Thinking about Anime, May 28- June 1

This week seemed to be a water treading week for most of the series that I follow. While some plots progressed by small increments most spent the week talking about where they are. Which is not to say that I regret having spent the time it takes to watch these twenty episodes. Here’s a quick rundown of my reactions and thoughts. Either stick with my or scroll past to check out a profile of our Seiyuu of the week, Kitamura Eri.

The fleet of dancing fishermen says that whatever's coming next on Tsuritama is going to be big

A couple of shows this week featured plot devices that are growing old. Kimi to Boku pressed Yuuki into service at a family restaurant to emphasize how lazy he is. His ennui has become unfunny. I have complained in the past about Hiiro no Kakera, but this week once again emphasized the parts of the show that I like the least while teasing me with the parts I like the best. I will most likely by dropping this show when the Summer season starts. Moretsu Pirates dashed my hopes that we would be all done with the Girl’s School crew for a while, but continues to deliver an entertaining episode week after week, so it’s not really fair to complain all that much.

Some shows took time to pursue actions or relationships that just don’t make a lot of sense. Zetman seems to still be finding its feet, and even as the plot heats up the romance with Tanaka keeps feeling contrived. The fight between Luffy and Jinbe also feels a bit contrived on One Piece and serves only to halt the already slow forward motion of this arc.

Jormugand, Uuchu Kyoudai, and Tasogare Otome x Amnesia spent time wrapping up things they started in the previous week’s episodes. Each show turned in a good episode that revealed important things about the characters involved. Uuchu Kyoudai, though, is at its least watchable when Muuta is indulging in his own hype. Kuroko no Basuke and Eureka 7 AO both seemed to be doing lots in the episode, but in reality moved very little (I must note that I’m a week behind on Eureka 7). They did both introduce interesting antagonists in Tsugawa and Truth, so we’ll see how it pans out. I continue to hope Eureka 7 AO doesn’t pull a Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam.

A handful of anime took this week to set the stage for bigger action to come including Ginga e Kickoff, Tsuritama, and Naruto Shippuuden. Some online continue to complain about the slow build up for Naruto, but it hasn’t bothered me so far. SKET Dance had a fulfilling one-off episode about a couple of the Student Council members, and Hyou-ka featured a very small mystery. Hopefully they both are also setting the stage for something bigger. Sakamichi no Apollon ejected the love pentagon and solidified the original triangle while becoming the second anime this season to address the student unrest of the 1960′s. It’s a subject in Japanese history that I don’t know much about, and I find I’ve had my interest piqued between this, Hyou-ka, and 1Q84.

Kitamura Eri's many talents make Kanoe Kirie the most well rounded character in Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

Seiyuu of the Week: Kitamura Eri as Kanoe Kirie in Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

In the first eight episodes of Tasogare Otome x Amnesia Kanoe Kirie has shown her her tomboy side, a girly side, what she is like when angry, frightened, embarrassed, confident, pleased, and amused. In many respects she is the most well rounded character in the show. It has provided a chance to hear many different aspects of Kitmura Eri’s voice as well. It’s a voice that many fan’s will recognize from her famous roles as Kawashima Ami in Toradora or Takagi Saya in High School of the Dead. Other prominent roles include Cana and Aquarius from Fairy Tail and Tatiana Wisla in the Last Exile series. Roles like Kamiki Izumo (Ao no Exorcist) and Suminoya Kureha (Sora no Woto) contrast with those like Tennouji Mari and Honey (Yumeiro Patissiere) or Todoroki Yachiyo (Working!!) show just how wide a range Kitamura-san has. She is frequently featured in the OP or ED of shows, but has also recorded music independently. Keep an ear open for her voice, as she will continue to be an important seiyuu for shows of all genres.

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