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Before I jump in, I noticed one odd thing about this animation!! Am I the ONLY one that thinks that all the characters seem to have a 5 o’clock shade going!!?! Everyone’s bottom half of the face is a shade darker!! It’s like they all need a bit of a good scrub or shave!!! hahaha Am I seeing things here!??!!
Anyway, the animation here is clean but more importantly, the SEIYUU!!! I LOOOOOOVE the cast! I have not seen some of these names and so many in one anime for so long!!! We have (*drum rolls*):
- Yui Horie!!!! She’s the 2nd girl from the right! I miss her voice so much!!!! The moment she came on I just couldn’t help but smile!!!! ^___________^
- Rie Kugimiya!!!! Toko from Marimite!!! hohohoho oh and Shana of course!! She’s the first girl from the left.
- Romi Paku!!! Oooh she has an androgynous look here – third from the left with the blue cap. Can’t wait!!!!!
- Ami Koshimizu!!! She’s the one to the far right. Such a sweet voice!!
With all these voice actresses, who cares about the story!?!?! But don’t worry! Actually the story doesn’t quite disappoint either. Yu the protagonist (silver hair guy) moves to a little town to live with his uncle and he meets these new friends. In episode 1, there is a murder, him and his friends are suddenly sucked into another world and somehow he seems to be able to call upon some massive machine to help him out!!! It’s kind of cool but it’s almost like too much all in one episode. I’m DEFINITELY going to watch this. Who’s watching this too? I know k1y0 is!! ^_^
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…
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?
Just a quick reminder before I dive into this post, the key reason why I’m watching this anime is because it has some of my favourite seiyuu!!
- Mai Nakahara ~ she played Nagisa in Strawberry Panic!! She plays Zakuro here – the main character (long hair with bows)
- Aki Toyosaki ~ it’s Yui from K-ON! and here she is Bonbori
- Yui Horie only has a small role here as Hozuki. Yui and Aki actually play the blonde twins so they’re easy to spot. I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t get bigger parts :(
The beginning of the anime had this eerie feel to it which I guess is perfect for a story around youkai but it made me feel a bit hesitant. Yes…I’m a bit of a pansy. -_-” The chanting voices in the background also added an overlay of mythical vibe.
The anime is a story set in a time where you have humans living in a world where spirits exist. Half spirits, such as the girls in question here, look like your average girls but they have cat-like ears on their heads and they possess powers that can kill spirits that have gone astray. Together with three selected from the military, they pair up to take on the challenge of maintaining peace in the community.
Every few months I am impressed by hashihime’s summary of the upcoming animes for the season!! Thank you hashihime!! You save us all so much time! Really appreciate it!!
Below are what I will be trying to watch in order of my interest!!
Start date: 14 October
A josei comedy!! FINALLY!! I have been in a yuri anime drought for FAR TOO LONG!!! Can’t wait to watch this! It’s about a couple that stays in an apartment full of fujoshi!! Female otakus!! haha Remember Yasuko in Aoi Hana? One of her sisters were a fujoshi!! ^_^ Oh and one BIG bonus to throw in!! Guess who’s a seiyuu here!?! MAMIKO NOTO!!! She’s not the main voice but I don’t care!! I haven’t heard her voice in ages!! Btw, her character’s name is “Jiji-sama”! hehehehehe
I can see exactly why k1y0 is crazy about this romantic comedy anime!!! hahaha There is indeed two tsundere characters and they are pretty cute!! There’s Fumino and Chise. Fumino is a long time childhood friend of the main guy in this anime, Takumi, and has a crush on him. Takumi appears to be the only one that understands Fumino’s true feelings and seems fairly likeable so far. The other girl, Chise, is the heiress to the family that owns the school. Spoilt and with maids/butlers at her beck and call. I think you get the idea! Oh and she reminds me of Koromo from Saki!!! **Squeal**
Then there’s Takumi’s sister (long dark purple hair) who’s the owner of a bakery and known for disappearing on short notice. We don’t know much about her yet but she sounds like my kind of friend!!! :P She appears at the end of episode 1 along with a girl in light purple hair and said:
She was so cute, I picked her up!! (normally it would be just stray cats she’d be picking up…)
LOL!!! That cracked me up!! So far it’s still early days as to whether I’ll watch it. I’ll stick around for a little bit. The seiyuu do catch my attention though.
- The mysterious cat looking girl ~ Ayana Taketatsu (Azunyan from K-ON!)
- The sister, Otome ~ Satomi Satou (Ritsu from K-ON!)
- Kanae, Fumino’s closest friend ~ Yui Horie!!! (LOVE!!!)
I don’t have time to watch too many shows so I have a feeling this won’t make it into my top 3 but if you have some spare time, I’ll trust that you’ll get some laughs out of this one!!
NYA!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA (btw, don’t think there’s any yuri in this one…)
The story revolves around Natsuru Senou, a normal high school boy. One day he wakes up to find himself turned into a girl. A stuffed tiger “Harakiri Tora” comes to life and tells him to fight as a female psychic fighter “Kämpfer”. Having no idea about what’s going on, Natsuru is involved in the battles against other female Kämpfer (Wiki).
Yep! That’s basically the gist of the story! Everytime before he transforms his bracelet will glow so that it will give him some time to run and hide! haha Apparently his urge to “transform” is typically triggered by a urge to fight or by the presence of another Kampfer. Right at the start, we see Natsuru fighting a feisty red haired girl, Akane!! Not only is she pretty cool, but she’s voiced by Yui Horie!!! WooHOO!!!! hahaha
My first 5 minute impression of this?
- I like the character designs! All the girls look quite likeable and they all remind me of a character in another anime!! haha Can you spot who they are!?! SURELY you can!! (except for one which is not from a yuri anime…it’s one of the few harem animes that I’ve watched -_-)
- Despite the whole “guy turns girl idea” which I don’t usually like, it actually pans out ok here!! Maybe because Natsuru here seems like a nice guy BUT of course I prefer the Kampfer version of him!! :P Oh and I like how they got Marina Inoue, a female seiyuu, to voice the character!!! He’s ALMOST a girl!! hahahaha
- Those stuffed animals are just a bit gross with their…WHAT?! INTESTINES hanging out!?! UGH!!! X_X
- BEST of all, I caught a good handful of girly blushes in the anime!! Though most of them are not *doki doki* moments, the subtle blushes are kind of cute. hahahaha Not bad!! Not bad at all for a first episode!!
YEP! I’m following this one!! ahaha ^____^
Are you guys READY?!?! It’s time to check out what yuri animes are on the horizon!! hahaha Now put those yuri goggles on!!! Grab the nearby magazines lying around!! LET’S GO!!! HAHAHAHAHA
So what do we have waiting on our horizon this season!?! I’ve seriously zoomed into this and with the help of my trusty yuri circle, we’ve narrowed it down to a few key ones!! If we’ve missed any, PLEASE PLEASE do let me know!! Baka me for leaving some out!!! hahaha Now here it goes!! (Btw, I relied on hashihime’s amazing summary of this season’s anime!!)