Saturday, October 17, 2009

Darker than Black 2 -- character/seiyuu pics and info

Darker than Black's second season, Ryuusei no Gemini ("meteor twins") is off to a good start, with intrigue, excellent backgrounds and animation, well-choreographed action, interesting characters, and a mix of star seiyuus, workmanlike seiyuus, and some little-known but interesting voices.

Click here or on the image to go to the full table, which gives pics and info for sixteen voice actors in this show:

Hei is played by Kiuchi Hidenobu, who became one of my favorite male voices with his role as Ren in NANA. He was also Dr. Tenma in Monster, and showed his versatility by doing an amazing job as Izumida, Ryouko's long-suffering sidekick in Ryouko's Case Files.

Suou, amazingly, is played by Hanazawa Kana, who has the moe-est voice in anime, but uses a young but non-moe voice here. She is only 20 and keeps proving that she has the talent to grow.

I hope we see more of Shion, since the voice goddess Kuwashima Houko (Shuurei in Saiunkoku) is her VA. Saiga Mitsuki, Mizuki Nana, Honda Takako -- there are some big names here. But there are also a couple of intriguing young seiyuu: the multi-talented actress/singer Ishikawa Yui plays Tanya, and complete unknown Moritani Satomi plays Elena.

And we have two seiyuu who really make their living by dubbing foreign movies in Japanese. Honda Takako is the voice of Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, and Hilary Swank. Hori Katsunosuke has dubbed the movie voices of Michael Caine, Alain Delon, Kurt Russell, and Harrison Ford.

The large number of lesser-known seiyuus made this a time-consuming page to create. I know few people pay as much attention to these pages as I do: I use them through each season, to keep the characters straight and learn more about the seiyuus.

I have made quite a few of these pages over the past three or four years. The total is now up to 42. Here is the complete list:

Sasameki Koto
Kimi ni Todoke
Seitokai no Ichizon

Requiem for the Phantom
Pandora Hearts
Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Princess Lover
Sora no Manimani
Aoi Hana
Eden of The East
Maria-sama ga Miteru
White Album
Koihime Musou
Neo-Angelique Abyss
Macross Frontier
Vampire Knight
true tears
Blue Drop
Lucky Star
Touka Gettan
Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora
Hidamari Sketch
Nodame Cantabile
Manabi Straight
Saiunkoku Monogatari
La Corda D'Oro
Soukou no Strain

Code Geass Character Map
Red Garden
Otome wa Boku ni Koi Shiteru
Lovely Idol
Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo
Saiunkoku Monogatari
Simoun Characters and Seiyuus

Links to these and other pages -- some which I have made and others which I think might be useful -- can be found on my home page, which is really a links page, I guess. It does explain the origin of the name of this blog, anyway.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kimi ni Todoke -- character/seiyuu pics and info

Kimi ni Todoke is one of my favorite shoujo manga, and the anime is shaping up well, too. Here is a table showing the main characters and their voice actors, with info about the voice actors. Click here or on the image to go to the full table.

This is a star-studded cast, with Noto Mamiko and Namikawa Daisuke leading, but the outstanding pair of Sanpei Yuuko (Nakiami in Xamdo) and Sawashiro Miyuki (Cal in Phantom) as secondary characters along with Nakamura Yuuichi (Alto in Macross 7).

Hirano Aya's character may not show up for a while, but she is featured in the official site's short character list, so here she is, with an image from the manga.

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Sasameki Koto -- character/seiyuu pics and info

Sasameki Koto is this season's yuri school romance. The manga is less subtle but more comic than Aoi Hana. The anime is a good watch so far. And it stars Takagaki Ayahi, who is doing an amazing job.

Her co-star, Takamoto Megumi, is also doing very well. Here is a table with pictures of the main characters and their seiyuus, including some info about each seiyuu.

The third role is played by Katou Emiri, who continues to roll toward stardom. Check out the pic of her, which is from the cover of her album. She always looks good, but not always this good.

And Saitou Chiwa gives us her first performance since triumphing as Senjougahara in Bakemonogatari.

EDIT: I just saw episode 2, which was brilliant: funny and deep, with excellent backgrounds, music, and voice-acting, not just from Takagaki Ayahi, but also from Shimizu Ayaka as Masaki.

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