Outers and Sailor Starlights Update!

Here comes part two of our seiyuu update – Outer Senshi and Sailor Starlights!

Mika Doi (Queen Serenity) can be heard playing Kotoko Fujioka (Haruhi’s mother) in Ouran High School Host Club (one of our staff favorites)! She also played Queen Dessert in the last Pretty Cure Movie Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! Happy Birthday in the Land of Sweets, playing Queen Dessert*. The 2003 movie Levity was just released in Japan, and Mika is the Japanese dub voice of Holly Hunter’s character, Adele Easley.

Masako Katsuki (Sailor Neptune): She is used as the Japanese dub voice for Kim Cattrall’s legendary character from Sex and the City, Samantha Jones. It is very likely she will be used again for the upcoming movie sequel set to hit theaters this coming Summer. She is also the voice of Princess Rose in Gokujo!! Mecha Mote Iincho, a silly romantic comedy about a high school girl who tries to reform a trio of bad boys. She is teaching voice acting as well, and for those of you who want to see a more recent photo of her, here she is hugging one of her students! The student’s blog entry says that she is finding her acting classes tough, but that Masako is a great teacher! Unfortunately, despite our best efforts we were unable to find out what school she is teaching through.

Megumi Ogata (Sailor Uranus) continues to play one of her most famous roles as Shinji Ikari in the new Evangelion movies! She also sang at a concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Japanese music label Lantis. Lantis is a special music label since it specializes in anime and video game soundtracks. She began her performance in her voice as Shinji saying “The Pilot of Evangelion is Shinji Ikari!” and sang Silver Rain ~Piano Version~. She also debuted a new song at this concert, Silent Decide.

Chiyoko Kawashima (Sailor Pluto) retired in 2001.

Yuko Minaguchi (Sailor Saturn) has had a few roles in some recent anime. In Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae (Hell Girl: Cauldron), she played Nanami Kikuchi. In Hayate the Combat Butler, she played Nagi Sanzenin’s mother, Yukariko (another one of our staff favorite animes). In a recent episode of Detective Conan, she played Mina Eguchi.Yuko is also the third star of Sailor Moon to be a part of technology launch parties in Japan, next to Toru Furuya and Kotono Mitsuishi. Earlier this month, she took place in an event at Ikebukuro Sunshine City. At the “Windows 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience” she demonstrated how to use the new Lenovo Thinkpad. She posted a photo of herself learning how to use the Thinkpad with an office staff member on her blog! Unfortunately we couldn’t find any photos of her at the event.

Shiho Niiyama (Sailor Star Fighter) tragically passed away almost ten years ago. She is still dearly missed by her family, colleagues, and fans.

Narumi Tsunoda (Sailor Star Maker) can be heard in the supernatural romantic anime Tayutama: Kiss on my Deity. She plays Toshie Takayama in this show about a high school boy who accidentally summons Goddesses in the forms of teenaged girls who want to be humans for a while! Toshie is the school’s director, who intended to destroy these ancestral grounds which the boy used to summon these spirits, thinking that they were useless.

Chika Sakamoto (Sailor Star Healer) leant her voice to an audio tour of a major exhibit about dinosaurs in a museum in Japan this summer. The exhibit featured dinosaur facts, models, and a few near-complete skeletons of over 280 species of dinosaurs!

Sakiko Tamagawa (Princess Kakyuu) is currently playing the mysterious girl Juiz in Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East). She is an advanced work of artificial intelligence that is a mysterious female voice which is connected to twelve special assassins in the series, the Selecao. The anime series ended last June, but two movies are set to be released, one on November the 28th, and the other sometime in January.

And as a bonus, Sailor Galaxia!

Mitsuko Horie (Sailor Galaxia) sang at a special concert on November 15th, celebrating her 40th anniversary singing songs for anime (pictured). She shed a few tears during this concert! Also, the concert featured songs from her fellow judges from the ANISON Grand Prix panel, Ichiro Mizuki and Yumi Matsuzawa. Mitsuko also released an album last August commemorating her 40th anniversary.

*SPEAKING OF PRETTY CURE: it appears sometime last month, the show was pulled mid-run from YTV’s schedule. As of this writing, we cannot confirm why this has happened. There is a rumor floating around that the show may finish its run on Nickelodeon Canada, however we’re taking that with a grain of salt since most if not all of the programming on that particular channel comes from Nickelodeon. Pretty Cure probably wouldn’t jive with programs on that channel!

News From the Other Side of the Pond #6

Rika Fukami Narrates Audiological Journey!

Rica Fukami (Sailor Venus) can be heard on iTunes Japan narrating part of a new series aimed at bringing the world to Japan without listeners needing to leave home! The audiobook series that is being brought to iTunes Japan is called Walking of the Earth and is an audio travel book for overseas destinations. Background sounds to really simulate the destination include airport sounds, and sounds of the town. Rika can be heard narrating about Vienna and famous composers such as Schubert, Haydn and Mozart, and also talking about Western Heroines such as Sharon Stone and Jodie Foster. If you wish to purchase this and have access to iTunes Japan, here is the link. On another note, it seems she held a workshop on movement and dance in February and for anyone who wants to read a fan’s account of it should click here!

Toru Furuya Promotes New Intel Processors!

Intel has recently come out with some new processors, the E2000 series in Japan. These are dual core processors that run at 800 MHz and come in either 1.6 or 1.8 GHz speeds. On June 30th, Intel held an event in Akiba Square, in Tokyo’s famous Akihabara district. Toru Furuya (Tuxedo Mask) is well known to be a bit of a technophile, as he has programmed some election simulators on his site, and is big on playing video games. Fans can catch him playing an upcoming Gundam game for the Wii here and here. Toru (in the middle) appeared at this event to promote these new processors, and was well received by the audience. These processors are the cheapest dual cores around, and are aimed for consumers with a lower budget.

Masako Katsuki in New Anime Series!

Zero no Tsukaima is a new anime whose second season started to air last week. It’s a comedic fantasy about Louise, who fails at all magic, except for one, Void. And it just so happens that Void is a rare and powerful element, and it’s terribly ironic she fails at magic involving other, more common, elements. Masako Katsuki (Sailor Neptune) plays Sheffield, a mysterious (and villainous) black-haired woman whose face is always hidden with food. Masako in an interview stated that she likes this element of mystery with her character and loves to laugh as this character.