Kadokawa, pumping out the Haruhi-chan and Churuya-san webcasts again. I know they’re not putting a lot of effort into the production values, and I am very grateful that they release subbed versions with the original Japanese language versions, but I do wish they’d take just a little bit of effort to make sure everything’s up to snuff. I noticed at least 2-3 blatant typos in the first Haruhi-chan ep (“soup operas” comes to mind), which could’ve easily been caught if someone had spent 15 minutes QA-ing it. It’s not a big deal, but it doesn’t exactly scream “professionalism.”
Nyoron Churuya-san #5
Damn, now even Nagato’s pissed. So, if you’ve seen the first 4 Churuya-san webcasts, you’ll probably figure out what happens here. Churuya says something, other person either ignores her or disses and then it’s “nyoron” time. Nothing new or really special here. The ASAHAKARA short I did like a lot though. Maybe it’s her super moe loli voice, maybe it’s because of the inherent ridiculousness of a smurf-height chibi character looking for love in all the wrong places, but I haven’t gotten tired of her chasing and getting rejected by Kyon yet.
It’s story telling time. Following the time honored tradition of taking a bunch of different ideas and tossing them into a pot to see what comes out of it. There were shades of The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina here, but it wasn’t nearly as amusing. Like not even in the same universe. Seeing Kyon and Itsuki react to being in maid costumes was pretty funny, but otherwise, I didn’t think this was very good. And again, Haruhi is stealing a bit too much from Konata, in both voice and personality.
Both chibi versions of Ryoko Asakuras have been wins in my book. To be honest, OG Ryoko was not that interesting. I do get a kick of ASAHAKURA and the Haruhi-chan version ACHAKURA. This quick short dealt with ACHAKURA’s vertically-challenged struggles and her almost triumphant story of how she overcame them to kill Kyon… until she runs into the cat from episode four. That damn cat. It’s always the cats bringing the chibi-chans down.
If they ever release a nendoroid based on the megas kawaii first picture of ACHAKURA above, I’m totally getting it. Speaking of which, I’m really jonesing for the MikkuMiku Kagami nendoroid, but damn they’re expensive! My love apparently has monetary boundaries and it’s cheaper than I thought. But $40-50+ for a chibi figure? Seriously? I know the serious collectors will pay any price, but I’m thinking maybe they could do some price modeling, because I have to believe there’s a better sweet spot between price and profit.