all biased opinions are up!
posted 19 Apr,
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru
a guy (CV Hoshi Souichirou)with an ability to sense people's emotions gets involved in battles against demons. he is followed by his very own bodyguard (CV Sakurai Takahiro), whom he seemed to have a past life with. only he was a female during his past life and they definitely had a sort of romance thing going on before.
most would know i actually do need a BL fix once in a while. so while this borders on shonen-ai, i was willing to watch it for the fix. but frankly, i was really bored with ep1. and Hoshi-san is starting to put me to sleep with his voice, with him using his Kira Yamato voice. ugghh.
really really hope the story would pick up and start going into the interesting stuff. and i'm waiting for Koyasu-sama to come out as the adoptive brother of Hoshi-san cos i'm so not willing to drop anything that has Koyasu-sama in it. like how i dropped that boring Hanasakeru Seishounen.
a down-and-out, not to mention timid, ronin (CV Namikawa Daisuke) finally gets work as a bodyguard, only to find out the his employer (CV Sakurai Takahiro) kidnaps people for a living. while he is initially reluctant to join them, he found out they only target bad people and use it as a means to get back at them. aside from the money of course.
from the creator of Ristorante Paradiso, another samurai fix for me!! it's so unusual to find so many good samurai series in one season recently. the character designs are a definite acquired taste, as not many would like the droopy-eyes and slight disproportionate body lengths. thankfully, i've already been sensitized from the previous series.
posted 09 Apr,
slice-of-life comedy about a guy (CV Fukuyama Jun) who is recruited on the streets by a girl (CV Asumi Kana) to work in a family restaurant. he decides to help her out, being unable to resist helping small and helpless things. the other employees says he is a "lolicon", but he claims that he is instead a "mini-con".
i love watching slice-of-life series. something that you don't have to use much brains with, but still let you feel contented with a WAFF (warm and fuzzy feeling) after each episode. i'm definitely going to continue with this.
Senkou no Night Raid
a special unit of the Japanese force is sent to recover a kidnapped politician from Shanghai. and that is basically the whole of Ep1. of course, there's the usual politics and conspiracies, not to mention ESP powers weld by each of the special unit member.
it sounds pretty much like another Darker than Black series, but i'm really quite excited about it. then again, i'm always fascinated by ESP series since there's so much you can put it without thinking it's too over-the-top.
they even went to the extend of getting good mandarin voice-overs for all the Chinese people, instead of using the japanese language throughout (like Canaan). i can't say much about the main CVs speaking chinese though, since i pretty much had to go back a few times to actually understand what they meant. but good effort nontheless.
posted 08 Apr,
a series that definitely don't need much introduction. the light music club is back in a second series to give us more music, more comedy and more tea time happenings. to think i thought of chucking it out during Spring 2009.
as much as everyone raves about Mio, personally i'm more of a Yui fan. she's so cute you can't help but smile along with her antics. the OP and ED songs aren't as catchy as Season 1's, but i'm hoping all the other insert songs will make up for it.
the return of K-ON!! also made me had a sudden rush to want their nendoroids! DAMN! no wonder everyone else is going gaga over them!
Arakawa Under the Bridge
weird show about a rich heir (CV Kamiya Hiroshi) who was saved by a girl (CV Sakamoto Maaya) living under a bridge. to repay her, as his family motto is "not to be in debt to anyone", he promised to fall in love with her. hence start his life of weird encounters with other people like her lives in the world of make-believe.
this reminds me strangely of Zetsubou-sensei, of which Kamiya-san is famous for. just that he's the more sane one of all the characters here. lots of scenes where i was just waiting for him to start screaming, "Zetsubou shita!". hahaha.
and, i'm waiting for Koyasu-sama's character to appear soon. MU-KYAA!
posted 07 Apr,
Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan
based on a popular otome dating game, female lead Chizuru (CV Houko-san) disguises herself as a guy to look for her missing doctor dad. the Shinsengumi saved her when she was attacked by a couple of their demon-like people. turns out, they are also looking for him and that he might be the only one with a possible cure/antidote.
male harem, Miki Shinichiro, Kuwashima Houko, Shinsengumi. all the reasons i would definitely watch this series. but seriously, the plot is intriguing too. ep1 was just the usual intro round, so i'm quite excited to see how it develops.
but yummy yummy boys. i'm still trying to match the faces to the names. off the top of my head, the top 3 are Hijikata Toshizou (CV Miki-san), Okita Souji (CV Morikubo Showtaro) and Saitou Hajime (CV Toriumi Kousuke).
Hijikata looks especially yummy in the OP and ED.
this really should be a 26-episode story.
i'm greedy, i know.
posted 03 Apr,
Kaichou wa Maid-sama
romance comedy about a rich guy who finds out that his tsundere female student council president is working part-time at a maid cafe because of money difficulties.
while it didn't immediately pull me in like how Ouran (my GOLD standard in shoujo anime) did, it's still interesting enough to continue watching. maybe because i'm still not convinced with the 2 main CVs, Okamoto Nobuhiko and Fujimura Ayumi. let's see how it pans out in the latter episodes.