So we finally started watching it again yesterday...and we totally understood why we weren't eager to watch more after the first episode. Not that it's bad or anything; just that the pacing was...I don't know, maybe a little too fast or something. Maybe it was all the action scenes. But it kind of put us to sleep. Maybe it was the, "Here's all the characters! Good luck remembering them!" aspect of it, which would also kind of explain why people aren't super enamored with Haruka or Tiger & Bunny after the first episode.
But this time we were determined to watch the second episode anyway, and boy are we glad we did! It's pretty good! I hesitate to say "really" good at this point, because it's also kind of dark, and we don't like series that go out of their way to be super dark. But this one seems to be dark in a kind of "we're going to be dark, but only to show you that things get better" way? Or something? Anyway, the tone seems to be optimistic, so we like it.
And now we want to talk about Orihara.
Orihara stands out to us for several reasons, including the "Oh, do you think you're special?" thing, which I love, and the super evilness, which...not so much with the love. But the main reason he stood out to us is that he's played by Hiroshi Kamiya. After watching Gundam 00, our favorite way to describe most Kamiya-san characters (that we're familiar with) is that they make us want to step on their heads. With a Gundam.
I'd say about half of his characters (that we're familiar with) are jerkfaces in an almost likable way. Tieria seems to be developing some human warmth by the end of the first season of Gundam 00; Machina (Final Fantasy: Type-0) is...well, he sort of means well, in a really stupid and selfish kind of way; and Ukyo (Monochrome Kids (we haven't actually heard him play this character, but we know he does)) is a Ryoko Fukuyama character and the hero of a shoujo manga. Then there's Rei Otohata, who's just a jerk. But at least he's not pure evil.
And that brings us back to Orihara. Not that we have anything especially insightful to say about him (we've only seen for episodes), except for wow, he's evil. We liked how they showed that Masaomi is really scared of him--the way he was drawn and the way he talked, as opposed to when Orihara isn't around. Very well done.
But the point of it all is this. Hiroshi Kamiya himself is kind of adorable. Remember when we mentioned the photos in the Disney Love Stories CD book, and we said it looked like they set all the voice actors loose in the Disney Store and said "pick a prop!"? His props were a Mickey Mouse colander and a Mickey Mouse salt shaker, which he held up with a super cute smile that seemed to say, "Let's make a salad together!" (There was also lettuce in the colander.) Thinking of Orihara makes me kind of afraid to make a salad with him (not that we like salad anyway). But he's so cute! And just the fact that he's in not one, but both of the Koe no Ouji-sama CDs, singing super cute arrangements of "You Can Fly" and "Heigh Ho"... And that's Orihara. Well, that hits our gap moe button right there. And that's why we're seiyuu fans.
Today I'm thankful for making it past the first episode of Durarara!!, the Kamiya-san gap, the forecast predicting we might actually be finished with summer soon, getting our manga from Kinokuniya today (shipping ninjas!), and finally getting to order Cinderella from the Disney Movie Club (we meant to order it from somewhere else first, but we kept forgetting, and then the release date came, and we needed to get the Avengers anyway, so we took advantage of the buy one get the rest half off sale).