Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Is Hirano Aya 2010's Most Popular Seiyuu?

Is Hirano Aya 2010's most popular seiyuu? That's what a survey of the 220,000 members of the "Voice Club" website says. Quite a surprise, considering that she has de-emphasized seiyuu work over the past year.

Voice Club (Koebu こえ部) is a website for people interested in voice work. Its members suggest lines and invite other members to record their own voices doing the lines.

Scroll down this page to hear 15 different girls imitating a young boy saying: Oniichan, watashi no koto kirai? ("Big brother, do you hate me?") Not bad, some of the voices.

The members chose Kamiya Hiroshi as their favorite male seiyuu and K-On!! as their favorite anime of the year. The membership breaks down as 60% female;  60% teenaged, 30% in their twenties; 34% middle school, 30% high school, 15% college, 14% employed.

Here are full results:

Favorite female seiyuu: Hirano Aya, Kugimiya Rie, Sawashiro Miyuki, Paku Romi, Mizuki Nana, Hanazawa Kana, Toyosaki Aki, Sakamoto Maaya, Tamura Yukari, Minagawa Junko.

Favorite male seiyuu: Kamiya Hiroshi, Ono Daisuke, Sugita Tomokazu, Fukuyama Jun, Nakamura Yuuichi, Miyano mamoru, Suzumura Kenichi, Sakurai Takahiro, Ishida Akira, Toriumi Kousuke.

Favorite anime: K-On!!, Durarara, Ore no Imouto Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Hakuouki, Kuroshitsuji, Angel Beats, Gintama, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Bakuman.

The 60% female breakdown shows up in choice of shows, particularly in the presence of shows such as Hakuouki and Kuroshitsuji, and perhaps Gintama and Bakuman.

And for Aya fans, here is another photo, showing a lot of leg (click photos to enlarge):

Aya will hold a special concert 23 December, to be broadcast live in 3D in theatres around Japan.

Here is a magazine feature on Aya's youth. Click to enlarge:

I apologize that I am not covering Aya as thoroughly as I used to. As she does less anime and more talking about promiscuity, my interest wanes, lol. And the sheer volume of stuff about her is pretty daunting: she is posting several times a day on her blog, keeps up a Twitter feed, and is appearing more in the general media. Ganbatte, Aya!


animekritik said...


I'm shocked, but anyway yay!

Let's hope as she branches out she can start appearing in shows earlier in the evening. Then we'll get something other than obscenities from her.

lvlln said...

Romi Paku always seems to show up in these favorites or best of lists, but I've yet to hear her in any anime. The only thing I've heard her in is Persona 4, as Naoto.

hashi said...

@lvlln -- Depends what kind of animes you like, but Paku-san is great in NANA (2006) and in Kurozuka (2008). She's also Karasuba in Sekirei, Teresa in Claymore, and Yayoi in White Album. earliest big role was as Loran in Turn A Gundam.

I did a long post on her a couple of years ago. She's near the top of my seiyuu list, too.

I highly recommend to anyone having a listen to the samples on that Voice Club site mentioned in the post. Really interesting to hear how many different ways even amateurs can say the same lines.

myswordisunbelievablydull said...

Wow, it's practically a list of my favorite seiyuu in that popular list! Only a few missing.

@lvlln: Watch FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood for what's surely her most popular role. She usually either plays boys or women with *really* deep voices.

Pure said...

A little surprised to not see Hocchan or Aya-nyan on that list.

While I wish Aya-chan would do more anime roles, I'm just happy if she's doing what she wants to do.