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Random Musings – H2O Rocks Your Soul

This is a few days old, so some of you may have already seen this, but this video was so hilarious that I can’t not blog about it. H2O ~FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND~ is a new series coming out in January about a (blind) boy who has lost his mother and moves to her hometown to recuperate. It looks like an interesting series, and as I was writing up my Winter 2008 preview, I saw the PV. If I could give out an award for the most unintentionally funny promotion video ever, this series would get it. I was laughing for a good five straight minutes when the narrator suddenly started spouting random phrases designed to make the series sound exciting. I don’t know why they decided to have the trailer in English, but it certainly made my day. H2O Rocks Your Soul!

December 23, 2007 at 10:23 pm
81 comments »
  • December 23, 2007 at 10:26 pmXebek

    The promo certainly made my day with the “Rocks Your Soul!” comment at the end

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:33 pmkwon

    XD, I read about this on another blog- but was too lazy to torrent it. Thanks for posting it up.

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:34 pmStoner

    OMG, Hollywood-like teaser trailer FTL lol

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:34 pmsage

    not funny at all actually

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:48 pmbanzemanga

    @Sage
    Agree. It was rather annoying having to listen two languages at the same time.

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:52 pmRembr

    Oh wow.

    The VA must’ve figured that Japanese audience wouldn’t understand it so he put it in a comedic inflection.

    I think it’s awesome.

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:56 pmT

    The girl seifuku looks seductive. I like black uniform but why animation looks so 90ish? Or was that from game?

  • December 23, 2007 at 10:58 pm43252

    didn’t find anything wrong with the trailer…Surprisingly good English speaker actually, dont see that alot in animes. Prolly will rock your soul emotionally.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:09 pmnegima1228

    wow, the song that was playing (not sure if it is the opening song) was excellent. I like how the innocent boy get involve with the *fan service* :)

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:14 pmSomethingLeft

    Its a pity how the guy is blind and yet he gets himself into those deliciously fanservicey scenes…Meh, i pray for his eyes.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:20 pmTotali

    I saw this on Tenka Seiha earlier in the week. The trailer definitely makes H20 look like the best anime of 2008.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:24 pmX

    Did anyone notice the guy punch the blue haired girl near the end of the trailer? I was like WTF?!

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:27 pmGStrike-

    OMFG this made my day///

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:31 pmkarasu

    yeah, i’m wondering if anyone in the production team knew what the narrator was saying.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:32 pmGod~knows

    looks like a H game adaption but I’m not too sure… but the english was ok(>.> dont really see what was so funny about it though) slightly amusing but not LOL.I guess I can try to watch 1 episode to see how it goes since I’m getting tired of all the game adaption animes…

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:32 pmBlEaChMaNiA

    What’s so funny bout this pv?I don’t get it >.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:34 pmanne

    I lol’d at the ROCKS YOUR SOUL part.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:36 pmBOZZ

    Whoa… The English narrator made me laugh… Despite the premise of the series, this PV has hilarious.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:45 pmbakdonh1gh

    Don’t know about you guys but i didn’t find it funny at all.

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:46 pmpadfoot135

    weeee another great fan service anime comming up!! gahh i’m drooling alrdy XD~~~~

  • December 23, 2007 at 11:48 pmTokkan

    banzemanga: You must’ve hated “Blood: The Last Vampire” then, if you’ve seen it. They constantly alternated between Japanese and English dialogue in that.

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:04 amDragoon

    HAHAHA I lol’d at the it rocks your soul part

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:04 amkkjjkh

    Go kill yourself Banzemanga!

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:04 amDaiske

    H2O ROCKS your SOUL xDDD my god that’s hilarious especially how the narrator said it “This is a solid juvenile renounce” xD what the fuck does that mean!? O.o

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:22 amKyonne

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  • December 24, 2007 at 12:28 amJay

    my soul was rocked by that.

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:40 ampolar bear

    i dont actually find this amusing,i find it weird instead with the english narrator..at least his english is not some crappy one

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:46 amDouglas

    Trailer:”THIS IS A SOLID JUVENILE RENAISSANCE”
    Me:Wha?HAHAHAHAHAHA*gasps for air*

    The song at the end sounds quite nice, though.

    God-knows:
    It’s based on an eroge with the same name, released June ’06 – I won’t link anything here, but if you search for H2O on getchu or erogamescape you’ll find it.
    Actually looks rather interesting, hm.

  • December 24, 2007 at 12:59 ambravejaf

    Rocks Your Soul FTW!!! That was unintentionally hilarious. Did the production company borrow ADV’s voiceover guy? Or maybe ADV is already getting the show ready for US release.

  • December 24, 2007 at 1:15 amMiner

    So the guy can’t see the literal “in your face”, but the girl was nice enough to let him feel it with his face. The excellent english voiceover did seem really overboard to the point of being hillarious. Too bad this anime will never live up to what he was promising. Still should be worth check out though.

  • December 24, 2007 at 1:17 amMiner

    err.. what I meant was “in your face” FANSERVICE…

  • December 24, 2007 at 1:22 amChicle

    Well at least they used someone who has an actual English accent…

  • December 24, 2007 at 1:24 amsolgae

    Yes, this is a H game adaption……and the drawing is just miles behind of how the original was. A disgrace to the game if you ask me……given how the game was actually pretty good.

  • December 24, 2007 at 1:29 amxx32df

    You got lousy taste as usual.

  • December 24, 2007 at 1:40 amN

    Hahahaha! What the hell?

  • December 24, 2007 at 2:22 amasdass

    wtf up with the english voice?

    ruined the whole thing,

    and whats up with those situtations?

    why is it called H20, water does stuff that makes those strange situations

    bogles the mind

  • December 24, 2007 at 2:40 amMajestic

    “Translucent clearness” repetition FTW!

  • December 24, 2007 at 2:58 amKuya

    I’m surprised they were able to get someone that speaks English well enough to not have that accent, but dialog between Japan and America is just too funny when going from one to the other.

    I’m betting that in Japan, the english narrator is more mysterious or what have you, but it’s just…

    It rocks my soul.

  • December 24, 2007 at 3:46 amquigonkenny

    “A dark fear, creeping in…”
    “Violence, tearing at one’s heart…”
    “A nasty secret, concealed in this little society…”
    “A phrase, followed by a longer phrase…”

    Oh, man, that’s some serious FAIL. I’ve seen porno promos with less cheese. BAD porno promos… Only way this could have been funnier would be with some bow-chicka-wow-wow music in the background and Pablo Francisco doing the voiceover…

    But it does make me wonder something I’ve been curious about for some time but never though to put into words. Do blind people in Japan not wear sunglasses like they do in the States, and most everywhere lse I’ve seen depicted? I mean, if you have a blind person over here, then they’re pretty much guaranteed to be wearing some kind of shades, or if their eyes aren’t too messed-up looking (or even if they are), going au naturale. Same goes for movie and TV depictions. But any time you see a blind person in an anime (Nunally, I’m looking at you) they look like they’ve just got their eyes closed. Someone over here did that in real life, people would be all “Hey, open your eyes and quit faking”.

  • December 24, 2007 at 3:52 amEpyon

    Not funny but stupid

  • December 24, 2007 at 4:22 amgetsu

    Looking forward to this interesting show.

    lol@all the panty shots, shame the main character is blind.

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:17 amFat Cat Lim

    The last comment was unintentionally funny, but the rest of the trailer was surprisingly good.

    Since it was in English, I’m guessing they’re making it more marketable for an international audience? Considering how anime is becoming more prominent outside Japan, I wouldn’t put it to them to pander towards a larger audience than their own.

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:20 amHoho..

    wow.. 24th april 2008..
    i think this anime will become like school day(hmm.. more or less)..
    but i think this anime will be great..

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:23 amHoho..

    hmm.. looks like january will become the greatest month ever..
    so many anime will come that month..

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:35 amHoho..

    hey.. what is the song’s name??

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:35 amAlgester

    hmm cause the anime contains a trap who is by the fact Hamaji @_@ another willing crossdresser and yes this is again based on an H-game by makura-soft to those who still dont know @_@ the protagonist BTW is blind but i really dont know from what type of blindness

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:44 ammiden

    LOLOL!! XDD fan service ftl, random Dubbing outta nowhere XDD! haha seems hilarious XDD!

  • December 24, 2007 at 6:29 amelba

    Can’t help it but looks rather dumb to me :/

  • December 24, 2007 at 6:50 amCokematic

    Lolllllllll
    His english was really good… and those generic Hollywood lines are sooo funny XD

    BTW one of the best quotes of the year: “H20 ROCKS YOUR SOUL”

  • December 24, 2007 at 7:21 amshh227

    This like sola and myself yourself except with fanservice. As you all know the boy is blind. I knew that you guys were going to go for this since it is the most wisest option.

  • December 24, 2007 at 8:25 amLeviahan DarklyCute

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    This is a sad day. The day that anime will speak eng insted of jap is the day I will kill myself.
    WHY ENGLISH??????????? ;____;

  • December 24, 2007 at 8:36 amKira

    For some reason, the “Rocks your soul” part sounds like something C. Falcon would say…

    YES!

  • December 24, 2007 at 9:26 amAnimeJim

    I didn’t find it that funny, at the most it made me smile (just short of chuckle).

  • December 24, 2007 at 11:54 amCandy

    is this Hentai? o.O

  • December 24, 2007 at 2:57 pmJason Isenberg

    Lol for all you people who didnt find it funny. Thats why it is funny since the whole point was to show how stupid the whole pv was and it made me laugh, H20 ROCKS YOUR SOUL! lmao.

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:11 pmOblivions-Kiss

    Hahaha, loved it when I first saw it, and still love it! It certainly does “Rock my soul” =P Anyways, it looks pretty interesting, besides for the image of the boy tapping the girl’s ass with his cane LMAO

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:39 pmLevy

    HAhahaha! Oh dear, it sounds so cheesy.

  • December 24, 2007 at 5:57 pmanonimus

    wow u guys take this way too seriously -_-; you haven’t even seen the first episode and you judge the series based on a trailer intentionally made to be funny. i say judge it when the first 2 eps come out. Animation may be subpar compared to say Clannad, but if the story is good then for me its worth it. Anyways we’re in for an interesting New Year. Happy Holidays to ALL!!

  • December 24, 2007 at 6:41 pmp(_)shke

    about time some weak ass company started doing some english narrating hope they don’t put it while english comments while we’re watching d episode. btw the series looks nice i would’nt mind being blind in this kind of situation where u keep touching anything eventhough u know it’s a person.

  • December 24, 2007 at 7:22 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    MUCH MORE CRUEL THAN INOCCENT LOVE!!*coochi on dudes face* zzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZZZ zzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZZZZ zzzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZZZZ

  • December 24, 2007 at 10:44 pmspixie

    god.. the poster/ad stuff at the end hella remind me of those ef ones

  • December 25, 2007 at 12:22 amSup

    Are you guys sure this wasn’t made intentionally to be funny? Like to make fun of American movie previews or something?

    Because I seriously doubt a fluent English speaker such as the narrator, or any other English speaking person present in the making of this PV, wouldn’t question this script filled with shit that doesn’t even make sense. Although, keeping in mind that this is Japan we’re talking about here, anything could be possible.

  • December 25, 2007 at 12:29 amEd Ong

    im look forward to this anime, cuz it looks good

    rocked my soul definitely :)

  • December 25, 2007 at 12:29 amRembr

    I’m thinking the studio hired a VA from US and either was told to make it funny or was given total freedom so he made it like so.

    Because the script wasn’t engrish, it seems too calculated. And the VA sounds too fluent, although I’ve heard some good English speakers from Japan.

  • December 25, 2007 at 1:52 pmDiscoNick

    First of all I get why you guys think its funny, but only if you have a bad sense of humor. However I did find it kinda amusing. But in japan saying random english phrases sounds cool (listen to some j-pop, that has more than enough random english) so its not that weird. I think it must be some kinda parody of hollywood trailers.

    Infact I liked the trailer and will give the anime a chance when it comes out.

  • December 25, 2007 at 3:14 pmstrawberryheaven

    Japan is very big at English so it’s not a surprise to see a PV liked for once- be nice to see them more often.

    At first, I wasn’t sure about H20, but this trailer changed my mind. =3 Looks great! Rocked my soul was unexpected, but I loved it. =D

  • December 25, 2007 at 7:48 pmJay

    i’ve been to japan…. all of them speak crap english, and i was all over tokyo. that person talking is an american.

  • December 25, 2007 at 9:04 pmgngn

    Pablo Francisco should have spoken the english comments :P
    but not to sure about what to think of the anime ….

  • December 26, 2007 at 7:00 amAlgester

    hmm this anime would have a lot of potential but i still havent seriously read the game which is H

  • December 26, 2007 at 10:35 amlodd

    “ROCKS YOUR SOUL” lamo

  • December 26, 2007 at 2:38 pmEric

    the English narratives are well done IMO, even though I had a hard time to connect the mood between the narration and the anime. The trailer is really pretty good until…

    H2O rocks your soul XDDDD.

  • December 26, 2007 at 3:32 pmdojikyo

    So stealing that “Rocks you soul” catchphrase.

  • December 27, 2007 at 5:52 amDmo

    When he said “H2O Rocks your Soul”, I friggin fell outta my chair lol

  • December 27, 2007 at 5:54 pmDancu

    It rocked my soul
    it lacks more pantsu shots
    very funny though he cant see the panties(but well gives him an excuse to feel around)

  • December 28, 2007 at 2:08 amhypertoast

    OMG THIS GUY ACTUALLY SPOKE PROPER ENGLISH!!! Now there’s something I thought I’d never see…

  • December 28, 2007 at 9:54 amSora no Kaze

    @hypertoast

    HAHAHAHAHa, loved the comment of proper english.

    I think the H20 Rock Your soul part got everyone interested in this anime. Its probably the only thing that sparked my interest even more to watch.

  • December 30, 2007 at 1:32 amzoozoc

    looks like a piece of crap

  • December 30, 2007 at 1:36 pmElle

    It makes me laugh just noticing how some people don’t get what’s funny or are taking it too seriously.

  • January 2, 2008 at 10:33 pmShia

    you should look at the posters outside Ikkebukkuro Tora no Ana for H2O,

    IE: You must not believe in those heartless eyes.

  • January 4, 2008 at 4:07 amKeriaku

    Reminds me of Dr. Tran lol

  • January 5, 2008 at 7:49 pmstevelikesanime

    lol will this be something that was similar to school days’ Nice Boat thing?

    i probably think it will XDD