At last weekend's Chara Hobby show, there was a joint event featuring seiyuus from Queen's Blade - Utsukushii no Toushitachi and Hyakka Ryouran - Samurai Girls. Kawasumi Ayako, Noto Mamiko, and Itou Kanae were there from QB, and Yuuki Aoi and Kotobuki Minako were there from HR. (That's the order in the photo, left to right. Click photo for original size.)
The first part of the show was a talk session, then they got down to business and the relaxed atmosphere vanished as the group of professional seiyuus dubbed a scene. The report says:
The five showed us what they really look like at work. The tremendous intensity of their expressions was the real thing. The way they held their scripts, their distance from the mikes, the volume of their voices -- you really got a feeling of their various differences. In an instant, they showed us just how amazing pros really are.Here are some photos. Many more can be found on the originating page, especially in the slide show at the bottom of that page:
The headline of the report is: "Kawasumi, Noto, Itou, Yuuki, Kotobuki So Pretty in Yukatas It Makes You Weep." A poster in Yuuki's 2channel thread called her "cute as a meat bun."
It was this event that stimulated Yuuki's blog post of thanks to her fans, which was the subject of my post yesterday. Her fans were calling out "Ao-chan" from the crowd.
Kawasumi Ayako is 16 years older than Yuuki and Kotobuki, who are both 18. Seeing Ayacchi and Ao-chan together is like seeing a changing of the guard at the top of the profession, for me. Ao-chan's few scenes in Shiki are nothing short of miraculous: strange, vivid, intense, memorable, real.
In her blog, Itou Kanae says that Ayacchi loaned her the yukata she wore.
Queen's Blade - Utsukushii no Toushitachi is a six-episode OVA. Episode one went on sale last week, with ep2 scheduled to come out September 22. Hyakka Ryouran - Samurai Girls will begin on October 3, but there is a preview broadcast of episode 1 this Friday, September 3.