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Anigao Shizuka Interview

posted 08/09/05

What keeps the blood pumping through the Akihabara live music scene? Put simply - idols. Recently, the various idol genres have begun to fragment even further, and the market has been flooded with pin-up girl and variety show themed idols. But among these, an even more amazingly conspicuous idol has emerged on the scene: the Alien Idol Shizuka Anigao. A mysterious life form with an anime-head and human body, she comes from the Planet Anigao, meaning "anime-face." As an alien, it's quite difficult for Shizuka to articulate herself properly, but since she has no problem communicating in writing, Akiba Today conducted the following interview via an instant messaging client. In this first-time chat interview, we asked Miss Anigao more about her goals, home planet, and private life to get a better understanding of this amazing new star.


■ Coming to Earth as an Ambassador of Friendship

Akiba Today : So, Shizuka, you're an alien from Planet Anigao. Could you please tell us, what kind people are the Anigao-lings?

 

Shizuka Anigao : I think they're not much different from the people of Earth? Well, maybe a teeny-weeny bit different...

AT : What's different about them?

SA : Maybe their faces are a little bit different. By the way, Ani-gao (anime-face) is the name of the planet, you know ^^

AT : So, Shizuka, why did you come to Earth?

SA : I told the king, "I'm going to the Earth to deepen our friendship!" So, I came to the Earth to deepen the friendship between the Earth and Planet Anigao. Imma Friendship Ambassador!

AT : What did you do back when you were on Planet Anigao?

SA : I went to the Anigao Kingdom Girls Academy - I graduated the same time I was appointed Friendship Ambassador ^^

AT : What was the biggest culture shock for you coming to Earth?

SA : There aren't so many flower fields here...

AT : Are there a lot of flower fields on Planet Anigao?

SA : You bet!

AT : Is the food there different from the Earth's?

SA : They're the same! But, I think the Earth's strawberries are sweeter!

AT : Is life on Earth fun?

SA : It's lotsa fun! ^^

■ Secretly Shopping with an Anti-Barrier

AT : Next, we'd like to ask you a bit about your personal life. So, Shizuka, when you're putting on your make-up, what area do you focus on the most?

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SA : I'm still not 18, so I try to go for the natural look, but I focus most on my eyes. An idol's eyes are her life(^_-) Recently, I've been into this new mascara that comes off with hot water! It's soooo convenient ^^

AT : You do have big, beautiful eyes, Shizuka.

SA : Thanx ^^

AT : Do you like going shopping?

SA : I love shopping! I shop online for the most part, but like regular shopping, too.

AT : What kind of shops do you go to?

SA : I guess mostly clothes. But, I use an anti-barrier to go and look secretly, and then order online ^^ - But, shhhh! That's a secret!

AT : What's an anti-barrier?

SA : Well, it's something I use not to startle people since I'm an alien. It's like a magic thing I use so that people other than close friends can't see my face - But that's also a secret!!

AT : Ah, I see. You've got style, Shizuka. Do you have any secrets you'd like to share about how you maintain your figure?

SA : Hmmm, just eat well, walk a lot, and get enough sleep. Oh, and I read manga in the tub, so I take really long baths ^^

AT : When you've really worked up a sweat and want to relax, what kind of stuff do you do?

SA : Well, Anigao-lings don't sweat... but, when I want to relax I have a real weakness for bath products ^^

AT : Is there a bath product that you particularly like?

SA : House of Rose's bath line - and I love the bubble bath from The Body Shop and Lush!

AT : By the way Shizuka, you know you're really cute and popular right?

SA : Ahhhhh.... really?! ^^

AT : Do you have a boyfriend?

SA : No! But, maybe all my fans cheering me on is a feeling sort of like having a boyfriend.

AT : So, could you tell us what kind of guy is your type?

SA : I like Shinji from Evangelion, Zoro and Ruffie from One Piece, Ed from Full Metal Alchemist... Maybe he's a little grown-up for me, but also Dr. Koto (from the Dr. Koto's Clinic manga / TV drama). And Keroro and Corporal Giroro (from Sgt. Frog). And...

AT : You have quite a few it seems (lol).

 

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SA : Tee-hee!

 

AT : What do you think about Akihabara guys?

SA : They're all such nice people, so I really love them! ^^ They're really really kind! For example, when I'm trying to get a stuffed animal at a game center, and just when I'm about to give up the guy next to me puts in another coin for me. And they save me when I'm in danger, too. They all treat me like a princess ^^

■ Heart-Beat-Sounding Song Challenge

AT : So, Shizuka, you recently released the CD Girls' Feeling. What kind of songs can we expect to hear on it?

SA : Hits like you've never heard before!! They're songs that make you surge with energy and courage d(^^)b Not just boys, I want girls to listen, too! I think maybe the girls can relate more to the feelings I express ^^

AT : Could you talk a little bit about the lyrics?

SA : I sing about mustering courage and going forward - but, with a real pure girly feeling.

AT : This CD is the first time you let the world hear your real voice, isn't it?

SA : Maybe not my voice, but the sound of my heart. I brought a special kind of machine from Planet Anigao called a Heart-Beat-Sounder into the recording studio with me!! One Heart-Beat-Sounder costs about 3 years' worth of the Planet Anigao national budget... The King had to endure many hardships to raise the money... I really bow my head in gratitude m(_ _)m

AT : What was the hardest thing about recording?

SA : Since it was my first time to use the machine, I worked really hard to include emotion and subtle nuances into the recording. (^^;)

AT : I see. Are there any artists or idols you idealize?

SA : Well, my favorite idols are all from the Hello! Project!! I have a lot of their singles and live DVDs! I like everyone from Morning Musume, to Ayaya, Natchi, and even W - I love them all!

AT : So, from here on are you going to strive for the same kind of success?

SA : Yes! I try my hardest every day to let more people know about me ^^

AT : Specifically, what kinds of activities do you have planned for the near future?

SA : Doing events and making radio and TV appearances. And, I want to try doing a live performance!! Whenever I used to go to concerts, the artists always really moved me, so I'd be really happy if I could have a performance that moved the whole audience in the same way.

■ Her Second Home: Akihabara

AT : This just about wraps it up, so we'd like to ask you, what kind of town is Akihabara to you?

SA : There is so much stuff in Akihabara that I wander around a lot! I feel like it's my second home ^^ I'm soooo comfortable there ^^

AT : Thank you very much, Shizuka.

SA : Same here! It was my first time to talk like this using chat, but it was sooo much fun! Thank you very much!

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Reflection

Chatting with an alien from another planet, it was actually a bit nerve wracking going into this interview. However, whether she could tell or not, Miss Anigao was able to use hand and body gestures to make things pleasant, which was very relaxing. This, her courage, and her strength to make it through the interview, even when she never really got accustomed to using chat, were especially impressionable. Coming to the Earth all by herself from the Planet Anigao to deepen the relationship between our planets, Akiba Today will be sure to keep an eye out for her in the future.

 

 

 

To read the japanese version of this entry please visit our partner Akiba Keizai Shimbun

 

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