Kikuko Inoue Celebrates Her 17th Birthday Again

posted on by Eric Stimson
Oi, oi!

Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Oh My Goddess!, Kasumi in Ranma 1/2, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) turned 17 on September 25. For the 34th time.

... In actuality, it's her 50th birthday, but Inoue has established a reputation for claiming to be 17 anyway. It's gotten to the point that she is considered the founder of her own religion, 17-saikyou ("age 17ism"), with fellow voice actresses Yukari Tamura, Sakura Nogawa, Rina Satou and Yui Horie. It is also customary to respond to her claims with "Oi, oi!", a Japanese way of showing skepticism.

To celebrate the occasion, Inoue held a special Nico Nico livestream on the 25th on her channel, the Onee-channel ("Big Sister Channel," referring to her common nickname).

Her management agency celebrated by giving her a panda-shaped birthday cake; other actresses at the agency also offered their congratulations.

Inoue's fans on Twitter also expressed their congratulations with "Happy Birthday" messages and fanart of her characters; notably, the pizzeria Belcorno showed off their skills with Inoue-themed latte art. (The lattes below feature Electra from Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water, Belldandy, and Inoue herself.)

Belcorno has earned something of a reputation for its creative anime fan art.

[Via Nico Nico Pedia, Otasuke, Twitter and Manbow; Image from Animen]

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