Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hanazawa Kana -- New Images and Interview

I just came across this new photo of Kana-chan today, and I like it so much I thought I'd post it. (click to enlarge).

In the interview, she talks a bit about two favorite manga: Solanin and Kocha Ouji. She says she cried at the manga Solanin, and cried at the film, which she has seen twice. She has also bought the DVD.

Ben-Tou -- Characters/Seiyuus Pics and Info

Just in time for episode two, here is a characters and seiyuus page to help keep the characters and who plays them straight. Click here or on the image to go to the full page:

The voice-acting in this show is good. I was especially impressed by Yuuki Aoi, Shimono Hiro, and Kayano Ai. As Kayanon does more and more roles well, I'm beginning to think that she is the real deal.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Paku Romi (and other seiyuus') Voice Samples

I just came across a nice long set of voice samples from Paku Romi on YouTube:

This is part of a collection of voice samples of various seiyuus posted by the same person. Other voices include Horie Yui, Taketatsu Ayana, Endou Aya, Kishio Daisuke, Maeno Tomoaki, Fukuyama Jun, Wakamoto Norio, etc., etc.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NewType Anime Awards -- Madoka Magika, Miyano Mamoru, Yuuki Aoi

Madoka Magica was the top show of 2011, and Yuuki Aoi and Miyano Mamoru the top seiyuus, according to readers of NewType magazine.

The NewType anime awards were announced over the weekend, and Madoka Magica ran away with the lion's share of the awards. The show won twelve awards, ranging from best anime and best director (Akiyuki Shinbou) through best OP, best music, best character design, and best colour, to awards for three of its seiyuus: Yuuki Aoi as best leading female, Saitou Chiwa as best supporting female, and Katou Emiri for best mascot character (is Kyuube a "mascot," lol?).

The awards were voted on by NewType readers, and through NewType's website. There was a total of over 6000 votes. NewType tends to cover shounen shows and has a readership split between male and female. Looking at the full voting results, the second-most popular anime was Tiger & Bunny. Mawaru Penguin Drum, AnoHana, and The Idolm@ster also show up several times each.

There were awards for the season's top characters, and Homura of MadoMagi (played by Saitou Chiwa) won for female character, while Okabe Rentarou of Steins;Gate (played by Mamo-chan) won for male character.