Saturday, July 31, 2010

Katou Emiri Smiles

Katou Emiri has been having her teeth straightened for a few months now. I think it's showing more and more.

She certainly seems to be smiling more broadly now, anyway.

I have admired her work at least since Candy Boy, and especially in Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.

But a poster on 2channel said that he had never really noticed her work, but admired the way she responded so forthrightly when the rumor of her orthodontic treatment came out last spring.

At the moment, Emirin is in two anime: Kuroshitsuji II (as Meirin) and Seitokai Yakuindomo (as Kaede).

The little photo of her below with Tatsumi Yuiko (left, Riko in KissxSis) and Matsuki Miyu (right) is from publicity for a new "media mix" project called "Aka-Pro" ("Akarui San Shimai Project"). They play the "three cheerful sisters" in the title.

This is based around a radio show in which the three do little plays, as well as standard radio talk.

The media mix is with Comptique and CompAce magazines, and a website (still in preparation, link from here). And who knows, an anime might come someday.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Successful Week for Anime Music

A number of songs with anime connections made the Oricon top 20 for the past week.

"Shiver," the GazettE's OP for Kuroshitsuji II, claimed #2.

"Shuuketsu no Unmei," by long-time seiyuu/singer Hayashibara Megumi, was #6.

Seiyuu/singer Chihara Minori came in at #9 with her new single, "Freedom Dreamer," the ending theme for anime TV show Anison Plus.

The OP to Sekirei: Pure Engagement was #13, sung by seiyuus Hayami Saori, Inoue Marina, Hanazawa Kana, and Endou Aya.

The song I liked best this week, Takagaki Ayahi's "Kimi ga Iru Bashou," was #13.

Of course, leading the pack were Akihabara favorites AKB48, whose seven-member sub-unit "Team Dragon" took #1 with the forgettable "Kokoro no Hane." There's no accounting for taste. Or maybe there is.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Strike Witches 2 -- character/seiyuu pics and info

I never did finish season one of this show. I never even got most of the cast straight. But the cast is so interesting that I've made a characters/seiyuus page to give me at least a chance of sticking with it.

In its "loving band of moe sisters" aspect, this show is like K-On -- but with more experienced seiyuus, some fighting, and lots of pantsu. It is extremely popular on 2channel, where it is getting over a hundred posts an hour, second only to K-On itself.

The seiyuus are interesting for various reasons. Fukuen Misato stars, having just finished starring as Yin in the excellent Darker than Black OVA. Her co-star, experienced TV-show dubber Seto Saori, steps into the role of Major Sakamoto, replacing the now-married Chiba Saeko.

And surrounding them we have great seiyuus such as Sawashiro Miyuki, Tanaka Rie, Koshimizu Ami, Saitou Chiwa, and Nazuka Kaori. And tiny-voiced Kadowaki Mai is in her second anime of the season, along with Shukufuku no Campanella, in which she is billed as the leading lady. She may be returning from the ero-game world to do more anime.

To go to the full page, click here or on the image:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Seiyuu Ages Chart, with Pics

On a Japanese seiyuu image board, someone has recently posted a set of pics of 104 seiyuus, in order of age -- from Inoue Kikuko at 46 (not 17, sorry) to Yuuki Aoi at 18.

Here is the set of three photos, showing seiyuus aged from 46 down to 31, from 30 down to 26, and from 25 down to 18. I have spent altogether too much time substituting romanized names for the kanji and kana names. (click images to enlarge)