Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hikasa Youko -- Mio and More

Hikasa Youko burst onto the scene in 2009 with the enormous popularity of K-On! and of her character Mio.

I wasn't convinced at the time that she was anything special, but a year of watching her work has taught me that she is in fact an excellent comic actress, as well as a good singer.

Last summer, she was starring in K-On!!, Seitokai Yakuindomo, and Occult Academy and I did a post about her asking: "Who the Heck is Hikasa Youko -- and Why Is She Getting So Many Roles?"

When fall came, however, she more or less disappeared. Her only starring role was in the funny but little-known Web anime Kakkokawaii Sengen.

Now she is again at the head of the class, starring in three anime beginning between January and March: IS -- Infinite Stratos (as Shinonono), Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Sera), and Moshidora (Minami), as well as playing a significant sub-character in Rio -- Rainbow Gate! (Linda).

Hyocchi is smart and funny and in demand as a radio host. She is already 25 and seems strong and mature. She is qualified in aromatherapy and is a dressmaker. She can even bake. She was a good softball player and track and field runner in high school -- as well as being head of the library committee. She jokes that she was majime (a serious, good girl).




I went into her background in some detail in that earlier post, so have a look there for more information.


Here are pics of what I consider her four best roles so far: Mio, Hana (Seikon no Qwaser), Shino (Seitokai Yakuindomo), and Maya (Occult Academy):



Here are pictures some of her current roles. Mouseover photos for captions:





Here is a video collection of her voice roles, up to early 2010:




Here is an interview with her about her role as Shino in Seitokai Yakuindomo:



Here is an episode of Kakkokawaii Sengen, starring Hyocchi as Kao-chan:



And here is a promo video for Moshidora, featuring Hyocchi and Hanazawa Kana:



See also the video in a previous post, showing Hyocchi during a radio broadcast, singing along to her own lead vocals in the K-On!! ED NO, Thank you!

Here is a listing of Hikasa Youko's work in all genres. Translated from Japanese Wikipedia,which has considerably longer lists than either Anime News Network or English Wikipedia. Important roles bold:

TV Animes
2007
* Sketchbook 〜full color's〜(Minamo

2008
* Ikkitousen Great Guardians(girl B)
* GHOST HOUND(girl pupil B)
* PERSONA -trinity soul-
* Monochrome Factor (girl student)

2009
* Asura Cryin' (Ritsu, Kotori)
* Asura Cryin' 2 (Ritsu, Kotori)
* Umineko no Naku Koro (Satan)
* K-On! (Mio, Azunyan 2)
* Seitokai no Ichizon (female student)
* Tetsuwan Birdy Decode 02 (witch)
* Toradora (girl student A)
* Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza (Hinasaki Iwai, Kayahara Yayoi)
* Basquash (Nyapiko, child B)
* WHITE ALBUM (female announcer)
* Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou (Mio, official)

2010
* Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou (Hattori Junko)
* Uragiri wa Boku no Namae (Rina, girl student 1, stuffed animal)
* Kakkokawaii Sengen (Kao-chan, French lecture narrator)
* Crayon Shin-chan (store clerk B)
* K-On!! (Mio)
* Stitch! Zutto Saikou no Tomodachi (Reika)
* Seikimatsu Occult Academy (Maya
* Seikon no Qwasar (Hana)
* Seitokai Yakuindomo (Shino)
* Sekirei Pure Engagement  (Yashima)
* Sora no Otoshimono Forte (Hiyori)
* Chu-bra!! (Kiyono
* Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (girl)
* Mon-Han Nikki Girigiri Airuu Mura Airuu Kiki Ippatsu (Caster)
* Yumeiro Patissiere (Katie)
* WORKING!! (Takanashi Izumi)

2011
* IS 〈Infinite Stratos〉(Shinonono Houki
* Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (Sera
* Moshidora (Minami
* Rio RainbowGate! (Linda - LINDA-R-2007)

OVAs
* Ashiaraiyashiki no Juunintachi (Osen
* CLANNAD 〜AFTER STORY〜 (student)
* Sekon no Qwasar - The Empress's Portrait (Hana
* FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN (edge-dweller)

Movie-length Animes
* Bungaku Shoujo
* Keroro Sougun 3 (girl C)

Doujin Anime
* Touhou Kitougeki 3 (Marisa)

Games
* Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Witch Logic Rondo (Satan)
* Onegai Naisho ni Shite ne Kiss (Torii Kana)
* KILLZVALD 〜Saigo no Ningen〜(Tsukito Ariesu
* Queen's Blade Spiral Chaos (Dora)
* K-On! Houkago Live (Mio)
* Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono (Nome, girl)
* Concerto Gate Forte
* Dangan Rompa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Kokousei (Kyouko)
* Dengeki no Pilot - Tenkuu no Kizuna (Trinity)
* Toradora Portable!
* Trickster (Chocora)
* Bakunetsu Kentouki Gia Robo (Nabiko)
* Puzzle - Our 48-hour War
* Megazone 23 - Red Garland (Naomi)
* L@ve once (Meru
* Luminous Arc 3 Aizu (Miria, Kate)

Doujin Games
* ELEMENTAL BATTLE ACADEMY (Saineria Kyuanosu)
* Fushigi no Gensousato (Marisa

Dubbing
* WITHOUT A TRACE/FBI (Becky)
* Kaze no Kuni (Health dept. woman)
* ZANGEKI (Charlotte - Sky Bennett)
* My First Wedding (Maggie)
*Hana yori Dango (Minako/Miranda)
*Beijing Violin
* Legend of Zorro (Lupe)

Live action
* Doorii☆Variety HYPER ViSUADOLL MOVIE (guest performer)
* Chef Onosaka's Kimagure Cooking (Anitama Shop special DVD)
* Anime Seijin (guest)
* Sakurai Takahiro's "Laugh" Christmas SP (guest)
* m-serve style (guest)
* AG Gakuen Ani☆Bun (guest)

Radio
* Rajion! (K-On site:2009.02.09 - 09.25)
* Odoroki Sentai Momonoki Five (2009.04.09 - )
* A+G REQUEST Digistar (2009.04.11 - )
* Seikon no Qwasar Mihailov Gakuen Housoubu (2009.12.04 - 2010.06.18)
* Chu-bra!! Underwear Interest Group Broadcasting Section (2010.03.30 - 05.11)
* Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou (2010.04.01 - 07.08)
* Rajion!! (2010.04.23 - )
* Anichika Rajio Occult de Ii ka na (2010.06.23 guest)
* Mon-Han Radio 2nd (2010.07.01 - , assistant personality)
* Anime Seitoki Yakuindomo ga Zenbu Wakaru rajio (2010.07.14 - )
* RADIO IS(2011.01.01 - )

Radio drama
* VOMIC (online comic) Hetakoi (Kotono)
* VOMIC Fly High!(Kasumi)
* Minna no Bouken Tairiku Kanan Radio Drama -Eiyuu no Kizuna (Heingu

CDs
Drama CDs
* Aquarian Age - Fenril (Rin)
* Ichiban Ushiro no Dao Maou Drama and Character Song Album "Ichiban Ushiro ni Aru Kimochi" (Hattori Junko)
* Umi no Misaki (Shizuku)
* Carnival Tobenai Tsubasa/Ningyo no Pin (Tsubaki)
* Kamisen (Makoto)
* Guliido Paketto ∞ (Purike)
* Gensou Sato Otogisoushi 〜Witches gathering〜(Marisa
* JADE(GEM2)
* Drama CD Sketchbook Stories 〜Zenyasai〜(Minamo)
* Senpai mo Kouhai mo Osananajimi mo Tsudere de Nemurenai CD (Ayumi)
* Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru (Mina)
* CHU music×BRA drama (Kiyono
* Dominado! (Hikari)
*Toradora! Drama CD Vol.3 (family guest A)
* Haiyore! Nyaruko-san Drama CD (Mio)
* Hayate X Blade (Misako)
* Hyouketsukai no Eden - Rakuen Gensou (Erie Ressento)
* SPECIAL CD Maria-sama ga Miteru vol.4 (female student)
* Mousou Shoujo Drama CD (Sai
* Ragnarok Online complete sound track (drama part: girl, cat, hanging cat, narration, other)
* Ranran Comic Drama CD (Ranran; also does OP "Miracle!)
* Rio Sound Hustle! -Mint- (drama part: Linda)
* Ladies vx. Butlers drama CD (female student)

Music CDs
*K-On series (Mio)
  o Cagayake!GIRLS (2009.04.22 K-On! OP)
  o Don't say "lazy"(2009.04.22 K-On! ED)
  o Fuwa Fuwa Time (2009.05.20 K-On insert song)
  o K-On! image songs Akiwama mio (2009.06.17)
  o Houkago Teatime (2009/07.22 K-On insert song)
  o K-On! Official Band Yaru yo! (K-On! 2009.09.02 insert song)
  o GO! GO! MANIAC (2010年4月28日 K-On!! OP1)
  o Listen! (2010年4月28日 K-On!! ED1)
  o Pure Pure wa to (2010.06.02 K-On!! insert song)
  o Utauyo!! MIRACLE (2010.08.04 K-On!! OP2)
  o NO,Thank You! (2010.08.04 K-On!! ED2)
  o Gohan wa Okazu/U&I (2010.09.08 K-On!! insert song
  o K-On!! image songs Akiyama Mio (2010.09.21)
  o Houkago Teatime 2 (2010.10月.日 K-On insert song)
* Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou Original Sound Track (Mio) (2009.10.07)
* Umineko no Naku Koro ni Fair Extras Special Rainbow CD (Satan)(2009.12.23 character song)
* Seikon no Qwaser (Hana)
  o Passionate Squall (2010.02.10 ED)
  o Koi no Qwaser Magic - Fascinating Venus Collection (2010.02.24 character song)
  o Wishes Hypocrites (2010.05.12 ED2)
* Chu-bra series(Kiyono))
  o Choose Bright!! (2010.02.10 OP)
  o Shy Girls (2010.02.10 ED)
  o Chu-bra Character Song Maxi (2010.03.10)
* Rio Sound Hustle! -MEGA- (Linda)(2010.02.10)
* Minna no Bouken Tairiku Kanan series (Heingu)
  o Hikari wo Atsumete (2010.04.07 Hangame theme song 1)
  o emission (2010.05.12 Hangame theme song 2)
* KILLZVALD -SOUND TRACK- CD Ver.(Tsukito Ariesu April 2010)

Radio CDs
* Odoroki Sentai Momonoki Five series
  o Odoroki Sentai Momonoki Five 〜Himitsu Zukan1〜
  o Odoroki Sentai Momonoki Five 〜Himitsu Zukan2〜
  o Odoroki Sentai Momonoki Five 〜Himitsu Zukan3〜
* Anitama dot com presents Midsummer Relay Talk CD
* Rajion! series
  o Rajion special Vol.1
  o Rajion special Vol.2
* Seikon no Qwasar radio Mihailov Gakuen Housoubu series
  o Tomohana☆Hara Show Time
  o THE END OF Hara ShowTime

Pachinko, Pachislots
* Pachinko DX "Bow-wow Darby"(Utsuki, Hazuki)
* Pachinko DX "Chouryou Bakko (Suzuka)

Narration
* Animax TV ad
* Starchild sponsor's message (radio)
* Champion red magazine TV ad
* Famitsu presents PS Store Game Best Ten (Playstation 3 special broadcast)
* Mitsubishi TV ad
* Anitele Presents Anison Plus+ (announcer for May)
* 24-Hour Television "I want to say thank you to that person"

other
* ♂More!! Love-ism♀ bishoujo game 「Boreas」(Rio)
* Nakino Shiina solo project 「ShiinaTactix」 - participated in vocals
* GUILD HOUSE vol.51(in-house college publication) - interview
* Seiyuu Gran Prix web Momose Otome no Ichishi (Otome)
* K-On! desktop accessory (Mio)
* Tokidoki Tokei (Narita Riko - tsundere)
* Web comic Hitomi no Photograph (+Voice) (Izumi)
* Hangame (Hi-Lo 7 Poker)
* online game Fragoria (goddess)
* mobile game Enmusu! (Maria Helen Richardson)

7 comments:

myswordisunbelievablydull said...

She seemed somewhat weak as Mio, but I think it was just because she was surrounded by the immeasurable awesomeness of Satomi Satou and Toyosaki Aki, whose roles as Yui and Ritsu are probably my favorite performances ever (as of !!)

Hikasa Youko was decent in Occult Academy and fun in Qwaser (as everyone was), but my favorite role from her was Hattori Junko in Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao (which I just finished yesterday). She's an uncommon character type, but Hikasa was perfect for it.

hashi said...

@myswordisunbelievablydull -- Junko is one of my favorite performances, too. There is something so straight about her as that character. I actually think Hyocchi is the best voice in K-On, simple as the voice may be. I am only now learning how good Aki-chan is, as I hear her in more roles. Satou-san still doesn't reach me, though, I'm afraid. I did like her in SeiYaku.

totoum said...

I always smile to myself when I rewatch sketchbook full color's episode 8 (I rewatch sketcbook a lot lol) and the 2nd part has a lot of interaction between Hanazawa kana and Hikasa Youko and I think to myself "those 2 certainly have come a long ways in 3 years"

Anonymous said...

I've grown fond of Hikasa's voice since I first heard her in K-On! (and Sketchbook earlier), but I really should try listening to some web radios to hear more of her as a person. She seems like a very bright and funny young woman.

For another comic role, there's also the latest Hayate x Blade Drama CD where she voices Sid, one of the biggest morons in a manga where basically all the characters are idiots. "Sid" is loud and foul-mouthed, considers herself a TRUE PUNK and swears in Engrish. I didn't expect Hikasa to pull it off, but she definitely did. Her equally foul-mouthed partner is voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki and their performance was hilarious.
I can't seem to find a link though :\

Pure said...

I thought Hiyocchi was great in my favorite anime of the year, SYD. She seemed natural spouting out the sexual innuendo jokes that made SYD so awesome.

emilio said...

people needs Satomi Sato onegai shimasu
happy new year

myswordisunbelievablydull said...

hashi, I don't know a better way of contacting you, but anyway, I'd be honored if you could help me with teh seiyuu sections of my Acadime Awards project~:

http://myswordisunbelievablydull.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/announcing-digiboys-acadime-awards-and-how-you-can-make-them-awesome/