Eye Say: Anime Cameos

You know what I’d like to see more of? More anime cameos. I love it when a character from a completely different and irrelevant anime shows his or her face in another anime. I mean, take Hayate no Gotoku for example. When Nabeshin had a cameo in one episode (episode 32) of the first season, it was the best day of my life (except for October 27, 2004).

YES!

All I’m saying is that I would like to so more cameos. And just to make things clear, any cameo must include all of the following things:

  • The character must make a visual appearance.
  • The character must be voiced by the same seiyu that did his or her voice in the character’s original anime.
  • The character performing the cameo must have a speaking part.
  • The character performing the cameo must be present in a scene with characters from the present anime (ie, don’t just throw in a character from another anime before and after commercial breaks, or in a random scene that has nothing to do with the present anime).
  • This last one is optional, but the character could voice opinions that relate to their show (Ex: Edward Elric could talk about Alchemy or being short).

Here are some suggestions:

Osaka from Azumanga Daioh in pretty much anything.

Osaka would be a great cameo character.

Osaka would be a great cameo character. She one of those characters that can say or do pretty much anything and be funny. She’s so dumb (in a good way). Speaking of “in a good way”

Motsu & that furry thing from Negima!?

Motsu anddddd ????

I can’t remember the name of the fluffy cat (or whatever it is) but this tandem is destined for cameo performances. Just add them in anywhere and have Motsu say “In a good way.” and it’s golden. “In a good way.” is probably my favorite repetitive one liner from any anime.

Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

Yuki is awesome.

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see her step in during a scene of pretty much anything and say something logical with her emotionless voice? She’s awesome.

Eye rest my case.

Nabeshin, The man, the myth, the legend

I was watching a certain episode of a certain anime, like literally a minute ago (it’s paused now), and a certain character made a cameo appearance…..well…I should say that a whole episode is being done about him…..so it seems so far. Anyway, this reminded me that this character is awesome, as well as the show he originally came from. Who is this person?

Nabeshin

Nabeshin (excerpt taken exceptionally from Excel Saga)

Nabeshin (excerpt taken exceptionally from Excel Saga)

Yes Nabeshin. Originally, he made his debut in Excel Saga, an anime filled with complete randomness and parodies. However, after I looked into it, it seems that he’s made cameos or appearances in six shows (not counting Excel Saga or Puni Puni Poemy, the OVA spin off). He was created by director Shinchi Watanabe, seen somewhere else on this page. In truth, Nabeshin is Watanabe in anime form. In other words, Watanabe put himself in the anime.

-Jeff, what does Shinchi Watanabe look like?

-I’m glad you asked Mr. Personwhoisntrealandamyormaynotbeavoiceinmyhead. Here you go:

Err…let’s try a different one:

Pretty much, Watanabe is a skitso, and confuses himself in real life, and himself in anime. That makes it better though! Nabeshin = Awesome character. If I saw more of him, he might have made my list, but I didn’t, so I didn’t. Let’s continue this post after a

BRIEF INTERMISSION

Part II: Excel Saga Review:

Excel, Hyatt.

From left to right: Excel, Hyatt.

Excel Saga…how should I put it….Here’s the official description:

Excel, an eccentric girl, begins work for Lord Illpalazzo, who wants to take over the world one sity at a time, starting with F. City. However, the city Dept. of Security stands in the way, and tries to stop them. Eventually, Excel is joined by Hyatt, who always dies and throws up blood. However, if she dies, she will revive as if dying were simply the common cold. It makes fun of and parodies Japanese culture, anime, and media.

Here’s my description (in picture form):

It contains all of these things.

Let’s do some of the norm:

Pros:

  • Although I didn’t get some of the humor, I got most of it, and this show was pretty funny/entertaining.
  • Nabeshin!
  • All of the characters had some kind of subplot, from Excel, to the dog, the the guy that dies in one of the early episodes.
  • One of the character’s names is literally, “The Man”. Like, he introduces himself as such.
  • Randomness, it’s not bad by any means.
  • The plot actually does turn kind of serious at the end, and it rounds off nicely.

Cons:

  • I didn’t get some jokes, this is not a big deal though.
  • Animation could have been better, again, not that big of a deal.
  • Sometimes, Excel would talk so fast, and this made reading subs difficult, I got used to it though. (if she talked slower the anime would have been bad though, so she kind of had to talk fast).

Excel Saga? Let’s see….what did I give it? 4??? No way! It DEFINITELY deserves a

FINAL GRADE = 5