Aki Toyosaki is once again offering loaded otaku the chance to pay to grab one of her cute bags, with the proceeds to go to charity – but thanks to her new-found scandal seiyuu status, cruel speculation rages amongst seiyuu otaku as to how much less than the $20,000 she received last time will be offered this time, and how badly she will be humiliated as a result.
The last time Toyosaki sold one of her bags for charity, it fetched a tidy ¥1,566,600:
However, this was pre-H@ck and pre-Jude, and seiyuu otaku are now cruelly speculating as to how badly her value to her fans has plunged in the wake of the unbelievable revelation that she has a boyfriend.
The next bag, entitled “I’m always close to you,” seems to bear a somewhat more refined design, and is set to go up for auction April 2nd:
Online, there is much anticipation of a drop in value for such notoriously second-hand merchandise, as well as some appreciation of her artistic skills:
“I can’t wait to see how much less she gets this time!”
“The last time was just an outlier, surely.”
“Cute picture. I want it, but it’s sure to go too high for my like.”
“Aki-chan’s art has such a kindly aura. She should put out a collection of her pictures.”
“I think it would sell!”
Collectors of seiyuu memorabilia expecting it to appreciate will doubtless now be considering the danger of investing in a seiyuu only to have her turn out to be the next Toyosaki or Taketatsu – or even, heaven forfend, another Hirano.