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29 September 2004 @ 11:46 pm
Some confusion over Edward's seiyuu  
This may actually be off-topic a bit, since it's not directly related to FMA, but I'm rather flummoxed. It has to do with Ed's Japanese voice actor, Paku Romi.

I was recently looking to see what other roles this seiyuu has done, and I ran up against some confusion. A lot of voice roles attributed to her by some sources are by other sources attributed to another woman called Sunao Tamami. Just for a few examples:

Roles I've seen attributed to Paku Romi include: Edward from FMA, Katsushiro from Samurai 7, Maki from Airmaster, Heimdall from Matantei Loki Ragnarok, and Temari from Naruto, among others (Tao Ren, Ken, etc.) But I've also seen pages -- including Hitoshi Doi's seiyuu database, which I normally take as correct -- attributing the roles of Katsushiro, Maki, Temari and Heimdall to Sunao Tamami. I even found one page saying that this Sunao Tamami had done Ed. One or two mis-attributed roles I could see, but four and five?

Page of Paku Romi's roles:

Page of Sunao Tamami's roles:
Same database has a list of Paku Romi's roles: http://www.tomodachianime.com/public/personnel.asp

Okay, what's up with this? Are Paku Romi and Sunao Tamami the same woman? If so, how? I know that Paku Romi's name is Korean; is perhaps Sunao Tamami the Japanese reading of the same characters? Or did she maybe change her name at some point, and if so, why? And if they're the same woman, why does she have two different entries on a number of databases?

Unfortunately, all the pages I can find with information on either woman are in Japanese. Can anyone clear up this puzzle for me?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Only One - Paku Romi
ジェニイ 「Jenny」: Edward cookie :D [_kisu_icons_]kirchu on September 29th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)
Whoa, what the heck?!

I only heard of Paku Romi for voice of Ed for FMA, and other characters for other anime. I have never heard of Sunao Tamami AT ALL.

On the website I go to for seiyuu check (animenfo.com) gives no info of Sunao Tamami. o_O; How odd.
mikkeneko on September 29th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
ジェニイ 「Jenny」kirchu on September 29th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
*scratches head* Me so confused too. XD

I heard of Hitoshi Doi on one of my old searches, hehe. /Random. :X
Marikaitou_marina on September 30th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
I wonder if it's a case of someone misreading the kanji in her name? That often happens. Paku Romi should be correct, as far as I know, but I'd have to look at the kanji somehow to check and see if it's a case of misreading.

(That is, kanji often have at least two different pronunciations, and whoever is listing Sunao Tanami may be accidentally writing alternate kanji pronunciations)

Anyone have the kanji on them?
mikkeneko on September 30th, 2004 12:22 am (UTC)
I can't seem to get the kanji for her last name to show up here, but the Romi part of her name is spelled like so: 路美。 I haven't seen the kanji for the Sunao Tamami name, but the -mi part at the end, at least, looks like it could be the same?
(Anonymous) on September 30th, 2004 01:11 am (UTC)
Paku Romi is actually Korean-Japanese. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paku_Romi) Sunao Tamami may be her Japanese name?
mikkeneko on September 30th, 2004 01:18 am (UTC)
I considered that, but I can't find proof one way or the other. I can't see any way to read Paku Romi as Sunao Tamami, or vice versa. *shakes head* It would take someone who knew more about kanji than I do.
Sarah: edogundamnook on September 30th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm not sure where those sites are getting their info that Sunao Tamami plays Romi's roles. I mean there is a full list of what Romi has done on her website: http://www11.plala.or.jp/romi/

And no where on Romi's site does it even mention Sunao Tamami. That's just plain weird. -___-
mikkeneko on September 30th, 2004 01:46 am (UTC)
...and I know I've been studying Japanese too hard when I find myself looking at your icon and trying to puzzle out the kanji. XP
Sarah: edogundamnook on September 30th, 2004 01:48 am (UTC)
Actually that's not kanji. It's a font called "alchemist"! XD

It does say "Edward"! ^.^
Kalika Maxwellkalikamaxwell on September 30th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
I want that font. ;_; But I bet it's for PCs. *cries*
mikkeneko on September 30th, 2004 05:33 pm (UTC)
I need more fonts, too, dammit. It's so hard to make really nice icons when all I've really got is Apple Chancery, Capitals, and a couple of webdings.
Ansem, seeker of the cock: Ken - puppy kickerpowercorrupts on September 30th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
Hmm, odd. Probably a mistake, though, a lot of sites attribute other seiyuu's roles to people sometimes.
Paku Romi definately played most of those roles, though.
mikkeneko on September 30th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
Like I said... I could believe a mistake, if it weren't so consistant. At least three different sites I found (though I can't get back to them all, don't remember the search strings I used) had this Sunao Tamami, and they pretty consistantly gave her not just one or two but whole bunches of Paku Romi's roles.
Absolutely no decorum.niwakaame on September 30th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
You see, before FMA Anime was released, there were already drama CDs [I beleive you could some find in Gangan ] released. And it WASN'T Paku Romi who did Ed's voice[I'm sure because it wasn't the same kanjis] and I WOULD think it is Sunao Tamami.
Zranazrana on September 30th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
that could be it.

And the reason serveral sights make the mistake is becuase they took their info from the same sources not realizing it was a mistake?
Absolutely no decorum.niwakaame on September 30th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
Possibly that. Besides, Hitoshi Doi's site is a real reference...So they could have not looked at Paku Romi's page. Though, I wonder, was it on other FMA sites that the mistake was seen? I mean, Paku ROmi is rather a big thing.
mikkeneko on September 30th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense, but what about the other attributions? Katsushiro and Maki and the like?
Absolutely no decorum.niwakaame on September 30th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
I'd have to check my kanji dictionnary for the prunounciations, but yes, the reading theory might actually be very plausible. I agree, all of 'Sunao Tamami' 's roles are Paku Romi O.o. [Well, Animedia ,Newtype,Animage put all these characters officially as her voicings-so,yes, i'd bet on pronounciation mistake.]
ヴィ様です!veatariel on October 1st, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Ed's voice in the drama was by Minagawa Junko (Echizen Ryoma in PoT).
sappedsapped on September 30th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC)
Or perhaps one site got the wrong info and it spread to others like wildfire?