KYOTO, Japan — Kugimiya Rie is an acclaimed voice actress known to her fans as the “Queen of Tsundere”. Her roles have included iconic tsundere characters such as Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku, Shana from Shakugan no Shana, and Taiga in Toradora. She’s arguably one of the most recognizable voices in anime, but not for long.
“Kugimiya-san is considering a radical and experimental operation on her vocal cords that will dramatically increase her speaking pitch,” Kugimiya Rie’s agent tells Anime Maru.
“This is in the interests of her career, so that she may increase her tsundere appeal and take on more challenging roles.”
According to some rumors, the controversial decision was inspired by fan concerns over Kugimiya Rie’s recent casting. Her role as markedly non-tsundere Koto in Kyousougiga was particularly troubling to followers.
“Kugyuu is truly saving her career by bravely undertaking this procedure. Otherwise, the mediocrity of voicing actually complex female characters — or even worse, males, awaits her,” said Kugimiya Rie Fan Club Executive Vice President Utsuwa Saiji.
Physicians estimate that the surgery will raise her voice register to beyond the range of human hearing.
“I can’t wait to see her as Ein in Silver Link’s remake of Cowboy Bebop,” Utsuwa continued.