Synopsis: Fumihiko Matsumaru is an average salaryman with no girlfriend. He invited his colleague Ms. Tanaka to a movie but was stood up. Right at the time he was about to toss tickets into a trash can, a cute girl appeared and asked him not to waste those two tickets. After movie and dinner, he escorted her home and found they live in the same neighborhood, yet unfortunately her apartment caught on fire hours later. Having nowhere else to stay, rookie seiyuu Aka Onda moved to Matsumaru’s place, and the two had started a “more than friends but not yet lovers” relationship under the same roof while keeping this secret from their employers. (from: ANN)
Genre: Romance, comedy, drama
Status: Anime – completed, 9 episodes + 1 DVD-only episode (Feb to Mar 2006)
Manga – ongoing (10 volumes as of 01/2010)
Age rating: The anime contains some mature content (nudity, suggestive scenes and dialogue, and the like), but I heard the manga does indeed contain mature content (R-18?)
Thoughts / Review: The OP was your typical upbeat tune, though it did sound a bit different than the usual ones on similar types of series. It was done by SHAFT, so there were some touches of their unique visual style/elements present here and there. It has 9 episodes in total plus an extra DVD episode. Each episode is just approximately 12 minutes long (or short, however you wish to refer to it), so I managed to finish it in one sitting.
Upon reading the synopsis, I thought it had a pretty good premise in that it’s main female character, Aka, is a seiyuu who’s trying to make a name for herself in the voice acting industry. Upon seeing episode 1, I was a bit taken aback with how fast everything happened and that right after the fire incident, Aka ends up sleeping with the Matsumaru. … I suppose it’s a moment of weakness because she was confused, shocked, and felt indebted to him for his kindness. Maybe it was supposed to be a one-night stand, but because of a twist of fate, they ended up working with each other for an advertising campaign. So, everything just happens in a day, in a single episode of approximately 12 minutes, and the story starts off from there. Uh, anyway… moving on…
AND THE TWO LEAD CHARACTERS ARE: Onda Aka and Matsumaru Fumihiko. Aka is a cute red-haired 20-year-old girl who’s trying to live out her dream as a seiyuu. She’s a big fan of Audrey Hepburn. Matsumaru is a 26-year-old salaryman who works in an advertising firm.
Each episode is named after an Audrey Hepburn film (Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, etc.) and Aka usually quotes a line from the film the episode is named after (which I thought was pretty cool) and she tries to relate those to her experiences to gain some inspiration or a better insight to her problems.
MY IMPRESSION… Aka is a fairly nice girl. She is a hard worker and everything she does seems to be connected with her job. You’d get a good idea of how hard being a seiyuu can be and the struggles they might face at work. Matsumaru is your average male character, I guess. He works hard, too… the part that I remember most on the hardworking part for him is when he was wearing the Nekoki costume for their product promotion. Whenever I think of him as a jerk or an idiot, he does something nice or sweet, and vice versa. Generally speaking, I didn’t really get hooked on the story. I also didn’t get attached to any of the characters that much, considering it was a relatively short series… Maybe there wasn’t much time for that feeling to settle in. There was some level of character development throughout and I felt some sympathy for the characters every now and then (particularly when they were in a slump and facing their own personal struggles), but I don’t think it was enough to make me empathize that much with Aka or Matsumaru, or them as a couple.
So basically, my first impression was that it sounded interesting as it has a unique premise having a struggling seiyuu as the lead character. After watching the first episode, I was caught off guard. It was quite short and it wasn’t really how I thought the story was going to be. A couple of episodes more, I didn’t mind if I kept watching it, but I still couldn’t say whether I really enjoyed it or not. The anime ended on a sweet note, though. So it didn’t leave me a bitter aftertaste. The series wasn’t anything outstanding, but it wasn’t so bad either. That being said, I guess there’s nothing else I can say other than I thought it was an average series.
NOTE: This is part of the Munito x Munita (exchange gift) series of posts that a handful of Filanibloggers had during our Christmas party. Out of the blue, we were each asked to come up with three 12 or 13-episode anime series to write on pieces of paper, drop them in a box, and draw one which we’re then supposed to watch and write about, and I got REC.
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