Saturday, September 27, 2008

Get Ready! -- Fall Anime Schedule, day by day

Here is a calendar-style anime schedule for the fall.

The season begins Sunday, with Hakushaku to Yousei ("The Count and the Fairy"), starring Mizuki Nana and Midorikawa Hikaru. Then it really gets going on Wednesday 1 October, with five new shows: Toradora, Hyakko, Casshern Sins, Rosario to Vampire 2 and Noramimi 2. And on Thursday with five more: Shikabane-hime Aka, Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka, Kuroshitsuji, Yozakura Quartet, and Clannad - After Story.

Click image to go to calendar, where you can check for days and dates of other shows.

The calendar includes basic info about staff and cast for each show. For full previews of all the new shows, check my season preview, and also j1m0ne's preview, which gives more info about music and has some cast photos, and also mentions a couple of family shows that I didn't include.

For another style of calendar, see mahou Showtime!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Takagaki Ayahi on Wrestling Radio Show?

I'd read that Takagaki Ayahi (Noe in true tears) was supposed to be a fan of pro wrestling, but now she is going to co-host a wrestling-focused radio program.

The show is called "Hustle Every Night" (夜ナ夜ナハッスル), and is produced by a wrestling group called "Hustle Fighting Opera." The purpose of the show is to cater to female and young fans.

The group photo shows her with her co-host, the president of the wrestling group (a wrestler himself), and the group's "PR lady." There is a little video of the press conference.

I've been disappointed that Takagaki-san is not getting more roles, but at least here she has a chance to make a bit of money. I thought she was outstanding as a voice and as an actress both in true tears and in Da Capo II Second Season (in which she played Otome).

A number of seiyuu are said to be fans of pro wrestling, but I always thought that was a bit of a joke. Perhaps not.

I found this info on her blog, where I was looking at a charming photo of her standing on the breakwater that features so prominently in true tears. She was on a visit to Toyama, where the anime was set. Ayahime in real life appears to be a tiny dynamo.

This fall, Ayahime has two comparatively minor roles, one in Gundam00, and one in Kyou no Go no Ni (Today in Class 5-2).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Seiyuu Romance -- Do Nana-chan and Hana-chan Have Boyfriends?

Fair warning: this post is pure tabloid fluff.

This summer, we have had a couple of seiyuu romance rumors, one of them old but proven.

1. A photo-booth photo has turned up showing Hanazawa Kana 花澤香菜 with her boyfriend in 2006.

2. 2channel has been playing with a rumor that Mizuki Nana 水樹奈々and Sakurai Takahiro 櫻井孝宏 are an item.

Hanazawa Kana may have the most moe voice in anime. She is starring in the wonderful Mahoutsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto this summer, and was Ryouko in Zegapain, Potemayo in Potemayo, and Sora in Sketchbook. For anyone who isnt familiar with her amazing voice, here is a compilation of her roles, from YouTube.

The story about her came out first in 2006, when she was working on Zegapain. A guy posted about his seiyuu girlfriend on 2channel, and when challenged about it, produced the photo at the right. (click photos to enlarge)

The guy appears to have been Ichiyama Tatsuki, who had also been a child actor, like Kana-chan. Photos of both of them below, from a few years earlier, when they were child actors together. The relationship is now supposedly over. And why wouldn't it be? Being an actor, the guy should have realized that you don't reveal details of a young celebrity's love-life.

Here are a few photos of Kana-chan, dating from when she was around 15 (she is now 19):

Mizuki Nana is the #1 seiyuu/singer. She is just finishing starring roles in Itazura na Kiss and Allison to Lillia. The rumors about her and Sakurai Takahiro (Suzaku in Code Geass, the Medicine Seller in Mononoke) are based largely on one photo (below left) showing them with matching rings. More shots from the same photo-shoot below right.

The likelihood of this rumor being true is fairly small, but 2channel has run with it, adding more details from things known about them to support the possibility: they both like antiques, they both like to shop, they both scuba-dive, they both are fans of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team, they both like to wander around the temples of Kyoto, they both like the band Maroon5. And, from the photo below, you can see that their money-purses are similar:

Not much to go on, but it wouldn't be the worst match. Nana-chan is 28, Sakurai 34. Unless Sakurai is gay (he plays Misaki in Junjou Romantika). From observation, I've always suspected it was at least as likely that there are gay male seiyuus as gay female ones, but who knows?