I guess Shinbou Akiyuki liked Yuuki Aoi's work in Vampire Bund, since he has now cast her as co-star in his new anime, to come out this fall: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru.
There was a live event Saturday at the "TBS Anime Festa" put on by Tokyo Broadcasting System TV. In her blog, Aoi says she cosplayed as her character in the show -- a maid in a maid cafe. Pictures when I find them.
The show is based on a fairly crazy comedy manga. It will star Omigawa Chiaki (Maka in Soul Eater, the judo club president in Seitokai Yakuindomo) as a clumsy but straightforward and enthusiastic waitress in a quite odd maid cafe. Imagine a 16-year-old Yotsuba. Ao-chan is her co-worker, classmate, love rival, and bossy friend.
Here is Ao-chan's Saturday post:
I appeared at the TBS Anime Festa ＼(^O^)／
I did maid cosplay at the Soremachi stage event ////
(giggle) - stuff like cosplay gets me a bit excited (*^^*ゞ
Ever since my high school festival, cosplay gives me a festival feeling!
Actually, it's the first time I've had my nails done for an event (^^)
Thank you very much to everyone who came out!
And to have people even call out my name made me so happy m(__)m
Everyone who couldn't make it out today,
please be sure to support Soremachi＼(^O^)／
There are some really great gags in it ＼(^O^)／
I hope I can help everyone share some laughter＼(^O^)／
That "giggle" is "ufufu" in the original Japanese.
Ao-chan is now slated to appear in three fall anime for sure, with the possibility of two more: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru; Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls; The World God Only Knows; and possibly a new season of Yumeiro Patissiere, and the new Pokemon series.
Posters on 2channel call her "the next-generation star." There was a funny series of posts just now in her 2channel thread. One guy said she was the #1 seiyuu he'd want for a daughter. Then someone said she was the #1 seiyuu he'd want to impregnate. Then a third poster said she was the #1 seiyuu he'd like to make a Gundam model with.