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J.C. Staff To Run Six Anime in Winter 2012

by dtshyk
Nov 12, 2011 8:14 PM | 104 Comments
According to Animedia, new anime Ano Natsu de Matteru was announced to be aired from January 2012. The production studio is J.C. Staff.

Ano Natsu de Matteru official website

J.C.Staff's anime in Winter 2012
Shakugan no Shana III (Final)
Bakuman 2
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2
Kill Me Baby
Zero no Tsukaima F
Ano Natsu de Matteru

In addition, J.C. Staff is producing Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie.

Source: Scan of Animedia

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Oh you, haters.

Nov 15, 2011 4:27 PM by Orix

Meh.

The major decision in life is always quality or quanitity, isn't it?

I hope it'll work out, but I can't help but believe otherwise...

Nov 15, 2011 3:11 PM by Forest-kun

Ovindel said:
That sounds so wrong... as if they're available for buying...

? It's their job, and they do it for money. I don't think it's a terribly strange way to think about it.

Nov 15, 2011 11:58 AM by jmal

RyanSaotome said:
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi - Minor role, show sold terribly.
If you're gonna bring up minor roles like this, why not bring up Index 2 where she had a minor role but the anime sold great?

Because I dropped Index 2 a few episodes in and wasn't sure if her character was tsundere loli-ish. Remove Ookami-san (the only minor role there) and the point still stands just as well.

And what I'm mainly saying is that you've got a higher chance of success using Rie than you do with other voice actresses. So what advantage is there to getting less experienced VAs when seiyuu prices aren't that different to begin with?

I don't necessarily disagree that using Rie to voice a tsunderloli is fairly "safe", but the effect seems to be so small these days as to not really matter all that much. It's not like she's consistently turning duds into good sellers (seiyuu rarely do), and if anything sales for shows where she's a typecast lead have been on a downward trend.

Maybe Hoppy isn't the only one getting tired of it? I adore her, including her typecast roles, but I have to wonder if that fanbase peaked around the time of Toradora. How many new fans really feel the same way about her legendary tsunderloli status as those of us who were there since Shana season one?

Speaking about her more broadly...
She'll get a ton of roles for years to come, and she has the range - when allowed - to handle them all. She's undeniably a top-tier industry veteran at this point. She was the #1 busiest seiyuu in the first half of 2011, even ahead of Sawashiro Miyuki, well after the tsunderloli peak. So her career is perfectly fine even if her best-known stuff is coming to an end (Shana and Louise ending in the same season next year is like the closing of an era). I just think she'll slip more into the background, become more of an Inoue Marina-like seiyuu where you feel as if she's fallen off the stage lately but when you run the numbers find out she's actually all over the place, right behind Sawashiro actually. Heavy-duty veteran support seiyuu, you could say (see also Noto Mamiko, Hirano Aya, Kobayashi Yuu, etc.) Doesn't have quite the "here and now" flashiness of current high profile seiyuu like Toyosaki, Kayano Ai or Hanazawa, but it probably pays the bills jst as well in the long run.

Top 10 (well, 13 with a lot of ties) of 2011 1st half, for reference:
1 136 Kugimiya Rie
2 122 Sawashiro Miyuki
3 99 Inoue Marina
4 90 Hanazawa Kana
5 88 Miyano Mamoru
6 85 Okamoto Nobuhiko
7 84 Kakihara Tetsuya
8 81 Toyosaki Aki
9 79 Fujiwara Keiji
9 79 Hirano Aya
9 79 Yuuki Aoi
9 79 Kobayashi Yuu
9 79 Orikasa Fumiko

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Nov 15, 2011 11:57 AM by jmal

RyanSaotome said:
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi - Minor role, show sold terribly.

If you're gonna bring up minor roles like this, why not bring up Index 2 where she had a minor role but the anime sold great?

And what I'm mainly saying is that you've got a higher chance of success using Rie than you do with other voice actresses. So what advantage is there to getting less experienced VAs when seiyuu prices aren't that different to begin with?
That sounds so wrong... as if they're available for buying...

Nov 15, 2011 11:46 AM by Ovindel

Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi - Minor role, show sold terribly.

If you're gonna bring up minor roles like this, why not bring up Index 2 where she had a minor role but the anime sold great?

And what I'm mainly saying is that you've got a higher chance of success using Rie than you do with other voice actresses. So what advantage is there to getting less experienced VAs when seiyuu prices aren't that different to begin with?

Nov 15, 2011 10:18 AM by RyanSaotome

RyanSaotome said:
JC Staff should also worry about making money, and no tsundere/loli seiyuu sells as well as Rie. Many people buy her JC Staff stuff only BECAUSE of Rie (like Hidan no Aria). This stuff would sell like junk otherwise... so why would they rather lose money just to give new seiyuus a chance when they can have almost guaranteed money using the safe and reliable option?

Well, yes and no I guess. I think there's some truth so that for some shows, but the effect is not large, at least not anymore. Rie's tsundere loli roles in JC Staff anime are:

Shakugan no Shana - Her original JC tsunderloli role, so it wouldn't have sold on a Tsunderloli reputation not yet established.
Zero no Tsukaima - popular light novels, and didn't sell all that much really, less than Aria in seasons 2-3. If Rie had an effect it was only modest gains beyond what it would have sold anyway.
Hayate no Gotoku S2 - Synergy SP cast her as Nagi before JC came on board, so doesn't really apply. Popular manga anyway.
Toradora! - I strongly feel like this sold on its own merits; at the very least based on the performance of shows before it, Rie can't be a 10k seller by herself as those didn't sell 10k except for Shana S1. Besides, it's probably her best-acted role ever, not just throwaway typecasting. She's always good but this role was just a masterpiece.
Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi - Minor role, show sold terribly.
Hidan no Aria - Sold decently.
Twin Angel - Sold terribly.

Other studios have tried it as well, like Deen with Dragon Crisis (sold terribly) and Marimite (sold okay-ish, but Rie's character wasn't even in the first season anyway), Feel with Kanamemo (sold mediocre), TNK with Akane-iro (sold mediocre), Diomedia with Lotte (sold terribly).

I'm really not sure Rie tsunderloli typecasting is all that lucrative a practice in and of itself. I think it just gives people that impression because she got known really well via the trifecta of Shana, Louise and Nagi, then later Taiga, all of which are protagonists of very popular manga/light novels, and as mentioned Nagi wasn't technically JC's choice.

Nov 15, 2011 10:00 AM by jmal

JC Staff should also worry about making money, and no tsundere/loli seiyuu sells as well as Rie. Many people buy her JC Staff stuff only BECAUSE of Rie (like Hidan no Aria). This stuff would sell like junk otherwise... so why would they rather lose money just to give new seiyuus a chance when they can have almost guaranteed money using the safe and reliable option?

Nov 15, 2011 8:50 AM by RyanSaotome

jmal said:
Dark_Pride said:
Hoppy said:
J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie, I'm kinda sick of her.
Do you still believe that the seiyuu can demand to the studios what roles they want and what they don't want?

And Rie doesn't work for JC Staff anyway, she works for a talent agency. But I think what Hoppy is saying is that sound directors for JC shows are too quick to cast Rie in the lead role (and she's not going to turn down a work offer, seiyuu live and die by how many episodes they can act in) when other seiyuu could do the job too.

Personally, I still love her and her voice always makes me happy. Though yes, there are many other seiyuu I'd like t hear just as much.


Pretty much this, JC needs to think more carefully in choosing a seiyuu for a tsundere, choose a rookie or even another veteran seiyuu, the lucky girl or woman may be good or superior if a rookie is chosen.

Nov 15, 2011 8:37 AM by Hoppy

Bakanky said:
im waiting for index 3/railgun 2


This.

Nov 15, 2011 3:52 AM by Yuhrita

Hoppy said:
J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie, I'm kinda sick of her.


Do you still believe that the seiyuu can demand to the studios what roles they want and what they don't want?

Nov 15, 2011 3:08 AM by Dark_Pride

I think there is absolutely no reason to hate Rie. Hate JC Staff instead for giving her exact same acting job with tsundere. Rie is much more versatile seiyuu than anyone might think.

Nov 15, 2011 12:01 AM by ringoo4

wakka9ca said:
Hoppy said:
J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie, I'm kinda sick of her, put Yukari in instead, although Ano Natsu has a Yukari voiced loli so at least they did some right of course Milky Holmes 2 will be good regardless.


I see you haven't see Gintama, Nabari no Ou or FMA. You don't realize Rie actually does her job pretty well.

Rie is an awesome seiyuu. To be honest, she's the first seiyuu that I liked personally after her awesome role for Taiga.

But she's being overmilked, true. I will be more happy if she decreases her role and focus in some quality animu.

BTT, about J.C, I wonder if they can return to their golden ages if they create less anime per season. Their titles from the past mostly are good.

Nov 14, 2011 10:12 PM by zeroyuki92

A new season of Milky Holmes?! There is a God after all!

Nov 14, 2011 4:29 PM by Calliisto

Hoppy said:
J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie, I'm kinda sick of her, put Yukari in instead, although Ano Natsu has a Yukari voiced loli so at least they did some right of course Milky Holmes 2 will be good regardless.


I see you haven't see Gintama, Nabari no Ou or FMA. You don't realize Rie actually does her job pretty well.

Nov 14, 2011 3:30 PM by wakka9ca

might give it a try don't know yet

Nov 14, 2011 5:51 AM by Mr_Gutts

Hoppy said:
J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie.


urusai, urusai, urusai lol

Nov 13, 2011 9:14 PM by alexander09

Hoppy said:
J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie...
L-O-L.

Nov 13, 2011 7:20 PM by ringoo4

J.C. Staff needs to fire Rie, I'm kinda sick of her, put Yukari in instead, although Ano Natsu has a Yukari voiced loli so at least they did some right of course Milky Holmes 2 will be good regardless.

Nov 13, 2011 7:10 PM by Hoppy

Zeream said:
J.C. Staff just needs to go bankrupt already... clear some of the corruption out the anime industry.
Hello there, our big fat troll or the most foolish kiddy who does not even know what corruption even means.

Nov 13, 2011 6:54 PM by ringoo4

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