Sunday, September 30, 2012

REAL Magi Cast Announcement



While some of the seiyuu that were put down on the previous announcement were right, it turns out, a bunch of them were wrong, and the ones that were wrong were mostly ones that I liked. This new announcement was posted on animenewsnetwork, so it's definitely the real deal.
Now, let's compare the casts (the ones wrong will be highlighted) :

1st (Fake) Announcement:

Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin                        Nobuhiko Okamoto as Cassim

Takuma Terashima as Alibaba                 Aya Endo as Hakuei Ren

Aya Hirano as Morgiana                          Tetsuya Kakihara as Hakuryuu Ren

Katsuyuki Konishi as Sinbad                    Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren

Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far                        Kishou Taniyama as Ugo

Hino Satoshi as Masrur                            Shibata Hidekatsu as Amon (?)

Hiroshi Kamiya as Judal

Cast Rating: 8/10


2nd (Real) Announcement:


Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin                        Yui Horie as Yamuraiha                 

Yuki Kaji as Alibaba                               Showtaro Morikubo as Sharrkan                             

Haruka Tomatsu as Morgiana                  Wataru Hatano as Spartos

Daisuke Ono as Sinbad                            Rumi Ookubo as Pisti 

Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far                        Tomokazu Sugita as Drakon

Yoshimasa Hosoya as Masrur                   Keiji Fujiwara as Hinahoho

Ryohei Kimura as Judal                            Junichi Suwabe as Jamil

Jun Fukuyama as Cassim                          Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ugo

Nana Mizuki as Hakuei Ren                     Asami Seto as Seishun Lee

Kensho Ono as Hakuryuu Ren            

Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren


My Opinions on the Individual Cast Members:

Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin

Now this was one of the three that wasn't fake on the first announcement, and, as I stated before, since this is Kaori Ishihara's first role as a male character, I'm not sure of how she's gonna do. We'll know when the show finally airs.







Yuki Kaji as Alibaba

Okay, I'm gonna be completely honest here. I hate this choice. I hate it, it doesn't work at all, what were they thinking? I mean, Yuki Kaji is a great voice actor and all, but his voice, in my opinion, does not suit Alibaba one bit. If he were to alter his tone, maybe he'll do well, but, I just don't like this choice. I'll see his performance next week, but I kind of can't help but worry how this will come out.

Edit:
After watching the new trailer a couple of times, I think that Yuki Kaji may be able to pull it off. His tone in the trailer was definitely suitable for Alibaba, so I'm not against him being the actor any more. In fact, it looks like he'll do a good job.

Haruka Tomatsu as Morgiana

The thing about Haruka Tomatsu is that it seems like she could pull just about any roll off, and sometimes you wouldn't even know it's her. So, I guess you could say that I'm pleased with this choice of actress. I mean, she can do just about any role so I'm looking forward to this one.






Daisuke Ono as Sinbad

I was originally expecting them to pick Daisuke Ono as the voice for Sinbad, because, well, he always does the roles that fangirls squeal over. I was kind of hoping  that Katsuyuki Konishi would have been he real actor for him, this is a good choice too, but not as good as  Katsuyuki Konishi in my opinion.






Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far

Another one of the three in the fake announcement that was actually right. I really don't have any particular feelings about this casting choice, we'll just have to wait and see how he does.








Yoshimasa Hosoya as Masrur

Thank God, I mean, this is such a huge relief. Wow, this was a good choice, they actually picked an actor that matches Masrur perfectly! I am ecstatic about this choice, and just from it not being Hino Satoshi, he wouldn't have suited the role at all.Yoshimasa Hosoya was a perfect choice for this role, absolutely perfect.





Ryohei Kimura as Judal

To be honest, after yesterday's blog post, I kind of had my doubts about Hiroshi Kamiya. I wasn't sure if he was as perfectly suited for the role as I had said. Now, with Ryohei Kimura, I kind of feel that he would do well as Judal. I could imagine his voice and Judal's character, they go together very well, so I'm pleased with this choice.





Jun Fukuyama as Cassim

Just like the fake casting of Nobuhiko Okamoto for some reason, Jun Fukuyama just works for this role. Looking at his previous roles (and damn, there's a bunch of good ones), he's definitely experienced and extremely capable of playing this role. This was a great choice.






Nana Mizuki as Hakuei Ren

I actually think Nana Mizuki is much more suited for the role as Hakuei than Aya Endo would have. Nana Mizuki can do both a gentle and a strong voice well, and Hakuei is one of those strong, yet gentle characters. I'm pretty happy they chose Nana Mizuki.






Kensho Ono as Hakuryuu Ren

I still stand by what I said about wanting Hakuryuu to be voiced by a woman, but, I kind of like this choice. Kensho Ono hasn't had very many roles, but, his role as Kuroko in Kuroko no Basket left me with a good impression of him. I'm interested in how he'll act out Hakuryuu, hopefully he'll do a good job.






Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren

This is the last of the three in the fake announcement that was actually right. Like I said before, it was kind of obvious Kana Hanazawa would be playing Kougyoku, and it's a very good choice.








Toshiyuki Morikawa as Ugo

I think this was a pretty good choice. Toshiyuki Morikawa is another one of those voice actors that seem to get roles of every kind, which means he's capable of doing just about anything. It'll be nice to have him as Ugo.







Yui Horie as Yamuraiha

Yui Horie was a perfect choice for Yamuraiha. Even though I didn't know whether or not the show was going to go up to the Sindria arc, I was kind of imagining that Yamuraiha, if she appeared in the anime, would probably be voiced by Yui Horie. I mean, it just suits the character, right?






Showtaro Morikubo as Sharrkan

This really was another perfect choice. Sharrkan seems like one of those kind of laid-back characters who turns out to be real great at fighting, and   Showtaro Morikubo was the perfect choice for this type of role. Showtaro Morikubo has had many great roles, and Sharrkan being voiced by him is something I'm looking forward to very much.





Wataru Hatano as Spartos

Can't say I have any particular thoughts about this role. Spartos doesn't really speak much in the manga, maybe they'll give him more lines in the anime...? Who knows. Wataru Hatano is a pretty good voice actor though, I'm sure he'll do a good job.






Rumi Ookubo as Pisti

I love this casting choice, this is just perfect. Although Rumi Ookubo has not had very many roles, she does have a voice that suits Pisti very well (for those of you who don't know, she voiced Chinatsu in Yuru Yuri). I'm sure she'll do well, but I wish Pisti had more lines.







Tomokazu Sugita as Drakon

I have to admit, I laughed when I saw this choice. It was just, I don't know, it was too good. I actually like this casting choice, though my first reaction to finding out was questionable. It's probably because Tomokazu Sugita voiced Gin in Gintama.







 Keiji Fujiwara as Hinahoho

This was yet another good choice for the cast. Keiji Fujiwara is really good at doing really manly voices, and Hinahoho (love that name), just by looking at him, you could tell that's the kind of voice he would have.







Asami Seto as Seishun Lee

I'm surprised this guy is being voiced by a woman and Hakuryuu isn't, very surprised. I do like the casting choice though, Asami Seto hasn't done very many roles as males, but I'm confident she'll do well.








Junichi Suwabe as Jamil

Another very good choice, Junichi Suwabe does well with just about every role he does, so he's a very good choice as Jamil, the first villain of Magi.










This cast is extremely good, they definitely did not disappoint.
This cast gets a rating of 9.5/10
It would have been a 10/10, but after seeing Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin...her pitch is a bit high

So, we can look forward to an excellent cast for Magi, the anime starts next week. I'm really happy about the casting for the Eight Generals, one because it means they're including the Sindria arc, and two they're casting is just amazing. I'm really looking forward to watching the anime, and I know it's gonna be good.

Also, here's a new trailer that was released today:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Magi Anime Cast Announced

I wanted to say this before very many others have the opportunity to. Apparently, Magi's cast was announced earlier today (even though I heard that it would be announced tomorrow) on their twitter page, but the announcement was taken down due to the "chaos" it caused. I found out due to someone's post on a forum on myanimelist, but I'm not too sure if this was really posted on the twitter page or someone just made it up (and if they did it's a pretty damn good fake)

Is this real or fake? You decide.

Well here's the translation of who's in the cast:


Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin                        Nobuhiko Okamoto as Cassim

Takuma Terashima as Alibaba                 Aya Endo as Hakuei Ren

Aya Hirano as Morgiana                          Tetsuya Kakihara as Hakuryuu Ren

Katsuyuki Konishi as Sinbad                    Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren

Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far                        Kishou Taniyama as Ugo

Hino Satoshi as Masrur                            Shibata Hidekatsu as Amon

Hiroshi Kamiya as Judal


My opinions on the individual voices:



Kaori Ishihara as Aladdin

I was extremely surprised at the choice of actress. I was expecting Rie Kugimiya, who's a lot more experienced, but instead we got Kaori Ishihara, a relatively new actress who's been in the industry for two or three years but hasn't gotten many main roles. This will be her 5th role as a main character of a series, and her first role as a male character. I won't judge her performance until I actually see it, it wouldn't be fair if I did otherwise.        



Takuma Terashima as Alibaba     

I really had no clue as to who they would pick for Alibaba, but this choice is....well I don't know to be honest. I've seen him in five different roles, and he did a pretty good job for them all. I'm sure he'll do well as Alibaba, so long as he doesn't deepen his voice too much.






Aya Hirano as Morgiana

Now, this was a very good choice. To be honest, when I thought of Morgiana's voice I thought of  Ai Kayano, but since she has roles in three other shows for the fall, it was kind of obvious she wouldn't be doing it. Aya Hirano, however, matches Morgiana very well as a voice. I haven't heard her in very many roles (I haven't watched a lot of very popular series), but the few I did left me with a very good impression. I'm positive she will do a very good job as Morgiana.


Katsuyuki Konishi as Sinbad

This was a perfect choice. Absolutely, no doubt about it, perfect choice. Katsuyuki Konishi's voice matches Sinbads persona so perfectly, I couldn't possibly think of a better actor for him. Enough said.








Takahiro Sakurai as Ja’far

I didn't really have any particular type of voice in mind for Ja’far, really. I'm not very sure about the choice of actor, but then again, I didn't even know what kind of voice matched Ja’far's persona, I really didn't. So, I have no particular complaints or praises about this choice, that'll be left until I see the actual performance.





Hino Satoshi as Masrur    

This is kind of a "what the hell" choice. I really wasn't expecting him to be the voice of Masrur, not in the least. He can pull it off, as long as he deepens his voice, because, well, just look at Masrur. Does he look like the average teenage boy voice will suit him? No, no he doesn't.






Hiroshi Kamiya as Judal 

Yeah...I was kind of expecting Hiroshi Kamiya to voice Judal. I mean, who else would you have in mind? Judal is pretty much the Izaya Orihara of Magi, and who better to voice him than the very actor that voiced Izaya Orihara? Perfect choice, very predictable, but a perfect choice.






 Nobuhiko Okamoto as Cassim

Honestly, just like with Ja’far, I didn't really have an idea as to what kind of voice Cassim would have but...Nobuhiko Okamoto definitely suits him. He's a very good choice for Cassim's voice, I mean, it just works, I don't know what it is, but it just works.







Aya Endo as Hakuei Ren

I was originally thinking Minako Kotobuki as Hakuei's voice but, I have to admit Aya Endo is much better suited for the role. Aya Endo has a voice that is a combination of regal-sounding and big-sister like, and Hakuei's a princess and an older sister, so this was a pretty good choice.






Tetsuya Kakihara as Hakuryuu Ren

I was actually expecting Hakuryuu to be voiced by a woman, I mean, he does look like a boyish voice would suit him, right? Well, I don't really know what to think about Tetsuya Kakihara being Hakuryuu's voice, who knows, he might do a really good job. He did voice Simon in Gurren Lagann, so he could pull of a young boy's voice if that's what they're going for, and if it's not, well, he'll still probably do a good job. Funny thing is he looks a little like Aya Endo, who's playing his sister.


Kana Hanazawa as Kougyoku Ren

Yeah, I was kind of expecting Kana Hanazawa to voice Kougyoku, because Kougyoku is a bit of a moe character and Kana Hanazawa has a very moe voice...? Well, her voice suits Kougyoku very well, so I'm very pleased with this choice.







Kishou Taniyama as Ugo

He's a pretty good choice for Ugo. I wonder if Kishou Taniyama could do a heartwarming tone, because in the few scenes Ugo spoke I imagined he spoke in a gentle, yet charismatic tone. I'm curious to see if Kishou Taniyama can pull that off.







Shibata Hidekatsu as Amon

Now this guy is one hell of a veteran voice actor. I mean he's been in stuff that aired forty years ago, now that is something. I'm sure he'll do fine, he's been in the business for decades.









So, those are my thoughts on the cast, if I had to rate the cast I'd give them an 8/10, good but definitely not what I was expecting. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out for the anime. I do kind of wonder what the huge controversy was, I mean it's a pretty good cast, maybe the fanboys and fangirls went mad over choices they didn't like, who knows.

My Thoughts on the Summer 2012 Anime


The summer anime season has come to its conclusion, though some of the shows have still not had all of their episodes translated, (Joshiraku, Joshiraku, and Joshiraku) I still will be giving my short thoughts on the series I watched that were completed and are still ongoing.

Ongoing Anime:



Eureka Seven AO 

Eureka Seven AO is what you would call, a completely unnecessary sequel. It's a decent watch and all, but it wasn't really needed at all, and kind of ruins Eureka Seven's original happy-ending. There are only two episodes left, but for whatever reason they decided to air them during the fall season. I really have no idea why.





Sword Art Online 

Sword Art Online has to be one of the most (if not, the most) hyped up anime from the Summer anime season, the response was a bunch of mixed opinions. How did I feel about it? Well, it's definitely a great show, but it has two fatal flaws, one, the main characters are Mary-Sues, and two, the story is rushed as hell. Don't get me wrong, I actually like this series, but when the main characters are so much better than everyone else and they're almost always winning, doesn't it make it a little bit boring? Yeah, there have been some deaths, some sad moments, and moments where Kirito failed. But how many times did Kirito fail exactly? Not that many. He's always beating everyone, and if he's in trouble, Asuna conveniently shows up to help him. Not to mention every chick that meets the guy seems to fall for him. Yup, that's Sword Art Online. Hopefully the pacing will slow down a bit, and the show will improve some more. It has the potential to be something amazing, but if great is as good as it gets, well, that's fine too, it's still a good watch.


Uchuu Kyoudai

The third astronaut exam has finally concluded, and now Mutta is one step closer to his dream. I have to say, this show is pretty entertaining, a bit old fashioned, but whoever said that was a bad thing? It's a good show, and Mutta still remains as one of the most lovable main characters of the year.







Completed Anime:



Accel World 

Accel World ended well, Haruyuki showed us all he was badass. The entire series was awesome, epic, it was all that. The characters were all good, the animation was always great, and it contained one of the best filler arcs I have ever seen. (and I'm not being sarcastic, it was really good) I thoroughly enjoyed it, hoping for a second season.








Binbougami ga!

This was an awesome comedy series, and it also had its touching moments. All of the characters were funny as hell, and the story was always entertaining. Even the stereotypical onsen episode had a twist. It had a great balance of comedy, action and a little bit of drama. It trolled about a second season, but it still presents a possibility that I'm crossing my fingers for. It was fun, and was one of the best comedy, and anime overall I've seen this year.


Campione!

This show was actually pretty good at first, but somewhere around the middle of the series, it got bad, real bad. Erica and Liliana had decent personalities until they joined the harem, then they became slutty. Ena and Yuri stayed (mostly) true to their original personas though. I found it ridiculous that the girls' power could only be "transferred" to Godou through kissing. (and it was even more powerful to do it with tongue!) The problem with this series was too much unnecessary fanservice, if that wasn't a problem the show would have probably been a decent action/harem series. 

Hyouka

Hyouka ended on a very good note, it went from being a bit boring to one of the most entertaining shows of the year. Some may say that's stretching it, but with the festival arc, that just made the show so damn good. The animation was beautiful the entire time, and the characters were all good, but the festival arc.... that was just awesome. I was kind of hoping for it to be longer, but there's still hope for at least an OVA because there was one volume of the novel that wasn't animated.




Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita 

This show was weird, just like I expected it was damn weird, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bread bled, chickens fell to Ave Maria, the characters were trapped in a manga, and more. None of the characters had real names except for these two robots that come in somewhere in the middle of the series, and the episode order was totally messed up. It was very good, very nice and weird, but I guess whether you enjoy it depends on if you're into this kind of anime or not.



Joshiraku

Technically it's not a finished series yet, there are still four episodes of it that have yet to be subbed, but it has finished airing. It was a simple comedy, but it's outrageous conclusions to these conversations were just so bizarre, one couldn't help but laugh. It's a pretty good comedy, but it wasn't any Binbougami ga! or Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.




Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

This series was a lot darker than I originally thought it would be. The first few minutes of the first episode, but the darker side of the show becomes much more prominent in the later episodes of the series. It had really good romance, but you could tell immediately who the guy was gonna end up with, just like in most romances. Regardless, with the darker aspects of it this series was really good, much better than your average love/comedy show, that is for sure.




Kokoro Connect 

Kokoro Connect was a huge surprise, it really was. It was so much more than what I was expecting, the characters all had their own issues, but they try and resolve them with the help of their friends while a gender-less being is using them for its own entertainment. Now that's one hell of a show. If you haven't watched it, I suggest you do, you'll definitely like it.





Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!

This show started out okay, a harem with a twist, but then they added that dreaded thing known as, censored fanservice, and a lot of it too. Not to mention all of the girls' personalities completely changed when they joined the harem, the main three all became slutty, and the grossest part was one of them was his sister. (I'm not spoiling it, but it should be fairly obvious.)



Kuroko no Basket

Honestly, this was the first sports anime series I've ever watched, and I must say, it was pretty damn good. The team won most of their games, but then brutally lost once and it seems the opponent they lost to was pretty much unbeatable. It feels a bit incomplete because I haven't seen them defeat that team yet, but a second season is very possible because of all of the hype it's been getting and the way the last episode ended the series. 



Moyashimon Returns

It was good to have some more Moyashimon in the mix, I enjoyed seeing the microbes, but I wish they would have shortened that whole Paris deal and instead focused on the University setting. Regardless, it was still a pretty fun watch.







Natsuyuki Rendezvous

This was the biggest romance series of the season it is the love story between a young man and an older widow who's deceased husband haunts her apartment and shop, and only the young man can see him. I have to admit, there were times when the series was a bit dull, but it always pulled through in the end, and the ending, although a bit rushed, was very nice. It's a good romance series that I would recommend to anyone who likes a nice combination of supernatural and romance. It was a really nice watch.



La Storia della Arcana Famiglia

Well, this was a train wreck of an anime. It presents itself as a badass mafia action series, but....it's not. Most of the series was filler episodes, and I mean eight out of the twelve episodes were pretty much filler episodes. And the duello they made such a big deal about was just...they pretty much skipped most of the action, and it had your typical crappy shoujo ending. This show fails as both an action series and a shoujo, and I have to recommend you not watch this. Ever. 
Rinne no Lagrange Season 2

The second season of Rinne no Lagrange was still more of the same. Everuthing was the same average mecha series stuff, nothing particularly special. It was pretty The ending was so happy it was ridiculous, but what else could you expect from a mediocre mecha series like this?





Sket Dance

I was pretty surprised when I heard Sket Dance was ending this season, but I think it was a good place to stop, because the quality of the last few episodes was inferior to the earlier episodes. However, the comedy remained funny, the drama good, and the characters were still awesome. I have to admit, I'll miss it a bit, but I think it ended at a good time.




Tari Tari

Tari Tari was a nice dose of your weekly drama and teenage angst turned to a happy slice of life/music series where everyone has a good side to them. The singing part of this show is what'll really catch your eye, the angelic choir songs are sung beautifully throughout the series. This show was pretty good, I hoped for the romance between two certain characters to become more prominent, but in the end, it didn't unfortunately, but still it was a nice watch.



Yuru Yuri ♪♪

This has to be one of the more fun series of the year. It was a great sequel, everything improved, the comedy, the cast got larger, and the opening and ending themes were catchier than the last ones, but it lacked in one thing a little more than the last season, Chitose's fantasies. There weren't nearly as many of those as last season, but Yuru Yuri still remained a little perverted, silly, and all in all, just funny.





Overall, summer was a pretty good season for anime, you had some good, some great, some completely awesome, but then you had some really bad ones in the mix, but all seasons have at least one of those. With the fall season starting very soon, I can't help but wonder if it'll be as good or better than this season. I guess we'll find out soon enough.