Backlog: Week 8

Eight weeks, that’s almost two months. I’m only keeping up with two airing series, so I’m working on my backlog pretty intensely. Why is it not getting smaller then? This week I watched 22 episodes, including 12 shorts.

Rain Town

With just under 10 minutes, I guess it’s a short.

In this town, since who knows when, rain has never stopped.
Residents moved out to the suburbs or high ground around
“Rain Town”
People’s memories are now deeply submerged.
But into this forgotten “rainy town”
sometimes someone wanders.

It’s a little story of a little girl going through rain town to visit her grandmother. There are no voices, just music. As for the animation, the backgrounds are huge paintings, the girl walks in front of them and in a layer closest to us the rain falls. I suppose that’s as good as it gets with independent animations. The author is Hiroyasu Ishida, who also made the better known Fumiko’s Confession.

Paulette’s Chair

Three-and-a-half-minute short about Paulette and her animate chair, that breaks the ice for her among the village girls and becomes a dear friend. It was made to commemorate noitaminA’s 10th anniversary.

Sore ga Seiyuu!

Finally something substantial. Sore ga Seiyuu! is a 13-episode series about three young seiyuus, voice actresses, Futaba, Ichigo and Rin. The main of the main characters, Futaba, works at a Lawson conbini while trying to show promise as a voice actress before her two year performance assessment. Ichigo, the strawberry princess from planet Strawberry, works all sorts of jobs (factory, construction et cetera), all the while meaning to become an idol. Rin is still in junior high (which makes her 15 and youngest of the bunch) and has to balance seiyuu work and school.

In all, it’s a tiny bit of insight into the anime industry, though humorous and celebratory. That was the main motivation I had for watching it. But what really surprised me were the guest appearances. Every episode the girls met a famous seiyuu, dubbed by themselves. For example Kamiya Hiroshi or Kugimiya Rie. I definitely recommend this series.

That’s it for today. For next week I might watch some movies, like Hinata no Ashigure or Tamako Love Story, but I don’t really have a series close to completion. Maybe Natsume Yuujinchou Go?

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