Kirby’s 30th Anniversary Music Fest gave us plenty of surprises yesterday, in addition to some top notch performances of incredible Kirby music, but one of the biggest “wow” moments of the concert came from a particular guest appearance – Kirby’s voice actor.
Yes, Kirby does have a voice; it’s not just a bunch of sounds! But even better, she’s quite adorable herself. Makiko Ohmoto has been the voice of the pink puffball in video games since the original Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64 and made her series debut in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. She’s been playing the little guy ever since, and it’s probably because of her voice that so many people have fallen in love with the character.
Ohmoto appeared at yesterday’s concert and many who watched the stream were surprised. But within seconds everyone was completely entranced by her.
That’s not all that surprising given Kirby’s popularity and how many people – young and old – enjoy mimicking the character’s sweet, quirky voice. But knowing that Ohmoto is a sunshine himself has brought joy to many people.
Still folks was surprised to see Kirby’s voice actor in the flesh, but all she had to do was “take over the voice,” and she won everyone over.
Some fans took to Twitter to share their shock that Kirby even had a VA, let alone performing at the concert. Ohmoto even sang at the concert and performed a duet of “Welcome to the New World” from “Kirby and the Forgotten Land” with Neichel to close the show. And what a wonderful concert it was.
Of course not Makiko Ohmoto only Vote for the pink puffball and she has multiple credits on both Nintendo and non-Nintendo games. In the Kirby series, she has Rick and Iro (Kirby: Right back at Ya!), Queen Sectonia (Kirby: Triple Deluxe) and Susie (Kirby: Planet Robobot). She is also the voice of Ness in the smash bros series, which means you can have your two characters fight each other! And to round out that Nintendo voice, she even voiced Viridi in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
That’s not a complete list of her roles in Nintendo games, but she’s had many other notable credits throughout her career. She has long been the voice of Makino from the anime One pieceand she also had a recurring role in the Samurai warrior and the Warrior Orochi crossover games. But most surprisingly, she is the voice of Sayaka Maizono from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
She’s a talent and a star and everyone loves her. It was a nice surprise to see her at the concert yesterday.
How did you feel watching Kirby’s voice actor? Is this the first time you see her? Or are you a fan of her in other roles? Let us know!