Archive for September, 2008

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Natsume Yuujinchou

September 30, 2008

I picked up Natsume Yuujinchou a bit late in this season, but surely don’t regret to have finally done so. Since Mokke I found a liking in series which deal with supernatural-sensitive people who try to live a fairly normal life nonetheless. I liked Mokke a bit more because it’s spirits had a more general influence for the world in a whole while in Natsume Yuujinchou their influence is far more focused on Natsume because they want to loot his “Book of Friends”. On the other hand, Natsume’s supernatural “Nyanko-sensei” (illustration not to scale) is definitely a much more likeable character than old grumpy grandpa of the Mokke girls. Bottom line is that I enjoy watching Natsume Yuujinchou and that the announcement of a second season is quite good news for me. Only problem I have at the moment is that while watching I often think that poor little Misaki is part of this anime’s cast.

Guess it’s a bit understandable given the similarities of both Natsume Yuujinchou and Wagaya no Oinari-sama, namely a supernatural guardian who can form-shift (abusing this ability whenever possible), spirits aiming for the main character (splitting him into two brothers doesn’t help here) and flashbacks of the main character’s grandmother in her teens. Also with Sasada a at least possible (stalking) love interest was introduced to Natsume, but she doesn’t had enough time to leave a solid impression to far, so I guess I just fill her seat with Misaki each time.

Not that she is the worst placeholder there is…

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ARIA The ORIGINATION – Picture Drama

September 14, 2008

The Aria Picture Drame made me realise once again the importance of the Seiyū for the quality of an anime show. Channeling feelings, emotions and even actions believable only through the voice is an ability that just can’t be treasured too high, especially if one knows how bad voice acting can destroy the whole atmosphere of a show almost single-handed. Fortunately most anime series in general and Aria in particular have very good voice actors who can even put a mere series of still pictures to life.