Rumi Shishido has been the voice of more than a few anime characters: M.O.M.O. in Xenosaga, Lopmon in Digimon Frontier, and Onpu in Ojamajo DoReMi, just to name a few. But that’s not all she is. She’s also a professional singer—and the rare example of one that has been successful without the backing of an agency.
Sailor Moon brought in the boom of fighting magical superheroines in the early 90s, but some tend to forget this pink-haired heroine. She fights for love, she fights for justice, and she fights… in a wedding dress? Yes, it’s Wedding Peach, and we got a chance to talk with Nao Yazawa, the manga creator entrusted with bringing this sparkly gal and her friends Angel Lily and Angel Daisy to the pages of girls’ manga magazines all over Japan.
The iDOLM@STER is a gigantic franchise within Japan that mainly revolves around thirteen girls working as idols and the producer that works to make them stars. The original thirteen girls starred in two television anime and a feature film. And in the past few years, the franchise has spawned multiple smartphone game spinoffs, including The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls—which inspired two additional television anime series—and Million Live. Both feature a much larger cast of girls to train and love. The series even inspired a female-oriented spinoff featuring a plenitude of attractive male idols titled THE iDOLM@STER: SideM, which has popularity in its own right.