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Literature / Please Let Me Be A Seiyuu

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Published in early 2014, this Affectionate Parody of otaku culture and various anime tropes outlines the escapades of a cetain boy named Samuel Johnathan Evans. Samuel is a shy British otaku who happens to live in America, and his all-time dream is to become a voice actor for anime. To do so he enrolls in an academy of the arts, and there begins his story.Unfortunately, the journey to stardom is not as easy as he thought. He has to deal with several problems, such as: a stuck up diva that half of the school fears, being typecast, and his own lack of confidence.This certainly was not how he imagined his career would start off, so he decides to do something about it. And by do something, it actually means begging his teacher for a break.

For a similar story, look for Seiyuu Ka. For another novel by the same author, please see Rolitania.


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  • Anime Hair: It is hinted that Sam’s last haircut gave him a look similar to Roxas, from Kingdom Hearts. But as the cover would suggest, it’s grown back. Or something.
    • Sarah, as well, judgimg from both the cover and her character description, this applies as well.
  • The Ditherer: Sam.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Sebastian, as well as Leonard. They’re both pretty similar.
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Sarah, but most notably Sam.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Parodied by Josh or Sarah whenever they are mocking Sam’s usual behaviour, or Sam’s hallucination of his favorite anime character. Josh uses he word “sempai” when he mentioned Sarah.
    • Briefly Wilhelmina calls Sam “Oniichan”, even though it’s incorrect when used in connection to him.
  • Hates Being Touched: Sarah, more or less. It's mentioned.
  • Hot-Blooded: Zigzagged with Sarah. But her lack of facial expression really makes it confusing.
  • Idiot Hero: Sam is shades of this. He’s academically smart, but when it comes to common sense or interacting with people, he’s pretty much inept at everything.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sarah, more or less. She may be a Strange Girl who has no sense of subtlety when it comes to her opinions and observations, but her kindness shines through in the strangest ways.
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  • No Social Skills: Admittedly, the two main characters; all they seem to know how to do is act. But one notable example has to be Josh, who seems to have no friends whatsoever, until poor, gullible Samuel comes along.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Sam, when he’s around girls. Well, actually, he’s pretty awkward all around.
  • The Pornomancer: What Josh thinks he is.
  • Skilled, but Naïve:Sam, but with acting. He is also a straight A student, but seems to lack any sense.
  • Shout-Out: Several to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, including one of the chapter names. There are also a few to Future Diary.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Dr. Hermenez.
  • Squee!: Sam’s reaction to certain things, actually. It borders on Squick, sometimes.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sam thinks he’s living in an anime, or some crazy television show, and always tries to be an entertaining protagonist. However, he wrongly assumes that the genre is a straight up adventure-comedy, when in fact, it’s a very awkward romantic dramedy.
    • He also correctly assumes that Sarah is a main character just by looking at her.
  • Stalker W Ith A Crush: Sarah, surprisingly.

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