[VIDEO] Interview: Ashley Eckstein on Studio Ghibli, Only Yesterday, and Her Universe Press

Today, we give you the conclusion to our three-part in-depth video interview with Ashley Eckstein; in the first part, she discussed Her Universe, and in part 2, she went into detail about Ahsoka, the character she voices in Star Wars Rebels. In this third section, Eckstein discusses her upcoming appearance as the English voice actor for Yaeko Okajima in Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday. The animated film has already received a large reception and plenty of critical acclaim in Japan, having been lauded in particular for its approach to a woman-focused story.

The interview concludes with Eckstein discussing Her Universe Press, an initiative aimed at helping aspiring women authors break into the publishing industry and find contacts that will allow their work to get published.

Ashley Barry writes for several pop culture websites. Her freelance work has appeared in Kill Screen, Gadgette, The Mary Sue, Luna Luna Magazine, FemHype, Not Your Mama’s Gamer, Bitch Flicks, and Paste Magazine. She also runs a YouTube channel called Hyrule Hyrulia. Her channel features interviews with Ashly Burch, Patrick Klepek, Nina Freeman, and more.

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