Saturday, February 12, 2011

Taketatsu Ayana: Zettai Ryouiki

At the MM! event Saturday, Taketatsu Ayana wore this outfit:

In her blog, she thanked everyone for coming out, and said she had a wonderful time with all the lady and gentleman masochists.

The event featured Ayanyan, along with her costars Fukuyama Jun and Hayami Saori.

She said how happy she was when people said she had lost weight. She has lost 3 kilos (6.6 lb) and still plans to squeeze out a little more.

Here is another photo from the day:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Seiyuu Weather Reports: Tokyo Snow!

photo: Hikasa Youko
I know it snowed Friday in Tokyo because so many seiyuus have told me so in their blogs.

Hikasa Youko had the most atmospheric photo.

She wrote: "Snowsnowsnow! It's cold! But it makes me happy! Kyahou! (ノ>ω<)ノ"

Itou Kanae also had a nice photo.  Under the title "Snow!" she simply wrote: "It's cold (>Σ<)"

Kotobuki Minako wrote: "It started snowing this morning. This is Kotobuki, who loves snow and is listening to Remioromen's 'Powdered Snow.'" (A hit song from 2005. Link to YouTube.)

Takagaki Ayahi wrote: "It's snow! It's snow! This is Takagaki Ayahi, with her excitement level pretty high!

IS Infinite Stratos -- Characters/Seiyuus Pics and Info

Infinite Stratos may not be my favorite show of the season, but I'm still watching -- mainly for the voices.

It's a great cast, including Hikasa Youko, Hanazawa Kana, Yukana, Inoue Marina, and Toyoguchi Megumi.

There's also Shitaya Noriko, whose voice I have loved since she played Himeko in Kannazuki no Miko. She is also playing Avril in Gosick, and was Momiji in Cross Game.

And leading actor Uchiyama Kouki is coming into his own: he is only 20, and was the Soul Eater in Soul Eater and Natsuno in Shiki, and is playing Banagher Links in Gundam Unicorn.

Click here or on the picture to go to the full page.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Yumekui Merry: Characters/Seiyuus Pics and Info

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed in Yumekui Merry. The character design is excellent. Some of the scenes are constructed in fascinating ways. And the voice-acting is generally good. But somehow this is not adding up to a very interesting show.

However, I'm still watching -- and not just for Merry's belly-button, which is featured in a number of shots.

Star Sakura Ayane just turned 17, and is doing a good job with Merry. We'll be hearing a lot more from her in the future. Especially since she has a good singing voice, as she demonstrates in the ED.

And Okamoto Nobuhiko is proving yet again why he gets so many roles.

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

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Freezing: Characters/Seiyuus Pics and Info

There seems to be a wide consensus that Freezing is one of the worst shows of the season. That hasn't stopped me from enjoying it quite a bit.

As usual, it is the characters that do it for me: the blindly determined weak male lead; the strong female lead with a hidden dere side. I enjoy Freezing a lot more than the other show set in a school for women fighters, Infinite Stratos. There's no accounting for taste, lol.

But one thing about this show: there are so many characters, it is not easy to keep them straight. Nor is it easy to keep straight the large and varied seiyuu cast, ranging from top stars to new voices making their debuts.

I've made a characters/seiyuus page with pics of the characters and their seiyuus, and a bit of info abut each. Click here or on the image to go to the full page:

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Taketatsu Ayana: Something New Coming?

Taketatsu Ayana's blog post a few hours ago makes me think she has an exciting new role -- but she won't say what it is yet.

Here's the post:

Good morning

Today I'm in a happy mood~

Why, you ask…

The rest will have to wait    chuckle


I'm off to do my best again today


Aya-nyan had a triumphant fall season, starring in OreImo, MM, and Tamayura, and with several other roles, making a total of 16 for the year. This season, she is only in Rio - Rainbow Gate, but Anime News Network has her listed for three more shows later in the year.

(click photo to enlarge)

Gotou Saori: Hot Footbath on a Cold Evening

Gotou Saori
It's time for a little (extremely) soft porn from Gotou Saori's blog.

Weather in Tokyo has been cold, with lows around freezing. There is even snow in the forecast for Thursday-Friday, and lows below freezing next week.

In Saorin's latest blog post, posted at 2:30 am Wednesday, she says she really feels the cold.

So at home Tuesday night, she made herself some miso soup with pork, which she says turned out surprisingly well.

Then she bathed her feet in hot water. Not just good for her sensitivity to cold, but relaxing, too.

Dragon Crisis -- Characters and Seiyuus pics/info

Dragon Crisis is one of my guilty pleasures this season. I can't claim it is a great show, but I'm enjoying Kugimiya Rie as a no-tsun, all-dere dragon in the form of a young girl.

Yukana as an adventurous cousin of the male lead is terrific. And Horie Yui works as an elegant lady who is actually a white dragon.

Click here or on the image to go to the full page: