Inoue Marina and Love Plus

January 31st, 2013 § 12 comments

Inoue Marina is pretty well known for being a huge fan of Love Plus and loved to talk about it when the game came out. This particular radio snippet is actually quite old and is from about 2 and a half years ago on “Kobe Maemuki Jogakuen” hosted by Inoue Marina and Itou Kanae, a long running radio airing weekly and still continues today. Although Marina is all over Love Plus, Kanae never got into it herself but plays along with Marina whenever the topic comes up. I’ve added the video below, feel free to follow along or listen at niconico.

- My Nene is the cutest of them all!

Marina: I was talking to Kamiya-san [Kamiya Hiroshi] and Terashima-kun [Terashima Takuma] about Love Plus just recemtly.
*Kanae laughs*
Kanae: Who did they have as their partner?
Marina: Kamiya-san had Nene-chan.
Kanae: Oh…
Marina: Terashima-kun had… Rinko.
Kanae: Rinko?
Marina: Rinko-san is Tange-san! [Tange Sakura]
Kanae: Ahh I see.
Marina: Sakura-tan!
*They both laugh*
Kanae: I see…
Marina: And I was like “Ahh Terashima-kun does seem like the the Rinko type” and he replied with “How can you tell?!” “Well you like tsunderes right?” which he was like “How… Did you know that about me?!”
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: “It’s obvious!” was what I said, making things pretty lively with Kamiya-san. But really, everyone’s aiming for Nene! How annoying!
Kanae: You’ve got a lot of competition!
Marina: Yeah but listen! I don’t know if it’s alright to say this but… Since I’ve been talking about Love Plus and everything… I’ve been asked for an interview about it! *laughs*
Kanae: Wow!
Marina: Even though I’m not in it at all!
Kanae: Are they asking about your opinion on it?
Marina: Yeah something like “What did you think of it while playing it?”
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: I was like “What should I do?!”. I guess anything and everything can lead to work!
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: That was a surprise! But there really do seem to be a lot of people after Nene though…
Kanae: Yeah…
Marina: Ono-san [Ono Daisuke] also seems to be after her…
Kanae: Hmm? Wasn’t Ono-san with Manaka-chan?
Marina: Ah! Right he was wasn’t he!
Kanae: Does everyone know about that? Is it really widespread? *laughs*
Marina: Yeah that discussion got pretty lively elsewhere… Ah how about Sugita-san? [Sugita Tomokazu, by the way, a STRONG supporter of Manaka]
Kanae: Everyone’s playing Love Plus aren’t they…
Marina: Yeah!
Kanae: Amazing!
Marina: And I was told “You’re a girl! Why are you playing this!”
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: Why does that matter!
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: It doesn’t matter if I’m a girl or a boy!
Kanae: Yeah really!
Marina: It doesn’t change the fact I love Nene!
Kanae: …Marina-san? *laughs*
Marina: If anything, my feelings aren’t any less!
Kanae: Amazing!
Marina: Yep! That’s how serious I am!
Kanae: Serious?
Marina: Yep I’m serious!
Kanae: Are you going to fight?
Marina: Yeah!
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: I’ll fight!
Kanae: Putting Nene-san on the line?
Marina: Yeah! Well my Nene is the cutest after all.
Kanae: *laughs* Huh? Is there a difference?
Marina: THERE IS!! There’s a huge difference between them! My Nene is the cutest of them all!
*Kanae laughs*
Kanae: Sounds like you’re boasting about how cute your pet is or something!
*Marina laughs*
Marina: Ah like a doting pet owner?
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: It’s different!
Kanae: Yup. She’s you’re girlfriend after all!
Marina: Yeah! She is!
[Radio starts and the personalities introduce themselves]
Marina:
This is Inoue Marina! My Nene is the cutest of them all!
Kanae: *laughs* I’m Itou Kanae~
Marina: Yeah… Kanae is the cutest of them all!
Kanae: Huh?! That came out of nowhere! *laughs* Ah… Umm… Thanks… *laughs*

Kanae’s the cutest of them all!

- The Love Plus Lifestyle.

Kanae[Reading mail]: “…I started playing Love Plus because of Marina-san but since I’m going after Manaka it looks like I won’t have to fight with Marina-san over Nene!”
Marina: Ah that’s great!
Kanae[Continues reading]: “I’m glad I won’t have to fight with Marina over her! Thanks to Marina-san I’m having a wonderful Love Plus lifestyle! When I wake up it’s time for Love Plus! Before I sleep at night it’s Love Plus time! I’ve stored Dragon Quest away for now! But there’s something I want to say… My Manaka is cuter than Nene!”
Marina: Idiot!
*They both laugh*
Marina: Idiot! My Nene is definitely cuter!
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: But you have a point, Saori’s[Hayami Saori] really cute too!
Kanae: Yup!
Marina: She’s cute BUT But! She can’t beat my wife!
Kanae: Ah it’s Nene-san!
Marina: See!
Kanae: Ah she’s in her sailor uniform! It fits her~
Marina: It sure does!
*Kanae laughs*
Marina: Instead it makes her look pretty sexy!
*Kanae laughs*
Kanae: “Instead”?
Marina: That sailor uniform! But her part time job uniform is cute as well!
Kanae: Oh? She works part time with you?
Marina: Yup! She’s the senpai!
Kanae: I see.
Marina: She teaches you everything very intimately!
Kanae: Oh? What kind of part time job is it?
Marina: It’s at a family restaurant.
Kanae: I see…
Marina: Well good on him for getting a girlfriend!
*Kanae laughs*
Kanae: Yup…

Marina leading people down the Love Plus Lifestyle spiral!

- Mari[o] Plus!

Marina: Thanks for waiting! We’ll be going to this corner now!
Kanae[Reading the script]: “Imaginary Love Simulation! Mari-o Plus!”
Marina: Let’s go!
Kanae: …What is this? *laughs*
Marina: Since Kanae’s just turned 23 years old…
Kanae: Yes…?
Marina: You must be getting told that you’ve become more adult-like recently!
Kanae: *cheers*
Marina: …Is that true?
Kanae: Eh??
Marina: So then Kanae’s skill with romance must have gone up as well!
Kanae: Really??
Marina: Well that’s what the staff thinks!
Kanae: Well they’re thinking too much… *laughs*
Marina: Yeah… I agree… But! This is leading to me acting out an imaginary boy “Mari-o-kun”[Adding a "o" to the end of a name usually denotes a male name, Mari-na -> Mari-o lol] and you have to respond properly and make his heart yours! In other words, make him fall for you!
Kanae: “Respond properly”?!
Marina: Well this is your birthday event so if you succeed you’ll get a wonderful present!
Kanae: Err, yay… *laughs*
Marina: You got all that?
Kanae: Ah is it like those games where I’ve got choices to choose from?
Marina: Well you don’t have anything to choose from.
Kanae: I don’t?! So I just have to respond when something is said to me?
Marina: Yup!
Kanae: …Hmm?
Marina: Do your best!
Kanae: What’s with that! Of course I will!
*They both laugh*
Marina: Well just try and respond correctly to make Mari-o-kun happy!
Kanae: Ah I’m playing as a girl?
Marina: Yup!
Kanae: So I’m the girl and Marina is playing the boy, Mari-o-kun, which I have to make fall for me?
Marina: Yup!
Kanae: Make his heart skip a beat!
Marina: Well the judging process is all handled by me so it’ll probably be alright!
*Kanae laughs*
Kanae: Well I’ll do my best!

I laughed when I heard “Mario-kun”, Love Plus with a Mario character?!

- Start!

Marina: Mari-o Plus starts!
Mari-o: Hey! You’re the new part timer? Looking forward to working with you!
Kanae: Ah right!
Mari-o: What’s your name?
Kanae: Ah, Itou Kanae. I look forward to working with you too.
Mari-o: Itou Kanae-chan? I’m Mari-o! How old are you?
Kanae: Umm I’m 23 years old.
Mari-o: 23 years old huh! I’m 24 years old so we’re not that far apart!
Kanae: That’s true.
Mari-o: Well since we’re not that far apart in age let’s drop the polite talk! Okay?
Kanae: O-okay!
*They both laugh*
Mari-o: What’s with that! You’re so stiff! Lets try that again, okay??
Kanae: Okay!
Mari-o: Ah! That’s the way! That’s a great smile! Rather than a part time senpai-kouhai relationship I’d prefer for us to be friends instead! Ah, transitional sound effect. [The script is telling Kanae to make the sound effect for a scene transition]
Kanae: Scene transition? “Kirankiran~”
Marina: Ah so when it says “Transitional sound effect” you need to make that sound.
Kanae: Ahh! O-Okay!
Mari-o: One more time!
Kanae: Okay! *laughs*
Mari-o: Good response! Itou-san… You’ve become pretty capable now! Let’s celebrate on your way home today!
Kanae: Oh really?
Mari-o: How about dinner!
Kanae: Okay!
Mari-o: Then look forward to it!
Kanae: Okay!
Marina: Transitional sound effect.
Kanae: “Kirankiran~”
Mari-o: The pasta here is pretty famous!
Kanae: Oh? Really?
Mari-o: Do you like pasta?
Kanae: Yup I like pasta!
Mari-o: There’s something I’d like to ask…
Kanae: Hmm?
Mari-o: From your point of view… What kind of person do I appear like to you?
Kanae: Ah that was sudden! Umm! *laughs* Umm well… You’re someone I can really rely on!
*Marina laughs*
Mari-o: Thanks! Did that make you nervous?
Kanae: *laughs* Yup!
Mari-o: Ah how honest! Sorry sorry! But you were just so cute when you’re like that so I couldn’t help myself!
Kanae: *Gets flustered* What is this!! Whaat the!? *laughs*
Marina: Transitional sound effect.
Kanae: “Kiranshiran~”

- Q&A.

Mari-o: Itou-san!
Kanae: Err hi.
Mari-o: Are you going somewhere right now? Can I go with you?
Kanae: Umm okay. *laughs*
Mari-o: Itou-san are you bad at waking up early?
Kanae: I am!
Mari-o: I thought so, you looked sleepy!
Kanae: Yup, I’m sleepy~
Mari-o: What time do you sleep?
Kanae: Umm about 2 AM?
Mari-o: 2 AM huh? What time do you normally get home?
Kanae: I usually reach home at about… Umm… At about 11 o’ clock?
Mari-o: Hmm? What do you normally do during that time before you sleep?
Kanae: Umm, work *laughs*
Mari-o: Oh work? What kind of work?
Kanae: Umm reading books!
Mari-o: Books huh! What kind of books!
Kanae: *laughs* What kind of books?? Ones with lots of words in them! *laughs* [Kanae's basically trying to say she's reading through her scripts for her seiyuu work lol]
Mari-o: I see! You’re such a bookworm aren’t you!
*Kanae bursts out laughs*
Mari-o: What’s your favourite movie?
Kanae: My favourite movie? Well… Japanese movies?
Mari-o: Ah Japanese movies? Anything good?
Kanae: One that I’ve wanted to watch recently is “Nakumonka!”
Mari-o: Ah that one! With Sugao-san!
Kanae: Yeah!
Mari-o: That one sounds really interesting doesnt it! A movie that makes you laugh and cry is great isn’t it!
*Kanae laughs*
Mari-o: Then what’s your favourite animal?
Kanae: Eh? Favourite animal? I like cats!
Mari-o: Cats huh? Are you more of a cat person than a dog person?
Kanae: Yup!
Mari-o: Do you own any cats?
Kanae: Nope!
Mari-o: You don’t?!
*Kanae laughs*
Mari-o: Well then… Kanae-chan… What do you think about kissing?
Kanae: Huh what?! What do I think about it?! What?! *laughs*
Mari-o: What do you think about kissing!
Kanae: Umm that’s what lovers do with each other right?
Mari-o: Yup, and stop with the polite talk!
Kanae: Umm… Don’t ask me something like that!
*They both laugh*
Mari-o: Ah your troubled face is so cute!
*Kanae laughs*
Mari-o: Ah, I called you by your first name just now…
Kanae: Yeah.
Mari-o: Can I call you by your first name from now on?
Kanae: Okay!
Mari-o: Then what should I call you by? Just Kanae? Or Kanae-chan?
Kanae: Just Kanae is fine!
*Marina laughs*
Mari-o: Ah we’ve arrived already, then I’ll see you again at the part time job!
Kanae: Huh?
Marina: Transitional sound effect.
Kanae: Arrived??
Marina: You were going somewhere remember?
Kanae: Ah right! *laughs* “tekatekan~!”[Transitional sound effect] *laughs*
Mari-o: Hey Kanae-chan!
Kanae: Yup?
Mari-o: Have you got some time after work?
Kanae: Yep I do!
Mari-o: Thanks, then I’ll wait for you at the back door after work!
Kanae: Huh? Ah, okay.
Marina: Transitional sound effect.
Kanae: Ah, “kirankiranshan~”
Mari-o: Hey… Do you remember when we first met?
Kanae: Umm…. Ah! Yep I remember! Umm, it was when I first started work here right? *laughs*
Mari-o: Yup!
Kanae: Yeah I remember!
Mari-o: From when I first met you I had always though you had such a cute smile. Can I stay by your side?
Kanae: …Huh?
Mari-o: I love you!
Kanae: Waah. *laughs* What? Ah… Umm thanks. Err umm… Thanks umm *laughs* Umm yeah… *laughs* I don’t know!! It’s so hot!! [KANAE SO CUTE ASKDAHJSDFASFD]
Mari-o: Is that a yes?
Kanae: …. Yes.
Mari-o: Yes?!
Kanae: …Yes.
Mari-o: Thanks Kanae-chan! It’s your birthday right?! So here, a present! Will you accept it?
Kanae: What is it? Okay. Thanks. What is it?
Marina: FINISH!!!!

Oh god Kanae’s embarrassed reactions were sooo adorableajsdhfadsjfhasdjf KANAEEEEEEEEEEEE

Hmm this started as a Marina x Love Plus post but it kinda turned into a Kanae-chan love post halfway through lol. Marina’s really talked about Love Plus over and over again though, perhaps for another post!

P.S. By the way, the last snippet on the video is Inoue Marina repeating “Kanae… You smell soo good.. sooo good Kanae….” ahaha.

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§ 12 Responses to Inoue Marina and Love Plus"

  • John Hong says:

    That was really cute :3. I haven’t seen much updates recently, but then all of the sudden so many. But yeah this is good. You should check out yahagi and sakura new radio. Something like chotto o jikan something. It’s so funny I woke up my roommates! :(

    • Ambi says:

      I’m actually totally in love with that radio right now! It’s one of the few radios that has me bursting out in laughter resulting in some weird looks to my way. ;)

  • Andrew says:

    Love that height difference between the two.

    Also, it’s nice to hear from Marina again (she hasn’t had many anime roles lately).

  • Kamon says:

    MY HEART

    Kanae’s giggle is a miracle of the universe.

  • John Hong says:

    Totally unrelated, but you should do a blog post on episode 18 of Yahagi to Sakura chotto jikan. It’s one of the funiest thing’s i’ve ever seen.

  • Mazryonh says:

    Has Marina Inoue ever spoken in English again on seiyuu radio? There was this odd incident during the Minaki-ke radio show where an English speaking foreigner by the name of Michael called the show and she was forced to improvise in English. You can see the video here:

    http://youtu.be/n-AyFoYsFbQ

    I think it’d be a nice surprise if a seiyuu who was fluent in English (maybe Yuuko Gotou or Saori Hayami or the like) got a phone call from an English-speaking foreigner on a seiyuu radio show. It would show how good entertainment can bridge cultures.

  • SakuyaSama7 says:

    Soooo, I listened to this, and now I’m playing Love Plus.

    Hella infectious. I completely blame everything on Marina-san.

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