The Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou event at the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) on Saturday, March 28, featured seiyuus Toyosaki Aki, Hikasa Youko, and Yuuki Aoi (l-r).
Of the three, it was the Yuuki Aoi fans on 2channel who were bowled over by it, with fans of the other two more interested in their roles in K-On!!
Ao-chan's fans have been loading her current 2channel thread with admiration all week, especially since a report of the event appeared. "Why isn't there a cute otaku girl like that in my class?" lamented one poster. "I'd like to play God Eater with her," writes another, referring to her recent enjoyment of that game. Another posts pics of a BL manga she has said she likes, and suggests that it would be a big hurdle for a guy to get over. Another said he'd love to talk with her, even on the phone. Others say they would like to do other things with her....
All praise her work on her radio shows (for Vampire Bund, Yutori-chan, and Dai Maou). One poster says her work has clearly been improving through the long runs of Kiruminzuu and Yumeiro Patissiere, both of which are on episode 26 and heading for twice that number. Another says her acting in the final episode of Vampire Bund completely captivated him. One poster gives the opinion that at the beginning of Vampire Bund, she was still sounding like Murasaki in Kurenai, but from the mid-point on, she was really getting inside the role, as her idol Sawashiro Miyuki does. "I'm addicted to her acting," writes one. "It's true, this kid is a really talented seiyuu," writes another. I agree with the poster who said her work as "Black Yutori-chan" in episode 13 of Yutori-chan was amazing.
On Aki's thread, people commented on how tall she was. "She looks like a different species," wrote one poster. Officially, Aki is 169cm tall (5'6½"), but there is a rumor that she is actually 178cm (5'10"). And she seems to wear high-heeled boots that do nothing to reduce her height. She is clearly the tallest in Sphere, usually hunching or leaning a bit for pictures. And Tomatsu Haruka is 165cm. It is ironic that Aki -- like big, athletic Nazuka Kaori -- specializes in small moe voices.
Hikasa Youko ("Hyocchi") is 157cm (5'2"), and Ao-chan is 148cm (4'10").
The event consisted of questions and answers with the seiyuus, and a showing of episode one of the anime, a few days before it was broadcast on TV. The seiyuus said that recording sessions for the show, which is a harem comedy with plenty of fanservice, were hectic, with the line-up of seiyuus stepping back and forth to the mics in that intricate dance that is part of a seiyuu's craft.
They said that 32-year-old party-girl Takahashi Chiaki (see updated characters/seiyuus page), who is doing such a good job of playing Torii-sensei, is the "mood-maker" in the group, keeping everyone loose. Hyocchi is proving that her success as Mio in K-On! was no fluke, giving us a vivid and likable blue-haired Hattori. Aki makes an indelible impression as a loopy little redhead who considers the lead guy her prince and she his protector from his enemies in the school of magic where the show is set. Ao-chan gives us a new variation on her Noel voice (Sora no Woto) as a pretty green-haired android who in fact does have the job of protecting him.
In her final message to fans, Ao-chan said that it was a great birthday present (she turned 18 that day) to see the first episode in its final form. She said it had a wonderful pace and many scenes that even made a girl's heart beat faster (despite the show being clearly aimed at guys).
Source: Hobby Channel.