Creator / Kikuko Inoue

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Good morning, Troper-san. Please describe a 17-year old seiyuu named Kikuko Inoue, if you would, please?

Oi, oi... Anyway, Kikuko Inoue is a voice actress best known for her motherly, dignified, angelic voice, which lends well for her to get picked to play Yamato Nadeshiko, Team Mom, or Onee-sama roles. She also specialized in playing mega-bitches like I-No from Guilty Gear, Grace, Lust, Louise's big sister Eleonore and even a Tokusatsu example (Insarn). She is also married and has a young daughter, Honoka, who is also working as a voice actress and they have both worked together a few times. She's a member of the Goddess Family Club singing club, and like Megumi Hayashibara, she is also part of the singing club DoCo.

If you think mega-bitches are her only "other" role, how about a Badass Action Mom, to the tune of The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3?

Also, she is not related to Kazuhiko Inoue or Marina Inoue.

These notable roles are all 17 years old!note 

She always refers to herself in public as "17 years old + XXXX days" even though she was born in 1964 and no longer looks anywhere close to 17. This is used as a Shout-Out in Mai-HiME in regards to Midori Sugiura's dubious age; and by Maria in Hayate the Combat Butler who actually is 17 but is constantly mistaken for someone older; and by Virgilia, who is obviously not 17 years old but is voiced by Kikuko Inoue, in a Umineko: When They Cry preview; and by Shizuka Nekonome-sensei from Rosario + Vampire. Some seiyuu, such as Yukari Tamura (who voices Midori) have also picked up this habit, which is not surprising, because Kikuko started the 17 years old religion, and ONLY females can be worshippers, quite a number of seiyuu have converted.

It's also worth noting that despite being THE archetypical Yamato Nadeshiko seiyuu, she's also often landed with Lethal Chef roles, where said Yamato Nadeshiko isn't so complete due to her lack of quality in producing good, edible food. Examples include Cecile Croomy, Tytti Noorbuck, Sanae Furukawa and Rosemary.

In a strange twist of art imitating life, Kosuke Fujishima (creator of Ah! My Goddess) became so impressed by Ms Inoue's portrayal of Belldandy in the first OVA series that subsequent chapters of the manga use her characterization as the character's base personality, including quirks such as liking sunfish and touching fake food.

Despite her very common surname, she is not related to any other prominent Inoue seiyuus.

Tropes associated with Kikuko Inoue:

  • Cool Old Lady: Regardless of her 17 years old Running Gag, it's telling that she's born at 1964, by 2014, she'd be around 50 years old(well, around 17 years old + 12XXX days), one of the older female seiyuus in business. Yet, despite so, she's still capable of doing all those sisterly/motherly roles all the same.
  • The Danza: As Inoue in Code Geass.
  • Follow the Leader: Her "17 years old" shtick started when she hosted a radio show and her co-host was known for declaring herself "16 years old!", so she followed and evolved when said co-host is 17 years old. Later on, while her 17-years old cult is still growing, there's also similar movement such as "Forever 23" (spearheaded by Chiaki Takahashi) and "Forever 29" (spearheaded by Yuko Goto).
  • Older Than They Look: While she doesn't look 17, she still looks a bit too young for a woman in her early fifties.
  • Old Shame: Before Kasumi Tendo and Belldandy propelled her to fame and respectability, she was known for her role as a "naughty nurse" in the original video animation Ogenki Clinic.
  • Onee-sama: It's even her Fan Nickname amongst the business.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Although justified, she's basically the Trope Codifier of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype for voice actors (which according to the trope page stands at 19 roles).
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Running Gag: "I'm 17 years old." Usually followed by someone else replying "Oi, oi!"


For her American equivalent (who's more subtle about her age), see Bridget Hoffman and Megan Hollingshead (for Los Angeles), Lisa Ann Beley (for Vancouver), Lydia Mackay (for Dallas), Carli Mosier (both Dallas and Houston), and Maggie Flecknoe (for Houston).

Inoue-san as a fine 17-year-old GPS system.note 

And Inoue-san counts 17 sheep.
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