Saturday, October 08, 2011

Seiyuu Revelations -- Photos Supposedly Showing Them With Boyfriends, etc.

This "simple compendium of leaked photos of popular female seiyuus" has appeared on 2channel and elsewhere. It summarizes the recent stream of "revelations" about seiyuus having (or having had) boyfriends, or being involved in other peccadillos. The seiyuu-otaku world is in a tizzy over all this.

The compendium includes photos of Toyosaki Aki; Hanazawa Kana; Hirano Aya; Taketatsu Ayana; Hidaka Rina; Tomatsu Haruka and Irino Miyu; and Satou Satomi (click photo to enlarge):

Below is a key to the photos, and translations of what the compendium says:

Kotobuki Minako and Yuuki Aoi -- Magazine Photos

Seiyuu Grand Prix magazine this month features Kotobuki Minako and Yuuki Aoi together on the cover and in a photo spread inside.

The two appear to be good friends. They both worked on Hyakka Ryouran, and did its radio show together. They are close to the same age, despite the fact that Mina-chan looks so mature and Ao-chan doesn't. (click images to enlarge)

On their radio show, Ao-chan and Hayami Saori refer to Mina-chan -- who has guested with them twice -- as their "wife." The three are all in the same school year, although Mina-chan left school after high school, and the other two are both in university (perhaps the same one).

Friday, October 07, 2011

Toyosaki Aki Living with Tom-H@ck?

2channel is frothing at the mouth over claims on a Sphere-stalker's blog that Toyosaki Aki is living with Tom-H@ck, the composer/arranger of many of Houkago Teatime's songs.

The stalker claims to have followed her to her apartment building and to have found that Ooshima Tomohiro 大嶋文博 (professional name Tom-H@ck) lives in the same building.

The stalker says there must be something special about this building, since the other members of Sphere all live close to where they work, and this building is not only far from there but also so far from its rail station that she uses a taxi to go back and forth to the station.

This seems somewhat flimsy evidence to me, as is usual in these cases, but in the interests of more romance, I thought I'd let people know.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Kayano Ai -- Big New Little Voice

Kayano Ai (click images to enlarge)
Kayano Ai 茅野愛衣 is certainly the flavour of the moment: she is in four shows this season, more than any other female seiyuu.

Is she a brilliant new talent or just someone being pushed by her agency, as some anti-Kayanon posters on 2channel think?

I was lukewarm about her in her most famous role, as Menma in AnoHana. Defnitely a moe voice, but too extreme for me. However, I thought she was terrific as Ayaka in Kamisama no Memo-chou. She used a more ordinary voice, but her acting was strong.

This season, she is in Chihayafuru, Ben-tou, Last Exile, and Guilty Crown.

Before she became a seiyuu, she was working in a beauty salon, providing relaxation for clients. Kayanon can give massage, and is qualified both as an ear therapist and as a diet coach. "Ear therapy" involves stimulating the many acupuncture points on the ear.

She would often work until late in the evening, and when she got home and switched on the TV, there was anime on. She particularly loved ARIA, which was so calming. In her work, she liked to bring a sense of peace to people, and she realized that anime was another way she might be able to do that. 

She saved her money to pay for weekly sessions at the Pro-Fit agency's seiyuu school. And then in April 2010, at the comparatively advanced age of 22,  she became one of its seiyuus. Kayanon was born on 13 September 1987 and is 153cm tall (5' 1/4"). She is from Tokyo.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Characters and Seiyuus -- Last Exile: Fam of the Silver Wing

Just in time for its debut on Friday, here is a characters/seiyuus page for Last Exile: Fam of the Silver Wing.

This is not only one of the shows I have most hope for this season, but a show with such a big cast that a guide like this could be useful. Making it has been useful for me, at least.

I have made a table showing pics of 22 characters and their seiyuus, with a bit of info about both the character and the seiyuu. Click here or on the image to go to the full page: