At Sunday's open recording session for the last episode of Radio in the Vampire Bund, Yuuki Aoi broke down and cried.
She says in her blog that she felt so bereft that it was all over: the radio show and the anime itself. She says she loved them both, in particular working with Saitou Chiwa.
She calls the role of Mina "the pride of my life," and says she was pushed to "hone my soul" in getting into the character and conveying her feelings in words.
Here is a translation of the blog post:
Today was the open recording session of Radio in the Vampire Bund,
and the final episode of the show (>_<)
...um...people who were in attendance will already know this, but...
I ended up crying at the event...
I'm very sorry (>_<)
But seeing the end of something I had given my all to...
I just felt so bereft.
It was probably because I love Chi-sama, Rabuko-sama and Hiisuke-chan...
Even all the staff...
I just really loved the show, I guess.
And not just Radio in the Vampire Bund,
but Dance in the Vampire Bund itself.
I tried my hardest to communicate various feelings in my words,
and to get in sync with Mina-hime.
Everyone around me at the recording sessions gave me such a warm and comforting feeling.
In the best sense, I entrusted myself to them.
I just felt so warmly loved.
That's how it felt.
Put in words here in the blog
it sounds so fake....
I put everything I had into playing Mina.
I was challenged to hone my soul.
If you haven't seen it yet,
someday, please do.
Having been Mina-sama's voice
is the pride of my life.
Everyone, really, thank you so much!
ED singer hibiku ("Hiisuke-chan"), Ao-chan, Saitou Chiwa, OP singer Nakano Aiko (Rabuko) after final radio recording session (l-r):
I agree that it is the best she has ever done. It was a difficult role, bridging the young girl and the ancient queen. I didn't think such a young seiyuu was right for the role, but she made it work. You could hear how difficult it was, and that sometimes she didn't get it right. But she hit a strong note the vast majority of times. I got the feeling she had a fairly subtle idea of how to approach the character.
The popularity of the radio program has not just resulted in a CD of all the shows, but a new CD including a special show, to be released May 25. The CD is called "Mina and Yuki's Secret Slumber Party," and the four people in the photo above will take part. The idea is that they are having a girls' get-together in a hotel in the Bund, overlooking Tokyo. In fact, the show was recorded at a Japan Airlines hotel in Tokyo.
In other merchandising news, the show is sponsoring a dance contest, inviting people to cosplay animals or characters from Vampire Bund and send in videos of themselves dancing to background music from the show. Contest ends 5 May.