Animation Runner Kuromi 2 DVD
About Animation Runner Kuromi 2 DVD
From Akitaroh Daichi, the director of Fruits Basket, Kodocha, and Now and Then, Here and There, it's Animation Runner Kuromi 2!
Kuromi is back, and more determined than ever to make it in the anime business. But all hell breaks loose when the boss quits smoking just when the workload bursts out of control. Can Kuromi overcome this almost insurmountable obstacle?
Special Features: Alternate Angle Storyboard Feature, Interview with Creator Akitaroh Daichi, A Day in the Life of Kuromi!, Art Gallery, Sketch Gallery, Original Japanese Trailer, U.S. Trailers, Previews.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: CENTRAL PARK MEDIA
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Comedy
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 45
- Release Date: 5/9/2006
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
More of the same from the original... and that's an absolutely wonderful thing!
One of 2003's biggest surprises for Anime on both sides of the Atlantic was a laugh-out-loud hilarious, 45-minute little gem called ANIMATION RUNNER KUROMI, a zany romp about the trials and tribulations of a young woman taking a job at --you guessed it-- an animation studio. Given the success of this OVA, it's almost no surprise that a sequel would follow three years later. 'Sequel' is a term that many viewers dread, as it often translates to 'inferior follow-up.' This does not include ANIMATION RUNNER KUROMI 2; all the eye-popping gags, fast-forward paced wackiness, and sidesplitting humor that made the original so much fun are back. (So are the same voice actors in the dub, but more on that later.) Equally pleasing is that the glossy production values courtesy of Akitaroh Daichi and his studio have returned, maintaining a sense of consistency. I love it when follow-ups retain consistency.
While this bodes well for an immensely entertaining sequel, all is not well for the workaholic Kuromi and her charges at Studio Petite. Shortly after the cancellation of their successful show 'Time Journeys', the small facility finds itself juggling three different shows at a time; they even seem to be falling behind on schedule. The situation takes a turn for the worse with the arrival of Rei Takashimadaira, a self-proclaimed professional. Unlike Kuromi and company, he is obsessed with meeting deadlines rather than doing a quality job. What ensues is a hilarious clash of wills as our heroes struggle with his pushy, snobbish ways. In the end, how will their shows turn out?
Finding out is only part of the entertainment value. Equally pleasing is Central Park Media's treatment of this sequel: the video and audio quality is on par with the original release, with a few new extras to boot. In what may probably be the best bonus (not that it has to be), all the voice actors from the top-notch English version of KUROMI are back. Well, most of them anyway--Suzy Prue is replaced by Carol Jacobanis, and the president is voiced by Mike Pollack, but both match the original voices so closely it's hard to know the difference. The link behind the whole dub, is a bang-up performance by one of New York's most popular voice actresses, Lisa Ortiz as the overworked Kuromi herself. Ortiz has always been a favorite voice actress of mine ever since I heard her as Deedlit in RECORD OF LODOSS WAR, and I have since heard her voice in many other roles (and yes, that includes Lina Inverse from SLAYERS!). Hearing her voice in anything just makes my heart throb. As such, it is very pleasing to hear her return--she even improves from the first time around, as well. When Kuromi finally cracks down into hilariously exaggerated frustration, it's obvious Ortiz is having a blast.
Wayne Grayson, Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Angora Deb, and Rachael Lillis reprise their roles as Kuromi's staff, and are just as fun the second time around. However, Green steals the show as the snobbish producer Takashimadaira. Typically I have heard him do serious roles in productions such as JUNGLE EMPEROR LEO and NOW AND THEN, HERE AND THERE, but this is one of his most FUN performances to date. Major kudos to Tom Wayland and Tripwire Productions for pulling off a dub every bit the equivalent of the original, and besting it.
As for the sequel itself, it's hard to imagine even the most picky of Anime fans passing up ANIMATION RUNNER KUROMI 2. Crammed with more laughs and entertainment, it delivers as a worthy follow-up... although the only negative is that it's all over after 45 minutes. Perhaps we'll see a third installment in the near future?