Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Newtype Readers' Favorite Anime Characters

Readers of Newtype magazine keep choosing Sheryl Nome as their favorite female anime character. The most recent list is:

1. Sheryl Nome (Macross Frontier, played by Endou Aya, #1 last time)
2. Mio (K-On, played by Hikasa Youko, #7 last time)
3. Homura (Madoka Magika, played by Saitou Chiwa, not in the last list)
4. Yui (K-On, played by Toyosaki Aki, #5 last time)
5. Charlotte (Infinite Stratos, played by Hanazawa Kana, not in the last list)
6. Index (To Aru Majutsu no Index, played by Iguchi Yuka, #9 last time)
7. Victorica (Gosick, played by Yuuki Aoi, #3 last time)
8. Merry (Yumekui Merry, played by Sakura Ayane, same last time)
9. Saber (Fate/Zero, played by Kawasumi Ayako, #4 last time)
10. Madoka (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, played by Yuuki Aoi, same last time)

K-On and Madoka Magica are the only shows with more than one name in the list. And Yuuki Aoi is the only seiyuu with two characters in the list (click image to enlarge):


Monday, April 11, 2011

What's So Good About A-Channel

So far this season, A-Channel is the show that I think is not getting the love it deserves. It is not unpopular, but it appears to be much less popular than the somewhat similar Nichijou, both in Japan and overseas.

Even though I like Nichijou, I am enjoying A-Channel more, through one episode. So I thought I'd lay out, both for myself and for others, just why I like it so far. I'll do that with short captions on a large number of images, mentioning things that really struck me.

I think the details of the animation are excellent, the yuri-moe sentimentality is spot on, the characters are individual, the voice-acting is good (epecially Yuuki Aoi) and the humor works. (Click images to enlarge.)

The 3DCG cherry-blossoms give a full, rich, spring-like feeling.

Great image showing Tooru's loneliness at seeing Run entering a different classroom from her.