So I'm up late, watching anime and wrestling with codecs.
Bokura no (subs) [Triad]
Ushiro: Minagawa Junko-san
Kana: Asumi Kana-san
Kanji: Nojima Kenji-san
Machi: Sanpei Yuuko-san
Anko: Makino Yui-san
Komo: Noto Mamiko-san
Kirie: Asanuma Shintarou-san
Maki: Higa Kumiko-san
Moji: Miyata Kouki-san
Chizu: Takahashi Ao-san
Kako: Fujita Yoshinori-san
Nakama: Iguchi Yuka-san
Daichi: Sugita Tomokazu-san
Kodama: Hoshi Souichirou-san
Waku: Sakaguchi Daisuke-san
Kokopeli: Touchi Hiroki-san
Koemushi: Ishida Akira-san
The first one is "Bokura no", by the creator of "Narutaru" which Dark Horse seemingly bought and started to translate before realising exactly where the plot was headed. It's becomes pretty dark, or so I hear.
So what of "Bokura no"...? I already suspect everyone's doomed on some level, but there are only hints right now. Based on the first episode, I'm really excited about this series. I have little idea what's going on and that's just the way I like it. The opening theme is fantastic and although the anime dialogue is weak at first (way too expository), the plot is starting to shape up. I can't wait to hear the answers to the questions raised.
(As you can tell, I'm trying to avoid spoilers!)
My only qualm is with the cast numbers. No way am I going to remember all those names and personalities. Unless they don't last long. Hmm... But you do get to seiyuu-spot a lot. Minagawa Junko-san shines -- I love her voice! Not to mention that the so-obviously-creepy-he's-funny-guy is played by Abel Nightroad's voice actor, Touchi Hiroki-san.
So, I really think you should give this a go if you feel like mecha series that could take a turn for the disturbing. Looking forward to the next episode!
Darker Than Black (subs) [Mishicorp]
Hei: Kiuchi Hidenobu-san
In: Fukuen Misato-san
Mao: Sawaki Ikuya-san
Hwan: Ikeda Masaru-san
The opening really didn't grab me, although I'm very much in love with Kiuchi-san's voice. Although I'm surprised that his voice is more attractive when he's being a schoolboy tennis star that when he's being an assassin of some description. Funny how that works.
I can't help feel that this series out to have more dynamic shots, quicker movements and a better soundtrack. What is wrong with me? I was SO looking forward to this one.
Once I accepted that this wasn't the kind of show they advertised in their promo videos, I started to enjoy it. One of the best things is that they show central Tokyo in a lot of detail at street level. You can even see billboards for the company I work for! How cool is that? Lame, but it's like I live in the same world as the anime is set. Same feeling when I saw the logo in the Death Note movie (when they are on the train). I would even venture to say that I could tell you exactly where in Tokyo it was set -- a place I was today, in fact. Oh! There's even a short in a brand of coffee shop that I always avoid because it sucks (Dotour). IT'S COOL.
Not so keen about the dopey main character and his love interest. I mean, he rescues the female character HOW many times? I'm not interested in that kind of unequal romance. And I just don't care about what Keiyakusha and Dolls are and how it all works.
Overall, the plotting is pretty poor right now. I'm watching to see the Tokyo I know recreated in anime form and maybe to see more of Kiuchi-san's skill that I saw on Tennin no Oujisama. But if I didn't have enough space on my HD to see the rest, I don't think I'd be too upset.