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Expert Analyzes Tomoko Kaneda's Unusually High-Pitched Voice

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
"I've never seen a waveform like this before"

Voice actress Tomoko Kaneda appeared on the TV Asahi Program Akashiya Sanma no Complex Cup on Friday and had her voice analyzed by voice print research specialist Hajime Suzuki. She surprised Suzuki; "I've never seen a waveform like this before," he said.

The program, hosted by Sanma Akashiya, features guests who have a "complex" about something, from ugliness to inability to get married. Kaneda appeared for her "weird voice," which is high-pitched enough to resemble a child's. On the program, Kaneda's husband Wataru Mori jokingly confessed that her voice is so high he sometimes gets headaches.

Suzuki explained that he didn't register any frequencies of 1,000 Hertz or lower, which would have been easier for humans to comprehend. In fact, he registered some frequencies above 20,000 Hertz, higher than the human ear can pick up. A similar waveform would be the cry a lar gibbon uses to warn other lar gibbons that are far away.

Idol Aika Hirota also appeared on the program because of her high-pitched voice, and so did deep-voiced Oniyakko Tsubaki and Ken Maeda.

Kaneda debuted as a voice actress in 2000. Her roles have included Chiyo in Azumanga Daioh, Bonta-kun in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Aoi Oribe in Myself; Yourself, Mike in Sketchbook ~full color'S~, Mayuko Kamikawa in Sola, Culumon in Digimon Tamers, and Dengaku Man in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. Kaneda most recently starred in Puzzle & Dragons X as Tamazō. She married Mori in November 2013, and they are expecting their first child.

Source: Livedoor News


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