PART TWO OF MY SPRING PREVIEW! Yes, I spent a lot of time on Junjo Romantica but beneath all that is Soul Eater, Kure-Nai, Itazura na Kiss and Allison to Lillia.
OMG! They changed the “ORE WA HOMO JANEZO!!” line.
Ahem. Well, having listened to the Drama CDs nothing came to me as a surprised in the anime. Most of everything stayed the same … just in anime form. The animation was pretty cheap but okay, I’ll let that pass considering that this IS a BL anime. A lot of the funny parts in the anime lacked any impact which made me sad because I found them hilarious in the CD … or maybe they lacked impact because I knew they were coming.
OP and ED: There’s A LOT of flowers in the OP. The whole thing looked REALLY REALLY cheap I thought I was going to collapse but as I said … I hasn’t expecting the quality to be all that good. You really can’t expect that from a BL anime. We got to see the main couple from Egoist and Terrorist towards the end of the OP which was a good thing. If the anime follows the manga then by episode three we’ll have an Egoist episode (Wai! Nowaki x Hiroki) The ED was nothing out of the ordinary either … it was like most yaoi OVAs where the episode starts playing itself in a nutshell. As for the music, I think I’ve become addicted to the OPs chorus the ED didn’t strike me so bah. (Dude?! Was Misaki really that tall?!)
Arrival at Usagi’s place: Is it me? Or does everything seem LESS funny than the drama CD? Misaki’s expressions do manage to be really funny tho’ HAHA! Usagi’s place is different from what I expected it look like but okay (I haven’t read the Manga). Y’know, I find it funny how Misaki started reading the BL novel instead of the normal one! But, the way Misaki read the book in the CD was funnier -dies inside-. I’m sorry for comparing it with the CD so much but I can’t help it … since I enjoyed it so damn much.
Usagi’s Room: Lacked impact. It looked scarier than funny .. which I’m not sure is a good thing. Usagi’s “Mitanaaaaa” line in the CD was much funnier. Also, “homo” was changed to “hentai” when Misaki was complaining to Usagi … is it me or was the word “homo” completely removed from the anime? Haha. I wonder if its because an anime … but there’s less sfx in “that” scene. HAHA!
Usagi’s life in a nutshell: Misaki’s ‘guessing of Usagi’s life’ was really not funny. It was done quicker and lacked one hell of a lot of impact (I missed the huge highlight on “AKAI SPORTS CAR!”). I was really really sad because it’s one of my favorite scenes. Another changed thing was that instead of saying “M dai” they say the university’s full name “Mitsuhashi daigaku” which was a really awkward change since I’m used to hearing Misaki say “emu dai”
(The “Takahiro/Nii-chan no tame ni wa, gaman shinai to ..” line was cooler in the CD too. Hurray for 3D sound)
Misaki’s life in a nutshell:
OMG! CHIBI MISAKI IS SO CUTE!! Yes, yes. Anime +15! You can’t see a chibi Misaki in the CD! HAHA! This is the first better part in the anime … whether that’s a good thing or not is up to you tho’.
C-hantei: WOW! They added a line I actually liked. Actually, I’m not even sure they added it … I just don’t remembering hearing it in the CD. BTW, said line is (translated by me as) “Somehow I’ve ended up calling him Usagi-san too … I kinda pisses me off.” Misaki’s “study hair” is as funny as ever. Dude?! What’s with all the clips?!
Suzuki-san to Chibi Suzuki-san?! Haha! Usagi’s so funny. Him and his “petting people’s heads” habit.
(the flashback-ish thing they did when Misaki was explaning how Usagi treasures Takahiro was extremely cheap but okay … as I said, I’m being lenient since I love this series)
Misaki in denial: RUNNING TOWARDS THE SUNLIGHT! The lines stayed mostly the same which is good, it was funnier in the CD (I’m repeating myself) but Misaki’s expressing kind of compensated for that. “ORE WA HOMO JANEZO!!!” was changed to “ORE WAS OTOKO NANTE SUKI JANEZO!!!!” … as I said, it’s as if they completely eliminated the word ‘homo’ from the anime’s vocab. Misaki’s deformed formal greeting line was kept intact. I really wonder if that’s what’s written in the script or if Sakupyon just invented it on the spot. Then again, since it the line I remember from the CD I think it’s a line present in the manga as well. (Usagi has now patted Misaki’s head 3 or 4 times since the start of the episode.
Takahiro’s Tanjoubi party: I STILL find it fucked how Takahiro never introduced his girlfriend to Misaki and Usagi before then. You introduce the girl and suddenly you say “we’re getting married” WTF?! They removed a line showing Misaki’s jealousy but his face made up for it. I laugh at the fact that Takahiro’s fiancee didn’t even get a single line. HAHA! Misaki punching the wall was less dramatic.
First Kiss (wai!): I’ll bet it’s tiring for Sakupyon and Hanada Hikaru-san to repeat lines they’ve said in the CD. -laughs- Anyways, the whole scene was extremely sweet and sort of kinda looked less cheap than the rest of the scenes. This is a scene I’ve read in the manga and well, Misaki’s face was really generic compared to in the manga where he was a blushing monster. It’s inconsistent how Usagi suddenly falls for Misaki but okay … It’s BL what do you expect?
Accepted: Misaki got accepted to M dai and Takahiro’s left for Osaka with his new wife (haha? Their married already?! XD) leaving Misaki to live with Usagi. Misaki’s stereotypic homo life has now really started!
If the anime follows the manga (which I started reading raw) then Sumi’s appearing next episode. Then there’s also the possible H-scene! Wai! I really do wonder if they’re going to animate it. Junjo Romantica airs pretty late so I don’t see why they can’t! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! Anyways, H-scene or not Junjo’s still awesome.
The Drama CD skips all the way to Aizawa after the event in the first episode so I’m hoping the anime will follow the manga instead and focus on Sumi-senpai instead since he doesn’t get much spotlight in the CD until around the 7th CD and even then it’s a pretty small part har.
Also, if the anime follows the manga then episode 3 and 4 are going to be Egoist episodes! Wai, Hiroki and Nowaki! Though, we might be able to get a Hiroki cameo in episode 2.
Overall Junjo Romantica is cheap and not very high quality. I wasn’t expecting it to be anyway so that’s alright. BL anime in themselves are rare so I’m not complaining. The Drama CD is ten times better but once again no complaints I wasn’t expecting much.
Highlight: The crying scene was the best scene. =)
Having download the HQ .mp4 version of the subbed episode, I’ve been having problems watching it. My PC is really slow so I was forced to convert it and watch it on my iPod. After 40 minutes of conversion, it’s finally done! I’ll also be covering the Late Night version (which I’m watching RAW) … anyways, Here we go!
The animation is the prettiest I’ve seen so far. I love how the atmosphere is made with the way the locations are drawn. The OP was nice but the ED gets to screamy, the BGMs were neat but one of them reminded me too much of Bleach. I’m still not used to Maka and Soul’s voice … but I’ll give them a chance since the two are complete newbies. Shinigami-sama and Maka’s dad make a funny comedy duo. Blair still gets on my nerves and I want Kid nao. Back to OP, listening to it again .. somehow it reminds me of Gundam SEED. I’m not surprised since I think T.M Revolution did some songs for SEED. Bah overall, the animation is definitely the best thing about Soul Eater. Hopefully it’ll stay that way. (I’m really hoping Maka’s voice will grow on me since for now I really don’t like it. Soul’s voice is growing me already tho’)
…. Maybe I’m blind. But I didn’t find any difference between the normal and late night versions.
Itazura na Kiss
It took a while to get used to the art style but by the end I didn’t mind much anymore. This is a typical roman-shojo … the first I’ve watched in a long while. The premise is ridiculous but that doesn’t really matter. The fact that the two protagonists are living together aside, it somewhat reminds me of Kare Kano. Anyways, Itazura na Kiss wasn’t anything special. I won’t be downloading this any further but I might watch it from time to time if I have nothing to do. (Which is a relief bandwidth)
Allison to Lillia
I FINALLY watched the first episode. Allison to Lillia isn’t the type of anime I normally watch and enjoy. I’ve never been good with these adventure type things so I found it hard to really appreciate. I have to say that the scenery is very colorful and happy and the character designs are .. um .. different. I also enjoyed the OP and ED which gave off this whole “on a adventure” mood. It really suits the anime (compared to other OPs this season). The one thing that threw me off was how I didn’t really think that Wil’s voice suited him. I enjoyed this probably more than I enjoyed Itazura na Kiss but I probably won’t be following this week on week with anticipation. This is a pass.