Nanami Madobe and Windows 7 Own My Soul
Posted October 27, 2009on:
Like many other people, I’ve updated my work and home computers to Windows 7 in the last week. It’s been great to me so far, with performance improvements aplenty and more importantly, a very cute mascot. More on Madobe Nanami and the voice behind her after the jump.
Yes, you may have heard about how Microsoft in Japan aimed their efforts squarely at the otaku crowd with Madobe Nanami (whose name is a double pun on “Windows 7” and the voice actress behind her, Mizuki Nana), who is essentially an officially sanctioned OS-tan. They’ve done a few more things to draw in the Akihabara-nerd crowd, bringing in voice actors like Furuya Tooru (the voice of Gundam’s Amuro Ray) and Imai Asami (Chihaya from the mega-popular iDOLM@STER franchise) for release events, but Microsoft’s use of seiyuu idol Mizuki Nana is just unfair for those of us who are huge fans of the girl.
I’ll post more about Mizuki Nana later, but suffice to say that I am a huge fan of her music and her voice. For those of you who aren’t well-versed with the world of Japanese voice acting, you’re most likely to know her as the voice of Hinata in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, as well as Ogata Rina in White Album and Fate in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. She’s the anime idol with the biggest chance of making it big in mainstream Japanese culture, and it could happen right around the New Year’s Kouhaku program if my friends at Seiyuu3 are correct. It’d be deserved, too – check out the pipes on this girl!