With Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou concluded, I figured I’d better post about the PV of its ending theme now if I’m going to do it at all. So without further ado, here’s actress/singer Asou Natsuko‘s latest single, “Everyday sunshine line!”, which was been available ever since May 12th. For this bubbly song that Daimaou viewers are surely familiar with now, the music video with Natsuko riding through the city with a bunch of balloons is befitting, though not all that interesting either. Regardless, Natsuko is a fairly new and young 19-year-old artist whose singing career only really started around this time last year. This is only her fourth single, but she’s sort of made a mark on the anime scene by having her second one, “Programming for non-fiction”, featured as the opening theme to Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou and third one, “Perfect-area complete!”, as the same for Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. Those familiar with either of those two series should recognize her voice fairly easily, but I was actually surprised to find out that I knew of her well before her major music debut.
“Knew yet forgot” would be the more correct statement actually, as anyone who was crazy enough to follow the Negima! Magister Negi Magi live-action drama that aired almost three years ago would have caught sight of her as Hasegawa Chisame there. I know, it’s pretty unbelievable that I sat through 25-episodes of that live-action drama and even liked a bunch of the theme songs that resulted from it, but the point I’m trying to make is that Natsuko was an actress first and foremost and had a role in that drama. Incidentally, this led to the creation of the Negima idol group “pRythme” (pronounced “Prism”), consisting of her and fellow actresses Kawase Yuri and Mukunoki Eri, who played Sasaki Makie and Murakami Natsumi respectively (for any Negima fans out there). It was an odd grouping going by the characters they played, but the composition was decided upon based on their actual singing ability. During their short stint, pRythme ended up releasing three singles, the last of which included a cover performance of the Negima!? opening theme, “1000% SPARKING!”. Below is their performance of it at the Negima live event in Shibuya at the time. (Natsuko’s the one in green and white.)
Anyone who has a strange and inexplicable fascination with Negima songs and all the crazy concerts where all 32 female seiyuus were involved (like myself) should enjoy that performance to some degree. In any case, it’s interesting to see a bit of Natsuko’s past and the earlier stages of her music career, which I’m particularly surprised about because I didn’t make the connection until now. I guess that’s what happens when I’m looking up information to write a post though, so here’s your little bit of useless anime-related trivia for the day.