Josh's Anime Blog Podcast Episode 52

Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode 52Josh’s Anime Blog Podcast Episode #52 is now online! In this podcast, I review the the anime series Rumbling Hearts.

This week’s Podcast Stats:

Time: 24:03
Download Size: 16.5 MB

Opening theme:
“Higurashi no Naku Koro ni” by Eiko Shimamiya
Opening theme to When They Cry

Ending theme:
“Hoshizora no Waltz” by Minami Kuribayashi
Second ending theme to Rumbling Hearts

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Rumbling Hearts – Anime Review

The Essentials

Rumbling HeartsName: Rumbling Hearts, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, KimiNozo, The Eternity You Desire
Genre: Drama, Romance
Episodes: 14
Released: October 5, 2003 – January 4, 2004
Based On: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien game
Director: Tetsuya Watanabe
Produced By: Media Factory, Studio Fantasia
US Distribution By: Funimation

Major Japanese Cast

Takayuki Narumi: Kishô Taniyama
Mitsuki Hayase: Tomoko Ishibashi
Haruka Suzumiya: Minami Kuribayashi
Akane Suzumiya: Tomomi Uehara
Shinji Taira: Masaki Andou
Ayu Daikuuji: Kiyomi Asai
Mayu Tamano: Kyouko Yoshida

Major English Cast

Takayuki Narumi: Kevin M. Connolly
Mitsuki Hayase: Colleen Clinkenbeard
Haruka Suzumiya: Carrie Savage
Akane Suzumiya: Leah Clark
Shinji Taira: David Wilson-Brown
Ayu Daikuuji: Luci Christian
Mayu Tamano: Monica Rial

Scores

Animation: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Story: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Music: 10/10 (x 4 = 40 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 10/10 (x 2 = 20 pts)
English Dubs: 9/10 (x 1 = 9 pts)
Gut Score: 9/10 (x 5 = 45 pts)

Total: 182/200 (91%)

Review

Rumbling Hearts, perhaps better known as Kimi ga Nozomu Eien or just KimiNozo, is a story about a love triangle between three high school-turned college-aged friends: Takayuki, Mitsuki, and Haruka. The situation is set up when Haruka, who Takayuki was dating in high school, is involved in a traffic accident and is in a coma for 3 years. During those 3 years, Takayuki, who blames himself for the accident because he was late to meet Haruka for a date, and Mitsuki, who blames herself for the accident because she is the one who made Takayuki late, become involved after Mitsuki helps to bring Takayuki out of his deep depression caused by his guilt.

Most of the series is set after Haruka wakes up believing no time has passed since the accident, and the doctors not wishing to reveal the passage of time lest more mental damage coming to Haruka. This creates the awkward situation where Takayuki has to act like no time has passed with Haruka – meaning he has to act like her boyfriend in the hospital, which makes Mitsuki, who had been Haruka’s best friend in high school jealous and defensive about her relationship with Takayuki.

As Takayuki spends more and more time with Haruka, and finding out that he clearly isn’t over his relationship with her, his and Mitsuki’s relationship becomes more dysfunctional and spins out of control, threatening to leave any friendship between the three of them shattered.

Throw into the mix Takayuki’s, Mitsuki’s, and Haruka’s high school friend Shinji, who tries to comfort them, but who ends up getting hurt himself, as well as Haruka’s sister Akane, who is angry over what she sees as Mitsuki’s betrayal of Haruka by her becoming Takayuki’s new boyfriend after the accident, and you have an almost soap-opera-feeling drama where no one seems to make any right choices, and where there is confusion over whether there is any correct choice.

The animation in this series is decent and is really the only significant flaw in the show, but I thought the music is superb. The English dubs also impressed me, considering I had gotten used to hearing only the Japanese language version for a year before hearing the US release.

This is a series that anyone who is looking for a series with a deep and complex story, and/or who like hard-core romance dramas will greatly enjoy. The twists and turns, peeks and valleys that the characters ride make this a compelling watch, even if one isn’t normally drawn to the drama or romance genres.

First Watched: February 2006
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Yes

All 3 Rumbling Hearts Release Dates announced

We now know the planned release dates for all 3 volumes of Rumbling Hearts:

Volume 1: Volume 1 Starter Set w/ box: December 19, 2006
Volume 2: February 6, 2007
Volume 3: March 27, 2007

Special Rumbling Hearts Layout up

I have implemented my special Rumbling Hearts layout for the blog in anticipation of the release of volume 1 of the anime on Dec. 19. How long I’ll have this up, I’m not sure (whether it will be the entire month of December or only until when it is released, I haven’t decided yet).

I hope you like it!

Rumbling Hearts and Kashimashi manga in NewTypeUSA December Issue

Articles about both the Rumbling Hearts anime and Kashimashi Manga Volume 1 appear in the December issue of NewTypeUSA (for those of you who haven’t gotten it yet, or don’t get it).

There is a short article describing Rumbling Hearts. The first episode is also featured on the DVD that comes with the magazine. If you want to see more clips, the first episode is available for streaming at the Rumbling Hearts web page (with episode 2 upcoming). Also, short clips of the first 5 episodes can be streamed under the episodes section there.

Meanwhile, NewTypeUSA featured the Kashimashi manga Volume 1 as it’s manga of the month.

Both got good reviews.

Oh yeah, and tomorrow I’ll be unveiling a new design just for the month of December in honor of the release of Rumbling Hearts (can you tell I like it)?

Rumbling Hearts Artbox Pictures

I’m surprised I haven’t started a countdown to when Volume 1 of Funimation’s Rumbling Hearts (ie Kimi ga Nozomu Eien) is released (it’s 67 days by the way). In any case, I see that pictures of the artbox has been released. The first disc will sell at $29.98 with the first disc + artbox going for only $10 more.

Rumbling Hearts is supposed be on a monthly release cycle – meaning volume one should be out in late December, Volume 2 in late January/early February, and Volume 3 out in late February/early March. And it is only supposed to be 3 discs (probably due to the fact that this is the first time an anime like this is being released with any fanfare in the US, so releasing it in 3 instead of 4 discs reduces risk a little).

Well, enough of that. I present to you, the artbox:

Rumbling Hearts Box 1

Rumbling Hearts Box 2

Added US Release Information to reviews + some general news

I added the US release information to the review links on the left (but not to the scrolling blog entries below). This includes who released the DVDs in the US for anime, and who published manga.

Just a small update, but I thought I might as well throw on who released them in the US too.

Some general news which has probably already been out there for a while, but I thought I would post here.

First, it appears that AnimEigo is going to re-release the Oh! My Goddess OVAs sometime in 2006.

Second, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien a.k.a. KimiNozo a.k.a. Rumbling Hearts is apparently going to be a 3-DVD monthly release by FUNimation starting in October, meaning that, if FUNimation remains on schedule, the series will be completed in it’s release in December.

Also, while the official title is “Rumbling Hearts” because thats how Media Factory (the Japanese distributor of it) wishes it to be referred to in the US, apparently FUNimation will be adding the full Japanese name as a subtitle to make people aware of what it is.