Twitter just isn’t long enough for me to say what I can say, so I thought I’d say it here. Please read it to the end if you have concerns or just want to know what’s going on.
THE RULES OF THIS DUEL WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.
AS YOUR LIFE POINTS GO DOWN, SO DOES YOUR PLATFORM.
WHOEVER REACHES ZERO FIRST WILL MEET THE ELECTRIFIED WIRES SURROUNDING THIS ARENA
AND BE SENT TO THE SHADOW REALM
OH MY GOD
Bokura no LIVE Kimi to no LIFE by µ’s feat. 765PRO ALLSTARS
Reposting in hopes of the rumored collab!
のんたんｰｰｰｰｰｰｰｰ！ ｡* ﾟ + ｡･ﾟ･｡･ヽ(*´∀`)ﾉ #lovelive
Homu an hero
I’m continuing part 2 of my Cinderella Girls seiyuu profile series with Aoki Ruriko who provides the voice for Tada Riina. I saw her perform twice during Animelo Summer Live 2013 and SSA during Masters of Idol World, but started to notice her after the Cinderella Girls 1st Live in April after she posted a bunch of photos with the rest of the team.
- She goes by the nickname Ruuri, but past nicknames have included RuriRuri, Drill Aoki, Ruriina, Blue True Azure Child, and Colosseum (because she once spontaneously said it when trying to come up with a word starting with ‘C’).
- Ruuri was born at 8AM, March 24, 1990 in Saitama where she currently lives with her parents and 5 years younger brother. In 2010 she graduated from Hosei University with a 4 year degree in Career Design. While attending school, she auditioned for the 3rd Seiyuu Award New Talent Discovery Audition in 2009 and got picked up by the notorious agency Atomic Monkey, where she then got work as a broadcast assistant for various shows, like A&G Music + TV and POARO Oogiri Hour.
- One of her earliest regular jobs was as a rotating assistant for “Oogiri Yonkenja no Oretachi Shinkenja,” which eventually blossomed into a 2-person show for herself and another fellow Atomic Monkey seiyuu Nanase Ami. In 2013, she hosted the 54th season of A&G’s dot-i radio titled “Aoki Ruriko’s Aaaa~Ruriiro no Jinsei.” To date most of her work has been in radio or CD dramas, but Cinderella Girls is finally giving her some major exposure to the singing and acting aspects of seiyuu work.
- Ruuri stands tall at 170cm which, in Japan, makes her one of the tallest women in the entire industry. She blames her height on her dad, who is 180cm. It’s something she alternately talks about it with either pride or self deprecation, but it is brought up frequently. Since she doesn’t shy away from it, it’s a regular target of jokes from fans. When she tweeted “Stop sending me ‘L’ size shirts!” people replied “Oh sorry, I should have sent XL.” It is true that her skinny body yet long limbs give her a hard time finding the right sized clothing.
- Ruuri’s hobbies are playing console games, which she spends 80% of her free time doing. Uncharacteristically for Japanese gamers, she plays a lot on Xbox 360, because one of her favorite genres is FPS (Halo, CoD, Borderlands, L4D, etc). When playing Borderlines with her brother, she always takes turret since she sucks at driving. She also plays during the daytime to get matched up against Western players since nobody plays in Japan.
- Her most played game of all time is “Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask,” which she has spent hundreds of hours in and still remembers all the maps and treasure spots today. In the past, her official profile listed “karaoke” as a hobby but she invented this as a fake hobby that sounds good to the general public. She doesn’t actually like karaoke that much - when she tried to “make the lie a reality” by going with friends, they spent 5 hours at a booth but only sang two songs because they wasted the rest of the time talking.
- Her special skills are still listed as swimming and kendo. In reality she only did swimming in elementary school, and only did kendo in middle school. Supposedly she was pretty serious student in Kendo though, participating in contact sparring, and had such muscular arms that she was embarrassed to wear sleeveless clothing. She claims to be a pretty good cook. Even though she lives at home, both her parents work so she prepares her own lunches and helps with household stuff. Their house also has a huge vegetable garden which she helps her dad maintain.
- Many “idol-type” seiyuu have a glamorous appearance, burnished by strict managerial oversight and painstaking imagecrafting. Ruuri on the other hand just loves to bait fans with lurid statements. When asked on radio about playing MMOs, she imagined playing a 14 hour stint and being unable to go to the bathroom, then suggested keeping a bottle around (obviously for uh..drinking). On twitter, she tweets randomly throughout the day with jokes, non-sequiturs, incomprehensible one-liners, pictures of her hamster “Alexander”, and pictures of her biceps. In one instance she tweeted about sitting on the toilet, then immediately followed up with tweets about eating curry, leading to a flurry of replies suggesting a connection. These types of tweets are frequently deleted, making it almost a game from her followers to to watch her posts vigilantly and call her out when it happens.
- When not mutually trolling fans, Ruuri’s very open to friendly interaction online in general. When Pokemon XY released, she gave out her Friend code and traded Pokemon to those who added her. During Halloween last year, she gave out “treats” by baking cookies and decorating them with the names of users who tweeted “Trick or Treat” to her account. She literally met and became friends with someone offline just because they had a similar name.
- Most notably, for her 5000 and 10000 follower milestones, she produced hour long limited-time-only radio episodes uploaded to Youtube (now unavailable) in which she read fan letters and displayed art, accompanied by her own self-composed BGM. Her follower count is now increasing at a rapid rate, and is approaching the 20000 mark despite only reach 10000 a few short months ago.
My personal opinion:
Ruuri’s got one of the most dynamic personalities in the CG seiyuu roster right now, matched maybe only by Yamamoto Nozomi or Uesaka Sumire and definitely the one who interacts most with the IM@S CG fanbase out of all of them.
Although she’s most comfortable in a talk environment and didn’t intend to get into idol-type work from the start, she luckily got both the looks and skills to succeed and her outspoken personality will help her stand out a lot at events. She’s also being mentored by Numakura Manami, who is specifically called out by Ruuri in the pamphlets as someone who is always giving her good advice.
She’s still not quite famous yet, but with the upcoming CG anime, I think she’ll probably be one of the people who benefits most from widespread PR for the show and I’m looking forward to see how far she can go once she’s thrust into the spotlight.
Next time on my list, the powerful singer and most versatile IM@S voice imitator since Asapon, Shibuya Rin’s Fukuhara Ayaka