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Friday, January 29, 2016

Tomokazu Sugita, Shinnosuke Tachibana, Jun Fukuyama and Daisuke Ono -- Hoshizora Rendezvous (星空ランデブー)

For my friend and I, it's been an unsettled picture in terms of the newest anime season. We caught some of the pilot episodes of the new shows a few weeks ago but it looks like things may be a bit leaner than usual. However, the two of us have caught onto one of the more bizarre shows in recent memory and I say this as someone who has seen and enjoyed anime that involved animals in a "Cheers"-like setting and heroines who use high technology and the sound of music to battle evildoers.

Yup, I'm talking about "Sekko Boys"(石膏ボーイズ...Plaster Boys), an 8-minute comedy series about an aidoru group composed of 4 plaster busts: St. Giorgio, Medici, Mars and Hermes, and the manager who has to take care of the....guys. And they are all voiced by some of the star male seiyuus who pull out the full ham.

We've got Tomokazu Sugita and Daisuke Ono(杉田智和・小野大輔)from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", Shinnosuke Tachibana(立花慎之介)from "Gundam Build Fighters" and Jun Fukuyama(福山潤)from "Shirokuma Cafe" and "Chuunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai" as the titular Sekko Boys also singing the ending theme called "Hoshizora Rendezvous" (Starry Night Rendezvous). It sounds a bit like your run-of-the-mill Johnny's Jimusho aidoru tune (the title sounds like an 80s female aidoru song) but that intro had me thinking of the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" way back in the 1970s. The song was written by Bonjour Suzuki(ボンジュール鈴木)and composed by Masuda Moveman(満寿田ムーブマン).

Not sure how "Sekko Boys" is gonna do this season but I gotta give my respects at the way-out-of-left-field idea.

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