In memory of 2010 part 3: Extras!! Gimme!

Another memory that started in an earlier year, with the first Bakemonogatari DVDs in 2009. Being stuck in Okinawa meant that I never worried about trying to get to this or that seiyuu event (trust me, if I’d been elsewhere, I really might have tried)…but to my chagrin, Aniplex found the formula to get someone like me to spend.

Commentaries, interviews, events and cover songs. Result? A very broke fan...

The range of commentaries offered is particularly interesting. Until Bakemonogatari came along, they usually consisted of staff and seiyuu combinations looking at various aspects of the shows. These can be hit and miss: some people complain that they’re rather not hear the seiyuu chat about pointless stuff, but on the other hand, directors and other staff can be incredibly trying on one’s ears because they simply don’t enunciate things properly!

Sidenote: in the Macross Frontier novels, both Ozma and Sheryl realise that Alto is/was an actor the very first time they hear him open his mouth. Perhaps we don’t think about this kind of thing in real life, but the differences in tone and colour of voice between performers and non-performers really come through in the commentaries.

Then Aniplex, SHAFT and Nishio Ishin hit us with Bakemonogatari. After 15 episodes of snappy dialogue, they gave us the characters, in-character, chatting about anything and everything. The sales figures speak for themselves, and producers were quick to follow with several other series (WORKING!!, Angel Beats! and more recently, OreImo too). It’s almost a pity that Bakemonogatari came first – I can’t speak for AB, but the WORKING!! ones really are quite fun as well – it’s just that the bar has been set impossibly high.

There is one more feature that I should really talk about. The Durarara!! commentaries have really been hit and miss…but there is one extra that makes some of the volumes completely worthwhile: the cover song collection. Putting aside Mikado, wouldn’t you want to go to karaoke with Masaomi, Shizuo and Dotachin just to hear those numbers in real life?

I’ve always been a fan of DVD extras. Most if not all of the DVDs I own are special editions – I’m especially prideful of the Lord of the Rings ones – and my Japanese DVD binge started with a four-disc edition of Howl’s Moving Castle, way back in 2006 or thereabouts. It shouldn’t be surprising that I haven’t actually gone through all of them yet… But well, I’m slowing down, even though I’ve just put in an order for the very tasty Mononoke/Bakeneko BD Box that’s coming out next year, nothing from the Autumn or Winter season will be finding its way onto my shelf!

About karice
MAG fan, freelance translator and political scientist-in-training. I also love musicals, travel and figure skating!

2 Responses to In memory of 2010 part 3: Extras!! Gimme!

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