Tuesday, October 05, 2010
We know for sure that when she was nine and ten, she had a regular role on the TV show Appare Sanma Dai Sensei.
She was then called by what is probably her real name, Yabusaki Aoi. A young Hanazawa Kana had been on the show before her.
The set-up was a classroom of kids, with a "teacher" (Sanma-sensei) eliciting cute remarks from them. Ao-chan was excruciatingly cute and self-absorbed, a real little performer. And even then you could hear how precisely she spoke, and how she played with words.
There used to be one video from the show on YouTube, but it now appears to be private. A Japanese fan has just posted two more, and here they are: