Anyway, the Fushigi Yuugi Suzaku Ibun site had been messing with us for the past couple of days by telling us there was new stuff up in the characters section, but not actually having any new stuff there. We'd gotten to the point where we decided to just ignore it, but we didn't have much else to do last night (seriously, where is everybody?), so we checked it anyway, and they finally announced the Seiryuu cast! Yay! And we are very happy with the choices! Well, actually, we mostly only cared about Amiboshi and Suboshi, and we're a little disappointed that they weren't progressive enough to have them played by two different guys, but we are very very very happy with the casting anyway!
First, for the people who aren't already "in the know," here's the list:
Nakago: Ken Narita (the only member of the new cast (as far as we've checked) who was in the old cast (as Tetsuya))
Soi: Youko Honna (Enju in Angelique? Wha!?)
Amiboshi: Tetsuya Kakihara (♥♥♥♥♥)
Suboshi: Tetsuya Kakihara (♥♥♥♥♥♥♥)
Tomo: Yuuichi Nakamura
Ashitare: Kenji Nomura
Miboshi: Nao Yamauchi
Most of the cast is pretty new, so we don't really have much to say about them. But we're super happy that Kakihara-kun is playing the twins! We know he can do crazy like Suboshi because he was Mercutio in Romeo x Juliet, and he's just super talented in general. He won a seiyuu award for his role as Mikoto in Princess Princess, and he did the most amazing werewolf growl in Zombie Loan (I really wish we could have seen more of that). And he's Shimon in Gurren-Lagann!!!!!!!!!! (If you had seen me type those exclamation points, you would know how much emotion went into it.)
Actually we're kind of super jealous of Tetsuya Kakihara. You know how we have this crazy dream of going to Japan and being voice actresses, right? That's exactly what he did. He grew up in Germany, then told his parents that for his career he wanted to do something he could only do in Japan (apparently he couldn't say he wanted to run off and be a voice actor), went to Japan, begged (or that's the impression I get from when he told the story in that one interview) a seiyuu school to take him in, and now he's super awesome seiyuu man. And he's younger than we are! (But only by six months. Not so bad.) I'm going to just say that he had the advantage in that he grew up in a Japanese family and didn't have to learn the language like we did. (This is only an assumption based on the fact that he's Japanese.)
But he plays a lot of characters that we love and seems adorable, so we forgive him♥
In other news, there aren't enough hours in the day (as usual). Fortunately, translating is going very well, but things keep popping up that we want to do. Like make brownies (you know we still haven't done that?), and play Neo Angelique, and play Corda, and play Final Fantasy XI, and have a Fushigi Yuugi marathon, and fulfill all our responsibilities like work and columns and stuff. And Clay was super nice and sent me a DS game called Houkago Shounen that we want to play, too. It's a neat game that takes place in Japan in like 1975, and all the minigames are old school games like jumping on a pogo stick and racing car erasers and stuff. We haven't really gotten far enough to know much about the story yet, though. And we need to come up with a thank you gift or something for Clay. Hmmm...
And it's looking like we need to walk to the grocery store soon. We don't have time to walk anywhere! Argh! But at least it'll be a good opportunity to build up some stamina, which we'll need in Japan. Man, I need to stop writing this so we can go do all the other stuff. Aaaaah, and we haven't finished translating Bus Gamer yet!!!
Today I'm thankful for presents from penpals, Kakihara-kun being in Fushigi Yuugi, time management abilities, the really pretty April picture on our calendar, and bunnies with cookies.