|Victorica orders people to attend this Saturday's Gosick live events|
in Akihabara. Drawing by Yuuki Aoi.
She says she just couldn't bring herself to post about her happy life at a time like that, and felt she had to practice self-restraint. She apologizes for not posting, and apologizes for making excuses.
During the past month, she posted only to say she was okay, and then about her birthday (she turned 19 on 27 March). She said she was delighted to be in her last teen year, and hoped to become a fine adult. She said she was full of desire to do her very best.
But this past Saturday, a string of posts began. She posted to say that she had been asked to contribute something for a charity auction in aid of earthquake recovery. The auction is organized by Matsumoto Rika, who plays Satoshi in Pokemon, in which Ao-chan is now co-starring as Iris.
She will contribute a tapestry dress and hat she has worn. These have not yet shown up in the list of items currently being auctioned.
That same day, she posted about a stage play in which Matsumoto Rika is one of the stars, and said her performance was powerful and everyone should see her act live.
On Sunday, she posted about the Gosick live events coming up on Saturday. People who buy a copy of the special edition of one of the first two BD/DVDs will be eligible to be chosen to attend. There will be two events, one each at the Toronoana and Animate stores in Akihabara.
Ao-chan will wear a new summer Victorica outfit, and will personally give each attendee a Victorica hand towel and a poster. She says she looks forward to the chance to speak with individual fans in person. And she says people will have a chance to see just how different she and Eguchi Takuya are in height.
Ao-chan posted "with embarrassment" a picture she drew of Victorica, excusing its quality by saying that she only spent 30 minutes on it. The caption is: "Be sure to come. That's an order."
On Monday she wrote that she and five people from A Channel went to see Sphere's live concert. She went with director Ono Manabu, animation producer Shibata Tomonori, mangaka Kuroda bb, and co-stars Fukuhara Kaori and Uchiyama Yumi. Her other co-star, Kotobuki Minako, was of course on stage as part of Sphere.
She says they had seats at the front and she was so energized by the great performance and the crowd behind them that she ended up standing and jumping around waving her light sticks with everyone else. They went out afterward for a delicious Chinese meal.
On Tuesday she wrote about going out for her first lunch with Hayami Saori. She had been in a couple of Hayamin's shows, and had been in the same green room with her at events, but had never gone further than being a "texting friend."
Ao-chan worried that her own very one-sided interests and difficulty with many subjects (I think she means she is an otaku) made her worry that she wouldn't have anything to talk with Hayamin about. But Hayamin was so nice and so "sparkly" that she felt as if she was speaking with an admired older elementary-school classmate (this is not impossible, since they both grew up in Chiba). They certainly have the common experience of being university students. She was already thinking what to do with Hayamin next time, and looking around for a good birthday present (Hayamin turns 20 on May 29).
And on Wednesday she writes about the fact that the final episodes of Madoka Magica will be broadcast Thursday night. She says many people have asked her what happens in them, but she has absolutely refused to tell, despite the fact that she is eager to discuss them in detail with someone.
She says that after the recording she had many thoughts and feelings, and that with all the heavy parts of the last two episodes, it is amazing that people will be seeing them one right after the other.
Acting in the show really wore away her soul, and she is glad to have added her poor talents to the great ones of others who made the show.
She says that she hopes she will communicate to everyone's hearts Madoka's sufferings, hopes, and feelings.