Thursday, September 29, 2011

The New Season Begins Saturday -- Fall Anime Calendar

Actually, we have already seen a couple of the new shows: a preview of Working'!!, and the the first episodes of the new season of Battle Spirits.

But things get going in earnest on Saturday, with shows such as Fate/Zero; and , the new ecchi fantasy from Oonuma Shin (ef, Baka to Test). There will also be the new season of Bakuman; the official premiere of Working'!!; the ecchi comedy Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai; and the unpredictable future fiction story Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.

Click here or on the image to go to the full weekly calendar. For fuller descriptions, check out this blog post.

Sunday is one of the fullest days of the week, along with Thursday and Saturday. This Sunday, Hunter x Hunter and Phi Brain get started.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yuuki Aoi Voice Samples From the Online Game Dragon Nest

Yuuki Aoi plays the new character class Academic in the MMORPG Dragon Nest. A clip of voice samples demonstrates some of the special quality of Ao-chan's voice. (Embedded Nicovideo clips take a while to appear. Click the three dots in the lower right to hide the comments.)

The bounce and flexibility are striking. Her voice sounds tight and strong to me, with smooth edges, all the sounds concentrated together. I don't know any other high voice with that tightness and power. I'm just talking about the voice as a voice, and not even considering her acting or her vocal fantasies. I think she is an excellent actress, too, but I understand that some people prefer a more naturalistic style.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Toyosaki Aki and Yuuki Aoi On Their Roles in Last Exile -- Fam of the Silver Wing

There are interviews with Last Exile -- Fam of the Silver Wing co-stars Toyosaki Aki (Fam) and Yuuki Aoi (Fam's partner Giselle) on the show's website. The third star is Kayano Ai (Menma in AnoHana), who will play Princess Miria.

Aki-chan saw the original Last Exile when it came out, long before she was a seiyuu. She is particularly amazed by the feeling of acting here with Kitamura Eri and her character Tatiana, who reappears in this second series. KitaEri was just a voice on the screen before, but now she knows her from having worked with her on other shows.

Ao-chan has never seen the original show and decided on her own not to look at it even after she got the part. She says she didn't want her feeling for those characters to affect her performance in this show, which is set in a different time and place.

Toyosaki Aki:
-- one-word description for the show: a "romance" (in the sense of a legendary tale).
-- likes flying and aircraft. First time playing a pilot.
-- Fam is a manly character. Brought up among boys. But she doesn’t realize this and inside, she feels like a girl.
-- Giselle is her close partner. Even though not related by blood, she was brought up with Fam. If Giselle were a guy, she would feel jealous of other people around Fam, since Fam treats everyone the same. But she is so capable that without her, Fam couldn’t fly.
-- Miria is so cute. Cute when she is on her high horse as a princess. Cute when she reacts more naturally, as a young girl.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yuuki Aoi, Tomatsu Haruka On Shoujobyou's Latest Album

Yuuki Aoi and Tomatsu Haruka will be the spoken voices on the new album by the performance music group Shoujobyou 少女病("Girl Disease").

Shoujobyou produces a big sound featuring mythic stories sung by two women, with an orchestra built around twelve violins, and including narration by seiyuus. Previous seiyuus have included Sawashiro Miyuki, Ono Daisuke, Toyosaki Aki, and Hanazawa Kana.

Shoujobyou began as a doujin (self-released) group, but seems to have become Lantis's answer to one of Ao-chan's favorite groups, Sound Horizon. And in addition, it does anime and game music, such as an ED for Katanagatari.

The new album was released at Comiket last month, and is one of the group's own doujin works, rather than a Lantis album.  Here are a couple of samples from tracks on the album, which is called Melophobia of the Holy Relics 聖骸メロフォビア.