MaHo Café: Our Christmas wishes for the New Year

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Ho ho ho!

Time has come for us to bake some dough!

[see the picture below]

And what goes better with some cake

Than a pretty list-to-make?!

[some green tea maybe?]

But it’s not just any list,

Though you can get just the gist:

Oh, gods of Japanese media,

Do not care ‘bout our Nvidia,

Just give us our daily [anime] shows

Since your imagination overflows!

It is not such a big deal,

You just have to have some zeal;

So here’s our wishes in this post –

Just make out of them the most!

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Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake

OK everyone, please don’t kill me for that poem (if it can be called that)… Moro you go first teeheehee!

A re-make of Togainu no Chi (the anime) would be nice. What’s your first wish?

Erm….I want the mooooost…a proper final ending (be it open or not) to the Madoka Magica series. Next!

I’ll second that and…I wish for the final Eva movie to be out already!

I wish for follow-up seasons for Kimi to Boku, Hyouka, and Chihayafuru.

New season of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, since Junjou has a third season.

Yesssssss, more Takano please!!!!! Kyaaaaaa~~~

More animations of BL stories like Doukyuusei.

More OVAs for HoriMiya – preferably containing its end, too!

Another VN from Nitro+Chiral—

YESSSSSSSS! I second that so hard[core] *cough*

It’d be nice to have a proper anime made out of Harry Potter —

Yes, without all the loopholes in the books, though.

So these are some of our wishes (with some moderation) – what are yours??

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Day 16 – Favorite opening theme song

Yellow there! It’s freaking snowing outside as I’m writing this O__o. Ok, local weather report aside let’s move on to today’s topic!

While the title can be misleading if, like me, you wanna be a smarty-pants and go all ‘well, that can refer to an OP from any type of series, right? xD’, I dare say it refers to a theme song from some sort of BL ^^”.

Trouble is that I approached this post with my heart set on writing about how much I love the song Ashita, Boku wa Kimi ni Ai ni Iku. (明日、僕は君に会いに行く。) by Wakaba (ワカバ). And then I look it up on MAL again, only to find out that it’s actually an ED  (oT-T)尸.

After doing a bit of thinking though, I think I’ll go with Tsuki no Curse (月のカース) by Okina Reika (翁鈴佳), from the oh-so-fabulous Loveless (ラブレス).

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The song was written and composed by Yuki Kajiura (梶浦 由記) and is probably the only good thing about the series. I guess what makes me like this OP instead of others is that it’s somehow more mature. The OPs for Sekai-Ichi and Junjou, for example, are nice as well but for some reason they always seemed a wee bit over the top. Or maybe I’m left with that impression because of the animation part of those OPs xD. Tsuki no Curse on the other hand just feels like an overall balanced song, powerful enough to stand on its own.

I hope at least some of the above makes sense :D. As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Day 12 – Favorite BL voice actor

*scratches head* See the ‘problem’ I’ve got here is that I’m not too familiar with seyuus in general ^^”. I mean, yeah, I’ll be able to recognise someone’s voice across different anime, but I’m really bad with names and all that jazz :D:D.

Still, after doing some research here are the names and faces behind some of the most awesome voices I’ve heard in a BL context (which is basically limited to BL anime/VNs, as I haven’t actually listened to drama CDs a lot).

Konishi Katsuyuki (小西 克幸)

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Notable in my world (and in this context) for his role as Takano in Sekaiichi Hatsukoi :D. I know he also voiced Soubi in Loveless, but I was never really a fan of that show ^^”. Still, this guy’s voice is beyond amazing.

Sakurai Takahiro (櫻井 孝宏)

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He voiced Misaki in Junjou Romantica!! 😀

Taniyama Kishou (谷山 紀章)

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He voiced Sono-san from Sensitive Pornograph and Gunji in Togainu no Chi (the anime). This guy also voiced Jean Kirstein in Shingeki no Kyojin xD.

Midorikawa Hikaru (緑川 光)

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Because he was brilliant in the role of Shiki in Togainu no Chi. Not to mention Lancer and Rukawa, among others ^___________________^.

Nakazawa Masatomo (中澤 匡智)

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He voiced Clear from DRAMAtical Murder (in both the VN and anime)!!!! What more could one ask for? ♡(˃͈ દ ˂͈ ༶ )

I’ll stop here before for now. Hope this post didn’t turn out too bland xD.

As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Day 10 – List the BL you own

With the idea that ‘a picture is worth 1000 words’ in mind, here are all the BL manga I own 😀 –

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yes, Totoro is observing you from the background ^^

So, on one hand I have the In these Words series (volumes 1 and 2 in English and Japanese) and it’s prequels New York Minute, First, do no Harm, One of these Nights, Maybe Someday and the Undertow booklet. I’ve also recently purchased chapter 1 of ITW but I forgot to stick in here with the rest of the books ^^”. Next, we’ve got the Sakura Gari series in Japanese (interestingly enough, this hardcover version also has furigana), Chou ni naru hi (チョウになる日), volume 1 of Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi (世界一初恋), volume 1 of Hana wa saku ka (花は咲くか), NightS and Kimi ni ageru (きみにあげる). I’ve also got a few of the No.6 volumes, but that series doesn’t technically qualify as BL I guess.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to expand the collection over time :D:D.

Alas, that’s it for today. As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Day 3 – Favourite animated BL

I’m a bit confused as to what to choose here. The titles that come to mind for this day are No. 6, Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi (世界一初恋) and Fuyu no semi(冬の蝉). Out of these, Fuyu no semi and Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi are the only one that I would consider to be BL, while No.6 arguably only has elements of it (although you can’t deny the chemistry between Nezumi and Shion xD). Either way, I’m assuming that this challenge refers to everything that contains boyxboy stuffs. So without further ado and with the above in mind, I’ll have to go with…. *drum roll*

Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi! ^^

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It’s full of fluff, comedy, romance and it just made me go ‘squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’ most of the time while watching the series :D:D. I also really enjoyed how the story focused on the couples and their work as well, thus enabling the viewer to learn quite a bit about the publishing industry.

Just to clarify, I love No. 6 to pieces, but the fact that its story focuses more on the dystopian world and how to unmask said world keep me from choosing it as my favourite BL anime. Also, and it pains me to say this, I still think No. 6 as an anime could have been executed better.

As for Fuyu no semi, yes it’s proper BL, yes it’s got quite a nice story, but (and you can call me a shallow bastard all you want) something about the art in that anime always irked me a bit. Yes, I might be contradicting myself here (as in a previous post I mentioned I’m all for tragic stories and whatnot and now here I am, declaring the pinkest of BLs as my favourite) but it’s just how I feel right now. And heck, Sekai-Ichi got me all excited and warm and fuzzy and it didn’t even contain any on-screen action as far as I can remember! Also, I guess I like this series because it’s pretty much everything in one – it’s got romance, drama, TONS of humour, just the right amount of melancholy and did I mention the way it makes you feel all pink and fuzzy inside? xD

So there you have it! As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂