So we got it into our heads that it would be a good idea for us to start shifting our sleep schedule so as to go to bed and wake up earlier. It's kind of scary when we think of waking up two hours earlier, but if we take it a little at a time, it's not so bad to think of waking up just ten minutes earlier. It was a brilliant plan, and it worked pretty well yesterday and the day before, so we were confident that it would work again today! ...But there was one thing we failed last night to do that is vital to the success of the plan: go to bed on time. That Ace Attorney game kept us up a good half hour past our bedtime! It was like, "No, this case is almost over, I promise!" but it kept going and going, and we couldn't just put it down! It was so close to the end of the case, and it was so good!
But I wasn't going to talk about Ace Attorney today. I was going to talk about Snow White with the Red Hair. We were planning to check it out on Saturday, but then our internet was being wonky, so we saw the opening screen about until the blurriness turned into clarity, and then it froze and the little "loading" icon came on, and it kept spinning and spinning and spinning until the error screen took its place and told us we had to try again later. So we played video games instead.
But yesterday! we had time, so we checked it out.
And we really really liked it! And just in case anybody's reading this who hasn't heard about it, it's about a girl named Snow White (or Shirayuki, or whatever you want to call her, I guess), and she has red hair (in case you couldn't figure that out), so the prince of the kingdom decides to recruit her for his harem. She's not really down with that, so she runs away and adventures ensue.
Adventures including meeting a decent prince, who is very good-looking and played by our favorite Friend From Quirky Kodansha Love Stories, Sasayan-kun! Or rather, by Ryota Osaka, the guy who plays Sasayan-kun (from My Little Monster).
And anyway, we're enjoying it very much. I don't know if that's because the very first voice we heard (incompetent Prince Raj) was a voice actor we recognized and tend to like, because we're petty and tend to like anime just for the voice actors, or if it's because we genuinely like it. It's strange, though, because I think there does tend to be trends in casting, such that the same actors tend to gravitate to the kinds of stories and directorial choices (other than casting) that we really like. So we heard Jun Fukuyama, and we were like, "Oh, this is gonna be good!" Mainly because we heard him sounding over-the-top arrogant, because here's the thing about Fukuyama-san: sometimes we hear his voice, and we're like, "Oh, this is going to have a great cast and be fun!" and sometimes we hear his voice and think, "Oh, this is going to be edgy
is not good. Edgy can be okay, though.)
So here are some of the things I really like about this series. Prince Zen. I think that one goes without saying, but here's why I like him, even though Osaka-san isn't on our A-list: the poison thing. I thought it was odd that, after refusing Shirayuki's help because she might poison him, he'd eat an apple from a suspicious source without a second thought. Then of course the apple was poisoned, and the way that all went down was pretty awesome. He was like, "Shirayuki, don't eat the apple." Then, he addressed his bodyguards and was all, "Sorry." And then he collapsed.
Oh, we're not supposed to know he's a prince at this point. Not that it's a surprise in any way. But then came the best part! He shows up to help Shirayuki get away from Prince Raj, and everybody's like, "But I thought you were poisoned!" and he's all, "Yeah, I spent a lot of time developing immunities to poison." And that's just super awesome, just like the Dread Pirate Roberts (Westley Version)!
Also, he cares about his people and he cares about Shirayuki, and it's all very sweet.
There are a bunch of other characters, but so far the only one we've really gotten to know is Shirayuki, and we like her, too! She finds herself in trouble kind of a lot, but not because she goes out looking for it. But the best part about that is that she's not a fighter, but she manages to get herself out of trouble anyway...or at least to hold out until the muscle arrives. (Yes, the muscle is Prince Zen, and I know a lot of people don't like the "rescued princess" thing, but when you're not a trained fighter there's only so much you can do! She's an herbalist and has lots of cool things she can do without him, but she's not a trained fighter. And I don't want her to be a trained fighter, because that goes with my whole thing about how girls can be strong without being boys. Not to say that they can't learn to fight if they want to, just that not all of us want to, okay? And I like to have girl characters I can relate to, as someone who doesn't really want to be a fighter. (Although sometimes I do think it would be cool to get a black belt in something.))
And I think that about covers it. So far all the guest characters have been played by actors we really like, so that probably helps. But anyway, we're looking forward to episode three!
Today I'm thankful for getting to see Snow White with the Red Hair, finally finishing that case in Ace Attorney, having extra ice cream waiting for us because we didn't eat any last night (because we were still playing that silly (by which I mean awesome) game), the emotional roller coaster that is Chapter 30 of Noragami, and finding out what translations of ours went on sale this week.
PS: Does everybody have their copy of My Little Monster 9? We're thinking of posting a review tomorrow because we're excited, but if nobody's read it yet, we'll post something else instead.