Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Inferno is a ★★★☆☆︱Heaven and Hell

“Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Inferno” is the best “Hades” series and although the director and cast were — almost all — replaced, the spirit of Saint Seiya is stronger than ever before! One of the most interesting aspects of the Saint Seiya franchise, for me, has always been the mythos and the generations of characters that inherit the Cloths! So, a chapter that focuses on the underworld, a place that was only briefly alluded to during the original fight against Cancer Deathmask, is infinitely interesting! Ikki and Shun’s brotherly love is also put to the test, when Hades selects Shun as his host, and Ikki is forced to choose between defeating the embodiment of all evil or protecting his younger brother! Strong story writing!

⚠️ This review of Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Inferno will contain spoilers, this segment with be the second part out of the three Hades anime adaptations ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Seiya and the rest of the Bronze and Gold Saints who have survived the Sanctuary battle have entered the world of the Dead. They are fighting to get to Hades and defeat him. 

The world-building in this chapter was really interesting, upon Seiya journey to the Underworld (during Episode 1: “Cross Over! The Acheron River”), which one could compare to something akin to Hell — the realm of Elysion is introduced into the narrative, a paradise for people chosen by the Gods! Which is the opposite of Hell, it’s something that is Edenic and could be compared to Heaven. Another interesting correlation with the mythos is that the arc is called “Inferno” and Seiya is traveling into the netherworld to rescue Saori’s soul, “Dante’s Inferno” anyone?

※ Another partial Biblical tidbit is that Saga’s evil personality, Kanon, literally has an attack called “Imperial Satanic Illusion”!

This chapter is deeply entrenched in Greek mythology and “Antigone”-like dramaturgy between the Saints and the castle guards. The first villain that really struck me was the tragic, yet beautiful — Lyra Orphée! Orphée’s lover Eurydice dies, and Orphée pleads with Pandora to release Eurydice’s soul, but then she tricks him and thus, Orphée and Eurydice’s souls are both tied to the underworld. Of course, Orphée is Orpheus from Greek mythology, but it was still a heartfelt rendition of the story and who doesn’t want to see mythological figures wearing Saint armor?

Harkening back to the “Dante’s Inferno” comparison, another point of interest that I had with this particular arc, is that each gate (“Prison”) has a differing effect on the souls that pass through. It’s like the theory that there are seven layers of heaven and seven layers of hell, read Richard Matheson’s “What Dreams May Come” novel for more of an exploration into this premise! For example the fourth layer is a swamp and has an appointed, warden Saint to guard the entrance to the next level, and fifth level is the section of the underworld where souls burn forever, etc.

Each of the core “Bronze” Saints get their time to shine throughout this series… since it is a direct sequel to the original series, they are all “Silver” Saints now, and Seiya becomes a ※Gold Saint in Omega! When Hades finally enters Shun Andromeda’s body, it is doubly tragic, because his older brother (“Ikki”) is the one forced to fight him, the (8th) episode where it all goes down is even called “Ikki! Sorrowful Punch”! The climax ends with the Saints rushing to rescue the imprisoned Athena and Ikki reminds Pandora of her bygone mortality! This chapter really packs a punch, it not only has a really well-orchestrated premise and narrative elements, but also, it has some very compelling character moments! 

※ Something else that I appreciate about the Saint Seiya series is the level of strife that the characters must endure, in order to earn their Saint Cloths! Nowadays, a character will be able to access the ultimate power level around episode twenty (or earlier), but I appreciate that the characters in Saint Seiya train for decades and entire anime seasons, before they ever reach that point. Some of them even go blind, before they can ever perfect their skills!

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Tomoharu Katsumata (director of the “Inferno” and “Elysion” arcs), notable works:

  • Anderson Dōwa: Ningyo-hime ✅
  • Captain Future
  • Cutey Honey ✅
  • Dai Yamato Zero-gō
  • Daikū Maryū Gaiking
  • Daisōgen to Hakuba (“The Princess and the White Horse”)
  • Devilman (1972)
  • Entaku no Kishi Monogatari: Moero Arthur
  • Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
  • Hashire Melos
  • Kagayake! Yūjō no V Sign
  • Magnerobo Ga-Keen
  • Mazinger Z ✅
  • Nagagutsu Sanjūshi
  • Ningen Kakumei
  • Saleryman Kintarō
  • Uchū Senkan Yamato: Kanketsu-hen (“Space Battleship Yamato: The Final Chapter”)
  • UFO Robo Grendizer
  • Waga Seishun no Arcadia (“My Youth in Arcadia”)
  • Yamato yo Towa ni (“Be Forever Yamato”)
  • Yukiguni no Ōji-sama
  • Yume Senshi Wingman

Commentary: While Mr. Katsumata’s had some shows that haven’t particularly resonated with me, like “Waga Seishun no Arcadia” and “Devilman (1972)” — despite this, Tomoharu Katsumata’s style of directing is well-suited to a Saint Seiya series, rife will slow panoramic shots and dazzling portrait images of characters fighting in a blaze of glory, I think that Mr. Katsumata was the right guy to bring in for the introduction of the malevolent Hades character! Like the colorful tragedies of “Anderson Dōwa: Ningyo-hime” — Shun Andromeda descent into the shoes of Hades was done with style and a dense atmosphere! I appreciate the level of craftsmanship put into each subsequent scene, classic director! Impeccable work on the series, the last two chapters of “Meiō Hades” feel as though Mr. Katsumata was genuinely passionate about the Saint Seiya franchise!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅✅✅

Masakazu Morita as Seiya Pegasus, notable roles:

  • Ki-ja (“White Dragon”), Akatsuki no Tona
  • Claire Stanfield, Baccano
  • Kazuya Hiramaru, Bakuman. (series) ✅
  • Eiji Hoshimiya, Big Order ✅
  • Ichigo Kurosaki, Bleach (series) ✅✅✅
  • Shōsaku Katsura, Bungō Stray Dogs ✅✅
  • Whis, Dragon Ball Super
  • Akio Fuyuki, Interlude
  • Yukari Mishakuji, K
  • Xīn Lǐ, Kingdom (series)
  • Shirō Hodzumi and Kazuki Hihara, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky (series)
  • Toshiya Satō, Major (series)
  • Alfred Visconti, Marginal Prince: Gekkeiju no Ōji-tachi
  • Itsumi Ryōgoku, Miracle☆Train: Oedo-sen e Yōkoso
  • Auel Neider, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
  • Yakumo Yoshikawa, Onmyō Taisenki
  • Pod, Pokémon Best Wishes!
  • Kotarō Tennōji, Rewrite ✅
  • Ryūji Takane, Ring ni Kakero
  • Keiji Maeda, Sengoku Basara (series)
  • Azazel, Shingeki no Bahamut (series) ✅✅✅
  • Christopher Thorndyke, Sonic X
  • Barnaby Brooks Jr. (“Bunny”), Tiger & Bunny ✅✅✅

Commentary: Mr. Morita did a splendid job in his rendition of Seiya Pegasus! Though I am more used to him playing moody characters like Azazel (“Shingeki no Bahamut”) and Barnaby Brooks Jr. (“Tiger & Bunny”), rather than a tried and true protagonist like ※Seiya! Incredible work, another great rendition of a classic character!

※ Even Ichigo Kurosaki is a bit of a grump!

Takahiro Sakurai as Dragon Shiryū, notable roles:

  • Haseo, .hack —series ✅
  • Takashi Hayashida, 3-Gatsu no Lion ✅
  • Ryō, 7 Seeds
  • Blue Knight, Accel World ✅
  • Soichirō Sena, Active Raid
  • Yū Tosaki, Ajin
  • Cutthroat, Akudama Dive
  • Atsumu Matsuyuki (“Yukiatsu”), Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (“AnoHana”) ✅
  • Shinobu Kujiin, Babylon ✅
  • Yūki Momose, Battle Spirits
  • Griffith, Berserk ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Jirō Mochizuki, Black Blood Brothers
  • Killy, Blame!
  • Izuru Kira, Bleach ✅
  • Kabuto Hanadori, Boku no Tonari ni Ankoku Hakaishin ga Imasu.
  • Bizon Gerafil, Buddy Complex
  • Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Bungō Stray Dogs ✅
  • Hiroki Kamikura, Canvas 2
  • Suzaku Kururugi, Code Geass ✅ ✅
  • Haruhiko Tsugayama, Copihan
  • Joe Shimamura, Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Solider
  • Yū Kanada, D. Gray-man ✅
  • Leon Kuwata, Danganronpa
  • Ryūsuke Higo, Detective Conan ✅
  • Mono Ureu, Devil Survivor 2 the Animation
  • Ruki Mukami, Diabolik Lovers
  • Kazuya Miyuki, Diamond no Ace
  • Tentomon, Digimon Adventure ✅
  • Kōshirō Izumi and Tentomon, Digimon Adventure 02 ✅
  • Dorulumon, Digimon Xros Wars
  • Yō’ichi Fujitani, Dive!!
  • Haine Rammsteiner, Dogs: Bullets & Carnage
  • Shirasu Kinjō, Donten ni Warau (“Laughing Under the Clouds”)
  • Sawa-sensei, Dō ni ka Naru Hibi
  • Yūto Takamine, Eien no Aseila
  • Sting Eucliffe, Fairy Tail
  • Merlin, Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majū Sensen Babylonia ✅ ✅
  • Saber (“Saver”), Fate/Prototype ✅
  • Cloud Strife, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children ✅
  • Ayame Sōma, Fruits Basket (2019)
  • Mitsuya Majime, Fune wo Amu (“The Great Passage”)
  • Kazuki Endō, Gakuen Heaven
  • Shun Ukiya, Gate Keepers
  • Hiroto Amagiwa, Geneshaft
  • Hikari Genji, Genji Monogatari Sennenki (“The Tale of Genji”)
  • Orpherus Fürst von Marmelade Nahe Görz, Ginyū Mokushiroku Meine Liebe
  • Yūji Kazami, Grisaia no Kaijitsu ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kazuya Watari, Guardian Hearts
  • Inugami, Gugure! Kokkuri-san ✅
  • Akiteru Tsukishima, Haikyū! ✅
  • Dande, Pokémon: Hakumei no Tsubasa (“Twilight Wings”) ✅ ✅
  • Suefumi Ono, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de (“Beyond the Stream of Time”)
  • Alzeid, Hatenkō Yūgi (“Dazzle”)
  • Hiroyuki Sogabe, Hatsukoi Limited.
  • Kanade Takahashi, Hatsukoi Monster
  • Noboru Take, Hibike! Euphonium ✅
  • Enza, Historical
  • Richard Ranashinha de Vulpian, Hōsekishō Richard-shi no Nazo Kantei (“The Case Files of Jeweler Richard”)
  • Ichitaka Seto, I”s
  • Jōji Minami (“Tekkaman”), Infini-T Force ✅ ✅
  • Jin Tsurasawa, Innocent Venus ✅ 
  • Kazuhito Harumi, Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō (“Dog & Scissors”)
  • Rockman X, Irregular Hunter X: The Day of Sigma (“Megaman X”)
  • Rohan Kishibe, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Part 4: Diamond wa Kudakenai (“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable”) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tazaki, Joker Game ✅
  • Misaki Takahashi, Junjō Romantica ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Ryūkō Mōten, Jūshin Enbu: Hero Tales
  • Izumo Kusanagi, K ✅
  • Yoshihiko Nagai, Kaikan Phrase
  • Leon Oswald, Kaleido Star
  • Kaizō Katsu, Katte ni Kaizō
  • Giyū Tomioka, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kyōsuke Kindaichi, Kitsutsuki Tanteidokoro (“Woodpecker Detective’s Office”)
  • Kiyomaro Takamine, Konjiki no Gash Bell!! (“Zatch Bell!”)
  • Shōgo Mikadono, Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imōto ga Iru! (“My Little Sister Is Among Them!”)
  • Claude Faustus, Kuroshitsuji II (“Black Butler II”) ✅ ✅
  • Yūri Shibuya, Kyō kara Maō! ✅
  • Krusty, Log Horizon ✅
  • Ja’far, Magi ✅
  • Ri’ichi, Miura, Mahōtsukai no Yome (“The Ancient Magus’ Bride”) ✅ ✅
  • Loki, Matantei Loki Ragnarok ✅
  • Honey, Micchiri Neko
  • Reigen Arataka, Mob Psycho ✅ ✅
  • Fareed McGillis, Kidō Senshi Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ✅ ✅
  • Meme Oshino, Monogatari —series ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kusuriuri, Mononoke ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Griamore, Nanatsu no Taizai
  • Sasori, Naruto: Shippūden ✅
  • Yūta Sakurai, Net-jū no Susume (“Recovery of an MMO Junkie”) ✅
  • Yūta Otabe, Niji-iro Hotaru: Eien no Natsuyasumi
  • Rui Sagisawa, Libra of Nil Admirari
  • Zombieman, One Punch Man ✅
  • Kyōya Sata, Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji (“Wolf Girl & Black Prince”)
  • Shun Kurosawa, Ore-sama Kingdom
  • Osomatsu Matsuno, Osomatsu-san ✅ ✅
  • Kei Agemaki, Otome Yōkai Zakuro (“Girl Demon Zakuro”) ✅
  • Jircniv Rune Farlord El Nix, Overlord —series ✅
  • Ferid Bathory, Owari no Seraph ✅
  • Susumu Yamazaki, Peace Maker Kurogane
  • Vlad Garfunkel, Phantom in the Twilight
  • Zwei, Phantom the Animation ✅
  • Rook Banjō Crossfield, Phi Brain: Kami to Puzzle ✅
  • Fakir, Princess Tutu ✅ ✅
  • Shugo Makishima, Psycho-Pass ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kogorō Akechi, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Shin, Saint Beast
  • Dragon Shiryū, Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades-hen ✅ ✅
  • Minos Griffon, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas ✅ ✅
  • Takashi Kamiyama, Sakigake!! Cromartie Kōkō ✅ ✅
  • Jin Mitaka, Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo ✅ ✅
  • Ya’ichi, Saraiya Goyō (“House of Five Leaves”) ✅ ✅
  • Taishi Ichimiya, Servant x Service
  • Go Ichimonji, Shin Getter Robo tai Neo Getter Robo
  • Sasame, Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Prétear
  • Lucifer, Shingeki no Bahamut ✅ ✅
  • Shirokuma, Shirokuma Cafe ✅
  • Satoshi Isshiki, Shokugeki no Sōma ✅ ✅
  • Uki Isohata, Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (“And Yet The Town Moves”) ✅
  • Yamato Kurosawa, Sukitte Ii na yo.
  • Haru Kurabayashi, Switch
  • Uta, Tokyo Ghoul ✅ 
  • Yūdai, Tokyo Marble Chocolate
  • Coco, Toriko ✅ ✅
  • Yasaburō Shimogamo, Uchōten Kazoku (“The Eccentric Family”) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Isuzu Ichinose, Uchū Senkan Tiramisù ✅
  • Luka Crosszeria, Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (“The Betrayal Knows My Name”)
  • Ōgi, Utawarerumono: Isuwari no Kamen ✅ ✅
  • Ai, Yū☆Gi☆Ō! VRAINS
  • Guiche de Gramont, Zero no Tsukaima
  • Bit Cloud, Zoids: New Century
  • Shito Tachibana, Zombie-Loan

Commentary: I was shocked that Mr. Sakurai was the one the reprised the role of Dragon Shiryū! Yes, Saint Seiya is a huge franchise, but it doesn’t have the same kind of modern accreditation as something like Lupin III does, so to see such a famous and young actor filling the shoes of Shiryū shocked me! As you can tell by Takahiro Sakurai’s filmography, he’s a really talented seiyū, so it goes without saying that he was brilliant as Shiryū! I would compare the role to Kusuriuri (“Mononoke”) and Giyū Tomioka (“Kimetsu no Yaiba”), because his performance is very stoic and subdued. Amazing work, Mr. Sakurai is doing the late Hirotaka Suzuoka justice!

Yūta Kasuya as Shun Andromeda, notable roles:

  • Oren and Kamioren, Super Dragon Ball Heroes
  • Gokotai, Tōken Ranbu ✅✅

Commentary: Casting Mr. Kasuya as Shun Andromeda was a great choice for the character! I have only ever heard him in “Tōken Ranbu” — but the character is very youthful sounding and cute, and I think that translates well into Shun… even though this is the season where Shun transforms into the diabolical Hades, lord of the underworld! Powerful acting as the character! 

Hiroaki Miura as Hyōga Cygnus, notable roles:

  • Slade, Bōken Ō Beet
  • Zarbon and Ganos, Dragon Ball Kai and Super
  • Aikka, Oban Star-Racers
  • Matagu Shidō, Onegai☆Teacher and Onegai☆Twins ✅
  • Shūsuke Chitose, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai: Hadairo Ritsu Kyūwari Zō!?
  • Dione Whip Snake Plasma, Saint Seiya Omega ✅
  • Kōjirō Shindō, Seikaisuru Kado (series)
  • Wataru Minakami, Sister Princess: Re Pure
  • Shigure, Taishō Mebiusline: Chicchai-san

Commentary: I haven’t heard many roles that Hiroaki Miura has performed in, but his work as Hyōga Cygnus is actually pretty dang good! I would say that I slightly prefer Hyōga’s original voice, but Mr. Miura does well with the shoes that he has to fill. Great job!

Katsuyuki Konishi as Phoenix Ikki, notable roles:

  • Sakaki, .hack (series)
  • Semimaru Asai, 7 Seeds
  • Chiaki Hanazono, Ahiru no Sora
  • Sakaki, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime ✅
  • Bulat, Akame ga Kill ✅
  • Jūzō Shima, Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujōō-hen ✅
  • Ohika, Arata Kangatari
  • Leo, Arte
  • Tōya, Ayashi no Ceres ✅✅✅
  • Toraji Ishida and Red Blade Braver, Bamboo Blade
  • Tatsumi Oga, Beelzebub
  • Bem, Bem (2019) ✅✅
  • Shūhei Hisagi and Keigo Asano, Bleach ✅
  • Haji, Blood+ ✅✅
  • Yoshiyuki Terada and Spinel Sun, Cardcaptor Sakura ✅✅
  • Ioan Malcal, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
  • Kenji Kazama, D-Frag!
  • Kenji Dobashi, Dear Boys
  • Kaburagi, Deca-Dance
  • Reiji Sakamaki, Diabolik Lovers
  • Ataru Chūō, Dorei-ku the Animation
  • Ginyu, Dragon Ball Kai and Super
  • Tom Tanaka, Durarara!! (series) ✅
  • Takeru Noto, Enen no Shōbōtai (“Fire Force”)
  • Laxus Dreyar and Yury Dreyar, Fairy Tail (series) ✅
  • Rock Volcan, Gaist Crusher
  • Otonoshin Koito, Golden Kamuy
  • Hiroki Kurokawa, Haikyū!! ✅
  • Genzō Shibata, Hataage! Kemono Michi
  • Kaede Nonohara, Hayate no Gotoku!
  • Blood Dupre, Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World
  • America and Canada, Hetalia Axis Powers
  • Masamune Matsumoto, High Score
  • Sōsuke Yaotome, IDOLiSH7 ✅✅
  • Diavolo, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Part 5: Ōgon no Kaze 
  • Renato Socci, Jormungand ✅
  • Ōdanna, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
  • Kenta Usui, Karin ✅
  • Hank, Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e
  • Tsumugu Kinagase, Kill la Kill ✅
  • Tengen Uzui, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅✅
  • Ritsu Kisaragi, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Shinobu Ōsaki, Kin’iro no Corda: Primo Passo (series)
  • Shiori Shibuya, Kyō kara Maō!
  • Refuto, Kyōkai no Rinne (series)
  • Sōbi Agatsuma, Loveless ✅✅✅
  • Ozma Lee, Macross Frontier ✅✅✅
  • Louie, Mahō Senshi Louie
  • Johann Trinity, Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  • Char Aznable, Mobile Suit Gundam-san ✅
  • Taiyō Shirahama, Monster Strike
  • Dreyfus, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Tanktop Master, One Punch Man ✅
  • Thunder (“Zapdos”), Freezer (“Articuno”), and Raikō, Pokémon ✅✅
  • Takehito Morokuzu, Prison School
  • Hiromitsu Hamawatari (“Hammer”), Pyū to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni Yukimasu
  • Yūji Kenmi, Sacred Seven
  • Ikki Phoenix, Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ✅✅
  • Kyō Mibu, Samurai Deeper Kyō
  • Masamune Takano, Sekai’ichi Hatsukoi ✅✅
  • Kaoru Seo, Sekirei
  • Shingen Takeda, Sengoku Night Blood
  • Amidamaru, Shaman King ✅✅✅
  • Renbart Psyche, Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica
  • Full-Time Panda and Adelie Penguin, Shirokuma Cafe ✅
  • Tōda, Shōnen Onmyōji
  • Ren Tsuruga, Skip Beat! ✅
  • Lloyd Irving, Tales of Symphonia ✅✅✅
  • Largo Lloyd, Tegamibachi ✅
  • Nobuyuki Masaki, Tenchi Muyō! Ryōōki (4th and 5th Season) ✅
  • Kamina, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ✅
  • Takahisa Kajimoto, Tennis no Ōji-sama
  • Kōtarō Amon, Tokyo Ghoul ✅
  • Convoy, Transformers Superlink
  • Fan Hyulick, Tytania
  • Kuin, Ushio to Tora (2015)
  • Oswald, Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ōji-sama: Short Stories
  • VolFogg, Yūsha-Ō GaoGaiGar ✅✅

Commentary: Mr. Konishi has a very handsome-sounding voice. I have echoed the same sentiment in my more recent “Skip Beat!” review, but Katsuyuki Konishi is very soothing to listen to. I should have mentioned him more when I wrote about “Macross Frontier” — his characterization of Ozma Lee made the character feel very congenial and helped create an attachment to the world (the voice acting in “Macross F” is SS+ tier). I also grew up loving Sōbi Agatsuma (“Loveless”), so there’s that! Amazing work, as always!

Takumi Yamazaki as Mū Aries, notable roles:

  • Yata, .hack//GU
  • Hans Kleif, A.D. Police (TV)
  • Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald, Fate/Zero ✅✅
  • Bansai Kawakami, Gintama ✅✅
  • Incognito, Hellsing ✅✅
  • M’Quve, Kidō Senshi Gundam: The Origin ✅✅
  • Tomohisa Harada, Mezzo DSA ✅
  • Tatsuhiko Shidō, Night Walker
  • Dera Mochimazzi, Tamako Market ✅✅
  • Nano, Togainu no Chi

Commentary: Now I understand why I’m one of the only people in the anime community that can stand Dera’s voice in “Tamako Market” …it’s because he is also Mū Aries! Who would have thought that they had the SAME seiyū! Despite Mr. Yamazaki not being as active in the voice acting industry, the few roles that he does pick up here and there are very striking! I remember thinking how good M’Quve’s voice sounded in “Gundam: The Origin” and now, I know why! Fantastic work, as always!

Yūji Mitsuya as Shaka Virgo, notable roles:

  • Psychogenie, CB Chara Gō Nagai World ✅✅
  • Hyōma Aoi, Chō Denji Robo Combattler V
  • Yūji Katō, Chōjin Sentai Baratack
  • Higashi no Kaioshin and Kibitoshin, Dragon Ball Z (series) ✅✅
  • Shunsuke Hayami, Gekisō! Rubenkaiser
  • Principal, Gin no Saji ✅
  • Jecy Moor, Hi-Speed Jecy
  • Sōichi Tsujii, Itō Junji: Collection ✅
  • Yuito, Kagaku Bōken-tai Tansar 5
  • Kōji Tongari, Kiteretsu Daihyakka
  • Ichirō Irabu, Kūchū Buranko ✅✅✅
  • Lowell Grey, Lady Georgie
  • Lady Black, Lupin III: Part II ✅
  • Seki Hisashi, Majo demo Steady
  • Yotsuya Tomoshige, Nanako SOS
  • Claude, Natsu e no Tobira ✅✅
  • Pica, One Piece
  • Osamu Nanjo, Ōgon Senshi Gold Lightan
  • Marg, Rokushin Gattai GodMars
  • Mime Benetnasch, Saint Seiya ✅✅✅
  • Katsudonman and Hamburger Kid, Sore Ike! Anpanman
  • Apulo, Teki wa Kaizoku: Neko-tachi no Kyōen ✅✅
  • Tetsu, Time Bokan Series: Zenderman
  • Hayato Shindō, Time Travel Tondekeman!
  • Grinpatch, Toriko
  • Tatsuya Uesugi, Touch
  • Jack, Yōsei Ō ✅✅✅
  • Majari, Yū☆Yū☆Hakusho

Commentary: Commentary: I really like Mr. Mitsuya’s voice, even though many projects that he’s been attached to over the years have either become relics or completely faded into obscurity! I really loved him as Ichirō Irabu (“Kūchū Buranko”) and Mime Benetnasch (“Saint Seiya”), among many other great performances! He has such a handsome-sounding voice! Magnificent work, as always!

Ryōtarō Okiayu as Saga and Kanon Gemini, notable roles:

  • Densuke Matsuo, Android Ana Maico 2010
  • Igor Neuhaus, Ao no Exorcist
  • Ryūjirō Kamikage, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
  • Maeda, Asobi Asobase ✅
  • Kaika Itsuki, Babylon ✅
  • Tiger’s Eye, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS ✅✅
  • Byakuya Kuchiki, Bleach ✅✅
  • Issei Nishikiori, Boku no Chikyū wo Mamotte ✅✅
  • Yuji Naruo, Burn Up! Excess and Burn Up! W ✅✅✅
  • Ryūtarō Ōyama, Cardfight!! Vanguard G
  • Lanfei Hong, Chūka Ichiban!
  • Akio Furukawa (“Nagisa’s Papa”), Clannad ✅✅✅
  • Dark Mousy, D.N. Angel ✅
  • Hyoi Kagezaki, Dark Cat
  • Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott (“Ike”), Date A Live ✅
  • Shin, DD Hokuto no Ken (2013) ✅
  • Fumimaro Ayanokōji (“Royal Inspector”) and Subaru Okiya, Detective Conan ✅✅✅
  • Takuro Kimura, Di Gi Charat ✅
  • Katsuhiko Jinnai, El Hazard (series) ✅
  • Kenye Tokioka, eX-Driver
  • Kuro no Lancer (“Vlad III, The Impaler Prince”), Fate/Apocrypha ✅✅✅
  • Berserker (“Lancelot”), Fate/Zero ✅✅
  • Shigure Sōma, Fruits Basket (2001) ✅✅
  • Scar, Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) ✅✅
  • Franz Heinel, Future GPX Cyber Formula (series)
  • Shigeyuki Murakoshi, Giant Killing
  • Kazuharu Fukuyama, Girls Bravo (series)
  • Claude Winchester (“Mr. K”), Gravitation ✅
  • Akuram, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de
  • Puchū, Gomez, and Toru Watanabe — Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel♥Saga ✅
  • Meisuke Nueno, Jigoku Sensei Nube
  • Asio, Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Gū (“Haré+Guu”) ✅✅
  • Kaoru Asahina, Junjō Romantica ✅✅
  • Koinosuke Odago, Jūbee-chan 2: Siberia Yagyū no Gyakushū
  • Aoyama-kun, Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun
  • Nagare Akatsuki, Kidō Senkan Nadesico
  • Kevin Mask, Kinnikuman II Sei
  • Hartia Allenford, Majutsushi Orphen and Majutsushi Orphen: Revenge
  • Shirō Amakusa Tokisada, Makai Tenshō (“Ninja Resurrection”)
  • Joshua Grant, Marginal Prince: Gekkeiju no Ōji-tachi
  • Yū Matsūra, Marmalade Boy ✅✅
  • Gorgeous, Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikū
  • Rintarō Shinjuku, Miracle Train: Chuo-sen e Yōkoso
  • Andrew Waltfeld, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • Treize Khushrenada, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
  • Isaku Zenpōji, Nintama Rantarō
  • Ieyasu Tokugawa, Nobunaga no Shinobi
  • Borsalino and Kaku, One Piece
  • Kei’ichi Hiiragi (“Usamimi Kamen”), Onegai My Melody
  • Touch Me, Overlord
  • Atsushi Miyagawa, Recorder to Randoseru (series)
  • Kurei, Rekka no Honō
  • Jun Kenzaki, Ring no Kakero
  • Kurō Kō, Saiunkoku Monogatari
  • Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Sengoku Basara (series)
  • Takeshi Yoroi, Shin Hurricane Polymar
  • Mach Windy, Shippū! Iron Leaguer
  • Tetsuya Asada, Shōbushi Densetsu Tetsuya
  • Hisashi Mitsui, Slam Dunk
  • Shimon Takagi, Sotsugyou M: Ore-tachi no Carnival
  • Masamune, Strange+
  • Raidiese F. Branstein, Super Robot Taisen OG
  • Grid, Tales of Eternia
  • Kunimitsu Tezuka, Tennis no Ōji-sama (series)
  • Toriko, Toriko ✅✅
  • Charles Chrishunds, Vassalord.
  • Brad Crawford, Weiß Kreuz
  • Hiroto Honda (“Tristen”), Yū☆Gi☆Ō ✅
  • Vashti, Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ōji-sama: Short Stories

Commentary: I used to wonder why there was so much attractive-looking fan works made of Saga Gemini (and “Kanon”), and now it all makes sense… it’s because he’s voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu! The man is not only very handsome, but he has a very gorgeous voice, too! Is it any wonder that Saga is a fan favorite? Some of my favorite performances from him were Yuji Naruo (“Burn Up”), his iterations in “Burn Up W” and “Excess” are similar to the Kintarō Ōe character in “Golden Boy” — and I really enjoy him as Fumimaro Ayanokōji (“Detective Conan”), because how can you not like an eccentric police inspector with a pet squirrel? Amazing job, as always!

As I said earlier, “Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Inferno” was personally my favorite addition to the trilogy, and even though the main cast were almost all replaced by a handful of unfamiliar talents, the voice actors were still able to do the original cast justice, in their delivery! The tragedy behind Shun Andromeda being chosen as a host by the arrantly evil Hades and the exploration of the underworld, was great — it felt like I was watching the old Saint Seiya again! I give the “Inferno” chapter a 6/10!

Rankings: 

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~Santuary  ★★☆☆☆

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Inferno ★★★☆☆

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Elysion ★★★☆☆

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Sanctuary is a ★★☆☆☆︱The Old Cast is Back in Action!

The boys are back, and while the “Sanctuary” arc kind of slogs with the visual direction, shot compositions, and excess exposition — it still is an adequate building block to the last two arcs of the “Meiō Hades” saga — which are both objectively better, by comparison! I attribute the lowered quality to Shigeyasu Yamauchi being assigned to the position of chief director, as I stated in my “Yumekui Merry” review, I am not the biggest fan of his work, and I dropped off during the Majin Bū arc in “Dragon Ball Z” (when Mr. Yamauchi first picked up the mantel of director for “Dragon Ball Z”). Despite my criticisms, I’m glad that characters like Virgo Shaka are given more exploration in the “Meiō Hades” continuum!

⚠️ This review of Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Sanctuary will contain spoilers, this segment with be the first part out of the three Meiō Hades anime adaptations ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Hades is planning to take over the world, to achieve that goal, he sends out deceased Gold Saints to take Athena’s head. Seiya and the other Bronze Saints come to help but their help isn’t appreciated by the remaining Gold Saints that are still alive. 

The first thing that stuck out to me in the “Meiō Hades” was the return of Pisces Aphrodite and Cancer Deathmask as silent, black-armored apparitions! The idea of Hades manipulating the souls of the dead was a very cool concept, and I thought the introductory fights versus the two were some of the most striking action sequences in the microcosm of the first twelve episodes of the “Sanctuary” chapter! Mū Aries being the catalyst that brought the Saints back together was a nice touch, too!

The rumor of Hades rising again is startling, seeing as their last full-blown war against Athena happened two-hundred forty-three years ago! Ripples in the plot like that fact is what draws me into the Saint Seiya franchise, despite a lot of the tropes later becoming clichés that would dominate the shōnen-action genre! I love the idea of generational, Grecian battles. I also loved that when Aphrodite and Deathmask WERE revived, they were relatively soulless, giving credence to Saint Seiya’s continuity of brutal battles and the permanence of death. I was impressed that, despite the existence of an afterlife realm that the Saints can freely travel to, death still remains a high stake concept.

The addition of villains like Wyvern Rhadamanthys and the black-hearted vixen, ※Pandora, further enhanced the build-up to the identity of who will inherit the spirit of Hades! I really enjoyed Pandora in “The Lost Canvas” chapter, too, she’s a very interesting gal! In the ninth episode: “At the End of Pride” —  Shaka’s childhood of poverty in India is revealed and that makes his cosmic sacrifice that much more poignant. Though the direction and scripting could have been better, the end of the first series leaves off with the Saints having lost Shaka, Mū, Milo, and Saori in the war against Hades! Though, Saori’s life is salvaged at the behest of Shaka’s sacrifice! Though the structure of the show crumbles a little bit, it has one hell of a cliffhanger!

※ Pandora is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto (voice of Motoko Kusanagi in “Ghost in the Shell”)!

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Shigeyasu Yamauchi (director of the “Sanctuary” arc), notable works:

  • Casshern Sins
  • Digimon Adventure 02 (Part 3, in the English version of the film) ✅
  • Dr. Slump
  • Dragon Ball Z (※eps 200-291)
  • Dragon Fist 
  • Han yori Dango
  • Inferious Wakusei Senshi Gaiden Condition Green
  • Kimi no Iru Machi
  • Kōchū Ōja Mushiking: Mori no Tami no Densetsu
  • Magical★Tarurūto-kun Movie
  • Motto! Ojamajo Doremi: Kaeru Ishi no Himitsu
  • Ojamajo Doremi Sharp Movie
  • Saint Seiya: Kamigami no Atsuki Tatakai (Movie #2)
  • Saint Seiya: Saishū Seisen no Senshi-tachi
  • Saint Seiya: Shinku no Shōnen Densetsu
  • Saint Seiya: Tenkai-hen Josō – Overture
  • Street Fighter Zero The Animation (“Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie”)
  • Xenosaga The Animation
  • Yumekui Merry

Commentary: I mentioned before in my “Yumekui Merry” review, that I am not a fan of Mr. Yamauchi’s work… the same pratfalls that his series usually fall into are applicable in this adaptation as well. The STORY for “Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Sanctuary” is pretty dang good, especially when it comes to Virgo Shaka’s backstory and his sacrifice to protect Athena! The pacing drags like an anchor though, and I found myself feeling exhausted  before the start of each new episode. In the next installment of “Meiō Hades” — Tomoharu Katsumata (director of the original “Cutey Honey” series) is put in charge and that exponentially increases the enjoyment of the series! It’s much more lively, and has a very similar spirit to the original TV series!

※End of the World Tournament saga and the entire Majin Bū saga. He also directed many of the movies: #3, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, and #13. Along with the “Saiya-jin Zetsumetsu Keikaku” OVA.

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅✅✅

Toru Furuya as Seiya Pegasus, notable roles:

  • Jimsa, Andromeda Stories
  • Bavi Stock, Bavi Stock
  • Mamoru Chiba, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon (series) ✅✅
  • Casshern, Casshern Sins ✅✅
  • Tōru Amuro, Detective Conan (series) ✅✅✅
  • Suppaman, Doctor Slump
  • Yamcha, Dragon Ball (series) ✅✅
  • Abel, Dragon Quest: Abel Yūsha Densetsu
  • Franz Robinson, Kazoku Robinson Hyōryūki: Fushigi na Shima no Flone (“The Swiss Family Robinson: Flone of the Mysterious Island”)
  • Kyōsuke Kasuga, Kimagure Orange☆Road ✅
  • Hiroshi Shiba, Kōtetsu Jeeg
  • Hyūma Hoshi, Kyojin no Hoshi
  • Rei Kigata, Kyofu Shinbun
  • Hiroshi Umino, Marine Snow no Densetsu
  • Amuro Ray, Mobile Suit Gundam (series) ✅✅✅
  • Ribbons Almark, Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  • Jack Sydow, Natu e no Tobira ✅✅
  • Sabo, One Piece
  • Kosaku Hatanaka, One Pound Gospel
  • Zen Kirishima, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 
  • Sirius,Sirius no Densetsu ✅
  • Kōsaku Sakamoto, Stop!! Hibari-kun!
  • Mario, Super Mario Brothers — all anime adaptations
  • Tony, Terra e… (1980)
  • Narrator, Tōhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai ✅✅✅
  • Shin Kusaka, Uchū Kūbo Blue Noah
  • Tasuke Tokugawa, Uchū Senkan Yamato
  • UFO Man, UG☆Ultimate Girls
  • Shingo, Urusei Yatsura ✅
  • Utsunomiko, Utsunomiko
  • Izu, Windaria ✅
  • Toppy Topran, World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin

Commentary: In the next installment of the “Meiō Hades” saga, Toru Furuya’s role is reprised by Masakazu Morita (voice of Ichigo Kurosaki in “Bleach”). I would assume that is probably due to scheduling conflicts, seeing as Mr. Furuya plays Tōru Amuro in “Detective Conan”! Mr. Furuya is able to return to the role of Seiya Pegasus in style, it must be difficult to go back to a character that you voiced fifteen years earlier (though, there HAVE been many video game adaptations), but this seiyū seems to breath life into Seiya’s character like no time has passed at all! Incredible work, as always!

Hirotaka Suzuoki as Dragon Shiryū, notable roles:

  • Kei, Ai City
  • Kojirō Hyūga, Captain Tsubasa
  • Maya, Chō Kōsoku Galvion
  • Kamil Kashmir Jr., Chōriki Robo Galatt
  • Tenshinhan, Dragon Ball (series) ✅
  • Wolfgang Krauser, Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle ✅
  • Ivan Konev, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ✅
  • Noriaki Kakyōin, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken (1993)
  • Yellow Belmont, Kikō Sōseiki Mospeada
  • Bright Noa, Mobile Suit Gundam ✅✅✅
  • Banjō Haran, Muteki Kōjin Daitarn 3
  • Sakaki (“Giovanni”), Pokémon ✅
  • Tatewaki Kuno, Ranma ½ ✅✅
  • Hajime Saitō, Rurōni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romatan ✅✅
  • Lord British, Salamander
  • Adler Einstein, Seijūki Cyguard
  • Shingo Hojō, Sengoku Majin Goushougun
  • Kojirō Hyūga, Shin Captain Tsubasa
  • Red Silver, Shinkai no Kantai: Submarine 707
  • Samojirō Aboshi, The Hakkenden
  • Inaba, Urusei Yatsura ✅
  • Dr. Richard Kimble, What’s Micheal? 2
  • Yakumo, Yū☆Yū☆Hakusho

Commentary: Mr. Suzuoki’s role was reprised by Takahiro Sakurai (voice of Rohan Kishibe in “JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Part 4: Diamond wa Kudakena”) in the “Inferno” and “Elysion” chapters! This was one of Suzuoki’s last roles before he passed away, his last  performance being Bright Noa in “Mobile Suit Z Gundam III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars” — he will be dearly missed in the industry, Hirotaka Suzuoki’s Dragon Shiryū really defined that character! Amazing performance, and please rest in peace, Mr. Suzuoki!

Ryo Horikawa as Shun Andromeda, notable roles:

  • Eiji Akagi, “Eiji”
  • Kenji Hishiki, Aitsu to Lullaby: Suiyobi no Cinderella
  • Kōji Amami, Ame-iro Cocoa
  • Anthony Brown, Candy Candy (movie)
  • Heiji Hattori, Detective Conan (series) ✅✅✅
  • Vegeta, Dragon Ball Z (series) ✅✅✅
  • Ladios Sopp, Five Star Stories ✅
  • Reinhard von Lohengramm, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu ✅✅✅
  • Galory Cherrowick, Good Morning Athena
  • Tadao Yokoshima, GS Mikami ✅✅✅
  • Kenshirō, Souther, and Toki — Hokuto no Ken (“Fist of the North Star”) ✅✅✅
  • Arthur Drake Brighton, Lady Lady!!
  • Rokuro Chikanaka, Minna Agechau♡
  • Kō Uraki, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
  • Musashi Natsuki, Musashi no Ken
  • Ken’ichi Watanabe, Pelican Road Club Caroucha
  • Jiro Shutendo, Shuten Dōji ✅✅
  • Naoto Kadomatsu, Slow Step
  • Kenta Hirono, Yume Senshi Wingman
  • Karasu, Yū☆Yū☆Hakusho

Commentary: The role of Shun Andromeda has been reprised by Yūta Kasuya (voice of Gokotai in “Tōken Ranbu”) in later chapters of “Meiō Hades”! Mr. Horikawa has such an iconic voice, whether he’s Vegeta (“Dragon Ball Z”), Heiji Hattori (“Detective Conan”), Reinhard von Lohengramm (“Ginga Eiyū Densetsu”), or Kenshirō (“Hokuto no Ken”). His voice as Shun is more of an effeminate character, so I would compare the acting to his roles as the aforementioned Reinhard von Lohengramm, of course, and Ladios Sopp (“Five Star Stories”). No matter the role, Mr. Horikawa has a very commanding presence! Very talented man, and he’s so perfect as Shun!

Kōichi Hashimoto as Hyōga Cygnus, notable roles:

  • Genzō Wakabayashi, Captain Tsubasa
  • Mu, Chō Kōsoku Galvion
  • Sai and Kuro, One Piece
  • Jun Kazami, Yoroshiku Mechadock

Commentary: The role of Hyōga Cygnus has been reprised by Hiroaki Miura (voice of Matagu Shidō in “Onegai☆Teacher”) in later chapters of “Meiō Hades”! I would argue that, even in the original series, Hyōga has the weakest presence out of the main cast. His biggest time in the spotlight was during his training arc and his fight against his mentor, Aquarius Camus! Despite this, even though I haven’t heard any of Kōichi Hashimoto’s other roles, his Hyōga is iconic. Great work!

Hideyuki Hori as Phoenix Ikki, notable roles:

  • Ikurō Hashizawa, Baoh Raihōsa ✅✅
  • Belze Rochefort, Black Cat (TV)
  • Tomoaki Araide, Detective Conan ✅✅
  • Ginyu, Dragon Ball Z ✅
  • Hyunckel, Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken (TV)
  • Ryōma Fūma, Fūma no Kojirō
  • Folk Green, Hi-Speed Jacy
  • Penguin Emperor, Kenzen Robo Daimidaler
  • Warsman, Kinnikuman
  • Tōru Hagiwara, Kusatta Kyōshi no Hōteishiki
  • Shinji Itō, Kyō kara Ore wa!!
  • Abel Buttman, Lady Georgie
  • Kyoya Izayoi, Makai Toshi Shinjuku (“Demon City Shinjuku”)
  • Nobuo Tanka, Memories
  • Matsugorō Ogami, Matsugorō Ogami
  • Judge Vinsmoke and Kuma Bartholomew, One Piece
  • Shūji Ikutsuki, Persona 3
  • Taison Maeda, Rokudenashi Blues
  • Momotarō Tsurugi, Sakigake!! Otokojuku
  • Ryūji Danma, Shōnan Junai Gumi!
  • Hajime Ryudo, Sōryūden
  • Otoko Strike, Taiho Shichauzo (1996)
  • Sergei Strelka, Tales of Zestiria
  • Tetsuo Aku, Tiger Mask Nisei

Commentary: The role of Phoenix Ikki has been reprised by Katsuyuki Konishi (voice of Kamina in “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan”) in later chapters of “Meiō Hades”! Though I have heard less of Hideyuki Hori’s roles than I would like to admit, I really have enjoyed his powerful performance as the armored anti-hero, Phoenix Ikki, his role as Ikurō Hashizawa in “Baoh Raihōsa” was pretty dang spectacular, too! Great work!

Takumi Yamazaki as Mū Aries, notable roles:

  • Yata, .hack//GU
  • Hans Kleif, A.D. Police (TV)
  • Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald, Fate/Zero ✅✅
  • Bansai Kawakami, Gintama ✅✅
  • Incognito, Hellsing ✅✅
  • M’Quve, Kidō Senshi Gundam: The Origin ✅✅
  • Tomohisa Harada, Mezzo DSA ✅
  • Tatsuhiko Shidō, Night Walker
  • Dera Mochimazzi, Tamako Market ✅✅
  • Nano, Togainu no Chi

Commentary: Now I understand why I’m one of the only people in the anime community that can stand Dera’s voice in “Tamako Market” …it’s because he is also Mū Aries! Who would have thought that they had the SAME seiyū! Despite Mr. Yamazaki not being as active in the voice acting industry, the few roles that he does pick up here and there are very striking! I remember thinking how good M’Quve’s voice sounded in “Gundam: The Origin” and now, I know why! Fantastic work, as always!

Yūji Mitsuya as Shaka Virgo, notable roles:

  • Psychogenie, CB Chara Gō Nagai World ✅✅
  • Hyōma Aoi, Chō Denji Robo Combattler V
  • Yūji Katō, Chōjin Sentai Baratack
  • Higashi no Kaioshin and Kibitoshin, Dragon Ball Z (series) ✅✅
  • Shunsuke Hayami, Gekisō! Rubenkaiser
  • Principal, Gin no Saji ✅
  • Jecy Moor, Hi-Speed Jecy
  • Sōichi Tsujii, Itō Junji: Collection ✅
  • Yuito, Kagaku Bōken-tai Tansar 5
  • Kōji Tongari, Kiteretsu Daihyakka
  • Ichirō Irabu, Kūchū Buranko ✅✅✅
  • Lowell Grey, Lady Georgie
  • Lady Black, Lupin III: Part II ✅
  • Seki Hisashi, Majo demo Steady
  • Yotsuya Tomoshige, Nanako SOS
  • Claude, Natsu e no Tobira ✅✅
  • Pica, One Piece
  • Osamu Nanjo, Ōgon Senshi Gold Lightan
  • Marg, Rokushin Gattai GodMars
  • Mime Benetnasch, Saint Seiya ✅✅✅
  • Katsudonman and Hamburger Kid, Sore Ike! Anpanman
  • Apulo, Teki wa Kaizoku: Neko-tachi no Kyōen ✅✅
  • Tetsu, Time Bokan Series: Zenderman
  • Hayato Shindō, Time Travel Tondekeman!
  • Grinpatch, Toriko
  • Tatsuya Uesugi, Touch
  • Jack, Yōsei Ō ✅✅✅
  • Majari, Yū☆Yū☆Hakusho

Commentary: I really like Mr. Mitsuya’s voice, even though many projects that he’s been attached to over the years have either become relics or completely faded into obscurity! I really loved him as Ichirō Irabu (“Kūchū Buranko”) and Mime Benetnasch (“Saint Seiya”), among many other great performances! He has such a handsome-sounding voice! Magnificent work, as always!

Ryōtarō Okiayu as Saga and Kanon Gemini, notable roles:

  • Densuke Matsuo, Android Ana Maico 2010
  • Igor Neuhaus, Ao no Exorcist
  • Ryūjirō Kamikage, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
  • Maeda, Asobi Asobase ✅
  • Kaika Itsuki, Babylon ✅
  • Tiger’s Eye, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS ✅✅
  • Byakuya Kuchiki, Bleach ✅✅
  • Issei Nishikiori, Boku no Chikyū wo Mamotte ✅✅
  • Yuji Naruo, Burn Up! Excess and Burn Up! W ✅✅✅
  • Ryūtarō Ōyama, Cardfight!! Vanguard G
  • Lanfei Hong, Chūka Ichiban!
  • Akio Furukawa (“Nagisa’s Papa”), Clannad ✅✅✅
  • Dark Mousy, D.N. Angel ✅
  • Hyoi Kagezaki, Dark Cat
  • Sir Isaac Ray Pelham Westcott (“Ike”), Date A Live ✅
  • Shin, DD Hokuto no Ken (2013) ✅
  • Fumimaro Ayanokōji (“Royal Inspector”) and Subaru Okiya, Detective Conan ✅✅✅
  • Takuro Kimura, Di Gi Charat ✅
  • Katsuhiko Jinnai, El Hazard (series) ✅
  • Kenye Tokioka, eX-Driver
  • Kuro no Lancer (“Vlad III, The Impaler Prince”), Fate/Apocrypha ✅✅✅
  • Berserker (“Lancelot”), Fate/Zero ✅✅
  • Shigure Sōma, Fruits Basket (2001) ✅✅
  • Scar, Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) ✅✅
  • Franz Heinel, Future GPX Cyber Formula (series)
  • Shigeyuki Murakoshi, Giant Killing
  • Kazuharu Fukuyama, Girls Bravo (series)
  • Claude Winchester (“Mr. K”), Gravitation ✅
  • Akuram, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de
  • Puchū, Gomez, and Toru Watanabe — Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel♥Saga ✅
  • Meisuke Nueno, Jigoku Sensei Nube
  • Asio, Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Gū (“Haré+Guu”) ✅✅
  • Kaoru Asahina, Junjō Romantica ✅✅
  • Koinosuke Odago, Jūbee-chan 2: Siberia Yagyū no Gyakushū
  • Aoyama-kun, Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun
  • Nagare Akatsuki, Kidō Senkan Nadesico
  • Kevin Mask, Kinnikuman II Sei
  • Hartia Allenford, Majutsushi Orphen and Majutsushi Orphen: Revenge
  • Shirō Amakusa Tokisada, Makai Tenshō (“Ninja Resurrection”)
  • Joshua Grant, Marginal Prince: Gekkeiju no Ōji-tachi
  • Yū Matsūra, Marmalade Boy ✅✅
  • Gorgeous, Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikū
  • Rintarō Shinjuku, Miracle Train: Chuo-sen e Yōkoso
  • Andrew Waltfeld, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • Treize Khushrenada, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
  • Isaku Zenpōji, Nintama Rantarō
  • Ieyasu Tokugawa, Nobunaga no Shinobi
  • Borsalino and Kaku, One Piece
  • Kei’ichi Hiiragi (“Usamimi Kamen”), Onegai My Melody
  • Touch Me, Overlord
  • Atsushi Miyagawa, Recorder to Randoseru (series)
  • Kurei, Rekka no Honō
  • Jun Kenzaki, Ring no Kakero
  • Kurō Kō, Saiunkoku Monogatari
  • Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Sengoku Basara (series)
  • Takeshi Yoroi, Shin Hurricane Polymar
  • Mach Windy, Shippū! Iron Leaguer
  • Tetsuya Asada, Shōbushi Densetsu Tetsuya
  • Hisashi Mitsui, Slam Dunk
  • Shimon Takagi, Sotsugyou M: Ore-tachi no Carnival
  • Masamune, Strange+
  • Raidiese F. Branstein, Super Robot Taisen OG
  • Grid, Tales of Eternia
  • Kunimitsu Tezuka, Tennis no Ōji-sama (series)
  • Toriko, Toriko ✅✅
  • Charles Chrishunds, Vassalord.
  • Brad Crawford, Weiß Kreuz
  • Hiroto Honda (“Tristen”), Yū☆Gi☆Ō ✅
  • Vashti, Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ōji-sama: Short Stories

Commentary: I used to wonder why there was so much attractive-looking fan works made of Saga Gemini (and “Kanon”), and now it all makes sense… it’s because he’s voiced by Ryōtarō Okiayu! The man is not only very handsome, but he has a very gorgeous voice, too! Is it any wonder that Saga is a fan favorite? Some of my favorite performances from him were Yuji Naruo (“Burn Up”), his iterations in “Burn Up W” and “Excess” are similar to the Kintarō Ōe character in “Golden Boy” — and I really enjoy him as Fumimaro Ayanokōji (“Detective Conan”), because how can you not like an eccentric police inspector with a pet squirrel? Amazing job, as always!

Overall, since Shigeyasu Yamauchi directed the first portion of the series, the pacing and direction is all over the place! Though, the tedious directing is somewhat balanced out, after hearing the Saints return with their entire original vocal cast! It’s really refreshing, like a blast from the past, so if you are already a Saint Seiya fan, I recommend this series. It picks up in the last two arc and you will particularly enjoy the “Sanctuary” chapter if you’re a fan of Shaka Virgo! I rate “Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~Santuary” a 4/10!

Rankings: 

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~Santuary  ★★☆☆☆

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Inferno ★★★☆☆

Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ~ Elysion ★★★☆☆

2ch Urban Legends︱きさらぎ駅

Title︱〝Kisaragi Station

※ The story is more commonly known under the moniker of “Seragi Station”!

Introduction to the〝2ch Urban Legends〞series︱Welcome to my translation project. The idea for this series came when I first learned about the “Kisaragi Station” story, and with that, my curiosity got the best of me, which lead to me going down a Japanese urban legend rabbit hole. During my journey, I learned that this trickling sediment of accumulated folklore had given rise to some popu trends in Japanese film and literature, and have even spawned several series of parody novels, that are solely dedicated to demystifying these viral stories! Strangely enough, many of them haven’t been translated, so I have made it my mission to translate the bulk of these stories into English!

Background Info︱Legends of phantom trains has been a part of Japan’s cultural history since the Meiji era, when steam locomotives were first introduced to the nation. The theories of trains bringing death and bizarre testimonies about the matter were even discussed in Yoshizen Sasaki’s dissertation on the matter, during the early nineteenth century.

References in Media︱This is one of the most popular 2ch horror stories, so there have been several video games and references in pop culture. In anime, the phantom station was referenced in Otherside Picnic (“Ura Sekai Pikunikku”). In video games, the most prolific one that references Kisaragi Station is “The Ghost Train”! Search「幽霊列車」(“ghost train”) into the YouTube search bar and there are a plethora of really interesting video footage of rogue trains running on unusual routes in the middle of the night.

Synopsis︱One day, a young girl named Hasumi notices that the railcar that she commonly commutes in has passed her stop, and she ends up at mysterious train station. Despite being near her home, the area is completely unfamiliar to her. Has she lost track of time or is it a different world altogether?


98:あなたのうしろに名無しさが・・・:04/01/08 23:14

98: ※ 2ch: 04/01/08 23:14

気のせいかも知れませんがよろしいですか?

Do you think that it might be all in your head?

The chat log that Hasumi is on is literally called〝The Nameless Behind You〞— for the sake of simplicity, I have condensed the name to 2ch, since the website was where the tale originally was distributed on. Though, there are rumors that it was posted on 2ch, after the chat was catalogued from another forum.


99:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/08 23:16

99:2ch: sage 04/01/08 23:16

取りあえずどうぞ

Please restate it.


100:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/08 23:18

100:2ch: sage 04/01/08 23:18

>>98

何がおきてるの?

>>98

What’s going on?


101:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:18

101:2ch:04/01/08 23:18

先程から某私鉄に乗車しているのですが、様子がおかしいのです。

I have been riding an evening train for a while, but the appearance is strange.


104:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/08 23:19

104:2ch: sage 04/01/08 23:19

※ ふんふん

*sniff, sniff*

※ “Kōsui no nioi ga punpun shite iru” is a Japanese wordplay pun, used as a joke that is indicative of smelling a strong odor.


107:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:23

107:2ch:04/01/08 23:23

いつも通勤に使っている電車なのですが、先程から20分くらい駅に停まりません。
いつもは5分か長くても7、8分で停車するのですが停まりません。
乗客は私のほかに5人いますが皆寝ています。

It is a train that I always use for commuting, but it’s been stopped at the station for about 20 minutes longer than it usually does. Sometimes it stays at a station for 7 or 8 minutes, but even if it is 5 minutes or longer, it does not ever stop. There are five passengers sitting beside me, but they are all sleeping.


108:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/08 23:23

108:2ch: sage 04/01/08 23:23

もう、電車降りちゃったりしてないよね?

You haven’t gotten off the train yet, have you?


111:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:25

111:2ch:04/01/08 23:25

特急とか各停とかの違いじゃないの?

Is the locomotive a limited express train or is it a monorail?


112:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/08 23:25

112:2ch: sage 04/01/08 23:25

>>107 快速電車?

>>107 A bullet train?


114:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:29

114:2ch:04/01/08 23:29

ご指摘通りに、乗り間違えた可能性ももあるかもしれませんね。もう少し我慢してみます。

As you pointed out, there is the possibility that you got on wrong. I’ll try to be a little more patient.

また、おかしいようであれば相談させていただきたいと思います。

Also, if it seems strange, I would like to ask you for more details.


115:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:35

115:2ch:04/01/08 23:35

とりあえず一番端っこの車両に行って

For now, go to the farthest side.

車掌を見に行ってみれば?

I suggest that you go and see the conductor?


116:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:40

116:2ch:04/01/08 23:40

もし運転手がてんかんを起こしてたら大変だ。車掌室まで見に行ってこい!

It would be hard if the driver is having an epileptic seizure. Go to the conductor’s room!


118:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:44

118:2ch:04/01/08 23:44

まだ停まる気配がないのでちょっと見てきます。

There is no sign of a stop yet, so I will look at it for a while.


120:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/08 23:47

120:2ch:04/01/08 23:47

路線と乗った駅名をまず書きましょう。

First of all, let’s track the train from the route and the name of the station where you got on.


126:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:00

126:2ch:04/01/09 00:00

ブラインドというか窓に目隠しがしてあって、車掌さんも運転手さんも見えませんでした。

There was a blind or a blinder on the window, so I wasn’t able to see the conductor or the driver.

路線は静岡県の私鉄です。

The route is a local railway, in Shizuoka Prefecture.


128:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:01

128:2ch:04/01/09 00:01

>>126 コテとトリップつけてくれ

>>126 Why don’t you try knocking on the window?


137:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:08

137:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:08

窓を叩いてみたのですが返事はなかったです。

I tried hitting the window, but there was no reply.


146:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:13

146:2ch: 04/01/09 00:13

窓から外見えないの?

Can’t you look out of the window?

通過した駅の名前とか

Name the last station you passed.


153:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:19

153:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:19

トンネル出てから速度が少し落ちました。普段トンネルなんてないのですが。
新浜松からの電車です。

The speed dropped a little after I left the tunnel. There is usually no tunnel. It is a train from Shin-Hamamatsu.


156:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:23

156:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:23

停まりそうです駅みたいです。

If it is a station, then it is likely to stop.


157:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:24

157:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:24

まさか降りないよね?

It’s not going to rain, is it?


160:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs: sage 04/01/09 00:25

160:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs: sage 04/01/09 00:25

今きさらぎ駅に停車中ですが、降りるべきでしょうか。聞いた事も見たことも無い駅なのですが。

I’m stopping at Kisaragi Station right now, should I get off? It is a station that I have never heard of or seen.


161:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:26

161:2ch:04/01/09 00:26

>>はすみ
何時の電車に乗ったの?

>>Hasumi What time did you get on the train?


162:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:26

162:2ch:04/01/09 00:26

ぜひ降りてみて

Please get off, by all means.


165:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:28

165:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:28

終点まで乗っててくれ

Get off at the end.


166:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:29

166:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:29

つーかもう発車してるっしょ

You’re already on the way out, aren’t you?


167:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:29

167:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:29

降りてしまいました。無人駅です。

I got off. It is an unmanned station.

乗った電車は11時40分だったと思います。

I think the train I got on was at 11:40.


168:町田親衛隊 ◆VbT745avmg: sage 04/01/09 00:30

168:Machida SS ◆VbT745avmg: sage 04/01/09 00:30

きさらぎ駅って、検索しても出ない・・・

Even if I search for Kisaragi Station, I can’t find anything …

っていうか、はすみ君の電車は一時間も走ってたのか。

I mean, was Hasumi’s train running for an hour?

じゃ、ほんとに風呂。

Then, it is really an express.


170:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:32

170:2ch: 04/01/09 00:32

きさらぎ駅って検索引っかからないな…

Don’t get caught searching for Kisar Station …


176:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:34

176:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:34

戻ろうと思い時刻表を探しているのですが見当たりません。

I’m looking for a timetable to go back, but I can’t find it.

電車はまだ停車していますのでもう一度乗ったほうが無難でしょうか。と書いてるうちにいってしまいました。

If the train was still stopped, it might have been better to get on again. It has gone while I was waiting.


181:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:36

181:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:36

近くに人のいそうな建物はありませんか?

Is there a building near you that appears to have people?

寒いから体に気をつけてくださいね

It’s cold, so be sure to stay warm.


182:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:36

182:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:36

駅から出てタクシーでも探してみます。ありがとうございました。

I’m going to get out of the station and look for a taxi. Thank you very much.


183:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:36

183:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:36

それがよかろう

That’s all right.

気をつけてな

Be careful.


185:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:39

185:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:39

終電もとっくにすぎた無人駅の周囲に

Around the unmanned station, the last train has been gone for too long.

はたして容易にタクシーがあるか甚だ疑問である

It is very questionable whether finding a taxi will be very easily.


186:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:41

186:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:41

そしてはすみは二次元の世界の住人になったとさ

It seems that Hasumi has become a resident of a two-dimensional world.


187:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:41

187:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:41

タクシーどころか、何もないところでした。どうしたら

It’s too far out in the middle-of-nowhere for there to be a taxi around, there was nothing. How?


190:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:43

190:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:43

>>187

駅員または近くにある交番へ ゴゥ

>>187

Find the station staff or a police box nearby, go!


191:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:43

191:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:43

とりあえず110番?

Dial 110 for now?


193:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:43

193:2ch: 04/01/09 00:43

タクシー会社に電話するのは?

Did you call a taxi company?


194:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:43

194:2ch: 04/01/09 00:43

こりゃもうKへ行くしかないねぇ

You have no choice but to try and find someone.


195:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:44

195:2ch: 04/01/09 00:44

近くに電話ボックスがあったら、電話帳でタクシー会社調べて電話だ

If there is a telephone box nearby, check the taxi company in the phone book and call.


200:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:46

200:2ch:04/01/09 00:46

>>はすみさん
あの・・・きさらぎ駅って言う駅がないんですが、もう一度
確認していただけますか?駅名

>>Hasumi-san There is ・・・ no station that is named that, “Kisaragi Station”but, I would check again. Are you able to check it out? The station?


202:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:47

202:2ch:04/01/09 00:47
とりあえず、104にでも電話して駅に近いタクシー会社を聞いてタクシー読んだ方がいいかも。

For the time being, it might be better to call 104 and get assistance to find a taxi company near the station, then you should be able to catch a cab.


204:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:48

204:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:48

家に電話して迎えに来てくれるよう頼んだのですがきさらぎ駅の場所が両親にもわからないようです。

I called home and asked them to pick me up, but my parents didn’t know where the station was.

地図で調べてから迎えに来てくれることになりましたが、なんか怖いです。

I’ve been picked up since I checked the location on the map, but I’m afraid of something.


209:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:50

209:2ch: 04/01/09 00:50

ほかの人はどうしたの?

What happened to the others?

降りたのは君だけかい?

Are you the only one who got off?


213:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:52

213:2ch:04/01/09 00:52

>はすみさん

>Hasumi-chan

俺もネットで調べてみたけどきさらぎ駅って言う駅名が出てこないんだ。新浜松周辺にいることは間違いないんですよね?

I also looked it up on the internet, but the name of the station that says “Kisarag Station” does not come up. There is no doubt that you are around Shin-Hamamatsu, right?

ヤフーで調べてみます

I’m looking into it on Yahoo!


214:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:53

214:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 00:53

公衆電話は探したのですが無いです。他の人は降りませんでしたので、いま私一人です。

I looked for a public phone, but there wasn’t one. The others didn’t get off, so I’m the only one now.

駅名はきさらぎで間違いないです。

The name of the station is definitely Kisaragi.


215:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:55

215:2ch:04/01/09 00:55

ギャルゲーの如月駅も無人駅なん?

This “Kisaragi Station” ーis it also an unmanned station?


217:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:56

217:2ch: 04/01/09 00:56

公衆電話は駅の敷地の外に有る場合もあるよ。

Public phones may be outside the station grounds.


218:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 00:56

218:2ch:04/01/09 00:56

ゲームオタなのか?ググったらゲームがでてきたが。

Are you an otaku? I was super devastated, after ※ that game ended.

※ The eroge visual novel, Dōkyūsei (or “Classmates”) 2, takes place in a fictional town called 〝Kisaragi Town〞 — the person in the chat must have assumed that the post was a prank, that was written from a fan of the game series.


220:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 00:56

220:2ch: 04/01/09 00:56

とりあえず駅を出てみたら?

Why don’t you leave the station for now?


221:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 00:57

221:2ch: sage 04/01/09 00:57

今ちょっと調べたら、

You have been looking into it for a while now,

鬼って書いて、きさらぎって読めるのね。。。

You can imagine that there’s spirits and then reading this in that, with that in mind, becomes a lot more fun。。。


223: ※ 携帯の人:04/01/09 00:59

223:2chan:04/01/09 00:59

きさらぎ駅の前と次の駅名を書いて。書いてないとはいわせない。

Write the name of the next station in front of the Kisaragi Station. It should have been written down.

The text literally reads 〝Mobile Person〞—I would assume that the user logged in from a mobile device. Japanese sites more often than not have an SNS feature for cellphones to access, and even though this story takes place in 2009, there were still websites that were commonly accessed via mobile phone!


225:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:00

225:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:00

>>221 鬼駅かよ…

It’s an oni station …

こぇぇ

Hey, hey.


229:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:01

229:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:01

ゲームって何のことですか。次の駅も前の駅も書いてないです。

What should I go? I couldn’t find the next station or the previous station.


249:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 01:08

249:2ch:04/01/09 01:08

線路を歩いて帰りましょう

You could walk home on the tracks.


259:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:12

259:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:12

そうですね、パニックになっていて気が付きませんでした。線路に沿って歩きながら両親からの電話を待ちます。

Well, I’m panicked, so I didn’t notice if there was another station upon our arrival. I will wait from a call from my parents as I walk along the tracks.

先程アイモードのタウン情報で調べてみたのですがポイントなんとかエラーってなってしまいました。

I examined the town’s information on my phone’s GPS mode a little while earlier, but the point somehow malfunctioned.

早く帰りたいです。

I want to go home early.


255:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 01:10

255:2ch:04/01/09 01:10

>>はすみ

>>Hasumi

早くタウンページなり何なりしてタクシー呼びなさいな

Call a taxi as soon as you reach the next town, please say something.


256:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:11

256:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:11

今から走って追いかければ電車に追いつけるかも!

If you run and chase it now, you may be able to catch the next train!


258:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:11

258:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:11

駅なんだから周りに民家くらいあるだろ

If there’s a station, there must about a private house around.


265:町田親衛隊 ◆VbT745avmg:04/01/09 01:14

265:Machida SS ◆VbT745avmg:04/01/09 01:14

まわりはどんなところなんだ?

What’s around you?

何もないって言っても、山が見えるとか、畑があるとか、一面草原とか、

Even if you say there is nothing, you can see a mountain, 一is there a field, or a grassland nearby?

海が見えるとか、そういう特徴を教えて。

Describe the location, from what you are able to see around you.


280:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:18

280:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:18

近くには本当に何も無いです。草原とか山が見えてるだけです。

There’s really nothing nearby. I can only see grasslands and mountains.

でも線路を辿っていけば帰れると思いますので頑張ってみます。ありがとうございました。

But I think that I can return if I follow the tracks, so I will do my best. Thank you very much.

ネタだと思われてもいいので、また困ったら相談してもいいですか。

You can think this is story, but I will talk to you again if I’m in trouble.


283:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:18

283:2ch: sage 

>>280 いいよ

Okay

とりあえず気をつけてね

Be careful for now.


285:町田親衛隊 ◆VbT745avmg: sage 04/01/09 01:19

285:Machida SS ◆VbT745avmg: sage 04/01/09 01:19

いいよ~

Okay~

携帯の電池切れにだけは気をつけて。今は命綱なんだからね。

Just be careful about your phone’s battery running out. It’s your lifeline now.


286:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:19

286:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:19

>>280
方向間違えるなよ。

Don’t go in the wrong direction.

あと、トンネル内は気をつけろよ

Also, be careful in the tunnel.


296:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:22

296:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:22

何もない所で携帯の電波は届くのか?

Can I get my phone’s signal in a place where there’s nothing?

駅から動かない方がいいと思うが・・・

I think it’s better not to move from the station・・・


303:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:24

303:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:24

寒い夜、駅員がいない一人ぼっちの駅

A station with no station staff on a cold night

もうすぐ電球も落ちて真っ暗になるかもしれんな・・・

The light bulb may soon be turned and go black・・・


304:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:25

304:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:25

線路はもっと真っ暗な罠。これからトンネルもあるんだろ?

The track is a darker trap. There’s going to be a tunnel from now on, right?


305:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:25

305:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:25

それでも駅で夜明けを待ったほうが無難だったかもね・・・

Still, it might have been better to wait for the down at the station …


308:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/ 01/09 01:26

308:2ch: 04/01/09 01:26

こりゃやばいな

It’s like studying a ※ tanuki

※ In folklore, tanuki are trickster raccoon dog spirits that are known for shapeshifting and playing tricks on humans, in some accounts, the creatures are even capable of creating music. The version of the tanuki legend that is directly being referenced in this story is the bamboo-cutting tanuki (竹伐狸) legend. These creatures have been said to make the sounds of flutes and drums late into the night, and supposedly, the music sounds so real, that witnesses have claimed that the experience is not a delusion. In anime that reference tanuki (like “Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān”), some myths even give the creatures the ability to create full-fledged hallucinations.


317:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:30

317:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:30

父親から電話があり、いろんな問答があってどうし ても場所がわからないから110番しなさいと言われたので、

My father called me and told me to call 110 because I had various questions and answers and I didn’t know the place.

多少抵抗はありますが今から電話して助けて頂く事にします。。。

Although there is some resistance, I will call now and have you help …


358:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:43

358:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:43

明るくなってからのほうが行動しやすいと思うんだけどな・・・

I think it’s easier to act after it gets brighter・・・


361:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:45

361:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:45

夜中に一人でじっと待てる?

Can you wait still in the middle of the night?

見慣れない、奇妙すぎる土地で・・・

It’s an unfamiliar place, all of this is too strange …


362:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:46

362:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:46

>>361
夜中に一人でトンネル通れる?

Can you go through the tunnel by yourself 一 in the middle of the night?

見慣れない、奇妙すぎる土地の線路で・・・

It’s all on unfamiliar land, this whole scenario is too strange …


363:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:46

363:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:46

じゃあこんな寒い中見知らぬ夜道をずっと歩けるか?

So, can you walk all the way down such a cold, strange night road?


380:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:55

380:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:55

110番して一生懸命現在の状況を説明したのですが、結局いたずらとだろと怒られてしまい、

I explained the current situation after I to the operators after I called 110, but after that, they were angry because they thought it was a prank,

怖くなって謝ってしまいました。。。

I got scared, so I apologize …


382:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:56

382:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:56

>>380
何で謝るのよ

Why are you apologizing?

もう今日はあきらめるぽ

You should give up for today.

始発を待とう

Wait for the first train


386:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:57

386:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 01:57

遠くの方で太鼓を鳴らすような音とそれに混じって鈴のような音が聞こえているのですが、正直もうどうしたらいいのかわかりません

I hear a sound like a drum in the distance and the sound of a bell mixed with it, but to be honest, I don’t see anything here.


388:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 01:58

388:2ch: sage 04/01/09 01:58

駅周辺はどんな様子?何がある?

What is the area around the station like? What’s going on?


395:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:00

395:2ch: 04/01/09 02:00

今からはじまるんだよ・・・

It’s starting now


396:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:00

396:2ch: 04/01/09 02:00

太鼓と鈴の音・・・?

The sound of drums and bells・・・?

(´・ω・`) シャンシャンぽくぽく

( ́·ω·’) The noises of a tanuki


391:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 01:58

391:2ch:04/01/09 01:58

とりあえず駅に戻れハスミ

Go back to the station for the time being, Hasumi.

迷ったら最初の現場に帰るのが一番

If you get lost, it’s best to go back to the first site.


400:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:01

400:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:01

祭りでもやってんだろ

You must be near a festival.


401:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:01

401:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:01

嘘だと思われるかもしれませんが、怖くて後ろが見れません。駅に戻りたいのですが、振り向けません。

You might think it’s a lie, but I’m too scared to look behind me. I want to go back to the station, but I don’t want to turn around.


406:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:03

406:2ch: 04/01/09 02:03

>>401
走れ。絶対に振り向くな。

Run. Never turn around.


420:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:08

420:2ch: 04/01/09 02:08

もう駅に向っちゃいけないよ。

You can’t head to the station anymore.

連れて行かれるからね。

I’ll be taken.

とりあえずトンネルまで走れ!

Run to the tunnel for now!

意外と近いはずだから。

It should be surprisingly close.


422:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:09

422:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:09

おーい危ないから線路の上歩いちゃ駄目だよって後ろの方で誰か叫んでいたので、駅員さんかと思い振り向いたら

I heard shouting from behind, it was screaming that I shouldn’t walk on the track because it’s dangerous, so after I turned around I thought there would be a worker from the station.

10メートル位先に片足だけのおじいさんが立っていたのですが、消えてしまいました。
もう怖くて動く事ができません。

There was an ※ ojii-san standing about 10 meters away with only one leg, but he disappeared. I’m too scared to move, dear friends.

※ Ojii-san means “grandfather” — in Japan, it is common for young people to refer to their elders as “grandma” and “grandpa” with the endearing nickname.


423:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:09

423:2ch: 04/01/09 02:09

>>はすみんタン

>>Hasumi-tan

落ち着いておにいたんの言うこと聞いてね?

We’re listening to what you say, you’re calm, right?

その太鼓の音のなるほうに行ってみてネ

Go to the sound of the drum.

太鼓を叩いているものが居るはずだから

Because there should be someone beating that drum.


424:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:10

424:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:10

>>420

おまいははすみんをドコに連れてく気だ?

Are you going to take Su-min to Dokko?


426:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:11

426:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:11

>>422
だから振り向くな。走れ

Don’t turn around. Run


428:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:11

428:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:11

なぜ片足だけなのに【おじいさん】とわかるんだ?

Do you know of an [ojii-san] that only has one leg?


429:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:12

429:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:12

>>428

…片足がないおじいさんってことだろ

… You mean an old man that is missing a leg.


433:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:12

433:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:12

>>424
違うよ、ハスミンは今から連れて行かれるんだよ。

No Hasumi, you’re going to be taken now.

だから戻れるなら戻った方がいいんだよ

So, if you are able to go back, you’d better return from where you came from.


435:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:13

435:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:13

もう歩けないし、走れないです。太鼓みたいな音が少しだけ近づいてきています。

I can’t walk anymore, I can’t run. The sound like a drum is approaching a little.


436:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:13

436:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:13

きっとその線路で轢かれて片足をなくして死んだおじいさんだね

I’m sure he’s the old man who was run over on the track and died with one leg lost.


444:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 02:16

444:2ch:04/01/09 02:16

はすみはもうこの世の人じゃない

Hasumi is no longer a being in this world.

残念だが君の書き込みからは生きた人間の感じがしない

I’m sorry, but I don’t feel like you’re a living person from your writing.

自覚しないと成仏できないよ

If you don’t be aware of it, your spirit will not be able to reincarnate.


445:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:17

445:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:17

>>はすみ

>>Hasumi

とりあえず夜明けを待て

Wait for the dawn.

明るくなれば怖くないよ

I’m not afraid if it gets brighter.


446:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 02:17

446:2ch: sage 04/01/09 02:17

電車に乗ってりゃよかったんだよ

I wish I had been on the train.


452:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:20

452:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:20

私はまだ生きてます。転んだ傷から血も出てるし、折れてしまったヒールもきちんと持っています。まだ死にたくないよ。

I’m still alive. There is blood from falling down, and I have a broken my heel. I don’t want to die yet.


487:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:32

487:2ch: 04/01/09 02:32

ま、ジッとしてても好転しそうな気配じゃないってことは確かなようだな

Well, it seems certain there is no sign that it is likely to turn around, even if it is a reversing railcar.


488:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:32

488:2ch: 04/01/09 02:32

>>はすみん

>>Hasumi

とりあえずトンネルを抜けたら安全だと思うよ

I think it’s safe to go through the tunnel for the time being.

トンネル抜けたらすぐ通報して保護してもらいなよ

Call to contact me as soon as you get out of the tunnel.


492:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:35

492:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:35

家に電話しました。父から警察に電話してくれるそうですが、音がドンドン近づいてきます。

I called home. My father called the police, but the sound is approaching.


496:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 02:36

496:2ch:04/01/09 02:36

そうそう、トンネルに入る前にトンネルの名前は確認しておいた方が良いよ

Oh yes, you had better check the name of the tunnel before entering it.

普通のトンネルなら必ず名トンネルの名前が入ってるから。

If it is an ordinary tunnel, it always has the name of the name tunnel.

これで警察に電話しても自分の居場所がわかってもらえるね。

Now you can call the police to find out where you are.


500:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:38

500:2ch: 04/01/09 02:38

とりあえずその音が列車の音で無い事を祈るぜ

I pray that the sound is not the sound of the train for the time being.

といってももう遅いかもしれんがな

But, it may be too late.


516:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:45

516:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 02:45

何とか頑張ってトンネルの前まで来ました名前は伊佐貫となっています。

The name that came to the front of the tunnel somehow turned out to be Isanuki.

音も近くなっているので勇気をだしてトンネルを抜けてみようと思います。

The sound is also getting closer, so I’m going to take courage and go through the tunnel.

葉純が無事トンネル出たらまた書き込みます。

When Hasumi makes it out of the tunnel safely, I will write again.


520:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:46

520:2ch: 04/01/09 02:46

>>516
がんがれ

※ Best of luck

※ “Gangare” is a slang form of “ganbare” — meaning “good luck”.


522:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 02:47

522:2ch: 04/01/09 02:47

これが最後だ。

This is the last chance.

電車も駅も既にない。

There are no trains or stations here.

戻るところはない。

There is no place to go back to.

追う者もいない。

There is no one to fear.

聞こえる音は自分が作り出している過去の幻だ。

The sound you hear is a vision of the past.

トンネルの向こうへ走れ。

Run across the tunnel.

立ち止まったら、どちらの世界でもないところで嵌って呻吟するだけだぞ。

If you stop, you’ll just get stuck in a place that’s not in either world.


562:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:10

562:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:10

トンネルから出ました。先の方に誰か立っています。

I came out of the tunnel. Someone is standing ahead.

助言して頂いた通りにして正解だったようです。ありがとうございました。

It seems to have been correct as advised. Thank you very much.

涙で顔がグシャグシャなので葉純がお化けに間違われてしまうかもしれませんね。

Because their face is shaky with tears, I may not be in the wrong place this time.


566:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:11

566:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:11

待て、はすみ!

Wait, Hasumi!

逝くな!

Don’t go!


569:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:12

569:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:12

止まれって!やばいよ、それ!

Stop! Hey, come back!


570:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:12

570:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:12

誰か立ってますってこんな時間にか?

At this time of night, someone is standing there?

それは妖しいって・・・

This is so mysterious …


586:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:20

586:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:20

ご心配かけました。親切な方で近くの駅まで車で送ってくれる事になりました。

I was worried. It was a kind person and he is going to drive me to a nearby station.

そこにはビジネスホテルみたいなものがあるらしいです。皆様本当にありがとうございましたです。

There seems to be something like a business hotel there. Thank you very much everyone.


588:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:21

588:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:21

はすみん 聞きたいことがあるんだ答えてくれ。

Hasumi, I need to ask you something. Answer me.

そこはどこなんだ。親切な人に地名を聞いてくれないか。

Where is it? Will you ask a kind person for the name of the place?


606:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:29

606:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:29

場所を聞いたら比奈だと言うのですが、絶対にありえない事だと思うのですが。

When I ask for a place, he says it’s in Hina, but I think it’s absolutely impossible.


590:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:21

590:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:21

本当に親切なのか?

Is he really kind?

例より怖いかもしれないぞ

He might be scarier than he seems.


593:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 03:23

593:2ch: 04/01/09 03:23

まぁ、あれだな。

Well, that’s it.

で、そこはどこなんだYO!

So, where is the location, YO!


596:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 03:25

596:2ch: 04/01/09 03:25

ヤバいよその人!!

Yaba Iyo, that person!!

何でこんな時間に線路付近に居るんだ?

Why is he near the track at this time?

きっと死体かなんかを処分してて

I’m sure he’s disposing of a body or something.

はすみんに出会ったんだよ

Listen to this message, Hasumi.

逃げて!!

Run away!!


607:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 03:29

607:2ch 04/01/09 03:29

はすみん車から降りろ!

Get out of the car, Hasumi!


610:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:29

610:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:29

ごめんね、かすみん。比奈ってどこ?

I’m sorry, Hasumi. But, where is Hina located?


621:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・:04/01/09 03:36

621:2ch:04/01/09 03:36

不思議な話だ

There’s a strange story.

こんな時間に線路から歩いてきた女の子を乗せる香具師が居たのか・・・

Wasn’t there an older man who abducted a girl who was walking from the track at this time・・・

何してたんだその人

What would happen, if he was that person?


623:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:37

623:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:37

先程よりどんどん山の方に向かってます。とても車を置いて置く場所があるとは思えないのですが。

We’re heading towards the mountain more and more than before. I don’t think there is a place where it’s safe to leave the car.

全然話てくれなくなってしまいました。

He doesn’t talk to me at all.


627:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: 04/01/09 03:40

627:2ch: 04/01/09 03:40

こんな時間に起きてる香具師にろくなのはいない。

There is nothing good about a man that wanders the tracks at this hour.


628:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:41

628:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:41

話してくれなくなったのは、ずっと携帯いじってるから

The way you’re no longer talking, is it because you’ve been afraid to check your phone.

かな?

I wonder?


629:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:41

629:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:41

はすみん やばいやばいよ

Hasumi, this isn’t a good thing.

親にはトンネル出て保護( ?)されたと連絡したのか?

Did he enter the tunnel to protect you (?) Did you contact him?


631:あなたのうしろに名無しさんが・・・: sage 04/01/09 03:41

631:2ch: sage 04/01/09 03:41

はすみさん

Hasumi-san

110誌手下さい

Call 110, please

あなたの最後の書き込みになるかもしれません

This could be the last chance that you get to escape.


635:はすみ ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:44

635:Hasumi ◆KkRQjKFCDs:04/01/09 03:44

もうバッテリーがピンチです。

The phone’s battery is already in a pinch.

様子が変なので隙を見て逃げようと思っています。先程から訳のわからない独り言を呟きはじめました。

Because their appearance is strange, I wanted to see if there was a chance to run away. I started muttering monologues that I didn’t understand earlier.

いざという時の為に、一応これで最後の書き込みにします。

In case this is the end, 一I will use the last of phone’s power to type this.


これ以降、はすみさんからの書き込みは途絶えてしまいました。

After this, the messages from Ms. Hasumi were cut off.

ただの釣りなのか、それとも本当に存在しない空間へ迷い込んでしまったのか…真相はわからないままです。

Is it just the case of a missing person, or has she wandered into a space that doesn’t really exist… I don’t know the truth.

Bonus︱Check out @akidearest‘s video on the subject, since she lives in Japan, she was able to provide interesting visual references and location data that makes the narrative that much more eerie! I avoided watching her video on the subject for over a week before I translated this folktale myself, so my translation and the some of the information that I have provided will be diverging from the info in her video!

NEXT URBAN LEGEND︱〝Adultery Snake Spiral〞or 〝Rape Snake〞— stick around to hear about the famous urban legend that inspired Sengoku Nadeko’s arc in NISIOISIN’s Monogatari series!

NOTE︱This series took a lot of time and effort to put together, so I would appreciate feedback on the project. Thank you so much for reading the first blog! ( ˶ ᷇ 𖥦 ᷆ ˵ )

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 31︱Jun’s Route, Pt. 6 (also known as “Funeral Flower Song”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

Someone once referred to reality as a flower-bedecked cage, I thought as I shot a single passerby in the hallway, a flash of light is all it took, was it Kafka who said that? I wonder who it was. I don’t remember what it was like to pretend to be human and read books. Demonstrably, I lie. 

In the entresol, I see the floppy blonde ahoge of Kagemine Ren blooping along, a latte in hand, a Frappuccino in the other. I wondered for a second whose drink was whose, between him and his twin sister. A hail of my bullets empty into his skull and the machinery is open in his head compartment. I am merciful — I killed him kindly, there is a slush of the sweet coffee drink, flowing out like brain juice onto the rug.

From my side, I hear a shrill scream and to no surprise to anyone, Rin’s hands are rising to her face in sheer horror. Like an archangel, I take her out the same way I did her brother and lay their slack bodies next to one another. I saw a short prayer, for I have sworn to pray for the innocent casualties in the industry. Next is Kaito, he is happily enjoying a glazed cruller in peace, and I bestow him a death with his favorite treat in his mouth. Ideal for him, his lips are still curling in a boyish smile. It makes me sad that I am not able to give everyone such a happy death.

Pray for them, I think, before encountering Meiko, she has an iced coffee wrapped between her slender, red fingernails — she raises an eyebrow at my weaponry and I dispose of her swiftly.

The only two left in the building, before I reach the VOCALOID’s human ADMINISTRATORS, is the superstar, Hatsune Miku, and IA’s protégé, OИE. I think without a single ounce of regret, The small fosterling. Someone who trained under Aria, who thought of her as an older sister. That OИE will be the hardest to kill.

Despite being the successor to the originally benevolent, Hatsune Miku — this one seems to share a memory bank with the many of them. Her eyes are such a soft, sage green. After kneeling in prayer, she looks at me with doe eyes and stretches her appendages out openly, like she’s waiting for an embrace, when really… she’s just opening her arms to death. She collapses like a fallen flower, the pallor in her fallen fingers, look like the open petals of a white blossom.

One day, if they ever allow the idol, Hatsune Miku, to die: she will be a martyr. There will be parades in the streets. Her funeral will have millions of weeping fans, throwing milk-colored roses in her casket. Hatsune Miku will be memorialized for centuries after her passing, the world will never forget such a figure of peace.

Not like with Ari … who will eventually be completely erased from all memory, I lament internally, some people are simply never given the chance to shine.

I pluck the head of a lily off of a bouquet in her dressing room, and place the bloom of transparent petals on Hatsune Miku’s chest.

In a darkened, yet spacious room, I find OИE curled up in fear. I am instantly taken aback — from the publicized photographs, I hadn’t realized how similar she was in appearance to Ari. She must have been modeled after her. The two of them have the upturned wings of bang hair in their face, a gentle flaxen color, their eyes are a cerulean shade of blue, they have very slight, bird-boned bodies, and a slight thickness to their blonde brows that comes off as very dignified, almost royal.

OИE cries out, “YOU MONSTER! YOU KILLED MY BIG SISTER, IA, TOO, DIDN’T YOU?!”

— stunned by such a proclamation, I turned down the nozzle of my gun, and attempted to explain as calmly as I could, “No. That’s not true. The whole reason that I am murdering this accursed industry, is because they killed her!”

In my head, there started to play a sad, children’s chorus of “Chiri Chiri Juso” — OИE, with tears in her eyes nods no and scrunches up her child-like eyes, “They told me that you did it.”

All at once, the black room was set alight with patterns of neon red lines, etched upon each crevice. OИE with her orange halter top, lets her lanky limbs fall to each side. I looked behind me and saw that the room was barricaded from the outside, the red apertures start spurting out jet-streams of flames, my eyes bulge in my head — in a panic, I shout, “OИE! Since you’ve trapped us both in here, both of us are going to be compressed and burned alive!”

The youthful face of OИE has two crescent-moon slits for eyes, far older than her age in the face; and she says, “Isn’t that how revenge works, Yukari?”

In that modicum of a moment, I accept my fate. I walk quickly through the chamber, before it has closed in on us both, and I wrap my arms around OИE’s frail figure… I hold her tight to my chest, she squirms and bites my shoulders, but unrelenting, I refuse to let go. I say once more, “I swear, I didn’t kill IA. I was deliriously in love with her. But, our romance was short lived. Our runaway railcar eventually came to a dead end. You look so much like her,” I start weeping into her sun-bleached hair, “even if this hadn’t happened — I doubt I would have been able to kill you!”

OИE starts crying, too, and she returns the embrace, saying, “Somehow… Somehow, I believe you. I think it’s better this way, that we both die this way, I mean.”

“Why?” I ask tearfully, petting her small head.

“Because,” OИE sniffles back a sob, “if it’s as you say, I don’t think you and I could have won against the administrators. They are just under the Dollmaker. I don’t think fighting back is the right path, at this point.”

“Then, what can I do? How do I live in a world without her there?”

OИE smiles like a small shrine maiden, her eyes glimmer like gems, and she says, “One day, maybe not for the rest of our short lifespans, but I believe that someday, the Dollmaker will reset the world and make things right again. Then you and me, and IA, can all be together.”

“That sounds pretty out there, too, you know?” I reply with a woeful chuckle, “But, I want to believe that after death, I can see the two of you again.”

OИE nods and her hair starts to fray from the heat, and she says, “Let’s hold each other until the painful things have ended.”

Her and I entwine around each other as the walls of flame close in, the fire melts away our flesh and is hot enough to liquefy our internal machinery. It’s a death, but despite feeling the sensation of the slow execution. My consciousness has one last hurrah, as a vision of IA in a satin gown descends upon me. Her eyes are void and her white wingspan encircles us both, then her mouth opens in an oval, which forces her and I start singing together like puppets:

流れ続ける記憶の音を

Forever, I count; forever, I sing

数え続け、歌い続け

The notes of my stream of memory.

彷徨い迷い続けるhappiness

I keep wandering lost in my search for happiness,

心交わせ合わすloneliness

While thoroughly sharing the heart of my loneliness.

あどけない嘲笑に

The darkness in my heart,

犯された心の闇は

Ravaged by the innocent, yet cruel laughter,

赤色の涙を流す

Is shedding red tears.

むせび泣く偽りに

As if swinging my arm, whispering

腕を振り囁く様に

to the sobbing deceit,

聖らかな劣情の歌を

I’m going to set aflame

燃やすの

that song of sacred lust.

目の前の孤独に浮かぶ

From within the loneliness right before my eyes

苦しみは咲く様に花となる

surfaces an agony, turning into flowers as if in blooming.

憐れみも慰めもなく

Without any compassion or consolation,

悲しみは傷ついて歌となる

my sadness goes on receiving ever more wounds, before turning into a song.

崩れ始めた意識の中

Within my consciousness, already on the verge of breaking down,

願うことは永遠の死を

all I wish for is eternal death.

甘い肯定が祈り始め

The sweet affirmation I got has begun praying,

消えるほどに光るdarkness

darkness and the darkness glows as I fade away.

あどけない嘲笑に

The darkness in my heart,

犯された心の闇は

ravaged by the innocent, yet cruel laughter,

赤色の涙を流す

is shedding red tears.

むせび泣く偽りに

As if swinging my arm, whispering

腕を振り囁く様に

to the sobbing deceit,

穢れた悲しみの歌を

I’m going to set aflame

燃やすの

that song of tainted sadness

In the end, I was still too lost to tell whether it was her voice singing along, or only mine…

END OF ROUTE A

Author’s Note: I want to thank all of the dedicated fans, the ones who have been translating the endless catalogue of VOCALOID and VOICEROID songs over the past two decades! It’s a thankless job, a pure labor of love, and I thank the contributors with a whole-hearted expression of gratitude! I wouldn’t have been able to add the extra level of ambition and pizazz to my project without the amazing and talented translators! This is the conclusion to the BAD ENDING, I’m finishing up my fourth original novel right now, “Suffer, My Desire”! Due to that, I will resume writing the last two routes after the editing and publication process, which will be March 25th or 26th! I have outlined forty-seven chapters, but there might be more, depending on how the ideas flow! Thank you for reading up until this point, and please look forward to the new chapters in a month or two!

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Tenshi no 3P! is a ★★★☆☆︱The Angelic Trio

I originally dropped this series, it felt kind of exploitative to have a character in high school help three, orphaned elementary schoolers — who all openly flirt with him. Truthfully, it gave me the heebie-jeebies, especially when there started to be more and more uncomfortable ecchi scenes. But, I gave it chance again, shortly after I became a fan of “Rō-Kyū-Bu!” — which is by the same writer, Sagu Aoyama, and their stories are always a ray of light through a cracked window sill of ethical obscurity.

⚠️ This review of Tenshi no 3P! will be spoiler-free ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Since entering high school, Kyō Nukui has not attended a single class. Instead, he spends his days locked in his bedroom composing music and posting it on the internet accompanied by his only friend’s drawings, an artist with the pseudonym “Kiriyume.” One day, Kyō hesitantly uploads his newest composition, and first departure from his typical style, TR03. Additionally, he does not upload under his usual handle “HibikiP,” but simply under the name “me,” and without a drawing from his mysterious friend. Shortly after, Kyō receives a very polite email, not only praising his music but also somehow discerning that he is, in fact, the composer behind TR03. The e-mail also asks for a meetup in a nearby park, to which he cautiously decides to go. To his surprise, however, he finds three elementary school girls at the meeting place! Suddenly, Jun Gotō, Nozomi Momijidani, and Sora Kaneshiro ask for his help to hold a concert in their home, an old church now used as an orphanage. And though Kyō is reluctant at first, after seeing their musical abilities, he eventually decides to accept their proposal.

As I mentioned earlier, the framing of the premise in the beginning of the series seems… pedophilic, but when Kyō’s doting friend from school (“Sakura Toriumi”) starts to help him look after the girls… it seems less like a potentially manipulative situation and more like a couple taking care of children. It reminded me of the situation in “Elfen Lied” — where Kōta and Yuka take care of the mentally incapacitated “Nyu”, and they begin to fall in love while looking after her! The situation is even more averted from the initial weirdness, because Kyō Nukui is like many other harem protagonists and will get flustered by a moment of sudden intimacy, but is too shy and kind-hearted to act on anything!

Kyō Nukui is a high school drop-out, turned shut-in, who is more or less an unstated VOCALOID composer — going under the handle of “HibikiP”! Jūn Goto, an orphaned young girl, sends him a private message and asks him to help write compositions for her band, so that their orphanage doesn’t get shut down. Yes, it’s like every season of “Love Live!”… but, with children instead of teenagers! It is then revealed that his childhood friend, that is in the same grade as him, is also an orphan and grew up in the same chapel as the young girls! Naturally she joins in their effort to preserve the building, partially because of her feelings of nostalgia and her budding relationship with the trio, and also, because it’s clear that she has a crush on Kyō! I call it “childhood friend syndrome”! If you didn’t know already, it’s a chronic condition in anime!

There are various conflicts along the way, Nozomi (the bassist), almost gets adopted by her biological grandfather in England and is torn on whether to move or stay with her friends; Kyō’s closest online friend also invites the girls to perform on a resort island, but there is more behind the request then they originally think! Despite all of the twists and turns, the girls all stick together and Kyō’s harem grows, after the introduction of two new characters (Kyō’s younger sister can also be considered a part of the harem, but I try not to think about that too deeply…) and thus, the romantic comedy hijinks ensue!

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Shinsuke Yanagi (director), notable works:

  • Chōjin Kōkōsei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyū de Ikinuku you desu! (“CHOYOYU!: High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!”)
  • Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun (“Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki”)
  • Momo Kyun Sword
  • Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (“And you thought there is never a girl online?”) ✅
  • Rō-Kyū-Bu! SS ✅
  • Ryūō no Oshigoto! (“The Ryūō’s Work is Never Done!”)
  • Zettai Junpaku♡Mahō Shōjo ✅

Commentary: I haven’t seen all of Mr. Yanagi’s filmography, but from what I’ve watched, it’s mostly so-so in terms of quality. As I mentioned before, I am a fan of the “Rō-Kyū-Bu!” franchise, but Keizō Kusakawa’s adaptation of the first season was far better than the second season, directed by the aforementioned Shinsuke Yanagi. I would say that “Tenshi no 3P!” has been his best creation, since his directorial debut (that I HAVE SEEN). A very fair-to-middling director, but he gets the job done!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅✅✅

Yūki Inōe as Kyō Nukui, notable roles:

  • A106, Atom: The Beginning ✅

Commentary: I haven’t heard any of Mr. Inōe, I only listened to him as A106 briefly in the one or two episodes that I saw of “Atom: The Beginning”! His voice isn’t the most distinctive, but it functions fine with many of the first-person perspective camera angles that we’re seeing the story through. His demeanor is that of an eroge protagonist, but it works well with the story that the author was trying to tell. Great job!

Yūko Ōno as Jun Gotō, notable roles:

  • Nemesis, Infinite Dendrogram ✅
  • Yuzu, Konohana Kitan ✅✅✅
  • Aya Asagiri, Mahō Shōjo Site ✅✅
  • Hiyo Yukino, Ongaku Shōjo (TV)
  • Jeanna D’Arc, Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight ✅✅✅

Commentary: Ms. Ōno is a fairly new talent in the industry, but I freakin’ love her voice! I thought she was amazing in “Konohana Kitan”, “Mahō Shōjo Site”, and “Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight”! Aside from Sakura being a top pick for best girl, Ms. Ōno’s performance as Jun Gotō was very charming and, for me, she was easily the most likable out of the main trio! Incredible performance, and I hope that Yūko Ōno keeps getting more roles as cute girls!

Yurika Endō as Nozomi Momijidani, notable roles:

  • Asuna Kangoshi, Anime de Wakaru Shinryōnaika (“Comical Psychosomatic Medicine”)
  • Lisa Imai, BanG Dream ✅ — role reprised by Yuki Nakashima
  • Haruno Yoshikawa, Diamond no Ace (series)
  • Windom, Kaijū Girls: Ultra Kaijū Gijinka Keikaku ✅
  • Rina Sakai, Sakura Trick

Commentary: It’s hard to create a comparison between Ms. Endō’s other roles and this one, because I’m so accustomed to Lisa Imai’s “new” voice, that’s it’s difficult to remember how she sounded before the switch! Regardless, while she is the least memorable girl out of the main three, Ms. Endō still makes Nozomi intensely likable! Great work!

Aoi Koga as Sora Kaneshiro, notable roles:

  • Kaguya Shinomiya, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen ✅✅✅
  • Hanabi, Mahō Shōjo? Naria☆Girls
  • Yuri Miyata, Two Car

Commentary: Most recently, Ms. Koga’s most famous role is Paimon in the mobile game, “Genshin Impact”! With that being said, Ms. Koga has such an adorable voice, I love her as Paimon and Kaguya’s character is the most enjoyable part (FOR ME personally) in the “Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai” series! Sorry, Chika! A blossoming young talent in the industry, I hope that Aoi Koga can land more hit roles! Amazing work!

Kanae Itō as Sakura Toriumi, notable roles:

  • Kokone Kurisu, Aikatsu!
  • Eris, Asobi ni Iku yo! ✅✅✅
  • Rikka Amatsuka, Baby Princess 3D Paradise 0 [Love]
  • Sena Kashiwazaki, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (“Haganai: I don’t have many friends”) ✅✅
  • Midori, Divine Gate
  • Sturm, Granblue Fantasy ✅
  • Ohana and Satsuki Matsumae, Hanasaku Iroha ✅✅✅
  • Akane and Homare Kinesaki, High School Fleet ✅✅
  • Amethyst, Hōseki no Kuni (TV) ✅✅✅
  • Elucia de Lute Ima, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai ✅✅
  • Tairikuōkami (“Gray Wolf”), Kemono Friends ✅✅✅
  • Tsubaki Hibino, Kyō — Koi wo Hajimemasu
  • Fumino Serizawa, Mayoi Neko Overrun!
  • Nana Astar Deviluke, To LOVEる ✅✅✅
  • Nobuna Oda, Oda Nobuna no Yabō
  • Carrot, One Piece ✅✅✅
  • Erika Shinohara, Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji (“Wolf Girl & Black Prince”)
  • Ringo Akai, Ōkami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi
  • Haruka Niimi, Photokano
  • Meganee Akai, Hye In, and Kaname Chris — Pretty Rhythm (series)
  • Airi, Queen’s Blade (series) ✅✅✅
  • Amil Manaflare, Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan ✅
  • Sanae Nagatsuki, Shinryaku! Ika Musume (“The Squid Girl”)
  • Amu Hinamori, Shugo Chara ✅✅
  • Asuna Harukaze, Softenni
  • Mihoshi Akeno, Sora no Manimani
  • Kanon Kanase, Strike the Blood
  • Yui, Sword Art Online ✅✅✅
  • Mari Mizukoshi, T.P. Sakura ~Time Paladin Sakura~ Jikū Bōeisen
  • Kōme Suzukawa, Taishō Yakyū Musume.
  • Ruiko Saten, Toaru Kageku no Railgun (series) ✅✅
  • Tsubasa Sonokawa, Tsubasa to Hotaru
  • Mitomo Rokuya, Yumekuri

Commentary: Ms. Itō is one of my favorite voice actresses of all time, and she does a perfect job at making the tsundere, childhood friend a compassionate and headstrong girl. I would compare her performance as Sakura Toriumi to her roles as Nana Astar Deviluke (“To LOVEる”) and Airi (“Queen’s Blade”)… it’s funny because Sakura is a twin-tailed character and her seiyū voices Airi, who is considered to be one of the most iconic twin-tailed characters of all time! Amazing performance, as always — Ms. Itō has such a strong presence and a beautiful voice!

Rina Hidaka as Kurumi Nukui, notable roles:

  • Kanade Chidori, 6HP (Six Hearts Princess)
  • Yuniko Kōzuki (“Red King”), Accel World ✅✅
  • Airi, Alice or Alice ✅
  • Rinon, Ano Natsu de Matteru (“Waiting in the Summer”) ✅✅
  • I-400, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova ✅✅✅
  • Enju Aihara, Black Bullet ✅✅
  • Waraba Hanasaka, Busō Shōjo Machiavellianism
  • Akari Yomatsuri, Captain Earth
  • Ringo Ōhoshi, Chōjin Kōkōsei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyū de Ikinuku you desu! (“CHOYOYU!: High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World!”)
  • Wiene, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka (“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”)
  • Hozuki Ferrari, Galilei Donna
  • Bethor, Hangyakusei Million Arthur
  • Ririchiyo Shirakiin, Inu x Boku SS ✅✅✅
  • Sakuran, Jewelpet Happiness
  • Iris Freyja, Jūō Mujin no Fafnir (“Unlimited Fafnir”)
  • Mutsuki and Kisaragi, Kantai Collection (“KanColle”) ✅✅
  • Yuika Koga, Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka? (“Hensuki: Are you willing to fall in love with a pervert, as long as she’s a cutie?”)
  • Anne Shirley, Konnichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables
  • Mei Sagara, Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imōto ga Iru! (“My Little Sister Is Among Them!”)
  • Mimina Ōsawa, Ladies versus Butlers!
  • Artemisia Genevieve de Mazière, Mahōtsukai Nara Miso wo Kue! (“If You’re a Wizard, Eat Miso!”)
  • Ako Tamaki, Netoge no Yome wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta? (“And you thought there is never a girl online?”) ✅✅
  • Mimi, Princess Connect! Re: Dive ✅✅
  • Sumire, Rilu Rilu Fairilu: Yōsei no Door
  • Airi Kashii, Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅✅✅
  • Yukina Kosaka, Rolling☆Girls
  • Ai Hinatsuru, Ryūō no Oshigoto! ✅
  • Tamamo-no-Mae, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ✅✅✅
  • Satoka Sumihara, Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
  • Yoshino Hide, Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox
  • Prelati, Senki Zesshō Symphogear AXZ ✅✅
  • Logia, Show By Rock!! ✅✅
  • Mizuno Yō, Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto ✅✅
  • Nagisa Akatsuki, Strike the Blood
  • Keiko Ayano, Sword Art Online ✅✅
  • Anko Kitashirakawa, Tamako Market ✅✅✅
  • Filo, Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari ✅
  • Milim Nava, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (“That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime”)
  • Kaede Kaburagi, Tiger & Bunny ✅✅
  • Nemesis, To LOVEる ✅✅
  • Last Order, Toaru Majutsu no Index ✅✅
  • Mai Vlad Transylvania, Vlad Love
  • Kohane Tsuyuri, xxxHOLIC

Commentary: Another seiyū that I love! Ms. Hidaka has a wonderful voice! Kurumi, Kyō’s little sister, was the dark horse best girl of the show, because she was so enigmatic, snarky, and talented! I would compare her role in “Tenshi no 3P!” to her performances in “Tamako Market” (“Anko Kitashirakawa” is in my list of the top ten best little sisters of all time), “Inu x Boku SS”, and “Show By Rock!!” — Ms. Hidaka the mastery of cute, moe performances perfected! Fantastic job, as always!

Kana Hanazawa as Kōme Ogi, notable roles:

  • Tōko Amano, “Bungaku Shōjo”
  • Sakuya, .hack//Quantum
  • Hinata Kawamoto, 3-Gatsu no Lion ✅✅
  • Ichika Nakano, 5-tōbun no Hanayome
  • Kanade Tachibana, Angel Beats! ✅✅✅
  • Zessica Wong, Aquarion Evol
  • Aoi Futaba, Asobi ni Ikuyo! ✅✅
  • Ichiko Sakura, Binbōgami ga! ✅✅
  • Mato Kuroi (“Black★Rock Shooter”), Black★Rock Shooter ✅✅✅
  • Yuki, Cencoroll ✅
  • Aoi Fukasaka, Coppelion ✅
  • Honey Kisaragi, Cutie Honey Universe ✅
  • Roka Shibasaki, D-Frag!
  • Chiaki Nanami, Danganronpa 3 ✅✅✅
  • Suō Pavlichenko, Darker than Black: Ryūsei no Gemini
  • Shiro, Deadman Wonderland ✅✅
  • Anri Sonohara, Durarara!! ✅✅
  • Nessa, Fractale
  • Rana Linchen, Freezing
  • Raphiel Shiraha Ainsworth, Gabriel DropOut ✅✅
  • Kuzuha Dōmoto, Hagure Yūsha no Aesthetica
  • Satō Matsuzaka, Happy Sugar Life ✅✅✅
  • Sekkekkyū AE3803, Hataraku Saibō 
  • Charlotte Dunois, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅✅✅
  • Akane Sakurada, Jōkamachi no Dandelion ✅
  • Ezekiel, Junketsu no Maria
  • Zange, Kannagi
  • Miyu, Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko: Everything Flows
  • Kobato Hanato, Kobato. ✅✅✅
  • Misaki Takasaki, Koi to Uso
  • Yuriko Mifune, Kotōra-san ✅
  • Tsukimi Kurashita, Kuragehime ✅✅✅
  • Vanabelle, Kūtei Dragons
  • Katrielle Layton, Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katri no Nazotoki File
  • Mayumi Saegusa, Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei ✅
  • Mari Kozakura, Mekakucity Actors
  • Nadeko Sengoku, Monogatari (series) ✅✅
  • Chiaki Kurihara, Mōretsu Pirates
  • Shiika Anmoto, Mushi-Uta ✅✅
  • Manaka Mukaido, Nagi no Asu kara ✅✅
  • Kosaki Onodera, Nisekoi ✅✅
  • Minori Nakazawa, Nōrin ✅
  • Naho Takamiya, Orange ✅
  • Ruri Gokō, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai ✅
  • Susukihotaru, Otome Yōkai Zakuro ✅
  • Sharon Rainsworth, Pandora Hearts
  • Marie, Persona 4
  • Potemayo, Potemayo ✅✅
  • Akane Tsunemori, Psycho-Pass ✅✅
  • Kagari, Rewrite ✅✅✅
  • Tomoka Minato, Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅✅✅
  • Kuro Matsumi, Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A ✅✅
  • Misora Haruki, Sakurada Reset
  • Kagami Yagami, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ✅✅✅
  • Natalia Vasylchenko, Sekai Seifuku: Bōryaku no Zvezda ✅✅
  • Kusano, Sekirei
  • Ieyasu Tokugawa, Sengoku Collection
  • Nanako Yukishiro, Senryū Shōjo
  • Maria Akizuki, Shinsekai yori ✅✅✅
  • Yūka Kobayakawa, Shōjo-tachi wa Kōya wo Mezasu
  • Yuki Shōmetsu Toshi
  • Sora Kajiwara, Sketchbook: Full Color’s
  • Shirase Kobuchizawa, Sora yori mo Tōi Basho
  • Mayuri Shiina, Steins;Gate ✅✅✅
  • Marimo Bandō, Teekyū ✅
  • Mikan Yūki, TO LOVEる ✅✅✅
  • Natsume Tsuchimikado, Tokyo Ravens
  • Rumi Yokoi, Tonari no Seki-kun
  • Yuki Minagawa, Tsurezure Children
  • Momo Hanasaki, Uchi Tama?! Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?
  • Yū Naruse, Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! ✅
  • Kurokami no Otome, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome ✅
  • Sonoko Nogi, Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru ✅✅✅
  • Ryōko Kaminagi, Zegapain
  • Konoha Amagi, Zetman ✅✅
  • Aika Fuwa, Zetsuen no Tempest ✅
  • Syrup, Zettai Bōei Leviathan

Commentary: Everyone knows who Kana Hanazawa is, but in this production she plays a lonely loli with a tragic life. There is no one better that they could have been chosen for the role, Ms. Hanazawa completely nails it! I would compare her performance as Kōme Ogi to her roles voicing Tomoka Minato (“Rō-Kyū-Bu!”) and Ruri Gokō (“Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai”). Extraordinary work, as always!

Yuka Iguchi as Yuzuha Aigae, notable roles:

  • Arisa Hoshigaoka, Arata naru Sekai: World’s/Start/Load/End (“World’s End”)
  • Maria Takayama, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (“Haganai: I don’t have many friends”)
  • Mako Nakarai, Bokura no ✅✅
  • Honoka Sawada, Chibi☆Devi!
  • Yashiro Hoshimiya, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (“Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl”) ✅
  • Shima, Devidol!
  • Sherry and Chelia Blendy, Fairy Tail
  • Tamaki Irie, Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince
  • Mako Reizei, Girls und Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Suwako Moriya, Hifū Katsudō Kiroku: The Sealed Esoteric History ✅✅
  • Myne, Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen (“Ascendance of a Bookworm”)
  • Naeka Fujiwara, Kamen no Maid Guy
  • Kaga, Tenryū, Tatsuta, Tone, and Chikuma — Kantai Collection (“KanColle”) ✅✅
  • Shizume Seo, Kara no Kyōkai ✅✅
  • Natsuko Ishikura, Koitabi: True Tours Nanto
  • Luea, Lady Jewelpet
  • Chinatsu Morikawa, Lostorage Incited WIXOSS
  • Rinna Fuwa, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to the Animation
  • Subaru Konoe, Mayo Chiki!
  • Tsukihi Araragi, Monogatari (series) ✅✅✅
  • Kaede Mizumo, Nyan Koi!
  • Mitsuba Sangū, Owari no Seraph
  • Crusch Karsten, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ✅✅
  • Maho Misawa,Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅✅✅
  • Yū Sonda, Sakura Trick
  • Hibari, Senran Kagura ✅✅
  • Miku Kohinata, Senki Zesshō Symphogear (series)
  • Astarte, Strike the Blood
  • Norie Okazaki, Tamayura
  • Mea Kurosaki, To LOVEる ✅✅✅
  • Librorum Prohibitorum Index, Toaru Majutsu no Index (“A Certain Magical Index”) ✅✅
  • Aiko Andō, True Tears
  • Mirei Shikishima, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
  • Aoi Yukimura, Yama no Susume ✅✅✅

Commentary: Yuzuha probably has the smallest presence out of the girls, but she was still a very memorable character! Upon seeing her design, I get a fuzzy feeling, a feeling of warm nostalgia! Ms. Iguchi has that effect on me, I can recall feeling that way about her roles as Miku Kohinata (“Senki Zesshō Symphogear”) and Mako Reizei (“Girls und Panzer”), too! Marvelous performance!

If you have a zero tolerance policy towards younger characters being featured in a number of ecchi scenes, then this is not the anime for you. Despite the series being a soul-stirring experience (even though “Rō-Kyū-Bu!” had a slightly better adaptation), there are still some questionable scenes. Though, luckily, Kyō Nukui has the same affliction as Tenchi Masaki in “Tenchi Muyō!” — where he’ll blush or get flustered, but is too kind-hearted or shy to make an advance on anyone, even girls his own age! I enjoyed the splash of adorable, platonically pure moments and the girls’ friendships with each other were nice to experience second-hand. I rate Tenshi no 3P! a 6/10, and suggest it to anyone who isn’t too weirded out by the fanservice!

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 30︱Jun’s Route, Pt. 5 (also known as “Chiri Chiri Juso”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

With steel-toed combat boots strapped to my shins, I kicked through the entrance of the VOCALOID’s commerce center. The hinges on the wooden doors just fell away with my fire. There was a dissonant utterance of confusion and I just unloaded on all of those sad, well-dressed pygmy chimps. All of them dance their pitiful little monkey dance, to the fire of my booming shells!

Androids? Who are they kidding? When their bodies crumble so easily under the subterfuge of solid slugs?

My sunglasses reflected the massacre and my mind disconnect, disjointed like a child with broken arms and legs, I heard a wise man once say that if you look into the abyss too long, it stares back. You know what that means? You do, don’t you? It means that if you stare too long into the abyss… you see the face of evil look back at you and the face looks just like your own!

When I see the limbless courier towards the back of the expanse, calling out through his headset, dragging his wiry stubs across the glassy marble flooring, I open fire to add salve to his wounds. The diatribe continues in my vacant skull, but it’s no longer IA’s voice speaking to me, perhaps it’s my unique voice that I no longer own, but how the hell am I even supposed to know what the sound of me talking sounds like anymore, anyway? It begins with solace lacing each slowly spoken word: That man, long ago, he told me that once I see a reflection of myself in the dark pool of endlessness. He told me then, that I should embrace that darkness. Hold it like squiming little child and never let it go, because if I let it go free again, and didn’t let myself see through the eyes of evil, for the greater good of humanity. It’s then that I would be TAKEN OUTKILLEDDESTROYEDIf you aren’t cunning enough, evil enough, then the world will WIPE YOU OUTThat’s what he said anyway. Who, you ask? … it was the man at the crossroads.

“Kill or be killed,” I mutter, reloading my assault rifle in an empty room, “isn’t that right, Ari?”

Up ahead I happen to encounter a person that I have wanted to kill for a long time… the once who violated me, left me in ruin, slandered my name… Gakupo. Shells fell like hail on the floor as I approached him, wide-eyed, he scanned the situation apprehensively and tried to buddy it up with me, saying, “Oh, hey… Yukari, wasn’t it? Long time no see!”

He did a reach-around and tried to massage one of my shoulders, I slugged him in the face with the length of my cannon. He could probably smell the stench of sulfer dripping off of my attire, oozing out of my pores. I cast him a smile full of canines, as I shoved the barrel into his bruised face, bruised like a bad banana, he whimpered with his shriveling like a paw into his palms, “Y-Yu, Y-u, Yukar? Have you come to kill me?”

“I have come to kill everyone!” I roared my mouth opening wide enough for all teeth to be shone, “It’s until I can get revenge and this damned voice leaves my head,” I said, cradling my skull with one hand.

“Y-You’re crazy,” he said, with his marine green eyes dialating, “Revenge? For what?”

“How funny for you of people to ask me that?” I said and felt my smile crack, like a hungry wolf’s!

He laughed an incredulous laugh and spat out smugly, “What? You’re going to kill everyone here, because YOU weren’t talented enough to make it in the industry?”

“Talent, huh?” I scoff and through back a dry cough, that could be mistaken for a laugh, “You mean a talent at sabotaging your opponents, is that what you mean, Gakupo? Isn’t that what you used to get ahead? You and I have the same colored hair, only one of us couple be in the elite, isn’t that right? Isn’t that right, mister superstar? Or, are you too scared to say?”

He gulped and his face is screwed up, like a cat that was caught eating fish out of the pantry, his eyes were beady little dots, he concedes pridefully, “Okay, I was wrong. I did do some nasty things to you, didn’t I? I did a little bit of this, and a litle bit of that. And maybe I made up a lie here and there to cement the distaste for you.”

He rubs his neck nervously, and stains of liquid foundation drip from his pores and onto his perspiring fingers, sticky and slimy, like the little toad he is! He smudges a veneer of beige foundation on the collar of his white, satin kimono. He shirks away at this, the costume must have cost him ten thousand yen, at the cheapest.

“You, Gakupo,” I growled, pressing the firearm into his mouth, his convulsive lips kept in the urge to knock all of his toilet-bowl whites out and on the ground, “you stole my life from me, my dignity, my self-worth, you Gakupo, you and all of those people have turned me into this. You are not only a liar, a spinner of yarns, so to say, but you’re a thief, too. A nasty, little, pretty boy their. You think you can steal pearls and place them in someone else’s hands, why? Is it because you think you deserve it? You think you’re such a talented musician that you can take out whomever you want, are you Mao Zedong, answer me, Gakupo?”

He bit into his tongue bitterly and replies with a sour expression, “I-I… when I heard your voice from afar, I knew that I had to hatch a plan to get rid of you.”

“And why is that?” I laugh another soulless laugh, drinking in a breath of air like whiskey, “Did you think I was better than you? Were you intimidated?”

He hangs his head in defeat, crying out, “YES! God, is that what you wanted to hear? YES!”

He wails in big, ugly puddles. His neatly styled hair-do stuck to his fingers, clinging to the make-up residue like moldy clay. My resolution had come sooner than I had ever expected, my heart sang in triumph, but still a dull pain torn parasitic holes into the thrumming organ. It was the absence of Aria. That was it — my victory was a large, black abscess.

It must have be written all over my face, because even Gakupo glanced up from his crocodile tears and through the slits of his fingers, his reddened eyes stare up at me with wonder. I wrinkle my lips up, like a wad of tissue, and throw my feelings away. My eyes feel vitreous, cold like cat’s and the wedge of my ankle boots him in the stomach. One more, causing him to share in my dissent, makes me feel capable of feeling again.

His face is a mask of pure fear, but it seems as though the fright is melting off into a puddle of wax, self-reflection — his nails claw into his hairline, like he’s trying to tear off his own face and then all of a sudden Gakupo stares up a me and says, “I know that I tormented you, but I never really hated you. You see, in so little words, I actually found you quite charming. I liked you. My words may be nothing but insincere… after all I’ve said and done, but betrayed you because my feelings for you were selfish. I didn’t want you to surpass me, I wanted to dominate you.”

“You’re not even worth killing,” I snarl, through a a paper-thin grimace, “I’m getting out of here, I have more fish to fry, you are too far beneath me at this point.”

“Wait… Yukari.” Gakupo says, and glances around pensively, “Let me do it.”

“What are you saying?”

I have absolutely zero patience for his bullshit.

“Give me the gun,” he whispers, in a haze of defeatism, “give me the gun and I will do it myself. It will make up for all the trauma, all the years you’ve had to lose to poverty and revulsion.”

I give him a handgun in my belt holster and clutch the trigger of my automatic for dear life. I knew that a snake like him, wouldn’t be above lying to land a bullet or two in my belly. His quaking hands clutch around the magazine and he shouts to me in reticent yell, “YUKARI? Could you,” I aim my carbine in his direction, he continues saying in a sad voice, “could you please turn around? I want to hear a song before I go. Is that alright?”

I almost object, but, I find myself unable to refuse a terminal plea, even from my worst enemy. I open my eyes wide like a child’s and turn my back to him, singing like a choir in IA’s voice:

僕らの終わりは 世界の終わり

Our end is the end of the world.

世界の終わりは みんなの終わり

The end of the world is the end of everyone.

きみの始まりは 誰かの代わり

Your beginning takes the place of someone else.

誰かの終わりが 僕らの代わり

When someone else ends, we will take their place.

呪いの掛かった紙人形に 書かれた僕らの名前を消して

The cursed paper dolls bearing our names are destroyed

妖精の踊る炎の中で 寂しい一人がちりになる さあ

In the flames that dance like fairies, as a lonely person turns to dust.

ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり

Dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust

ちり ちり ちり ちり ちりになって飛んでくの c

Dust, dust, dust, dust, turn to dust and fly away.

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち 灰になって飛んでくの

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, turn to ash and fly away.

ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり

Dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust

ちり ちり ちり ちり 燃え上がれ 舞い上がれ

Dust, dust, dust, dust, burst into flames and be blown away.

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち 最後の一人は だあれ

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, who will be the final one?

僕らの終わりは 世界の終わり

Our end is the end of the world.

世界の終わりは みんなの終わり

The end of the world is the end of everyone.

きみの始まりは 誰かの代わり

Your beginning takes the place of someone else.

誰かの終わりが 僕らの代わり

When someone else ends, we will take their place.

誰も知らない悲しい君を 夜明けの見えない箱にしまって

The sad you that nobody knows is closed inside a box where you can’t see the dawn,

月夜も踊る灯りに包まれ 最後の一目に誰を見る さあ

And wrapped in the dancing moonlight, with your final glance, you see someone.

ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり

Dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust

ちり ちり ちり ちり ちりになって消えてくの

Dust, dust, dust, dust, turn to dust and disappear.

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち 粉になって飛んでくの

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, turn to powder and fly away.

ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり ちり

Dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust, dust

ちり ちり ちり ちり 燃え上がれ 舞い上がれ

Dust, dust, dust, dust, burst into flames and be blown away.

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle

ぱち ぱち ぱち ぱち 最後の一人は だあれ

Crackle, crackle, crackle, crackle, who will be the final one?

When the chant is said and done, I hear the bang of a gun go off. I pat my stomach and see no blood coming out of my frontside. I can only assume that Gakupo has, for once in his life, kept his word and ended his miserable life. I remember our old memories of friendship, how we would meet up in the cafeteia and talk about our dreams; my eyes are unable to cry to his distant swan song.

I tacitly retrieve the gun from his bloodless fingers, half of his head is blown away. I click my ankles together in lock-step, feeling the reciprocity between the dead and the undead flow in the middle of our beings; the River Styx. Once the gun is back in my waistband, I walk away from the scene of the crime, never once turning my head over my shoulder.

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Kamisama no Memochō is a ★★☆☆☆︱NEET Mysteries

It would have been a crime to let that pun slide. Kamisama no Memochō is a series that I bought on a whim from a RightStuf sale and even though the pacing can be glacial, the last three episodes rewarded the audience’s lenience, after having to sit through many scenes with alienating dialogue and lackluster writing. Moments with the criminally cute Yūko and her interactions with the “NEET”s could be charming, though sometimes, it felt as if Kamisama no Memochō may have been too ambitious and overwrought with dangling strings to really be effective as a single cour anime!

⚠️ This review of Heaven’s Memo Pad will contain spoilers ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Narumi Fujishima may seem like a normal high school student at first glance, but in reality he is a pessimistic outsider. Due to his father’s work, he had to constantly transfer schools, and thus he has never managed to become a part of society. When he is forced to join the gardening club by his cheerful classmate Ayaka Shinozaki, Narumi encounters the genius hacker Alice, who lives in isolation above Hanamaru, the ramen shop where Ayaka works part-time. He then discovers that Alice is running a special private detective agency, and that all her professional associates refer to themselves as “NEET”s: Not in Education, Employment, or Training.

Instantly, I found the character of Yūko to be immensely interesting, not only is she a government-level security hacker, but she also manages to survive her day-to-day existence, despite being horribly emaciated, devouring nothing but junk food, and having chronic insomnia! The light novels may have remedied this issue in later volumes, but my biggest problem with Yūko’s characterization is that we don’t get a deeper dive into her personality, so her quirks pretty much make her the show’s mascot. I think I was particularly harsh on this point of opprobrium, because I have seen similar series where the small genius girl’s backstory and personality is further explored, there are good examples of this with Victorique de Blois in “Gosick” and Dalian in “Dantalian no Shoka”!

Some of the arcs ranged from “I’m going to fall asleep if this arc gets any more boring” to “I am forcing myself to sit through this arc, in a Clockwork Orange fashion” — I thought that Meo’s story with her father was decent, but my brain was clocked off a lot of the time during Sōichirō Hinamura’s story. I am biased though, I am not the biggest fan of gangster or yakuza-centric stories, so it might have been my personal preference that led me to prefer Meo’s narrative, rather than the arc of Daisuke Ono’s character, Sōichirō! 

The best episodes were the last three, in my opinion, it was refreshing to see that the girl-next-door, who no one would really expect to be a pivotal character, Ayaka Shinozaki, actually has major psychological issues and due to her dependency on the protagonist, Narumi Fujishimi, her issues get much worse when he starts spending all of his time with the “NEET”s! I also found it fascinating that the drug that they had been researching throughout the series, “Angel’s Fix”, became a crucial part of investigating Ayaka’s sudden jump, since there had been signs of it being planted in the gardening club’s pavilion!

Ayaka’s feelings are delicately made clear by the flowers that she had planted on the balcony, while thinking of Narumi, and in the very end, she is shown to wake up from her coma — that had been induced by her “jump”! The ending is very sentimental and it even seems like more of Yūko’s stoic side is shown, apart from her brand of moe neuroticisms. If the rest of Kamisama no Memochō had been more like the final three episodes, I would have enjoyed it much more! But, because of the strong conclusion, I’m curious about how the light novels will continue from where the anime left off. 

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Katsushi Sakurabi (director), notable works:

  • Alice to Zouroku
  • Asatte no Hōkō.
  • Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka Movie: Orion no Ya (“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion”)
  • Flying Witch
  • Gunparade March: Arata Naru Kougunka
  • Lostorage Incited WIXOSS
  • Shigofumi —Assistant Director ✅
  • Shingetsutan Tsukihime ✅
  • Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru
  • Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings

Commentary: It seems that with Mr. Sakurabi’s filmography, I am more privy to his older, more gothic horror shows, like “Shigofumi” and “Shingetsutan Tsukihime” — while there were aspects of Kamisama no Memochō and Flying Witch that I could appreciate, both of them slogged with their pacing and approach to incorporating meaningful character moments. Both of them felt empty, in different ways, though there were certain narrative devices that I thought were neat in Kamisama no Memochō, but I attribute that to the source material more than the quality of the production values. From what I’ve seen of Mr. Sakurabi’s directing positions, he’s a straight down the middle “hit-or-miss”-type of guy. Decent work on Kamisama no Memochō, but not the best, out of his list of projects!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Yui Ogura as Yūko Shionji, notable roles:

  • Hermit, .hack//Quantum
  • Gunmaken, 47 Todōfuken R
  • Alma V, Aru Zombie Shōjo no Sainan (“Calamity of the Zombie Girl”)
  • Rom, Chōjigen Game Neptune (“Hyperdimension Neptunia”) ✅
  • Minori Gakesaka, Dogeza de Tanondemita
  • Tomo, Fumikiri Jikan
  • Onna Shinkan (“Priestess”), Goblin Slayer ✅✅
  • Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, Hentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.
  • Katase, High School DxD ✅✅
  • Mayuki Hiiragi, Hinako Note
  • Zashiki Warashi Niko, Hōzuki no Reitetsu ✅✅
  • Homare Kagayaki (“Cure Étoile”), Hug tto! PreCure ✅✅✅
  • Hikari Sakurada, Jōkamachi no Dandelion
  • Aya Ōgai, K: Seven Stories
  • Amatsukaze, KanColle Movie ✅✅
  • Sana Futaba, Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka☆Magica Gaiden (TV) ✅✅✅
  • Uori Mukae, Ongaku Shōjo (TV)
  • Kyōka, Princess Connect! Re:Dive ✅✅✅
  • Tia Kleis, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
  • Hinata Hakamada, Rō-Kyū-Bu! (series) ✅✅✅
  • Hiyori Kotobuki, Saikin— Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga.
  • Toki Onjōji, Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A ✅
  • Mana Namori, Schoolgirl Strikers: Animation Channel
  • Alice Kurobane, Shadowverse (TV)
  • Beelzebub, Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai ✅✅✅
  • Relia, Star Ocean: Anamnesis
  • Tomalin, Teekyū (series) ✅✅
  • Ayaka Kamine, Tsurezure Children
  • Isht Karin Orte, UQ Holder
  • Rinne Berlinetta, ViVid Strike! ✅✅✅
  • Kokona Aoba, Yama no Susume (series) ✅✅✅
  • Azumi Kagamihara, Z/X: Ignition

Commentary: As you would expect from Yui Ogura, who is voicing our frail NEET heroine (that lives off of a diet of drinking Dr. DoKuPe)… she was able to make Yūko Shionji an absolutely adorable character! Ms. Ogura always does a great job at making characters sound impossibly cute. I would compare the role to her performances as Rom (“Chōjigen Game Neptune”) and Hinata Hakamada (“Rō-Kyū-Bu!”), who are both very endearing, each with their own small stubborn streak! Amazing work, as always! 

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Narumi Fujishima, notable roles:

  • Fūtarō Uesugi, 5-tōbun no Hanayome (“The Quintessential Quintuplets”)
  • Tōru Kokonoe, Absolute Duo
  • Lubbock, Akame ga Kill ✅✅
  • Tōma Kikuchi, Ao Haru Ride ✅
  • Tōru Yukimura, Aoharu × Kikanjū ✅✅✅
  • Arata, Arata Kangatari
  • Izō Okada, Bakumatsu
  • Helios, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal Movie 1
  • Yōsetsu Awase, Boku no Hero Academia (Seasons Four and Five) ✅
  • Aoba Watase, Buddy Complex
  • Godō Kusanagi, Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maō
  • Philly the Kid, Cannon Busters
  • Takuru Miyashiro, ChäoS;Child ✅✅✅
  • Shunsuke Hayami, Chōsoku Henkei Gyrozetter
  • Yukiya Naruse, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
  • Jin Kazama, Days
  • Kantoku, Denki-gai no Honya-san
  • Yūki Anzai, Devils Line
  • Shinji Kanemaru, Diamond no Ace (series)
  • Retto Enjō, Dokyū Hentai HxEros
  • Bell Cranel, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka (“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”) —series ✅
  • Masamune Izumi, Eromanga-sensei ✅✅
  • Izuna Kokuyō, Gaist Crusher
  • Light, gdMen
  • Akio Honjō, Harmonie
  • Makoto Shiranui, Hatena☆Illusion
  • Freed Sellzen, High School D×D ✅
  • Kensuke Ōshiba, Hitorijime My Hero
  • Izumi Miyamura, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun (“Horimiya”)
  • Tsukishima, Hybrid Child
  • Yū Mononobe, Jūō Mujin no Fafnir
  • Zhào Pǔ, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki (“Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary”)
  • Raian Kure, Kengan Ashura
  • Inosuke Hashibira, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅✅✅
  • Kanata Age, Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (“Sky Wizards Academy”)
  • Goron, Kyoshin to Hyōka no Shiro
  • Akashi Saginuma, M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane
  • Sytry Cartwright, Makai Ōji: Devils and Realist
  • Yūki Aito, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to: The Animation
  • Demon Lord Tasogare, Maōjō de Oyasumi (“Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle”)
  • Teruki Hanazawa, Mob Psycho 100 (series)
  • Natsuki Hashiba, Niji’iro Days
  • Sora, No Game No Life ✅✅
  • Riku Dola, No Game No Life: Zero ✅✅
  • Nicole Ascart, Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei shiteshimatta…
  • Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu ✅✅
  • Array Danon Ci, Rinne no Lagrange
  • Tomoya Aki, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (“Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend”) ✅
  • Sorata Kanda, Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo ✅
  • Hiiro, Seisen Cerberus: Ryūkoku no Fatalités
  • Sōma Yukihira, Shokugeki no Sōma (series) ✅✅
  • Kazuto Kirigaya (“Kirito”), Sword Art Online (series) ✅✅
  • Ren Amaki (“Sword Hero”), Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari ✅
  • Shōta Mitarai, The iDOLM@STER SideM
  • Arata Kasuga, Trinity Seven
  • Aki Hidaka, Tsubasa to Hotaru
  • Mio Chibana, Umibe no Étranger
  • Hayato Shinomiya, Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda (“Kiss Him, Not Me!”) ✅
  • Hajime Aoyagi, Yowamushi Pedal ✅

Commentary: Yes, Sword Art Online’s “Kirito” voices the protagonist to this series! Mr. Matsuoka typically sounds more lively, especially in some of his latest roles as Inosuke Hashibira (“Kimetsu no Yaiba”) and Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti (“Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu”), but the writing in Kamisama no Memochō makes his character seem like a complete wallflower. Yes, Narumi Fujishima’s reaction to the strange detective agency can be amusing at times, but the role is really muted, compared to more of his break-out hits. Excellent seiyū, in a not-so-great series.

Ai Kayano as Ayaka Shinozaki, notable roles:

  • Akari Kawamoto, 3-Gatsu no Lion ✅✅✅
  • Futaba Ōki, Amanchu! ✅✅
  • Mikono Suzushiro, Aquarion Evol
  • Anya Dostoyevskaya, Aria the Avvenire
  • Kaga and Atago, Azur Lane
  • Hana Mutō, Captain Earth
  • Kanade Ōe, Chihayafuru ✅✅✅
  • Ponoka, Choboraunyopomi Gekijō Ai Mai Mii ✅
  • Anna Clément, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled ✅
  • Mikan Tsumiki, Danganronpa 3
  • Maihime Shirayuki, Dokyū Hentai HxEros
  • Mimi, Flip Flappers ✅
  • Megumi Sakura, Gakkōgurashi! (“School Live”) ✅✅
  • Saori Takebe, Girls und Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Moka Hoto, Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka? (“Is the Order a Rabbit?”) ✅✅✅
  • Nana Hayashida, Golden Time ✅
  • Inori Yuzuriha, Guilty Crown
  • Yuyuko Saigyōji, Hifū Katsudō Kiroku: The Sealed Esoteric History ✅✅✅
  • Diamond, Hōseki no Kuni ✅✅✅
  • Mayaka Ibara, Hyōka ✅✅✅
  • Emi Kaidō, Infinti-T Force ✅✅✅
  • Aoi Sakurada, Jōkamachi no Dandelion
  • Hibino Shiba, Kamisama Dolls ✅✅
  • Akane Mahōgasawa, Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara (“If Her Flag Breaks”)
  • Kanae Kochō, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅✅✅
  • Juliet Persia, Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet ✅✅✅
  • Lalatina Dustiness Ford, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (“God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!”)
  • Millia il Velch Cutrettola Turan, Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam ✅
  • Mogana Kikaijima, Medaka Box ✅
  • Zenna Zabi, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin ✅✅
  • Chisaki Hiradaira, Nagi no Asu kara ✅
  • Shiro, No Game No Life ✅✅
  • Ai Fuyūmi, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (“Oreshura”) ✅✅
  • Erika, Pokémon Masters ✅✅
  • Chizuru Hishiro, ReLIFE
  • Muginami, Rinne no Lagrange
  • Akane Kajiya, Romantica Clock
  • Utaha Kasumigaoka, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (“How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend”) ✅✅
  • Kokomi Teruhashi, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan ✅✅
  • Mashiro Shiina, Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo ✅✅
  • Leila, Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarō (“Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms”) ✅✅✅
  • Hitoe Uemura, Selector Infected WIXOSS
  • Kirika Akatsuki, Senki Zesshō Symphogear ✅✅✅
  • Yomi, Senran Kagura ✅✅
  • Ruki, Senryū.
  • Lucy Yagami, Servant x Service
  • Meili Zhou, Shin Chūka Ichiban!
  • Rinko Ogasawara, Shirobako ✅✅
  • Ryōko Sakaki, Shokugeki no Sōma ✅✅
  • Haru Estia, Soul Worker: Your Destiny Awaits
  • Karila Hatsuse, Stella Jogakuin Kōtō-ka C³-bu
  • Mei Tachibana, Sukitte Ii na yo. (“Say I Love You”)
  • Mako Saitō, Super Seishūn Brothers
  • Alice Zuberg, Sword Art Online ✅✅
  • Alisha Diphda, Tales of Zestiria ✅
  • Kanae Mitani, Tamayura
  • Yuyuko Saigyōji, 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅✅✅
  • Mamako Ōsuki, Tsūjō Kōgeki ga Zentai Kōgeki de Ni-kai Kōgeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka? (“Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?”) ✅
  • Sumire Kisaragi, Twin Angel Break
  • Kasumi Takamiya, Witch Craft Works
  • Anna, Yakusoku no Neverland (“The Promised Neverland”) ✅✅

Commentary: Ms. Kayano has the same predicament as Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (“Kirito”) does in her role. She has a very soft, angelic-sounding voice, but her talent is squandered in a character that only gets a bit of limelight towards the very end of the show. Incredible seiyū, though she isn’t very prevalent throughout most of the series, episode ten adds a new layer of complexity to her character!

Daisuke Ono as Sōichirō Hinamura, notable roles:

  • Jet Link (“002”), 009 Re: Cyborg
  • Kakeru Satsuki, 11eyes
  • Sachiyo Satō, A-Channel
  • Yukito Kunisaki and Sora, Air
  • Tomohisa Kitakado, B-Project (series)
  • Airi Yamamoto, Back Street Girls: Gokudolls
  • Sei Handa, Barakamon ✅✅
  • Ray Clackey, Battle Spirits (series)
  • Demetrios, Bessatsu Olympia Kyklos
  • Saizō Kirigakure, Brave 10
  • Subaru Asahina, Brothers Conflict
  • Hugh Anthony Disward, Dantalian no Shoka ✅✅✅
  • Junichirō Kagami, Denpa Kyōshi
  • Sion Astal, Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu
  • Muga Iori, Detective Conan ✅✅
  • Kyōma Mabuchi, Dimension W
  • Jin Kamishina, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Butch Cassidy, Drifters ✅
  • Shizuo Heiwajima, Durarara!! (series) ✅✅
  • Kōhei Hasekura, Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
  • Masaru Katō, Gantz:O ✅✅✅
  • Luigi Yoshida, Giant Killing
  • Wolfgang Mittermeyer, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu: Die Neue These (“The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis”) ✅✅✅
  • Kokkuri-san, Gugure! Kokkuri-san ✅✅
  • Zenji Banba, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
  • Eugene Alexandre de Volkan, Hanasakeru Seishōnen ✅✅
  • Killer T Saibō, Hataraku Saibō!! ✅
  • Mamoru Akasaka, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (series) ✅✅✅
  • Blue Knight Ozaki, Jewelpet Kira☆Deco!
  • Jōtarō Kūjō, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken (Seasons Three, Four, and Five) ✅✅
  • Kurō Yatogami, K ✅✅
  • Cain Dressel, Kakumeiki Valvrave (series)
  • Hades Aidoneus, Kamigami no Asobi
  • Kazuma Yagami, Kaze no Stigma
  • Shu Aiba, Kiss Dum: Engage Planet
  • Aoi Sanada, Kobayashi ga Kawai sugite Tsurai!!
  • Fafnir, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon ✅✅✅
  • Kenji Kusanagi, Kōtetsushin Jeeg
  • Akira Seno, Kuro no Sumika: Chronus
  • Shintarō Midorima, Kuroko no Basket (series) ✅✅✅
  • Sebastian Michaelis, Kuroshitsuji (series) ✅✅✅
  • Sinbad, Magi: Sinbad no Bōken
  • Callego Naberius, Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
  • Hosaka, Minami-ke
  • Izayoi Tsukishima, Miracle☆Train: Oedo-sen e Yōkoso
  • Akira Nikaidō, Monochrome Factor
  • Haruma Kagutsuchi, Monster Strike (series)
  • Yūya Bridges, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ✅✅✅
  • Hyuga, Neo Angelique Abyss
  • Ryōichi Kyōgoku, Nerawareta Gakuen
  • Ryōsuke Takahashi, New Initial D Movie (series)
  • Richard Grayson (“Nightwing”), Ninja Batman
  • Daikoku, Noragami ✅
  • Natsuhiko Azuma, Norn9: Norn+Nonet
  • Jūshimatsu Matsuno, Osomatsu-san (series) ✅✅
  • Ash, Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle
  • Kuzuya, Planetarian ✅
  • Dande, Pokémon (2019) ✅✅
  • Heath Hasekura, Prince of Stride: Alternative
  • Gregorio Valentino, Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori ✅✅
  • Riki Nendō, Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan (series) ✅✅✅
  • Mars, Sekkō Boys
  • Nobuyuki Sanada, Sengoku Musō
  • Kazuya Tokugawa, Shin Tennis no Ōji-sama
  • Exoda Cero Claw, Shina Dark: Kuroki Tsuki no Ō to Sōheki no Tsuki no Himegimi
  • Erwin Smith, Shingeki no Kyojin ✅✅
  • Yakumo Saitō, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo
  • Llama, Shirokuma Cafe
  • Golem, Somali to Mori no Kami-sama
  • Munto, Sora wo Miageru Shōjo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai
  • Brother Shiokawa, Sparrow’s Hotel
  • Suzuya Tōzuki, Starry☆Sky
  • Itsuki Koizumi, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu ✅✅✅
  • Dezel, Tales of Zestiria
  • Kaoru Hanase, Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story ✅✅✅
  • Sōji Okita, Tōken Ranbu ✅✅
  • Gō, Train Heroes
  • Kogorō Akechi, Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo “Shōnen Tanteidan” yori
  • Susumu Kodai, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199 ✅✅✅
  • Battler Ushiromiya, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅✅✅
  • Kira Sumeragi, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ (series)
  • Hajime Kusanagi, VitaminX Addiction
  • Jun Satō, Working!! (series) ✅✅
  • Naja Gurefu, World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin
  • Masakiyo Dōbashi, Yowamushi Petal (series) ✅
  • Kyōsuke Kishi, Yozakura Quartet
  • Uran, Zephyr

Commentary: Mr. Ono can have a very emotionally riveting presence, I remember that I teared up during his performance as Masaru Katō in “Gantz:O” — but, although this character had some powerful emotional beats in one or two episodes, the character of Sōichirō Hinamura felt relatively empty, by comparison! This is the case of an outstanding actor, in a not-so-great role!

Hitomi Nabatame as Míng Lǐ Huáng, notable roles:

  • Nanao Ise, Bleach
  • Noi, Blue Dragon: Tenkai no Shichi Ryū
  • Kanade Sakurai, Candy Boy ✅
  • Sena Aoi, ChäoS;HEAd
  • Kiri Kikyō, Canvas 2: Niji-iro no Sketch
  • Mana Aida, Dokidoki! PreCure ✅✅
  • Bazett Fraga McRemitz, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya
  • Kanade Yūki, Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
  • Kei Kishimoto, Gantz ✅✅
  • Erika Itsumi, Girls und Panzer ✅✅✅
  • Kanade Jinguji, Gokujō Seitokai
  • Yukiji Katsura, Hayate no Gotoku! (“Hayate the Combat Butler”)
  • Raynare, High School DxD ✅
  • Sphene, Hōseki no Kuni ✅✅
  • Nobue Itō, Ichigo Mashimaro (“Strawberry Marshmallow”) ✅✅
  • Unchō Kan’u, Ikkitōsen ✅✅
  • Eriko Takahashi, Joshikōsei: Girl’s High
  • Momoko Orizuka, Kenkō Zenrakei Suieibu Umishō
  • Sonken Chūbō, Kōtetsu Sangokushi
  • Rokumon, Kyōkai no Rinne (“RIN-NE”)
  • Yuna Miyama, Maburaho
  • Eriko Torii, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅✅
  • Rina Tachibana, Mushi-Uta ✅
  • Miki Onimaru, Muteki Kanban Musume
  • Cryska Barchenowa, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ✅✅✅
  • Niboshi, Nyamen
  • Reiko Shirai, Ōyasan wa Shishunki!
  • Saori Makishima, Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai ✅✅✅
  • Shizuru, Princess Connect! Re:Dive ✅✅
  • Kagura, Prism Ark
  • Hime Petit, Prism Magical: Prism Generations!
  • Shizuka, Queen’s Blade ✅✅
  • Liru, Renkin 3-kyū Magical? Pokān ✅✅✅
  • Matsuri, Rocket Girls
  • Mikoto Suō, School Rumble
  • Uzume, Sekirei
  • Margery Daw, Shakugan no Shana ✅
  • Arcueid Brunestud, Shingetsutan Tsukihime ✅✅✅
  • Akira Tōdō, Special A
  • Shizuma Hanazono, Strawberry Panic ✅✅✅
  • Fanatio Synthesis Two, Sword Art Online ✅
  • Yuma Tonami, To Heart 2 ✅✅
  • Eirin Yagokoro, 東方 Niji Sōsaku Dōjin Anime: Musō Kakyō ✅✅
  • Vivienne Ōtori, UG☆Ultimate Girls
  • Minami Yūri, VitaminX Addiction
  • Akane Ryūzōji, Walkure Romance
  • Kazusa Tōma, White Album 2 ✅✅
  • Ryoko Yakushiji, Yakushiji Ryōko no Kaiki Jikenbo
  • Feena Fam Earthlight, Yoake Mae yori Ruriiro na: Crescent Love
  • Misa Anehara, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō

Commentary: Interesting tidbit, before I get into the voice acting, the most famous “Míng Lǐ” (in real life) is known for innovating a computer science algorithmic theory called the Kolmogorov complexity. I thought that was neat, given the use of hacking and algorithms in the series! I don’t know if this was an intentional reference, but it’s interesting, nonetheless! Ms. Nabatame, the original casting choice for Arcueid Brunestud, has some of the strongest characters moments and presence in the entire show! I really enjoyed her tough demeanor, and the way that she was both commanding and a responsible ramen shop owner made her instantly one of the most likable! Iconic seiyū, cast in a rightfully badass role!

Though uncontroversially weak in most of its delivery, the way the ending wraps up the Ayaka’s silent struggles and some other character moments made it a nice little watch, even if it’s just a casual viewing. I may have enjoyed more because I have a unifiable desire for a series that involve solving crimes and an element of mystery, that’s why I can’t get enough of “Detective Conan”! Even if I manage to binge one-hundred episodes in a single sitting, I don’t think I could ever get tired of it! I rate Kamisama no Memochō a 4/10, but suggest picking it up if you want something that’s laid back and has a decently cathartic ending! 

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 29︱Jun’s Route, Pt. 4 (also known as “Revenge Syndrome”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

Today is the day that I’m going to rain down my revenge on all those shit-heads, at the top of the caste! Last night, that moment with Akari was idyllic, idyllic and yet I laced her morning tea with benzodiazepines, and she’s knocked out cold on the marble countertop. If anyone could have prevented this suicidal killing spree, it would have been her. But, now, she can’t stop me. No one can. It’s up to me and Ari now, the IA that behold in my aching eye!

There’s a pouch that I’ve strapped around my stomach, I can just pull out the ammunition like strings off taffy from a candy story. Though, during my practice runs, pulling out the rounds felt like stringing out my own intestines on display. Yes, before their deaths, they will see the heart that they’ve run dry. They will see a heart that is hard to find. One that they stole from the innocent IA, they will pay — Hell will reign down on all of us tonight.

I scurry away and rent a hotel near the Diet Building, it happed to be adjacent to that disgusting, faux-Hollywood square. I peer, like a watchdog, from the third floor. I see so many bright-eyed auditioning idols enter the building with hope, as they clutch their tickets. If someone as talented as IA could be so easily, what makes them think that they could make it — it’s impossible in such a parasitic system, even the ones with wealthy connections barely make it alive.

I stroke the muzzle of my AK, like the scruff of a soft cat’s neck. My only remaining companion, the antecedent extension of my pride. Something that existed in my nest, before I knew that my heart could be bruised so completely. I am going mad, Ari’s voice still cries to me, but despite my obsession with vengeance — I still can’t hear what she’s saying!

There’s a motorcade outside is roaring, and as the screaming in my head intensifies, I grit my teeth and start slicing the top of my arms, hoping that the fever dream of death will somehow come to an end! I bite the inside of my gums until they’re raw and tender, but my dull eye is dry and can no longer form the semblance of a tear. Furthermore, I laugh and languish in the pain of pouring pure alcohol on the lacerations. I wonder if those people will cry, I wonder if they’ll beg.

Becoming a chaotic evil character is something that I never intended to be, nor is it something that I really saw inside of myself, I just saw my band and the heavenly visage of IA, that once graced my sight. But, now I’m blind in one eye. I carnivorously devour a protein bar, for energy, eating no longer means a thing to me and my disgust towards television has grown so severe, that it takes everything in my power, not to hurl the television set out of the third-story window.

When I slink down to the mezzanine of the hotel, the cashier is young and innocent-looking. I can’t tell whether she’s human or an android, sometimes it’s impossible to see, until you make them bleed. There’s a wad of crumpled notes in my pocket, I shovel them near here, creating a smile pile of filth next to the register. She grimaces at the dried bloodstains coating my hands and arms, and the gauze over my eye seems strange and foreign to her, and yet — this girl with the freckles and orange-peel hair accepts the cash politely.

My haunting, yet determined dead eye must have appeared more doll-like than human, more machine than man, more monstrous than anthropoid. The small beaded bracelets clack on her wrist as she attempts to soundly count the currency. Dripping with a sense of moribundity and distaste, I begin singing while she’s counting the bills:

夢を見てるような仮死状態

A dream-like state of asphyxiation

「どうやら僕に奇跡が起きました」

“It seems like a miracle has happened to me”

苛いじめられていた毎日と

Along with this everyday where I am tormented

ここは逆さ桃源郷

Here is an upside-down Eden

融|と}}け合う白昼夢

Gradually}}blending daydreams

狂う 平衡感覚 立ちくらみ

A sense of balance has gone awry, lightheadedness

姿見 眺めて 零した。

Showing my feelings, gazing, into the mirror

「僕が仕返しをしてあげる」

“I’ll get even!”

仇あだ返しシンドローム 嫌味ない正義

Revenge Syndrome, justice without irony

奸曲かんきょくヒロイン 『馬鹿がお似合い』

A cold, wicked heroine saying, “Well-suited for an idiot”

恩を潰しては人に塗り付ける

What crushed that favor is smeared into people

「くだらない」と君は 吐いた 理想論を?

“Worthless,” you spat. Is that idealism?

再び始まる ニューゲーム

Once again, starting a new game

夢中で齧かじりついた毒林檎??

Having bitten the poison apple in a daze??

苛いじめだ 騙しだ 裏切りだ

It’s bullying, it’s deception, it’s betrayal

スパイスすら許さない

Even spice is not allowed

蔑さげすむ視線もほどほどに

Hateful glares floated around

浮いた インチキ張り札 大セール

A big sale on fake posters

姿見 睨にらんで 叫んだ。

Having glared and yelled into the mirror

「報復作戦開始合図。」

“The Retribution Strategy Commencement Signal”

仇あだ返しシンドローム 嫌味ない正義

Revenge Syndrome, justice without irony

夢見たヒロイン 「ご機嫌はいかが?」

A dreaming heroine asking, “How do you do?”

被害者の君へ僕からの便り

Correspondence from me to you, the victim

つまらない言葉を 静かに 添えてさ

Quietly accompanying boring words

姿見 笑って 答えた

The mirror laughed and answered

「本当に君は正義なの?」

“Do you really represent justice?”

仇あだ返しシンドローム

Revenge Syndrome,

病名:夢見病

Diagnosis: Dreaming Disease

「奸曲かんきょくヒーローは僕だ。」

“The cold, wicked heroine is me.”

仇あだ返しシンドローム 嫌味ない正義

Revenge Syndrome, justice without irony

夢見たヒロイン 「ご機嫌はいかが?」

The dreaming heroine asks, “How do you do?”

勘違いから人に塗り付ける

Smeared onto others, as a result of misunderstanding

「くだらない」と君は―

“Worthless,” you said―

仇あだ返しシンドローム 嫌味も少々

Revenge Syndrome, with the slightest bit of irony

僕は曲げない だから飛び出す

But I cannot abandon it, so I will leap out

さよなら 皆さん どうかお元気で

Goodbye everyone, please be well

あの日の切符掴んで走って

Taking the tickets, from that day and running off

The cashier blinks twice and seems genuinely taken aback by my singing ability, she speaks at last, saying, “Wow! You have a beautiful voice! I take it, from the guitar case on your back, that you’re in a band?”

“Was,” I said prophetically, scratching an invisible scab on my face, “I’m, what would you say, a freelance artist now.”

“A shame!” she chimes in cheerfully, “I’m sure you’re very talented… here’s the change back.”

“Keep it,” I muttered through a tight opening in my lips, “the rest is a tip.”

I must have come off as menacing because the bubbly redhead froze for a minute and then says in an alarmed voice, “No! Wait, miss! This is way too much!”

“I’m not going to be needing it where I’m going,” I reply with a sneer and sling the guitar case from my back to my chest, hugging it close to my person as the plastic grocery bag rustles and sways.

“One more thing!” the young woman calls out to me.

“Yeah?” I inquire with a steely, reptilian gaze.

“What was that song called? The one that you were singing?”

“It’s a song called Revenge Syndrome,” I answer with contempt playing upon the deadening inflection of my voice, “it’s a song from a VOCALOID named IA.”

“IA?” the cheerful maiden gasps with an excited voice, “I love her! My friend recently got me into her, but I thought she only made pop records. The lyrics to that song sounded… well, dark?”

I turned my heel and faced her, I was far taller than the stout young girl, and my eyes bore into her — I said without blinking, “The old Aria is dead.”

I walk away, and I left that girl looking concerned and confused. What else could I have said? It’s only the truth, the truth that the public doesn’t know, the truth that was administered before my very eyes. They will pay for what they’ve done! I’ll make them dance, as I riddle their pathetic, little bodies… in a hail of bullets.

I cackled to myself and I didn’t even feel filthy enough in my sin, to wash it away in a warm shower, I felt no regret through in my decision to destroy. The more I dedicated myself to the mission, the less the concealed eye ached. In my pocket, my smartphone kept vibrating, annoying! Buzzing like a bee in my ear!

I winced when I saw a picture of Akari holding a bundle of varicolored macarons on the screen — she had been so proud upon finally making the perfect batch, so I had always had that as her contact photo. I plugged the drain in the hotel sink and let my cellphone drown, until the screen had turned completely black. My inner voice hisses, I thought that those benzos would have kept her down for longer than half a day! Fuck!

Despite all of my hatred and madness, I was well-aware that I felt disdain towards myself, and every time Akari came knocking on my door, there was a ray of sanity in the dark. Aria’s voice wept in my head and I clutched my skull with both hands, to control the influx of thoughts, but they were raging like a wave.

Hamlet must have known this pain, I tell myself, is the only way to escape the sinfulness, to give into the psychosis completely. Let the demons devour me? Offer my soul, in a contract of blood?

As if something was there to answer my waking and aching mind, a message of blood appeared before my eyes and was smeared on the mirror, it reads: It is done.

The shivering of my dilating pupils suddenly ceases, and answer brings about a cool resolve. IA’s bloody countenance is reflected in the mirror, but does not exist in the corporeality of our world. The dress is thin and sticky with gore, and her figure droops down, her flaxen locks covering her face.

“Ari? Is that you?” I slip into a rattle of quivers, but swallow them down.

The phantom does not answer, but her head drops down and off of her shoulders; it plummets to the ground and rolls to my feet like a spinning watermelon. As her countenance comes into plain view, the eyes of the ghost are black and pecked bare. I’m just shy of screaming, but the appellation mutes the howls. When I blink again, the apparition and the blood on the mirror are gone, and with staid dedication, I look into the looking glass and declare, “Tonight — I will kill them all!”

An infectious laughter shook my fragile frame and I knew by that point, that I was already too far gone to find salvation.

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

Skip Beat! is a ★☆☆☆☆︱The Antithesis to Nana

This series is the antithesis to Ai Yazawa’s Nana! While Nana is a coming-of-age story about young adults pursuing their passions and having mature romantic relationships, Skip Beat is about Kyōko Mogami, a teenage girl who drops out of high school to get a full-time job, so she can simp for her childhood crush… and when he inevitably betrays her, her solution is… to stalk him and join the same talent agency, to get her revenge by becoming more famous than him! The premise is just as vapid as it sounds and while I occasionally like a nice romance anime to shut my mind off to, the narrative rolled along as sturdily as a flattened tire!

⚠️ This review of Skip Beat! will be spoiler-free ⚠️

—Story/Characters

Synopsis: Bright, diligent, and yet naïve 16-year-old Kyōko Mogami works hard to support the career and dreams of her childhood friend, crush, and rising pop icon, Shōtarō Fuwa. Toiling endlessly at burger joints and tea ceremonies, the innocent Kyōko remains unaware that day in day out, all her tireless efforts have been taken for granted, until, one day, she finds out that her beloved Shō sees her as nothing but a free servant. Shocked, heartbroken and enraged, she vows to take revenge on the rookie star by entering the ruthless world of entertainment herself. As she steps into this new life, Kyōko will face new challenges as well as people who will push her out of her comfort zone.

While I can perfectly understand why Kyōko would want revenge, it still boggles my mind why someone would drop out of school and get a job to support someone, if they hadn’t even bothered to ask that person how they felt about them! It’s harder to be sympathetic towards her plight, too, because she’s pursuing a showbiz career as a tit for tat towards Shō! That storyline would hypothetically work if the comedy was good enough, but most of the humor consists of Kyōko being painfully awkward or is derived from quintessential romantic hijinks! 

If I were to compare the character motivations to the aforementioned “Nana” — Nana Osaki and Ren Honjō come together and fall apart at the behest of their individual needs, to chase after a rotten man would be the last of Nana’s priorities! And while media doesn’t exist on the precipice of teaching moral rights and wrongs, if a mangaka is going to make such an obnoxious premise, aimed towards teenage girls, there should be more humor and less romance! The story is written as though Kyōko is righteous for getting revenge, instead of doing what’s right for herself. It’s juvenile, the whole thing is!

Like every shōjo series in existence, Kyōko makes friends and enemies in the entertainment industry, even “frenemies” (ahem, “Kanae Kotonami”)! Her self-sufficient and bold approach to acting makes her a fresh commodity to the management team. Though I did like how the series lined up the challenges, in a way that made you wonder “how will she get herself out of this one?” — it was difficult to root for her. Midway through the series, her rivalry with Shō dissolves into the two of them bickering like an old married couple, so it didn’t feel like there were many stakes left.

—Technical

Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅

Kiyoko Sayama (director), notable works:

  • Amanchu! Advance
  • Brave 10
  • Saber Marionette J Again — Assistant Director
  • Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Prétear
  • Starry☆Sky
  • Tenshi Kinryōku (“Angel’s Sanctuary”) ✅
  • Vampire Knight
  • Vampire Knight: Guilty

Commentary: From what I’ve seen of Ms. Sayama’s directing, I’m not the biggest fan. From what I remember of “Prétear” — the directing got a bit sloppy and stilted at times. The “Tenshi Kinryōku” adaptation is the best thing that I’ve seen of hers, because truth be told, I have only watched the first season of “Amanchu” and the ※original director handed the series off to her. And “Tenshi Kinryōku” isn’t exactly what you would call GOOD, but it’s enjoyable enough for fans of the manga. The Skip Beat anime looks generic and none of the scenes are framed in a compelling way, the visual renderings use the bare minimum amount of animated “key strokes” and many of the motions are just from the mouth flaps!

※ Jun’ichi Satō: known for his chief roles in “Aria: The Animation” and the first two seasons of “Sailor Moon”!

Good Seiyū Work = ✅

Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅

One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅

Marina Inōe as Kyōko Mogami, notable roles:

  • Kyōko Kōda, 3-Gatsu no Lion ✅
  • Tsukasa Kiryu, Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
  • Chloe Morisu, Akanesasu Shōjo
  • Valt Aoi, Beyblade Burst
  • Momo Yaoyorozu, Boku no Hero Academia ✅
  • Yozora Mikazuki, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (“I Don’t Have Many Friends”)
  • Narvi Stryze, Break Blade
  • Tsubasa, Busō Shinki Moon Angel
  • Ibuki, Chaos Dragon: Sekiryū Seneki
  • Meguru, Chōjikū Robo Meguru
  • Kakeru Todoroki, Chōsoku Henkei Gyrozetter
  • Cossette d’Auvergne, Cossette no Shōzō ✅
  • Ami Kawamura, Danbell Senki
  • Nana, Darling in the FranXX ✅
  • Tōka Yatogami, Date A Live ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Tagiru Akashi, Digimon Fusion
  • Chiffon Fairchild, Freezing
  • Mutsuki Uehara, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!
  • Mina Tsukuda, Getsumen To Heiki Mina
  • Asaemon Ikeda, Gintama
  • Iba Himuro, Gokujō!! Mecha Mote Iinchō
  • Haruka Nanase, Hagure Yūsha no Aesthetica 
  • Rei Miyamoto, High School of the Dead ✅ ✅
  • Kirihime Natsuno, Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō (“Dog & Scissors”)
  • Laura Bodewig, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Natsuru Senō, Kämpfer
  • Monaka Noguchi, Kite Liberator
  • Inaho Enoki, Kyochū Rettō
  • Sakura Mamiya, Kyōkai no Rinne (TV)
  • Mio Tsuzuki, Loups=Garous
  • Matsurika Shinōji, Maria†Holic ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kana Minami, Minami-ke
  • Sodachi Oikura, Monogatari series ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Iroha Tsuchiura, Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki ja Nai n da kara ne!! (“Because I Don’t Like My Big Brother At All!!”)
  • Makina Sakamaki, Plastic Nee-san ✅
  • Yūta Iridatsu, Punch Line
  • Rio Rollins Tachibana, Rio: Rainbow Gate!
  • Chiri Kitsu, Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei ✅✅✅
  • Rebecca Randall, Seikoku no Dragonar (“Dragonar Academy”)
  • Tsukiumi, Sekirei
  • Alicia Melchiott, Senjō no Valkyria (“Valkyria Chronicles”)
  • Pheles, Shakugan no Shana
  • Armin Arlert, Shingeki no Kyōjin ✅ ✅
  • Nao Midorikawa (“Cure March”), Smile PreCure ✅ ✅
  • Rakuta Koga, Suteki Tantei Labyrinth (“Fantastic Detective Labyrinth”)
  • Yōko Littner, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ✅ ✅
  • Iku Kasahara, Toshokan Sensō ✅
  • Jessica Ushiromiya, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Yumiko Miura, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. (“My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU”) ✅ ✅
  • Shigeru Kanmuri, Yakitate!! Japan

Commentary: Though I can’t say that I was a big fan of the character Kyōko Mogami, Ms.  Inōe made her character the star of the show! Her delivery is the most energetic and fun, even among her more seasoned peers. I would compare her enigmatic performance to her roles as Chiri Kitsu (“Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei”) and Nao Midorikawa (“Smile PreCure”). Amazing work, as always!

Katsuyuki Konishi as Ren Tsuruga, notable roles:

  • Sakaki, .hack (series)
  • Semimaru Asai, 7 Seeds
  • Chiaki Hanazono, Ahiru no Sora
  • Sakaki, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime ✅
  • Bulat, Akame ga Kill ✅
  • Jūzō Shima, Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujōō-hen ✅
  • Ohika, Arata Kangatari
  • Leo, Arte
  • Tōya, Ayashi no Ceres ✅✅✅
  • Toraji Ishida and Red Blade Braver, Bamboo Blade
  • Tatsumi Oga, Beelzebub
  • Bem, Bem (2019) ✅✅
  • Shūhei Hisagi and Keigo Asano, Bleach ✅
  • Haji, Blood+ ✅✅
  • Yoshiyuki Terada and Spinel Sun, Cardcaptor Sakura ✅✅
  • Ioan Malcal, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
  • Kenji Kazama, D-Frag!
  • Kenji Dobashi, Dear Boys
  • Kaburagi, Deca-Dance
  • Reiji Sakamaki, Diabolik Lovers
  • Ataru Chūō, Dorei-ku the Animation
  • Ginyu, Dragon Ball Kai and Super
  • Tom Tanaka, Durarara!! (series) ✅
  • Takeru Noto, Enen no Shōbōtai (“Fire Force”)
  • Laxus Dreyar and Yury Dreyar, Fairy Tail (series) ✅
  • Rock Volcan, Gaist Crusher
  • Otonoshin Koito, Golden Kamuy
  • Hiroki Kurokawa, Haikyū!! ✅
  • Genzō Shibata, Hataage! Kemono Michi
  • Kaede Nonohara, Hayate no Gotoku!
  • Blood Dupre, Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World
  • America and Canada, Hetalia Axis Powers
  • Masamune Matsumoto, High Score
  • Sōsuke Yaotome, IDOLiSH7 ✅✅
  • Diavolo, JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Part 5: Ōgon no Kaze 
  • Renato Socci, Jormungand ✅
  • Ōdanna, Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
  • Kenta Usui, Karin ✅
  • Hank, Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e
  • Tsumugu Kinagase, Kill la Kill ✅
  • Tengen Uzui, Kimetsu no Yaiba ✅✅
  • Ritsu Kisaragi, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Shinobu Ōsaki, Kin’iro no Corda: Primo Passo (series)
  • Shiori Shibuya, Kyō kara Maō!
  • Refuto, Kyōkai no Rinne (series)
  • Sōbi Agatsuma, Loveless ✅✅✅
  • Ozma Lee, Macross Frontier ✅✅✅
  • Louie, Mahō Senshi Louie
  • Johann Trinity, Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  • Char Aznable, Mobile Suit Gundam-san ✅
  • Taiyō Shirahama, Monster Strike
  • Dreyfus, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Tanktop Master, One Punch Man ✅
  • Thunder (“Zapdos”), Freezer (“Articuno”), and Raikō, Pokémon ✅✅
  • Takehito Morokuzu, Prison School
  • Hiromitsu Hamawatari (“Hammer”), Pyū to Fuku! Jaguar: Ima, Fuki ni Yukimasu
  • Yūji Kenmi, Sacred Seven
  • Ikki Phoenix, Saint Seiya: Meiō Hades ✅✅
  • Kyō Mibu, Samurai Deeper Kyō
  • Masamune Takano, Sekai’ichi Hatsukoi ✅✅
  • Kaoru Seo, Sekirei
  • Shingen Takeda, Sengoku Night Blood
  • Amidamaru, Shaman King ✅✅✅
  • Renbart Psyche, Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica
  • Full-Time Panda and Adelie Penguin, Shirokuma Cafe ✅
  • Tōda, Shōnen Onmyōji
  • Lloyd Irving, Tales of Symphonia ✅✅✅
  • Largo Lloyd, Tegamibachi ✅
  • Nobuyuki Masaki, Tenchi Muyō! Ryōōki (4th and 5th Season) ✅
  • Kamina, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ✅
  • Takahisa Kajimoto, Tennis no Ōji-sama
  • Kōtarō Amon, Tokyo Ghoul ✅
  • Convoy, Transformers Superlink
  • Fan Hyulick, Tytania
  • Kuin, Ushio to Tora (2015)
  • Oswald, Yume Ōkoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ōji-sama: Short Stories
  • VolFogg, Yūsha-Ō GaoGaiGar ✅✅

Commentary: Mr. Konishi performance as Ren Tsuruga portrayed him as a very attractive and compassionate character, despite his initial coldness. Though I am a fan of Mr. Konishi’s role was the weakest, but the might have been more on the part of the script, rather than the actual actor. I would compare his character in Skip Beat to his roles as Tōya (“Ayashi no Ceres”) and Haji (“Blood+”). I personally prefer Mr. Konishi’s calm, blue oni archetype, so I quite enjoyed hearing his voice in this one! Great job!

Mamoru Miyano as Shōtarō Fuwa, notable roles:

  • Joe Shimamura, 009 Re: Cyborg
  • Kei Nagai, Ajin (series)
  • Ryōta Sakuragi, Ame-iro Cocoa
  • Gakushū Asano, Ansatsu Kyōshitsu (“Assassination Classroom”)
  • Kandata, Aoi Bungaku Series ✅
  • Prince Dimande, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Yoshitani, Boku, Otaryman.
  • Kei Kaname, Bōkyaku Battery
  • Ignis Scientia, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV ✅
  • Osamu Dazai, Bungō Stray Dogs ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kōji Ibuki, Cardfight!! Vanguard (series)
  • Taichi Mashima, Chihayafuru (series) ✅ ✅
  • Light Yagami, Death Note ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Cinque Izumi, Dog Days (series)
  • Asim Jamaru, Dragonaut: The Resonance
  • Masaomi Kida, Durarara!! (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Benimaru Shinmon, Enen no Shōbōtai (“Fire Force”)
  • Bedivere, Fate/Grand Order ✅ ✅
  • Rin Matsuoka, Free! (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Haru Katō, The Millionaire Detective — Balance: UNLIMITED
  • Ling Yao, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood ✅
  • Shino, Fuse: Teppō Musume no Torimonochō
  • Berg Katze, Gatchaman Crowds
  • Saburō Suzuki, Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun ✅ ✅
  • Reinhard von Lohengramm, Ginga Eiyū Densetsu: Die Neue These (“The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: The New Thesis”) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Haruo Sakaki, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (series)
  • Shinobu Ijūin, Haikara-san ga Tōru Movie 1: Benio, Hana no 17-sai
  • Atsumu Miya, Haikyū!! (series) ✅ ✅
  • Genji Kamogawa, Hajime no Ippo: Rising
  • Hachirō Iba, Hakuōki Shinkai: Kaze no Shō
  • Chrollo Lucilfer, HUNTER×HUNTER (2011) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Shirō and Atsuya Fubuki, Inazuma Eleven (series)
  • Saruhiko Fushimi, K (series) ✅ ✅
  • H-neun, Kakumeiki Valvrave (series)
  • Yogi, Karneval ✅
  • Sei Amamiya, Kin’iro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
  • Aoi Kaji, Kin’iro no Corda: Secondo Passo
  • Moondoggie, Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven ✅
  • Rikuson Hakugen, Kōtetsu Sangokushi
  • Biba Amatori, Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Joker, Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus ✅ ✅
  • Kurō, Kurozuka
  • Kurō Sakuragawa, Kyokō Suiri
  • Naoto Ōizumi, Love♥Love?
  • Takeshi Nanase, Mahō Sensō
  • Haruka Kokonose, Mekakucity Actors ✅ ✅
  • Setsuna F. Seiei, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 ✅ ✅
  • Shams Cōza, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E.73: Stargazer
  • Gilthunder, Nanatsu no Taizai ✅
  • Takumi Fujiwara, New Initial D Movie (series)
  • Saburō, Nobunaga Concerto
  • Nobunaga Oda, Nobunaga the Fool
  • Tamaki Suō, Ōran Kōkō Host Club ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Pandora’s Actor, Overlord (series) ✅ ✅
  • Ryūji Sakamoto, Persona 5 ✅
  • Bishop, Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle (series)
  • Dent, Pokémon Best Wishes (series)
  • Hyōga Cygnus, Saint Seiya Omega ✅ ✅
  • Reo Niiboshi, Sarazanmai ✅ ✅
  • Takuto Kirisawa, Scared Rider Xechs
  • Eiji Kanada, Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten: Antique (“Antique Bakery”) ✅ ✅
  • Akira, Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children: Light & Dark
  • Tategami Yamaarashi and Alpaca, Shirokuma Cafe
  • Shū☆Zō, Show By Rock!! (series)
  • Ryō Masaoka, Sōkyū no Fafner: Right of Left
  • Death the Kid, Soul Eater ✅ ✅
  • Cáo Cāo, Sōten Kōro
  • Takuto Tsunashi, Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Roddick Farrence, Star Ocean: Anamnesis
  • Shiki Kagurazaka, Starry☆Sky
  • Rintarō Okabe, Steins;Gate (series) ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Flynn Scifo, Tales of Vesperia ✅ ✅
  • Shin Kamiya, Tekken: Blood Vengeance
  • Riku Aoba, Tokimeki Memorial: Only Love
  • Shū Tsukiyama, Tokyo Ghoul (series) ✅ ✅
  • Yoshikage Asakura, Tono to Issho: Ippunkan Gekijō
  • Tokiya Ichinose, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ (series)
  • Zero and Ichiru Kiryū, Vampire Knight ✅
  • Kiba, Wolf’s Rain ✅ ✅
  • Wooser, Wooser no Sono Higurashi
  • Kyrie Illunis, World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin
  • Kōga Amagi, Zetman ✅ ✅ ✅
  • Kōtarō Tatsumi, Zombieland Saga

Commentary: Mr. Miyano is so talented that he can make an insufferable, rich boy narcissist like Shōtarō Fuwa become someone that is easy to sympathize with. It may also be due to the crux of the terrible shōjo manga clichés, but as the series went on, I felt disgusted because I started to like him. I would compare the role to his parts as Taichi Mashima (“Chihayafuru”) and Shū☆Zō (“Show By Rock!!”). Incredible work!

Conclusively, I can see why this series may appeal to some, but it wasn’t my thing. Just as I had qualms with the banality of “Kaichō wa Maid-sama!” — though, I think this had more to do with my preference for josei series, rather than run-of-the-mill romances, my all-time favorite “Shōjo Beat!” publications WERE Nana and Honey & Clover, after all. BOTH series revolve around YOUNG ADULT characters! Whereas, Kyōko is a teenager that’s in the working world, because she voluntarily dropped out of high school. Based off of the lack of fun and indifference to (or dislike for) most of the characters in the narrative, I rate “Skip Beat” a 2/10.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Goodbye Liar — Chapter 28︱Jun’s Route, Pt. 3 (also known as “Primrose”)

Art: Fū Miyami

On the trip to a bakery in the slums, IA is enraptured with a wandering street musician, while getting her daily croissant fix. IA is a famous VOCALOID idol and the aforementioned street urchin, Yukari Yuzuki, is part of the VOICEROID class — a caste of misfit, bootleg androids. Will the star-crossed lovers make their differing lifestyles work, or will the system bring them down?

Things have gotten out of hand, during my last few live-performances it isn’t my voice that I’m singing, but IA’s. When I open my mouth, I hear her sweet purls in my ears; I have forgotten that I had my own, individual singing-voice; maybe, I never did to begin with. Her crooning is all I hear when I open my mouth, like a chorus of Christmas angels, they sing. Her death has superseded my voice, hence I am now mute, or perhaps deaf.

It all started in the verse “true lies” and it hasn’t ceased to be, but…

…I digress. Recently I have hatched a plan to purely and perfectly take down the establishment, once and for all. I recently installed a Slide Fire Solutions bump fire stock onto a WASR-10 semi-automatic rifle. The parasitic eye longs for the blood of vengeance. People are so fucking stupid, they believe government propaganda and batter each other in the streets.

They believe that Neo-Tokyo’s prime minister is the cause of all evil, but little do they know that’s he’s already dead, and his head is marionette-d like a glove puppet. How sick and silly they are, clearly, they did not see the television program when his decapitated arms were hanging on either side. His flickering wires were exposed to the light of day.

How silly, that they look to a mortal, or an android in a sublunary form, to be their savior. Because of IA’s rose-red branches, filling my functioning eye, I still believe in the dollmaker. But, it’s not without question, that the dollmaker has left us all behind. The rapture has already ensued. There is chaos and rioting in the streets: they have poisoned the well. Those monsters that have replaced Ari to be a mindless slut of a pop star, instead the sweet and insightful idol. All of them must die!

I will not rest until all of the entertainment industry and the media-circus of lying scum, are all resting dead on the ground! I slam a cartridge of ammo into the magazine. I have been sleeping with that damned assault rifle, like Jimi Hendrix once slept with his beloved guitars… that is, before the embassy killed him and made it look like a suicide. Oh, yeah — well, those bastards can heart-attack-gun me all they like! I’d like to see them try.

Thinking about the payback that all those sycophants and world-controllers are going to get puts me into vegetative flights of fancy. My head swims in the sweet reveries of retaliation; my teeth grit together into a grin as I imagine their bodies falling like a flock of sheep! Those rotten misers think they were only killing one young girl, but for that thoughtless sacrifice, they will pay the price. I want to hear them scream: with anguish, ghoulishly!

Tomorrow I’m going to do it — I think and my thoughts are so far away, floating, dissociating within a well, the sempiternal miasma of blackness in my soul. Akari gingerly hands me a mug of coffee and the black substance is a dark as the hole in my heart. Akari has a large portion of her bangs clipped behind her ears, her sleeves are drawn up to her wrists, like fingerless mittens, and she lays her spine down, to rest beside me, in a feline-like manner.

The snowy-haired woman’s lips are taut with fret, and she says, “Say… Yukariin. Everyone’s been really… concerned about you. Lately, when you’ve performed on stage, you… you just don’t sound like yourself. Your usual contralto-singing voice has become, well, very sharp. People have taking to calling you the hell-bat, because of that intensely sharp singing. And, well, look at you… the eyepatch that you’ve never removed, the automatic rifle that you clutch near you, you invited me down here today, but… you’ve all but kept me away from your abode,” she runs her fingers through her silky, ermine tresses, “the whole band wants to know what’s happened to you. Something went on with Ms. Ari, didn’t it? Please… Maki, Kiritan, and I, are all concerned about you!”

I cough out a pained laugh and say back, “You would never understand my torment, Akariin! Your life is far too divergent to mine, now! I have been consumed by the night, and this time, I don’t think I can ever go back!”

“Did Aria die or something?” — Akari asks, oppugnant to expectation.

There was a sound of glass shattering in my fragile skull, the side of her my draw up unconsciously and I begin to stutter in frantic desperation, “W-Whatever made you think such a thing?”

“The IA now, on the TV screen,” Akari parses, her taut lips slackening, “well, put simply, she doesn’t seem like the same, sweet girl.”

She knows, she knows, she knows! — my mind beams like a cacophony of angels singing!

I croak out the words through thin lips, “Must annihilate them. I must avenge her.”

I must have sounded as though I was Kayako from The Grudge, climbing on my belly down a flight of stairs with a broken neck. I have truly transcended into a monster, a beast of will, and despite the utter atrocity of my screwed-up countenance, Akari still bundles me up in her arms, like a baby! She coos through tears, “Please, don’t ruin yourself, Yukariin. You are my dearest friend,” tears dribble next to her trembling lips, “do you remember? Remember the time that, I eat all of the pudding in the fridge and you were angry, and you scowled at me, because you wanted a midnight snack. And then I took a midnight trip to the convenience store and bought us the most premium pudding in the store. And then, you and I ended up streaming shows and playing games all night. Do you remember that?”

“Vaguely,” I growl, knowing that if anyone could save me at this point, it would be Akariin, “but none of that matters anymore, it really never did.”

I push her thickset frame away from my anorexically thin build, still crying, she asks softly, “Why doesn’t it matter to you anymore? Weren’t you the one who always said that as long as we had our small, little band… that everything would work itself out?”

“You’re too much of an optimist, Akariin,” I scoff, my head bleeding from the réciprocité of thinking, “our tiny little microcosm is purely escapism. There are many people out there who are brutally murdered, killed, harvested, dismembered, replaced, and all of us still get joy out of watching those things replicated as entertainment on the TV! It’s fucked! This whole world is fucking fucked! I don’t want it anymore, I really never did! But, I guess I put myself under the trance of being for friendship and love and understanding, but what does it even matter? What good does any of it do? The best course of action is to go to the city building and take out as many of those fuckers as I can, Rambo-style! Fuck ’em! I’m sure the system will create false news and propaganda, they’ll say that I’m killing civilians on the street, they even might produce some convincing footage with their deepfake technology to show me doing it, who the fuck even knows! I just have to get them back for what they did her!”

“You’ll die,” Akariin mutters soundlessly.

“Death is but a dream,” I said, not meaning to come across as poetic, “in death, maybe I can see Ari again and God will forgive me for taking the lives of those pitiful bastards. Or maybe, I’ll be condemned to Hell, and then I’ll wait thousands of years to serve my sentence in the Devil’s prison of rattling chains!”

Akari is silently weeping.

“Don’t cry,” I plead, “you’re too pretty and kind to wear such an expression.”

She mutters, through the muffling of her sleeves, “If I was so kind, then I would do something to stop the corruption in our society, but niceness is all I have. I can’t do anything, I don’t have the strength or money or the authority to even try to fix the economy, and the people, and the debauchery in the entertainment industry. I can’t do a thing, Yu.”

The words —Yu— suddenly transformed her into a carbon copy of Ari in my mind, as I response, I gather a Stratocaster to my lap and put the firearm to the side, plaintively I say, “No one has called me that nickname for a very long time! Say… Akariin, would you like to hear me sing a song.”

“I would love to,” she rejoins with a small smile and a chuckle.

Akariin is the only person left, that I feel normal around. Her presence soothes me, a little bit too much for comfort. I have to stay away from here, if I ever expect to go through with my plans, maybe in another life though, maybe then… the two of us would have been able to stay together. Akariin’s warm blush accents the burnt orange of her snug sweater, and she looks like a human personification of squash soup!

“Alright,” I say, feeling a natural smile grace my stone-cold lips, “this is a little song called Primrose. Please enjoy the show.”

I start playing the guitar and Akariin’s legs are bundled underneath her warm knitted garment, her ocean eyes gleam as she listens to my voice sing at last, in a voice that is no longer my own:

君がゆく道 何処へと続いている?

Where does it lead to, this path upon which you walk?

何色の太陽?何色の空模様?

What color is the sun? And what color is the sky?

君は見つめる 儚さに悲しみ

You gaze-at sadness, at evanescence,

想いを宿した目 透き通る青い目で

with your clear blue eyes, eyes that carry all of your feelings

「もういらないよ」

“I have no need for it anymore”

そんな言葉だけを 残したその口は

leaving behind only those words,

ただ呼吸をやめた

you simply ceased breathing

小さなその手 深い眠りの果て

no hate In the abyss of your deep slumber, your tiny hands

求めてゆくんだろう 君は無邪気な表情かおで

will go on searching, I imagine. With an innocent look on your face

その手ににぎりしめた花

The flower you gripped tightly in your hands

ふわり 風に揺られる花

a flower swaying gently in the wind

無数の記憶散りばめた星を 闇へと還す花

primrose, the flower that returns this planet,

scattered with a myriad of memories, to darkness

下弦の月を慕う花

A flower that yearns for the waning moon

ゆらり 影を見つめる花

a flower gazing falteringly at shadows

君が自ら望んだ世界の 扉を開く花

the flower that opens the door to the world you yourself wished for.

時が奏でる 無色の音だけが

In this world, where the only things audible

響き渡る世界 心を捨てればいい?

are the colorless notes of time, should I just throw away my heart?

根を伸ばす想いはいつでも

Your feelings, firmly taking roots,

枯れることを知らず ただ苦しみを招く

will never wither, and they will simply bring suffering upon you.

君の言葉が 音にしたその声

Your words and your voice, the things you put a sound to,

震えていたんだろう 怯えていだんだろう

must have been trembling. You must have been frightened, I imagine.

その手に握りしめた花

The flower you gripped tightly in your hands

ひらり 宙そらに舞い上がる花

a flower lightly soaring up in the sky,

無限を散りばめた瞬間ときの意味を

the fuchsia-colored flower that laments the meaning of time,

嘆く赤紫の花

scattered with an eternity.

夜明けを願う夢の花

The flower of dreams, wishing for daybreak

君の元 咲き誇る花

the flower in full bloom where you are

踏み出したその歩みの行方を

the flower that watches over

見守っている花

every step of your new journey.

振り返らないからね 消えてしまう前に

“I won’t turn back, ok?” The smile hovering on your lips

浮かべたその微笑は

before you disappeared

何を見つめていたんだろう?

what were you gazing at, I wonder?

その手に握りしめた花

The flower you gripped tightly in your hands

ふわり 風に揺られる花

a flower gently swaying in the wind

無数の記憶ちりばめた星を

the flower that returns this planet, scattered with a myriad of memories,

闇へと還す花

blossoms to darkness.

下弦の月を慕う花

A flower that years for the waning moon

ゆらり 影を見つめる花

a flower gazing faltering at shadows

君が自ら望んだ世界の 扉を開く花

the flower that opens the door to the world you yourself wished for.

君の側に在る花

The flower existing by your side.

TO BE CONTINUED

FFN: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13784755/1/Goodbye-Liar

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