Asura Cryin’ is…

… pretty awesome. It has an almost overwhelming cocktail mix of tropes and personalities. The first episode already has plane crashes, mecha, miko, yakuza, religion cults, holy wars, school life, a pandora box, a cute ghost and a mysterious senpai onee-san. It’s almost enough to throw any lesser BRW off, but thankfully my long experience with Sunrise premieres has prepared me for even worse. ADD: And yes, I fully know that this isn’t a Sunrise product.

In fact, Asura Cryin’ convincingly meshes everything well together and rather than leave me in puzzlement, it just had me wondering what are they going to pull off next in the episode. It has the style, the flair and not to mention the awesome voicing which melds all of those elements above in to a surprisingly cohesive first episode, despite the avalanche of information in it.

And coming to the seiyuu part, Rie Tanaka is stealing the show here with her portrayal of Kurosaki Shuri. It’s really awesome to hear Rie Tanaka in a cool, mysterious onee-san role, and it does help that she uses retractable claws and shotguns and wears black too.

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Rie Tanaka stealing the show with Kurosaki Shuri.

Tomatsu Haruka gets another leading role as the childhood friend ghost Minakami Misao and she really endears in it. Ai Nonaka pulls double roles with Takatsuki Kanade, going the extremes from shy to violent. Seems to be a specialty of hers now, heh.

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Tomatsu Haruka is pretty endearing as Misao.

Definitely putting this on my watchlist for Spring, although in experience, shows like this have a 70% chance of flopping. I’ll continue to be optimistic anyways. This is already better than Winter 08/09.

5 Comments

  1. Doc Astaroth Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 2:43 am

    Looks very nice… Especially the Mexican Stand-off in the End. XDD

  2. Kraker2k Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 2:49 am

    But isnt this a Seven Arcs production, not Sunrise?

  3. Avisch Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    Got the same impressions Kuro.

    Yeah Rie Tanaka is very good in her role as shotgun+megane lady (I still can’t figure out how she operates the damn thing), always love her voice (and saw her in NY!)

    I like Tomatsu Haruka in roles like this. Nicely balanced.

    THAT WAS AI NONAKA!?!? She sounds good in a non-genki girl role. Already want more Kanade.

    Luv the OP. Maybe I’m becoming an angela fan.

  4. Andrew Said,

    April 3, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    Sounds like Rie’s returning to a more Yomi-ish (Azumanga) voice, based on your description.

  5. Eleutheria Said,

    April 12, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

    The only question is, why didn’t the ghost poke her head inside the box – she’s luminescent right?

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