Pete Zaitcev (zaitcev) wrote,
Pete Zaitcev
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Manabi: Passes!

I have seen the ending, slept on it, and today Manabi Straight joins Azumanga Daioh and Haibane Renmei in my exclusive panteon of the very best anime known to man.

This was a long road and many decent series failed the ultimate challenge.

Detailed report to follow later. Maybe.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Hell, yes

LJ tag: manabi

{Update: How did Ritsuko Okazaki manage to compose the theme song for an anime aired in January 2007 if she died in May of 2004? Apparently this project was in the works for an unusually long time.}

{Update: Jeff Lawson writes by e-mail:

Regarding the OP, Ritsuko Okazaki wrote the original version in 1996 (that's when it was first released, at least). She collaborated with Megumi Hayashibara on quite a few songs back in the day - in fact, the two were supposedly good friends. This is the first anime OP/ED Megumi has performed since Ritsuko's death, so I guess she decided to honor her friend by performing this particular song. It's worth noting that Megumi's version is "bouncier" than the original.

The ED was also written by Ritsuko, and was previously used as an insert song in the Wedding Peach anime.

Stirring. Also shows just how little I know about the anime scene.}

Tags: anime, manabi
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