Posted by psgels on 28 November 2011 with categories: Tamayura



Sato Junichi. Do yourself a favor. Get a cat.

Remember the episode from Aria? The one which was entirely devoted to President Aria? Well, for a moment, it actually looked like this episode would in its entirety follow around the big white blob that is Momoneko-sama. It got surreal at times, turning into this bizarre parody of the silent movie to narrate what he was saying.

THANK GOD though, the second half of this episode was about something completely different. And it was wonderful. It’s been a while since I watched such a down to earth portrayal of love sickness. The character it centred around only appeared in one scene before, but her characterization was already terrific.

With three or four episodes left, I do hope that the creators will use this time to do something special. I mean, this episode was a step into the right direction, but I want more. This show already has excellent characterization for just about every of its characters. Now use that.

Also, I’m not sure if I’m the only one in this, but I always really feel sorry for the voice actors who are tasked with voicing simple animals. This episode thankfully wasn’t as bad (seriously at least these cats had some really good voice acting, even though there was absolutely nothing feline about these… things), but it’s especially bad when a voice actor is called in to voice a cow in the background… doing exactly one “mooo”. Do these people feel any pride in their work?
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Avatar Dalek-baka says:

    In this case VA of Momoneko is quite good one… but now it will be hard to watch Gurren Lagann.
    But those cows maybe there are some who specialise in sounds of animals?

  2. Avatar Firechick says:

    Ummm…did you not see the Siamese cat in the second screenshot rubbing against Momoneko? And I think Momoneko is the only blobby cat in the series. Sato’s done real cats before.

  3. Avatar du5k says:

    Lol, they used real VAs for the animals? I always had the impression that they grabbed the nearest guy available and made him do the sounds.

  4. Avatar Scruffy says:

    I always thought that Momoneko was drawn like that because it is like a physical representation of the ‘Tamayura’ that she sometimes sees in her photos.

  5. Avatar rufe says:

    I mean, the voice actors who do major animals include the likes of Kappei Yamaguchi, Mikako Takahashi, Yoshino Hiroyuki….

    As for the cow I imagine they get somebody from one of the voice acting colleges.

  6. Avatar Dalek-baka says:

    and of course Norio Wakamoto or Jouji Nakata – but those two speak, still cat is a cat

    or maybe simply director or some assistants run around the studio and they shout at employees: “Meow! Now to microphone!” and that how they get those sounds ;)

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