Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yuuki Aoi: Gosick Live Event Report

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Today in Akihabara, there were three small events in honor of the release of the first BD/DVDs of Gosick. Fans who bought one of the releases could come up and speak with Yuuki and with Eguchi Takuya for a few seconds, and be given a towel and a poster.

In her blog, Ao-chan says she knows she is in a profession in which people have very short careers, and since she is so aware of her inadequacies, she is continually surprised that people still want her around.

Here is a rough translation of today's blog post:

2011.04.23    Thank you for coming

The Gosick gift event!
Thank you for coming!
Although noisy stage events are wonderfully enjoyable,
I totally love things like the gift event, where everyone could come so close,
After it was over, I ended up tired but happy (*´ω`*)
Somehow I was glad that I had worked so hard...
The field of acting that I have been given a place in has no firm measuring stick.
It’s not a matter of being a pro or not.
There are many areas in which I really feel that my ability is not there yet.
So it's difficult to hear everyone say how much they like me.
“Everyone who came today is my friend, so they had to say that....” something I should avoid thinking....

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yuuki Aoi Answers Questions

Where does Yuuki Aoi want to travel? To the 2D world. That was one of her answers to questions posed by Animedia magazine.

Here is the page of answers. Translation below the pic: (click to enlarge)

name: Yuuki Aoi
nickname: Ao-chan
birthday: March 27
astrological sign: Aries
blood type: A
place of birth: Raised in the woods
agency: Pro-Fit

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Yuuki Aoi Returns to Blogging

Victorica orders people to attend this Saturday's Gosick live events
in Akihabara. Drawing by Yuuki Aoi.
Yuuki Aoi posted to her blog only twice in the month following the earthquake, but now she has returned to blogging with a vengeance, with five posts in the past five days.

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. 

AnoHana Characters and Seiyuus

After one episode, AnoHana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai -- "We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day") is one of the most promising shows of the season.

Here is a characters/seiyuus page showing images of the six main characters and their seiyuus, with some info about each seiyuu. Click on the link above or on the image to go to the full page.

The male characters have two seiyuus: one for the older person and one for the child. The same seiyuus do both ages for the female characters.

Toyosaki Aki joins Tomatsu Haruka in another example of Sphere members appearing as seiyuus in the same shows. She plays Poppo as a child.

It's also good to hear Hayami Saori doing a version of her ojou-san voice as Tsuruko. Developing some range.

Kayano Ai, who plays Menma, appears to be an up-and-comer, with that super-moe voice. She was Isana in Yumekui Merry, and will play one of the three main characters in the new Last Exile. And that is only one of four roles she is already slated for later this year. I'm still not convinced: the voice she uses here is a little much even for me. But I am getting used to it.