Archive for November, 2015

Wakako-zake manga

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

I was puzzled by a scene in Wakako-zake a while back, enough to ask my Japanese coworkers what it could mean. What was different about the stately old gentleman eating yakitori? Fortunately, manga provides answers. Fist, Wakako takes upon the yakitori after excercise and gobbles them. The gentleman savours them unhurriedly, in a dignified manner. The translation says “he orders them like in a sushi restaurant”. Second, he’s simply familiar with the ways of yakitori, whereas Wakako is not.

#animeblogger on Trinity Seven

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

There’s a link to #animeblogger on the sidebar, and it still works, in 2015. Anyhow, although the following was a while back, I wanted to preserve it.

<sage> hikago
<sage> why didn’t you tell me about trinity seven
<sage> it’s the show I’ve enjoyed the most this season
<sage> cute girls and great MC
<hikago> was too busy fapping to the gifs of it
<hikago> to type anything
<Casval> lol
<sage> That is an acceptable answer.
<zaitcev> WTF
<zaitcev> `The boy, Arata Kasuga, has had the world he knows by a mysterious "Collapse Phenomenon", and his cousin Hijiri disappears into another dimension. To understand the Collapse Phenomenon and win back his cousin, he comes to Biblia Academy.’
<sage> What’s wtf about it?
<zaitcev> " Yumi Hara as Lilith Asami " huh
<zaitcev> " Ayaka Fukuhara as Lugh " whaaaaat
<sage> zaitcev, please.
<sage> It’s NOT FOR YOU.
<zaitcev> But
<zaitcev> Fukuhara though
<sage> Pshaw!
<sage> What has she even done other than Shiburin?
<zaitcev> I don’t know and I don’t care

Still haven’t watched Trinity Seven, even now. Fuurin, I’m so sorry.

SNAFU begins

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

This is an exchange deal in which Hikago promises to watch Shirobako if I watch Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, also known is “SNAFU” in English. To be sure, it has an official Japanese shorhand, Oregairu, but things happened. Anyhow, just how terrible is it?

Episode 01 was quite terrible indeed. The writing for the introductions was tortured, animation was low-rent (not unskilled though). But starting from 02, SNAFU picked steam. The highlight for me was the work of a male seiyuu, Nobuyuki Hiyama, who played a wannabe author chyuunibyou classmate (“If they make an anime out of my LN, I may be able to marry a seiyuu”). Mr. Hiyama is extremely accomplished, going as far back as Nakazato in Initial D. Recently he voiced Director Kinoshita in Shirobako.

To summarize, SNAFU not a high art, but it’s passable. The full-circle love triangle is a little concerning, but there’s no helping it.

Omo on Yurina Hase nee Yurika Ochiai

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

For those not in the know, the recent passing of Miyu Matsuki prompted a bit of coming out when previously disappeared seyiuu opened up, with Omo summarizing it thus:

You can read ANN’s take on it (originals archived by Yaraon), but there’s more to that story than what was translated. For one, Yurishii was going through a rough patch during those years, bouncing between agencies and dealing with the death threats. I’m not really familiar with it beyond a cursory research, because back in ’08 I wasn’t super into Yurishii and kept up on what happened to the beleaguered idol seiyuu.

Just a couple of notes. First, I could never tell Yukihos apart. Azumin’s work was literally indistinguishable to me, and I have CDs of both. I thought it was a reason why she received the role. Second, I wasn’t much into Yurishii (or any seiyuu) before either and thus I didn’t follow all the details. I knew of death threats, certainly, but I didn’t know that her employer treated her poorly… supposedly.

What I do know is Yurishii has turned a corner in recent years, and she’s actively doing live events again. She’s talked more about IM@S and it’s definitely a very relevant way to market herself. For what it’s worth, YukihoPs largely still liked Yurishii’s Yukiho, and it is an unforgettable part of the franchise’s history, not mention the character’s.

I’m glad that she’s back. Just don’t know what she’s going to do now. The Cinderella Girls has a character like that, Touko, ironically. They could get her voice Touko (w).