I recently started watching the series Kantai Collection, and it’s a fun little show. There is a huge cast of characters, so I’ve already got a few favorites. One of them is Kongou… born in England and raised in Japan. She’s got an over-the-top, yet easygoing personality and speaks in a very loud, deliberately paced, and somewhat broken combination of Japanese and English. And her voice sounded awfully familiar, since I’d heard it before.
Nao Touyama provides the voice for Kongou, and I have previously heard her as the half-English, half-Japanese Karen in Kin-iro+Mosaic. In fact, Touyama’s performance as Kongou is virtually identical to that of Karen’s, down to her speech patterns, including her signature long, drawn out -desu.
Back in the day, Sailor Chibi Moon was always one of the most despised Sailor Moon characters… I don’t know if that’s still the case these days with Sailor Moon Crystal and the next generation Moonies, but I never had a problem with her.
So to celebrate the appearance of Sailor Chibi Moon in my Sailor Moon complete series rewatch – currently nearly halfway through Sailor Moon S – here is her first attack: Pink Sugar Heart Attack! Not recommended for those with an aversion to the color pink, hearts, or cutesy sound effects.
Dream Theater has been around for a long time now, but they made magic on their second album. Of all the music they have ever written, the middle instrumental of this song is one of their finest moments, bursting with creativity.
The “Part I” in the song’s title was actually meant as a joke. Being a progressive band, it was a nod to multi-part progressive rock songs of the past. It wasn’t until 1999 that the “Part I” gained meaning when they decided to use this song as the inspiration and backstory for an entire album, which became Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory.
As you may recall from my latest installment of Anime A to Z, The Borrower Arrietty is one of my favorite Ghibli films. For me, it’s a “classic” from the studio, much like My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service. Hayao Miyazaki selected Hiromasa Yonebayashi to make his directorial debut with this adaptation of The Borrowers, and it resulted in a wonderful film.
The sense of scale was captured perfectly. You can tell that you’re watching tiny little people in a human-sized world, rather than normal sized people in a giant-sized world. This is especially apparent when water moves at Arrietty’s scale. The film is also very pretty artistically, and the score by harpist Cécile Corbel fits perfectly with the setting.
And then there’s Arrietty herself. She is one of my overall favorite Ghibli leads. Like many of her predecessors, Arrietty is a determined and adventurous girl trying to forge her own way in the world. But unlike her predecessors, she is only a few centimeters tall!
Below are a few fifteen screenshots of Arrietty from the film. It’s more than I would usually put in a post like this, but she is worth it.