Happy New Year!
Ok, here's a guilty pleasure that's really hard to justify - Hyper Visua Doll Movie. Anyway, in the Japan Times daily TV listings, Thursday nights at 11:00 PM on TVK, it says "Anime Info". So, you'd think that you'd be tuning into a show that talks about anime, or interviews voice actors. Instead, what we get is 3 male voice actors (I guess, I don't know what voices they do other than for 3 of the dolls in the sketches) being put into various situations (I.e. - learning to wind surf, or trying to create a Christmas dinner), interspersed with some unusual gag clips featuring some very high-end doll puppets. It's not worth trying to explain it - you have to see these doll sketches for yourself. Suffice it to say that these aren't your father's action figures. And, I do like them. I just wish I could afford the $600 for the basic doll kit - the clothing and accessories are separate. The sketch with Sora turning into a bear and being taken into the wild with her mother (an actual bear) is really cute.
If you go through the cast list, the dolls are (from top to bottom): Yuuto, Ryou, Takeshi, Moegi and Sora. Sora's my favorite female character.
Some samplings of the TV show on Youtube: