fall 2010 anime season starts

In my previous post, forgot to herald the start of the Fall 2010 anime season!

Only 2 series I’m watching have been subbed so far, but, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I feel like all the series I’ve chosen to watch are going to be awesome (except probably Sora no Otoshimono), so they are definitely worth calling out now.

First off was Bakuman., which I also posted about when the first volume of the manga came out. The first episode was more or less the first chapter of the manga, which is the main story behind how Mashiro Moritaka and Takagi Akito meet and how they start their partnership together. The animation quality leaves a bit to be desired, compared to the sharp, defined lines in the manga, but it’s not horrible. It’s still got the same style, but less flair since it’s animated. Hopefully it’ll get better when they get into scenes with more stuff going on.

Voice acting is good, Mashiro is voiced by the same VA as Touma (Index). A bit surprising to me was Hino Satoshi for Takagi, who voiced Sakai Yuuji (Shana) and Hiraga Saito (Zero no Tsukaima), since those characters are generally more subdued males, and Takagi is a really outgoing character. Azuki is voiced by Hayami Saori, who is more of an unknown if you look at number of well-known roles. She voiced Musubi in Sekirei, Saki in Higashi no Eden, and Ikaros in Sora no Otoshimono, as well as the Cinderella girl in the first episode of Ookami-san. Miyoshi, who only had a few words this episode, is voiced by Yahagi Sayuri, who did Sairenji Haruna in to-LOVE-ru, Segawa Izumi in Hayate, and, more recently, Hagimura Suzu in Seitokai Yakuindomo. Which is surprising to me, since those 3 characters had really different voices, at least from what I remember. Good for her in getting more roles!

I watched the first episode subbed by the ever-present (somewhere) [gg]. They’ve got a good crew going, I generally like their subs, although I try to watch other groups’ too, at least to see how they are and increase their download numbers. I don’t think there was another group doing Bakuman. (which shows how big of a presence gg is in the English fansubbing world), so that plan sunk.

Next on the list is Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai! (OreImo for short, which stands for “There’s no way my little sister is this cute!”). I had been reading the light novel chapters, translated by Himatsubushi, and the manga, so I know what the story’s about, but it’s not surprising if the title sounds a bit risqué to you :) not that the content is that “safe,” but here’s the plot in a nutshell: high schooler Kousaka Kyousuke is a normal guy with a normal family. His little sister is one of the “popular” girls in middle school and generally ignores him, his father is a strict traditionalist, and his mother is more-or-less unexciting (aww!). One day, he finds a DVD case for a children’s anime (Stardust Witch Meruru) in the foyer, then looks inside to find a disc for an eroge (ero-game, hentai game, adult visual novel, take your pick), specifically “Fall in love with your little sister!”

Knowing his family, Kyousuke can’t figure out who it might belong to (and actually concludes that he, himself, is the most likely to own such an object), so he sets a trap to determine who it belongs to. Much to his surprise, he discovers it’s his sister’s DVD. However, after having found out, he gets dragged into his sister’s world and troubles and does his best to act appropriately as an older brother she never relied on.

It’s a pretty interesting story, and since the manga isn’t very far (3-4 chapters in the first light novel) I’m definitely very interested to see more into the story. The animation is very crisp and detailed, the coloring is lush, and the voice acting is spot-on; Sankaku Complex has labeled it as the must-watch anime of the season. We’ve got Nakamura Yuichi as Kyousuke, who also voices Gray in Fairy Tail and Tomoya in Clannad, and Taketatsu Ayana as Kirino, who’s got a ton of roles this season and broke out in fame as Azusa in K-On! Also, the dad is voiced by Kenpachi/Dr. Ikari!

Coming this week are Index2 and KamiNomi, and in the future are Motto to-LOVE-ru. Two comedies I wanted to watch but aren’t getting great reviews (well, they’re getting reviews like “eh, typical for this genre”) are Sora no Otoshimono: Forte and MM! They’re both hilarious mangas, probably more enjoyable if you just don’t take it seriously, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy them too, but I don’t see a need to review them or anything. SnO actually has an interesting story, that is teased in the background of the ridiculous ecchiness of the main character, so I hope they go more into it.

I’ll definitely be posting again for Index2 and KamiNomi, so stay tuned!

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