October 25, 2007

Ai Yori Aoshi: voices of fairies

Well, I said I'd give the show a chance until Tina showed up and moved into the mansion, and that happens at the end of ep 5.

Tina is annoying as hell, but of course she's supposed to be. I suspect that she'll be reduced to a tolerable annoyance after we add in the rest of the harem, simply by dilution. Two more, I think. Also, that'll give her more victims, so she won't molest Aoi as much.

Minazuki's voice gave me a start. It's very familiar, but only from one role. She was Wind Fairy Pepper in Sugar, a Little Snow Fairy. I thought that was the best performance in that series, among many sterling performances.

It's a bit peculiar hearing Pepper's voice coming out of a bouncy girl like Minazuki. On the other hand, if she's the kind of flake it seems like she is, then that voice is perfect.

Rule #1 for harem comedies: the show is worth watching in direct proportion to te extent that the guy in the middle gets a grip. So what I'll be watching for is whether Kaoru starts standing up to Tina and refuses to let her dominate him -- and signs are good. He's already doing it, at least somewhat.

As of the end of Ep 5, Minazuki hasn't moved in yet, and we haven't yet met the remaining two haremettes, both of whom seem to be lolis. I know one of them is Minazuki's younger sister, and that she's got the same voice as Mii in Popotan.

Tina is supposed to be annoying, but that doesn't mean she won't ruin the series anyway. But if she has more victims, and if Kaoru gets a grip, and if Aoi doesn't get angsty, then I think it'll be OK.

I'm not ready to give up on Ai Yori Aoshi yet.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 07:48 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I find Taeko's voice actress has a very distinct voice.  Ai Yori Aoshi was the first thing I heard her in, but recognized her immediately in Sugar.  Although her parts are smaller in Kaleido Star and Kiddy Grade, I could still pick her out as soon as she spoke.  She has a much larger part in the second season of Kaleido Star, and plays a much different sort of role as well.

Posted by: Mob at October 26, 2007 06:48 AM (f+cPk)

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No "harem competition" angst from Aoi, so don't worry about that.  However, one could say she spends much of the series in a state of angst over whether or not she and Kaoru can stay together.  I'm not sure how much that will wear on you.

Kaoru tends to be a bit weak around Tina, because she's the one who broke him out of his shell, but it's handled pretty well.

Posted by: Toren at October 26, 2007 12:31 PM (6CGiQ)

3 Thinking about it, I wish I could take AiAo and Enishi and reorder the episodes for Steven to watch.  I could definitely improve the flow of the series, especially with regard to character development.

Posted by: Toren at October 26, 2007 01:08 PM (6CGiQ)

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