Saturday, October 02, 2010

Yumeiro Pâtissière Professional -- Characters/Seiyuus Pics/Info

Yumeiro Pâtissière's second season starts Sunday. The story begins a couple of years after the end of the first series, with Ichigo returning from two years of study in France to become a high-school freshman back at St. Marie Academy in Japan.

Most of the characters remain the same, but as you can see from the pictures below, they look at least two years older. Here is a characters/seiyuus page, with pics of the characters and their seiyuus, as well as info about each seiyuu.

Check out Hanabusa, in particular, who has become pretty stylish. And see the new character, the American Johnny McBeale, who may become a rival for Ichigo's affection. Surprisingly, he is played by veteran seiyuu Suyama Akio, who was Hige in Wolf's Rain. His sweets spirit, Maize, is voiced by Chihara Minori.

Ichigo's erstwhile cooking rival, Lemon, has a larger role in this series. She is played by the underrated Ise Mariya. And Lemon's sweets spirit, Mint, is played by well-known 15-year-old idol Ogura Yui, who was Ringo in a couple of early episodes of the first series.

As YuiKaori, Ogura and fellow teen idol Ishihara Kaori did EDs for the recent Kiss X Sis TV series. And Ogura's dancing was digitized as the basis for Hatsune Miku's dancing in Project Diva. Both Ogura and Ishihara are with the Up Front agency, as is Misawa Sachika (Cafe).

Friday, October 01, 2010

Taketatsu Ayana -- Suddenly a Star

Suddenly, over the past year, Taketatsu Ayana has become a star.

In the new autumn season, the 21-year-old seiyuu will be in eight shows: five new series, two OVAs, and a continuing series. Photos of her are spreading through the Web. And she will even appear in a film.

In April 2009, when K-On began, she was almost a complete unknown. In fact, "Aya-nyan," as she is known, did not even appear in the show until episode 8 (she plays Azusa, otherwise known as Azu-nyan).

Ayanyan had auditioned to be one of the four original main girls in K-On, but was picked to play the next-tier character Azusa -- a moe but capable younger student -- and helped turn her into a fan favorite.

At the time she was beginning K-On, Taketatsu-san had already debuted in the first OVA for Kiss x Sis, the very ecchi "incest comedy," which she has also helped make a successful franchise. In complete contrast, since last fall she has been playing a tiny fairy in Yumeiro Pâtissière, a show entirely without that kind of fanservice, and mainly aimed at little girls. It, too, is successful, and is now entering its second year.

Ayanyan's voice doesn't stand out, but her moe tones somehow also convey a bit of strength and attitude, so she can create a character that is moe, but more than moe, like Azusa.

Ayanyan mainly does children and teen girls, but can also do bossy characters (this season as Mio in MM and Kirino in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai), or tsundere characters (Miria in Jewelpet Tinkle). She did a wonderful job as gentle, docile Nozomi in Mayoi Neko Overrun -- deeply moe, but not the childish kind of moe character that Toyosaki Aki does so well.

Here are pics of some of her roles (mouseover photos for captions):

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yuuki Aoi in Six New Series. Taketatsu, Hanazawa, Hayami, Sugita in Five Each

Latest info for the new fall season shows that Yuuki Aoi (age 18) has roles in six new series -- more than any other seiyuu.

This comes at the same time as Oricon Biz magazine names her number one in a group of three seiyuus it expects to break out into stardom.

The other two? Taketatsu Ayana and Hanazawa Kana, both of whom are in five new series, and both of whom are 21. I myself would say that Hanazawa is already a star.

Other seiyuus with roles in five series are Hayami Saori (age 19) and Sugita Tomokazu (29). Here is a list of seiyuus with roles in three or more new series (mouseover image for caption):

Yuuki Aoi and Taketatsu Ayana as Mio and Ayumi in Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Yuuki Aoi 6

Hanazawa Kana 5
Hayami Saori 5
Sugita Tomokazu 5
Taketatsu Ayana 5

Fujimura Ayumi 4
Fukuyama Jun 4
Itou Kanae 4
Okamoto Nobuhiko 4
Ono Daisuke 4
Yahagi Sayuri 4

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hirano Aya At Phu Ket

Between Wednesday and Saturday of last week, Hirano Aya took a trip to Phu Ket, Thailand, for some photo sessions.

She is certainly spending more time on her work outside of anime, and people have noted that she is not slated to appear in any of the new fall shows. But she has leading roles in three continuing shows: Fairy Tail, Nurarihyon no Mago, and Jewelpet Tinkle. Unfortunately, those are not shows I enjoy enough to watch myself, however well she may perform.

In any case, here are some photos from Aya's blog:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall 2010 Anime -- Weekly Schedule

The new anime season has already begun, with new Pokemon, Hetalia, and Battle Spirits series, but it gets going in earnest this coming weekend, with four new shows on Friday and on Saturday, and six on Sunday.

Friday: Panty and Stocking, Ironman, Super Robot Taisen, Sora no Otoshimono Forte.

Saturday: MM, Bakuman, Tegami Bachi, Hakuouki .

Here's my seasonal weekly calendar, showing this fall's anime schedule for each day of the week, including both new shows and continuing shows, and giving basic details of staff and cast. Click here or on the image to go to the full schedule:

For full details of each show -- story, staff, cast, trailer, etc. -- check out my season preview post.