March 9, 2007

Haruko Update part 2 came yesterday

Except I will be in Berlin for the week. Hopefully I'll get something written on the plane ride..or maybe not. Also, "Mail Me" PV <3. Wow, 10 years and she barely aged.

Update: March 11
Ah, Germany, home of the QWERTZ keyboard. All my honed typing instincts, ruined!

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March 7, 2007

I mean this in a good way

motsu.jpg
I fucking love Saito Chiwa. 良い意味で!

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March 6, 2007

I need to satisfy my urge to praise Itou Shizuka

So I'm going to do it. Things have been going well for Tama-nee recently. Although debuting in 2002, she has really only been in the spotlight these past two years. After further dearimasu-ing her way into my heart as Wilhelmina, among other significant roles here and there, I realized I had to watch at least one show where she was the lead. I chose Asatte no Houkou for my Shizuka-sama fix, and I was not disappointed. There is nothing more aurally satisfying than listening to an angry Itou Shizuka, and in this show, she is quite angry. Combine with the visual absurdity of that voice coming from a little kid, and it becomes even better. Whatever Shizuka lacks in range of "alternate" voices, she makes up for more than enough in range of emotions displayed. She is eerily convincing in the role of the serious Shouko, especially since Itou generally acts so awesomely laid back and semi-stoned when out of character (in one guest appearance, she intentionally banged her forehead on a desk when bowing, and cradled a bottle of wine like a baby. She also let her hair down and unrestrained so it kept getting in her face and she had to push it out of the way every five seconds during the interview). Behind that facade is some hidden serious conviction her work (see also her Zoids Genesis duet with Koyama Kimiko). Itou has racked up somewhat of a wild reputation though. I just hope she doesn't wind up dead from one of her hobbies - there's too much talent at stake.

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March 5, 2007

Avex, making up for what Nakid couldn't

I should have posted this a month ago, but it only struck me recently just how active Avex has been with their marketing of Momoi. Aside from making professionally designed websites, pressuring Momoi to run a blog, numerous photo shoots, press packages, and setting up interviews, Avex has also helped set up Momoi with her first lead role in a publicly broadcast anime series ever. It always seemed strange to me that Momoi had a pretty significant base of fans and played many major supporting character roles, yet never got the lead role in anything except her own OVAs. In less than a month, that will change.

Seto no Hanayome

Her first serious lead role unshared with anyone else. Truly a milestone. Let's hope this show does well.

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March 4, 2007

Famison site launched

New site was launched yesterday to promote Momoi's upcoming 8bit album. It contains a short preview of every track.
http://5pb.jp/famison/

Also congratulations to Koshimizu Ami and Gotou Yuuko for winning in best sub-character female category at the first Seiyuu Awards. I suspected Gotou Yuuko would get it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Koshimizu up there also and agree very much with both choices. I'm also glad they chose a solid winner like Park Romi for best lead, instead of making themselves a joke and destroying all credibility if they had gone with a CERTAIN SOMEONE (although I have warmed up to Hirano considerably since Manabi Straight started running) as I initially feared. Good job seiyuu guys.

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