July 9th, 2006

#114: Tool chest!

You may remember from #105: What $35 will buy that I missed out on getting a cheap tool chest from Harbor Freight, for $180.

Well....

This past Saturday I got another flyer from Harbor Freight. They average one or two per month, and mostly it advertises their "specials". Many of the "specials" roll over from flyer to flyer, as is apparently the case with the welder I bought.

One distinguishing difference was the coupon on the back of the flyer: 20% off any single item. AND the tool chest was back on sale for $180.

I carefully read the fine print and saw, to my delight, that the 20% would stack atop sale price. So today I went to Harbor Freight and bought me a tool chest...regular price $260...

...for $154 with tax.

So it was lucky that it had gone off sale last week, wasn't it?

#115: Kimagure Orange Road Pilot

This is something I downloaded months ago and only got around to looking at today.

Back in 1995 when I was first starting out as an anime fan, my friend Victor gave me the first videotape of the Kimagure Orange Road (KOR) OVA series. ("OVA" basically means "direct to video", for those of you who are just joining us.) It was good stuff and I rapidly collected the other four volumes.

One day at the comic store I saw a KOR soundtrack disk. I bought it immediately.

I was disappointed. I had never heard any of the music on that disk in any of the OVAs or the final movie. But the music was decent, so I enjoyed it; and as I learned more about anime I came to the conclusion that the disk I had bought was in fact an image disk, not a soundtrack disk. In general I have come not to like image or character CDs very much, but this one was okay.

Fast-forward 11 years to today, when I watched the KOR pilot.

None of the voice actors was the same. Madoka Ayukawa, in particular, was voiced by someone else; it sounded like the voice actress who did Creamy Mami. Whoever it was, it certainly was not Hiromi Tsuru, who--let's face it--is Madoka Ayukawa. Hiromi Tsuru's voice is the ultimate expression of Madoka. It's like the Platonic perfect voice for that character. If it's not Hiromi Tsuru doing the voice, then--damn--it's just not Madoka Ayukawa, period.

Hiromi Tsuru is one of my favorite voice actresses. She also did the voice of Ukyou Kuonji from Ranma 1/2, who is on my "top ten anime babes of all time" list. She has the kind of voice you want to marry.

Ah!! KOR Voice Roles and Saeko Shimazu Voice Roles. Saeko Shimazu played characters in both Creamy Mami and Magical Fairy Persia. I thought her voice was damn familiar. Especially since she also did Kodachi in Ranma 1/2 and Shinobu Miyake in Urusei Yatsura....

...I kind of thought Madoka sounded like Shinobu!

Anyway, the CD--the KOR "soundtrack" CD is indeed a sountrack CD after all; it is the OST for this video! I heard several long-familiar tracks in the thing, and it was all I could do to keep from singing along with "Heart [heart symbol] Nice Catch!" which is one of my favorite tracks from the CD.

This particular episode was produced by Jump Video. The actual TV series was a Toho production. I have no idea how or why this video even exists.

Still, watching this has laid to rest a minor question in my mind--how an image CD could be labeled as an OST--and it also now renders my record perfect: there has never been an image CD that I thought was worth listening to.

At least I'm consistent.