Did someone say Hayate Cross Blade Drama CD?
Yes indeed. Following in the footsteps of several other yuri-fied series from Dengeki Daioh, Hayate x Blade is being turned into a Drama CD. If you read Okazu regularly, you know that I adore those. More than the animation (which, let’s face it, ain’t so hot alot of the time) for me what makes a character come alive is a voice. And Drama CDs, being all voice, give the actors and actresses a chance to really push their skills. This particular Drama CD won’t be out until March, but I thought I’d whet your appetites with a rundown of the voice cast. To understand better who I’m talking about, and why I’m so excited, you can read my reviews in the Hayate x Blade category.
I posted this all previously on the Yuricon Mailing List, but here’s a list of some of the voice cast from the upcoming CD. This cast would be splendid for an anime, hint, hint. ;-)
The character name is on the left, seiyuu on the right, followed by notable credits from the ANN “People” database.
Kurogana Hayate – Mamiya Kurumi (Hamtaro in Hamtaro)
Mudoh Ayana – Yukino Satsuki (Yomi in Azumanga Daioh; Kagome in Inu Yasha; Nenene Sumiregawa in ROD the TV)
Amachi Hitsugi -Yajima Akiko (Anna in Battle Athletes; Tsubasa in Figure 17; Relena in Gundam Wing)
Miyamoto Shizuku – Nagazawa Miki (Judy in Cowboy Bebop; Sakura in Key the Metal Idol; Maya in Neon Genesis Evangelion; Miyu in Vampire Princess Miyu)
Kuga Jun – Tomoguchi Megumi (Sei in Maria-sama ga Miteru; Ayaka in Stellvia; Winry Rockbell in Full Metal Alchemist)
Yukari – Maeda Ai (Mimi in Digimon Adventure; Shion in Xenosaga)
Inugami Isuzu – Noto Mamiko (Shimako in Maria-sama ga Miteru; Enma Ai in Jigoku Shoujo; Yukino in Mai Hime/Mai Otome)
Kibi Momoka – Ohmoto Mamiko (Na-chan in Cutey Honey Flash; Miss Monday in One Piece; Miki in Tenshi na Konamaiki)
Note the preponderance of seiyuu that have previously voiced yuri-flavored characters… and note that the only openly lesbian character, Jun, is voiced by Sei’s VA. Amazing, isn’t it? Aren’t you shocked – I know I am. :-) Six degrees of yuri strikes again.
Although Jun is the gayest cast member, there’s yuri-service aplenty in other major pairings…Ayana and Yukari have a past that involves some kind of ugly breakup of their relationship; and Shizuku and Hitsugi are a cute couple. ^_^ Yukino Satsuki will *perfect* as grumpy Ayana.
One of my personal favorites is the choice of Noto Mamiko for Isuzu. She is a fantastically creepy character. Isuzu is really a nice girl, but creeps everyone out. Think female ghost that crawls out of the well in “The Ring”. She and Momoka eventually become shinyuu – sisters in arms/partners.
IMHO, this looks like a total win all around. You can be sure that I’ll be getting it as soon as it hits Amazon JP. And if this series does indeed follow the trend, we might be looking at a future anime series. Since Hayate Cross Blade is delightfully minimal in fanservice and funny as hell, it would be a refreshing change from the usual crap that’s turned into anime.