Goods: Come over here, you sexy thing – Kirihara Naoto (Night Head Genesis)
This is one yummy, sexy action figure!
From Medicom’s Real Action Heroes (RAH) series, released in 2006. Night Head Genesis ナイトヘッドジェネシス, Kirihara Naoto 霧原直人 ^^ The character was designed by mangaka You Higuri-sensei 氷栗優 who was also responsible for the character designs in BL game and anime, Gakuen Heaven 学園ヘヴン.
Naoto has good joint articulation, lovely face sculpt and well-made outfit. I love the shoes! All the clothes can be removed. And erm… he wears a pair of socks but NO UNDERWEAR!!! *sweat drop* Yeah yeah… I know Naoto is probably concerned about visible panty ahem~ bikini brief lines under those skinny jeans? Lol~ The figure comes with an extra pair of hands in fist pose.
The damage: 14,800 Yen (w/o tax)
Night Head Genesis anime (2006) is based on a live-action science fiction series “Night Head” (1992). It is said that 70% of human brain capacity is unused thus scientists strongly believe that incredible power lies dormant within this region, known as “Night Head”. The Kirihara brothers, Naoto 霧原直人 and Naoya 霧原直也 are abandoned by their parents who are afraid of the psychic power they possess. Taken custody by scientists, the boys grow up in a research centre that is designed to contain them within a barrier-protected forest. Fifteen years later, they escape from their captivity and find themselves to be pivotal in the upcoming revolution, “Upheaval”.
Naoto, voiced by Morikawa Toshiyuki 森川智之, is an over-protective, older brother with a brother complex. He is a very powerful psychokinetic who can move and destroy objects. Naoya, voiced by Ishida Akira 石田彰, is tormented by his ability to see and hear other people’s thoughts and memories. He is often rendered helpless from the shock of traumatic visions. Naoya is the only person who does not trigger Naoya’s abilities thus the younger boy often hides behind him in order to be shielded from physical contact with other people. The brothers can communicate with each other telepathically.
The anime was a hit in Japan when it was first telecast in 2006. Well, watching this anime feels rather like watching a BL fan service because the lead characters were voiced by Morikawa Toshiyuki and Ishida Akira, who worked together in countless BL dramas. If you’re a Yaoi fangirl, your imagination will probably go wild over the brother x brother potential. The fact that You Higuri-sensei has done brother x brother BL stories like “Zeus” doesn’t help either lol~ ^^
I’m not a fan of the Night Head Genesis anime whose plot took too darn long to build up. I gave up after 5 episodes *falls down* partly because I got too busy.
The characters are good looking and worth drooling over but at the end of the day, the story is still a lot more important than eye candy, well, at least to me. It is a pity tho’ cos it had a lot of potential. Or maybe I should be more patient and finish watching it before passing any judgment *shrug*
Anyway, I also found this review which gave Night Head Genesis 86 out of 100 points, commenting that the mystery series really becomes awesome towards the end. That’s rather encouraging cos I fell into the group who lost patience with it, so I’ll try to pick up this series when I can :)
Update 18 August 2008: I finally completed the series ^^ and yes it does get better later in the story. So yeah… do give it a chance :) We get to see what a lady killer older brother Naoto is and amidst all the seduction, he still sticks with Naoya because he wouldn’t know how to carry on living without him (serious brother complex lol He is very strong yet at the same time emotionally weak.) And I also started to like Naoya more as he begins to wield more control over his abilities. The brothers are definitely good for each other, so yea, they should stay together forever :P Read the manga too if you want more details and references to the backstories, inner thoughts of various characters with clues about their motivations. [End Update]
What do you think of the series?
Media Blasters has licensed them in February 2008. It isn’t available yet but I wouldn’t mind getting the boxed set during a discount when it is.
Hmm… okie just one more shot before we go…
Yeah baby yeah! ;) Yes, my dear, you’ll have your brother soon!
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