Saturday, September 04, 2010
Ao-chan was speaking August 20 as host of an awards ceremony for Hobby Japan light novels. Dai Maou was based on a Hobby Japan title, as is her current show, Hyakka Ryouran - Samurai Girls.
Ao-chan said that her character in Hyakka Ryouran, Yagyuu Juubei, is very cute, but her charm comes even more from what a cool person she is. "I've fallen in love with her," she laughed. "She's like a big puppy dog that everyone loves."
"At recording sessions, since I'm the youngest, everyone is always petting and comforting me. Kotobuki Minako is the same age as me, only a few months older, but she does it, too." The report on animate.tv website says that with stories like these, Ao-chan created a nice atmosphere at the event.
Hyakka Ryouran will not start until October, but there was a preview broadcast of episode one Friday night. Ao-chan's character made only a brief appearance, but within a few seconds, she had given us two quite different voices, both new voices for Ao-chan.
Here is a combined clip of the two voices Ao-chan uses in this episode: first, the voice she uses when her character, Yagyuu Juubei, is in her unawakened form, falling naked from the sky; and then there is a bit of her after she has transformed into her real form of a fully-accoutered woman warrior. The warrior Juubei says: "I am Yagyuu Juubei," in a completely different, rich and resonant voice:
How well Ao-chan can make these voices work in the long run remains to be seen. But what a start.
Just to show her vocal versatility, here is the intro to the show, a half-minute promo voiced by Ao-chan in yet another new voice, a new version of the high-tension, high-register genki voice that she has used in shows like Kiruminzoo and Yumeiro Patissiere:
I've got to say: can anyone else put as much bounce into her voice as Ao-chan?
Finally, here is a shot of Ao-chan with the authors of the winning novels at the event I mentioned earlier:
Even teetering there on her high heels, Ao-chan is still as short as ever (145cm = 4'9").