The definition of celebrity according to google is a famous person, especially in entertainment or sport or the state of being well known. In terms of my subject Sailor Moon, i decided to explore the brand/character of Sailor Moon is the celebrity and also see if the voice actor is as well.
The Japanese voice actor of Sailor Moon, Kotono Mitsuishi (it kept trying to autocorrect her last name to the Japanese car brand Mitsubishi, odd!) has her own website, which i am unable to understand due to it being in Japanese so i chose to google translate some of it. It seems to discuss her current adventures.
I google translated it and she is talking about her visit to Australia. Funnily enough i was directed to this page via fan on tumblr where she has a following. The Kotono tag on the blog has both Kotono and Sailor Moon posts.
In her tag on tumblr, there is a mix of her personal life, events and sailor moon posts.
While the pictures are tagged of her they feature her almost always pictured with Sailor Moon and sometimes even without her, maybe just her signature.
Upon reflection i wonder if it matters if the character is more famous than the voice or the actor but if you’re are looking at it to see which could be considered the celebrity, I would say it’s the character.
As i just did, we are now able to find out origins of people and things with a click of the button and i wonder if i wouldn’t have been so ignorant if i had been able to use the internet for things like that and perhaps even if i had the internet access we had today, would have i cared?
Personally i never knew who the voice actor was or even knew the origin of the character. I was born into the younger series where we all had broadband so we would constantly hear “GET OFF THE INTERNET I NEED TO USE THE PHONE.” And we used to get up early and watch it on CheeseTV.
The idea of fame and a collective admiration of people or characters is too broad to delve into completely but i can say that as i got older when i heard the word costume party i thought Sailor Moon.
Mitsuishi, K 2009, Kotono Mitsuishi, viewed 20th August, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kotono-Mitsuishi/43990602694
Mitsuishi, K 2014, Seagull and Opera House, weblog, viewed 20th August 2014, http://kotochawan.com/main/blog.php?itemid=2026
Moon, S 2011, Sailor Moon, viewed 20th August, https://www.facebook.com/SailorMoonUniverse
Tumblr, 2014, viewed 20th August, http://sailorstarfighter.tumblr.com/tagged/Kotono+Mitsuishi
Tumblr, 2014, viewed 20th August, yuritsukikage.tumblr.com/tagged/Kotono+Mitsuishi