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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Akemi Kanda and Keiji Fujiwara:

Two new voices have been added to my 'great seiyuu' list, Akemi Kanda and Keiji Fujiwara.  Akemi Kanda has this sweet and feisty voice that can lure you in or snap you up depending on her mood.  It's hard to explain why she's so great, but she takes a lot of volatile characters like Asuna from Negima and gives them a full range of emotions and life.  It's amazing how much she can do and how many prominent roles she's played without my noticing so far.

Keiji Fujiwara, meanwhile, is an old industry pro who seems to have featured in every show ever made.  His super deep low voice is great for fathers or villains, and he has this sort of comical overtone that makes everything he says great for no good reason.  The more you listen to him the more addictive he becomes.  He would be a great 'host' in one of those seedy joints meant to entertain lonely women for money.

I wanted to keep my seiyuu list to 100, as its a round number, but when voice actors do this well I can't help but acknowledge them, nor do I want to kick out anyone else who have also earned their spots, so 102 it is.

Meanwhile, my top anime rankings list has moved up to a nice round number of 175.  Charlotte, Sore ga Seiyuu!, and Joukamachi no Dandelion are my three new entries all from this summer season.  What a red-hot start to summer 2015!  And there's still more shows left to review.  Will we end up with 30 watchable shows in a single season?  At this rate, we're looking at the best single season of anime in the history of the world.  2015 hasn't done much so far, but now it's really revving up.

And this fall, the fun doesn't end.  The next season of Bakemonogatari, Owarimonogatari, is set to air this October.  There are plenty of books left to cover -- 3 volumes of Owari, one volume of Zokuowari, and Koyomimonogatari, so it could easily be a 2 cour season like the previous one.  As for the Kizumonogatari movie, it's still in limbo like always.

Once Bakemonogatari reaches its ending, based on how good its ending is, I could easily see it being ranked even higher than it already is.  Even 9th place may be too low.

One more item of great news is that Ranma 1/2 has been released fansubbed in blu-ray in full now.  The long wait that started years ago is finally over.  Now is the time to break out the recliners and start marathoning the show from the very beginning again.

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