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The [Note]book, the Pad, and the Punnyby Prince Io - June 2, 2014 8:45:31 PM MST
Yes, after a (yet another) long hiatus, I'm back and have brought with me 12 new characters in need of votes. First, we have 4 characters from the immensely enjoyable series Death Note, a story about shinigami, serial killing, detective work, and cat and mouse rivalries. I always had interest in seeing Death Note but had never gotten around to it. Now, I'm really glad I did. L is certainly one of the most unique and fascinating characters I've encountered in a long time. What really sells the show for me, however (besides Misa-misa of course <3), is the back and forth one-upsmanship between L and Light. The chains of logic and reasoning they both use against each other are extraordinary and seeing them outdo each other and not being able to say anything about it is incredibly fun. Really a great series.
Next, there's Heaven's Memo Pad, a show based off a story arc from a series of light novels. It revolves around a student, Narumi, who winds up joining the NEET Detective Club, an organization comprised of a small group of NEETs and headed by a brilliant 12-13 year old shut-in with a taste for leeks, teddy bears, and Dr Pepper. Being just an excerpt from the larger world of the light novels, I felt a little unhappy that certain characters, namely Alice, the aforementioned hikikomori, didn't have much of any backstory about them, but to be fair, there really isn't much that can be done in a short introductory story arc. Regardless, the series is entertaining and the character interplay, especially between Alice and Narumi, is adorable.
Lastly, there's Joshiraku, a slice-of-life, eccentric series about 5 rakugo performers, brought to you by Koji Kumeta, the same guy who created Sayonara, Zetsubo Sensei. That alone should tell you what kind of sense of humor Joshiraku has -- rapid, punny, pop-culture filled, and often somewhat esoteric. Even though I didn't catch all of the jokes (either from ignorance or the sheer speed of delivery) I still really enjoyed the characters (Teto, Kigu, and Gankyo being my crushes) and the extremely random conversations they had. For a fun bit of eccentricity, I'd recommend it.
Also, new poll! At long last! Enjoy picking your favorite and voting on the new ladies!