TANTEI OPERA MILKY HOLMES & TANTEI OPERA MILKY HOLMES 2

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Toys: miracle blossoms flowering in the hearts of the chosen. Some bloom into flowers of purity, others into flowers of  poison. It is the age of the Great Detectives. These two flowers wage war to see which is the most beautiful: the Great Detectives or the Gentlemen Thieves.

When I first picked up this series, I was told to throw every expectation that I for this show away. And I just brushed off my friend’s warning whom I want to apologise thinking I knew what I was getting myself into. Cute little detectives solving mysteries and fighting against gentlemen thieves with their supernatural abilities. So I was expecting it to be like a detective conan + precure kind of show. However after watching the entire show…I was wrong…so darn wrong…

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Set in the near future in the Great Era of Detectives, chosen people are born with supernatural abilities known as Toys. Those who use these Toys for evil are responsible for a wave of crimes and necessitate employing Toy-using detectives to help solve them. Sherlock, Nero, Hercule and Cordelia, are the most popular students at Holmes Detective Academy, because of the many cases they’ve solved with their Toys and teamwork. The students and the people of the Detective City Yokohama all look up to the members of “Milky Holmes”, as they’re called. But end up losing their Toys during an encounter with the Thieves’ Empire. Taken away from their rich lifestyle and thrown into an attic, the girls must try and regain use of their Toys or else face expulsion from Holmes Detective Academy.

Thus their search for their missing Toys begins…sort of, landing our characters into hilarious and absurd situations one after another.

First things first, this is NOT a kids show. Although the art style may look like it but trust me the contents in this show are definitely not kiddy.

This anime is just a huge parody of almost everything. The dynamics between the detectives, police and thieves, the amount of anime, video games shout outs and the characters themselves. The jokes are just amazingly hilarious and some of them were even kind of dark. For example, the characters were pretty happy to be thrown into jail just for free food. Thinking back of the situation that they are in, if you put yourself in their shoes, you would not complain about being thrown into jail. Some of the jokes were also pretty…crude as well.

Just forget about the plot in this show, cause there would hardly be any. And their serious moments can’t be serious for more than 10 seconds. So to those were hoping for any plot, this anime is not for you.

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The plot may not be to your liking, but the characters are by far the beauty of this series. The cast are mostly messed up in the head in their own “special” way.

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Hercule, Sherlock, Nero, Cordelia.

Lets start off with our four heroine whom are parodied after famous fictional detectives.

Sherlock, happy-go-lucky, optimistic and airheaded leader of Milky Holmes. Nero, energetic, tomboyish hacker with a serious hefty appetite. Hercule, the passive and shy voice of reason of the team with…an “amazing” imagination. Lastly Cordelia, the “mature” elderly sister of the team who happens to have frequent delusions of her team and have the tendency to burst into random singing.

These four are on their way to becoming great detectives, but when they lost their Toys, they become completely useless. I’m not kidding they turn a 180 degree to becoming an incompetent, simple-minded, brain dead, mentally unstable (Cordelia) and spoiled group. The way they dealt with their problems and the ideas that they usually have are so face palming and cringe worthy that it was hilarious.

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Stone River, Twenty, Arsene, Rat

Next we have the Gentlemen Thieves also named after fictional and non fictional thieves. Arsene, the beautiful, intelligent leader of the Gentlemen Thieves empire with a large bosom which is always emphasized. River Stone the hot blooded, stoic swordsman. Rat the youngest of the team and bomber whose name is sadly always not remembered. And lastly, Twenty the narcissistic master of disguise who likes to expose himself…he has some serious issues.

Though they are Milky Holmes greatest rival, they are indirectly helping the detectives to gain back their Toys so that they can battle each other again by posing as students and teachers in the detective academy watching their every moves. But they are also hilarious in their own way. They are also a lot brighter compared to our detectives that is for sure.

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Hirano, Kokoro, Saku, Tsugiko

Lastly G4, the police unit who are constantly pulled into the fight between Milky Holmes and the Gentlemen Thieves. All characters are named after fictional Japanese detectives. However, unlike the other groups, Kokoro makes the most appearance in G4. Kokoro is a self proclaimed genius with an IQ of >3000 and weirdly it increases as the episodes go on. Unlike her teammates, she seems to look down on the Milky Holmes and loves to sadistically manipulate the clueless detectives that leads to either hilarious or depressing results.

There are a few things that comes into my mind when I see the art style and animation. Random is definitely one of them. This show has a weird habit of changing the art and animation drastically due to their over the top reactions and poses.

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and it keeps

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getting better

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and better

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nothing more to say

Soundtrack is not really much of the anime’s forte considering there isn’t really much soundtrack to begin with….but the opening song is excellent as it pretty much sums up what the audience was getting into with that chaotic intro.

Seiyuu: Excellent cast in bringing the characters randomness to life. And oh my goodness Cordelia’s voice actress definitely did portrayed the deranged mentally unstable character that she was brilliantly. I just couldn’t stop laughing at it. Overall, it was an amazing cast.

Sherlock Shellingford—-> Mimori Suzuko

Yuzurizaki Nero————> Tokui Sora

Hercule Barton————-> Sasaki Mikoi

Cordelia Glauca————> Kitta Izumi

Arsene————————> Akesaka Satomi

Stone River—————–> Terashima Takuma

Twenty———————–> Kishio Daisuke

Rat—————————-> Shimono Hiro

Akechi Kokoro————> Nanjou Yoshino

 

 

 

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MIZUKI NANA LIVE FLIGHT + SINGAPORE!!!!!

27 September 2014….I had been waiting for that day for months. The day where I finally attended my first Mizuki Nana concert!! \(=w=)/ When I reached the Resort World Theatre, there were quite a number of fans already there…and some items sold out. Well, I couldn’t blame them considering I reached the venue around 3:30pm =_=.

People lining up to buy merchandises

People lining up to buy merchandises

Towels & hairband sold out...

Towels & hairband sold out…

For the next 2 hours I just wandered around, bought some Nana merchandise and snapped  some pictures.

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Flowers for Nana~

Flowers for Nana~

Managed to spot 2 to 3 cosplayers in the crowd. One dress as Tsubasa (Symphogear), Blossom (Heartcatch Precure) and one of them even wore Nana’s Vitalization outfit. 20140927_17232920140927_17150120140927_172257 As time slowly inches it’s way to 5:30pm…more and more fans appeared. Surprised to see fans from Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and many more here. 20140927_17183820140927_17143520140927_170907

And when the doors finally opened, fans either started to make their way to the theatre or continue to mingle outside. I chose the former. Found my seat and to my surprise look!

THIS WAS HOW CLOSE I WAS TO THE STAGE!!! YATTA!!

THIS WAS HOW CLOSE I WAS TO THE STAGE!!!

THAT WAS HOW CLOSE I AM TO SEE NANA SAMA, LIVE!!!!やった!!!! ┏( ̄(エ) ̄)┛

Those who managed to get the front seats….I envy you/them….you/these guys were literally 3cm away from the stage…away from Nana sama.

6:30pm…the doors closed, the light slowly dimmed till the theatre was pitch black. Everyone in the audience stood up with out lightsticks…and BOOM!!! NANA 出る!!! My inner fangirl just took over and I started screaming and waving the lightstick as if I want my arm to tear off. Her powerful vocals just sent me a one way trip straight to heaven.

This was the set of song Nana sang. All, which happens to be my favourite ヽ( ★ω★)ノ

01. VIRGIN CODE 02. Vitalization (-Aufwachen Form-) 03. Zankou no Gaia 04. Silent Bible 05. ETERNAL BLAZE 06. Fun Fun★People 07. Dramatic Love 08. Setsuna Capacity 09. Fate 10. GUILTY 11. still in groove 12. Mugen 13. Antique Nachtmusik 14. Kakumei Dualism 15. Appassionato 16. Kindan no Resistance 17. Rock you baby! 18. POWER GATE 19. Miracle Flight

Of course there were some “Nana talk time” in between the songs. Nana speaking English was so cute~~(∩˃o˂∩)♡ and she decided to switch back to Japanese cause her English was limited😄. During Kakumei Dualism, the fans sang TM’s parts, it really felt like I was doing a duet with her. She also sang Kindan no Resistance (Cross Ange’s OP) LIVE even though the anime and her new album isn’t released out yet. Although I heard the song on her previous Mizuki Nana smile gang episode, to hear it live is a whole new world.

The Cherry Boys also performed and introduced themselves. Ichikawa Shoji AKA Aniki, one of the guitarist, sure was popular that night~ And if my memory serves me right, Sakamoto Ryuta AKA Ryu-tan, one of the bassist and “MC”, did a “6 steps” and a few hip hop moves, not bad for his age.

They also introduced Team Yoda on stage. For those who do not know who they are, they are the dancers who dances beautifully and vigorously to Nana’s songs. Basically, without them, I can’t learn the dance to her songs…to me they are important.

Nakamura Yuuichi also made a special appearance on VTR dressed in a white pilot outfit >///< In the video, he asked Nana to give a special message to her fans in Singapore in her cutest voice to which Nana said “I love you” >///< it was so cute~ Yuuichi ended up teasing Nana much to her annoyance. The only thing that could make the video funnier is if they could have ask Fukuen Misato, Tomokazu Sugita and Tamura Yukari to join in the fun XD  Attack of the close friends😄

During the chorus of Miracle flight, everyone surprised Nana with a flag that was created as a fan project by the NM7.RGG. Her reaction to us waving the flag was amusing. 。^‿^。 she was so touched by it that she almost cried out (sry its in Japanese).

There was a double encore~~~ (*´∀`)ノ☊ฺ ▂ฺ ▃ฺ ▄ฺ ▅ฺ ▆ฺ ▇ฺ █

~Encore~ 20. POP MASTER ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ 21. DISCOTHEQUE .₊̣̇.ෆ˟̑*̑˚̑*̑˟̑ෆ.₊̣̇.ෆ˟̑*̑˚̑*̑˟̑ෆ.₊̣̇.ෆ˟̑*̑˚̑*̑˟̑ෆ.₊̣̇.ෆ˟̑*̑˚̑*̑˟̑ෆ.₊̣̇. ~Double Encore~ What better way to end off the concert than with… 22. Shin’ai —— She sang with the flag~~~

As soon as the concert ended, we performed a Sanbonjime and thank each and everyone fan for making the concert successful. Never in my life have I participated in anything like this. 楽しかったよ ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ.

THINGS THAT I BOUGHT

I was suppose to just get the file, lightsitck and the cute Nanette T-shirt…Supernal Liberty was definitely not on my list.

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The FLAG

The FLAG

Can’t wait for the Blue ray  DVD of this concert to be released. Till then, I’ll be saving money for AFA and the DVD ( ̄(エ) ̄)ノ

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SEIYUU SPOTLIGHT

FUKUEN MISATO

She is my earworm and one of my oldest obsession. She is one seiyuu that people should take notice of these days. Although she debuted back in 2000, it was not until 2005 that she got recognised as Eve from Black Cat.  While she does not really have a versatile voice, she surely has a distinctive one. She has done so many different characters that I’m not sure what her forte is. She is no stranger to cheerful plucky girls, seductive girls, young boys, deadpan snarkers, kuuderes and big sister characters. She rarely does characters who are a “little” mentally unstable… 

Out of the entire list of characters she had done, Shiguma Rika from Hanagi definitely stood out. It must have taken a lot of guts for her to do a character like Rika.

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I think I want a little overboard making this…

Describing Misato is hard…one minute she is a nice sempai, next minute she turns into a demon. Apparently, most people especially Mizuki Nana (usual target XD) calls her a sadist…except for Tatsuhisa Suzuki who claims that she is the opposite and a little weird. She also has a very forward personality. She is apparently short. No kidding she is 150cm in real life…which she gets annoyed when people point it out. Topics related to marriage, her height and her history in singing is a huge taboo for her.

Misato is Mizuki Nana’s partner in crime in hosting the Mizuki Nana Smile Gang. She also had a history with Kadowaki Mai as they formed a duo. When she is not busy with her voice acting job, she is busy with her theatre stages. 

Still the shortest😄

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Smile & Sigma Seven Sempai, Kouhai Combi

Sadly, Misato is only getting a few roles in 2014 D; hopefully that will change.

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How Much do Japanese Voice Actors / Actress get Paid?

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Ever wondered how much your favorite Japanese seiyuu (voice actor / actress) is getting paid?

In Japan, there is a ranking system for the seiyuu world. The ranks are from F~A and A being the highest.  Of course each ranking has it’s own set pay.  For example,  A rank seiyuus are paid 45,000 yen (about $443) for one 30 minute anime episode.     Above A Rank there is a rank called  “No Rank”.  No Rank is title where seiyuus can set their own price.

The picture below is an example of the ranking system.

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For example, voice actress, Kaneda Tomoko revealed that she gets paid approximately 30,000 yen (about $295) for one anime episode.  You would think that Kaneda would at least be an A Rank because she has been in the seiyuu business for 14 years but she isn’t.  This tells us that the seiyuu business isn’t easy.

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Of course…

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NICHIJOU

Story plots are usually THE number one thing that captivates the audience. A plot is to create a structure for the story to be interesting and let it become a long winded grandmother story or infinite length of noodle that has terrible quality (Yes, I just compared it to noodles). But what if a story does not need a story driven plot to be entertaining.

Nichijou (lit. Everyday life), follows the lives of a group of high school students and their school. Various oddities and absurdities abounds the setting, such as the principal that wrestles a deer, a cat that can talk, a boy that rides a goat to school and many more. However, there are still some high school normalities that takes place.

This series is broken up into different skits that focuses around the many characters in this show. First scenario is focused on schoolgirl trio spending their time together. The enthusiastic, book dumb Yuko, cheerful, short tempered tsukkomi Mio and quiet, intelligent, troller Mai. Be it participating in a random event, arguing or discussing, they will be bring out of laughter from us.

 The second scene focuses on the Shinonome Residence that consist of talking cat Sakamoto, an eight-years-old professor called Professor and living robot Nano who wants to be a normal high school girl. Same set up as the previous. Instead of school activities and such, its been replaced with household chores, groceries, Nano’s despair with the wind-up key stuck onto her, Sakamoto trying to act as the only adult only to succumb to his cat instincts and Professor having fun.
  

There are other skits that are about the side characters such as the faculties of the school, their classmates and schoolmates. At the later part of the series, Both the schoolgirl trio and the Shinonome Residence finally meet up with each other with some chaotic results.

One thing I love about this anime, is the characters over reaction to the events that are taking place.  Such as a girl launching a cannon at her crush, shooting beams out of their mouth when in pain and despairing, soul crushing, blank faces.

weapon maniac + tsundere = GUNDERE

 

How much epic can this get!

The entire anime was handled with care by the one and only KyoAni. And when KyoAni is being brought up, anime such as Clannad, Lucky Star, K-on, Air, Chunibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! and Hyoka comes into your mind. Characters in the show ends up looking moe which works pretty well when it reaches to the art shift during serious and dramatic  moments comes in play making the jokes more hilarious.

The animation was pretty fluid as well if you consider the 360 degree camera rotate before beams are being shot out, fast paced cinematic and flashy effects that makes scenes more epic than they should be.

Both the opening songs are done by Hyadain (Yes including the female vocal). The songs both are upbeat,fun and catchy which reflects off the anime pretty well. There are different endings in Nichijou and some of them are sung by the characters themselves.

Seiyuu: With all the screaming, agonizing groaning, despairing monologues, hollowing and sputtering, I can conclude that they were all having a ball of a time recording their speeches. All of them are pretty good getting into their respective characters which makes the anime a fun anime to watch.

                Aioi Yūko —————-> Honda Mariko

                Naganohara Mio ——-> Aizawa Mai

                 Minakami Mai ———–> Togashi Misuzu

                Shinonome Nano ——-> Furuya Shizuka

                Professor —————–> Konno Hiromi

                Sakamoto —————-> Shiraishi Minoru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kadokawa announces its plans to open ‘Cool Japan’ schools in select ASEAN Countries

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Fans from ASEAN countries will soon be given a chance to learn anime and manga production.
According to Kadokawa, two vocational schools will be built in Singapore and Taiwan this fall. And by 2016, the leading Japanese publisher will establish additional 10 schools in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Th… – http://bit.ly/1ocMROk

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AKUMA NO RIDDLE

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One target, one protector and eleven assassins. If you love yuri (girls love) or action, this is one show you would not want to miss. This anime has been compared to Danganronpa due to reasons. Mostly being that both anime is similar in terms of being under the “Death survival game” trope. But, does it live up to its name of being called better than Danganronpa itself. Lets see shall we.

Set in a private girls’ boarding school, Myōjō Academy. Thirteen girls are transferred into the academy’s “10th Year Class Black” (10年黒組 Jū-nen Kuro-gumi). Of these thirteen students, twelve are assassins from various backgrounds who are all tasked with assassinating the remaining student, a girl named Haru Ichinose. If they succeed, they will be granted any wish they desire, but if they fail, they are expelled from the class. However, one of the assassins, Tokaku Azuma, develops feelings for Haru and defects to her side, resolving to protect her from the other assassins. Thus the survival games begins.

The plot of the anime is pretty straight forward. After watching the show however, I realised that they ended of horribly lazily and there was some questions that were left unanswered. It left me pretty unsatisfied….but I decided to tolerate it since all the characters had their sought-of-happily-ever-after endings. But still unsatisfied.

I think the anime should have worked harder on the characters. The anime had twelve episodes. One episode focuses on one character (I refuse to call the eleven assassins antagonists), thus there was not enough time to develop the eleven assassins well. And out of that eleven, they totally just forgotten about Shiena! What was she there for! At least the manga dug into her background. And who exactly was Kaiba??? The only characters that had a proper development were Tokaku and Haru since they are the main characters of the show.

Each of the characters had their own unique design and are very expressive. Love the art shift between their façade faces and their psychotic expression. With Nio and Otoya being highly expressive that it is hilarious.

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The animation for the fight scenes were fluid and smooth.  The design for the custom endings for each specific characters was well thought out. The colours, items, backgrounds and symbolisms that brings out the characters.

The opening song, ‘Soushou Innocence’, by Uchida Mayaa was catchy and epic. As for the ending song, it changes every episode. Depending on the character of the week, the seiyuu of the character will sing. The song is unique as the lyrics reflects back on the character’s feelings and personality. AND all of them can sing pretty good!!!

Seiyuu:  Suwa Ayaka ——-> Azuma Tokaku

                  Kanemoto Hisako —–>  Ichinose Haru

                 Nanjo Yoshino ———> Hashiri Nio 

                 Numakura Minami—–>  Takechi Otoya 

                 Yoshimura Haruka —> Kaminaga Koko 

                 Yamada yuki ——> Kenmochi Shiena

                 Uchida Mami ——> Kirigaya Hitsugi

                 Misawa Sachika —-> Namatame Chitaru

                 Anzai Chika ——-> Shuto Suzu

                 Otsubo Yuka ——-> Banba Shinya / Banba Mahiru

                Asakura Azumi —–> Inukai Isuki

                Arakawa Miho ——-> Hanabusa Sumireko 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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