Seasons Greetings from Shimoneta

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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.

Seasons Greetings from Shimoneta

Defragment!=D-frag

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The power of Hanazawa Kana compels you to watch D-frag because you don’t defragment your hard drive enough. (In actuality, Windows 7 barely needs to do so. The minor improvement from a better algorithm is barely worth the time unless you somehow manage to fragment your drives to the point worthy of–whatever. You’d have your own preferred defragmenter program already if you want an optimized drive that badly.)

I get to use the ‘seiyuu porn’ tag once again. Just look at the seiyuu list; it’s a bunch of power hitters. Koshimizu Ami, Hanazawa Kana, Konishi Katsuyushi, Saito Chiwa, and Itou Shizuka are enough for a giant barrage of audio candy to give your ear canal diabetes. Hanazawa gets to reuse her chuunibyou skills from the Haganai and OreImo series. Koshimizu is surprisingly voicing a mellow character. I’d prefer if they asked her to try a hot-blooded screamer, or some zany bitch, since that’s usually a good vocal thrashing that only the best can handle. Then there’s Chiwa Saito AND Shizuka Itou. Come on.

I will also like to address once again that Konishi Katsuyushi is the MC. The guy who voiced Kamina. Isn’t it sad? You went from voicing one of the more memorable badasses in the history of anime, and now you’re screaming jabs at cute high-school girls with amazing thighs for bad jokes. Actually, that sounds great. To be honest, I want to be in his shoes. Or inside Roka. Oh yeah.

We haven’t seen Shizuka’s character (Takao) appear yet, but it looks like she’s voicing the Alice Margatroid of the show. I’m pegger her as Alice simply because of the hat she’s wearing. Yes, I know it’s not a hat. But it’s a hat. Touhou character can’t get by without their hats. Also, yay, because I get to use the Touhou tag after a long time. I remember when I tried to force it into every post. No effort for this one!

If you look close enough, my post title has a smiling emoticon with a comb over. It’s also clever because of the club’s name that the characters are in. Yay. Shut up.

Defragment!=D-frag

Kaichou wa Meido-sama! – 3

I guess my website has degraded into a normal blog. Nothing to stand out with now that my podcast is on permanent hiatus. Just grand.

Kaichou wa Meido-sama! has way too many voice actress I recognize. In this screen shot from left to right: Kobayashi Yu (Shizuko), Fujimura Ayumi (Misaki), and Hanazawa Kana (Sakuya). I’ve only ever heard Hanazawa’s voice a couple of times. She’s voiced Sharon Reinsworth from Pandora Hearts and Potemayo from.. Potemayo. And anyone who’s followed Kobayashi’s work knows she has a ridiculous range of characters with either soft spoken characters, or screaming ones. I only knew Fujimura from The Sacred Blacksmith, a rather crap-tastic series that was rather cookie-cutter (but I ended up watching all of it anyway), and Kyouran Kazoku Nikki.

I’m not even counting the characters from the Maid Cafe that has Ueda Kana, Asami Kana, Toyosaki Aki, and Mariya Ise. Anyone who’s been watching liberally the last year of seasons will have heard all four before. Even some of the supporting male characters are instantly recognizable.

In a way, you think that it’s bad that you’re recognizing the same voices over and over again. I’d complain about it, but it’s the same here in North America with our limited pool of voice actors. Should I go ahead and complain? I guess I do already.

It’s just seiyuu porn at this point. Anymore recognizable voices will push me past my limit. Just don’t let Horie Yui voice a character – I’ll be dead from profuse nose-bleeding.

Oh yeah, one more thing. It’s done by JC Staff. Those bastards have some kind of hidden skill when it comes to color palettes and backgrounds.

Kaichou wa Meido-sama! – 3