Saturday, June 18, 2011

Yuuki Aoi Gosick Character Song

A Gosick character song and drama CD came out June 1, featuring four mini-dramas and songs by Eguchi Takuya (Kujou), Shitaya Noriko (Avril), and Yuuki Aoi (Victorique).

I have to say I am amazed at how good Ao-chan's singing is. I know it must have some technical post-production to keep it in tune, but her voice is very exposed and she gives the song some nice little touches. Who knew? She especially seems to understand the dramatic movement of the song.

The CD includes both this and an off-key version of the song, like the one Ao-chan did in episode seven.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Seiyuu Video: Omigawa Chiaki and Komatsu Mikako at the Cat Cafe

Here is the first episode of a new online video program starring actress/seiyuus Omigawa Chiaki (21) and Komatsu Mikako (22).

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This first episode of the show is recorded on location at the Neko Jalala cat cafe. So cats are crawling on and around the pair as the show goes on.

Chiaki-chan is so weird. First, her normal voice appears to be much higher than her usual seiyuu voice. Second, she is excruciatingly boke and cute. Komatsu-san is cute herself, but so much more normal-seeming and in control. Chiaki seems to be a very emotional and physical person.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer 2011 Anime -- Full Previews of All the New Series

We have 26 new series this summer, up from 21 last summer and 22 the summer before. Trends? Four shows involving vampires, and lots of moe.

I'm not sure we'll get shows as good as Shiki (summer 2010) or Bakemonogatari, Aoi Hana, and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (summer 2009). But there are some good possibilities:

Blood-C -- A new entry in the Blood vampire series, written by Clamp, animated by Production IG, and starring Mizuki Nana and Fujiwara Keiji.
Dantalian no Shoka -- Bloody supernatural mysteries starring Sawashiro Miyuki as the super-tsun loli-goth key to the library of demonic wisdom. Her master/servant? Ono Daisuke.
Ikoku Meiro no Croisee -- Touyama Nao as a Japanese girl in 19th century Paris. Yuuki Aoi as her French friend. Directed by the director of Shugo Chara, written by the director of ARIA.
Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi -- A boy keeps dreaming of a mysterious girl, and finally remembers being bitten by a beautiful vampire whose poison binds him to her forever.
Kamisama no Memo-chou -- Another tsuntsun moe detective girl, this time one who stays in her room and solves mysteries using the Internet. The director of Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru, the writer of Railgun.
Mawaru Penguin Drum -- The new mystery anime from the director of Revolutionary Girl Utena. The most anticipated show of the summer.
Mayo Chiki -- A new gender-bent comedy from Kawaguchi Keiichirou (Hayate), written by Yoshida Reiko (K-On, Marimite).
Natsume Yuujinchou 3 -- The third series of the popular show about a man freeing monsters from the bonds placed on them decades before by his grandmother.
No. 6 -- "Josei science-fiction" directed by the assistant director of Oh Edo Rocket and Gundam00, in his first independent directorial job. Adapted for anime by the writer of Railgun and Occult Academy. noitaminA.
Rou-kyuu-bu -- A high-school boy ends up as coach of an elementary school girls' basketball team made up of Hanazawa Kana, Iguchi Yuka, Hikasa Youko, Hidaka Rina and Ogura Yui. K-On is clearly in the producers' minds. The seiyuus have already put out a PV of their first single.
Usagi Drop -- Warm family comedy/drama in which a thirty-year-old bachelor takes in the illegitimate six-year-old daughter of his deceased grandfather. From a well-known manga. noitaminA.
Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000% -- Bishounen reverse harem set in a high-school for the performing arts. Directed by the director of Giant Killing and written by the writer of NANA and Nodame Cantabile. Sawashiro Miyuki stars.
Yuruyuri -- Slice-of-life comedy with a yuri tinge. From the team that made Minami-ke and Mitsudomoe.

All this and a new series of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, too. Click through from the following alphabetical list to full descriptions below, which are listed chronologically: