Kusumi Koharu as Anime Voice Actress

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Got this from the mm-bbs… Morning Musume’s Kusumi Koharu, the ace of the seventh generation, will play the lead character’s voice for a new anime called Kirarin Revolution. Debuting in April, it’s about a gluttonous junior high school student who falls in love with a male idol and decides to win him over by becoming an idol herself.

My first reaction – my reaction even now – is, “What the heck?”

It’s so odd and yet not completely out of the range of possibility. If anyone can confirm this with some kind of online news piece, English or Japanese, I’d certainly appreciate it. And if this is true, I have a bunch of questions to ask…

Whose idea was this? Was she approached by the people working on the anime, was it UFA who arranged this, or has Koharu’s managers done this on their own?

How come other H!P artists don’t do this? Really, just about anyone who is a part of Hello! Project has had enough training to be able to do voice work. Whether or not they all have the talent for this is a whole other issue – but then, did anyone suspect Koharu had such ability? So why don’t those other H!P idols look for work along this line? It would give them more visibility and earn them more money.

For those being shafted by current management decisions, you’d think it’d be a decent alternative to (not) releasing singles. Do they not want this kind of work or to be associated with anime because it’s not what a serious idol does? Or are they busier than we see them to be? That’s very possible, since I know there are H!P related tours and events that are fanclub exclusive or simply doesn’t make the radar of overseas fans. But if Koharu can fit this in her schedule, surely the girls of Melon Kinenbi or some H!P Kids can do the same.

Koharu? Really? Why her in particular? Sure, she’s similar enough to the title character, at least in being an unlikely idol. But shouldn’t she spend more time, I dunno, voice training, and studying dancing, and becoming a better idol in general?

Between this piece of the news and the announcement of two different internet TV shows – one for H!P and one for Tsunku – in recent weeks, it seems as if H!P is trying out different approaches to the whole idol marketing thing. I’ll be interested to see how this develops.

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8 Responses to “Kusumi Koharu as Anime Voice Actress”
  1. niji says:

    Maybe the higher-ups want to test if people could get to like her voice if they aren’t distracted by her look and rep. 🙂

  2. Chuck says:

    Maybe they feel lack of any particular singing ability or personality is less of a handicap for a voice actress than it is for an idol singer.

  3. acetonic says:

    I like her voice and her look. Her only bad rep is among people who spend too much time in forums. 😉

    I’m betting her performance on “Rainbow Pink” got her the job. That song is truly a theme in search of an anime and one of the only non-single tracks I find running through my head.

  4. Sami says:

    Well, that sure was unexpected news. Though Morning Musume’s sales might go up just from seiyuu fans alone, if they produce a song for Morning Musume to sing (or choose an existing piece) for at least one of the theme songs for the anime, they’ll probably REALLY start rolling it in. It seems like most anime themes lately, no matter how obscure the anime or performer is, manage to catch some sort of attention. This might be a good thing for all of Momusu.

  5. Didn’t Saki from Berryz and former MM member Mari do voice overs for the anime “Max Heart2” back in 2005? I haven’t watched the anime though I found a clip where they were interviewed about it. I don’t know, might be old news to you all, but I thought it was worth pointing out that some H!P members do voice overs for something that is non-H!P related.

  6. k2c says:

    Just a part of the Koharu press machine. They really need her to be as popular with as many people as possible.

  7. Tiny says:

    I found this blog entry (in Japanese): http://d.hatena.ne.jp/nanamibeya/20060227/p1
    I think the source is the leaflet in the picture.

  8. hikaru:

    I had forgotten about that, thanks for pointing it out!