REC – 01
OP: 「Cheer!～まっかなキモチ～」 by 酒井香奈子 (Sakai Kanako)
Ehhh, I wasn’t that impressed by Sakai Kanako’s singing. It’s an upbeat song, but I just didn’t like it.
Matsumaru Fumihiko is about to throw away a pair of movie tickets when a red-haired girl stops him. She convinces him to give her one of them, and then she drags him into the theater. During the movie, Fumihiko finds it really strange that this girl is reading the subtitles out loud to herself. When he asks her about it afterwards, she tells him that she wants to become Audrey Hepburn. Fumihiko is a bit confused, but then he catches sight of Tanaka-san, the woman had originally promised to meet with him. However, she’s instead with a rather burly man. Seeing him depressed, the red-haired girl offers to comfort Fumihiko as compensation for the ticket. Over dinner, the girl reveals that she’s a seiyuu in-the-making and Fumihiko realizes that she was serious about the Audrey Hepburn comment. The way home is different for them, so they part ways after eating.
That night, Fumihiko ends up dreaming about Tanaka-san, the burly guy, and the red-haired girl dubbing over his voice. He waves up from the nightmare to hear sirens passing by his window. He walks until he finds the burning building, and spots that girl sitting alone in the rain on a swing set. Since she has no one to turn to, he invites her to his home and has her take a shower. After she gets out, he presents his bed to her, but she starts to feel guilty about how nice he’s being to her. He tells her that she’ll feel better tomorrow, but the girl starts crying because all of her books and photographs went up in flames. He comforts her and lets her cry on his shoulder for a bit. Their embrace turns into a kiss which turns into Fumihiko getting on top of her in bed. Before they have sex, it occurs to the girl that she hasn’t introduced herself: her name is Onda Aka, a seiyuu in-the-making.
The next morning, Fumihiko finds Aka gone, having left only a note that says she’s returning to her office and bids him farewell.
I’m very on the fence about this series. The first episode is a bit of a shocker in the sense that this random girl goes out with a guy and eventually ends up sleeping with him. Not quite what you’d expect from an anime, though still not as surprisingas when I first picked up the REC manga (read my description for the series). The animation’s decent, but the music was a bit lacking. The very white color palette in the morning scene is an interesting choice, though it’s a bit hard on the eyes. But the scene transitions (with eye-catches), however, feel very abrupt.
There’s a good chance I’ll keep watching and blogging this just because each episode is only 15 minutes long and there’s only 9 episodes in total. Next week, Fumihiko goes to work and gets a big surprise.