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Tuesday Tunes: Takagaki Ayahi, Seiyuu and… Gospel Singer?

Posted on: February 15, 2011

Stolen from her blog. I liked that one.

This isn't the most appealing picture of her, but I like it anyway.

This is Takagaki Ayahi. She got her first starring role in 2007’s Venus Versus Virus and after a few well-received roles (like Isurugi Noe in True Tears, a personal favorite), her career really took off after she joined the seiyuu idol group Sphere in 2009. Along with young stars Tomatsu Haruka (Kannagi), Toyosaki Aki (Yui, K-On!) and Kotobuki Minako (Tsumugi, K-On!), the four of them have gotten pretty popular as seiyuu and singers. You may have heard Sphere’s music while watching recent shows like Sora no Manimani, Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, or Asobi ni Ikuyo.

But in my mind, Sphere isn’t long for this world, because Takagaki Ayahi is due to bust out and leave her less-talented group members in the dust. Why do I think this?

I’m glad you asked.

Amusingly, Seiya has pointed out that this isn’t just any version of “Oh Happy Day” – it’s the exact version that appeared in Whoopi Goldberg’s immortal hit, Sister Act 2. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

More of her music after the jump, along with my favorite game, “spot the anchor”!

For Occult Academy, Ayahi also released a cover of Secret Garden’s world-famous “You Raise Me Up”. Putting aside the minor pronunciation issues from singing a foreign language, it’s pretty awesome.

Taking a break from her English language covers, here’s her singing the ending song to DenYuuDen, which is pretty good in its own right and shows off her range:

And, because I find it funny to this day, check out the members of Sphere belting out the rock-styled “Realove:Realife”. See if you can figure out which verse is sung by Toyosaki Aki! Hint: it’s the one that sounds like the singer has never shouted in her life.

1 Response to "Tuesday Tunes: Takagaki Ayahi, Seiyuu and… Gospel Singer?"

I found out that version of “Oh Happy Day” had apparently made it into Japanese choral group repetoires when the choir at one of my schools sang it for me. Including all the “la la la”s.

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