Ai Nonaka (野中 藍, Nonaka Ai, born June 8, 1981 in Sawara-ku, Fukuoka) is a seiyū. She currently works for Aoni Production and was formerly a member of the seiyū unit DROPS, which included fellow seiyū Akemi Kanda, Tomoko Kaneda, Mariko Kōda, and Ryōko Shiraishi. In high school in Fukuoka, she was head of the drama club and her ambition was to play male roles in the famous all-female Takarazuka Revue.
Personal & Career
Learned figure skating at a young age, but ultimately gave up the sport due to persistent sequela caused by frostbite.
Had taken lessons on classical ballet before.
While she served as president in her high school drama club in Fukuoka, Nonaka had the ambition of playing male roles in Takarazuka Revue, but due to her height, she had to give up on that dream, and instead chose to pursue the path of becoming a seiyū.
She is an avid fan of Takarazuka Revue, especially towards the Moon Troupe.
Nonaka's initial interest in seiyū started after watching Yu Yu Hakusho. While self-proclaiming that she really would have preferred an acting career, but due to her height, as well as her interest in anime, she ultimately pursued voice acting after high school and graduated from the 21st batch of students from Aoni's Seiyū Coaching School (Tokyo branch).
In December 2009, she announced both on her blog and web radio, "Radio Kouza Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou Dai Ichi" (ラジオ講座よくわかる現代魔法第一?) episode 30, that she has passed and acquired level 2 certification in aromatherapy. This was again announced while Nonaka was featured in 25 January 2010 broadcast of Anison Plus.
Nonaka has a regular column, "Ai-pon no O'Toriyose Hyaku Sen" (アイぽんのお取り寄せ100選?), in monthly voice magazine, Seiyū Animedia (声優アニメディア?).
She has been featured three times in Anison Plus since the program started in 7 July 2008 (28-Jul-2008, 26-Jan-2009, 25-Jan-2010).