Saturday, October 27, 2007

Poll: SeiMoe -- Who is the Most Attractive Seiyuu?

There are many beautiful seiyuu. Which do you think is the most attractive? The poll at right includes the names of 75 Japanese voice actresses. And I have made a page with pictures of all 75, to remind you of what they look like. Click the screencap below to go to the pictures:

Who do I think is the most attractive? If I had to choose one person, it would be Miyazaki Ui (Iroha in Sumomomo mo Momo mo) . But there are so many that I could choose: Sanpei Yuuko, Chihara Minori, Fukuhara Kaori, Hirano Aya, Kudou Haruka, Paku Romi, Chiba Saeko, Tanaka Rie, Gotou Saori, Noto Mamiko, Shiina Hekiru, Yukana.... Your preferences will no doubt be different: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As I said, there are a lot of choices.
I've included some people that are some of my favorite performers, but whom I personally can't imagine voting for: Kawasumi Ayako, Yahagi Sayuri, Horie Yui, Kugimiya Rie, Tamura Yukari (yes, I know, I'm crazy). I've tried to find equally good photos of everyone, but I'm afraid I didn't totally succeed.

For 2channel's opinion of who is the "moe-est" seiyuu -- based mainly on their work -- see my previous post. There, it was in fact Kugimiya Rie, Horie Yui, and Tamura Yukari who headed the poll.

I'll keep this poll going for a few days, to give people a chance to find it. There's a ridiculous number of names on the list, but if you want to vote for someone who isn't on it, please vote in a comment and I'll tally your vote when I make the results post.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, it has got to be Masako Nozawa. Awesome.

cortana said...

Beautiful if you have a thing for Ferengi.


As for me, Sakai Kanako every day.

deftoned said...

::whistles::

Mizuki Nana. Voted.

:D

omo said...

FERENGII FERENGII~

I will however study hashihime's list carefully and report back in a few days.

hashihime said...

Please control yourselves, gentlemen. I've already had to trash a couple of posts: one that in true 2channel fashion posted a link to a fake ugly photo of Hirano Aya, and another that made the rational point that Tamura Yukari is beautiful, but criticised my difference of opinion in that regard in an unacceptably nasty way. I love her, but not for her beauty. Your mileage may vary.

Anonymous said...

The Aya image isn't fake, believe it or not. Apparently some otaku get off on seeing seiyuu do stupid crap like shoving their faces against a washing machine door, and Aya Hirano has shown on multiple occasions that she isn't at all above it. Well, whatever.

Asuka said...

So we're voting based on physical appearance only? Or that + vocal talent?

Mei said...

I wish we could make multiple votes and then keep narrowing down in a few rounds of voting until we reach the top. It sounds more SaiMoe-like that way, I guess.

I voted Minorin of course, but I'd probably choose Ryocchi, Aaya, Yuu-tan, or Fukuhara next.

Anonymous said...

Hagu-chan is the only one for me.

hashihime said...

@anonymous re Hirano washing machine door pic -- Sorry, I thought it was fake. I looked for the mole. If you're sure she did it voluntarily, feel free to repost the link if you like.

@asuka -- I said "attractive" to emphasize appearance, although I know that a seiyuu's voice can't help being part of her attractiveness. I was basically thinking of appearance, anyway.

@mei -- a more complex process might be possible in the future, but this seemed like a good start. Questions like whether people are interested in voting on appearance, talent, and/or personality should be discussed before a larger-scale operation was launched.

"Moe" might be a good parameter, if I can bring myself to accept the common definition of "turns me on" rather than the more specific definition that includes vulnerability and desire to protect.

omo said...

Well yeah, it's going to be very subjective and people will vote for whatever reason fair or not. However they like. Moe is a good catch all phrase for that I guess.

For starters, I know some of the girls on that list look plain in real life. And if I were to guess most of them do. Everyone looks better when you are treated to professional makeup and costume, photography, and photo editing. Yet it doesn't always capture some of their charms that you see when you meet them face to face. It also doesn't help that many of them are not at all models or have photo albums released or what have you.

So yeah, lolz.

basic.syntax said...

It took a lot of digging to put this together, and I like being able to put faces to voices and their characters; you’ve built an impressive seiyuu database.

But, I think running a beauty contest is outside the interesting pattern of reporting and commentary you’ve established on your blog: it asks for some of the low-brow trouble here that you report about on 2ch. You write well – please continue to bring us translations of the lives of various seiyuu from their blogs, especially happenings unique to Japan.

hashihime said...

@omo -- Good points. As for photos, I find I tend to like more informal shots, when I can get them. They give more personality, even when they give less glamor. With Aya, I used a shot she took of herself after an event last spring. So she was made up, but not professionally lit or photographed. That seemed as fair as I could get in that case. I tried out almost every photo I could get of Kawasumi Ayako and Kugimiya Rie, to find comparatively flattering ones.

@basic.syntax -- As I got closer to publishing this, I realized how right you are. But I went ahead anyway. I'm always trying to get more people interested in seiyuu, and this seems a fairly effective method. I'm quite pleased with the table of photos. I like to realize that these voices are all actual people.

Deathy said...

Time to start a campaign for Minorin to win this.

paranda said...

momo-i~
Tanaka Rie being a close second.

Partial agreement on Ui who is somehow ridiculously good at taking photos, but a lot of her perfect smile/angle posing skillz do not translate over well live for me.

As for Kugimiya, I love her but she is on and off in interviews, and most of her photos are really bad. They should just air some special where Kugyu walks around the street and knees random people in the balls while telling them off so she can get that personality edge over her competition.

Also it might just be me, but all the image links are redirecting to some random page on atspace

j1m0ne said...

Kawaragi Shiho for me, I know I'll be the only one who votes for her. Wait, why am I voting on this anyway ^^; I'd really wanted to vote for Asanuma Shintaro though, he's so.....moe XD

hashihime said...

@paranda -- Thanks for the heads-up on the links. I think I've fixed that now. There isn't much difference: the links are to the original 95x95px pics, whereas the pics on the page itself are 100x100 "thumbnails" created by Dreamweaver/Fireworks in the process of making a contact sheet.

Interesting thoughts on Miyazaki Ui. I've never seen her live. I just now watched a couple of interview videos on YouTube, however, and they don't change my vote in the least.

@deathy -- It doesn't look to me as if Minorin needs a campaign. Maybe the pic I posted is unfairly good -- or maybe Minorin is just unfairly beautiful.

omo said...

I agree with the "seiyuu awareness" factor.

English-language seiyuu fandom is very focused and obsessive on the whole. People stick to their guns--and for most that's just two or three actresses/actors--and basically ignore the whole else. As much as this poll is a way to make people aware of other aspiring girls, eh, I'm trying XD

Maybe I'll just vote for the girls who no one is voting for (but near the top of my list).

Kai said...

I voted for Fukuhara Kaori, though Mika Kikcuhi is just as beautiful with Ami Koshizimu, Kuwatani Natsuko, and Nakahara Mai being tied for 3rd. Also you used the same Kugimiya Rie pic for Ami Koshizimu.

sanc said...

Heh is it just my computer or is your Koshimizu Ami picture a picture of Kugimiya Rie =P

I voted for Sakura Nogawa, though shes not a favourite of mine voice wise, she does look really cute. I really wanted to vote for Minorin though, she's up there with the top in attractiveness ^^

Deathy said...

GAH! Minorin is tied with Hirano Aya?! WTH...

hashihime said...

@kai, sanc -- Thanks for pointing out the Koshimizu Ami mistake. I must have screwed that up when I was fixing the page in another way a few hours ago. She's back now.

kazu-kun said...

Well, having seen both Aya and Minori in person. They both look hot. But I voted for Aya anyway...it's probably the legs.

Kaioshin Sama said...

Hmmmmmm, this isn't really my forte, becasuse it's one thing to say an anime character is more attractive then another, but to do it for real human beings.....anytime I'm ever asked this question I usually can't or won't answer. I have a latent dislike for this question because everytime I'm asked this question and don't answer, people assume I'm gay (well people do that for a lot of reasons). So for the last time world, I'm not gay already.

Anyway, in this case I think people are just going to go more with who they know and thus I predict Aya Hirano, much like how she tends to win every other poll that isn't on 2ch. This is the kind of thing you'd need a control group for, who's never seen any of the anime they are involved in to judge. It's like asking "Who is the most handsome male seiyuu?" (Swear to the lord himself if anyone says it again). Well who are people going to vote for. As far as I can tell most people are only familiar with Sugita Tomokazu and since he's fairly young and cleancut(Warning people) he'd win by a landslide.

So I don't really like these polls anymore. I like to go with the type of polls where bias and fanboyism can be controlled or altogether eliminated to reach a more honest answer from people with less outliers influencing the result.

hashihime said...

@Kaioshin_sama - Interesting ideas. Thanks for posting, even if you don't vote. I must admit that I am surprised that the race, right now, is between Hirano Aya and Chihara Minori. I think they are two of the prettiest, but I'm surprised that Horie Yui, Tanaka Rie, and Tamura Yukari aren't up there.

I don't have any idea whether these things are coming into play here, but in any case, I don't think there is any possibility of controlling for "bias and fanboyism." Those things can also be called "preference," of course. I provided all those photos in part to give people a chance to vote on what they see rather than what they already thought, and in part to give people a wider choice.

As for male seiyuus, if Sugita won, it would definitely be bias, since I don't think he's that handsome, nice guy as he seems to be. By the way, it never even occurred to me that you might be gay. Not that it would matter to me in the slightest, one way or the other. I thought your attempts to get people to pay attention to male seiyuus were just a matter of gender loyalty and love of shows that had more male seiyuus than female (i.e., classic mecha).

Anonymous said...

Okay, the gay thing is actually just something people assume when they meet me because of my taste in music, mannerisms and lack of interest in discussing women and such. It's actually not the case, but I can see how they might think it more and more these days.

As for why it's between Minori and Aya Hirano, if you think about it, both were the voices of the most popular characters in Haruhi, which is the be all end all series in the west to this day. Both are attractive in their own right, but it's the roles I think that really gives them the edge so much so over the competition. It's not that anyone else is not worthy, but that they just aren't household names enough for the one vote one person style of polling. Take away the association they have to popular material and I think the poll would be lot less lopsided and you'd see more votes for other people.

omo said...

I think the hype is definitely a part of the equation, if you want to analyze it.

Which is why Hashihime is surprised, I would guess?

But IMO Rie Tanaka, Yukarin and Hocchan are not as pretty. Even if we would just look at them purely as normal girls and not as idols or seiyuus, comparing them with Minorin and Aaya.

That said I won't vote for any of those 5. But I think I have a "old" sense of pretty and punk kids should just get off my lawn...

Seiryuu said...

anyway i'm still voting for aya no matter what =D

Anonymous said...

Can't access the page you posted, so I'll have to vote based on who I know :D

Personally, I'd say Shiina Hekiru, back in 1997/1998 (check out her videos!) <3 Vocal abilities play absolutely no factor in my judgment...

hashihime said...

@anonymous -- The images page is working for me. I hope it was just a transient problem, since I'm going to keep that page up permanently, and probably add to it from time to time. As for Shiina Hekiru, I didn't know her at all until she got so many votes in the Japanese poll. But now I see why she got so many. To search out images or videos, here's her Japanese name: 椎名へきる

Hydrogen-Crane said...

I must say, Chiaki Ishikawa isn't in the running? I've seen her on the seiyuu calendar. She looks good in that small open dress. If I must vote once, I will take some time before I cast.

Diodati said...

Chihara Minori is stunning.
And I don't say that with Haruhi's popularity in mind - I say it with the seiyuu cast video for IkkiTousen: Dragon Destiny in mind heh!
Incidentally I find Chiba Saeko very intriguing in 'motion'.

Hmm, but this would mean betraying my long-time soft spot for Tanaka Rie and I'm not sure I'm prepared to do that....

Miria said...

Hm. I know some of the seiyuu you listed for a long time, and Tamura Yukari only for a short period, but her voice and charism makes her one of the most beautiful. If she can be this without a pretty face, well she has the power only by using her voice. Oh well, besides we are talking about seiyuus here ^_^