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23rd-Jun-2011 02:57 pm
From two anime series I watched this week (one line from each):

Cooking competition will always remind me of Delicious Gakuin.

For me, An-chan (big brother) is always going to be associated with Yamada Taro.

(Doubt any of these make sense to anyone not watching any of the episodes I watched... And perhaps they still wouldn't make any sense otherwise either. ^^;;)

And for Summer, not counting the two unnamed series (which hopefully will run past the summer) revealed under the cut (and in tags, of course), I think I'll be watching Ouran live-action (Alata as Hunny-senpai, do want. And I wanted Yusuke Yamamoto to be Tamaki ever since the drama was a rumor back in 2007) <--(maybe still rumored cast list? ETA on 28 June: Official cast list, yay. :) (Sorry for not correcting this earlier.) But I'll still watch even if there is no toku people I (sort of) know (or no one I know, period) in the cast) and Natsume San. Not active in either of these fandoms right now so I welcome the opportunity to get back into them. :)

Okay, SKET Dance. I like what I've seen of it (up to episode 11, with 12 being on the way today, though I haven't watched it yet). The manga crossover with Gintama (to celebrate the occasion SKET Dance becoming anime) would have no problem portraying the SKET Dance people, of course, since they are this mangaka's creations, but I was a bit worried about the Gintama people. Turned out they are pretty much perfectly characterized, which made me happy. :) And I love the seiyuu voice crossover between the two series. I'm not going to go into details as to who voice whom, although I doubt there are still people who haven't heard about that (this crossover already spoils it for two seiyuu). (I was glad I didn't know the voice cast before watching SKET Dance, therefore getting only two voices out of five shared voices (that I'm aware of) right. :) I only wish the Gintama version of the crossover is here already...

And in case someone is actually reading this besides me, there are pretty much no spoiler (besides the aforementioned seiyuu reference) in the crossover for either series. I can say that because I'm not at all up to date with the SKET Dance manga (I was near the very beginning, even the anime already goes beyond what I read) and I don't feel like I have been spoiled at all. And I'm not very up to date on Gintama manga either (by choice because I want a few surprises left for this anime season). Basically, all you need to know about either series is there are three people (one guy who is supposed to be a protagonist (but is more of a loser), one glasses guy who is the brain of the group (most of the time), and one girl who likes to use her strength to solve problems) in a group who will help people do stuff (for free in case of SKET Dance, for a fee (though sometimes they don't get paid either) in case of Gintama). And there will be at least one straight man in each group to deal with the others' eccentricities. They are both comedic series, but the humors are a bit different, I think.

So, yeah, if anyone thinks I'll go one post without Gintama, think again. :) Even managed to work in an obscure thing (which I haven't yet checked for accuracy, but I'm kind of lazy and unmotivated) up there that I'm 99.99% sure no one else will mention from the newest episode (only because it's just not that interesting, but I'm amused just the same)...

ETA like whoa (especially inside the cut). I should go now since this is over my lazy limit already...
Natsume &amp; Nyanko-sensei
23rd-Jun-2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
I will be giving Ouran live-action a try because I've seen the anime and I want to know how a live version of that will work XD I've seen one interview with the cast, and actually I don't find most of the actors all that good-looking :/ But maybe they will have a different impact in the actual series.

I never actually read Sket Dance, but I kind of want to now :D
23rd-Jun-2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I didn't even know that there is an interview with the Ouran live-action cast already, so thank you for mentioning it. :)

From what I've seen so far, Sket Dance is a good series, but it also seems very slice of life-ish and usually go at a leisure pace (some would call it slow). And I use more than a few generalizations with the way I describe Sket Dance in the entry, so don't get your hope up too high if you do try it (though this crossover with Gintama is not a bad place to start, I think). ^^;;
23rd-Jun-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Would you like a link to the interview? :)

The guy who will play Tamaki is kind of ugly, he really doesn't look like host king :/

Don't worry, my hopes are not too high - I know it won't be as cool as Gintama, even if it does have a crossover with it XD
24th-Jun-2011 11:41 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, I would appreciate a link. Thank you for asking. :)

He can act like Tamaki, though. At least, that was my impression way back when I saw him in Kamen Rider Kabuto.

I suppose my standards are now pretty high, too. :) In a way, I almost wish I am still ignorant of Gintama...
24th-Jun-2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
It's here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GOkl3edeVU

Well, I haven't seen the guy before, so my impressions mostly come from that interview... And I think they could have picked a guy who can act like Tamaki and look good at the same time XDD But I suppose I need to see him in action first before making any judgements.

Haha, sometimes I think about that, too - nothing really compares to Gintama. But then again, if I had not known Gintama, my life would be empty and I would not have a favourite fandom :( So it's better that I know about Gintama, after all :D
24th-Jun-2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) Off to watch...

...It might be because I have another fondly remembered image of him (which may or may not reflect reality) in mind, but I think that interview didn't show him in the best light. I feel almost like I was watching someone else... So, yes, please wait until you see him in action first.

Well, I would not know whether my life would be empty without it or not if I'd never known about Gintama in the first place. ;) I like plenty of other stuff before Gintama, after all, and will probably continue to find things to like. But, yeah, have to admit that it's good that I know about Gintama, after all, simply because I have found my newest and shiniest obsession. :)
24th-Jun-2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose I should wait for that... Besides, I have seen some actors that don't look too attractive irl, but made me fangirl about them in the series, so maybe that will be the case, too :D

I distinctly remember that I didn't have anything like a favourite series at the moment I started watching Gintama, so it filled the void, so to say XD If I had not found Gintama, I would probably still not have a favourite series, and that would be sad XDD

Well, hopefully Gintama will continue to be interesting even after it's not all that new XD
28th-Jun-2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I had (and will probably continue to have) similar doubts about some actors, too. So I usually wait until I see them in the series first.

Well, if I were in the same situation (not having a particular favorite series), I would have been so happy to have found Gintama. :) However, I used to have so many things I was into. Even right before Gintama I was so obsessed with another series that I never thought I would grow tired of it, but out of it I did (sad). Now it's just Gintama, mostly. XD

I certainly hope Gintama will continue to interest us. And it doesn't matter to me whether a particular series is new or already ten (or any other number) years old. As long as it still feels fresh and exciting to me, even after the fandom has long moved on, I'll still continue to like it. :D
28th-Jun-2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Lol, I guess I'll watch the series first so I could have a good reason to criticise the actors XDD

Well, I liked lots of other things too, but I wanted to have one favourite series - and then I found Gintama and all was well XDD

Wait, so what was the series you were obsessed with before Gintama? I can't remember - we talked about lots of things, I'm not sure which one of those was the one XDD

That's definitely the right attitude, one should not miss out on cool series just because the fandom has moved on - but still, it's more fun to watch a series that has an active fandom XDD
28th-Jun-2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Well, I guess I'm kind of relaxed about the things I like. Whatever I'm really into at the moment is my favorite series. ^^ And actually, we never talked about that particular series since it was my secret obsession that I don't really feel comfortable admit to liking. ^^;; (At least, not now. If I somehow found my liking for that series again, maybe I might talk about it. :)

That's true. While I can enjoy a series on my own, it's definitely more fun to watch/read a series that has an active fandom. Case in point, I would be kind of disappointed whenever I fell into another one of my obscure fandoms (and I usually did, since I'm not into mainstream stuff all that much) since hardly anyone was talking about it (including me, apparently, but then I cannot always be inspired to talk about my favorite series, no matter how much I like it, especially when there isn't really anyone else to talk with).

...Oh well, so liking Gintama is great for me, though not a lot of people seem to really discuss it in-depth either, but at least it's much better than having no discussion on the series at all. :)
28th-Jun-2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
Lol, it's not Otomen, is it? You said you were embarassed about that, too XDD

Hmm, well, I guess you'll just have to get into something popular instead, that way you will at least be able to read what other people say about the series.

Well, now that you mention it, I also haven't seen all that many serious discussions about Gintama... I think I will look for some, I am suddenly curious about what people think XD
28th-Jun-2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
It's not Otomen. But I had actually fallen out of love with Otomen before, so there is hope for that other series. Well, I'm embarrassed about many things. XDD

It would definitely be easier for me to find more discussions if I got into something popular. However, those series tend to turn me off, especially if I hear too many times how great they are from their fans. (In a way, I do like my small fandoms because the fans (if they exist) generally tend to be nicer.) So I suppose with popular series, full out pimpages would not really work on me--usually I'll just have to be in the right frame of mind to get interested myself...and I think that is true for me even with Gintama.

I think serious discussions tend to happen more on LJ (not on the main Gintama comm, though, as far as I know--I kind of want to change that, but well, not really sure how things are done there, and there is still the issue of me not being brave enough to put myself forward), but I've seen a few interesting ones over at Yorozuya Soul forum (and I think a few people from LJ also post their opinions there).
29th-Jun-2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
Lol, you shouldn't be embarrassed, if you like it XDD Some people might consider even Gintama embarrassing XDD

Haha, I suppose I can understand that, I somehow don't trust the series everyone considers to be great - after all, people have various tastes, so if something appeals to everyone, it must be something like the lowest common denominator...

I suppose the main comm is really more for informative purposes, and people prefer to discuss serious things at their own journals... But I also have seen some pretty serious discussions sometimes, so it's not all bad XDD
30th-Jun-2011 06:47 am (UTC)
I suppose if somehow I were into the series myself, I might consider Gintama embarrassing and never talked about it. So I guess it's good that I got into the series from your recommendation, after all. ;)

Ah, that is so true about the LCD. And I'm not sure which is better or even if there is any real difference between them: some series that are trying too hard to please almost everyone since they seem to have taken into consideration the various tastes people have, or some that just don't try and assume most people like the same things...

I hadn't read much of the comm back when I was still worried about getting spoiled, and now I only read current posts, so I guess I'll go back again sometimes to look for those serious discussions. :)
1st-Jul-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Haha, that's weird, why would you consider it more embarrassing if you found it yourself? I think it would be less embarrassing then - that would mean you located a cool series all by yourself XDD

I don't know, either... Lol, the second type seems to be worse, I think - the first type will at least have something I like, too, if they are tryng to mix different things there. But the second type, supposing they just think everybody loves sparlky moe, that would totally suck XDDD

Lol, or we could always try and start new serious discussions XD I already have a couple ideas I might try on my Lj XDD
2nd-Jul-2011 11:07 am (UTC)
It means I watched it entirely out of my own volition, and I don't usually do that for things that might look to be outside of my comfort zone. So I don't want other people to know I love it and am content to be a lurker. But, in this case, since I've been talking to you about it, I would have let you know if/when I decided to watch, if only to tell you that you can stop selling the series to me now. ;)

Sorry, though. I'm running through things at the moment and I don't really feel like doing the LJ thing right now. In any case, I hope you get some participation if you do try those ideas. :)
3rd-Jul-2011 10:57 am (UTC)
Haha, I get it now XDD But I think you should talk about those things, because it would make people give them a try if you manage to talk about them convincingly... I mean, irl one doesn't talk about anime, but at least online one can have as many embarrassing hobbies as one wants :D

I would have let you know if/when I decided to watch, if only to tell you that you can stop selling the series to me now. ;) Lol, when you put things that way, I still can't believe that it actually worked and I convinced you to watch Gintama, that was pretty much the only time when my advertising worked XDD

I can understand that, I have times like those sometimes, too... Well, you don't have to reply to my comments if you don't feel like talking now. Just don't disappear from Lj forever ;DD
24th-Jun-2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Cooking duels always make me thing of KR Kabuto...

Oh and the Ouran cast is official^^ And I think it's utterly perfect.
28th-Jun-2011 08:17 am (UTC)
Oh, it used to have the same association for me, too, but it usually changed according to the show I was into at the moment. But now I'm pretty sure I will always think of one series only when I see any cooking duels again. ^^

Yeah, found out later that the cast list is official (sorry for not correcting it earlier). And I do like it a lot. Well, there are some actors I don't know but I remain cautiously optimistic. :)

And sorry for the late response. ^^;; I was away on vacation and just returned.
29th-Jun-2011 09:25 am (UTC)
No need to correct it, just thought to let you know^^
I know almost all of them and I think it'll be really great :D

No worries. I hope you had a nice vacation^^ I'm late too, was away as well.
30th-Jun-2011 06:57 am (UTC)
Wow, it's great that you know almost all of them. At least half of the cast is new to me, but I hope they do surprise me in a good way. :)

I did, thank you. ^^ And hope you had a nice time while you were away as well. :)
30th-Jun-2011 07:18 am (UTC)
I've seen all of them before but some are more memorable than others^^
Who don't you know?

Yes, thanks, I did~
30th-Jun-2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't seen the actors who will play Haruhi, Mori, and Nekozawa in something else before (though, coincidentally, I planned way back to watch some of the series they were in--just never got around to doing so). And while I suppose I might have seen Kyouya actor before (because apparently he was in Hana Kimi), I totally can't remember him. ^^;;

Glad to hear that. :)
30th-Jun-2011 08:31 am (UTC)
I've seen the girl in Tokyo Dogs and Yankee-kun to Megane-chan and she's really cute. The guy who plays Nekozawa I've seen in Sunao ni narenakute, Hammer Session and Rebound and I do remember him but not very much, didn't have any complaints though. The guy who plays Mori I've seen in Puzzle and Zettai Kareshi but I gotta confess that I don't remember him at all, despite being so freakishly tall. But hey, there is not that much to Mori when it comes to acting so his freaky height of 1.92m for a Japanese should qualify him sufficiently XD

The guy who plays Kyouya, Daito Shunsuke, now he is just awesome XD I was excited when I read he would play Kyouya. No worries there, that guy can do anything.
Seen him in Crows Zero 1 & 2, Real Onigokko, Nobuta wo Produce, Himitsu no Hanazono, Hanakimi (he was Sano's little brother), Koshonin, Shibatora, Love Shuffle, Tumbling and Ojiichan wa 25sai.

30th-Jun-2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Ah, thank you for telling me your impressions of the actors. Hopefully, I'll get around to check out some of those dramas sometimes... And yes, Mori doesn't need to do much other than standing tall and silently stoic. XD

That's very reassuring to hear about the guy who plays Kyouya, since I think he might be a difficult character to pull off in real life. Even though I still can't really recall his HanaKimi role (thanks for telling me who he played there (^^) --it has been several years since I last saw HanaKimi), the actor does have an impressive list of works, so I think I'm already optimistic about him. :)
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