Three of perhaps otaku’s most beloved celebrities, all within 1 meter of each other (and looking so fabulous). ;A; Kojima’s influence on our lives continues to have boundless impact. And in addition to the two pictured above with him, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker will also feature the voice talents of Kobayashi Yū, Inoue Kikuko, Mugihito, and Paku Romi (plus more that I’m less familiar with). Don’t get me wrong — Konami has done a terrific and acclaimed job with the English voice acting (David Hayter is equally unforgettable), but the amount of awesome in the Japanese cast is almost too much to bear. Will I break and buy the import?
Needless to say I’m also a fan of the Metal Gear series. For a time, Kojima said he was going to quit developing games, but the calling was perhaps still there. Or maybe he set himself free of restrictions that were formerly stressing him out and caused him to go on the quitting path in the first place. Now he knows how to live out his passion much more enjoyably — and in great company.
Mizuki Nana’s popularity has been rising each year, but I don’t forsee it ever going over the top (like perhaps with Hirano Aya). She’s just too adorable to me, and I wish her all the best in her life and career.