September 25th, 2006


Fall 2006

Omni has compiled a pretty good preview for Fall 2006 (Anime, that is). There's no way I'm spending even half as much time as he did researching it'll probably be the following:
Death Note
CODE GEASS (CLAMP character designs, FukuJun and Sakupyon? I'm there)
with the possibility of these, if I have the time (which I won't, actually, so there's no point):
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge
Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi (replaces Blood+, so this is meant to be good)
Hataraki Man
Red Garden
It looks like Death Note and Kanon are the popular series this time round...but there are a heap of interesting series! Part of my problem involves what I'm still following. Unlike this time last year, when I was only following GSD, even though Ouran will be finished, there's still:
Saiunkoku Monogatari
Innocent Venus
I think .hack will have to go on hiatus. NANA will too, if I tire of Shin and Reira. Thank goodness Innocent Venus is only 12 episodes long. *grinds teeth* that's still too many. CODE GEASS might have to wait til uni's over.

Seiyuu Watch (current and new)...
Ishitan: Nighthead Genesis, NANA, Shounen Onmyouji
Sakurai: Code Geass, Black Blood Brothers, D.Gray-man, Innocent Venus, Le Chevalier D'Eon (and I just remembered - the anime where he uses the voice I like (or close enough) are Tactics and Matantei Loki Ragnarok ^^)
FukuJun: Kin-iro no Cordo, Code Geass, Innocent Venus, Busou Renkin, Black Blood Brothers
Paku Romi: Innocent Venus, NANA
Morimori: NANA, D.Gray-man, Nighthead Genesis, 009-1, Saiunkoku Monogatari. (@_@ I didn't know he was Iwaki to MikiShin's Katou in Haru wo Daite ita...given that the drama cds have been shared so many times, that's pretty pathetic of me...)

Yamato Nadeshiko information: 
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And...just for nostalgia: flipping back through Hikago - now I understand the cuteness of that Hikaru and Akari scene...
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Anime news and j-drama

Remember Densha Otoko? Two bits of interesting news: Firstly, there's a special (official site; screen captures) which was out last weekend, IIRC. And remember the Densha opening, a Gainax tribute specially made by Gonzo? Well, Getsumen Usagi Heiki Mina (月面兎兵器ミーナ) is getting OVA treatment, due early next year. (And would somebody tell me why they keep using icons of that guy on a community dedicated to somebody else!?! >_>)

For lovers of Six Degrees of Separation (or Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon): the obscure characters in jdorama.
Yasuda in Water Boys appears in Gokusen.
The other female teacher in Gokusen 2 is in Kimi wa Pet.
Noda (Gokusen) is in the NANA movie...and I've already posted the screenshot...woops - it was meant to go with this entry...
Densha's sister is Nobuta, and Hermes's brother is in Gokusen 2 as well.
And a number of the Gokusen kids appear in Stand Up!! (which't actually seen...)
I'm sure there are tonnes more...I just haven't seen that many dramas yet. ^^; Briefly, Densha Otoko is alright...way too painful to watch sometimes (k_chan, is this really what some otaku are like?), and I don't really like Itou Masaki, but I was watching it for another reason altogether...  Gokusen wasn't bad, but a bit repetitive after a while...there's only so many times you can watch Nakama Yukie win in such a cliched manner. Kimi wa Pet is, to me at least, more enjoyable than the other two - but that's probably because I absolutely love the manga, which, other than the 'pet' thing, addresses some really pertinent subject matter wrt women and equality, especially in Japan (and maybe in other Asian countries?). Momo was really close to the manga character (I'll admit - MatsuJun did well in achieving that), but Sumire and Hasumi-san were changed perhaps a bit too much. Finally, Summer Snow isn't exactly the most original drama, and suffers from the 'exactly how many tribulations can one family go through' syndrome, not to mention the acting being somewhat forced half the time, but, well...Oguri Shun did really well in his role there.

Also, I've finished Gung...I did say once that Yul was looking better than Shin...but I'll take that back. ^^;