Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hanamaru Kindergarten -- characters/seiyuus pics and info

I've got to say that this season isn't as great as the past two, but there are still some enjoyable shows to watch. Based on one episode, Hanamaru Kindergarten seems to be one: Kodomo no Jikan without as much suggestiveness or angst. So cute your teeth will rot, and with a little salutary darkness lurking beneath the surface.

It has a fascinating voice crew. Shindou Kei (Anzu) is a link to Kodomo no Jikan, having played Kuro. But Takagaki Ayahi comes from starring in Phantom and Sasameki Koto to play Hiiragi. Now that's range. And MAKO comes from her popular anime interview TV show -- and before that, from playing Yurie in Kamichu -- to play Koume.

Click here or on the image below to go to a full characters/seiyuus page:

Kitamura Eri's radio girl-friend Hirota Shion plays a girl called Satsuki. The talented Ise Mariya plays Hinagiku -- one of her four current roles, which include roles in Ladies v. Butlers, Durarara, and Ookamikakushi.

Veteran seiyuu Honna Youko plays Anzu's mother. Years ago, she was the star of one of my two favorite anime movies, Whisper of the Heart (the other is 5cm/sec). Fujimura Ayumi, who is the heroine of Seikon no Qwaser, plays the little boy Ryouta. And Saitou Chiwa will show up as Mayumi.

If you're interested -- and can stand the cutesy voices -- here is a video featuring the seiyuus for the three starring kids: (l-r) Takagaki Ayahi (Hiiragi), Shindou Kei (Anzu), and MAKO (Koume).

Monday, January 11, 2010

So·Ra·No·Wo·To -- characters/seiyuus pics/info

Here's another new show with an excellent cast.

So·Ra·No·Wo·To gives a new seiyuu a chance to star, and she sounds like she has been doing it for years.

Kanemoto Hisako (front left) stars as Kanata, and sounds a lot like -- maybe too much like -- Toyosaki Aki as Yui in K-On. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since Aki is the moe voice of the moment in anime.

With Kanemoto are Kobayashi Yuu (front right) as her superior Rio, and Kitamura Eri (back left) as the intense Kureha. Endou Aya (back right) brings her gentle voice as the soothing Felicia. And 17-year-old Yuuki Aoi (back centre) gives us yet another voice, as she zooms up the ranks.

Yuuki-san was Murasaki in Kure-nai three years ago, but starting last fall, she is now becoming a real star. She is in three other current shows: starring as Ichigo in Yumeiro Patissiere, starring as Mina Tepes in Dance in the Vampire Bund, and as Riko in Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzoo. And every one of those voices is different. She has been a child actress for years, playing in ten TV dramas and three films, and her ability and talent are clear.

For anyone interested, Aoi-chan's website "Aoi Town" is here. Click "Diary" to see her photo blog.

In any case, click here or on the image below to go to the full page, which gives pics of the main characters and their seiyuus, as well as some info about each seiyuu, with links to more.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Seikon no Qwaser -- characters/seiyuus pics & info

There is a lot of disagreement over how good this show is: bizarre mammary fanservice, and its excessive censorship; a wild but familiar story bridging school life and magical conflict, but against a background featuring symbols from Russian Orthodox Christianity; a touch of yuri; and more than a touch of bloody violence. We'll have to see how they bring it all together.

But one thing the show definitely has is an exciting cast. We start with two of the rising young stars of the industry, Sanpei Yuuko and Fujimura Ayumi. Add the moe voice of the moment, Toyosaki Aki, and her co-star in K-On Hikasa Youko (Yui and Mio). Then slot in two stars of Suzumiya Haruhi, Hirano Aya and Chihara Minori.

And then back them all up with some of the stronger pros in the business: Kawasumi Ayako, Hanazawa Kana, Takagaki Ayahi, Chiba Susumu.

To keep all these names straight, I have made a characters/seiyuus page, with pics of the characters and their seiyuus, and info about the seiyuus. Click here or on the image below to go to the full page:

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