Yesterday we were watching Bleach, and Kira showed up, which was kind of happy, because he's played by Takahiro Sakurai, and kind of sad because he's not nearly as pretty as most of Sakurai-san's other characters. We first fell in love with his voice when he played Sasame in Pretear, and then he was awakened Loki in Matantei Loki Ragnarok, and since then he's played a million other beautiful young men, including Final Fantasy VII's Cloud. So we were watching Kira in Bleach, who looks old and tired, and I was thinking that Sakurai-san needs to be in more stuff where he plays pretty boys, so we can watch it and swoon over his voice.
The same day, we downloaded Zero no Tsukaima. And lo and behold, there's Sakurai-san, playing the character that we saw in the opening sequence and both thought, "Tamaki?" And I suddenly remembered that he's in Gakuen Alice, along with Mamoru Miyano and Akira Ishida. Why are we not watching that show?
Zero no Tsukaima is a pretty interesting show. We saw that it was animated by J.C. Staff (a very good animation studio--they also did Shakugan no Shana), so it wasn't surprising that the main character was played by Rie Kugimiya (Shana). Then the main guy finally showed up, and he said a few words and I thought, "He sounds like someone we like." But I couldn't tell who it was. Just because of the Shana thing, I guessed maybe he was played by the guy who played Yuuji in Shakugan no Shana. Who knew I'd be right? I wonder if that team is trying to do some match-making or something. Yuuji is one of our favorite anime characters, so I'm glad his voice actor is in something else. The only other thing we've heard him in was Trinity Blood, when he played young Abel.
For those who are curious as to what Zero no Tsukaima is about, it's about a girl who goes to magic school (like Hogwarts--the headmaster seriously looks like a perverted Dumbledore (okay, maybe he doesn't look perverted, but he is)), and every time she tries to cast a spell, things blow up, so her classmates make fun of her all the time. And then she has to summon a familiar...
After one episode, I'd recommend it, but it is a little early to see if it will stay interesting. Tatsuhisa Suzuki is in it too, but so far as we can tell, it's a minor role. We've liked him since he sang the totally awesome ending theme to Tide-Line Blue.
Today I'm thankful for aprons being very easy to sew, mostly cloudy weather, finally figuring out the one thing in FFX, having a series to watch with Takahiro Sakurai in it, and striped fabric.