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Evangelion Voice Actress Megumi Ogata Shares Thoughts on Voicing Yuuta Okkotsu in Jujutsu Kaisen

Comments from Megumi Ogata on Jujutsu Kaisen

By Iyane Agossah

July 30, 2021

Megumi Ogata, the legendary voice actress who voices Shinji in Evangelion, is the voice of Yuta Okkotsu in Jujutsu Kaisen. Following the official cast and trailer reveal, a touching message from Megumi Ogata was published. We translated it below.

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Megumi Ogata comments on Jujutsu Kaisen and Yuta Okkotsu

Megumi Ogata first talked about her impressions from reading the manga and watching the first season of the anime:

Megumi Ogata: “This is Megumi Ogata, voice of Yuuta Okkotsu. I was so surprised when I was offered the role. I never expected to voice such an important character in Jujutsu Kaisen. I remember reading all the manga so fast including volume 0, finding it so interesting, and watching all the anime too (laughs). I was so shocked how each character is so charming and complex.”

Next, she explained how she voiced Yuta, and the trouble she faced. Most notably how the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Japan made it difficult to hold meetings with all of the movie’s staff.

Megumi Ogata: “I didn’t even have time to worry about how to approach voicing Yuta that I was already test recording. First, I was asked to reflect Yuta’s feelings through a single line. This was quite the hurdle from the start, but after meeting with the main staff we managed to reach a consensus (organizing meetings is difficult with Corona). Thanks to that I was able to settle down before the movie’s actual recording, or at least that’s what I told myself (laughs). With the the staff’s help, and respecting the vision of the manga, I think I was able to create my own version of Yuta and voice him with all my heart. I hope I will see you at the theaters on December 24.”

A much shorter comment by Gege Akutami was also published. He stated Megumi Ogata was perfect for Yuta’s voice.

More on Jujutsu, Megumi Ogata

The Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie was first announced by Mappa after the first season ended. It’s a prequel based on Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School manga. The protagonist, Yuta Okkotsu, is referenced several times during the first season of Jujutsu Kaisen. We will see him in action for the first time in this movie.

Regarding Megumi Ogata voicing Shinji, some Japanese fans are already making jokes. One fanart, in particular, is especially popular on Twitter, featuring Yuta in place of Shinji, getting asked to “get in the robot”.

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Iyane Agossah
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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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