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HoriPro Japan announces 37th Annual Talent Scout Caravan
Japanese talent agency discoveries include Haruka Ayase, May’n, Satomi Ishihara
March 21, 2012 – Japanese talent agency HoriPro announced the start of its 37th HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan talent auditions today in Japan. This year’s goal is to find a “Super-Idol” – a girl who can dance, sing, and act.
The annual competition is held in cities across Japan, spawning the title “Caravan”. Horipro’s managers and coaches work closely with each year’s winners to develop their talents and professional goals in Japanese entertainment. Applicants can be girls from middle-school age to 20 years old.
Previous winners include:
Haruka Ayase (Jin, Hotaru no Hikari, Rookies, The Incredibles (Japanese cast))
May’n (anime vocalist for Macross: Frontier, Phi Brain, Accel World)
Satomi Ishihara (Waterboys 2, Hidarime Tantei Eye, Puzzle)
This year’s theme is “Seize The Dream,” and HoriPro is looking for girls who have “inner beauty and the strength to give dreams to people.”
The Grand-Prize winner will be featured on the Japanese version of “The Glow,” an original song for Disney’s Fairy Tale Princess compilation. The Grand-prize winner will also receive 1,000,000 Yen and a pair of tickets to Disneyland in California.
ABOUT TALENT SCOUT CARAVAN
In 2011, HoriPro Talent Agency’s 36th Talent Scout Caravan held auditions in 14 cities, including Los Angeles, with a total of 12,000 applicants. The competition was open to girls 12-18 years old of any race who wished to become anime voice actors/singers in Japan.
The winner received a management contract with top Japanese talent agency HoriPro, a singing contract with BANDAI Group music label LANTIS, and a prize of 1,000,000 Yen.
The 2011 auditions focused on anime voice actresses, and the winner was 17-year-old Tadokoro Azusa from Ibaraki prefecture. At the October 10, 2011 final competition in Tokyo, Tadokoro performed Hirano Aya’s “Lost my music,” from the anime series “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.”
Los Angeles middle-school student Kyoka was the only American girl to make it to the 2012 Talent Scout Caravan Top 10 finals in Tokyo, Japan. She performed voice acting scenes and anime songs in the competition, and now she is back in America where she is training to become a bi-lingual Japanese-American voice actress and singer. Her motto is “Chase Your Dream.”