I've been a fan of Hayami Saori since she debuted in Touka Gettan over three years ago. Not only is she a fine seiyuu, but she has one of the sweetest singing voices in the world.
Now she is 19 and has become an accomplished radio and TV personality, too. Here she is as guest co-host of the weekly TV anime interview show hosted by great seiyuus Tanaka Rie and Koyama Rikiya.
And she more than holds her own, demonstrating the modesty, elegance, intelligence, and self-possession that have helped her in the five radio shows she has hosted over the past year.
She started university this spring, and loves it so much she can't stop talking about it on her shows. Posts on 2channel claim she is going to Tokyo University, but that hardly seems possible, and I suspect it is a joke just to say people shouldn't ask.
Despite her college work, this fall will be her busiest anime season yet. She will be in five (5) series and three OVAs. The series are Sora no Otoshimono Forte, MM, Star Driver, Ore no Imouto Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai, and Bakuman. The OVAs are Kaibutsu Oujo, Mazinkaiser SKL, and Fight! Don't disappear!! Shikiso Usuko San. This summer, she is starring in Sekirei Pure Engagement.
Saorin (a nickname she apparently prefers to "Hayamin"), is frequently condemned on 2channel as ugly. And with her broad face, she really doesn't photograph well. But in videos, where her elegant movements and lovely personality can come through, she is an extremely attractive woman.
What follows is just a seven-minute clip from one of the two shows she co-hosted. In it, she says her strength is that she never gets angry, and her weakness is that she doesn't have great perseverance. She says her earliest ambition was to be a piano teacher, and she has studied piano for ten years. In high school, she joined outdoor clubs. What is she enjoying recently? Baths.
What news interests her? News about the universe. (This excited the co-hosts, who pretend to be aliens in the show.) Her recent interest is cooking, especially doing meals you can prepare and then just pop in the oven. As a child, she won a prize an Asia-wide art contest -- but she says she still can't imagine why. She likes to draw, but has trouble with the human figure.
What kind of guys does she like? Those with whom her feelings mesh, and with whom she can have pleasant conversations.
In any case, here is the clip. Enjoy: