(Report by Orangepunch)
Once again the Japanese have proven their propensity to fall en masse into worshipping Kira. Only this time it's reality, not manga, and a good deal better justified.
'You are Kira, aren't you?' Fans reaffirmed to Miyano Mamoru, returning Death Note's Light Yagami top-ranked - by a Godlike margin - in a Goo Ranking poll to uncover anime voice actor's most popular ever role.
With Miyano's career spanning from 1990 to now, a hefty number of performances were incorporated onto a list presented to fans.
Each person could choose just one as their favourite.
Miyano Mamoru - Japan's Star Seiyu
That must have been a hard, nigh impossible task, given that Miyano has long been the leading voice behind some of anime's best known characters.
With so many of the genre's most successful shows glittering across his resume, it's not like Kira is the only role for which he's known. He's the seiyu for Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club; Vampire Knight's Zero Kiryuu; and Rin Matsuoka in Free!, plus several dozen other equally prominent parts.
Yet Kira slaughtered all rivals to net over a quarter of all votes. His nearest competitor - Setsuna from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 - attracted a mere 6.4% of the fans to favour him into second place.
While Light Yagami held aloft his own percentage, a mighty 26.2%.
[Which means 73.8% of the voting anime fandom hated him, or at least favoured someone else ~ Matti]
[Stop pretending to know math; by your logic 93% 'hated' 2nd place Setsuna - context and comparison validify the win ~ Orangepunch]
From LA to Tokyo: Everyone Loves All Singing, All Dancing Light Yagami Actor Miyano Mamoru - Particularly Men 'Newly Feminized' at Festivals by his Tunes
Since wrapping up his stint as Kira, Miyano Mamoru has gone on to do more than merely voice most of the anime characters worth watching. He's also become a pop star, whose latest single release How Close You Are came out on January 27th 2016. It includes the closing credits song Ajin: Demi-Human, from the eponymous anime, wherein Miyano naturally plays the lead.
He's rather proud of this latter recording, as it was written for him by film music composer Jim Nakamura and Hollywood music producer C.J.Vanston. Miyano's excitement is palpable, as he relates to reporters Makoto Tanaka and Yomiuri Shimbun, how he was invited to the duo's LA studios to receive and sing his song. His first recording session as a singer overseas.
Miyano Mamoru seems more pleased with that track. Ajin: Demi-Human is lingered over for several paragraphs, and called a treasure. The CD's main track barely gets a mention in passing.
However, this is all just cute and feel good update stuff, which has veered quite far from Death Note now. What did get our interest, becoming the cause of more than one puzzled look here this afternoon, is right back up the top in the article's second paragraph.
To his surprise, Miyano was loudly cheered by male members of the audience when he performed in a large-scale music festival last year. “After the event, many men made such positive comments to me as, ‘I found myself shouting’ and ‘I feel like I’m a feminized man.’ I was very happy,” Miyano said.
He told me about this experience as if he were whispering something confidential to me. I, a middle-aged man, was also instantly captivated by him.
~ Everyone loves Miyano: Voice actor dances, sings and fascinates, Makoto Tanaka and Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan News, February 25th 2016
"I didn't know Miyano Mamoru was gay!" One unnamed columnist commented here. But her pseudo gaydar seems faulty on this occasion, according to another writer with his own instinct for the same very finely tuned indeed. He considered the wording to be quite blatantly stating that Miyano is your archetypal, highly fashionable Tokyo Metrosexual, and no-one should be reading anything past the 'cute' part.
Maybe he's just in touch with his amina with nothing more to read into it, nor nudged between the lines. Just a Japanese statement missing its cultural anchor now it's drifted into English waters.
It's not like anyone here cares who excites and enchants Miyano Mamoru - at home or in the press - as long as everyone's happy and consent is carried in the love. However, we do love a puzzle to ponder; even if its just an ambiguously worded sentiment, eliciting ever wilder interpretations from minds grown over-tired and silly.
Bless him. We all love him too. Who wouldn't?