Aka Onda, the heroine
|Genre||Drama, Romantic comedy|
|Written by||Q-Tarō Hanamizawa|
|Magazine||Monthly Sunday Gene-X|
|Original run||December 2002 – April 2013|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Ryūtarō Nakamura|
|Original run||February 2, 2006 – March 30, 2006|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Ryutaro Nakamura|
Rec (Japanese: レック Hepburn: Rekku?) is a Japanese manga about an aspiring voice actress by Q-Tarō Hanamizawa. A nine-episode anime adaptation by Shaft aired between February and March 2006; an original video animation episode was also produced.
At the beginning of the story, Fumihiko Matsumaru is outside a movie theater waiting for his date to arrive. When it becomes obvious that he has been "stood up", he crumples his tickets in frustration. As he is about to toss the tickets into a trash can, a girl approaches, and in the "voice" of the tickets, implores him to not waste them. Dumbfounded, he sees the movie with her, which is Roman Holiday.
During the movie, he notices that the girl is reading the subtitles out loud. When he asks her about this after the movie, she says that she was practicing the lines, and that she wants to be Audrey Hepburn. At dinner, she explains that she is a 20-year-old novice voice actress. Going home, they find that they live in the same neighborhood before they part ways. (In the anime, she recites appropriate lines from Roman Holiday.) Matsumaru goes to bed, but he can't sleep. In the darkness, he hears the sounds of sirens; there is a fire in the neighborhood. When he goes to investigate, he discovers that the girl's apartment has burned down. Since she has nowhere to stay, Matsumaru asks her to stay at his apartment; she dazedly accepts.
The next day, Matsumaru learns at work that his marketing concept "Nekoki" (ねこキ?, a cat-tree) has been approved as the mascot of a snack product called "Ha" ("leaf"). Furthermore, Aka is chosen to voice Nekoki. They decide to keep their live-in relationship a secret from their employers due to Aka's worries about an appearance of impropriety. She also insists they are not a couple just from having slept together once in a moment of weakness, and that she will merely be lodging with him. The series is heavily concerned with the developing dynamic of their relationship.
- Fumihiko Matsumaru (松丸 文彦 Matsumaru Fumihiko?)
- Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura
- An average, 26-year-old salaryman who works in the marketing department of a snack company. He always tries hard to get his advertisement projects chosen, but almost always fails at this. His latest project, Nekoki, was chosen for the mascot of a snack food called Ha (は leaf?) and is his first accepted project.
- In chapter seven of the manga Matsumaru finally asks Aka to be his girlfriend after they share a passionate kiss for the second time, to which she agrees. Although Matsumaru is in love with Aka he is not above admiring the "assets" of other females, which often puts him in compromising situations; such as when he decides not to erase the doctored photo of him and Ao because her breasts were exposed and Aka accidentally sees it. Also, Matsumaru will at times barge in on Aka without her clothes on or grope some part of her body which earns him a harsh reprimand.
- Aka Onda (恩田 赤 Onda Aka?)
- Voiced by: Kanako Sakai
- A 20-year-old aspiring voice actress who idolizes Audrey Hepburn. She voiced the snack food Ha's image character, Nekoki. She is a little eccentric in her actions as she often quotes movie lines from films Audrey Hepburn starred in. She lives with Matsumaru in his apartment, and usually asserts that she is only friends with him, despite the fact she and Matsumaru slept together the first night they met. This provides the crux of the remainder of the series. Kanako Sakai, the voice actress who voiced Aka Onda, also sang the opening theme: "Cheer!~Makka na Kimochi~" (Cheer!～まっかなキモチ～?).
- In chapter seven of the manga, Aka agrees to be Matsumaru's girlfriend, but they must keep it a secret at all costs. Even though Aka is in love with Matsumaru, she is very shy and doesn't like him to see her naked. When Matsumaru does something lecherous Aka will strike him as hard as possible. Even though she is embarrassed, Aka is always waiting for the time where she and Matsumaru can have sex for the second time. Usually when they finally get the chance it's interrupted by anything from Sekigahara suddenly appearing to Matsumaru being unable to perform because he thought he had cheated on Aka.
- Yoshioka (吉岡?)
- Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi
- Aka's manager-in-charge. She is sleeping with the company's president. She accidentally gets into two compromising situations with Matsumaru, and he has to spend some time calming Aka down when she sees them.
- Tanaka (田中?)
- Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama
- She is a colleague Matsumaru had a crush on before he made Aka his girlfriend. It is later revealed that she likes to destroy men, and attempts to make Matsumaru think he slept with her, and tell Aka. Her plan fails when Aka keeps her faith in him.
- Yoshio Hatakeda (畑田 良夫 Hatakeda Yoshio?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
- Matsumaru's colleague, who is a fan of Aka.
- Hideyoshi Sekigahara (関ヶ原 秀吉 Sekigahara Hideyoshi?)
- An eccentric movie director who recruits Aka for his newest movie, takes her to Hokkaido, which prompts Matsumaru to pursue her. It's revealed that he had no intentions aside from writing a new script, and helps to strengthen Aka's and Matsumaru's relationship.
- Kazushi Kubo (久保 一志 Kubo Kazushi?)
- Nicknamed "Kushi", he is a popular actor who is obsessed with Aka, and becomes friends with Matsumaru to get to her. He moves in next door to them, and confesses to Matsumaru that he loves Aka, and she overhears. He proceeds to come around their house, and Matsumaru has to hide Aka. Kushi actually used to be a fat kid named Yamada that attended the same middle school as Aka. When Aka rejects him he thinks it's because she wants a shōjo manga "hero", so he loses weight and becomes an actor. Despite his initial reasons, Kushi actually becomes good friends with Matsumaru and figures out on his own that Matsumaru and Aka are lovers living together. When Kushi receives injuries to his face after protecting Aka from being injured during a car accident, he apparently convinces Aka into having sex with him. After Kushi realizes that Aka does not want to and that she has already found her "hero" he becomes disgusted with himself and apologizes, but says if Matsumaru ever turns into a bad guy he is always there.
- Takagawara (高河原 Takagawara?)
- Aka's previous manager who tried to control her personal life to maximize her popularity.
- Ao Onda (音田 青 Onda Ao?)
- Aka's younger sister. She is first introduced in chapter thirty-one in the fourth manga volume. She is a very talented animator and is the chief animator on Aka's new movie Jupiter the Great. She despises her sister and also falls in love with Matsumaru. She makes several attempts to flirt with Matsumaru and tries to break him up with Aka. Ao comes down with a cold and while Matsumaru is caring for her they are seen by Aka in a naked embrace. This misunderstanding results in Aka beginning to doubt how faithul Matsumaru is. Ao delights in the idea that she tore Matsumaru away from Aka in the same manner that Aka "stole" their father away from her. In chapter thirty-seven Ao falls into depression and comes out of it when Aka and the animation team for Aka's animated film Jupiter the Great make a dvd for her. She then admits she was bitter because she felt that Aka "stole" their father, but she still loves her "onee-chan" (sister). Ao seems to have a weird preference for men wearing neckties which initially attracts her to Matsumaru. Ao also admits that while she wasn't really in love with Matsumaru but she did like him a little bit and starts to refer to him as "onii-chan" (brother).
- Maki Koiwai (小岩井 まき Koiwai Maki?)
- A voice actor who is a friend of Aka's. She is a huge fan of Kushi.
- Akari Yukiji (雪路 明理 Yukiji Akari?)
- Aka's other voice actor friend, she is best friends with Maki, and they are often seen together. She has to pretend to be Matsumaru's girlfriend when Kushi comes to their house.
- Mashiro Kudo (工藤 本白 Kudo Mashiro?)
- Kyōko Sakuraba (桜庭 杏子 Sakuraba Kyōko?)
Rec is a manga written and illustrated by Q-Tarō Hanamizawa. It was serialized between the December 2002 and April 2013 issues of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine. The series has been compiled in 16 tankōbon volumes.
An anime adaptation containing nine twelve-minute episodes was animated by Shaft and aired in Japan between February 2 and March 30, 2006; a single original video animation episode was also produced. The anime's opening theme is "Cheer! (Makka na Kimochi)" (Cheer!～まっかなキモチ～?) performed by Kanako Sakai, written by Hiiro Misaki, and composed and arranged by Kōhei Koyama. The anime's ending theme is "Devotion" performed by BRACE;d, and written, composed, and arranged by a.k.a.dRESS (ave;new).
|#||Episode title||Original air date|
"Rōma no Kyōjitsu" (ローマの休日)
|February 2, 2006|
|Fumihiko Matsumaru anxiously awaits his date, Tanaka, in front of the movie theater. When Tanaka is late, he crumples the movie tickets and prepares to throw them away, only to "hear" the tickets telling him not to do so; in actuality, it's a nearby girl who's dubbing the voice of the tickets. He gives the tickets to her, and they watch the movie together. Inside, she reads the subtitles of the movie out loud and Fumihiko concludes that she is just weird. Leaving the theater, Fumihiko sees Tanaka with another man and thus saddened is accompanied by the subtitle-reading girl for yakitori and beer. As the two head home, Fumihiko finds out that the girl lives almost next door. In the middle of the night, he wakes to see the girl's apartment has burnt down and convinces her to stay in his house. As she becomes distraught over her horrible luck, they kiss. The girl introduces herself as Aka Onda, before they make love and fall asleep.|
"Uruwashi no Saburina" (麗しのサブリナ)
|February 9, 2006|
|The next day, Fumihiko learns at work that his marketing concept "Nekoki" (a cat-tree) has been approved as the mascot of a snack product called Ha; and that Aka is chosen to voice Nekoki. They decide to keep their live-in relationship a secret from their employers due to Aka's worries about an appearance of impropriety. She also insists they are not a couple just because they had slept together once in a moment of weakness, and that she will merely be lodging with him. The series is heavily concerned with the developing dynamic of their relationship.|
|03||"Wait Until Dark"
"Kurakunaru made Matte" (暗くなるまで待って)
|February 16, 2006|
|The episode deals with Fumihiko realizing that he has let a total stranger into his house. It also has two flashbacks to when Aka and Fumihiko had each been in high school. Aka's flashback has her friend commenting on how great it would be to hear Aka's voice on TV. Fumihiko's flashback has his friend tell him that Tokyo girls are easy, a comment that he refutes after he is once again struck by Aka for trying to kiss her.|
|04||"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
"Tīfanī de Chōshoku o" (ティファニーで朝食を)
|February 23, 2006|
|After a shaky start when Fumihiko walks in on Aka on the toilet, the two of them go and launch their advertising campaign. It starts badly, but after a little girl recognizes Nekoki, their spirits are lifted. Afterwards, Aka cries with happiness at her voice being recognized.|
|05||"Love in the Afternoon"
"Hirusagari no Jōji" (昼下がりの情事)
|March 2, 2006|
|Aka is having trouble with her current job because she is voice-acting in an H-game. She struggles with the words and eventually asks Fumihiko for help. He initially misunderstands but realizes her innocent intentions before he does anything stupid. After successfully completing her job, Fumihiko buys the game, but Aka confiscates it and prohibits him from playing it.|
|06||"The Children's Hour"
"Uwasa no Futari" (噂の二人)
|March 9, 2006|
|After an incident involving underwear on live television, both Aka's and Fumihiko's careers take a boost. This causes friction, culminating in Aka saying that once she earns enough money, she will leave- causing both of them to get depressed. Aka's depression affects her performance on one of her jobs, but she manages to get the lines right after remembering her feelings whenever Fumihiko came home. The episode ends with Aka crying alone and wondering if she can return to Fumihiko.|
|07||"War and Peace"
"Sensō to Heiwa" (戦争と平和)
|March 16, 2006|
|In this episode the campaign staff take a company trip to the hot springs. Aka and Fukihiko independently enter the same springs seeking solitude and find each other naked, much to their dismay. Later, Aka's manager sensing Aka's feelings confronts Fukihiko.|
"Yurusarezaru Mono" (許されざる者)
|Fumihiko and Aka go out to eat and come across Tanaka, who had just been dumped by her boyfriend. She pressures him to drink with her for the night and Aka becomes jealous. When Tanaka is drunk, Fumihiko takes her home, much to Aka's dismay and suspicion. The next day, Tanaka tells Aka that nothing happened.|
|08||"My Fair Lady"
"Mai Fea Redī" (マイ·フェア·レディ)
|March 23, 2006|
|As Aka's career takes off, she unintentionally misses a date with Fumihiko. Fumihiko's day had gone from bad to worse at work, feels foolish being stood up and is soaked in a storm. When he finally sees her late that night in his apartment, his frustrations get the better of him and he says some unwarranted things.|
|09||"Two for the Road"
"Itsumo Futari de" (いつも2人で)
|March 30, 2006|
|Feeling sorry about what he had said to her before, Fumihiko tries to think of a way to apologize to Aka but instead pushes her away even more, thinking he's not worthy of her since she has become popular. That day, his colleague Hatakeda takes him out for a night of drinking to cheer him up, and they end up in the room right next to that of Aka and the staff of the new anime series she's voicing. They express their feelings to each other and finally become a couple.|
Idea Factory released a visual novel adaptation titled Rec: Doki Doki Seiyū Paradise on November 30, 2006 in limited and regular editions; the limited edition included a bonus CD, a small art book, and different cover artwork. The player assumes the role of Fumihiko Matsumaru who is the director for a new television project. The goal is to choose who will be the main voice actress for the project, create new relationships, complete advertising campaigns among other things. In addition to the standard romance element where the player can choose between dating Momiji Endō and Aka Onda, there is also a "multi-seiyū system" where the player chooses between the potential voice actresses to play the voice in an anime. There are also web radio, photo shoots, and Akihabara events in which the voice actresses participate. Rec: Doki Doki Seiyū Paradise received a combined score of 24/40—from a score of 6/10 from each of the four reviewers—from the Japanese video game magazine Famitsu.
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