If you’ve heard about a voice actor causing a sensation over the Internet since the past weekend, it’s probably Megumi Hayashibara.
The veteran voice actor and singer who’s been active for over 30 years suddenly announced her first live concert on her own radio show last weekend.
Fans were shocked. The venue will be Nakano Sun Plaza which can hold 2,222 people (from Sun Plaza hall information page). Considering her work history and popularity, there’s no way it’s big enough for all the fans, and people are already worried about it.
The date is Sunday 11 June. It’s almost certain that there will be a fight for the tickets. The odds of getting one are very low.
Megumi Hayashibara, the Voice Actor Artist Pioneer
In 1986, Megumi Hayashibara made her debut as a voice actor playing a kindergarten child in the anime Maison Ikkoku. Since then, she’s been active in popular works for over 30 years.
Her most representative works are probably in:
- Slayers as Lina Inverse
- Neon Genesis Evangelion as Rei Ayanami
- Detective Conan as Ai Haibara
- Ranma ½ as Ranma Saotome (female)
- Cowboy Bebop as Faye Valentine
She also works as a singer. She’s performed a lot of great songs mainly for the opening and ending themes of the works in which she acts.
Nowadays, there are a lot of people who are active as singers as well as voice actors, so-called voice actor artists. You could say she’s a pioneer.
Why Was the First Live Concert Announcement a Surprise?
Some people say that the first solo performance by Megumi Hayashibara, who has even been in the Oricon Top 10, is: ‘Like The Beatles’ first visit to Japan.’ They say that ‘it might truly be the chance of a lifetime, so fans have to see it at any cost.’
There are some people wondering why she decided her first performance to happen now even though she’s a veteran. She’s done some free mini live performances in the past, but hasn’t done any paid solo live performances.
That’s why the announcement of Megumi Hayashibara participating in King Super Live 2015, an anime song festival by King Records, the record company to which she belongs, was also a big surprise for fans.
Megumi Hayashibara has been active for a long time, so it’s expected that there will be a gathering of a wide age range of fans, from ones who know her works from back in the 80s and 90s to newer fans too.
That’s why people think that Nakano Sun Plaza with the capacity of a little more than 2,000 isn’t good enough. There are a lot of comments saying: Do it at Nippon Budokan…!
A Tribute Album From Megumi Hayashibara to the Late Ritsuko Okazaki
Furthermore, on Monday 27 February it was also announced that the singer will release a tribute album for the late Ritsuko Okazaki.
Ritsuko Okazaki wrote a lot of songs for Megumi Hayashibara like Sakura Saku, the theme song for Love Hina. Apparently, the tribute album will have cover songs re-recorded by Megumi Hayashibara.
The release date is Wednesday 3 May.
In 2015, Megumi Hayashibara reached her 25th year since her debut as a singer and released a BEST OF compilation album. What will happen to the first live performance which can only be described as ‘long-awaited’?