Anime voice actress-themed live-action series is set to premiere in April
The official website for the upcoming live-action TV drama Koe Girl! (Voice Girl!) announced that 28-year-old voice actress Haruka Tomatsu, who played Iona Hikawa/Cure Fortune in the 11th PreCure TV series HappinessCharge PreCure! (2014-2015), will appear as herself. The drama is produced as part of the 15th anniversary project for Toei Animation's PreCure franchise and is set to premiere in April 2018.
Tomatsu, also known as a member of voice actress unit sphere, will play popular anime voice actress "Haruka Tomatsu," and supports the protagonist Makoto Kikuchi, portrayed by 19-year-old Haruka Fukuhara, who voiced Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard in the 14th TV series Kirakira PreCure a la Mode (2017-2018), as her adviser.
Tomatsu says, "Because I have thought the job as voice actors is backstage work, I think being featured
in a drama is a social phenomenon in a way! As the number of people who are aiming to be voice actors
is growing, I hope they will learn not only 'fun things,' but also 'strictness' and 'efforts' by watching this
drama, then feel like 'Voice acting is a wonderful job!' For the fans of the PreCure series, many series will
appear in this drama, so I believe they will think 'It brings back my good memories!'"
Haruka Fukuhara and Tomatsu
In addition, 55-year-old voice actress Noriko Hidaka, best known as Akane Tendo in Ranma 1/2, Minami
Asakura in Touch, and Satsuki Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro is confirmed to play the protagonist
Makoto's mother Mari Kikuchi. And 41-year-old Daisuke Namikawa, who was cast as Kumata/Dark Matter
in the 2016 film Maho Girls PreCure! the Movie: The Miraculous Transformation! Cure Mofurun! and is
currently playing Uchifuji-sensei in the 15th TV series Hugtto! PreCure, will also appear as himself.
The ensemble coming-of-age drama centers on five girls who are voice actress trainees living together at
their agency's dormitory. They support and compete each other to be professional anime voice actresses.
With full support by the franchise, the drama will feature various scenes, characters, and signature phrases
from the PreCure anime stories.
Makoto Kukuchi (recruited as a voice actress trainee)
- Haruka Fukuhara (19/Himari Arisugawa/Cure Custard in Kirakira PreCure a la Mode)
Mami Kuriyama (Makoto's rival)
- Yurika Nakanmura (20/Sayaka Igarashi in Kakegurui)
Ren Inaba (deep PreCure otaku)
- Mariya Nagao (23/ex-AKB48 member)
Konatsu Moromito (inspiring girl from Kansai)
- Jun Amaki (22/ex-Kamen Jyoshi member)
Ryoko Ochiai (ex-child actress)
- Aoi Yoshikura (23/fashion magazine "mina" model)