Interest K-On's Toyosaki Confirmed as Anime Weather Girl's Voice
posted on 2011-07-11 14:15 EDT by Andrew Osmond
The Japanese public broadcaster NHK confirmed last Tuesday that the animated weather girl mascot on its News Watch 9 program is voiced by Aki Toyosaki (Yui in K-ON!, Nako in Hanasaku Iroha, Chitose in YuruYuri). The character, addressed as "Haru-chan," co-hosts the weather report with human weather forecaster Hiroko Ida.
Haru-chan has been a mainstay of News Watch 9 before this year, but she formerly appeared onscreen as just an unmoving, still-frame mascot. Starting on May 23, Haru-chan went on the air with a voice and (limited) animation. The character has her own website with a photo gallery, a sample video, and profiles of her animated friends and associates.
this article has been modified since it was originally posted; see change history