Pettanko Thursday – Yuki, Chiaki, Kuchinashi

Nagato Yuki

This week’s Pettanko Thursday targets characters voiced by Chihara Minori. Some info about her: She was born on November 18, 1980. Besides her seiyuu career, she also follows the path of many seiyuu and works as a singer. Her father was a baseball coach and this probably led her to join the baseball club at junior high school. She played the center fielder.

Her best known role is undoubtedly Nagato Yuki in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. I don’t think it is necessary to introduce this character, but here comes some details about her. She is a humanoid interface, or artificial human. She comes from space and is a member of an organization called Data Overmind. Her task is to observe a problematic girl, Suzumiya Haruhi, who can create enormous data quantities that could distort the entire universe from thin air.

Nagato shows some abnormal abilities, such as structural recomposition, surroundings alternation, or physical body reconstruction.

Nagato Yuki

However, when it comes to social contacts with other people, Yuki falls behind. I don’t remember seeing her start a conversation. And when she’s prompted to speak, she does so in the succinctest possible way.

Nagato Yuki

She doesn’t really understand the principles of human world, social standards or backward human technology. She seems to be cold-hearted, but it is not the case. It’s more accurate to say she is unable to express her feelings.

Nagato Yuki

Her hobby is reading. At least it seems so. It’s hard to tell how much she enjoys it, because she never changes her expression. Neither when reading a book.

Minami Chiaki

Next very popular character voiced by Chihara Minori is Chiaki Minami from manga and anime Minami-ke. She comes from a family of three sisters and is the youngest of them, she attends elementary school. It’s unknown to me where their parents disappeared to. I don’t think it has been mentioned in the anime, and don’t know what about manga version.

Despite being the youngest sister, she is the meanest of them. She often calls other people, particularly her older sister Kana, “bakayarou”, which is a bit stronger form of “baka” (idiot).

Minami Chiaki

Chiaki is very intelligent and it makes her look down upon her idiotic friends and sister. Her condescend aura is so significant that her classmates sometimes call her “hime” (princess).

Minami Chiaki

She admires her oldest sister, Haruka, who acts as a mother for Chiaki and Kana. Haruka does basically all the chores. Laundry, cleaning, cooking, and so on. And she still manages to have excellent results at school. So it is only natural that Chiaki looks up to her.

Minami Chiaki

One more thing, Chiaki’s stern look can inflict a lot of psychical damage.

Kuchinashi

The last girl today is Kuchinashi from ongoing anime series Needless. Her name means gardenia in Japanese, but at the same time it can mean voiceless or mute. And Kuchinashi seems to be unable to speak, but it is not actually true. Though she first spoke in episode 13.

Her fragment (fragments give special powers) is Fragrance, which gives her the ability to control other people’s brain and nervous system once they inhale the fragrance she disperses.

Kuchinashi