Originally Posted by MelancholicMariya
I have noticed poor reaction to this first episode though, I saw comments from 2ch saying the episode had low production values and that Medaka's voice, performed by Toyosaki Aki, is very bad. I personally thought her performance as Medaka was fantastic, she suited the character very well and she delivered range which I haven't actually heard from her before, though to be honest I'm used to her as Hirasawa Yui from K-ON!, so of course this range from her would surprise me.
Though hasn't Toyosaki Aki done something which pissed off a lot of Otaku recently? Maybe that's why her Medaka is instantly bad to some. Or maybe they're right! I'll admit I don't have much of an ear for Japanese acting, but I absolutely adore Medaka's voice.
While I personally think Toyoguchi has a better Medaka voice (thanks to the VOMICS) it's not like Aki's is terrible or anything, far from it. I think Aki's done a very good job and better than most people, myself included would've thought she would do. The thing is she's far from perfect... perfect would be Shiranui's voice for instance... and than you have all the coming stuff... which Toyoguchi has excelled at... she was a perfect fit for this role period. Still it went through a recast and honestly I'm surprised it didn't end up with Hikasa Youko, she has seemed to have grabbed so many similar lead female roles lately...
But knowing 2ch most of it is probably because she's living with that dude lol... but still manga fans know what they know and Megumi was fantastic in the VOMIC... also this is still low budget anyway... so while a lot of comments are from butthurt otaku there is some reasonable criticism mixed in with it. Also to see more examples of Toyosaki's range, watch UNGO and Beelzebub.