Rakugo Tennyo Oyui 落語天女おゆい episode 1/?: In Florrid Edo,Tennyo Dance

These are my favourite images from the anime Rakugo Tennyo Oyui. Yay another anime with loasds of notes so i can learn things as i watch.

OP – Sakura Saku – Little NON. Underaverage not keen on art style.

ED – Hana Fubuki. Koi Fubuki – Hiromi Kashima not the voice for me, overly warbling.

Rakugo is the traditional Japanese art of storytelling, also called hanashi. The narrators of which are termed rakugoka or hanashika. The building where the stories take place is called the yose.

A rakugo is typically a humourous story with a punchline. Otoshibashi is the eighteenth century term for stories with a punch line. The subjects of rakugo are sometimes dramatic, about everyday people, ghost stories or parodies of kabuki. The history of rakugo lies within buddhist teachings.

Some words that need explaining:
kotodama: chant to focus your will.
Hajaraka Mokuren Kyuuraisu: ‘Crush Evil and Spread the Truth Arhat Mokuren of Ages Past.
Mokuren: Japanese name for Maudgalyayana, disciple of Gautama Buddha – title arhata proof of his enlightenment.
Haja Kenshou: the part ‘Haja’ gives the sense of ‘crushing evil and spreading the truth’.
Tekeretsu no Han: command phrase ‘Foe Splittling Judgement’.
Tennyo: celestial maiden.
Tennyo no Houji: Celestail maiden jewels.
Youma: spirits uusally evil.
Youkai: monsters, spirits, ghosts from Japanese folklore.
Gongen sama: short for Tosho Dai Gongen, another word for Tokugawa Ieyasu 1st, shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Hijikata-sama: Toshizou Hijikata, leader of Shinsengumi group of swordsmen who fought to defend the Tokugawa Shogunate against the Meiji Restoration.
Kuniyoshi: one of the last creators of the traditional Japanese woodblock printing art Ukiyo-e.
Katsuhara Utamaru: this man is president of the Rakugo Geijutsu Kyoukai or Rakugo Artist Association. The Rakugo Geijutsu Kyoukai backed the creation of Rakugu Tennyo Oyui, and Katsura Utamaru voices his character in the anime.

And by this point, I thought i wasn’t going to be able to understand anything in the anime at all, but it was suprisingly simple to follow!

The fight scene with the Youma was entertaing enough, but the chracter design bugged me. Was thinking this was a bit of a let down, till they flash forward in time to modern day, and Miyaba gets paranoid that Yui is having ‘personal experiences’. That made me giggle! It was also pretty funny when Yui shrunk the kimono made of habutae silk.

Monjayaki: varient of okonomiyaki, thin savory pancakes widely available in restaurants in the chou-ku district of Tsukishima in Tokyo. Scrapping your food of a grill seems like such a novel way of eating food, that changes taste as you eat more. i must try this when i eventually go to Japan (or set fire to kitchen again trying to do something myself).

Seems my viewing is turning into cooking lessons. I’m enjoying learning from this anime it’s just a shame about the character design. I can’t wait to see the panda boy though, KAWAI!

Kamisama Kaziku 神様家族 episode 1/13: Do You Believe In God?

These are my favourite images from the romantic comedy Kamisama Kazoku and some sukiyaki…explained below!

OP – Brand New Morning – Mai Mizuhashi. Loving this, it’s catchy rock, bouncy too. Slightly James bond type graphics :)

ED – Toshokan dewa Oshiete Kurenai, Tenshi no Himitsu – Miraku. So so. Love the graphics of them floating on bubbles in front of the rainbow!

My favourite character design has to be Tenka, she’s so adorable especially in the sunset picture, and when she looks at Samatarou with shock as he says Komori Kumiko is beautiful. What a surprise…another love triangle.

Knew I was going to enjoy this as soon as the crossdressing teacher starts yelling his love for bloowers. Hilarious! Enjoying the background music too. Lots of funny opportunities for mad faces and Tenko Bossing Samatarou around which is entertaining, and the little sister Meme is kawai. haha – don’t listen to what your parent say. I love the fact that Samatarou’s parents are eccentric and ever so slightly mad, I don’t think any teenage guy wants to see his mother prancing round in bloomers…at least i hope not.

Samatarou’s favourite food is Sukiyaki: beef, tofu, konyaku noodles, leeks, onions, chinese cabbage, enoki mushrooms (other vegetables) soy sauce, sugar and mirin. Someitmes dipped in raw egg (?!) Origins in the Meiji Era (1868-1912). I should try and cook some!…without the beef of course! *^_^*

Gotta love the T-shirt with ‘God’ written on it. Haha!

This looks promising :)

Witchblade ウィッチブレイド episode 2/26: Invitation

Sorry there are no images. I’ve been struggling to work out how to copy and save the images from my media player. I print screen then save in ifran view but as soon as i close the media player the picture goes black, as if it saves the moving image on the screen at the time, not the print screen >bit of a pointless episode. The conversation in the helicopter was dragged out, best moment of the episode was Riko clinging to the table leg, adamant she won’t go back to the Child Welfare Agency. Kawai! Have to wait till epsiode 3 to see how Masake reacts when ‘forced’ to use the witchblade… :)

Aria the Natural Soundtrack:Choro Club = Love

All these pictures are taken from the Aria the Natural OST cd. I love this classical music by Choro Club. So beautiful to listen to and chilled. I have yet to see Aria the Natural, but I adored the previous Aria the Animation so I’m sure it will be lovely. Apart from one song by Kawai Eri this is going on my mp3 player for a while, to chill me out when all the engineering works on the tube trains means it take twice as long to travel anywhere!

After a quick listen to the albumn my favourite song is Yuuniga. Choirs and acoustic guitars Okashi no Futari is the bounciest happiest thing i’ve heard in a long time, sound like a few clangers got into the recording studio :) Highly Recommended.