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I’ve only watched a handful of anime, so trying to pick a favorite seiyuu (voice actor) is kind of like choosing a favorite singer when you’ve only ever heard five songs. What it comes down to is: whose performance actually made me sit up in my chair take notice?

 

Nana Mizuki caught my ear when she was the voice of Alois Trancy in Kuroshitsuji II. To be honest, this is the only performance of hers I’ve heard. I enjoyed her acting because she really knows how to expressing suffering and crying. And if you know me well, you know I’m a sucker for tears and crying.

 

Here’s a good episode to check out her emotiveness:

http://www.animecrazy.net/kuroshitsuji-2-episode-8/

Just to be clear it is the blond boy with blue eyes she is voicing.

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I love most anime characters, but occasionally, one comes along who I dread to see each time they appear. Prince Soma from Kuroshitsuji is such a character for me. He’s a pathetic, spoiled brat, who eventually realizes this about himself, and you start to sympathize with him. But in the manga, he just never freakin’ seems to go away and I say ‘oh no’ every time he’s back. Sorry, Prince Soma, you are pretty to look at but please shut your mouth.

Pic of Prince Soma from Kuroshitsuji anime

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Pic of Xerxes BreakTo the degree that it is possible to have a crush on an imaginary character who is drawn, I would nominate Xerxes Break from Pandora Hearts as my crush. He’s a trickster figure, wizard, clown, court jester and parasol & cane-wielding girly man all rolled into one. He’s sadomasochistic, cunning, goofy, and wears some seriously stylin’ threads.  You would never guess that his fey exterior would hide such strength and power, or that his obfuscating stupidity would hide a nearly psychic level of intelligence, and that tension puts him high on the scale of smexy.

 

Surely you want to know more and see the pictures, ah? )
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Pandora Hearts is undoubtedly my favorite right now. The reread value on this story is so high…it seriously gets better each time you read it. It’s the only one I’ve bothered to buy the Japanese volumes of (so I can see the pictures clearly, even though I can read very little Japanese). It’s the one I write Fanfiction for, and the one I wish someone around me actually had read so that I would have someone to talk about it with. (Hello? Husband?)

 

Ah well, I’m slowly finding an online community of Pandora Hearts-obsessed virtual friends…thank you all for being here and helping me keep my sanity. There will be much more raving here about Pandora Hearts and its characters in the months to come, I’m sure.

 

Click the Pandora Hearts tag and scroll down to see what I’ve already blathered about so far.

Pic of some of the main characters of Pandora Hearts

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Pic from What's Michael...cat horrified on shampoo bottle
Years ago, I stumbled upon What's Michael, and bought every volume. Though it is a far cry from the bishounen goodness I am immersing myself in these days, it still holds a special place in my heart as my very first manga. Click the What's Michael tag below and you can read more about it.

In this pic, you can see a good example of the wonderful facial expressions this mangaka is capable of drawing, as this cat sweats in horror of seeing a cat shampoo bottle.
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Pic of Sebastian MichaelisThis is a tough question, because I have really enjoyed all the anime I’ve watched so far, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses. In the end I had to go with Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). Even though it deviates from the manga, it does so in an entertaining way, and becomes its own crazy story with a fairly satisfying ending. 

It’s the show I would recommend to a person just starting out with anime, and best of all, it made me laugh…loudly and often…which is not easy to do as I’m one of those Spock-types.

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Serial Experiments Lain is the first anime I ever watched. It is dark, dreary, challenging and a total mindfuck. Nearly everyone I’ve ever convinced to watch it with me has hated it. The only thing I can even begin to compare it to is the Matrix, but even that is insufficient as a description. All I can suggest is you read the wiki page for help in understanding what it is about.

Pic from Serial Experiments Lain

 

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There’s this 30-day Otaku Challenge that’s been making the rounds on Tumblr, and I decided to tweak some of the questions a bit (because, sorry, I don’t have a favorite “mech” series or a favorite Pokémon) and then post my answers here -- one each day if all goes well. It’s just another fun writing exercise for me, and hopefully not too torturous for my LJ friends.
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