She was always one of the top candidates in people's minds, but now it is official: 18-year-old rising star Yuuki Aoi will play the lead role of Victorica in Gosick, a new anime from Bones that starts Friday 7 January.
Victorica is a girl who looks like a loli, dresses gothic lolita, and sits in the library reading several books at a time and solving mysteries that are brought to her.
This starring role was not announced until today, at a special live event where the first episode of the anime was shown.
This gives Yuuki Aoi two of the top female roles of the new anime season: Madoka in Shaft's Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, and this role.
In Gosick, Ao-chan will be reunited with her idol, Sawashiro Miyuki, whom she played opposite in Kurenai almost three years ago.
Mangaka Sakuraba Kazuki says that at the audition, Yuuki-san gave them exactly the hoarseness she intended in Victorica's voice.
Here is a partial cast photo from the official site. (l-r) Kiuchi Hidenobu (Grévil; Hei in Darker than Black), Kano Yui (Cécile Sensei; Momoko in Sumomo mo momo mo), Yuuki Aoi, Eguchi Takuya (Kujou Kazuya; Oosugi in Eden of the East):
Yuuki-san's own tendency toward a gothic lolita look will stand her in good stead for this gothic lolita character. The lolita fashion house Innocent World has come out with a dress designed especially for Victorica: