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Seasons Greetings from Shimoneta

that_voice

It didn’t take more than one second for me to realize who had voiced the mysterious girl with the bob haircuit and flat bangs. I’ve made it a loose effort to not look into series’ seiyuu lists because around 40% of the time it leads to less than stellar anime. Which is weird because I would actually be one to say that sometimes exceptional voice performance can raise an average show to slightly higher heights. This also means that the second I started recognizing voices, I pretty much lost the fight and went to go looking up stuff right away.

Shimoneta‘s long title (Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai) is long, therefore it must’ve been a light novel. For a while, I used to be one of those people that thought these long names were cumbersome. Now I just see that longer names allow for either more precision, artsy and poetic, or vagueness. It was the same with music, too. A lot of post-rock bands took up longer names when it simply either wasn’t viable to find nice and short names, or that they just stumbled upon a long name they wanted to use.

So who’s our darling in the above screencap? Arai Satomi of Index series fame as Shirai Kuroko. I’ve heard her a few times in roles where she strays away from her signature sound. However, this one was not even a high-school girl’s voice. It is sort of fate to begin with; Satomi-san is often employed by J.C. Staff, the ones producing this show. I haven’t noticed any glaring cameos, but then again I only just realized while writing this I could have been. Go look out for any character designs with altered or adapted outfits and color palettes. J.C. Staff tends to do that.

Let’s talk seiyuu again. To say that only Arai-san caught my attention is false. This show was already entertaining when Kajou Ayame, the show’s lead female, showed off her best “Oh ho ho ho!” in a very Slayers Naga-esque fashion. I should keep an eye on Ishigami Shizuka. She’s definitely a voice I’ve previously enjoyed. And Ayame’s companion is a capable straight man, so to me, not being any amount of annoying. Even Hyouka, the crazy scientist character, has a rather silky element to her raspy yet cute voice delivery, thanks to Gotou Saori. I definitely have to proclaim by now, this show is clearly seiyuu porn for my ears.

I would have followed this show because of Matsuki Miyu alone. She has voiced two very favorite characters of mine: Cthuko and Yoshinoya.

.. I’ll just go ahead and throw out all of my usual priorities for discerning quality shows.

I also fucking chortled quite strongly when I saw that pool get blown up. Goddamit J.C. Staff, you got me.

-maserbeam

idkillmebaby

“Unresolved conflict. Zero tension. Maximum pretty star effect. J.C. Staff’s watercolour palette.”

It’s really what I’d call this show. It’s a traditional id software code throw back to a type of anime I’ve never seen. And because I’m writing this while I’m sick, my ability to create comprehensive thoughts are shoved through a window made out of air. This implies that this window doesn’t exist, and more of a hint that a rectangular hole revealing the outside is in place. So what is Kill Me Baby, and why should anyone care? Truth is, you still won’t know what it is after watching, nor will you care afterwards after claiming you do. It’s so narrow in its idea of appeal, that only those who have a reckless taste in brain-foaming, sedative induced laughter would entertain the idea of watching this show for recreation.

And by golly, this show is perfect for me.

Yasuna’s stupidity and Sonya’s twintails of murderous intent is where it’s often focused, but there’s a lot surrounding it in a strange plastic wrapping. You know that feeling of peace and warmth you get when you climb into your bed after slogging through a cold wintery outside? None of that is here. It’s all awkward and full of Kyon-kun’s eye glazing humor, while lacking in the actual Kyon department. And every time I mention Kyon, I realize how much of a mancrush Ariolander has on Crispin Freeman. I’m lucky enough to have a female seiyuu I semi-obsess over, and it’s Satomi Arai — her voice, even in small vocal quips, always make me post on my blog. I’d have no idea how to react if Tomokazu Sugita actually had a character in Kill Me Baby. It didn’t help that Kugyuu (Rie Kugimiya) is also in this show, as the new character in episode 3. Get a Mr. Sakaguchi Daisuke in there and Patsuwan it up.

I might be a lost case to the seiyuu faggotry that invades a Japanese’s otaku’s mind. But I attempt to allay these fears by playing FPS games loaded with explosions, and punching for victory in Vindictus with Karok’s new weapon.

The music is rather apt for the show, nailing it’s non-Kyonitivity. Anyone who doesn’t like the opening and closing songs are actually allowed to. Because when haters realize they’ve fallen into the pit of “Yeah, you’re supposed to react like that.” they’ll feel stupid. I have a brain optimized for both musician and non-musician inklings, so I tend to enjoy liking music when others hate it just to spite them. And in this bad habit of mine, I discovered that I whatever I enjoy, I enjoy. I’ll be damned if I couldn’t properly explain why such music is still enjoyable even without a hint of academic music theory in my bones.

Is BONES doing anything this season? I need another middle-of-the-road, generic, robot drama with an OP that has copious amounts of interpretive dance.

Honestly, I’m writing this while sick. Why I could write more than usual is probably explained by my lack of judgement.

-maserbeam

Koe de Oshigoto!

There’s certainly a lot of anime lately that have an exclamation point in their titles.

But it’s out now! So go watch it! Koe de Oshigoto art-wise is pretty interesting since made a few deliberate choices in how it looks. And one can’t ignore the fact it’s an anime about the process of making an eroge, which includes someone sitting in a recording booth making sexy hentai noises. This also includes some imagery of sex however (none of it between the actual characters), so if you have to look over your shoulder in paranoia, you’ll have to watch it during “special private time”.

.. And for some reason it’s so easy to imagine Satomi Arai saying, “Special private time.” Stupid sexy Arai-san.

-maserbeam