Saturday, March 03, 2012

Yuuki Aoi's Acceptance Speech (video)

I stayed up much too late last night to watch the ceremony on a video feed through AandG. This morning, the heart of the matter appeared on Nico Nico Douga. Here it is:

Ao-chan says she saw people getting this award before and never thought she would win it herself. She was very modest, saying that she had a long way to go in a lot of areas, and that when she heard she had won, she thought she "wasn't qualified": "Am I really good enough for this?"

Some 2channel commenters thought she was excessively modest, to the point of being impolite.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Excited Yuuki Aoi Tries to Calm Down

 After hearing Friday morning that she will get the Seiyuu Award for an actress in a leading role, Yuuki Aoi made a rambling blog post about how happy and excited she is and how much she thanks people for voting for her.

The post gets across a bit of what she's like on radio -- noisy and nuts -- so I thought I'd translate it for your delectation. 

A few notes to help you understand what she's saying: Sawashiro-san is her idol, seiyuu Sawashiro Miyuki; Ao-chan's 20th birthday is on March 27, and in Japan, you become an adult at 20;  Misao is a nickname for her radio partner, seiyuu Hayami Saori; (`・ω・´) Radio is a nickname for their show; Setomin is a nickname for even younger seiyuu Seto Asami, star of Chihayafuru; and when they're nervous about an appearance, entertainers in Japan are apparently advised to think of all the people in the audience as pumpkins. Here's the post:

Expressing my feelings and trying to calm down

In the Seiyuu Awards, I was given the award for top actress in a leading role!
Really, thank you so much!
Wah, wah, wah...amaaaazing!!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Yuuki Aoi Wins Top Seiyuu Award

Yuuki Aoi has won the top lead female seiyuu award for 2011. The results have just been announced on radio in Japan.

In 2011, Ao-chan went from strength to strength, with numerous big roles starting with Madoka in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, Iris in Pokemon BW, and Victorique in Gosick, and going through Tooru in A-Channel, Alice in Croisee in a Foreign Labyrinth, Giselle in Last Exile Fam the Silver Wing, and Hana in Ben-Tou.

This win doesn't surprise me at all. In fact, I've been expecting her to win a Seiyuu Award since I first heard her as Ichigo in Yumeiro Pâtissière in 2009. Among other seiyuus, Ao-chan is regarded as a prodigy, because she makes sounds that no-one else can, and her voice has a peculiar bounce and strength. On radio, other seiyuus have referred to the young (19) Ao-chan as "Ao-sama" and a "seiyuu genius" (tensai seiyuu).

She began her career in entertainment as a child actress on TV, so she has some acting background. But her vocal ability is her main strength, along with her talent for crazy comedy. And here she is among the top performers in the seiyuu profession, along with former winners Paku Romi, Sawashiro Miyuki (Ao-chan's idol), Kugimiya Rie, Toyosaki Aki, and Hirano Aya.

In fact, this year three of my favorite seiyuus won awards: Ao-chan, Katou Emiri, and Kayano Ai. And you can add Miyano Mamoru, who has to be one of everyone's favorites. Here's the list:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Seiyuu Ishihara Kaori Gets Into University

In her blog yesterday, 18-year-old seiyuu/idol Ishihara Kaori announced that she has safely passed the exams to get into university:

Almost looks like a university student, doesn't she? She has always seemed fairly intelligent to me, so perhaps appearances are not deceiving. She joins other university-student seiyuus such as Yuuki Aoi and Hayami Saori, and graduates such as Inoue Marina.

Here is her post, including all the emoticons: