Monday, January 30, 2012

Ano Natsu de Matteru [waiting in summer]

Waiting in the Summer (あの夏で待ってる Ano Natsu de Matteru?) is a Japanese anime television series animated by J.C. Staff, produced by Genco andGeneon, and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. The screenplay was written by Yōsuke Kuroda, with original character design by Taraku Uon, who both contributed in the creation of Please Teacher! and Please Twins!.[1] The anime began airing in Japan on January 10, 2012 on TV Aichi and KBS. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for release in North America. A manga adaptation illustrated by Pepako Dokuta began serialization in the March 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh magazine.


Kaito Kirishima (霧島 海人 Kirishima Kaito?)

Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
The main protagonist is a student in his first year of high school. He is an avid videographer, and is constantly out recording things. Others sometimes refer to him as "The Director". He's seemingly aware of Tanigawa's feelings for him, nonetheless he seems to have a genuine interest for Ichika. He has day dreams of conversing with Ichika and talks out loud sometimes during them.

Ichika Takatsuki (貴月 イチカ Takatsuki Ichika?)

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
The main female protagonist is an alien come to Earth who acts to save Kaito from the injuries he sustains when her ship crash-lands. Being an alien unaccustomed to life on Earth, her actions may seem weird in the eyes of others, but she is quick to correct herself, if only to hide the fact that she's an alien. She is kind, polite, friendly and an ok cook. Like her "best friend" Remon Yamano, she is a second-year student in Kaito's high school.

Nanami Kirishima (霧島 七海 Kirishima Nanami?)

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa
Kaito's big sister. She takes care of Kaito in their parent's absence and is concerned about him living alone when she goes away on business.

Kanna Tanigawa (谷川 柑菜 Tanigawa Kanna?)

Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara
A close friend of Kaito, whom she has a crush on. Kaito's sister is aware of this and encourages a relationship between the two.

Tetsurō Ishigaki (石垣 哲郎 Ishigaki Tetsurō?)

Voiced by: Hideki Ogihara
A close friend of Kaito and Tanigawa. He knows of her feelings for Kaito and encourages a relationship between the two. He seems to be an all-around savvy guy with females and is easily able to smooth-talk a female teacher into giving out Ichika's body measurements.

Mio Kitahara (北原 美桜 Kitahara Mio?)

Voiced by: Kana Asumi
A good friend of Tanigawa. She has feelings for Tetsurō and her thoughts seem to innocently go in a sexual direction sometimes.

Remon Yamano (山乃 檸檬 Yamano Remon?)

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
A second year high school student with a petite appearance and a distinctive voice. She is generally cold towards people, but befriends Ichika when they first meet. She is good at picking locks and can be quite mischievous, such as when she makes the rest of the group drink an alcoholic drink, then records them sleeping. She seems devious, as though everything she does has an ulterior motive. Since she claims to have written a script for Lucas in Hollywood (implying George Lucas), she ends up being the writer for the group's movie.

Rinon (りのん?)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka
A companion to Ichika, this alien lifeform is nonhumanoid, stands roughly 12 inches tall, and seems to be integrated with the ship or otherwise in charge of ship operations.


The Waiting in the Summer anime TV series directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and produced by J.C. Staff and Genco[2] began airing in Japan on January 10, 2012 on the TV Aichi and KBS television networks.[3] The screenplay was written by Yōsuke Kuroda, who originally conceived the series with original character designer Taraku Uon. Masayoshi Tanaka based the character design used in the anime on Uon's concepts. The music was mainly produced by Maiko Iuchi, with other members of I've Sound, and the sound director is Jin Aketagawa.[2] The opening theme is "Sign" sung by Ray, featuring lyrics written by Kotoko and composed by Shinji Orito of Key. The ending theme is "Vidro Moyō" (ビードロ模様?) sung by Nagi Yanagi, who also wrote the lyrics, and is composed by Tomoyuki Nakazawa of I've Sound. The single for "Sign" will be released on February 8, 2012, while the single for "Vidro Moyō" will be released on February 29, 2012.[4] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for release in North America, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in North and South America.[5][6] Madman Entertainment licensed the series for release in Australia and New Zealand.[7]


Friday, January 27, 2012

Tantei Opera Mirukii Hōmuzu [Tantei Opera Milky Holmes]

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ Tantei Opera Mirukii Hōmuzu?) is a media franchise owned by the Japanese trading card game company Bushiroad. It consists of an Internet radio drama, released in December 2009; an anime adaptation by J.C.Staff, the first season of which aired between October 7, 2010 and December 23, 2010;[1] a manga adaptation serialized in Comp Ace from 2010; a visual novel PlayStation Portable game, released in Japan on December 16, 2010; a trading card game tie-in with Bushiroad's Weiß Schwarz; and a light novel series published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko label. A second anime season was announced by Bushiroad via Twitter to begin airing in January 2012.[2]

The series is a homage to the detective fiction genre, and the four female leads are named after famous fictional detectives: Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe,Hercule Poirot and Cordelia Gray.


Set in a futuristic world, there exist "Toys" which grant people superhuman abilities. This is responsible for a wave of crimes and necessitates employing Toy-using detectives to help solve them. Opera Kobayashi runs a detective agency, Milky Holmes, staffed by four aspiring young girl detectives who attend the Holmes Detective Academy, and each girl possesses their own unique Toy.

In the anime series, the four girls, Sherlock, Nero, Hercule and Cordelia, lose the ability to use their Toys during an encounter with the phantom thieves. Taken away from their rich lifestyle and thrown into an attic, the girls must try and regain use of their Toys or else face expulsion from Holmes Detective Academy.


Milky Holmes

Sherlock Shellinford[3] (シャーロック・シェリンフォード Shārokku Sherinfōdo?)

Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori
The leader of Milky Holmes, named after Sherlock Holmes. She's known to be particularly clumsy but is always caring. Her Toy gives her telekinesis.

Nero Yuzurizaki (譲崎 ネロ Yuzurizaki Nero?)

Voiced by: Sora Tokui
An obnoxious girl with a hefty appetite, named after Nero Wolfe. She speaks with the masculine term 'boku'. Her Toy allows her to control machines.

Hercule "Elly" Barton (エルキュール・バートン Erukyūru Bāton?)

Voiced by: Mikoi Sasaki
A very shy girl, named after Hercule Poirot, who is easily embarrassed. Her Toy gives her superhuman strength.

Cordelia Glauca (コーデリア・グラウカ Kōderia Gurauka?)

Voiced by: Izumi Kitta
A blonde girl who often gets delusional concerning the relationship within the group, named after Cordelia Gray. She tends to get rather delusional whenever she is scared. Her Toy allows her to see and hear things others cannot.

Kamaboko (かまぼこ lit. Fish Paste?)

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
A stray cat the girls find and keep inside the attic.

Opera Kobayashi (小林 オペラ Kobayashi Opera?)

Voiced by: Shūta Morishima
The protagonist of the PSP games who is said to be the person who trained Milky Holmes. His name is based after Yoshio Kobayashi. In the PSP game, he lost his Toy much the same as the Milky Holmes.

Gentlemen Thieves

Henriette Mystere (アンリエット・ミステール Anrietto Misutēru?) / Arséne (アルセーヌ Arusēnu?)

Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka
The leader of the Gentlemen Thieves whose Toys can cast illusions. She is currently undercover as the Student Council President at Holme's Academy. She craves strong opponents such as Sherlock to fight against, so when Milky Holmes lose their Toys, she strives to help them to return to their most powerful states so they can satisfy her. Named after Arsène Lupin.

Souseki Ishinagare (石流 漱石 Ishinagare Sōseki?) / Stone River (ストーンリバー Sutōn Ribā?)

Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
A stern man who battles with a katana. His Toys allow him to immobilize an opponent. Undercover as a school janitor. Named after Ishikawa Goemon.

Kai Nijuuri (二十里 海 Nijuuri Kai?) / Twenty (トゥエンティ Tuenti?)

Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
A crafty magician who uses various English words and attacks using cards. He is wildly perverted and constantly shows off his erect nipples to the chagrin of the students. His Toys allows him to disguise himself perfectly. Undercover as a teacher. His name is based after Edogawa Rampo's Fiend of Twenty Faces.

Jiro Nezu (根津 次郎 Nezu Jiro?) / Rat (ラット Ratto?)

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
A young boy with a Flame Toy used for lighting various explosives. Undercover as a classmate. Named after Nezumi Kozō.

Genius 4

Kokoro Akechi (明智 小衣 Akechi Kokoro?)

Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjō
The leader of Genius 4 (known as G4 for short), a police investigation unit. She is a bossy girl who looks down on Milky Holmes since they lost their toys. She smacks Sherlock with a golden mask whenever she calls her "Kokoro-chan". Her name is based on Edogawa Rampo's Kogoro Akechi.

Tsugiko Zenigata (銭形 次子 Zenigata Tsugiko?)

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro
A spunky green haired girl. Her name is based on Zenigata Heiji


Hirano Hasegawa (長谷川 平乃 Hasegawa Hirano?)

Voiced by: Ryōko Shintani
A polite girl who can deal a sleep-inducing karate chop. Her name is based on Hasegawa Heizō.

Saku Tooyama (遠山 咲 Tōyama Saku?)

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
A soft spoken girl who wears headphones. She appears to have a thing for retro technology. Her name is based on Tōyama Kagemoto.

Rei Kamitsu (神津 玲 Kamitsu Rei?)

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba
The head of G4. His name is based on Kyōsuke Kamitsu.


An anime adaptation of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes by J.C. Staff aired between October 7, 2010 and December 23, 2010 and was also streamed by Crunchyroll. A special episode aired in August 2011.[4] The opening theme is "The Answer Is One! Not!!" (正解はひとつ!じゃない!! Seikai wa Hitotsu! Janai!!?) by Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Mikoi Sasaki and Izumi Kitta, while the ending theme is "Instinct Doubt" (本能のDOUBT Honnou no DOUBT?) by Faylan. The ending theme for the TV special is "Party Party!" (パーティーパーティー! Pātī Pātī!?) by Mimori, Tokui, Sasaki and Kitta. A second anime season, titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Act 2 (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ 第2幕 Tantei Opera Miruki Hōmuzu Dai-ni Maku?) began airing from January 5, 2012 and will be streamed by Nico Nico.[2][5][6] The opening theme is "Mystery! Mystery? Happiness!!" (ナゾ!ナゾ?Happiness!! Nazo! Nazo? Happiness!!?) by Mimori, Tokui, Sasaki and Kitta whilst the ending theme is "Lovely Girls Anthem" by Natsuko Aso.

SOURCE: wikipedia, google image