26 of 26 episodes seen
The story follows the usual format of "boy wants girl" while having to deal with a wodge of meddling, strange and very pecuiliar roomies. The girl, Aoba Kozue, has everything going for her except..... Yes, she suffers from MPD, and everybody around her knows about it, except for boy (Shiratori, Ryushi ).
What follows is a romp of enjoyment. The main characters are well developed (and all rather odd in their own way), and the story moves forward without loosing sight of the "boy wants girl" goal.
It is really funny at times, and tragic at the same time because Kozue is really a very likeable and amiable character, and everybody around her does their level best to protect her from falling into one of her alter egos.
I loved the ED ("Boku no SPEED de" by Chihiro Yonekura) and I loved the storybook like titles and the 4-koma strips in some of the episodes. In fact the only real failing as far as I was concerned was the ending, this one was just too good to stop at 26 episodes.
The MPD issue is a difficult one though, but it doesnt detract from the story on its own, and the alter egos are hilarious themselves, providing that extra bit of strangeness that works so well in the series.
Artwork is perfect, fitting into the mood of a particular episode. This is a 2005 series so the artwork does fit into the style from that period. Do not expect slick and shiney though, it would not work here. This is a playful series, at times you would think it is a storybook you are watching, but that just makes it that little bit more unique.
I would say that this was one of those unique finds that very few people every watch, but those who discover the series are very lucky, because this is probably one of the better anime of this genre around.
1 of 1 episodes seen
As usual, artwork was soft and easy on the eye and each female protagonist from the Amagami SS series was briefly spotlighted as Miya tries to find out more about her brother and his interactions with girls. There is a lot of affection between the pair and the usual banter is present between the siblings as well as between Miya and those she interacts with.
Possibly the only real gripe I do have is: where does it fit into the overall story? my personal opinion is "somewhere inbetween" because as a standalone episode it works too.
The whole Amagami SS franchise was a very enjoyable watch and this makes a great addition to the experience. I just hope it is not the last we see of Miya though, she is a very likeable character and I expect Junichi will be very protective of her whenever she ventures out into the world of dating and male/female relationships. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The main character Hazumu definitely looked better as a girl, and it was hard to get over the fact that he was now a she. Tomari is cute, and a tomboy at that, but her connection with Huzumu was deep because of her childhood friendship. Yasuna was the girl who rejected him originally (although she has a valid reason too).
Once that is out of the way the story becomes a problem because who will Huzumu fall in love with? and did any of them notice he is really a girl now?
There is also the seemingly mysterious Ayuki who kept on throwing me off the trail. But, I am glad I stuck with it because its a bittersweet story with so much potential. Usually I watch the backgrounds for quality, but this time I was too engrossed in the characters and the nagging question of "how will they resolve this situation?"
I did feel that the alien and his sidekick Jan-puu were a bit odd, but they helped provide comic relief that really had a part in what was a very interesting situation.
It is a sweet story about friendship and fate and relationships, and yes, everybody lives sort of happily ever after, but there is still a hint of other things.
This story may not appeal to everybody, but its well worth sticking with. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
I like the change to chibi mode when things need to taken with many pinches of salt. And the series does climax in the final two episodes and it finishes off with everybody living happily ever after.
That catchy ending song is there, and everybody who has appeared in the series makes an appearence.
My only real gripe is that there were too many characters and often it was not easy to tell who was who. But, it also has the biggest collection of cute anime girls in any one place at one time. If you like boobies then this one is for you, and if you enjoy a lot of laughs and a mildish plot you may enjoy it as well. But, if like me you were just looking to have some enjoyment and to pass the time then I do recommend all 3 series.
Would a 4th season work? no. But I would like to see some sort of closure episode where everybody goes home.
Characters to watch? there are just so many, but Mouki Bachou, Gentoku Ryuubi, Shiryuu Chouu, and Unchou Kan'u stood out from the herd. And, if you look at it rationally, the story is really about a group of 3 girls who go out on a journey to find themselves and to kick bandit ass!
4 of 4 episodes seen
The story revolves around a boy, Hirosuke, who sees a girl on the train on her way to school. Ajimu is pretty and one of those girls who you can only admire from a distance and who is seemingly unattainable. A series of events throws the pair of them together and the rest of the story revolves around their hesitant relationship and those around the couple.
Its not a great story, in fact there really isnt much of a story at all. The music has its moments and the feel of the surroundings is of a seaside resort that is experiencing a quiet season. What kept me watching was Ajimu who is not the usual pink haired moe anime girl, but rather an almost level headed person who is suffering the pangs of a lost love. In fact most of the characters had a sensible feel about them that was a refreshing change.
By the end of episode 3 I was considering that this was an anime that lost out. There is so much latent potential in it that could have been explored had there been more episodes, characters could have been fleshed out more and the story could have been given more substance. By the end of the series I was wishing it had been because I was actually enjoying it.
It is worth a watch, but dont take it too seriously because its just a light and fluffy 4 episodes and you wont be crying or rooting for the characters. But, do consider what could have been done here with a bit more work.
One of my favourite voice artists Chiba Saeko was responsible for voicing Ajimu and singing the OP and ED and that was an added attraction.
I do feel that there is merit here and in spite of its low rankings this is one of those animes that left me thinking, "this is one of those that needs to be redone."
2 of 2 episodes seen
The story takes place between day 270 and day 267 of the remaining days left for Mahoro and involves the old gang coming together to create a maid cafe for the local shopping district festival. The show has a slightly different feel to it than the original series, this one feels glossier, brighter and it affected a lot of more panty shots and hints of Mahoro's hidden sexuality. However, Miniwa is still falling over, and Chizo is still enjoying her food. The much disliked Miss Shikijo is still overbearing and thoroughly irritating, while Slash and Ryuuga make an appearance too.
Unfortunately Feldrance is also in the show and the extreme dislike I felt for him when I sdaw him again did ruin the show for me a bit. Those who have seen the original series will understand his significance in the story
There are the usual scenes of Mahoro and Suguru trying their best to grab that quiet time together and their affection for each other is blatantly obvious. Mahoro was always a very sweet character when she wasnt tackling giant mecha and I am glad they never took that away from her. They also didnt take away her distaste for ecchi, and Suguru's love of ecchi.
Do I recommend the show? of course I do. Any chance to see one of my favourite characters is welcome and I hope that many more of these specials are created and slotted into the series. However, I do hope they will relook the ending of the series and one day create an alternate ending.
Lastly, to see Mahoro sing and smile and watch her facial expressions has alway been fun, and she doesnt let me down, and while it's not quite the Mahoro that I really enjoyed from the original, it is still her, and frankly that is good enough for me. Long may she be with us.
1 of 1 episodes seen
There were some odd moments, especially with grandfather and Elfried and an octopus (dont tell anybody), and poor Haiji gets the short end of the stick from Art. I did like Haiji as a character throughout the series and I had to admire her pluckiness once again.
The Twinns are still complete opposites and if Hazuki had not overshadowed everybody else in kawaii factor they would easily have come out tops.
Hazuki... what can we say? still a brat, still cute and still precocious but she seemed so much different to the anime and manga in this special. I did feel she matured a lot from before, and she was very likeable. But, being Hazuki she does drift from one extreme to another.
The story is medicocre, the ending lousy, and there is very little that makes this a closing of the series. When viewed on its own it is barely watchable, when viewed as episode 26 of the series it is pretty poor.
22 of 25 episodes seen
I enjoyed the anime more than the manga, I felt the anime made a bit more sense and was fleshed out better. The Neko-mimi-mode theme song seems odd, but listen to it a few times and you are hooked! The only really disturbing thing I found were the odd pictures at the end during the end theme, some were grotesque, and I did feel that trying to make Hazuki into some adult clone did not really work well.
Voice work was great, I felt Hazuki's voice really suited her, and Haiji was really cute.
Its not a great anime, but its an OK one. Worth watching for some very interesting artwork.
13 of 13 episodes seen
I enjoyed seeing their interaction with their friends and dailly lives, and how they dealt with the ever sinister threat presented by the Magyars, and how each time Tsubasa finds the courage to stand up and fight when called upon by her "sister". Sadly, the last few episodes were weepies, but in my case it was tears of joy at seeing our heroine blossom, with cherished memories and the hope of a new life back home in Tokyo.
The background artwork is beautifu, the production is slick, and I was not left with the sense of "to be continued." The only gripe I had was the episode length, at times I felt like I was watching a movie!
It's highly recommended, but only if you are more interested in human relationships than alien invasions. read more