It’s her 21st birthday today! Which calls for a celebration, preferably with lots and lots of 肉 in lieu of cake.
I think it’s fair to say Tenchan is the major reason why my interest in seiyuu has revived, something that I’d never imagined remotely possible only as recently as January when I was still thick in amongst the Sone fandom. Of course I was aware of her as one of the Sphere quartet’s kouhai and that she looked a heck of a lot like Tomatsu Haruka, but I totally wasn’t paying attention to any of her work, especially not when the buzz was tied to a game franchise I have no interest in. The turning point came with Isshukan Friends. – as soon as I heard the ending theme, I was falling for her hook, line and sinker. I am extremely partial to seiyuu who can sing well since that is what actually got me interested in them in the first place – you can thank Iwao Junko and Yokoyama Chisa for that one.
The comparison of Tenchan to Harukas is not going to go away any time soon; the two of them are so similar in so many ways, yet so obviously different in others. Obviously they share similarities in looks and in terms of their role within their respective generation of MuRay idols – to borrow a term from the Kpop scene, both of them would function as the ‘visual’ of their groups. As for differences, singing ability is the most apparent with Tenchan being about 20 times a better singer than Haruka ever will be, which should make her an easier sell as a seiyuu idol. When it comes to voice-acting Harukas has the advantage and also the benefit of a huge, varied body of work that shows off her versatility but lest we forget, her debut in Polyphonica was no great shakes and it wasn’t until Kannagi that people actually stopped hating on her (yes, lots of people hated her…). So far Tenchan hasn’t done anything remotely challenging except maybe Tokyo Ghoul’s Touka, but she is landing a lot of lead roles left and right so I expect we’ll get to see the full range of her acting sooner rather than later.
Whatever reasons MuRay may have for pushing her hard what with all those radio shows and hosting jobs and best of all, Ohitori Summer, it’s definitely a great time to be a Tenchan fan. What a great 20th year it has been for Tenchan herself, and may her 21st (and 22nd and so on) years be even better!