Well for once I can actualy share some non spoilerish bakuman trivia with you,at the start of every volume there's a word from Obata and Ohba.
In one of the Ohba says that while characters in bakuman talk a lot about the rankings that's more of a plot device,in real life there's plenty of authors that refuse to know the rankings of the manga they're working on,so for exemple he has no idea what the rankings of Bakuman are.
He trusts his editor to get the info and give him advice based on them without him having to know.
I did raise the possibility in the blog that they chose her to deliberately highlight the difference in singing ability. Of course, it could also be because she was currently starring in Madoka Magica.
And lets not forget Yuuki Aoi is only 19!
There's going to be a CD release in march but to me that's a lost cause,like you said,she isn't a singer.
And in fact I like how she's nearly a "pure VA" as opposed to an idol that also does VA work.
Still I wonder what the staff of symphogear was thinking when they chose her. I mean next to Misaki Nana and Takagaki Ayahi she's just an amateur when it comes to singing......wait maybe that's the point?Since Hikibi is a newbie afterall.
There aren't many seiyuu that can do ecchi, drama and screwball comedy equally well. I'd say Hochan, but I don't think I've ever heard hear go as for down the dark path as this. She's my all-time favorite and Tomatsu Haruka is probably the best pure actress in the younger generation (and both are much better singers) but Aoi-chan has a unique personality to her.
Shimono: And that Muscle Detective monologue…
Ise: Yeah the one that was included as a bonus in the DVD release.
Aoi: I was thinking that since it was a bonus I could go even crazier than normal.
Shimono: I was talking to the director about it during the recording outside the booth and he was like “Wow this girl is a genius! She’s amazing!” the whole time!
Aoi: A genius with gay muscly men? *laughs*
Shimono: *laughs* No not that!