Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Mizuki Nana Takes Seto Asami to Dinner

Last October, seiyuu singing star Mizuki Nana took talented young newcomer Seto Asami out for dinner, to congratulate her on getting into university.

Nana-chan and Asa-chan both work with the Sigma Seven seiyuu agency. A comment on my previous post mentioned their relationship, so I searched Nana-chan's blog and found this:

Friend File #56

Today I had a wonderful dinner with my cute little sister Seto Asami (^O^)/
Asami-chan is a high-school senior ☆
Actually, a few days ago she was accepted to university ~
As soon as I got the message, I invited her to dinner (^^ゞ
Asami-chan is honest and straightforward, always doing her best.
She charges straight ahead into any challenge ☆
She’s really cute, direct, and pure.
Big sister Nana always gains power from her o(^-^)o lol.

That sounds like the Asa-chan I've been reading about. Apparently Nana-chan gave her a purse. Nice.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Seiyuu Seto Asami -- the future queen

New young seiyuu talent just keeps coming up in Japan. Now we have Seto Asami  瀬戸麻沙美, who could turn out to be the best actress-seiyuu of her generation.

Her major roles so far have been Yoshino in Hourou Musuko, Chihaya in Chihayafuru, and Ran in Rinne no Lagrange.

This summer, she will have co-starring roles in two new shows: Tari Tari; and the second season of Rinne no Lagrange.

"Asa-chan" is a big, confident-seeming 19-year-old. She just started university.

Her interest in becoming a seiyuu started in middle school, when she loved the show D. Gray-man and wanted to play its hero, Allen Walker (done in the anime by top actress-seiyuu Kobayashi Sanae). So she wrote out all the lines, turned off the sound, and did the voices herself.

Later, she took classes at the Sigma Seven Agency's seiyuu training school, and passed the audition to enter the Agency itself.

Her first leading role came last year, playing Yoshino, the boyish young girl in Hourou Musuko. She auditioned for a role in Hunter x Hunter, and although she didn't get it, the show's staff remembered her and later gave her the leading role in Chihayafuru.

She says she felt a lot of pressure playing the young Yukiatsu in AnoHana, since it meant creating the younger version of Sakurai Takahiro's character. Sakurai, who played the teen-age Yukiatsu, is one of the absolute top acting talents among seiyuu. Asa-chan herself appears to be a real actress, with a full conception of her characters and the ability to convey it.