50 Q&A to know Kotobuki Minako better・・・ Well, 28

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I found this random scan on the internet (Google images actually) from who knows when (probably a while ago), it says 50 questions but it only has 28.. I found the other 23 on a separate page but I think I’ll save that for another time LOL
Well anyway without further delay…

1. Nickname when you were a kid?
When I was in primary school and junior high school, everyone called me Mina. My high school friends called me Minako.

2. What do you think you’d be doing now if you didn’t become a voice actress?
Before I started working as a voice actress, I did some acting, so I think I would have continued with that.

3. What are your favourite sushi toppings?
Engawa (fluke fin), tsubugai (whelk/sea snail), squid and sweet shrimp (amaebi). Continue reading

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Horie Yui’s 9th album title announced “World end’s garden” sale date 07.01.2015

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Hocchan’s 9th album is titled 『ワールドエンドの庭』 which translates to “World end’s garden”.  It must be inspired by her single “The♡World’s♡End” which was used as the 2nd OP for Golden Time…. or maybe Hocchan has been watching too many post-apocalyptic movies lately.

The album jacket, booklet and limited first press photobook feature a photoshoot in England.

Looks like there’ll be two limited editions, type A and B, though I’m not sure what the differences are yet.

Tracks include (but not limited to):

  1. Golden time (Golden time’s OP1)
  2. Sweet & Sweet CHERRY (Golden time ED1)
  3. The♡World’s♡End (Golden time OP2)
  4. 半永久的に愛してよ♡ (Golden time ED2)
  5. この場所で (Mitsuwano OVA ED)
  6. Stand up! (Theme song for the smart phone game “Shironeko project“)

….That’s a lot of Golden Time.

Tokutens:

  • Animate: A3 poster
  • Gamers: B2 poster
  • Toranoana: A4 clear file
  • Sofmap: B2 poster
  • Bunkyodo: A3 clear poster
  • Neowing: mousepad
  • Tower Records: A4 clear file
  • HMV: A4 clear file
  • TSUTAYA: A4 clear file

The album is released on the 7th of January next year. Limited editions type A, B and regular edition are all the same price at 2,857yen (tax excl.) so why not take this time to save up and just buy all three?

Top ten voice actors chosen by Japanese high school students

The voice acting department of the Tokyo School of Anime (there is one? lol) asked the high school students that visited their school who their favourite seiyuu were and compiled a “top 10” chart.

1st Miyano Mamoru (55 votes)
2nd Kamiya Hiroshi (53 votes)
3rd Sawashiro Miyuki (44 votes)
4th Tomokazu Sugita (39 votes)
4th Mizuki Nana (39 votes)
6th Shimono Hiro (37 votes)
7th Kajii Yuki (35 votes)
8th Ono Daisuke (26 votes)
9th Hanazawa Kana (24 votes)
9th Romi Park (24 votes)

The results are by no means exhaustive; after all, they only asked visiting students (I’m sure we can find a list with larger sampling data if we tried). If it were high school students who visited the voice acting department, I wonder if there were more girls taking the survey? Maybe I am just thinking too much?

Minako blog round-up September 7-24

With her new album, 3rd live tour and birthday, you can’t really blame my not-so-subtle pivot towards the Minako sphere, can you? Anyhow, she’s been up to a lot lately so here’s a quick summary of what she’s been up to (and we can find out a lot more about the process that went behind her new album). I figured it’d be much better if I just summarised her blog posts rather than translating them all one by one since they’re so long, lol.

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07 September 2014

  • Here is the CD jacket for the 2nd album “Tick”.
  • This time, it’s something fresh and is a little bit different to what we’ve had until now.
  • She worked with roughly the same people as always, but the atmosphere of the album is still a little different.
  • With the album title and the cover photo, she wanted to “mark the passage of time”
  • As a result, this photoshoot was like it was for an old 60s and 70s fashion magazine.

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Kotobuki Minako 3rd live tour announcement

No details yet but Minako has announced her third live tour!! I can’t believe it! There was a two year gap between her first and second but if she starts doing them yearly my life is going to be that much more exciting…

11 April Saturday @ Shibuya Town Hall (渋谷公会堂)
Capacity- 2,084

18 April Saturday @ Zepp Namba OSAKA
Capacity- 2,530

26 April Sunday @ Zepp Nagoya
Capacity- 1,792

5 May Tuesday (public holiday) @ Kanagawa Prefectural Civic Hall (神奈川県民ホール)
Capacity- 2,488

Interesting tour venues.. she’s going around in a circle from Tokyo to Osaka then back up to Kanagawa!? No stopover at Kobe?

Watch this space (or more importantly her official website) for more news!

Happy birthday Minako!!

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One of my favourite seiyuu, Kotobuki Minako, turns 23 today! I’ve been thinking about Tick all day and almost forgot to wish her a happy birthday, how selfish of me.. while Minako is the star that just keeps on giving, bestowing upon us her 2nd album!!

I never expected myself to become such a big fan, in fact up until May this year I was just a casual fan who knew and liked what roles I knew of but never followed her around like I do now. It wasn’t until I saw her live in May at Kobe that I just fell head over heels in love and I’ve been an avid fan ever since. I just like everything about her; her roles and the characters that she play are all likeable and well done, the simplicity in her music and the way she’s presented in her image, is humble but impressive. I look forward to seeing her in Gundam Reconguista soon and all the other roles she’ll be playing in the future. I hope I’ll get to see her live again as well!!! Keep up the great work, Minako!!

“Tick” setlist, cover, tokuten information

Limited first press edition cover

Regular edition cover

Setlist (click for previews)
1.FLY @WAY
2.pretty fever
3.Believe ×
4.MAGNETICA
5.i wanna be my precious one
6.プリズム (Prism)
7.HAPPY HAPPY LIFE
8.交差点 (Kousaten)
9.girly highester!
10.ウレイボシ (Ureiboshi)
11.小さな手紙 (chiisana tegami)
12.ミュージックスター (Music star; live tour “make x live recording)

<Blu-ray>※ First press limited edition only
SPECIAL LIVE SELECTION
Kotobuki Minako Second Live Tour 2014 “make x”@Omiya Sonic City

ココロスカイ (kokoro sky)
Shiny+
交差点 (kousaten)
echo hearts
Startline
Believe ×
girly highester!

Tokuten information
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Everyone who buys a copy also receives this clear file regardless of whether you buy the regular or limited edition:
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Overall it appears that there will be seven new songs. It seems she’s trying a range of new styles in this album. I always liked her simple style but it’s interesting to see her do something new too.

I’m very excited about the blu-ray, if the format was the same as the concert in Kobe, Kousaten is going to be an amazing acoustic version with Minako on the piano 🙂 I’m surprised there will be no footage of the music star recording? I wonder which recording they will use in the album, since she did it at every venue, not just at Omiya. I wonder if the “Special live selection” means there will be no separate DVD/BD release for her Make-X concert?

I can’t help but feel everything has been quite slow, I mean there’s only a bit more than a week until her new album is out but her website is still promoting Believe-X lol. To my knowledge, most of the promotion is in her radio show. Her album cover reminds me of like some editorial photoshoot? Marieclaire?? LOL

AFTER FLIGHT☆02

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When it comes to a Mizuki live,
at some point it became routine to feature a giant vehicle, lol
…As a result, today’s corner is about this!
It’s an airplane that synchronised its entrance with the opening video~!!(≧ω≦)/
Its name is the “Supernal#077”!!☆
Just like the stage, it is a combination of old and new, and we wanted to make it a machine that journeyed through time-space, so we worked on it with the retro propeller as a base♪
We wanted it to be simple but also to stand out, so we were also very picky with the body design o(^-^)o
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And somehow!
This machine here is flying in real life! ヽ(≧▽≦)/
This tour is titled FLIGHT… so we want to arrive while flying in the sky! Is what MishimaP and I recklessly requested, and it was granted by our stage, production, props, and flying teams! (>_<)☆☆☆
From behind the cockpit I introduced yesterday, gliding through the sky past the runway all the way to the centre stage!
Right at the moment when the image of “VIRGIN CODE” was taking shape…
It made me tremble with emotions!! I was really really, happy!☆☆☆
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KotoMina’s “Tick” album preview

Preview of a couple of songs from Minako’s 2nd album “Tick” have been revealed on her radio (clips courtesy to this awesome yt channel):

“Flyaway” is your typical nice fast-paced song with inspirational lyrics, and “I wanna be my precious one” (great title lol) has a really different sound to her other songs. What do you guys think?

And of course, Music Star!!

I love love love love this song, it sounds so good and it was so much fun doing the recording with everyone in Kobe ^__^ She has really great musical sense and direction and great at leading the fans too. I remember getting the English lyrics wrong haha. I wonder which version will be put into the album, since she recorded the song in all the venues, not just the last one.

Tick comes out on the 17th of September. Get your copy now!!!! (I’ll just be promoting this album like mad for the next few weeks lol)

Kotobuki Minako 2nd album announcement and information

I’m always on her website but I can’t believe I missed her 2nd announcement for so long! Why isn’t she doing more fervent promos already!!

Album title “Tick

Release date: 2014/September/17 (her 23rd birthday)

First press limited edition: CD + Blu-ray 4500yen
Normal edition: CD 3100yen

The CD will include the live recording of the song “Music star” that was made earlier this year during the 2nd tour Make-X.

The blu-ray included in the limited first press edition will also include selected scenes from the last concert day at Omiya Koen!

The album comes with an original clear file and post card when you buy the product at the following stores: animate, gamers, sofmap, toranoana, tower records, HMV, and Sony Music Shop.

Pre-order online here:

HMV Japan first press limited edition
HMV Japan regular edition

This is the best news I’ve heard for months!! I’ve been dying for her new album ever since her live in May!!! Music Star is amazing!!!

Wait, does this mean there won’t be a separate product for her concert? I don’t even have a blu-ray player but it looks like I have no choice but to buy this limited edition!! Are these tears from laughing or crying…