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I’ve been meaning to summarise what is catching my eye in the coming season but spare time has been hard to find lately!! Luckily both Yuri no Boke and hashihime has both summarised what’s coming this season. I’ll simply highlight those that I will be checking out. I might not be entirely accurate on the plot summaries…just a warning…The following is broadly in the order of the most appealing first…

Hourou Musuko

Episode 1 on 13 January

Story: Shuicihi Nitori appears to be a shy and quiet preteen boy, when he transfers to a new school he quickly makes friends with the tomboyish Yoshino Takatsuki who sits next to him. It soon becomes apparent that both Shucihi and Yoshino are more than simply a sensitive boy and masculine girl, they both are transgendered. Together they decide to take the first steps toward becoming the people they want to be (taken from ANN).

Reasons for watching: There are a number of reasons to watch this one!! Firstly, the mangaka is the one from Aoi Hana, Takako Shimura!! There’s no yuri but the anime focuses on some transgender issues!? Sounds interesting!! Plus if you go to the website and check out their trailer, the art is soft and endearing with a very classical music OST. I love the use of strings!!  How can you NOT watch it!?!? Seiyuu wise, it’s also quite attractive with Aki Toyosaki (Yui from K-ON!), Nana Mizuki (Fate from Magical Girl Lyrical), Saeko Chiba (Natsuki from Mai-Hime), Yoshino Nanjou (Maria from Canaan), Yui Horie (need I say more!?) but they seem to all just play supportive roles. The main two characters are played by new voice actors, I think?

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20081118ichigo01OOOOH!! More good news! The official website of 苺ましまろ Ichigo Mashimaro has confirmed that the new season will be out on 23rd JANUARY 2009!!! A DATE HAS BEEN SET!! Now we just need to wait! LOL

In the meantime, those blessed with the ability to understand Japanese can tune in on the web radio which will begin on 21st November! Ooooh! I wish someone will translate some notes for us poor souls! ^_^

Also, one last thing, on the same day as the launch of the web radio, a DVD box set on season 1 will be available in Japan – now what use is that?! Oh well…though I might as well let you guys know!

WOW! Ichigo Mashimaro Encore AND season 4 of Marimite all in the one MONTH!! hahaha I’m going to go crazy!! Aahahahaha

It’ll be an awesome month for all us Hitomo and Mamiko fans (both voices in Marimite and Ichigo)! Oooh! But don’t forget, there’s also Saeko, Ayako and Fumiko to look forward too!! =)

After some days of studying, I am finally FREEEE!!! YAY!!!

Well, what better way to re-energize myself than to watch a good anime?! I really want to relax and use minimal brain power for the rest of the week. So, I settled on Mai Otome – this was recommended to me by rulan from D-Addicts – got to know her through the whole Last Friends craze. I’ve also heard raving reviews so thought I’d give it a go. 

To start with, I was a little hesitant cos I’m not that into the whole machines and fighting idea. I like my yuri anime nice and simple like Marimite…*starts daydreaming*

Ok back to this! Basically I had my reservations as the last time I watched something with machines was Kannazuki no Miko where I did some serious fastforwarding.

Anyway, so FAR (I’m only 1 episode in), it’s not too bad! I can see myself falling for it. Akira (the one in orange hair with the apron) seems to be the klutzy-embarrass-herself type. I wonder which is the yuri couple!?!? I have NOOOO IDEA!!! Oooh…this is getting me quite excited!! LOL I must admit that I’ve seen Erica from Okazu raving about it on her blog so can’t really go wrong!

I’ve also looked through the voice actresses and the ones I recognise are:

  • Natsuki Kuga ~ Saeko Chiba who is Chika in Ichigo Mashimaro (but voice sounds REALLY different here…)
  • Nina Wang ~ Ami Koshimizu who is Kanako from Marimite!
  • Yukino Chrysant ~ Mamiko Noto ~ Shimako from Marimite!!

Well that’s about it – I’m finally back on track going thru my must sees. I was initially planning to watch the j-drama Yasuko to Kenji but subbing hasn’t finished yet so I’ll give it a few more weeks. A brief glimpse of the beginning of episode 1 looks promising!! Can’t wait!

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