「再会とバンパイア」 (Saikai to Banpaia)
“Reunion + Vampire”
Prepare yourself for another season of Tsukune rosario removing, Moka youkai butt kicking, vampire fan-service in Rosario + Vampire CAPU2! Pronounced “capuchuu” (aren’t the Japanese clever? “2”, “tsuu”, “chuu”), the second season picks up where the first left off, after Moka transformed Tsukune into a vampire in order to save his life from the Public Safety Commission. Before I get ahead of myself, let me start off by saying that I’m well aware that the anime deviates from the manga (e.g. with the early introduction of Rubi and now Kokoa), so for purists out there, it isn’t necessary to outcry blasphemy here (unless you really can’t contain yourself, then by all means). With that said, I enjoyed the first season because the show was simply FUN and entertaining to me. It was one of those sit back and enjoy kind of shows that is probably too ecchi for its own good, but did utilize some manga material to pull itself towards a semi-dramatic conclusion. For a series with cute characters, color-popping animation, and an all-star cast (with Kugimiya Rie in one of her moe-est roles as the lolipop-sucking Mizore), it’s good times for me. I enjoy it, but if you’d rather read the manga and cry sacrilege about the anime, that’s your prerogative. I won’t take any offense to it. Seriously.
For the rest of you, Rosario + Vampire CAPU2 brings us to Tsukune, Moka, and everyone else’s second year in high school, where the girls are now revered by their juniors (a.k.a. kouhai). We also see the introduction of a new character, Shuzen Kokoa, who seems to be after Moka but refers to her as “onee-chan”. Played by Saitou Chiwa, I find that Kokoa brings the right amount of serious, anti-hentai flavor to this otherwise “Tsukune harem” anime, so it’s nice to see her addition to the cast. Speaking of cast, I’m glad to see Fukuen Misato return as Kurumu, after her withdrawal from Ga-Rei -Zero- due to “health reasons“. After finishing up her roles on STRIKE WITCHES and To LOVE-Ru last season, I would’ve been pretty disappointed if she didn’t return as Kurumu, but luckily she has. On the notion of seiyuus, this series also features one of my favorite MALE seiyuus (yes, amazingly I do have favorite male seiyuus), the one and only Seki Tomokazu in his nice perverted role as Ginei the werewolf.
Anyway, I’m quite looking forward to this season as it reminds me of everything I liked about the first one (did I mention the fun?), plus we’re treated to a revamped Moka transformation this time around. Since we’re probably going to see this tranformation a lot down the road, I guess adding in the scene with Moka’s clothes ripping away doesn’t hurt. Production-wise, the quality is on par with the first season and looks good, which is something I’d like to see more of from GONZO rather than a lot of crappy CG. While it’s just a stylistic touch on Rosario + Vampire, I really like how the vibrant colors POP OUT at you too. The music is always a nice touch as well, with the opening of this episode featuring the “Toki no Kawa wo Koete” character song sung by the four main girls. After having listened to it a fair bit a while back, hearing it here really helped me get into the Rosario swing of things again.
Opening and ending themes are performed by ever so pleasant to listen to Mizuki Nana, with the first episode opting to play the opening song/sequence at the end (much like the first season). Nana’s Trickster single which features the opening “DISCOTHEQUE and ending “Trinity Cross” was recently released and made it to No.2 on Oricon Daily, so kudos to all the otakus out there buying her CD. The opening sequence is quite catchy with all the girls dancing on a disco stage, which reflects Nana’s on PV DISCOTHEQUE. The PV has been floating around for the past couple of weeks after being supposedly leaked, so I decided to include it here for comparison sake.
On a separate note, I find that Tsukune’s sounding a lot more like Kaname from Vampire Knight lately when Kishio Daisuke tries to sound more serious, which only gives me more vampire vibes. Also, I find the choice of censoring questionable when they’ll cover this, but not that. In any case, Rosario + Vampire season two is here for another 13 episodes (…most-likely).
– Aono Tsukune (青野 月音) : Kishio Daisuke (岸尾 だいすけ)
– Akashiya Moka (赤夜 萌香) : Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)
– Kurono Kurumu (黒乃 胡夢) : Fukuen Misato (福圓 美里)
– Sendou Yukari (仙童 紫) : Koyama Kimiko (こやま きみこ)
– Shirayuki Mizore (白雪 みぞれ) : Kugimiya Rie (釘宮 理恵)
– Morioka Ginei (森丘 銀影) : Seki Tomokazu (関 智一)
– Toujou Rubi (橙条 瑠妃) : Chiba Saeko (千葉 紗子)
– Shuzen Kokoa (朱染 心愛) : Saitou Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
– Nazo Koumori (謎こうもり) : Koyasu Takehito (子安 武人)
– Nekonome Shizuka (猫目 静) : Inoue Kikuko (井上 喜久子)
– Kagome Ririko (籠女 李々子) : Hisakawa Aya (久川 綾)