Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 in Review -- Eleven Favorite Anime

House of Five Leaves
The year isn't quite over, so some shows haven't quite ended, but I feel like taking stock, as other bloggers have been doing.

Was this a good year? Not particularly. But I still have eleven shows in my list of favorites. And one of them may be a masterpiece.

That would be House of Five Leaves (Saraiya Goyou), Mochizuki Tomomi's latest work. He's the man who wrote and directed Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and Zettai Shounen; wrote Touka Gettan and Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabibito; and directed Shinigami no Ballad and Porfy no Nagai Tabi.

Here's my full list, not necessarily in order, beyond the first two:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Is Hirano Aya 2010's Most Popular Seiyuu?

Is Hirano Aya 2010's most popular seiyuu? That's what a survey of the 220,000 members of the "Voice Club" website says. Quite a surprise, considering that she has de-emphasized seiyuu work over the past year.

Voice Club (Koebu こえ部) is a website for people interested in voice work. Its members suggest lines and invite other members to record their own voices doing the lines.

Scroll down this page to hear 15 different girls imitating a young boy saying: Oniichan, watashi no koto kirai? ("Big brother, do you hate me?") Not bad, some of the voices.

The members chose Kamiya Hiroshi as their favorite male seiyuu and K-On!! as their favorite anime of the year. The membership breaks down as 60% female;  60% teenaged, 30% in their twenties; 34% middle school, 30% high school, 15% college, 14% employed.

Here are full results:

Favorite female seiyuu: Hirano Aya, Kugimiya Rie, Sawashiro Miyuki, Paku Romi, Mizuki Nana, Hanazawa Kana, Toyosaki Aki, Sakamoto Maaya, Tamura Yukari, Minagawa Junko.

January-March 2011 Anime Previews: new OVAs and OVA episodes

Here are the coming season's new OVAs and new episodes of continuing OVAs.

Nothing really calls out to me here, except perhaps the third episode of Gundam Unicorn, which will come out in March.

The new .hack//Quantum is interesting for its cast and staff: Hanazawa Kana, Sawashiro Miyuki, Fujimura Ayumi and Ogura Yui will be directed by the director of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0.

Norageki has an interesting premise: in an isolated prison, four prisoners and a cat are surprised when a power failure suddenly opens all the doors -- but they can find no other people around, and no way out of the prison. Koi Sento stars Kotobuki Minako in a science fiction romp through a future theme park of Japanese history. Time Paladin Sakura turns Sakura of D.C. da Capo into a magical girl.

There are OVAs for some past TV series: Fortune Arterial, a vampire romance I have enjoyed; Asobi ni Iku yo! with its big-bosomed alien catgirls; Shukufuku no Campanella, the very moe erogame conversion; Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, the mad school comedy directed by Oonuma Shin (ef).

And there are further episodes of some OVAs: Princess Resurrection (Kaibutsu Oujo) and Air Gear bring us their second episodes: both first eps got good reviews from fans of the original series. We get the second episode of Koe de Oshigoto, about a 16-year-old ero-game seiyuu, There is a third episode of the good new Black Lagoon OVA series. There is the final episode of Tales of Symphonia: Tethe'alla Hen. And there is a new Kodomo no Jikan OVA, as well as a new Saint Seiya OVA, and a new xxxHolic OVA.

One show could prove to be ecchi in a unique way: Nana to Kaoru is about a boy and girl who find themselves indulging in some kinky S+M play.

In Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, Kondo Takashi, Konishi Katsuyuki, and Nakamura Yuuichi star in a yaoi drama about a man encountering a past male lover. Directed by Kon Chiaki.

In any case, here are outlines of 28 OVAs, in chronological order by release date:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Seiyuu Video: Omigawa Chiaki, Yuuki Aoi, Asumi Kana

There is now a long clip on YouTube from the TV show mentioned in my last post, Academy Night.

This clip, which is the first part of the show, has Omigawa Chiaki walking around the part of Tokyo that Soredemo Machi ga Mawatteiru is set in, visiting the grocery store, the fish store, and the cafe (where Yuuki Aoi is waiting). When Chiaki visits the shrine, she prays for a second season for SoreMachi, lol.

I think this gives us a pretty good idea of what her ordinary voice sounds like. Not much like her normal seiyuu voice, but also not as high as the couple of clips I linked to in a comment on that last post.

Following the SoreMachi feature is an Amagami SS feature, interviewing Asumi Kana, who plays Miya.