It is rare to see voice acting in anime praised or even mentioned in the first place. At most there will be discussions about the favorite voice actors which is mainly tied to their voice rather than acting. This is not wrong, as everyone cannot be expected to excel in breaking down every aspect of something they enjoy. I, for instance, would not be able to and is the reason I rarely, if ever, touch upon it.
That said, I want to give praise to a scene found in the seventh episode of Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de. Note that this could potentially be seen as light spoilers, as the scene in question is a punch to the gut in how sudden and emotional it is.
Personally, I have yet to start Inou-Battle and as such have no understanding of the actual circumstances surrounding the scene. What I do know, however, is that the character Hatoko suddenly snaps and proceeds to have a nearly three-minute-long rant about Jurai’s “chuunibyou” (a term difficult to describe, but is often referred to as “eight-grade syndrome” in English and could – as in the case of Inou-Battle – mean a person believes it has special powers (or perhaps they act as a know-it-all)). The result is one of the most haunting moments in voice acting of 2014.
It makes me wonder how long it took for Hatoko’s voice actor Saori Hayami (known as Ayase from Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai) to get this scene right. With every second her voice stars cracking more and more, while getting more and more intense, until it ends with one final devastating scream that breaks my heart.
I cannot even begin to imagine how the recording session went. All I know is that this is one of the more, if not the most, memorable cases of voice acting in 2014.