Friday, March 27, 2009

Hirano Aya in...Jewelpet?

Hirano Aya has announced that she will play the role of "Aya" in the new little-girls' anime Jewelpet, which is designed to sell a line of jewel-eyed stuffed animals created by Sanrio and Sega.

It's hardly the most artistic kind of anime, but may be among the most profitable. The series is slated for 52 episodes, starting Sunday, April 5. It is directed by new director Sasaki Nanako, and written by experienced writer Maekawa Jun (Prince of Tennis, Fresh Precure).

The show stars singing idol Kamei Eri of Morning Musume, in her first seiyuu role, as the heroine Rinko. The preview TV spot makes her voice sound pretty amateurish, but that was true of her MoMusu colleague Kusumi Koharu when she began the now very long run of Kirarin Revolution.

Aya is likely one of the three human girls who are shown on the show's homepage, among the many jewelpets. But the site only gives names to the jewelpets. The story involves a jewelpet called Ruby who goes missing, and the other jewelpets enlist the help of human girls in the hunt.

I'm not sure if this means Aya's career is in the dumper (not likely) or if she's just fitting in seiyuu roles here and there, while she concentrates on the more profitable singing and idol work. Actually, it seems to me that a secondary role in this kind of long-running show is a very efficient way to make money. Her only other role of the spring season so far is in the ecchi comedy/fighting anime Queen's Blade.

I have to say that although I enjoyed Aya's Riot Tour DVD, I was less than impressed that it took her several songs before she started to hit the notes right on. Not so different from many seiyuu, but I expected better -- and got it from about halfway through the concert on, with the slower and more serious songs. She does have some magic.

We got one of Aya's patented crying scenes, as she thanked people for being there, and expressed the wish that they could be together again and she could perform even better.

Here is a page with links to 14 videos from the show.
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Rad said...

Hmm. Can't quite make out which character Eri's voice is being used for ...

hashi said...

@Rad -- I've reread the Mainichi article (which has pics) I got some info from and find that Eri play Rinko, a human girl who helps the jewelpets find a missing jewelpet.

Furuba said...

The first half of the post pretty much went whoosh over my head, lol. Jewelpet?? what in the world o___o;;;
now to comment on Riot Tour 2008 *__* i absolutely loved it, it was very much worth getting the 1.2GB to watch it since i couldn't managed to buy it online, sigh, o well.
When watched it i was like okay ill watch half and go to bed. ended up watching the whole thing and cried at the end with her and slept way past 2am, lol.
I really, really enjoyed the concert. She's improved sooo much since Gekisou I'm so happy for her :D still love the epic moment when everyone calls her name for support.
i would go on but i should be doing an essay ;< lol btw, her hairs growing back nicely o_o she looks almost like when we first saw her with the straight fringe cut lol, just dyed and more short

Andrew said...

Oh no, you can't write off Aya. She starred in what was probably the landmark anime series of this decade, and for better or worse, she'll always be remembered for that.

But she isn't the newest sensation on the block anymore, so I would say her career is more leveling off. We haven't seen the end of her, but she probably won't be in seemingly every new series.

dingmajiao said...

Furuba comment about the epic shout that the crowd was indeed touching..

i watched the concert till quite long..
the making of the dvd was very nice as well..
overall, it was good but personally i expected a little better..

as for Jewelpet, i've not much idea.. but another series for the season might just give me enough aya roles for the season..

btw.. her trip to phuket was very informative in her blog as well...

stewie said...

Well, I personally enjoyed the riot tour concert, although i wished she had sang lost my music and god knows, but i guess one haruhi song was enough.

My favorite aya songs continue being Love gun and Unnamed world, and I thought both of these were performed very well in the concert, so I was happy :D

peanutbutter003 said...

She did sang God knows and Lost my music.

It was not included in the DVD.

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