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OP Sequence

REC   OP   01 REC   OP   02 REC   OP   03
REC   OP   04 REC   OP   05 REC   OP   06

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.

REC   01   01 REC   01   02 REC   01   03
REC   01   04 REC   01   05 REC   01   06
REC   01   07 REC   01   08 REC   01   09
REC   01   10 REC   01   11 REC   01   12
REC   01   13 REC   01   14 REC   01   15
REC   01   16 REC   01   17 REC   01   18

Summary:
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.

February 2, 2006 at 9:42 pm
25 comments »
  • February 2, 2006 at 9:53 pmloplop

    Finally, I been wanting to see this since I heard about it . . . .

  • February 2, 2006 at 10:03 pmJT

    for being the episode is sure has alot of drama…kinda looks boring.. must read summary…

  • February 2, 2006 at 10:08 pmNunka

    Directed by Nakamura Ryutaro = 100% definite watch, no matter how badly I think it’s going to suck. :)

  • February 2, 2006 at 10:19 pmKaito

    hrm, intercourse on the first ep. That’s not something you see often >_>;;

  • February 2, 2006 at 10:21 pmNikto

    I wanted to see this, finally I get to see it :)

  • February 2, 2006 at 10:28 pmZanarky

    Haha @ Kaito

  • February 2, 2006 at 10:57 pmAznSoulBoy

    LOL ur too gentle, lets have sex! haha whatever looks good though

  • February 2, 2006 at 11:01 pmShinova

    Wow, that’s fast (the getting to sex, I mean). LOL.

  • February 2, 2006 at 11:49 pmZ3r0

    has the manga ended yet or still continuing?i know nothing bout this show =/ just got interested since its only 9 episodes

  • February 2, 2006 at 11:52 pmayyo

    Well, guess that part about sleeping with another guy shouldn’t come surprising when she is already ready to go and didn’t even introduce herself yet. Emotional attachment to the girl in question and her relationship to protagonist, zero?

  • February 2, 2006 at 11:57 pmdeftoned

    Wow, only 15-min episodes? The premise for this sounded interesting, but we’ll see. Sounds like a lot was crammed into a 15-min episode. I’ll have to check it out if/when it gets subbed.

  • February 3, 2006 at 3:02 amBooyah

    Whow! Whow! I hope it was rated for mature. Wtf. So different from what I expected. I haven’t seen the anime. The damsel in distress thing and sex are a total surprise. I had high expectations for it too. > .

  • February 3, 2006 at 3:07 amShinji103

    Well, that’s a different kind of first episode from the one we’re used to… ^^b

  • February 3, 2006 at 3:10 amcyw1988

    15 mins per ep per week… ZOMG!!!

  • February 3, 2006 at 5:59 amRasmiel

    Nice change from female protagonists always being pure virgin :P

  • February 3, 2006 at 7:50 amT_I

    This kind of behaviour towards sex is common in Japan, actually.

  • February 3, 2006 at 3:33 pmaxel

    wow!! sex!! must watch!! ^_^

  • February 3, 2006 at 7:32 pmAznSoulBoy

    aww =( just 15 mins and only 9 episodes omgg LOLL

  • February 4, 2006 at 1:37 amEleutheria

    Did I hear correctly when Fumihiko said he was a okashi maker (snack manufacturer)?

  • February 5, 2006 at 2:30 pmTP

    Hmm, I have to get the “WTF?!” mentality thrown out before I get used to this one.

    15 minutes long is not going to help me if it reaffirms my thinking that short timing + short episodes = Dokuro-chan-esque storyline: Started out good, becomes bad at the end of it.

  • February 9, 2006 at 1:42 amChikusaho

    Eh, I don’t think her having sex with him is unsual at all. Situations like this are common anywhere, not just in Japan. Things happen, two people end up in a room together, and they do it. Especially when traumatic events have occured, there’s little consideration given to “should I be doing this?” or anything like that. Call me immoral, but I’ve found myself in similar situations a few time. I liked the ending because I personally found it realistic. Granted the fire seems a bit contrived unless it was somehow intentional.

  • February 9, 2006 at 4:54 amHypernova

    The outlook is bad ppl, I’ve read 2 voulmes of the manga so far and theres no way in hell they can fit such promising plot into 2.15 hours and end it well.

  • February 19, 2006 at 11:32 pmFiatan

    I totally agree with you Chikusaho. I was listening to two people complain about it, that it was too soon or sudden or whatever. Stuff happens, and you can tell she really liked him by the way she didn’t resist.

  • November 22, 2007 at 2:09 amasa

    (=.=)_zZ

  • December 2, 2007 at 3:20 amJed

    D@mn, W0w SeX is it n0W!!!! NicE