To us anime fans, Osamu Mukai is known for his roles in the live-action adaptations of Beck, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile and Paradise Kiss. This time, he took on the challenge of being a seiyuu.
It has been announced that the Japanese actor will lend his voice for the TV anime, Doraemon. And you know what’s interesting? Osamu Mukai will be playing Osaru Mukai, an action star with monkey-like stunts (saru is the Japanese word for monkey). Sounds like his name, right? Osaru appears in the episode entitled “Saikyou! Korobashiya Z” which airs in Japan on March 1.
Although Mukai finds voice acting challenging, he says that he was happy to receive the role. The actor relates that he has been watching Doraemon since he was young and he never imagined that one day he’ll be given a role in the anime series.
What he finds difficult about the voice acting is that expression lies entirely on his voice. Whereas for acting, he can freely express with his face and body.
Aside from the anime series, Mukai will also take part in Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum which is slated for release on March 9. He is the third actor to make a cameo appearance in Doramon films. Previously, Masaharu Fukuyama and Shun Oguri were given roles in Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops: ~Angel Wings~ (2011) and Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~ (2012), respectively.