Dear Girl ~Stories~ 29: HiroC + OnoD = Dirty Pair

Title: サードフェイズ…終了 (Saado Feizu. . .Shuuryou/The end of. . .Third Phase)
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Rating: :D :D :) (2 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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This is the 29th episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  This is a “special” episode because in addition to the normal episode, there is a special interview at the end of the show, where the 2 hosts are interviewed about DGS.  I didn’t translate this episode in my usual transcript-style format because try as I might, I didn’t really find this episode that interesting.  I did, however, did my best to provide summaries of what I think are the highlights of this episode.  I hope that you enjoy it more than I did.

Nakamura Yuuichi Credit:  myanimelist.net

Nakamura Yuuichi
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First of all, I just want to share my confusion.  It turns out that seiyuu Nakamura Yuuichi (中村 悠一) is in this episode.  If you remember, he guested in the previous episode.  It’s just that he was never formally introduced here.  You can just hear his voice.  It’s only at the end that he introduces himself.  Well, there’s nothing really wrong with that, but I just personally prefer that they properly introduce him.  But at least, he honoured his promise from last episode that he’ll come back.

Now let’s get on with the show.

At the beginning, the 2 hosts promote their upcoming event titled “Lovers Only” which was first announced in episode 27.  Then they do the Futsuu Sto (Futsuu Story/Ordinary Story) Corner where they read letters sent to them by their listeners.  But before they begin this corner, they first announce that they’re “maybe” going to release a DGS CD before the year it out.  There’s this funny conversation where HiroC argues that OnoD’s name “Daisuke” sounds like daisuki (I like/love you!), while his name “Kamiya” doesn’t really sound like anything. It’s so cute when OnoD tries very hard to think of something that sounds like HiroC’s name. Finally, OnoD stutters “Kami-sama?” which means “God”.  I didn’t translate the first letter & the following discussion because I didn’t find it that interesting.

The second letter requests that the two hosts cosplay into Dirty Pair, to which HiroC comments that the 2 of them are being called the Dirty Pair too much. HiroC asks if it’s really alright for them to cosplay female anime characters wearing mini-skirts. He asks OnoD about his opinion, but OnoD remains quiet at the beginning.

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Attack on Titan Procrastination

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
Day 6:  Anime You Want to See But Haven’t Yet

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I’m so terrible.  I’ve been saying this for more than a year now.  I want to watch Attack on Titan!  But it seems that I never get to.  (sigh)  I’ve had so many opportunities to watch it, but I always procrastinate.  I’ve even read so many great reviews about it.

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人) is a series created by mangaka Isayama Hajime-sensei (諫山 創).  I more or less know what’s it about, since I’ve read so many articles about it before even watching it.  Let me tell you something.  It’s number 1 on my “to-watch” list but lately, I tend to re-watch my favourite anime series such as ONE PIECE, Bakuman。, HUNTER x HUNTER, Death Noteetc. instead of watching other series that I haven’t watched before.

It’s just that I’m not in the mood to watch other series yet.  When this mood eases, then I’ll finally watch Attack on Titan.  I don’t know when that’s going to be, though.  Nevertheless, I can’t help but feel excited with the announcement that there’s going to be a Season 2 for the anime.  Perhaps I should wait until Season 2?  Hmmm.  And of course, who can pass up the upcoming live-action movie starring actor Miura Haruma (三浦 春馬)?  (doki-doki) (●♡∀♡)

I know that I’ll eventually watch this anime.  It’s just a matter of when.  Perhaps when I’m tired re-watching my favourite anime. . .hmmm. . . .but surely, I’ll watch Attack on Titan since it’s number 1 on “to-watch” list.

お楽しみなぁぁぁぁ~ ☆:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:

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Links:
Shingeki no Kyojin Official Anime Website (Japanese)
Shingeki no Kyojin Official Manga Website (Japanese)
Attack on Titan on Funimaton (English)

First Departure Towards Our Dreams

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Rating:   :D :D :D :) (3 & 1/2 out of 5 grins)

HUNTER x HUNTER is one of my most favourite anime ever!  I love the manga and both the first and the latest (just “ended”) anime adaptations.  In the latest anime adaptation HUNTER x HUNTER (2011), the opening theme song for the whole series alternates between 2 versions of Departure! by rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ono Masatoshi (小野正利).  

The first version is used for the first, third, fourth, and sixth openings.  I just love how Ono-san sings the high notes.  It’s very catchy, and the guitars are AWE-SOOOOME!!!  But what I love the most is the lyrics.  I think that they’re very reflective of Gon’s goal of becoming a hunter and searching for his father in the series.  No, I’ll change that.  I think that it’s reflective of all the most of the people in the series doing their best to acquire a hunter license.  Like what the song says, “You just try again!”  Even if these people fail over and over, they just try the exams again because they know that there is a greater reward waiting for them once they succeed.

And did I mention that the opening’s animation are so cool?  I think that the animators did an excellent job in synchronizing the graphics with the music.  Looooooove!  Watch the different openings using the first version of Departure! below.  Enjoy!

Opening 1

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Opening 3 

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Opening 4

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Opening 6 

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Links:
Ono Masatoshi Official Website (Japanese)
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV (Japanese)

There is No Anime That I’m Ashamed of Watching

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
Day 5:  Anime You’re Ashamed You Enjoyed

WARNING!!!  This post contains mature content and coarse language suitable for adults 18 years and over only.

Hehehe. . .I'm an adult, so I can "READ MORE".

Hehehe. . .I’m an adult, so I can “READ MORE”.

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Dear Girl ~Stories~ 28: Nounai Maker is Back!

Title: スタジオが油臭いっすわ、神谷さん (Sutajio ga abura kusaissu wa, Kamiya-san/ The studio stinks of oil, Kamiya-san)
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Rating: :D :D :D (3 out of 5 grins)
ATTENTION!!! Important Note: All the translations below are my own (by Arria Cross). All are labelled “rough translation”, as they did not undergo any professional proofreading and/or editing and may lack literal and/or grammatical accuracy.  I did my best, however, to convey the atmosphere and context of the conversations in this radio show.

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Credit: animelo.jp

This is the 28th episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  They have a new guest in this episode, fellow seiyuu Nakamura Yuuichi (whom you may remember mentioned in episode 24).  HiroC & OnoD pondered why Nakamura-san or Yuu-kyan (You can!) as OnoD called him is so popular.

Nakamura Yuuichi Credit:  myanimelist.net

Nakamura Yuuichi
Credit: myanimelist.net

As episode 28 begins, HiroC and OnoD playfully disarranges his name calling him from Nikimura to Nikumaru.  Finally, we hear Nakamura-san’s voice as he introduces himself.  OnoD then reads the episode’s title, and all of them complain that the studio indeed stinks of oil.

There really isn’t much happening in this episode.  The 3 talk a lot, especially in the beginning, where they spend almost the first half of the show talking about their work as seiyuu and about the different characters that they play, including okama.  They also talk about Sugita-san and Yasumoto-san who guested in the show before.

Afterwards, HiroC tells Nakamura-san about the Nounai Maker which has been featured back in episode 19 with hilarious results.  This time, they try the Soukan Maker where they enter at least two names to determine what kind of relationship these people have with each other.  The names entered are Hiroshi (Kamiya), Daisuke (Ono), Yuuichi (Nakamura), Tomokazu (Sugita), and Hiroki (Tomokazu).

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Exploring the World of Yaoi Through BLCD’s

Ah, yaoi.  (/≧ω\)

Ever since the Internet became the hub for many manga and anime fans, you WILL always find someone who has a taste for Boys’ Love (BL).  It took a while for me before I became comfortable reading and watching BL manga & anime.  Now I don’t mind them at all.  Sometimes, I even prefer them over many shoujo series out there.  Besides, almost most of the time, BL series feature incredibly HOT guys whose personalities I prefer more than many of the male characters in gyaku harem (reverse harem) series.

I don’t normally search BL titles by myself.  Most of the series that I read/watch are recommended to me by fellow anime/manga fans who are also BL lovers.  Those of them who are proficient in Japanese recommend listening to BLCD’s.  I always reply to this recommendation with a non-committal “I’ll do that next time.”  This “next time” never really happened until last month.

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I was messing around Youtube, trying to search for something interesting to watch.  Then for some reason, videos of BLCD recordings appeared on my “Recommended to You” list.  Not really thinking too much about it, I clicked on one video.  Boy, was I shocked!–in a good way, of course.

Before I knew it, I was clicking on the next video, and the next one after that, and so on.  Then I began to recognize some of the seiyuu from my favourite shounen anime, and I was like $#@&!* Nanja koryaaaaa????!!!  ヽ༼ ಠ益ಠ ༽ノ

After hyper-ventilating, I moved my shaky fingers and clicked on the next BL recording.  I didn’t care about the titles.  All I wanted was to listen to as much as I could.  I don’t even remember most of the titles and the stories, but I DO remember the voices, especially the ones of my favourite seiyuu.  Of course, I know that many of my favourite male seiyuu are also doing BLCD’s, but this is the first time that I’ve heard them in this kind of drama CD.  Wow.  No wonder female fans go “Kyaaaaaaaa! <insert seiyuu name>-sama! Kekkon-shite kudasai!” whenever these seiyuu have public appearances.  As I thought, it doesn’t make sense that they get this kind of reception for their shounen roles.  It’s because of their BL roles that they manage to create this female hyteria.

During the first week of listening to BL recordings, I alternated between horror and mirth.  Horror at hearing some of my favourite seiyuu making moaning and, ahem, sucking and slurping sounds.  Then mirth. . .for all the exact same reasons.  Oh well.

Now that I’ve taken a taste of the world of BLCD, there’s no going back.  I’m going to hunt for the proper CD’s.  I can’t just settle for those short Youtube clips.  I want the complete BLCD’s. (*≧艸≦)

How about you?  Have you tried listening to Boys’ Love CD’s?

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Yankumi: The Bad-Ass Teacher with a Big Heart

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
Day 4:  Favourite Female Anime Character

yankumi-gokusen-anime-1Unlike Day 3 of this anime challenge where I found it difficult to choose my favourite male anime character, Day 4 isn’t very hard for me.  So my favourite female anime character is Yamaguchi Kumiko or more known as Yankumi from the series Gokusen (ごくせん) by mangaka Morimoto Kozueko (森本梢子).  

Yankumi isn’t pretty, nor is she sexy.  In fact, the plainness of her appearance is constantly emphasized throughout the series.  Nevertheless, I love her character.  She is very strong, not only physically but also emotionally and mentally.  She is one of those rare manga/anime characters that I want to emulate.

I find her lack of sexual appeal very refreshing, especially with the current trend in the anime/manga industry to portray overly sexual female characters with flawless beauty and, ahem, big, bouncy boobs. (I still love you Nami & Robin! – ONE PIECE)

Yankumi is the heiress of a Yakuza family, but she doesn’t want to be the successor.  Instead, she wants to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher.  The series revolves around her often hilarious struggle to conceal her Yakuza identity.

Her character is such a paradox of what you’ll expect from a member of the Yakuza.  She is technically the second highest in the Yakuza hierarchy in the series, yet she wants to pursue a “mundane” job as a teacher (I apologize to all my teachers!).  She is surprisingly innocent, especially when it comes to matters of men and love.  However, what struck me the most are her dedication as a teacher and her genuine desire to help her delinquent students.  Although sometimes I find her dedication too much, bordering on foolishness, but still it’s admirable.

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Nakama Yukie as Yamaguchi Kumiko

I love the manga and the anime, but I think the drama starring Nakama Yukie (仲間 由紀恵) delved into the characters and the story deeper.  I watched all 3 seasons and all films.  And until now, it remains as one of my most favourite J-Dramas.

Nakama Yukie as Yankumi

Nakama Yukie as Yankumi

Finally, what I love about her the most is her strength, specifically her physical strength.  I wish I have the same ability to beat up a huge group of violent guys by myself.  Hey, I’m a woman.  I believe all women should have the ability to defend themselves.  Although I train in self-defense regularly, thank God that I’ve never had the need to use my skills yet.  I hope that it never comes to that.

So now you know that Yankumi of Gokusen is my favourite female anime character.  How about you?  Who’s your favourite female anime character?

Links:
Gokusen Anime Official Website at NTV (Japanese)
Gokusen Drama Official Website at NTV (Japanese)
Nakama Yukie Profile at Productions Ogi (Japanese)