Taketatsu Ayana

Taketatsu Ayana (c) Assemble Heart
Taketatsu Ayana (c) Assemble Heart

Taketatsu Ayana (竹達 彩奈, First name: Ayana, Last name: Taketatsu) born June 23, 1989 in Saitama, Japan. She is a Japanese singer and a voice actress. After quitting at the I’m Enterprise company, she is now affiliated with Assemble Heart.  Like Hikasa Yoko, she had also attended Nihon Narration Engi Kenkyuujo, a voice actor training school before becoming affiliated with the management company. Her popular role are Nakano Azusa from K-ON! and Kousaka Kirino from Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

The reason she wanted to be a voice actor is that  Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon TV animation influenced her. She had a complex about her voice since an early age; the people around her, especially her friends said that her voice “sounds like an anime”, she ended up hated her voice. However, she became aware of the existence of voice actors who were performing the characters from the animation mentioned before. Then she wanted to take advantage of her own voice with contributing it to the work, and aimed to be a voice actor. She showed her determination of wanting to be a voice actor and said “I want to go to a training school!” to her mother, but at first her mother  opposed it with“Looks like the school fees is expensive” as a reason. Then her mother realized that the cost wouldn’t change for any educations, she finally agreed.

When she was in her second year of junior high school, she attended I’m Enterprise Nihon Narration Engi Kenkyuujo after passed the scholarship audition. After enrolled Gekidan Voa Rev (I’m’s system for the purpose of training course theater company), she became a member of I’m Enterprise in her third year of junior high (15 years old). She recorded as the youngest at that time.

Her first work was after she has been with I’m Enterprise for two months, on June 19, 2005; for I’m Enterprise 8th Anniversary: I’m Matsuri. After that, she debuted as Suminoe Ako, the main character of Kiss x Sis OAD and got a lot of attention. Then she gained a popularity from a role of K-ON!‘s Nakano Azusa. Since then, she wasn’t only doing activities for anime, but also on radio and music. On March 2010, she was awarded as a singer unit, “Houkago Tea Time” from K-ON! along with Toyosaki Aki, Hikasa Yoko, Sato Satomi, and Kotobuki Minako on the 4th Seiyuu Award.

On April 2012, she debuted as a singer with a single from Pony Canyon titled “Sinfonia! Sinfonia!!!“.  On the same year, she left I’m Enterprise and transferred to Assemble Heart. On March 2013, she formed a unit with Yuuki Aoi named “petit milady” (Puchi Miredi) and started broadcasting “Ao to Ayana no La Puchimire Radio” (AM Radio Nippon Cultural Broadcasting). They debuted with a label ZERO-A (Universal Music) on May 15. She appeared as Taketatsu Ayana and petit milady in Animelo Summer Live 2013 ~FLAG NINE~.

She is the youngest child of three siblings on her family, so she wants to be spoiled around the people she is close with. She likes anime and manga in the manner of being an otaku. She spends many times indoor and being a hikikomori*. She is a shy person towards strangers and isn’t good at conversation. The dark brown is her natural hair color. On Oreimo first season recording, she became extremely friendly with Hanazawa Kana, until an response such like “You really are doting Hanazawa too much,” appeared. About her relationship with Hanazawa, in those days she mentioned that “She is my senior in this industry and also my wife and My Sweet Heart Angel“.
Blood Type: O
Hobby: Camera
Favorite food: Meat
Special skills: Karaoke, reading, shopping, doing a rock-paper-scissors game using her toes
Notes: *hikikomori: acute social withdrawal, nowadays it’s used to express indoor person who doesn’t go out too much.
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