An interesting editorial from Young Magazine, which is rather critical of the propensity of seiyuu to go into detail about their characters in interviews and similar, comes to my attention. Rendered into English:
It’s my opinion that lately seiyuu have gotten carried away with themselves.
They get on TV and talk all about their character’s feelings and background like they’re the original authors. Nobody says this, but when I see them do it I think “but you didn’t create the character, did you?” What I’m trying to say is that I’d like to see more of those seiyuu who behave like they’re being granted the privilege of playing a role.
This strikes me as a difficult issue – on the one hand, clearly the original authors and other creative staff have a deserved degree of authority on these matters. However, in providing their interpretation of the character in their performance, the seiyuu too seem to be involved in the creative process as well, and just as the talents of the more purely creative staff can vary, so can a particularly talented seiyuu lend a great deal to a role (for some reason Megumi Hayashibara immediately springs to mind here).
Original, grabbed from 2ch, below.