English: Aura: Koga Maryuin's Last War
Synonyms: Aura: Maryuinkoga Saigo no Tatakai, Aura: Maryuin Kouga Saigo no Tatakai
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2013
1 hr. 23 min.
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisSatou Ichirou once called himself "Maryuin Koga" and behaved as if he were a hero in a fantasy world. His strange behavior caused his classmates to bully him, and he left the school.
At his new school, he tries to behave like a normal boy, but one day he meets a girl who cosplays with a blue cape. She calls herself "a researcher traveling from the outer world to search for the 'Dragon Terminal.'" At first, Ichirou rejects the girl, Satou Ryouko, because her behavior reminds him of his embarrassing past, but he changes his mind after seeing her getting bullied.
In order to bring Ryouko back to real life, Ichirou accepts her and his past and begins the final battle as Maryuin Koga.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Aura: Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai
Characters & Voice Actors
There comes a time when most of us tend to dislike reality. Boring people, normal unending days, and nothing much to do. Then we turn to fiction. We visualize ourselves as someone we're not and, in extreme cases, live up to our fantasies.
That's what Aura's story is mainly about. Aura is about a story of former chuunibyou (8th grader syndrome) case who's now trying to become a normal person, that is until a faithful encounter with a girl who calls herself as a "researcher" searching for dragon terminals. At first, he hesitates on helping her as he doesn't want to have a relapse again but soon finds out that she needs his help.
Aura: Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai is a slice of life story that has a subliminal message. We all know the pain of bullying either as the recipient of it or as a bystander observing the damage done to the bullied. It's never beautiful and that's what Aura conveys. It shows how people tend to step on other people when they outshine them in certain weird and quirky ways. It is less a comedy show (unlike Chunnibyou demo koi ga shitai) and more of a drama with realistic elements.
The art and music of this show is about average and there's nothing much to revolve about in the story but the main driving point of the show are the characters. This movie is all about character development. You start off with a doubting protagonist that would end up as a dependable friend for a lot of people. That's the norm and this doesn't deviate much from it except for the fact that the heroine not depended on him but he changed her. All of the characters can give you the proper emotions. You take pity on those who are being bullied and you get mad at the antagonists. Personally, there was a time I was afraid I'd punch my monitor because of the rage building up inside me. That's how well the characters can pull you into their simple lives, something most shows can't do.
Overall, the movie is enjoyable. The flow of the story is smooth. Despite the abrupt turn of events in the middle to last scenes, the story progression feels natural and believable. It feels like you're seeing real people and not just an animation so kudos to the voice acting staff in that division. You're surely bound for a roller coaster of emotions for this piece that would lead you to tears, anger, and smiles. Just try to view this movie with an open mind (Please don't try to compare this with Chu-2 since they are both different) and I'm sure you'll enjoy every twist and turn you're gonna go through. read more
Seiji Kishi is an interesting director. But rather than go into a couple paragraphs about him, all you need to know is that he’s a great director when it comes to comedy and a pretty poor director when it comes to everything else. However, as of late, Kishi’s really hit a new low by taking a really interesting story and slaughtering it with his poor directing. With his half-assed video game adaptations being his biggest felon, it’s no surprise that people have been panning him.
Aura’s a different story though. This time, Kishi takes a not-so interesting story and actually brings it to life with pretty great direction... and it's not a comedy either... it's a drama... (Say whaaaat?)
Being a film with only 80 minutes, I believed this shaped Kishi up just a little. There’s no random sidetracking, no rushing to try to get to the meat of the story, no chopping transitioning and none of those odd “gaps” we often see with Kishi’s series. Aura is deliberately paced and the direction is dead on with what it wants to achieve. I might argue that the direction is a little too dead-on; some small breathers to focus in on some smaller moments would have been nice.
But overall, Kishi’s directing is great from the beginning to the end of the film and it’s his directing which brings Aura’s generic story to life.
There is honestly nothing we haven’t seen before about Aura. It’s a more mature look at what a victim of chuunibyo suffers from, but everything plays out like a typical highshcool bullying story. There are no twists or turns. Everything can be seen coming from a mile away. Yet the story still works well and it’s not simply due to the directing.
First off, the dialogue is certainly well written as there’s this genuine sense of realism in which the main characters speak that many will be able to resonate to.
But secondly, the drama is simply well done.
I was expecting the drama to either be Kishi’s usual lifeless crap or something along the line of Mari Okada’s overbearingly blown out melodrama. Instead, Aura’s drama falls perfectly in the center. Everything feels natural. Angst and conflicts are perfectly and realistically presented instead of a cheap means to manipulate the viewer's emotion. The drama is sweet, it’s sincere, it’s heartfelt and it’s heartbreaking.
Unfortunately, the drama could have been more powerful too. Whether it was simply the writing itself and simply because the film was too short – I take blame with the latter – Aura felt just a little lacking. It takes its generic story much further than most and turns it into something great, but not amazing. The characters are likeable and easy to sympathize with, but are far from being anything spectacular. Its major themes and the romantic relationship between our lead couple did hit many notes with me but ultimately they don’t feel fully developed to truly became powerful and thus it just misses the mark of being truly remarkable.
Because honestly, I found the final scene where the male lead confronts the female lead at the tower of desks to be absolutely brilliant and it would have been more so if we were given just a little more development.
Story – Generic but is brought to life by good directing, unfortunately due to the length of the film the story does not feel fully developed
Characters – Likeable and easy to sympathize with, but like the story, they lack full development
Setting – A nice theme that would have been stronger with more time to develop
Production Values – Far from being outstanding, the artwork and animation are still both pretty. The music, on the other hand, is pretty damn good
Do I recommend?: I was contemplating giving this an anime a 7 or an 8 and while technically speaking, I believe Aura only deserves a 7, I’ve got to take my own personal enjoyment into account with my reviews and give a 8 (yeah, yeah I'm a sucker for this sentimental bullying kind of stuff). Regardless, I’d recommend to give Aura a try. It’s short and sweet, and while not as profound as it could have been, Aura still tugs lightly at the heart strings and it sure left me with a big smile on my face after the film finished.
Basically the same premise in both. Guy has an "imaginative" childhood, becomes ashamed of said childhood, switches schools to avoid being bullied, meets girl at new school that is currently having an "imaginative" period, guy inevitably gets mixed up in the girl's "adventures", and resolves himself to help her return to reality.
Almost the same plot: the girl is "affected" by the "chuunibyou syndrome", while the boy was affected by the same syndrome in his past. Both have romance, but Aura is less comedy and more dramatic with seinen elements.
Both involves female character with chuunibyou syndrome, and a male character who were done with all of those things.
The storyline is very similar: the guy helps the girl to return from an imagined fantasy world to normal life.
Thouse two are so similar that they are like the different version of the same anime with Aura being darker version and Chuunibyou lighter. If you liked one you will defiantly like the other one.
Watching "Aura: Maryuuinkouga Saigo no Tatakai" feel like watching
the movie of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! in many ways:
* both tell a story about a guy that used to live on a "imaginative" world (anime world) on his childhood,later grow up and become ashamed/bullied bcuz of this so he decided to leave is previously life style and drop everything from his past .
* On is new school the guy get attached to a girl who also lived and still live
on imaginative world.
* The story goes around there life and is tries to save that girl
from this world in order to make her grow up like he does while protect her,
also to help her and is/are friends return to the "reality" world.
* in the end both lead main chars falling in love with each other......
Both deals with characters with Chuunibyou Syndrome and their attempts to have a normal life.. The plot is quite similar,however Aura has a much more darker element..
This about chuunibyou syndrome too. Ichirou once called himself "Maryuin Koga" and behaved as if he were a hero in a fantasy world. At his new school, he tries to behave like a normal boy, but one day he meets a girl with chuunibyou syndrome. Story like "Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!" huh.
the plot of the two is very similar, showing a boy who always fantasized but stopped doing that and then find a girl who takes new to this fantasy world through a novel, but the difference is that in Chuunibyou the comedy has greater prominence, Aura is now much more realistic, including bullying and portrays the difficulties of those facing these problems, but also presents points of comedy and have a great end, who watched a for sure shall watch the other ..
Both anime r really similar in term of plot and setting
Both MC got issue of Eight grade Syndrome and trying to get back to normal life
chuunibyou is more comedy and Aura is more Serious
Eight grade Syndrome means the people who are considering Fantasy world as reality and try to act like they have super power but in reality its not
Satou Ichirou (Aura) have the same condition as Yuuta Togashi (Chuunibyou), they tried to forget the past and behaves like a normal child, but in her new school she was close to the same severe heroin with him in the past.
in Aura, I did not catch the romance between the two protagonists, because the story ending up as heroin saved from bullying classmates.
but it still has a good story because heroin is more extreme than Rikka Takanashi in trust in his fantasy world.
Both movies revolve around the subject of escapism, protagonists' desire of getting away from reality (although shown in completely different ways), and the hardships of those who try to help them. If you enjoyed Kotonoha no Niwa and would like to watch a bittersweet drama, try Aura.
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Ending Theme"Bokura no Sekai (僕らのセカイ)" by CooRie
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