What Happens When You Fangirl Something and Everybody Loves It.

I want to talk about Yuri!!! on Ice. And I want to make something very clear.

This post isn’t about how awesome it is. Or how we finally have an anime with a realistic gay couple. Or how the animation flounders if Yurio and Viktor are not skating or how groundbreaking it is. Or how beautiful the music is. Or any other accolades the show is getting. Other people have done that, and done it better.

I’m here for a different reason and one that I dread sharing, but share I must.

But first, a little background. Bear with me.

When Free! Iwatobi Swim Club came out in 2013, it took the world by storm. I mean, the test video that KyoAni and Animation DO released back in the day had fans foaming at the mouth. I remember Crunchyroll created a crusade to have the show animated. And when it was official  it was coming to our small screens, Crunchyroll licensed the streaming rights. Oh happy days those were.

But that was nothing compared to when it actually streamed. I discovered and fell in love with so  many voices. Of course I already knew Mamoru Miyano, but the others? Holy cow! I was blown away by all of them. Specially when I watched other shows they were in.

Every week I wanted more of the Iwatobi Swim Club. Their story was captivating, fun, and emotional. All. At. The. Same. Time. I kept telling myself that I wanted 1000 more episodes of them.

This anime was so popular in Japan and abroad, that a second season was green-lit. I was ecstatic. The whole fujoshi world was ecstating. Tumblr was annoyingly ecstatic. We could not wait for the second season.

Free! Eternal Summer did not shine as brightly as the original had. At least for me.

Even two years later, I don’t remember much of the plot. Or the scenes that Tumblr is still squealing itself silly with. I have no desire to rewatch it or buy the super-duper-you-gotta-buy-it release from Funimation.

After my burning desire to have more of Free!,  I was feeling very meh about its sequel. I still loved my ships and the few that caught my attention on Tumblr.

And now I’m afraid the same thing will happen if a second season of Yuri!!! on Ice is green lit. I would prefer if it didn’t happen, but I’m also aware it’s all wishful thinking.

My fear is that it won’t shine like the original did because the stakes and expectations are much higher. I will watch it with the tiny hope that  it won’t suck major balls. I will watch it because I love the original. I will watch it because the feels for them are still there. But mostly, I will watch the second season, because I want to support the creators so more creators give us content like Yuri!!! on Ice.


Seiyuu: Irino Miyu

Taken from AniDB

Irino Miyu

Irino Miyu – 入野自由

First anime: D.N. Angel – eons ago when I was working at a now-dead bookstore, I started reading the manga and I was hooked. Then somebody told me there was an anime. I looked at the listing and at the time, the set was expensive. I didn’t care, though. I wanted my hands on it, sight unseen. That was a purchase I haven’t regretted. D.N. Angel is an anime that I always go back to and watch.

Latest anime: Karneval – whut? Yes, he was in Karneval. And I say was because…it’s a spoiler if I say more. I did not recognize his voice at all. I always think it’s a sign of how good a seiyuu’s voice talent is when I can’t recognize them. I’ll have to rewatch those episodes and try to catch this awesome talent.

Yes: His voice is very distinct when he plays young boys like Niwa Daisuke in D.N. Angel, Kitamura Kou in Cross Game, or Kobayakawa Sena in Eyeshield 21. When he plays older characters, you can still hear the youthfulness he displays in his younger characters. It’s that aspect of his acting that totally blows me away.

No: I still haven’t heard him playing a bad guy. So I can’t say there’s anything he’s done that I didn’t like, even with Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.

Body of work I’ve watched: (in no particular order)

  • D.N. Angel – Niwa Daisuke
  • Cuticle Tantei Inaba – Nozaki Kei
  • Karneval – Yotaka
  • Chihayafuru 2 – Tsukuba Akihiro
  • Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Nichibros) – Tadakuni and Shitsuji Toyogawa
  • Kimi to Boku. (both seasons) – Tachibana Chizuru
  • Wolf’s Rain – Hasu
  • Tsuritama – Haru
  • Tiger & Bunny – Isaac
  • Nurarihyon no Mago – Tosakamaru
  • Ookiku Furikabutte (Oofuri) – Kawashima Kou
  • Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu – Fiole Folkal
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle/xxxHolic/Kobato (all seasons and OVAs) – Shaoran
  • Cross Game – Kitamura Kou
  • Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom – Zwei
  • 07-Ghost – Shuuri Oak
  • Asura Cryin` (both seasons) – Natsume Tomoharu and Natsume Naotaka
  • Kidou Senshi Gundam 00 (both seasons and all movies) – Saji Crossroad
  • Naruto Shippuuden – Yagura and Namikaze Minato (young boy)
  • Eyeshield 21 – Kobayakawa Sena
  • D.Gray-Man – Narein
  • Spirited Away – Haku

La-di-da! Anime for Summer 2012

Spring 2012 finished up this past week and that corpse is barely in the ground when the new season starts.

I had marked on AniDb what I wanted to watch and today it starts with Arcana Famiglia. I watched the first episode on Crunchyroll and aside from the seiyuu (only two females so far), I’m not 100% sold on it. I may have to drop it because it’s not as appealing as I thought it’d be. I keep thinking of Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn and all the different famiglia and I find those stories more interesting, and fiercer, than a reverse harem Italian mafia story, male seiyuu notwithstanding.

I’ll probably update this post as more anime start coming out. It looks like everything I wanted to watch is getting simulcast by Crunchyroll at least.

NIS of America, Inc.

Japanese media company that provides games and anime. I’m mostly focused on their anime offerings.

Their anime page is here. The titles they have licensed so far that I want are these:

  • Zakuro – coming out next week!
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
  • Katanagatari
  • BRAVE10
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys

Got in my hot little hands:

  • Zakuro
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge