August 17, 2005 ㅡ There tends to be a feeling of unexplained excitement and even a hint of triumph when Koreans cheer about South Korean television dramas gaining growing popularity outside the country ― particularly in Japan.
So when a Korean voice actress won the main role in one of the most popular Japanese animation films, Koreans here were particularly pleased.
Some newspapers pointed out that "Japan's best voice actor was a Korean," while others compared Park Ro-mi, the third-generation Korean-Japanese voice actress, to BoA, a Korean teen sensation who is currently conquering the Tokyo billboard charts.
Ms. Park won the main role in "Full Metal Alchemist," an animation film that remains true to its comic book origins and drew 700,000 viewers across Japan last month.
The same movie was released on DVD in Korea last week, and Ms. Park visited Seoul to promote the film. She had to answer questions about how she viewed "being the first and best voice actress as a Korean in Japan."
"I am not sure if I am the first Korean voice actor in Japan," she replied. "I am Korean, but I was born and raised in Japan. I just try not to discriminate against myself by limiting myself to being either a Korean or a Japanese."
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Okay...*calms down* they *might* be meaning the normal anime DVDs, but then why the same movie was released on DVD????
*is confused and anxious*