Saturday, April 10, 2010

Seiyuu Yuuki Aoi Punked at Tokyo Anime Fair

During February and March, young seiyuu Yuuki Aoi has had a gig doing voice-overs for the Animax TV anime interview show Anisong Plus.

During the early April show featuring the previous weekend's Tokyo International Anime Fair, they broadcast a little feature where she was told the show would be ending. She naturally reacted with disappointment -- in an appropriately restrained Japanese way.

Then she was told that Anisong Plus would have a successor program called "Aniso-o-ong Plus," and she gradually realized that it had all been a joke. Here is the clip, originally from a Japanese streaming site:

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Seiyuu Sasaki Nozomi On Eve no Jikan Film and "Evlend" Coffee

The outstanding science fiction OVA series Eve no Jikan is now out in Japan as a theatrical film.

Seiyuu Sasaki Nozomi gives it a big thumbs up in her blog post "Evlend" -- which is the name of the blend of coffee served in the Time of Eve cafe featured in the film.

She says a friend invited her to go and she loved it, especially the music. It gave her a tight feeling in her chest, and she shed bitter tears.

Saiga Mitsuki told her that she loved it, too.

Nozomi-chan called her friend "Rina Onee-chan" (Satou Rina, a star of the show) and said she'd love to try Evlend coffee.

"Well, little sister, come on over," replied Rina. So she did.

She and Rina and Rina's cat Haine-chan talked and talked. And she loved the coffee.

Eve no Jikan ("Time of Eve") is set in a near-future Japan in which androids have become common, but are treated as servants and not given human freedoms.

The Time of Eve cafe is a little place where the rule is that no distinction can be made between humans and androids. 

Yuuki Aoi: Gothic Lolita Style?

Some photos have shown up that make it even clearer that Yuuki Aoi draws on Gothic Lolita as a major element of her style.

At the Yumeiro Patissiere event two weekends ago at TAF, she and Taketatsu Ayana (Azu-nyan in K-On) held the stage. Ao-chan stars as aspiring pastry-maker Ichigo ("Strawberry"), and Aya-nyan is her fairy companion Vanilla: (click images to enlarge)

The full skirt, the plaid material, the stockings covering her legs, the long sleeves and high neckline, the almost bubble-toed high shoes -- all are part of Gothic Lolita fashion. Ao-chan doesn't take it all the way to the full fantasy. But there is no doubt that she is drawing inspiration from GL.

A poster on 2channel wrote: "She seems to be a fujoshi seiyuu. Oh, well, that's okay." Fujoshi ("rotten girls") is a term for female otaku who are into boys' love mangas.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

2channel's Favorite Seiyuus

Mizuki Nana is by far 2channel's favorite seiyuu -- or at least the one they want to talk about most these days. 2channel is the vast Japanese message board whose anime threads are a hotbed of Japanese otaku. (mouseover images for captions)

Surpisingly, the second-most-talked-about seiyuu is the beautiful Chihara Minori. This is a clear indication that singing is of tremendous interest, since those two are probably currently the two most popular singer-seiyuus. Nana-chan is definitely the most popular, especially since her appearance on a top mainstream Japanese music show.

Tamura Yukari, the long-time idol seiyuu who made her name as Nanoha and is now starring in the ecchi comedy B-gata H-kei, comes next. She is also a singer.

And then we have Hirano Aya, whose role as Suzumiya Haruhi propelled her to the top, and whose beauty and visibility may be helping to keep her there -- along with her own singing. She is also by far the most hated seiyuu on 2channel, with almost half as many threads of posts against her as normal threads. Each 2channel thread represents a thousand posts.

Then we get to a couple of seiyuus who don't do as much singing, but both of whom do moe roles: Asumi Kana, who plays Yuno in Hidamari Sketch and Poplar in Working; and Iguchi Yuka, who plays Index in To Aru Majutsu no Index and is one of the stars of the new ecchi comedy Mayoi Neko Overrun.

Here is a list of the top 50 threads on the seiyuu board at 2channel, by number of posts per day. This list -- especially the bottom half of it -- will shift over time, as different seiyuus gain and lose prominence. But this is where we are today.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Yuuki Aoi Fans React to Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou Event at TAF

The Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou event at the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) on Saturday, March 28, featured seiyuus Toyosaki Aki, Hikasa Youko, and Yuuki Aoi (l-r).

Of the three, it was the Yuuki Aoi fans on 2channel who were bowled over by it, with fans of the other two more interested in their roles in K-On!!

Ao-chan's fans have been loading her current 2channel thread with admiration all week, especially since a report of the event appeared. "Why isn't there a cute otaku girl like that in my class?" lamented one poster. "I'd like to play God Eater with her," writes another, referring to her recent enjoyment of that game. Another posts pics of a BL manga she has said she likes, and suggests that it would be a big hurdle for a guy to get over. Another said he'd love to talk with her, even on the phone. Others say they would like to do other things with her....