Hashihime’s newest blog post has reveal a lot of interesting news about seiyuus in Japan… notable ones include:
Nabatame Hitomi said in an interview about Strawberry Panic that she liked women, and with so many women in the cast she expected there would be some good ones. Naba-sama (30) is portrayed as a kind of queen bee of yuri seiyuus. Her character in Strawberry Panic seems almost written for her. Her character in Ichigo Mashimaro isn’t far off, either. The legend is that in real life her “first wife” is Itou Shizuka — with whom she has done a long-running radio show — and her lovers have been Noto Mamiko, Shimizu Kaori, and Koshimizu Ami.
Ueda Kana once said her secret fantasy was have a date with Toyoguchi Megumi.
In a piece on Kashimashi radio, Shintani Ryouko, Ueda Kana, Tamura Yukari, and Horie Yui all tried to convince Asano Masumi that loving a girl would be all right. During a Christmas show, Masumin (Asano Masumi) asked Hocchan (Horie Yui) to become a “rezu couple” with her. Hocchan said “that would be great!,” hitting the table in her enthusiasm.
Real life imitating art?
On the radio show she hosts with Kawasumi Ayako, Noto Mamiko once announced her marriage to Sawashiro Miyuki . On the show last November, Ayachii asked Mami to marry her, and Mami accepted. One site said there is a term “Noto spacetime”: that Mami creates a certain atmosphere around her that is like a drug for young and old, male and female — but especially for women seiyuus.
Ayako-sama and Noto-sama… together?!! *faints*
And there is a story that Horie Yui and Tamura Yukari were naked together in the room they shared on tour. Intimate but platonic female friendships are hardly unusual, especially in Japan.
Hocchan and Yukarin?!! *faints again*
I hope I can survive this….
P.S. I’d be eternally grateful if someone could translate this seiyuu relationship chart..