I needed to convince myself (which is pretty strange) that I wanted this, so I decided to weigh what it had to offer and apparently it’s a big recipe for success. Whodathunkit.
Plot Summary (per ANN):
In this world, there are three identical looking people in existence who split between them an energy-like force called “Terra.” This energy can be attributed to the amount of “Luck” or “Life Energy” that an individual possesses. There also exists beings who observe the human world, maintaining the balance of Terra, known as the “Coexistence Equilibrium.” These beings possess ability that surpass that of a normal human being and reside in hiding in places known as the “Pure Place” in tribes. They are called the Terra Guardians. This is a tale of battle that begins with a chance meeting between a human boy named Keita and a young Tera Guardian girl named Kuro.
Currently airing in Japan, South Korea and the United States
Licensed by Bandai Entertainment
Black God (Kurokami) Manga currently available by Yen Press, Volume 1 through 5 are available now.
I decided to convince myself to buy Kurokami the Animation Part 1. Feel free to take this as a possible recommendation for the series as well.
+ Nice Price, $39.98 for 8 episodes
As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, cheaper anime is good. Even though it'll take much longer for this to get released in 3 sets, the price makes the timeframe worthwhile. It's not as sticker shocking as some of the season sets FUNimation tends to put out.
+ Nice English Staff
ANN is listing Michael Sinterniklaas and Marc Diraison as ADR Director, with NYAV Post handling the production of the English dub. Both men are extremely accomplished as well as the studio. A good portion of my favorite series have dubs from NYAV Post and have had these 2 men involved with them in some way, shape or form. For example, "FREEDOM", "Giant Robo" and "GinRei" OVA are NYAV Post dubs I love with a passion. I have no doubt this dub will be done right. It's also pretty clear there's some L.A. folks involved, but they aren't listed.
+ Solid English Cast
I viewed the English dubbed version and the Japanese w/ English subs, although I'm fairly impartial to the English dub. With the use of the Screen Actors Guild members, it’s clear this is a very solid dub. during my viewing of the series, I couldn't help but enjoy each performance. Despite only appearing for the later half of the episode, Laura Bailey's Kuro is superb and I get a Tabitha St. Germain's Shana vibe to it, which an easy positive. Jason Griffith makes Keita Ibuki, the male lead, a tad more likable than the Japanese counterpart. Kurokami is using the best of both coasts. It's a dub to listen to.
+ Solid Japanese Cast
I also viewed the Japanese version to get an equal thought on both. Well, I've always liked Daisuke Namikawa's work. This is no exception. He continues to be amazing. Enjoying him in "Hetalia" and I've enjoyed him in all his various, smaller roles as well. Noriko Shitaya is playing Kuro, I recently heard her and liked her in "Air Gear" and "Coyote Ragtime Show" but without a doubt, I still remember her "Fate/stay Night" Sakura Matou performance. Just amazing in the strongest sense of the word.
+ Awesome Opening/Ending
Minami Kuribayashi sings the opening song, Sympathizer; it's an extremely catchy song with excellent visuals. I've listened to it over 50 times I think, probably more. You might remember Kuribayashi's more well-known opening(s) such as the openings for "My-Hime", "My-Otome", "Chrono Crusade" and many, many more!
Yousei Teikoku sings the ending song, Inodori no Nai Sekai; it's synchronized with the images which makes it really quite catchy as well. It's a beautiful song. Yousei Teikoku has done the ending song for "Venus Versus Virus", the openings to "Innocent Venus" and "Magipoka", according to ANN.
+ Amazing Japanese Animation Studio/Staff
Tsuneo Kobayashi is the director of Kurokami the Animation and his work is pretty popular here. Let’s start with him being director of "Super GALS", then "The Twelve Kingdoms", "Midori Days" and lastly "Victorian Romance Emma," both seasons I might add.
Reiko Yoshida should be another very familiar name around here; she is handling the series composition. I'm certain "Kaleido Star", all of "Aria", all of "Maria Watches Over Us", Season 1 and 2 of "School Rumble" all ring a few bells, right? Thought so.
Now the animation studio. Everyone knows who Sunrise is. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of decades that is. For those of you who have lived under a rock, Sunrise is responsible for animating mega hits such as "Code Geass", "Gundam", "Big O" and dozens upon dozens more series. The animation is top-notch, albeit very dark and sinister feel to it.
The Final Verdict:
If I haven't sold you by now, this series clearly isn't for you. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. It doesn't seem to rely on cheesiness like other Sunrise series recently, which gives this series good possibility for success. Give it a shot, I say. Make the plunge and pick up Kurokami today.
I have convinced myself to purchase and collect this series.
Kurokami the Animation - Part 1
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