Saturday, October 20, 2012

Character/seiyuu Pages -- Sukitte ii na yo, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai

Kayano Ai
Here are character/seiyuu pages for three more new shows: Sukitte ii na yo, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, and Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai.

The pages show pictures of the main characters and their seiyuus, with a bit of info about each seiyuu (age, previous roles).

Sukitte ii na yo is simply excellent shoujo, starring Kayano Ai and Sakurai Takahiro. Kayano is the ordinary girl who falls in love with the school's top player (Sakurai), who is nice to her and may like her for being different from all the other girls. Great performances by the two leads.

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai is Kyoto Animation's popular new moe showcase. Fukuyama Jun is as good as the lead, an ex-chuuni (sophomoric fantasist) who is glommed onto by a moe current chuuni (played by rising young voice Uchida Maaya, who was Rea in Sankarea). Also in the cast is popular seiyuu personality Uesaka Sumire, who dresses goth-loli and may be a bit of a chuuni herself.

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is about a guy in a mixed dorm who is forced to look after a new girl student who is a brilliant artist, but so incapable in daily life that she can't even dress herself. It's a moe fanservice comedy that is slated for 24 episodes, and has more to it than just fanservice.

New star Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (Kirito in Sword Art Online) plays the male lead, with the brilliant and now ubiquitous Kayano Ai as the fey artist. Lots of good supporting actors, including Horie Yui, Toyoguchi Megumi, and Sakurai Takahiro (again). Former TV actress Nakatsu Mariko, and Takamori Natsumi (Misaki Mei in Another) round out the main cast.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Seiyuus at College Festivals in the Coming Weeks

We are coming up to the school festival season at Japanese colleges. There will be over sixty seiyuu events at college festivals in Japan over the next few weeks: Yuuki Aoi, Hirano Aya, Yukana, Kobayashi Yuu, Inoue Marina, Fukuhara Kaori, Katou Emiri, Gotou Saori, Itou Shizuku and Nabatame Hitomi, Nanjou Yoshino, Asumi Kana, Taketatsu Ayana, Komatsu Mikako, Satou Satomi, Wakamoto Norio, Yamaguchi Kappei, Hirata Hiroaki, Morita Masakazu, Taniyama Kishou...on and on the list goes.

Many events appear to be short talk shows, and I think the college departments and clubs putting them on are sometimes making a nice profit. Some are already sold out -- although sometimes that "sold out" may just mean that the web pre-order period is over.

One of the ones to watch is an appearance by Terashima Takuma, one of the Kokoro Connect bullying incident perpetrators. The fact that it is at a women's college may keep some of the potential trouble in check.

Here is a link to a list of them all, in Japanese, with some details and links to more info. And here, just to make all of us who live outside Japan feel bad, are a number of highlights:

Sat 20 Oct
Wakamoto Norio
Takushoku University Hachiouji Campus 14:30 free


Sun 21 Oct
Kitta Izumi, Sasaki Mikoi
12:00 Tokyo University of Art and Design ¥2000


Sat 27 Oct
Taketatsu Ayana
Kyouto Gakuen University 15:00 free

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ao-chan's cat mauls Kyuubei (pics)

On its birthday, Yuuki Aoi gave her cat Ashubel a little Kyuubei stuffed animal. She thought they could be friends. But Ashubel had other ideas:



Sunday, October 14, 2012

Shin Sekai yori (From the New World) -- characters/seiyuus pics/info

Through three episodes, the new anime Shin Sekai yori is outstanding. It could even be heading for masterpiece territory, in my opinion. The anime very adeptly tells the story of a group of mid-teens in the Japan of a thousand years from now.

This is not a technological wonderland, but a fairly agrarian country in which human adults possess varying degrees of telekinetic powers. Our heroine, Saki, is worried that she is not showing the powers her friends do. In episode three, the group is on a sort of Outward Bound expedition, just a group of teens alone in the wilderness. On the trip, they may be beginning to find out things about their world that they never suspected. From the first episode on, we have been kept on tenterhooks, feeling that everyone is living on a knife-edge, with death and disappearance everyday facts that people seem to accept as the norm .

I have made a characters/seiyuus page showing pics of each main character and their seiyuu, as well as some info about each seiyuu. Click here or on the image to go to the full page: