is planning something new. This year their 1 coin series will end, however starting next year they will start with "IM crcl"(pronounciation: IM kurakura). crcl is short for 'craft x clown', but what that is supposed to mean...
not really news, but I have some more info on vol.2 of Amemakura. I said you and your boyfriend were on vacation on an island when the rain comes pouring down (see previous news post for more info), but more specifically you are visiting 'Gunkanjima'. This is an island about 15km from Nagasaki that used to be a coal mine, but is now more like a ghost town. It is a touristic attraction nowadays and you can visit in on a tour (walking around by yourself isn't allowed for safety reasons).
Actually called Hashima, the island it's nickname 'gunkanjima' comes from the fact that it looks like a battleship. Or so the text that I had to translate in class today told me. The world is a small place sometimes...
More info on Honeymoon vol.2! To begin with, the lovely cover to the right. The official site describes Kousaka Otoya (CV Toriumi Kousuke) as "sexy and ore-sama type" but Toriumi-san describes him as "cool". Hmmm. He also mention that he had a very hard time finding a balance between acting cool and sweet towards 'his girlfriend' (meaning you, the listener) feeling that he couldn't act too cool, but that he should get too sweet either.
From the rest of the cast interview there are two more bits of interesting info: apparently Kousaka doesn't give the impression to be very nice to others, but is very sweet to his girlfriend/fiancée/you, and there is a scene in which you almost drown, eep!
Shuukan Soine PV
Black butterfly just uploaded a PV/ commercial video for the upcoming CDs. No new info except maybe what kind of background music we can expect.
Frillia Records just announced a new, and rather strange, title for 2012: ペンギンゑにし (Penguin Wenishi). According to the homepage "the story takes place at a shrine and penguins play a large role". I am intrigued.
The two brothers Sadoru Miki (CV: Ono Daisuke) and Tane (CV: Hino Satoshi) live at a shrine (which is conveniently named 'penguin shrine'). After losing their father in an accident the act as the priets of the shrine, and one day a penguin (CV: Nakata Jouji) that claims to be the spirit of the shrine suddenly appears. Unfortunately, said penguin seems to have a fondness of sake and girls.
As if all of that isn't challenging and confusing enough Hasumi Ten (CV: Sakurai Takahiro), a friend of Miki, bring a young boy to the temple. However it turns out that this boy, Nishimaki Kento (CV: Suzumura Kenichi) is already dead and thus... a ghost??
Two more characters are introduced on the page: Sadori Nene (CV: Maeda Ai), who is Ten his mother but got divorced, then married Miki his father and gave birth to Tane. (Meaning, the Miki, Tane, and Ten are all half brothers). Ichikawa Tadama (CV: Koyasu Takehito) is an official from the government who is in charge of all temples in the district where penguin shrine is also located. How these two fit into the story isn't quite clear yet, but it means that this CD has thee of my favourite seiyuu (OnoD, Sakurai, and Koyasu-sama) which means I'll just have to listen to it :3
Ha-to full Kareshi
is turning into a drama CD. I...errr... honestly don't know what to say. The title of the game is a pun, はーとふる彼氏 (ha-tofuru kareshi) can be read as 'heartful boyfriend' which is probably engrish for 'sweet boyfriend', but 'hato' also means dove. And the main characters are just that... doves.
If you don't believe me, go look at the official site here.
Anyway, frontier works has an announcement for a drama CD that will be sold at the winter comiket. So far the announced seiyuu are: Asanuma Shintarou, Nojima Hirofumi, Ishida Akira, Saiga Mitsuki, Yusa Kouji, Koyasu Takehito. Wakamoto Norio.
Now, originally the announcement of the seiyuu cast for the game was an Aprils fool joke (actually, I think the entire game was originally an Aprils fool joke). So either frontierworks is pulling our leg or they decided to make it real. You can download a light version of the game for free btw. Doves...hahaha....
Frontierworks winter Comiket
Speaking of frontierworks, here is the rest of their comiket lineup. Many of these will be released normally later on, but some of them are limited comiket goods:
- La Familia Arcana: la prima vera (novel+drama cd)
- Steins Gate winter 2011 drama CD
- ToHeart2 comiket 81 limited drama CD
- Convenience store LAMENTO
- Ha-to full Kareshi Prologue
- Oujisama (warai) series drama CD if ~Oujisama Gakuen~
- Saint Beast drama CD short stories ~Tenshi no Yokogao~
- DJCD Mashiro-iro symphony: Nekoraji! ~Nukumori ga koishikunaru radio~
- DJCD Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Aki: Showabanashi hen rei
- DJCD Type Moon Carnival: Hibi Chikarajio ON THE BEACH
- DJCD Durara: Durara Keijiban Kansatsu Nikki
- DJCD Omae no heart wo ai de atatamete ageru fuyu no DJCD ~Suzumura & Hino no kisu yori sugoi uta puri housoushitsu.
They should forbid titles as long as that last one, it sounds interesting though xD
Issho ni Gohan second season
How long has this news been out here? I haven't listened to the original series yet so it sort of slipped past me, but Issho ni Gohan is getting a second season. The original series followed the life of Yoshida Hikari (CV: Kaji Yuuki) as he moves into a new dormitory. Each character in the series is a personification of a food or ingredient.
The second season has one CD for each character (10 in total) and promises to keep the atmosphere where all the characters are having fun together, but to also delve deeper into each personality.
Shuukan Soine app
No drama CD news, but good news for those with an iphone. Soine Kareshi ~Shuukan Soine ver~ app has just been released yesterday, and Shou (CV: Hirakawa Daisuke) and Jin (CV: Yasumoto Hiroki) are already available, while the rest of the characters will be added in time. They've used lines from the drama CD, so if you use your headphones the dummy head mic effect is still there.
There is one app, and it includes all the characters (as soon as they've added all the characters that is). You can set the alarm and then you can choose which character you want. In talk mode the character talks when you tap the screen, if you choose soine mode the wallpaper changes. You can set the alarm and the character you choose will wake you up. I doubt that I'll actually wake up from the sweet whispers, but one thing is sure: if I do wake up from it I'll faint again.
The best news however, is that the app is free. You can buy extra alarm voices and lines if you want, but you don't have to. aaaaand, it looks like it has been released not only in Japan but in other coutries as well (it is called "Sleepy Boyfriend" in English. There are just two drawbacks to this app: the first is that all of the lines are from the drama CDs. But they are still awesome, so I'll forgive them that. The second thing is a much larger problem though, the alarm function doesn't work in sleep mode. I really hope that they will fix that with an update soon.
ps: I took the screenshot to the right with my iPhone, and you should see it in full resolution (*o*) This will look gorgeous even on an Ipad.