THIS JUST BROKE MY BRAIN.

October 29, 2009 at 7:09 am | Posted in Seiyuu, x_crack_x | 1 Comment

When j1m0ne mentioned Okamoto Nobuhiko (the voice of Layfon in Regios and Luke in Sacred Blacksmith) in women’s clothes…I just thought he was plain ‘ol crossdressing…

But no, we get this…

PFFFT. THERE GOES MY MORNING COFFEE. WELL AT LEAST I’M AWAKE NOW. I’m a bit jealous – he looks prettier than me! D<

This isn’t Okamoto, I don’t think…probably one of his friends. I can’t tell if this is awkwardly cute or just a bit humorously disturbing…

After reading Fujoshi Kanojo, I’m tempted to pull a Yuiko and just shout “MOEEE~”. Or not. But having a few fujoshi friends really really gives me a vivid imagination…about the possibility of this…

Now, off to finish my Japanese homework before class…

(note – original source here)

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Mix it all together and you know you got the…

October 10, 2009 at 5:44 am | Posted in Anime & Manga, Chihara Minori, Music, Seiyuu, _random rants, _seiyuu charasong | Leave a comment

…definitely NOT the best of both…er, all worlds.

I’m talking about the ending theme for the anime Needless. Despite its nearly mentally scarring yuri fanservice video which pretty much had shit to do with the series, the ending song itself is a lot to gripe about.

Recipe for an fanservice-filled trying-too-hard-to-be-a-kickass-shounen-anime ending song:

Ingredients:
1 Kitamura Eri
1 Makino Yui
1 Goto Saori
1 Chihara Minori

Ahahaha Madhouse, nice one. You almost got me there with the lineup.

WAIT WAIT WAIT…aren’t these seiyuu supposedly GOOD at singing…?

Individually, these girls do have rather nice voices, with Kitamura Eri and Chihara Minori erring on the sharper-sounding side, while Makino Yui and Goto Saori have softer, cutesier, ’rounder’ tones.

song samples:
Kitamura Eri – Before the Moment
Makino Yui – Symphony
Goto Saori – Shooting Star ~Negai wo Komete~
Chihara Minori – Paradise Lost

…so you think the creators would be wise enough to hire someone to write a song that plays to each of their vocal strengths…? Or in some cases, with a flock of good singers, the end result will be good no matter what you throw at them…?

Think again.

Just stick these four lovely women in a generic anison mixer, crank the pitch up too many notches, cook the music long enough so it comes out burnt and uninspired, and sprinkle some annoying moe yells…

and voila! Bon appetit!

Needless Girls+ – aggressive zone

I guess you can still hear it’s them…and maybe it’s mean to be some glorified charasong but…Jesus Christ. I know people can turn Miley Cyrus into some decent pop singer by giving her a decent song, but it never ceases to amaze me how good singers can sound so bad with the wrong songs…

And the worst part about “aggressive zone” is that the chorus is so damn catchy and it might end up on my mp3 player in my bunch of mindless music (though it can’t quite beat the horrible vocal of Gotou Yuuko’s “Special Days”)…it’s already wormed its way into my brain…ARGH. D:

~ Yoruko

P.S. I wanted to write a separate post for this, but decided I was too lazy.

After my rant about the song, you can go view the horrific ED sequence to make both your eyes AND ears bleed!

AND after that, you must watch this EPIC PARODY…words fail me. But then again, it’s also because it’s almost 6 AM and I’ve stayed up all night trying to write a lab report without much success 0rz ||

4th Seiyuu Awards voting coming up…!

September 29, 2009 at 2:43 am | Posted in Seiyuu | Leave a comment

Though I’m nowhere near the rabid levels of seiyuu fandom that j1m0ne can be proud of,  I did vote last year in the 3rd Annual Seiyuu Awards. Of course, seeing how these awards are rigged a committee decides the real winners, our votes don’t have too much impact. But it’s still fun to vote for our favorites~

Having not seen much anime until recently in 2009, I’m not going to be able to make any real predictions of trends/who’ll possibly win. I’ll have to wait until the Fall season hits before I make any real decisions, but here are my choices for now.

(*note: I did not vote for Best Personality because I do not listen to seiyuu radio shows)

Best Male: Nakai Kazuya
One of the best distinct manly voices out there. I swear, I can spot a Nakai-voiced character in a millisecond. Nevertheless, he’s got me with Date Masamune of Sengoku Basara even though the series itself didn’t hook me instantly. He’s also continuing his role as Hijikata Toushirou in Gintama and will be playing Jiggy Pegger in Tegami Bachi.

Best Female: Inoue Marina
Shafted in the past awards despite her excellent portrayals of Gurren Lagann’s Yoko and Skip Beat!’s Kyoko, she’s captured my heart yet again with Valkyria Chronicles’ Alicia and her Jessica from Umineko is a joy to watch as well. Her emotional breakdowns are handled really well – with the right intensity, not overdone enough to be cheesy.

Best Supporting Male: Ishida Akira
Sou desu kara neee~ <3. Ah, Ishida’s at his best when voicing the flamboyant Xerxes Break of Pandora Hearts, a role that shows both sides of the spectrum. He traverses the whole range of emotions with ease, while keeping Break’s trademark amused attitude intact. Gotta love his deadpan Katsura in Gintama as well.

Best Supporting Female: Minagawa Junko
Minagawa’s Oz Vessalius was one of my favorites, but didn’t jump out at me as much as her Rosie from Valkyria. Rosie’s character development was excellent, and she was, in my opinion, one of the most human characters in the series – and this all happened because of the seiyuu’s skill.

Best New Male: Maeno Tomoaki
Okay, a last-ditch attempt to fill in this category since I rarely track male seiyuu debuts. I haven’t really heard him as anything except White Album’s Toya – his acting was smooth and convincing and had a sense of realism to it, but wasn’t particularly impressive yet. I’m going to see how he does as Kobato’s Kiyokazu before I really decide.

Best New Female: Kokubun Yukari
So what if Katekyo Hitman Reborn! debuted in 2006? It’s still going strong, and while I took a hiatus from the anime, Kokubun still does not fail to surprise me with the depth of her acting.  I took a liking to Tsuna instantly and I still love him. She handles the crack and serious moments perfectly, and I really think she deserves some sort of recognition.

Best Singer: Hiikasa Yoko
For “Don’t say lazy” – what else? She’s got a bit of Hirano Aya stylings in her voice but she doesn’t go overboard with them, and the K-ON! ED packs a pretty strong punch and is a lot stronger musically than the OP. (I really wanted to cast my vote for Mizuki Nana for White Album’s “Shin Ai”  but for diversity’s sake, I didn’t)

…so, what are your prospective votes? :)

Random tidbits, catching up, what have you…

March 8, 2009 at 1:20 am | Posted in !announcements, Anime & Manga, Music, Seiyuu, _random rants | 1 Comment

Okay, so my hiatus took more than until just after I finished that paper (which, might I add, epically failed on anyways)…lol, I was gone for a month. Gosh, I wish could be more dedicated to my blog but long story short, sometimes life happens. OH HAY YORUKO HAS LIFE OUTSIDE OF ANIME/J-POP/SEIYUU WORLD?

But really on a serious note…my grandmother passed away on the 24th, and I was kind of just in a slump that week…which led to academic stuff piling up before my spring break (starting March 16th) so I am staring hell week in the face right now. So until then, I will not be blogging much.

Anyways about blog stuff…I must finish up that BeForU album review sometime. And even though I planned to review BeForU and Macross Frontier stuff, I sort of have an urge to review seiyuu music now…I’ve gotten re-obsessed with Suzumura Kenichi and Sakamoto Maaya. Of course, there’s also Mizuki Nana and Chihara Minori…and even Hirano Aya for the lulz. Orikasa Fumiko also has a really pleasant singing voice, but I doubt I’ll review anything by her though – she’s not a very high priority on my list.

The one thing in seiyuu music that has caught my attention the most is that…Inoue Marina needs an album. I’ve been desperately wanting one for…two years now. I mean, if someone like Hirano Aya can even land a recording contract…well, Aya-bashing aside, Marina has a simply wonderful singing voice. It’s amazingly versatile, and she blows a lot of real J-Pop singers out of the water. I was tired of putting the same six songs (her three 2-track singles) on repeat so I started hunting down some of her character songs (Speaking of which, I need to grab that Manabi Straight charasingle…)

Anime-watching has kind of been on a major hiatus for me ever since I finished Code Geass R2 during mid-January. Well I’ve previewed a couple of the new shows and so I’ll give a few random scribbles on them…I’m not following any of them closely though.

Akikan!
– I feared this would be a pointless/overly-fanservicey harem show. Turns out that some of the funny moments aren’t so bad and the characters are decent (with the exception of Melon – I do find her a bit too cliche and irritating). I love Kakeru’s perverted moments and the fact that he’s not as big of a loser as he seems to be. Najimi’s amusing to some extent, but I’d have to say Yell is my favorite. Oh, and you can’t forget the creepy gay government official who brings EPIC LULZ. Akikan! has a bit of a serious side too, and I hope the series balances it out nicely with the humor and doesn’t make them clash too strongly.
Chrome Shelled Regios – Fantasy/sci-fi combo with lots of fancy magic attacks and a clueless young male protagonist who has a past he wants to hide and some hidden power that must be used for the greater good…sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? The flashy fighting and to-die-for uniforms make Regios seem like some random fantasy RPG…I think this series is catering to my inner-child-who-wants-to-be-a-mahou-shoujo but it’s enjoyable all the same. Although I can’t help but facepalm when it seems like four girls might all fall in love with the main guy. I hope they at least bring his past into the series more later ~ I definitely want to see more about the Heaven Blades…
Genji Monogatari Sennenki – Historical anime has never really interested me…not because I can’t digest the information but lately I’ve been looking for anime as something that wouldn’t consume too much of my attention. The art is wonderful in this series, I love the voice acting as well (even though the antiquated speech manner grates on my ears) but I don’t think I’ll actively watch this. Although Genji’s trap-ness as a child was pretty amusing.
Kemono no Souja Erin – Good visuals, slightly too mellow/slow for my liking. The art is probably what would make me watch any more of it; it’s simplistic (reminds me of a Ghibli film almost) and the backgrounds are done nicely as well. Plot-wise…healers and dragons aren’t exactly my cup of tea.
Kurokami – Wonderfully dark and deliciously mysterious. I love the concept of the doppeliners – this series’ premise hooked me in, but for some reason I don’t really find myself being that enthusiastic about it. I think it’s mainly due to my recent search for light-hearted anime. I’ll definitely come back and watch this someday, since after a first few eps, it’s seriously giving me some Shakugan no Shana vibes. And I kind of want to cosplay that evil Irie Shouichi look-alike…but that’s beside the point.
SoraKake Shoujo (too lazy to look up the proper long title) – Promising, but somehow the character designs turn me off. I think I’m just tired of the whole ‘moe’ thing and shuddering at creepy otaku guys ogling them. The characters themselves are likeable enough though. Imo-chan is really adorable, and Fukuyama Jun as Leopard just cracks me up. This is low on my list, but I can’t say I won’t ever give it another chance…
White Album – Boring boring boring. I watched this for Mizuki Nana and Hirano Aya and still could barely get past the first ep. *sigh* Either this series really is shitty like j1m0ne says or I’m unable to appreciate the subtlety in its plot execution that Star Crossed loves, but I might just go through some more eps for the sake of the seiyuu cast…even though all the characters except for Rina seem depressingly bland. And there’s absolutely no chemistry between Touya and Yuki.

Sore ja, minna~

~ ’til next time,

Yoruko

The Girl of a Thousand Masks

June 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Seiyuu | Leave a comment

I suppose this will count as an informal, largely biased, character-centric seiyuu spotlight XD.

For those of you who have watched Glass Mask (2005 remake), the post title is a reference to the protagonist Kitajima Maya, whose seiyuu I am going to rant about. For someone to be cast as a character whose specialty is her acting talent should already say something about this woman.

But it’s not her Maya that intrigues me the most. It’s a more well-known, rapidly-becoming-mainstream part. It’s a character that’s just as 3-dimensional and multifaceted, if not more. A character that risks becoming clichéd, but avoids that through the sheer skill of the voice behind him. The title of this post would probably be more accurately titled “the young shounen protagonist of a thousand masks.”

I am talking about Kobayashi Sanae and her role as Allen Walker in D.Gray-man.

Continue Reading The Girl of a Thousand Masks…

The 15 Best Seiyuu Singers Around

June 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm | Posted in Music, Seiyuu, _random rants | 8 Comments

…according to the great Yoruko-sama. XD

Ever since j1m0ne made a “My Top 10 Seiyuu Singers” post, I’ve wanted to make one as well but never got around to doing it. But here it is, the perfect way to break my blogging slump. Finally, after a bit of head-scratching and weighing the merits of various seiyuu, I came up with this simple little criteria:

1. Singing voice counts most. I cannot stress this enough. I do take song quality into consideration, but that depends on the abilities of the composer and lyricist, and not the seiyuu.
2. Must be active as a seiyuu…tarento who do occasional voice work don’t count (so Shoko-tan is out). Neither do retired seiyuu.

Anyhow, I’m not going to give away any names in the tags so…read away!

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Lyrics for Saiga Mitsuki’s “Reverse”~!

February 29, 2008 at 12:03 am | Posted in Music, Seiyuu, _random rants, _seiyuu charasong | Leave a comment

Happy February 29th, everyone…

Let us celebrate this special day that only swings around once every 4 years! (Wow, when the next one arrives, I’ll be getting ready to go to graduate school…yipes.) Let’s dance, drink loads of (root) beer, and sing J-Pop all night long! (I wish.)

Speaking of singing, I can’t get Reverse by Saiga Mitsuki out of my head – her “manly” voice never ceases to amaze me. I found out it was used as an insert in Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magikarte episode 2.5. Saiga Mitsuki voices an singer named Kyosuke and there’s a music video shown of the song (it comes in 1/4 into the episode…I think).


I didn’t take any screenshots while watching, so I’ll have to make do with this pic of Kyosuke from SoulTaker, of which Komugi was a spin-off. He looks less fierce in Komugi, though.

I’ve been aching to learn to sing it but figuring out lyrics by ear is a pain, and a Google search yields no results either, so I finally watched the video and copied them down. The meaning of the song is surprisingly depressing in comparison to what you hear.

Romaji lyrics + fansubbers’ translation after the jump.

Continue Reading Lyrics for Saiga Mitsuki’s “Reverse”~!…

{Seiyuu Spotlight} Saiga Mitsuki

January 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Seiyuu | Leave a comment

These things are pretty much like the Artist Spotlights (hmmm, been a while since I’ve actually done one of those) – I’ll highlight a voice actor/actress for an anime that I’ve been getting into or just like, but I’ll try to avoid all-time favorites.

Lately, in my anime explorations, a name that pops up constantly is Saiga Mitsuki. With the idea “the higher voice the better” dominating the female seiyuu world, any woman who lies on the lower end of the spectrum is a refreshing reprieve.


Continue Reading {Seiyuu Spotlight} Saiga Mitsuki…

Tsukimori Len performing live!

January 15, 2008 at 10:58 pm | Posted in Anime & Manga, Music, Seiyuu, _random rants, _seiyuu charasong | Leave a comment

Yes, you heard me correctly. We get to see our little Len-kun in concert! *cue fangirl screams*

Well…not really. Almost, though.

You can enjoy our favorite La Corda bishounen in all his singing and violin-playing glory…in the song Tsuki no Kakera.

All courtesy of Taniyama Kishou (Tsukimori’s seiyuu) & Muroya Kouichirou (Tsukimori’s violinist).

Continue Reading Tsukimori Len performing live!…


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