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Okay, so summer isn’t over yet sure but since it’s close to ending I figured I might as well do this post now. Just so you know, the Fall 2008 Lineup is moving along smoothly. Most of the information searching is over so after I write down my personal impressions I’ll be ready to post it. Well, I’m also waiting for certain news about certain series. Namely, Skip Beat. Also, not many series have their air dates released either so I’m waiting for that too. I’ll probably have it posted before the end of the month though. I wouldn’t want to have that post in the back of my mind when school starts. (more…)

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Yes, Shirogane. We all know.

Run! Hide! Check you insurance and if you don’t have make one quick! Write a will just for safety purposes! The apocalypse might be approaching!

Okay, maybe not. I’m just making a fuss. So anyways, I was watching Monokuro and the realization hit me. Both figuratively and literally (I should stop keeping manga in strange places, my room’s raining them). So anyways, I just went “Is it me? Or are men in anime starting to lose interest in women?” Well, at the very least, all male characters (with the exception of Toudou maybe) in Geass have already lost interest in the opposite sex. Just look at Lulu! He just lost Shirley and they let Orange-kun in. What’s his harem now? 3 women, 5 men? Or are there more I’m just forgetting? Not to mention Shirley’s death is going to be cause of the Black Knight’s downfall with Lulu going all mental and losing what little sanity he had left. Although, Suzaku isn’t any better. Kallen’s looking good in that dress at least but let’s pray she doesn’t mental too after taking the drug. It’s GSD all over again. Come on Sunrise! You can do better than that right – Oh crap, right this wasn’t a Geass post.

I mean just look at Monokuro. There are girls in them but their basically decorations. Nabari? Not a single male character in there looks like they have potential interest in females. Kumohira-sensei doesn’t count because has a wife and is only interested in her … and other than her there’s Miharu. Oh wait! There’s hope. We’ve still got Macross! Alto’s straight right? As long as Sunrise stays away from them, we’ll get a normal ending with either Sheryl or Ranka. God knows how much I don’t want to see a AltoxLuca or MikhailxAlto ending … out of doujins at least. And oh look! More hope. Toki in Amatsuki potentially likes Kuchiha right?

Alright … maybe this isn’t so hopeless after all. Back to Balett Star.

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-runs off to open window first, shivers then closes-

Well, it isn’t summer yet even though we’re nearly June! I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be happy or not so I’ll just move on.

The Summer Anime season is coming soon. I haven’t really made my round of the shows airing for summer so that post is still pretty far. That chocolate show looks pretty interesting though. I bet Mello would blow up whoever thought it up though.

Junjo Romantica: After seven episodes, Junjo’s basically everything I want and thought it would be. Usagi and Misaki brings the jabs while Hiroki and Nowaki brings the drama. What’ll Terrorist bring? A mix of the two I guess. The lack of BGM bothers me sometimes but that’s probably because I’m so used to the Drama CDs. At any rate, were I not a BL fangirl I’d probably be pocking fun at Junjo like I do at MonoKuro and Amatsuki instead of fangirling and giggling. B(L)INGO anyone? I need moar humor.

Code Geass R2: It pisses me off to a great extent the number of cliffhangers CG is using. Really Sunrise, can’t you do better? But things are getting better … if you can call one million zeros (and one dog) getting better, that is. Someone needs to go throw Nunally off a cliff and get Suzaku and Lulu to marrry each other like in Shirley’s fantasies. Because we all know Lulu’s canonly (!?) gay after getting rejected by Kallen and getting comforted by Rolo. Let’s all hope that everything building up in CG will come down to something coherent. Despite how much I enjoyed the homo-fun, I don’t want another Gundam 00. (With Virtue and Kyrios in CG, all we’re missing is Suzaku to go “I AM GUNDAM” and I’m gone)

Macross Frontier: I’ll be satisfied when someone forces Alto in a skirt.

Nabari no Ou: As long as it continues in the direction its going, I’ll be happy. I don’t want Nabari to go all Naruto on me and start having fights, wars and all that crap. I want my character development and that’s it. Action from time to time to add to the development is fine. Just the way its been since the beginning. Nabari’s got a lot of potential. Despite the numerous jabs I can make about Yoite’s lines and Sensei’s pedophillia, I won’t.

Monochrome Factor: I want that big-breasted bitch and Aya out.

Special A: I’d throw a rock at Hikari but it probably wouldn’t hurt her. I know, I know. It’s anime and in this kind of anime the OTP never really becomes a frikken couple. I feel bad for you Kei, really. Episode 07 was gold, btw. Akira’s a mad genius and I love her. Tadashi and her are a great manzai combi. Their jabs are usually what I enjoy most about an anime. And no, I do not like Kei’s party hair.

Amatsuki: I’m just watching this for the cast. Really, it’s hard not watch a show when over five of your favorite seiyuus are in it. This is absolutely ridiculous yes, but really that doesn’t matter anymore. (EDIT: Just watched episode six and it looks like Hime was originally a guy … Shinshu was calling him/her Niisama after all)

Soul Eater: … OMG, I have nothing to say. Well except for the fact that its pissing me off not knowing Chrona’s gender. There are far to many traps this season. Has it become a trend or something? Damn. (We need moar Black Star, Soul moments)

Vampire Knight: I’m two episodes behind. Maybe the more-or-less sexual tension between Zero and Yuki got to more than it should. It’s also freaking me out how emo this shoujo can get. I don’t remember the manga being that dark.

Druaga: I’m a LOT of episodes behind but I’m thinking of watching this again soon because of how much fun I can poke at it. Episode five gender-switching? Count me in. (Plus, I’ve got my Sakupyon dose in here. It pains me hearing his voice on Suzaku who I’m hating more and more)

Wagaya no Oinari-Sama: I’m behind on this too. I don’t see male Kuu-chan in the screenshots much so I sort of lost interest. (Yes, I took this up for Yuutan’s sake)

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After reading a certain post in FuyuMaiden’s blog Simplicity, I suddenly got the urge to rant talk about someone I adored. In this case, it isn’t an anime character (but maybe I’ll do that one day) but a seiyuu; Kamiya Hiroshi whose most recent role in anime is Kengo from Monokuro <3 EDIT: AND Mikhail from Macross -shoots self for not remembering-

I was originally going to rant talk about Sakupyon … since he’s my favorite and all … but since I just finished listening to Subete wa Kono Yoru ni (in which Kamiyan is uke) so I decided it would be more appropriate to talk about him. Also, the single for Monochrome Factor’s ED “Awake ~boku no subete~” was just released today so all the more reason to spread Kamiyan love! Awake is a duet with Ono Daisuke and Kamiyan, by the way.

Okay, so where do I start? Well, I knew Kamiyan his voice at least since hearing it in Zetsubo Sensei but my seiyuu fangirl-mode did not exist at the time and I kinda had the impression all male seiyuus sounded the same. Oh the shame!

I discovered his awesomeness around the time when Gundam 00 started airing (last fall was it?) with his role as Tieria. But it wasn’t Tieria that made me recognize Kamiya. Hell, I didn’t even know Tieria was voiced by Kamiya yet. I only cared for Gundam 00 because of Mamo. Anyways, it was around when episode eight or nine of 00 came out that I listened to Shinayaka na Netsujo … which is prolly the BLCD that made everyone fawn over Kamiya’s aegi koe. I heard about its awesome H-scene for a long time beforehand but when I heard it for myself … really, wow. I was speechless, red and giggling. Even now, just thinking about it makes me break into fangirl laughter. If you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sorry.

After that, I scouted out more Drama CDs with Kamiya and started paying more attention to when he’d show up in anime. Imagine my shock when I learned Kamiya was voicing Tieria and MikiShin Lockon (which, BTW, is the pairing in Shinayaka na Netsujou) …

The most recently place I heard Kamiya, as I said, was in Subete wa Kono Yoru ni. I’m not writing this post to review that Drama but it was an AWESOME listen. As expected from something written by Aida Saki

(DEADLOCK). It makes me laugh how many of the characters I hear Kamiya do in BLCDs are pretty … pathetic, for lack of a better word -is thinking of Kotohana no Hana- … even so, Kamiyan acts them so well I find myself saying “POOR HIM!” about ten times a track. I don’t know how to put this into words but there’s something about Kamiya’s voice that makes me sympathize with every character he does. That said, after a long intro, let me try putting into words why I love Kamiya’s voice so much!

First of all, his singing voice. Yeah, I’m listening to AWAKE right now and can’t help myself. There’s just something really ‘elegant’ about his voice. At first, I think it comes off as a bit nasally … especially when he screams or talks loud … but past that, I can’t help but place the word beautiful when thinking of Kamiya (the image of a tall, handsome guy who wears glasses always come to mind). And though the real Kamiya doesn’t have glasses, I still do think he’s pretty beautiful in RL.

Most characters he does (in BLCDs at least) are pretty much always the “bijin” types (like Tieria). Like I said, because of Kamiya’s voice, I can’t help but really sympathize with the character and what their going through. Whenever he does those depressing monologues, they sound so real I could cry. And when he cries … man am I touched. It’s not as good as NojiKen’s cries in Nejireta Edge (I highly doubt ANY crying could beat that) but it’s very believeable … well some more than other roles. If its the most real crying he’s done we’re talking about then the one in Shounen Yonkei is the best one I’ve heard so far.

Bijins aside, Kamiya also does the “genki” type. Kengo anyone? Sometimes his “AKIRAAAAAA”s can be annoying because of that nasal tone he has when he shouts but that said, I really love hearing Kamiya’s voice in such a “idiot” role since its something I don’t hear very often. I don’t count Itoshiki-sensei in this category … Sensei has his own category. It’s probably because of Kamiya, but Itoshiki’s a damned awesome character. While I’m at it, let me take this opportunity to praise “Zesshou” … Sensei’s chara song sang by Kamiya. It’s absolutely beautiful and if you haven’t heard it yet … then what are you doing? Go listen to it NAO!

Last category is the “bijin hetare” type. Well, its not really a category since I only heard Kamiya do one role in that category but I really wanted to talk about it so yeah. I’m talking about Kamiya’s role in “Hero Academy J” which is a total crack Drama CD. I’m pretty sure I haven’t made a post about that drama but it’s absolute nonsense. It’s the type of thing you listen to because you want to laugh and just laugh. -breaks into fangirl laughs thinking about Yusa’s maso-ness- Anyways, in this drama Kamiya does a cute, angel-looking character who’s socially awkward and hides in the closet a lot. Kamiya’s voice reminded me of Ishida doing a chibi-Gaara and damn was it cute. I found myself giggling and smiling every time Kamiya went “Boku o Minaide!” … honestly, how can you not?

And since I mentioned it higher up, if your watching MonoKuro and enjoying it get the ED single NAO, if just for the Kengo and Akira mini-drama. Akira is such a tsundere. Man do I love OnoDxKamiyan pairings … I’ll get to that later. The full version of Awake is awesome. I absolutely love how their two voices blend together. Some of the higher notes were a total miss but I’ll pretend I didn’t hear them.

So about, Ono and Kamiya.

Kotonoha no Hana is my favorite BLCD of all time but I already reviewed it so I won’t be talking about its beauty here. Anyways, because of KnH I’ve developed an immediate liking to Ono and Kamiya. I absolutely love the chemistry between these two. For something recent, think MonoKuro. Plus it’s fun how the chemistry still works when Kamiya’s seme.

From what I’ve written, its obvious I like uke-Kamiya more but I forced myself to listen to a drama in which he tops for the sake of … well, for the sake of it. Said drama is Reload … where Kamiya tops Ono for once. I’m not fond of dramas where Kamiya uses a really really serious tone (like in Koi ni Inochi wo Kakeru no sa) but I made an exception for Reload where his voice was downright sexy.

I think I’ve go on long enough. The word count seems to have pass a thousand and the fact itself is scaring me. I’d better end this before I reach another hundred … Plus I think I ranted more than anything. Sorry to those who got this far.

Kamiya is awesome.

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Yesterday I went to La Ronde … which is, if you don’t live in Québec, the amusement park in Montreal. We somehow managed bringing two other people to buy a pass (we were four at first) to pay it cheaper (66.5$ plus taxes instead of 81.25$ plus taxes!) … still, my savings have been almost completely obliterated because of that. It’s hard not having a job …. and parents without nice paying jobs (my dad doesn’t even have one ==;) My friends and I were thinking of finding a job this summer. I really need to save up for Otakuthon and Junjo’s limited DVD release. Well anyways, because of La Ronde my feet hurt like hell. I am NOT going to blame it on my new (and pretty) new shoes though. Their nice black skater-shoes, btw.

The depressing thought is that I’m not on vacation yet. Man. 19 days of school left to suffer.

So onto more pressing matters than real life!

I just finished watching a Monokuro cast talk on CR (w/ Suwabe, Kamiyan and OnoD) … and it seems the single of “Awake ~my everything~” is being released the 28th of this month! HOURRAY! I’m honestly tired of listening to the short TV version. Kamiyan and OnoD are such a great duo -Kotohana no Hana flashbacks- I love how similiar and in sync their voices are. It took about five listens before finding the difference between the two >< Kamiyan has a much … “softer”? voice than Ono. So it was pretty easy to differenciate after that. Gods do I love Kamiyan’s voice <3 I wish he had more songs. I only know of Zesshou and Awake. -sob- It’d be nice if someone could give me a holler if they know any other Kamiyan songs. (And speaking of seiyuu songs, I sure would love another Shimono Hiro song …. his little solo in Hidamari no Gate is NOT enough for me)

That said, I haven’t listened to a BLCD in a while. I promised myself to listen to Shounen Yonkei and Double Call 04 (which somehow ended up being delayed over a month) soon but with Dark Crimson and everything I’ve been going to bed later than usual and forgetting about BLCDs. I kind of don’t want to push myself to write DC in this stressed/panicked way … but I’m really enjoying myself writing so I guess its okay. About 66 or 65 days left. Even if exams come up and bother me, I should be able to finish anyway. Banzai?

Rant over. Back to waiting for Eclipse to sub Code Geass and to write a bit of DC.

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Remember when I said Nabari no Ou was the most slashable series this season? (more…)

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