Posted by psgels on 9 May 2008 with categories: Kurenai


Okay. That was awesome!

I really admire the balls of the director to cast voice-actors who can’t sing to save their lives, and then force them to put down a passionate song multiple times. At this episode, I was nearly disappointed when the piano started playing and the voices started sounding like they were recorded in a studio, just when the characters were having the time of their lives, singing their lungs out, but as it turns out, this never ruined any of the genuine-ness of the song. Those were probably some of the worst performances to ever have been recorded in such a studio, but it really fun to listen to. :)

Those who’ve been reading some of my entries for Macross Frontier probably know how I kept whining about how the singing-performances in that series have felt too forced. It’s episodes like these that are exactly the reason why. Plays and musicals have always been a double-edged sword: in the hands of a lazy staff they’re terribly predictable and an absolute cheese-fest, but talented writers can turn these things into gold and this episode yet again proves that. There wasn’t much in terms of storyline, and yet this episode was one of the most fun episodes to watch, and at the same time it did a terrific job in fleshing out the characters.

What I also loved was how Kurenai was able to tell Yamie that her singing was a bit off, and yet he couldn’t bring himself to say the same to Yuuno (who sung just as bad, if not worse). Even Murasaki was scared of her. :P

3 Responses

  1. deyes40 says:

    Actually, to make it more awesome, Yuuno’s seiyuu -can- sing (actually sings the ED of kurenai as well), yet Yuuno can’t. Props to the seiyuu!

    I also want to agree with what you’ve said before, the recording before animating should be done more often – brings out the best in seiyuu.

  2. Solaris says:

    z0mg! That was a filler T.T Let’s not start with filler or there’ll be another screwed serie this spring T.T

    PS: it was quite nice and peculiar as a filler indeed.

  3. Kurizu208 says:

    That was the best thing I’ve ever seen. Truly epic. If this show has anymore fillers please be like this. lol

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    Yes T&B is a great OVA series that adds much welcomed depth to the franchise and enhances the realism by removing the supernatural elements and creating a tragic somber atmosphere that is in my opinion much more sincere then the happy-go-lucky mood of the original.
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    =O As a deen disliker I get to admit that!
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    *grumble* meh, nothing for me to really go after and complain about =< grr =P
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    If I had one issue it would be minor, I would have hoped it would have gone on longer, a bit too much “flashing light” in the action scenes and if only if only Kenshin in its entirety could have been a seinen series.
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    Well I finished the trust and betrayal Kenshin ovas just there. needless to say this was a significant surprise and in my opinion from what I’ve seen of the Kenshin franchise may be the best out of it. It delivered on all notes it aimed for and gave me pretty much and understood everything I would wanted from an anime on every level. I loved it.
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