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Genshin Impact Signora, Scaramouche Voice Actor Interview at TGS Translated

Yui Shoji (La Signora) and Tetsuya Kakihara (Scaramouche) share their predictions on future story elements, playable characters in Genshin Impact.

By Iyane Agossah

October 2, 2021

miHoYo is publishing new interviews of the seiyuu (Japanese voice actresses and actors) in Genshin Impact, as part of the one-year anniversary celebrations, and those for Tetsuya Kakihara (Scaramouche) and Yui Shoji (La Signora) were published on October 2, during TGS 2021 and ahead of the Verison 2.2 stream – we translated and summarized their thoughts below.

Usually, we’re getting only one anniversary seiyuu interview at a time, but probably because it’s TGS, miHoYo released two of them simultaneously. So far, interviews of other popular characters such as the Traveler and Venti were released as well.

Note that this story contains spoilers if you haven’t finished the Inazuma Archon Story Quest yet.

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Genshin Impact Tetsuya Kakihara Scaramouche interview

Tetsuya Kakihara is surprised Genshin was released one year ago already. Though Scaramouche only first appeared in November 2020. Kakihara was really surprised by the fan reaction and how popular Scaramouche became, and thanked the fans. The interview was recorded before the release of Version 2.1 on September 1, as he mentions that after Scaramouche showed up in the 2.1 livestream, he was trending on Twitter. Showing Scaramouche is popular in and outside Japan too. Kakihara also acknowledged a lot of people want Scaramouche to be playable, but he didn’t comment further.

Kakihara was a bit worried when first voicing Scaramouche since he’s so arrogant, but that’s one of the things people ended up liking about him. Interestingly, when he first voiced Scaramouche, the script only said “Mysterious Boy” just like how he was publicly introduced on Twitter, and miHoYo didn’t tell Kakihara his name. Plus in Japanese, his Harbinger title is “散兵” (Balladeer) which in Japanese kanji can mean a simple soldier, so Kakihara was wondering if he was just a mob character, but got explained that Scaramouche’s really strong and important.

Among the two names Balladeer and Scaramouche, Kakihara likes the name Scaramouche the most. He also mentioned he actually has yet another, real name, which will be revealed in the story (Revealed as Kunikuzushi (Country Destroyer) in the Inazuma story quest).

Kakihara is really intrigued about what Scaramouche will do now that he got a Gnosis. He jokingly mentioned that if he suddenly had a superpower like that, right now the first thing he’d use that power for would be being able to travel outside Japan again. Like, go to China. And then to get loads of money.

Kakihara noted that Scaramouche, despite getting Ei’s Gnosis, never met with Raiden/Ei during the 2.1 Inazuma Archon Story. Kakihara thinks it’s possible Scaramouche intentionally avoided meeting with her, and it’ll be interesting to see their interaction if they ever again as she’s like his mother.

Next, Kakihara shared his predictions on what the other Harbingers could look like. His own idea for a future Harbinger would be a super nice acting grandma-looking Harbinger. Who actually does a lot of evil stuff while acting like the best grandma ever. And Scaramouche is an annoying brat type of character, so if a character like that is introduced, Kakihara believes she might become the sole person Scaramouche acts nicely towards.

Lastly, Kakihara explained that miHoYo increased the number of lines Scaramouche has in Inazuma after seeing how popular he is. So if you keep saying you like Scaramouche they might add some bonus scenes showing him. Same for other characters. Kakihara also pointed out that he recorded different versions of Scaramouche’s dialogue in the Inazuma Archon Story depending on if you already met him in the Unreturning Star event in November 2020 or not. He praised miHoYo for being so intricate like that with the voice acting.

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Genshin Impact Yui Shoji La Sgnora, Changsheng interview translated

Yui Shoji’s first impression of Genshin Impact was how beautiful the game looks, and then how there’s some interaction with every single thing, which makes it super immersive. She likes shooting birds with Bow characters especially.

Yui Shoji really loves her character. Signora has a lot of memorable scenes like how she beats up Venti, but she really likes the fact Signora isn’t necessarily a bad person, and that’s just how she appears to the Traveler. It’s a necessary element to show the Traveler won’t only meet people supportive of their adventure.

Just like the protagonist, Signora is going from country to county, either stealing Gnosis by force or negotiating it out. Yui Shoji knows some players are sad about the development that happened in Inazuma and Sgnora’s death, but she’s happy you liked her character so much. Yui Shoji explained she voiced her with the intent of showing she’s an antagonist, but also trying to display her humanity, her past, and her convictions, so she’s really happy players noticed that.

Yui Shoji added that in a way, thanks to how La Signora is a weekly boss, you can still meet her anytime now and will constantly think about her especially if you read the text of the items she drops. Yui Shoji hopes we’ll be able to learn more about Signora’s past in some way one day, as the more you learn the more interesting she is.

Yui Shoji added that the first impression some people might have of Signora is that she’s scary or evil, but then in Liyue you see she can be a pretty reasonable person too. Fitting of her diplomat status. To the point it makes you wonder why she acted so rashly in Mondstadt compared to Liyue, and Yui mentions you’ll get an idea if you read certain items descriptions and speculated this might be something linked to her past we’ll learn later on.

The final part of the interview has Yui Shoji sharing her predictions and speculation for the future story development of Genshin Impact. Yui Shoji hopes that at some point we’ll leave Teyvat and for example go to outer space, or visit the ruins of Khaenri’ah. She believes the story could add more Science-Fiction elements like this, like an android character.

Yui Shoji’s favorite character is Baizhu and she hopes he’ll be playable soon, she wants him to be a healer. Yui Shoji also voices Baizhu’s snake Changsheng, and hopes she’ll get to fight too during his Elementar Skill or Burst, and is looking forward to it. She really sucks at games, so her main strategy is using Geo characters and shields, so another idea she has would be getting characters with 2 elements. Signora was made to look like Cryo but is actually Pyro too, so she wants that kind of character to be playable, as it’ll make things easier for her. She also hopes things like a casino gets added to the game, where you’d be able to bet Mora and play tons of minigames.

Later on Twitter, Yui Shoji also mentioned she really the GEnshin Impact staff really values every character n the game, and how she’s really glad to be part of it.

Genshin Impact is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, iOS, and Android. The Nintendo Switch version is also coming at some point but has no release date yet. You can reach me on Twitter @A_iyane07 to discuss the game or Japanese-stylized stuff in general.

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Iyane Agossah
@A_iyane07

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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