bolstering their efforts to recruit new talent.

Record company Victor Entertainment Inc. held the “Victor Vocal & Voice Audition” to publicly solicit candidates for the role of the heroine in the “Macross Frontier” animated TV series. Satellite anime broadcaster Animax Broadcast Japan Inc. hosts the annual All-Japan Anison Grand Prix anime song singing competition.

Both events have attracted a lot of attention for their audition process.

Visit the official Ponycan Koetama Audition website at (http://koetama.jp/).

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