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Alethea & Athena
Bananya 
20th-Mar-2017 09:41 pm
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Once again work ate our day away. I suppose that's what we get for waiting until today to do the final read-through on Fire Force, but we probably would have worked overtime on In/Spectre even if we had started it at the beginning of the day. The only difference is, we might have a first draft done by now.

But that's not to say I don't have anything interesting to talk about! ...I might not have anything interesting to talk about anyway, but I do have something to talk about! See, we came across an article on Anime News Network this morning that revealed to us that our beloved favorite voice actor is Bananya. We don't usually hear about or pay any attention to the mascot-type characters like that, but we were aware of Bananya's existence, because it was featured in one of the recent YumeTwins boxes. We have a Mike-Bananya plush!

But the point is! Our beloved favorite voice actor is a beloved character that we knew about, and yet we had no idea he played this character! This is what we get for wanting to be surprised about everything. It's so hard. On the one hand, I want to see everything he's in, but on the other hand, it's so much fun to hear a new character and have it be our favorite voice actor...

Anyway, of course we had to go track down the anime immediately and watch it. Fortunately, it was on Crunchyroll, and each episode is only three minutes long, so we watched the first one to improve morale before work (and it turns out we really needed to improve morale, because just after yesterday's post, we came across a post about the level of feminist each Disney princess is on Facebook, and as you may have guessed, it made us grumpy). So we did, and it was...cute! I mean, it really was, but the first episode was basically just, "Tadah, here he is! A cat that lives in a banana." And obviously that premise in and of itself wasn't enough to catch our attention or we would have already known about the casting. (Actually, my reaction to it was, "Okay...why?" but not a strong enough why to actually bother finding out. It just went on to, "Well, if you say so. Whatever floats your boat.")

And I must say, I don't know if I would have guessed that it was him! I mean, I can definitely tell that it's him now that I know, but I think for a character like that I probably would have assumed it was played by a woman, and the voice he uses does nothing to dissuade that theory. I miiiiiight have gotten as far as, "It sounds like a woman...that sounds kind of like Yuki Kaji..." but by then the episode would have been over, because it's only three minutes long for goodness sake. It is a very cute voice, though, and I think he captures feline rather well. There are only thirteen episodes, and they're only three minutes long, so it would have been easy to give into the temptation to just watch the whole thing in one go, but we decided not to because not only did we have work to do, but we thought it might be a good idea to save it for when we just feel like quittin' but we still have a ton of work to do. And at the rate we're going this week, those times will not be too infrequent.

Today I'm thankful for Bananya, finishing our Fire Force translation, finally learning who's going to play Tota in the UQ Holder! anime (kinda bummed but not surprised that it's a girl), Elly May's cat that swims, and Bananya being available on Crunchyroll.
Comments 
21st-Mar-2017 04:49 am (UTC)
Too bad the Bananya plush didn't come with one of those strings you pull to hear the toy say various phrases in the voice used in the anime. (At least, I assume that sort of plush is occasionally produced in Japan. It certainly seems as if there'd be a market for it.)
21st-Mar-2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
Haha, that would be nice! (I think these days they usually have a box with a button you push.)
21st-Mar-2017 05:15 pm (UTC)
Haha!! I just saw that article headline on ANN yesterday too, and immediately had the thought, "I wonder if the Twins know?! They haven't talked about Bananya before. Maybe it slipped through their notice...!" (myself, I'd heard of it before and had some inclination to watch it at some point, but that hadn't happened yet.)
21st-Mar-2017 09:43 pm (UTC)
It did! I mean, as I said, we knew of its existence, but we didn't know why we should care. And now we do!
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