My love for Hello Project goes far. I am always thinking about them. In one of my more random thoughts I wondered which Hello Project members would make good anime characters. It is a cross of my two loves: JPOP and anime. After much deliberation, I have created a short list of Hello Project members that can star as anime characters:
**WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**
Fukumura Mizuki as Amu/ Amulet Heart (Shugo Chara)
This one is a bit of a cheat. Mizuki was part of Shugo Chara Egg as Amulet Heart. She starred as this character during Shugo Chara Party and sang a few of the opening songs for the anime. At first, I wasn’t happy that she replaced Yuuka as Amulet Heart, but Mizuki grew on me. I can pretty see her as the rebellious Amu and spunky Amulet Heart.
Iikubo Haruna as Konata (Lucky Star)
The only reason why I chose Honey-senpai for this role is because of her love for anime and manga. Konata shares similar interests. I think that Haruna would be able to pull off this role pretty well.
Ishida Ayumi as Kaoru (Rurouni Kenshin)
Kaoru can be annoying at times, but at least she knows how to take care of herself. I can picture Ayumi as temperamental Kaoru, with her hair tied in a ponytail and wielding a wooden sword.
Sato Masaki as Mayu (Ai Yori Aoshi)
Mayu is annoying and spoilt. She also has a princess complex. After seeing Masaki’s role in LILIUM -Lilium Girls Purity Theater- as Princess Marguerite, I believe that she can pull off the spoilt little girl character pretty well.
Kudo Haruka as Haruhi (Ouran High School Host Club)
We all know and love Haruka for her tomboy image. This would make her a perfect fit as Haruhi! Haruhi dresses like a male student and is recruited for Ouran’s Host Club. Haruka has played ikemen roles in the past on stage, so I am pretty sure she will ace this one.
Oda Sakura as Kyoko (Skip Beat)
The orange hair aside, Sakura reminds me of Kyoko in several ways. Kyoko was not the best actress at the beginning, but with practice and hard work, she became one of the best. Sakura is pretty much the same. When she auditioned for S/mileage’s second generation her singing skills were lacking. Now she is one of Hello Project’s best vocalists. This makes her a good candidate to play as Kyoko. However, I am not sure if she will be able to pull off Kyoko’s eccentric and extroverted personality since Sakura is more soft-spoken.
Yajima Maimi as Misaki (Kaichou wa Maid-Sama)
For some reason I always think that Maimi can pull off a good maid character. Not to mention, Misaki is a total independent badass chick. I already see Maimi in this way so I think this role will suit her well.
Okai Chisato as Tina (Ai Yori Aoshi)
This one was a bit of a stretch. The only reason I matched Chisato with this character is because of their similar physical appearance (excluding the hair) and sassy personalities.
Wada Ayaka as Amulet Diamond (Shugo Chara)
This one is also a bit of a cheat since Wada Ayaka was the original Amulet Diamond in Shugo Chara Egg. The only inconsistency between Ayaka and Amulet Diamond (Dia) is that Dia was an amazing singer, while Ayaka has only recently improved her vocal skill.
Katsuta Rina as Suzuna (Kaichou wa Maid-Sama)
The first time I saw Suzuna, Rina was the first person that came to mind. Suzuna is very monotone, slow is speech and movement, and has an obsession with mail-in prizes. Rina is known to be an “energy-saver” and is a bit lackluster. Suzuna and Rina go hand-in-hand!
Tamura Meimi as Yaya (Shugo Chara)
Meimi played Yaya during Shugo Chara’s musical and she did a very good job at it. She portrayed Yaya’s youthful energy very well, so I think she would be a great match to play Yaya in a live action version of the show!
Sasaki Rikako as Anri (Durarara!!!)
Anri is a black-haired badass in disguise. Her appearance makes her seem like a soft-spoken schoolgirl, but in reality she is a sword wielding and determined girl! Rikako is pretty much the same. She seems like a young and cheerful girl, but on stage her determination shines through! I also kind of want to see Rikako hold a sword.
Kamikokuryo Moe as Sakura (Card Captor Sakura)
I honestly chose Moe as this character because I think she would look good in the outfits. Also, Sakura is young and innocent. Moe has a similar demeanor as Sakura.
Tokunaga Chinami as Louise (Zero no Tsukaima)
Louise has a bit of a temper, and while this does not exactly fit Chinami’s bubbly personality I think that Louise’s carelessness and klutzy behaviour embodies Chinami well.
Sudo Maasa as Sunako (The Wallflower)
I always thought that Maasa would play a great dead girl in a horror movie. Sunako is as close as that can get. Sunako wore black clothing and covered her face with her long black hair. I can see Maasa fulfilling this creepy-like role. She is also a very good actress.
Kumai Yurina as Risa (Lovely Complex)
Yes, my favourite anime of all-time. The only thing that Yurina and Risa probably have in common is their height. This is why I matched Yurina to Risa. Otherwise, I do not really see any commonalities.
Kanazawa Tomoko as Nadeshiko/Nagihiko (Shugo Chara)
There are a lot of Shugo Chara references in this post. Here is a major spoiler alert:
At the beginning of the series, Nadeshiko and Nagihiko were portrayed as twins. However, later on we learn that Nadeshiko and Nagikiko are actually the same person! For some reason, I think that Tomoko will be able to play this role well. I think she has played male roles on stage in the past, which may have influenced my decision for this pairing.
Hirose Ayaka as Sakura (Good Luck Girl!)
My reason for choosing Ayaka as Sakura is pretty much the same for choosing Chisato as Tina. Ayaka has a similar body shape and I believe that she will be able to pull off Sakura’s feisty personality.
Taguchi Natsumi as Misuzu (Air)
I think Natsumi would make a good Misuzu. Natsumi is pure, small, sentimental, adorable and innocent, much like Misuzu.
Sayashi Riho as Yuki (Vampire Knight)
LILIUM -Lilium Girls Purity Theater- also influenced my decision for this pairing. Riho made a good vampire in that play, so I think she would make a good Yuki. I can see her wielding Artemis and just being badass all around.