World of M #131 – Guest: Takayama Minami

I’ve been waiting for this all week…

水樹奈々のMの世界 #131 (2012,01,28) ゲスト:高山みなみ

I was grinning the entire time when listening to this. Why? BECAUSE TAKAYAMA MINAMI IS GUEST THIS WEEK ON WORLD OF M!!! <– When I capslock abuse (which I don't do very often), it shows how excited I truly am. XDD;;

If you’re wondering why I’m so excited, it’s because… well, it’s TAKAYAMA MINAMI.
Ok, so that doesn’t answer any questions (even if I think it should).
Because ran told me (a while back) that, apparently, not everyone knows who Takayama Minami is (which came as somewhat of a shock to me)…

…But unless you’re really young, I would think most J-pop fans have heard of Two-Mix / Mix Delta. Gundam Wing fans, especially, should recognize Two-Mix as the group who did the openings for GW.
Minami-san is the lead vocal in Two-Mix.

For anime fans in general, you would have likely heard her voice on Detective Conan (as Edogawa Conan), Pokemon (as Hiroshi), Shaman King (as Asakura Hao), and many, many other well-known anime. From her more recent roles, she can be heard on Digimon Xros Wars (as Kudou Taiki) and Senki Zesshou Symphogear (as Kanade).

As a Mizuki Nana fan…
As a casual Two-Mix fan…
As a anime & seiyuu fan in general…

How can I not be grinning when I hear them together on World of M this week? And I’m not the only one. If the giggling and laughing from Nana-san is an indication of anything.


Let’s get on to the actual program…

The way Minami-san introduced herself was cute. She modified quotes from characters she has played in the past to fit with World of M. It got Nana-san all hyper too. XDD

Nana-san then briefly mentioned the happenings from last week. The way Minami-san showed up outside the studio (and later came inside the booth and hence why we heard her say ‘hi’ — which got ME all excited last week too) to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. Nana described her feelings as “waaah~ kyun~” when that happened. 😄

After that, they go a bit into their history. The first time they met was at the recording site for Shaman King. And that was… 11 years ago. 😮 Minami was a little surprised to realise it has been 11 years already, and commented on how time flies. They worked together on several anime after that as well, specifically mentioning the “one morning anime where they fought.” Lol. I’m guessing that’s Precure? XDD And of course, there’s the most recent Senki Zesshou Symphogear where they formed a (music) unit… where Minami-san plays Kanade, who is the strong and onee-chan type of character, whereas Tsubasa (Nana-san’s role) is the serious yet nervous type.

Speaking of onee-chan, Nana takes this chance to talk about how Minami is very much like an onee-chan. The cast for Symphogear is largely made up of younger seiyuu and so Minami-san took everyone out for a meal and played games in order to know each other better. Nana said she was really happy she did that.

Because if any of you remember the talk with Konishi on World of M back in June 2011, you will remember that Nana-san (being new and unexperienced at the time when they did the recording for Shaman King) was quite intimidated by merely being in the presence of so many well-known people in the industry.

Nana recaps briefly on how Konishi told her to join them for lunch (“Oide yo!”) when he saw her sitting alone in the restaurant. She distinctly remembers how, despite being happy that she’s eating with everyone after the invite, she was extremely nervous to have been sitting beside Takayama Minami and Hayashibara Megumi. XDD At that, even Minami-san comments on how, looking back now, Shaman King was made up of an amazing cast. 😄

Taking everything that Nana has spoken about what happened behind the scenes with Shaman King, I can’t help but think that perhaps the recording for Shaman King marked the beginnings of a change. While Nana is thankful for Konishi to have asked her to join everyone else for lunch, she is also thankful for the words of encouragement Minami and Hayashibara Megumi gave her back then.

“It’s all right. The fact that you have the script means you’re good to enough to voice act. Don’t hold anything back and go give it your all.”

^Aww~ Anybody else other than me grinning widely at this?
Nana-san then mentions how the situation is very much like that one scene between Kanade and Tsubasa in Symphogear.

On the topic of Symphogear, they take this chance to introduce Gyakkou no Flugel, the duet between Kanade (Takayama Minami) and Tsubasa (Mizuki Nana).
I laughed at the way they introduced it.

Minami: Are we going to say it like this or are we going to say it like this?
Nana: We are going to say it like this

^Lol. Total whut moment here… yet oddly cute. XDD

Onto the song… I will confess that I haven’t checked out Senki Zesshou Symphogear. And despite knowing about this duet and looking forward to it, this is the first time I’m hearing the song.

My thoughts? It definitely reminds me of Two-Mix. Especially due to the style and Minami-san’s voice (who is singing in Two-Mix style too). There seemed to a sharp contrast between their voices at first, but eventually, their voices came together and melded quite well. By the end, I thought to myself, “Kakkoii na…”
——-

After the song, we move to the 7 Questions corner. Minami-san’s thoughts on the corner is as follows:

Minami: Hoi hoi!

XDDD

Nana-san is a little nervous, because Minami actually re-wrote the questions 3 times… She kept thinking to herself “Should I ask it like this? Is it okay if I ask this?” Since the latter put so much thought into the questions, Nana is nervous as to what kind of questions will come forth. 😄

The questions (and answers) are:

1) The place you would like to go in 2012
France

2) The one thing you would carry with you on a trip as reassurance
Acerola Drink

3) A rule that you have for yourself but don’t necessarily make sense to other people
Always put on/take off left shoe first

4) The thing you want to eat now
Curry

5) The condition that the ideal man must possess
The sharing of same interests/feelings/point of view as herself

6) Your 10 year later self
Dancing and singing while still showing navel and legs (LOL)

7) What do you consider to be the a time of pure happiness?
Eating a lot without caring about calories

Hahaha. Yes, we all know Nana-san loves to eat. XDD

Going through the answers, the reason Nana wants to go to France is largely linked to her love for antique items. There are a lot of art museums she would love to visit there. The problem, of course, is that France is a little too far. Minami agrees… And when Nana-san returns to question to her, Minami’s reply was…

Minami: Me? Uh, I like Japan?

Hahaha. She adds, afterward, that if it’s a place she can reach by ground, she’d be willing to go anywhere. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out that means she doesn’t like airplanes. Whenever someone asks her if she’d be willing to go overseas (probably for events and concerts), her reply would be: “If I can get there by Shinkansen, I’ll go.” 😄

About the question “condition that the ideal man must possess”, Nana-san says that when she thinks something is delicious, she wants the guy to say it’s delicious too. Minami-san points out that Nana is really all about food. XDDD

Nana: I’m sorry, but I’m hungry!

^LOL.
——-

That pretty much brings us to an end for the 7 questions corner. The next corner talks about Minami’s impression of Nana.

She starts off saying that her impression of Nana has changed drastically from when they first met. During the recording for Shaman King, she was always hiding behind people / trying to mix in with the background. She was always nervous and unsure of how to approach others. That same Nana is now a singer who appeared on Kouhaku. She can really see how the accumulated experiences over time has come into play.

Nana-san admits that she was never one to stand upfront. She does what she can and move forward little by little. As time went on and she came to meet more people, she started developing more confidence and thought to herself, “I can do this.” Upon hearing that, Minami points out that having confidence and knowing what you can do is very important. Another important thing is knowing what to ask and who to ask. Sometimes, something that seemingly is difficult can be solved very easily by simply asking someone who experienced something similar. As an advice, Minami reminds Nana that the bonds between people is something to be treasured.
——-

The next and final corner is the Voice Acting corner. Two top class seiyuu… What chaos will ensue? Not much apparently. It was surprisingly normal… Except for Nana-san tripping over the word “situation” when explaining what the corner is about. 😄

The request sent in by a 17 year old male is asking them to act as an young energetic girl and use “agepoyo” in a sentence/sentences. Now, neither of them know what “agepoyo” means or how to use the “word.” They hear it on comedy shows, but has never really given it much thought. They don’t think people actually use it in everyday conversations.

Nana gives it a try nonetheless (not that she has a choice). 😄

You will have to listen to it as it is not something I can describe. After the laughing and saying that “agepoyo” probably isn’t supposed to be used in that way, Minami-san gives a big sigh. Why? The answer is revealed by a question… Nana asks if Minami has ever played an energetic, excited, high school girl — to which the answer was an immediate “no.” The quick answer led to more laughter. 😄

The actual voice acting was hilarious. Takayama Minami is really awesome as a seiyuu. =D

More “agepoyo” abuse follows. They say that they should greet each other with “agepoyo” the next time they meet up at work. Nana says that Sawashiro Miyuki will no doubt look at them weird when she hears them. XDDD
——-

And that’s all for World of M with Takayama Minami.
I’m still grinning, but I should probably head to bed now… XD;;

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20 comments on “World of M #131 – Guest: Takayama Minami

  1. ASDSDFGHJKL:LKJHGFDSASDF!!!! TAKAYAMA MINAMIIIIIIII!!! No wonder you’re listening to it twice! xD or even more? OHMYGOD OHMYGODDDDDDDDDDDDDD. TWO LEGENDS AT THE SAME TIME.

    Ehem.

    Laughing/giggling Nana is an indication that she’s mostly in her fangirl self this episode xDD. Oh man, I’m grinning so widely right now hahahaha!! Oh and “Minami-san took everyone out for a meal and played games in order of everyone to get to know each other better. ” <– Minami-san sounds like a babysitter…but GJ!! as expected from the pro!

    Nana's nervousness to sit beside Minami-san and Megumi-san in the past is quite understandable. It I was her, I'd prolly froth at the mouth and pass out from the sheer intensity O_o. Man, the two veteran seiyuu were so nice and helpful, knowing Nana those words stayed with her until this moment.

    No comment on the song yet, (since I haven't listened) but it must be godly huh. Two legends singing out together…and the character single's slowly climbing up the oricon chart. Symphogear is really milking it out from these two xD

    Nana loves to eat <– That's why she's my IDOL. Do not be ashamed to profess your love for food, Nana!! Go eat! EAT~~

    After the voice acting corner, fans everywhere will start screaming agepoyo at each other. Brace yourselves.

    This week's WoM is awesome! Imma wait until it finishes loading and grin to all my heart's content. Man, having these two together on the same radio show makes me feel so proud D8

    • Nah, I just listened to it twice. Even though I went to sleep at… 2AM. XDD;;

      And yeah, those words certainly stayed with her. That’s probably why she could recall it with ease.

      Knowing that you posted that comment several hours ago, have you listened to the song now? I still think the beginning sounds a bit awkward, but I’m liking it more and more each time I listen to it. 😄

      Lol. I actually laughed when Nana admitted in front of Minami that she was hungry. XDD

      I’m proud and happy too. =D

  2. Yeah I got the songs now and I agree with you about the beginning. Their voices are so different so it gets a little awkward. I hear Minami-san’s voice wavering during the intro, but oh my god once the chorus hits I nearly cried. SO GOOD SO GOOD I’m not lying I’m tearing out of happiness ;____;

    *loops for 777 times*

    • By “songs”, I’m guessing that also means you’ve listened to ORBITAL BEAT? That song is a different kind of awesome… Though I think I like Gyakkou no Flugel better.

      I agree about the chorus part for Gyakkou no Flugel. Their voices came together so well, yet you can still distinctly tell them apart.

      I have a feeling I’ll be looping the songs all day today. 😄

  3. Yes xD I’ve listened to OB, but most loop has to go to Gyakkou no Fluegel. It has this awesome ‘kick’ to it, you know? the one that makes you wanna jump up and kick everything in vicinity coz you have too much energy….or is it just me? lol. And the orchestra touch in the beginning did it for me, it’s awesome!! The anime better play the song during a climax moment or something.

    Yes yes, true that. Its like Minami-san’s deeper voice keeps the song grounded when Nana belted off the high notes with her powerful voice. I hope Nana has a duet with Minami-san in her future concerts >_< This song is too awesome to stay in the CD, really.

    Today, tomorrow– with the existence of iPod let's loop them FOR THE WHOLE WEEK xDD

    • Uh, I think it’s just you. XDD;;
      I’ve read reviews on the anime… Not entirely sure if it’s the type of anime I’d like (not sure if I told you already)… But I think I’ll still check it out one day.

      They can do a duet during the Animelo Summer lives! =D That’s a possibility! …maybe…

      Lol. There’s a high probability I’ll be doing that. 😄

      • I dropped the anime at episode 3 =_____=
        Yea, you told me, but then again you said you’re looking forward to it. Check it out? The main chara (the one’s voiced by Takagahi Ayahi) turned me off hoho.

        YES YES OMG PLEASE ANISAMA DUET. If the single did good on the charts, hopefully….? Please? God, are you hearing?

        You and me both sister >83 Its darn catchy though its techno, my least fav of genres.

        • Dropped at ep. 3? Isn’t the anime only released up to the 4th episode? 😮

          I think they’d do better on the charts if they’d release a mini-album instead of just a single. Then again, I guess this is just a character single… But there is still hope (for a duet on anisama).

          Yup, it’s catchy all right. And since it’s the two of them singing, my ears are happy. 😄

  4. AGH GOT CUT OFF.

    Yea, 4 or 5 I think. Its not my cup of tea after seeing the main character…I mean, episode 1 was awesome, after that is…not so much.

    Album? D8 if its only an album with the two of them, yea it’d do good on the charts. I’ll cross my fingers for the duet at least, it’d be like a dream come true and I’ll get my lightsticks ready hahaha.

    Ears happy, wallet weeping ;____:

    • After seeing the replies of others, I think I might be giving Symphogear a go earlier than I thought. That, and because I’m stuck at home for the day anyway.

      I’d pre-order the album as soon as it’s available for pre-order if there’s an album with just the two of them. XDD

      Hah, I know. I don’t think there’s been any time lately when the wallet isn’t weeping. XP

  5. Wow!! Thanks for the brief translation!
    I could only barely understand what they were saying~ Xp
    And I have to say… Their combination is an EPIC!! (>v<)!!!

    And… I was also grinning the whole time when I was listening to the show.. LOL! 😄

  6. I immediately ripped it without thinking for a second. I did expected JUST COMMUNICATION playing. just for the lols… I have never heard Minami san real voice, really suprised that she could high pitch voice. Really seiyuu veteran.

    I love Gyakkou no Flugel with burning passion. The first time I heard it on symphogear, I WANT TEH FULL VERSION NAO (just displaying my feeling back then :p) I hope to hear it one more time in the anime. It is kind of shame if it is only used in the first episode.

    Just love the question corner. The last question made me laugh hard, it sounds like a dream of every girl; as expected Nana ~although being 32~ is still a girly lady.

    The voice acting was all cute and laughs. (#_#)b

    Much more I want to comment. All in all this is surely a keeper in my M no sekai archive. It was all lols and inspiring.

    About the actual discussion on the comment board; I haven’t dropped Symphogear, one single bit. Perhaps the inner fanboy refuse me to do it. (it was harsh with Blood-C but I endured it) So far I like much about it; actions, voicing cast, character designs etc. It caught me off guard, sometimes the anime doens’t take itself serious. The comical effect is hilarious.

    PS: I didnt if I should continue the discussion in a new reply or just replying to the previous poster orz

    • I did too. Even without having listened to it, I knew it was one I wanted to keep. 😄
      I expected JUST COMMUNICATION as well. Though they played it last week.

      I’m loving the song more and more.

      Lol. Hence I wasn’t surprised when that was her answer to the last question. 😄

      I couldn’t go through Blood-C. I stopped after episode 4 or 5. That really just was not my type of anime. I will be giving Symphogear a try at least though.

      PS: No need to mind that. Just post however you want. =)

  7. Those who haven’t tried Symphogear/giving up/already given up:

    PLEASE, WATCH TILL AT LEAST EP 4.(latest ep as of commenting) T_T
    AT LEAST THE FIRST HALF.

    Not so much for Hibiki’s and Miku’s sake but for Kanade’s and Tsubasa’s.

    Okay then…. *Starts loading video* =)

  8. Not exactly a fan of Minami Takayama but I grew up watching Gundam Wing and its ops are one of the first anisongs that I really, REALLY liked. I remember getting irked whenever the tv station skips the op to play more ads because I really like justcom and rhythm emotion. >_>

    As for symphogear, I’ve only watched the 1st ep and read spoilers here and there. The duet songs are REALLY explosive though I love Orbital beat just a tiny bit more than Gyakkou.

    “Dancing and singing while still showing navel and legs”

    I’ll be holding on to that then lol ^^

    • Gundam Wing was what introduced me to Two-Mix. I don’t think the TV stations here ever skipped the OP… only the EDs.

      I’ve read spoilers too. Kind of hard to avoid when looking at reviews. XD;;
      ORBITAL BEAT is a different kind of awesome. Though personally, I think I still like Gyakkou a bit more.

      LOL. Believe me when I said I laughed out loud when she answered that. XDD

  9. Pingback: World of M #169 – Guest: Hayashibara Megumi | ~Eternal Blaze Generation~

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