The list of my favorites in Spring anime 2009 🙂 Keep in mind that the list is highly subjective and based only on the anime I’ve seen 🙂
Ristorante Paradiso – Ko-Ko-Ya
Music played an instrumental role in establishing atmosphere in Ristorante Paradiso – I enjoyed it very much 🙂 Here is a sample of Ko-Ko-Ya’s performance:
Guin Saga – Nobuo Uematsu
The soundtrack for Guin Saga features many widely-ranging orchestral tracks that are simply amazing! Also it is impressive that many heroes of the story have their own theme. I especially liked slow-paced pieces with strings and piano 🙂
My favorite tracks:
- Reluctance to Part at Sunset
- Mongaul Suite, Third Movement: The Rose of Mongaul
- Oppressive Feelings
Here is a Grand Opening – Thread of Fire. You can hear a song to this music in the beginning of the episode 11.
Saori Hayami (Saki Morimi – Higashi no Eden)
She does not have much experience with voice acting, but her voice fit Saki’s role very well. I especially liked her “Eh?” expression hehe.
Fumiko Orikasa (Nicoletta – Ristorante Paradiso)
I enjoyed listening to her energetic voice that captured a wide range of emotions we’ve seen on Nicoletta’s face 🙂
Aya Endo (Kajika – Hanasakeru Seishounen)
Just like May’n, Aya Endo is trying to break away from her Sheryl image. She managed to find a unique voice for Kajika that reflected her character very well.
Takaya Kuroda (Vito – Ristorante Paradiso)
I really liked his deep rich voice that brought a nice flavor to the restaurant.
Daisuke Ono (Eugene – Hanasakeru Seishounen)
He wants to visit your house! 😛 Although different from Sebastian, Eugene sounds like a nice kitty 🙂 His English is impeccable too 😛
Best Cast – Sengoku Basara
Sengoku Basara featured excellent male and female seiyuu.
Best Female Character
Kajika – Hanasakeru Seishounen
Although Kajika is still a young spoiled child, her warm heart, determination, and almost unlimited energy brighten the lives of many people.
Best Male Character
Fang Li Ren – Hanasakeru Seishounen
Li Ren is hot, an excellent politician, can cook, and has some very fun expressions when he is angry 😛 However, most importantly, he is a very kind person who cares about Kajika very much :3
Most Fun Episode
Hanasakeru Seishounen 9
Best Hypothetical Couple
Eugene x Li Ren
Kajika x Li Ren
Best Art Director
Junichi Higashi – Guin Saga
Yasufumi Soejima – Ristorante Paradiso
Akiyuki Shinbo – Natsu no Arashi
Mitsuko Kase – Ristorante Paradiso
I enjoyed this series very much not for the plot or the story, but everything else that created a pleasant atmosphere: directing, music, background art, character design, and voice acting 🙂 Moreover, this anime achieved one of the best synergies of 3D and 2D animation I’ve seen so far in anime.
What were your favorites in Spring 2009 anime ?