Thursday, January 24, 2008

Anican's Readers Pick Top Seiyuus of 2007

Anican have published their readers' choices for top seiyuus of 2007. Fukuyama Jun and Sugita Tomokazu are the favorite males, and Horie Yui and Hirano Aya the favorite females. The favorite up-and-comers are Inoue Marina and Miyano Mamoru, and the top seiyuu groups are Aice5 and the Lucky Star crew.

Fukuyama JunMale
1 Fukuyama Jun 2218 votes
2 Sugita Tomokazu 1116
3 Houshi Souichirou 921
4 Miyano Mamoru 846
5 Sakurai Takahiro 775
6 Ono Daisuke 646
7 Seki Tomokazu 619
8 Wakamoto Norio 526
9 Kamiya Hiroshi 493
10 Yoshino Hiroyuki 477

Horie YuiFemale
1 Horie Yui 2489 
2 Hirano Aya 2276
3 Mizuki Nana 2202
4 Tamura Yukari 2085 
5 Kugimiya Rie 1254
6 Nakahara Mai 715 
7 Chihara Minori 642
8 Noto Mamiko 615
9 Hayashibara Megumi 553
10 Nonaka Ai 527

Hirano AyaSeiyuu Groups
1 Aice5 2054 (Horie Yui, Kanda Akemi,Takahashi Chiaki, Asano Masumi, Kimura Madoka)
2 "Izumi Konata, Hiiragi Kagami, Hiiragi Tsukasa, Takara Miyuki" 1206 (Hirano Aya, Katou Emiri, Fukuhara Kaori, Endou Aya, from Lucky Star)
3 STA☆MEN 774 (Kishio Daisuke, Suzumura Kenichi, Suwabe Junichi, Takahashi Hiroki, Toriumi Kousuke, Yasumura Makoto, Yoshino Hiroyuki)
4 THE IDOLM@STER 669 (Wakabayashi Naomi, Hirata Hiromi, Nigo Mayako, Shimada Asami, Hasegawa Akiko, Takahashi Chiaki, Imai Mami, Kugimiya Rie, Ochiai Yurika, Nakamura Eriko)
5 Kurobara Hozonkai 547 (Horie Yui, Furuya Mitsuo, Kashiwada Keiichi, Suwa Masaru, Konno-san)
6 Nana Kana 425 (Inoue Nana, Sakai Kanako)
7 SOS-Dan 402 (Hirano Aya, Sugita Tomokazu, Chihara Minori, Gotou Yuuko, Ono Daisuke)
8 GRANRODEO 334 (Taniyama Kishou, Iizuka Masaaki)
9 Daizu 258 (Kishio Daisuke, Mizushima Takahiro)
10 Zetsubou Shoujotai 198 (Ootsuki Kenji、Nonaka Ai, Inoue Marina, Kobayashi Yuu, Sawashiro Miyuki, Shintani Ryouko)


Inoue MarinaUp-and-coming artists
1 Inoue Marina 1029
2 Miyano Mamoru 785
3 Chihara Minori 707
4 Ono Daisuke 571
5 Fujita Saki 498 
6 Yonaga Tsubasa 456
7 Nakamura Yuuichi 422
8 Kobayashi Yuu 284
9 Katou Emiri 235
10 Shiraishi Minoru 223

I wonder where Hanazawa Kana and Takagaki Ayahi are among the newcomers. Inoue Marina is good, but I still haven't found her that special, even in Minami-ke. Miyano Mamoru, Ono Daisuke, and Nakamura Yuuichi? Sure. Chihara Minori? Yes, although more as a singer than as a seiyuu for me, so far. I like Hatsune Miku, the android voice based on samples from Fujita Saki, but I haven't heard Fujita-san in anything that has really turned me on. And I would certainly include Yahagi Sayuri and Sasaki Nozomi, but that's just me. The young seiyuu with the brightest future, in my opinion, is Hayami Saori, but she's only 16 and has had only two named roles.

As for the main seiyuu rankings, Fukuyama Jun is good, but I don't enjoy him as much as I do the two Tomokazus, Ono Daisuke, Miyano Mamoru, Sakurai Takahiro, or Kamiya Hiroshi.

Much as I like Hirano Aya, there are a number of female seiyuu not on the list that I would rate higher than anyone on it: Paku Romi, Kuwashima Houko, Kawasumi Ayako, Kobayashi Sanae, Yajima Akiko. I'd put Sawashiro Miyuki and Yukino Satsuki in there somewhere, too. And where the heck is the marvelous Koshimizu Ami?

But Japanese seiyuu fans see and hear a lot more of these people as personalities on radio and TV than I do, so I expect that factors in to their choices.

Source: Watch! Seiyuu-san.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

January 2008 Anime -- Popularity on 2channel in Japan

After 2 or 3 episodes, the new season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei seems to lead the pack, with true tears, Yattaman, and Shigofumi next, but far behind.

Spice & Wolf, Persona, and Rosario to Vampire come next, with others strung out behind. It's hard to gauge how popular Minami-ke O-kawari is, since it is simply continuing the original series' threads (and is on its 96th).

Here is a rough list showing which thread each show is currently on. Each completed thread represents about 1000 posts.

Zoku Zetsubou Sensei 67
True Tears 17
Yattaman 13
Shigofumi 11
Spice & Wolf 9
Persona 8
Rosario to Vampire 8
Hakaba Kitarou 7
KimiAru 7
ARIA the Origination 6
H2O 6
Hatenkou Yuugi 3
Major 4 3
Ayakashi 2
Moegaku 5 1

  • true tears is getting the attention I think it deserves.
  • Yattaman's popularity shows the effect of its long history.
  • With all its faults, I enjoy Ayakashi more than 2channel does.
  • Hatenkou Yuugi's low popularity is a further demonstration of 2channel's allergy to any anime that can be classed as shoujo.
  • Moegaku 5 is more an educational variety show than an anime show, even though it has an anime element.
  • A show or two may be missing since I included only the top 100 most recently posted-to threads.
  • thanks to tj han and to the geek by any other name for various corrections.