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Old 2006-03-15, 13:41   Link #21
Kaoru Chujo
Kimura Juri
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Originally Posted by BBOvenGuy
What surprises me about Japanese voice actors in general - and the cast members here are certainly no exception - is how many of them can sing at least passably well. And some of them are quite good. Compare that to, for example, the albums that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy put out in the 60s...
Horie Yui and Tamura Yukari are two of the most successful seiyuu singers. Although I like Orikasa Fumiko better, of the ones I've heard. Chiba Saeko is good, too, I think.

I noticed that Chihara Minori, who plays Erika in Lemon Angel Project, majored at her seiyuu college in a course called something like "Singing Star." I think the seiyuu schools all teach some singing, probably since it's so hard to make a living from voice work alone.

I'm enjoying Lemon Angel Project, which is about the formation of an idol group, and eps 6 on give each of the six main seiyuu a chance to sing lead on the OP. There's even a flash file around that lets you play the OP and choose who is singing lead. The comparisons are interesting.

William Shatner's album will live forever -- in infamy.
Kimura Juri 木村珠莉 Joined Tokyo Voice Actors' Co-op in 2011, did voice-overs for corporate presentations. Anime bit parts 2013-14. Stars in Shirobako as Miyamori, will star in Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (spring). Enjoys music, looking at Buddha images, reading. Used to work at a bookstore. Says she is a maudlin drunk. Age unknown.
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Old 2006-03-23, 03:13   Link #22
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Location: On the whole, I'd rather be in Kyoto ...
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In American comparison for singing skill as well as voice ability, only the cast of Animaniacs come to mind:
Jesse Harnell (Wakko), Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Tress MacNeille(Dot) -- whom all could sing in voice as well as normally.

I could mention Julie Brown (Minerva Mink) and Bernadette Peters (Rita the Cat) but I believe they've done a little work prior to voice acting

I find it kind of interesting that the seiyuu have *schools* to pump these little jewels out (makes me wonder how many get their pockets picked and then dumped out on the street ala many "business schools" that fleece people).
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