Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Most Beautiful Voice in Anime: Hayami Saori's new Sekirei ED

I'm not saying Hayami Saori is the best seiyuu-singer -- although she is for my taste. I know there are a couple of good competitors, and what kind of music and singing you like is a personal preference. But Saorin's voice is definitely the most "beautiful" voice among seiyuus.

Not only is it pure and clear, it has unmatched warmth and sweetness. And she has a deep musicality -- perhaps the fruit of her ten years studying piano -- that enables her to tease the melodic beauty from the song as it is written. Her phrasing, intonation, and dynamics are so interesting and effective.

The story is that when she went into the recording booth at the age of 15 to record the ED for Touka Gettan, she gave them a track they could use in one try, and when she emerged from the booth, the staff all stood and applauded.

And here, now that she is 19, is the latest example of her art -- Oboeteiru kara ("I Remember"), a new ED for episode 10 of Sekirei Pure Engagement:

The song will be on the Sekirei Sound Complete (link to purchase) album that comes out on 29 September.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

This Fall's Busiest Seiyuus: Hayami Saori, Taketatsu Ayana, Yuuki Aoi

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I've been a big fan of Yuuki Aoi for the past year or so, and of Hayami Saori for 2-3 years. Now it appears that anime producers have become fans, too.

Those two and Taketatsu Ayana are the busiest of all seiyuus this fall. Left to right: Hayami Saori (age 19), Taketatsu Ayana (21), Yuuki Aoi (18).

Each of these three young seiyuus will be in five new TV series this fall. And that doesn't count OVAs: Saorin has roles in three OVAs, Ayachi 2, and Ao-chan one.

Both Hayami and Taketatsu work for I"m Enterprise, one of the two big sister agencies involved in a roles-for-sex scandal a few years ago. One of the seiyuus with four roles also works for I"m Enterprise: Yahagi Sayuri (age 23).

There was talk recently that Ayachi had surpassed Saorin as the young seiyuu I"m Enterprise was promoting most. Now it appears they are promoting them both pretty well.