April 30, 2012

Chipmunk Girl

There's an ANN page now for the Dog Days sequel, and it has a cast list.

All the main characters from before are listed, and there's one new one: Kuberu E. Pastillage (クーベル・E・パスティヤージュ). Presumably that's the chipmunk-girl in the publicity art. The seiyuu is Aoi Yuuki, best known to me as Korone in Daimaou. But I'm sure that this character won't be like that. Presumably a chipmunk-girl will be genki, even hyper.

She was also Madoka in Puella Magi Madoki Magica, which is an entirely different kind of character. She's very versatile.

UPDATE: It's the same writer, but they've changed directors. I hope that doesn't bode ill.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 02:22 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Wow, the director of - get this - Ranma (!), Simoun (!), and True Tears! And storyboards for Full Moon o Sagashite, too. Not having anything against Mr. Kusakawa, and of course he's done a great job at original Dog Days, but this is like expecting next Tatsuo Sato masterpiece... Well, I dropped Mouretsu Pirates, so... Still, very good vibe here.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at April 30, 2012 04:12 PM (5OBKC)

2 Just finished watching Dog Days.



So, looking forward to this.  The new director is competent, and if it was mostly the writer's world then it should come out decent.  Director has a lot of experience with comedy, which won't hurt matters.

Posted by: sqa at May 04, 2012 07:00 AM (olIc+)

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I do wonder what the story setup will be. Presumably, there's some huge danger elsewhere, and chipmunk-girl shows up and asked for help from Biscotti and Galette. That's my guess, but I wonder what the details will be. Who will eventually respond? What we want is for everyone to respond, but that makes for a pretty crowded story.

Galette: Leo, Gaul, Vert, Jaune, and Noir
Biscotti: Millefiore, Ricotta, Eclair, Brioche, Yukikaze (and likely the fox kit)
Earth: Shinku, Becky, Manami

Plus, presumably, Kuberu as a guide. That's a pretty big group.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 04, 2012 09:05 AM (+rSRq)

4 Oops. Nanami, not Manami.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 04, 2012 09:06 AM (+rSRq)

5 Well, they showed 2 countries and Yukikaze + Brioche encounter roughly 4 demonic swords per year.  Also, weren't they looking for some "Longsword"? (Depending on who translated it)

There's an entire world to flesh out and they can just put in a random demon antagonist.  There's probably also a true capital city they could spend an episode or two in.

Oh, and one thing I really loved from the series.  Shinku just accepted that they're Dog-humans and ran with it.  Right down to playing frisbee with Millefoire.  I like protagonists that end up in strange worlds and just go "eh, I can have some fun with this".  And I couldn't stop laughing at the Leo + Millefoire petting scene.  That was just too funny.

One interesting thing about the show, heavy spoilers:

Spoiler for Relationships:

Posted by: sqa at May 04, 2012 03:49 PM (olIc+)

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Gravity doesn't work the same in that world as it does in ours, as evidenced by all the floating islands and the odd floating castle, not to mention Shinku's flying flame-sled. So I wasn't too concerned about how Shinku seemed able to jump 50 or more feet in the air -- especially after he started using magic. And likewise, considering his strength, balance and coordination, I wasn't really offended by his ability to jump like that without crashing.

Besides, it's a fantasy. You have to cut some slack for the Rule of Cool.

The director of the first series knows how to do shows that don't get sidetracked by harem aspects, even if there is romance going on. He directed Nanoha A's and Nanoha StrikerS, and Dog Days is quite evidently related, in terms of story telling skill and series construction.

One of the reasons why there isn't any serious harem complication is that everyone can see that Millefiore has a huge crush on Shinku. And, well, she has priority. No one else is going to try to steal him from her as long as she wants him. I think that may have been part of Eclair's circumstances. She is intensely loyal to Millefiore, and would never, never do anything that would inconvenience the princess of the realm. Eclair's sense of duty is the foundation of her entire life. It's her reason for living, the pattern of her existence, the entirety of her self-esteem. Trying to steal the princess's boyfriend isn't acceptable.

I think that absent any other circumstances Rico might have made a play for him. But as it was, because Millefiore is Rico's best friend and princess of the realm, Rico kept him in the friends zone. But a good friend, a close friend, for such a short time.

There were a couple of things that suggested that the city-state ruled by Millefiore is part of a larger empire. Millefiore rules that particular principality, but there's a king or emperor or something elsewhere to whom she owes fealty. (Some of that I get from that wonderful letter at the end, which seems to have been sent to Biscotti from the capital.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 04, 2012 04:30 PM (+rSRq)

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