Dear Girl ~Stories~ 32: I Love Myself More Than I Love You!

Title: 誰かが…僕らを写生している!(Dareka ga. . .bokura o shasei-shite iru! / Someone. . .is sketching us!)
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Rating: :D :D :D :D :) (4 & 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 32nd episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  This is a fun episode, a great improvement from the last one, where I almost gave up on translating.  The 2 hosts begin the episode by remembering the last episode where they introduce Chanko-Chanko-chan.

OnoD: All he did for the show was eat.

HiroC: Why does god love this show so much? It’s wonderful, isn’t it?


The title is about their DGS manga which is in production during the airing of this episode. In episode 30, Sugihara Chiaka-san, the Editor-in-Chief of Sylph Comics guested, giving everyone the go sign to produce the DGS manga.

Then they talk about their DGS event “Lovers Only”, where they repeat the misconception that the title is about rubber because in Japanese, “lovers” is pronounced as “rabaasu” which sounds like “rubbers”.

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Dear Girl ~Stories~ 31: Introducing Chanko-Chanko!

Title: 浩史は大きいものが怖い (Hiroshi wa ookii-mono ga kowai/Hiroshi is scared of big things)
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Rating: :D :D (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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Credit: animelo.jp

This is the 31st episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  I didn’t enjoy this episode very much, so much so that I didn’t want to translate it.  But I know that as a DGS fan, you’ve waited a whole week for this, so the least I can do for you is to translate the parts that I found interesting.


It’s also November during the airing of this episode, so the 2 hosts have an “Autumn Talk”. OnoD starts talking about good food to eat during autumn, while HiroC announces that he doesn’t like the fall season because it’s lonely. He explains that once you get used to the long days during summer, you’ll miss it when the days shorten in autumn. Then OnoD talks about spending autumn alone, where HiroC tells him again how creepy OnoD is.

Finally, OnoD reads the title:
OnoD: “Hiroshi is scared of big things”.
HiroC: (chuckles)
OnoD: Like elephants?
HiroC: Yes, I’m scared of them. I’m also scared of whales.

So kawaii! O(≧∇≦)O


Next up is the Futsuu Sto (Futsuu Story/Ordinary Story) Corner where they read letters sent to them by their listeners, and then discuss them.

Hachiko-san (Listener Letter): Nekoshi-san, Inusuke-san, nice to meet you. This is my first time sending you a mail. Regarding the previous mail about someone who wants to go to Hokkaido but is afraid of bears, I want to go to a high place. Are there any dangers in this kind of place? If there’s danger, would honey drive it away?

Arria: “Neko” means cat and the “-shi” is from Kamiya HiroSHI. HiroC is known for being a cat lover. “Inu” means dog and “suke” is from Ono DaiSUKE. This letter refers back to episode 27 about bears in Hokkaido and how OnoD suggested covering yourself with honey to drive it away.

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Hisoka 101: How to be Cool as an Insane Psychopath

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
Day 9:  Best Anime Villain

If it wasn’t for Trafalgar Law (ONE PIECE), Hisoka would be my anime crush.  I know, I know.  I have weird tastes.  I just find myself attracted to these creepy male anime characters.  They’re just so bad-ass!

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Am I the only one who thinks this creepy expression is sexy?

Even during the first anime adaptation (1999), I was immediately attracted to Hisoka’s character.  I think that he’s one of the most dynamic characters in the series, even more so than the main protagonist, Gon, and closely following behind Killua.  Yes, he’s an insane psychopath, but it’s so interesting and intriguing that he has his own set of “moral” codes, albeit these codes are equally twisted like him.  His primary goal is to fight strong opponents.  This is where he gets his ultimate thrill, often resulting in his creepy orgasmic expressions (that I just adore!).

He has his own personal method of evaluating a person’s strength, and can often identify a person’s potential.  That’s why he lets Gon & company live during the Hunter Exam Arc, even if he could easily kill them.  He saw their potential, especially Gon’s, and is willing to hold his murderous urges and wait until Gon matures into a stronger opponent worthy to fight him in the future.  This is one of the qualities that make him such a dynamic character.  He’s not the pure evil villain type.  His obsession of wanting to fight a mature and stronger Gon has made him protective of him, even to the point of threatening to kill Illumi who was thinking of killing Gon after the Hunter Exam.  There are various times in the series that he even becomes an ally to them (York Shin City & Greed Island Arcs).

And did I mention that he’s got a HOT body?

(wipes drool)
As you can see, he’s actually quite the ikemen.  He could actually be the leading man of a shoujo series when he’s not wearing any of his clown make-up and outfit.  And just look at that butt those abs.  If I could just erase his psychopathic and murderous nature, he could very well be my perfect man. :D

Hisoka (1999)

Hisoka (1999)

Takahashi Hiroki

Takahashi Hiroki

Namikawa Daisuke

Namikawa Daisuke

Well, moving on.  I liked both the seiyuu who played Hisoka in the 2 anime adaptations.  In the 1999 adaptation, Takahashi Hiroki-san (高橋 広樹) played him.  His interpretation of his character is quite gay–and I don’t mean that in a negative way; in fact, I quite like it.

However, I absolutely LOVE it when Namikawa Daisuke-san (浪川 大輔) voiced him in the 2011 adaptation.  I think that Namikawa-san amped Hisoka’s creepy (& hotness) factor.  Unlike Takahashi-san’s high-pitched Hisoka, Namikawa-san’s Hisoka is an awesomely creepy manly man.  And did you watch his, ahem, orgasm during the Heaven’s Arena Arc?  My gosh.  Just imagine Namikawa-san while recording that scene.

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Creepy, right?  This is actually one of my favourite scenes, not because it’s hilarious, but because it demonstrates how our psyche can be so complex and even frightening.  Amazing portrayal of a complex antagonist.  Kudos to Togashi-sensei for creating the character of Hisoka.  Sometimes I find myself liking Hisoka more than Gon, because Gon is just too simple and pure-hearted. ;)

Hisoka is my best anime villain, and he’s been my best anime villain since I first watched the anime back in 1999.  Love him!

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Links:
HUNTERxHUNTER (2011) on NTV  (Japanese)

Second Departure Departure Towards Our Dreams

 

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

Just a continuation of my previous post, “First Departure Towards Our Dreams”, about the theme song of one of my most favourite anime ever, HUNTER x HUNTER.  As I discussed in my previous post, Departure! by rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ono Masatoshi (小野正利) is a perfect song for the series.

The musicality is amazing.  I especially love the guitars & Ono-san’s high notes.  But my favourite is the lyrics.  It just fits the series perfectly.  Departure! ~Second Version~ is used for the second and fifth openings, corresponding to the Heavens Arena and Chimera Ant Arcs respectively. Watch the different openings using the second version of Departure! below.  Enjoy!

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Opening 5 

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

Dear Girl ~Stories~ 30: Sylph Editor-in-Chief is Here! Finally, DGS Manga?!

Title: オシリーナオシリーナ!ウレシーナウレシーナ! (Oshirii na oshirii na! Ureshii na ureshii na! / It’s an ass! An ass! I’m so happy! So happy!)
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Rating: :D :D :D :D (4 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 30th episode of Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷浩史) and Ono Daisuke’s (小野大輔) radio show Dear Girl ~Stories~.  They begin the show by talking about “Nikimura-kun” (Nakamura Yuuichi) who guested last episode.  Then they announce that the Editor-in-Chief of Sylph Comics will be guesting later.  Both of them are nervous, asking themselves whether they have done a good or bad job in featuring Sylph Comics at DGS.  HiroC then observes that the program’s producer, Uchida-producer, is extra strict today because he has a weapon against the hosts, namely the Editor-in-Chief of Sylph.  

Afterwards, they do the Futsuu Sto Corner (Futsuu Story/Ordinary Story), where they read letters sent to them by their listeners.

Ayato Haruka (Listener Letter): HiroC-san, OnoD-san, good evening.
OnoD: Good evening.
Ayato Haruka (Listener Letter): A while ago, OnoD said on the radio that he wanted to see the Ushiku Buddha, so I went there.
OnoD: Yes, but I haven’t gone there yet. . .
Ayato Haruka (Listener Letter): HiroC-san said that it’s really big, so I remembered this went I went there. Thanks to the two of you, I had a great trip. That being said, I got you some souvenirs from the temple.

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Hidden & Innocent Love of Kyouko & Ren

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
Day 8: Favourite Anime Couple

I just adore the love team of Mogami Kyouko & Tsuruga Ren from one of my favourite shoujo series Skip Beat! (スキップ・ビート!) by Nakamura Yoshiki-sensei (仲村佳樹).  Their relationship is very cute, innocent (too innocent sometimes, I daresay), and makes me go doki-doki.  O(≧▽≦)O

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Kyaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! Oh, be still my heart! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

There are times when I feel impatient about the progress of their relationship.  I want them to admit their love for each other ALREADY!  However, when I think about it more carefully, I realize that the series would become dull, or worse become stagnant, when they finally become a couple.  I rather enjoy the “almost” scenes, where they’re doing everything they can to hold on to their passions while appearing nonchalant to each other.  So adorable!

Lately, however, I’m feeling annoyed with Ren about continuing to play his alter-ego, “Corn the fairy prince”.  Although I love the progress Ren as Corn made with Kyouko in Guam (they finally kissed! Kyaaaaaaah!), I can’t help shaking my head because I’d rather he kissed her as his true self.  Oh well.  And Kyouko?  I understand that even though you’re fierce, you’re still also extremely innocent–that’s what I admire about you–but seriously?  You believe that this person who looks & sounds like Tsuruga Ren is Fairy Prince Corn only using the face & voice of Ren to communicate with you?  Tsk tsk tsk.

I know that this is shoujo manga, so this kind of unbelievable developments should be expected, but still. . .I think that the latest chapters aren’t on par with the earlier ones.  The pace has become slow, and I don’t mean the chapter releases, but the story development.  It’s good that Kyouko and Ren already kissed, albeit it was Ren acting as Corn.  Oh well.

So even though I’m not as excited about waiting the latest chapter releases as before, I’m still looking forward to learn how these 2 lovebirds’ relationship will progress.  I just hope that Nakamura-sensei won’t disappoint.  I try not to expect too much, so I won’t be disappointed, but well. . .that’s easier said than done since Skip Beat! is a favourite.

Now you know that Kyouko and Ren love team is my favourite. . .for now, at least.  I’m a bit dissatisfied with the latest chapters, but I can always re-read the earlier ones to keep my interest in the series alive.  Overall, I like the characters of both Kyouko and Ren, even though they are totally unbelievable if you imagine them in real life.  But the good news is. . .this is MANGA!  Nakamura-sensei has done a good job in setting up the plot, so that we suspend our judgment and believe that Kyouko is the type of person who believes in magic and that Ren is such an excellent actor that he’s able to deceive Kyouko.

I know that this is an “Anime Challenge”, yet I’m talking about a manga.  Well, there’s an anime adaptation, so it counts.  It’s a good adaptation, but I still prefer the manga.  Besides, they only adapted the earliest part, and as far as I know, they have no plans on adapting the rest.  Too bad.  Now I wonder what’s going to happen to these 2 next.  Hmmmm. . . .

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Links:
Skip Beat! on Hana to Yume (Japanese)

Trafalgar Law: Doctor Heart-Stealer

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
Day 7:  Your Anime Crush

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I’ve had so many anime crushes in the past, but my current anime crush is Trafalgar Law from my number 1 favourite series ONE PIECE. Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah~ ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ

I already had a crush on him since his first appearance as one of Luffy’s new rivals at Sabaody Archipelago.  I thought. . .well, I still think that he’s so cool, especially when he carries and caresses his nodachi.  But some of the first things that I noticed about him are his trademark spotted fur hat and the letters of “DEATH” tattooed on each of his fingers.  So bad-ass!

Kamiya Hiroshi Credit:  aoni.co.jp

Kamiya Hiroshi
Credit: aoni.co.jp

Trafalgar Law, or more known by his epithet “Shi no gekai” (死の外科医/Surgeon of Death), is the captain of the Heart Pirates.  He wields the power of the Ope-Ope no Mi.  I just go doki-doki whenever he uses his powers, especially when he says “Room!”  ٩(♡ε♡ )۶

I also think that seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi-san (神谷浩史) did an excellent job in bringing Law’s character to life.  I love his cool and dignified voice.  It just fits Law’s character perfectly.  And for your information, Kamiya-san also performed a character song for Trafalgar Law titled “Dr. Heart-Stealer”.  I think the title aptly describes Law because he’s a doctor and he stole a hundred hearts from pirates, presenting them to the Marines, so that he could gain the title as one of the “Ouka Shichibukai” (王下七武海).  Hmmm. . . Perhaps I’ll create a post about that song one of these days.  We’ll see.  Well, about that song. . .let’s just say that it isn’t Kamiya-san’s best vocal performance.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Kamiya-san’s voice, but I prefer that he just talk and not sing.  Let’s end it at that.

Now getting back to Law.  Even during his first appearance at Sabaody, I already had a hunch that he’ll become an important character in the series.  I think I’m not the only one who thought this way.  I know that many OP fans have felt the same way, too.  It’s because he seemed so interested in Luffy, and kept mentioning the “D no ishi” (Dの意志) or “Will of D” when talking about him.  And we’re right.

The latest chapters of the manga dropped a huge bombshell about Law’s real identity.  His real name is revealed to be Trafalgar D. Water Law (トラファルガー・D・ワーテル・ロー).  I’m not yet sure that the Anglicized version of “ワーテル” (Waateru)” is “Water” because normally, “water” is “ウォーター” (Wotaa).  Law’s revealed name could be “Walter” or simply “Watel”, I’m not sure yet.  I guess, we’ll just have to wait for Oda-sensei to reveal how to spell his full Anglicized name.

But anyway, I was like, “Naniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii????!!!”  ∑(;°Д°)  Law is a “D”, too?  Wow!  Awesome!  So that’s why he was so interested in Luffy, and kept on talking about the “Will of D”.  Then his tragic past is also revealed.  Aaaaw. :(

I could go on talking about the character of Law forever. . .no, scratch that. . .I could go on talking about ONE PIECE forever.  It’s just so awesome!  Trafalgar Law is my anime crush right now.  I’m not sure until when he’ll remain as my anime crush, but for now, I’m looking forward to how Oda-sensei will further develop his character.  So far, I find the increase of his character’s impact on the series amazing.

Love him!  I’ll let him steal my heart anytime.  Room!

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Links:
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
Kamiya Hiroshi at Aoni Production (Japanese)