Thursday, March 08, 2012

Yuuki Aoi: the Speech She Was Too Nervous to Give

Ao-chan on radio after the
awards ceremony
In a blog post a few hours ago, Yuuki Aoi remembered the things she was too nervous to say in her acceptance speech.

She remembered her grandma crying tears of joy, and Matsumoto Rika teaching her how to wear a kimono so it keeps its shape.

And she said that if the seiyuu award took 100 points, only about 8 of them were from her, and the rest came from the love and support of everyone around her.

But she plans to work hard and get better, and try to be as good as the older seiyuu she admires.

Here's the post:


Did You See My “Brave Figure”?

...I just wanted to say that.

Anyway, standing there, at that instant I was overwhelmed by the feelings that suddenly welled up in me...yes, many, many things.... Misao being the first one to text me... Rika-san teaching me how to wear the kimono so it didn’t fall out of shape... The head of the company giving me the kimono... How Sawashiro-san is always so wonderful... Getting such a warm text from Takagaki-san... Grandma crying with joy... I wanted to say so many things.

I guess I really did just blow a fuse (>_<)

But when I got home, my parents still greeted me as a daughter they're proud of.

I got so many texts, and congratulatory comments on my blog.... Among them were messages from directors, and from authors, and from staff who have supported me, and even drawings from artists, and from the people I first worked with (who I got messages from will be Yuuki’s secret ////)

And of course lots and lots of messages of love from everyone who has always supported me.... Overflowing with sympathetic words from so many people....

I cried.

If I had never been a seiyuu, I don’t think I would ever have cried these tears of joy. And without all of you who have supported me, I don’t think I would ever have been allowed to cry in public.

If the leading actress prize took 100 points, I think only about 10 points would have come from my own, maybe about 8. The other 92 would be from the love of everyone around me.

Yuuki is totally undependable, and it was only everyone else who got her up to 100 points! But I am growing up more and more, always more and more...! I want to go over 100 and become infinitely amazing, working hard to become like the senpai I admire!

Truly, truly, thank you very much, everyone! Please continue to be good to me from now on!!

If I could only get together all my feelings and make you a present of them…(>_<)

2012.03.08 20:37

It's ironic, since I have been hoping for this for a couple of years now, and have always defended the Seiyuu Awards, but this time I'm afraid I might be able to see the hand of the publicity machine in Ao-chan receiving the award. Bunka Housou radio is a major participant, and broadcast the awards party, and Ao-chan herself already has a show on their network, A+G.

No doubt she got a lot of votes, but I don't believe the public's votes were the only factor in who won an award. I do believe that the public has finally discovered her, especially through Madoka in Madoka Magica, even though that isn't one of her roles that I like best. Sigh.

Ao-chan has just been announced as a supporting cast member in the new Kyoto Animation anime, Hyou-ka, which will start next month. Her first mini-album as a singer will come out at the end of this month, as will her first photobook. And she is on the cover of at least two upcoming seiyuu magazines. Here we go.


Andrew said...

Are you still going to look forward to the Seiyuu Awards then? It would be nice if they were more greatly separated from the producers themselves, but then I don't know if our Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should talk. Yes, lately some smaller-time pictures have done better at the Oscars, but overall that too is mainly a huge ego boost for Hollywood.

Speaking of Hollywood, it would be nice to see Ao-chan and the Madoka or Gosick cast at Anime Expo this summer. I don't know if I'll be able to make it, since they always hold it around the 4th of July holiday, but I'll be happy knowing she got a free trip to LA.

hashi said...

@Andrew -- Oh, don't take me too seriously. I'll still be watching eagerly to see who wins the awards. I was just struck by the fact that A+G was so involved. And I still think the awards are selected by a committee based on the public's voting. I think they probably gave the new "total votes" award because they didn't want to give Kamiyan the best actor award again.

Ao-chan in LA? Sounds good to me. I wonder if she has ever been outside Japan? Okinawa is the furthest trip I know of. But if I were her, for commercial reasons I would probably go to Seoul, Shanghai, or Taibei first.

Andrew said...

I don't know if she will go there; I was just making a suggestion. But she is a popular choice for a guest on Anime Expo's forums. They've been able to get Kalafina, Ali Project, Megumi Nakajima and May'n in recent years--however, people have also suggested HTT several times but to no avail.