Otome Yamada is a high school student with a very unusual-sounding voice. Others think she should be in an anime, though the closest she's ever gotten to performing is in the role of a stagehand. And Suzu Ayase is a disgraced former Idol Singer and voice actor for an anime tie-in who decided to stay out of the limelight afterward.
Together, they... well, it doesn't work like that. But after Otome suddenly winds up in an anime recording studio (she thought she was at a try-out for a stage performance of Cinderella) and impresses the resident employees with her voice, she ends up working there. She eventually strives to be the best heroine while in cahoots with Suzu. And so it is for Heroine Voice, from Norio Tsukudani, the mangaka behind Himegoto.
Unfortunately, the series is currently, at the very least, on permanent hiatus. Neither Norio nor anyone who behind the scenes ever said what happened, though it's possible for it to have been cancelled due to poor sales... or perhaps she got bored with it. note
This show provides examples of:
- And the Adventure Continues: A halfway example. Otome and Suzu finally get to be in a voice actor unit, and the very last panel even shows what it'd be called, based on the meanings of their names: Maiden Bell. It could be interpeted as this even though the manga was probably intended to continue.
- Bland-Name Product: "Coogle". It's about as close to the original name as possible in terms of art, lacking only the lip of the G.
- Contractual Purity: Inflicted upon Suzu, with the fake article about her dating an anime producer. This is what caused her to quit being an idol and transfer to a different agency. It damaged her career in general for the short term...until Otome broke her out of it.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Otome going into agency for her Cinderella faux-audition, even though any other person would have noticed what was wrong within five seconds. Nonetheless, this is what leads to her job.
- Infodump: Whenever information about the industry needs to be said. It primarily happens in the first half of the story.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Used when discussing very-long running anime. For one thing, Doraemon shows up, with only its eyes crossed out.
- Pimped-Out Dress: For Otome, when she imagines herself as Cinderella, and then some more times for idol outfits.
- Short-Runners: Two volumes, and ten chapters overall. Though the first two are abnormally long, and they were later released as one entire volume.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Aoi Chigasaki from the sixth chapter. Of course the mangaka would go there.