Friday, July 17, 2009

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 -- Who are those great voices?

The first two episodes of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 have been outstanding. And the perfect voices have been a big part of the deal.

Hanamura Satomi as Mirai has been particularly brilliant. She did the sullen middle-schooler so perfectly in episode one that many people hated her. And her determination to find her brother in episode two is both moving and real.

Hanamura, 25, is best known for playing Anise Azeat in Galaxy Angel Rune and Kanae, the surfing girl in part two of Byousoku 5cm.

But she has also appeared in live-action films and on stage, particularly as a child and a teen, early in her career.

Kobayashi Yumiko's fresh, open portrayal of little brother Yuuki makes it obvious why she is the go-to girl for young boy roles.

I know her best for her brilliant comedy as Puni Puni Poemi. She also played Sarah MacDougall in Love Hina and Kobayashi Excel in Excel Saga. But in latter years, she has been doing boys: Akira in Dennou Coil, Black Star in Soul Eater, and the young Genji in Genji Monogatari Sennenki.

She is 30, has two degrees in Japanese literature, and has been married for three years. She also does a reasonable amount of dubbing of foreign TV and films.

And Kaida Yuuko is a suitably calm Mari, the woman who helps the siblings after the quake.

She is probably best known now as Shimei in Ikkitousen and Amane in Strawberry Panic. But she does a certain amount of stage acting and a lot of dubbing of foreign films and TV. She voices Neera in ER.

Kaida is 29 and is married to a stage actor. Don't confuse her with her somewhat more famous friend (not relative) Kaida Yuki (Abe in Shounen Onmyouji).


monir said...

Out of the three I liked Yumiko's voice the best in various series. Haven't started watching Tokyo Magnitude yet just because I think I won't be able to contain myself from the aspect of anticipation for the next episode. I'm glad to see you feel the voice actors are doing a great job with their respective role.

2dteleidoscope said...

Hi, just wanted to let you know that I appreciate these posts you do on seiyuu. It's nice to see who's behind the characters without having to troll through Wikipedia and ANN.

dingmajiao said...

all the 3 voices was greatly done.. u can really feel the emotion inside, especially Mirai..

I nearly cried in episode 2..