Ayashi no Ceres presents a beautiful love story, which intertwined with great action and characters makes for a sad, yet heartwarming story that can grip your heart.
It starts off very peacefully, with Aya Mikage and her twin brother Aki spending time with their friends, celebrating the twins' 16th birthday. However, this peaceful day is interrupted by Aya falling off a bridge, down on the highway underneath. Miraculously, she lands without getting a scratch, and she's saved from cars on a collision course by a mysterious, red-headed man. And that day marks the end of the happy days for the two.
They are summoned to the
family mansion to celebrate their 16th birthday, but instead, they end up being the victims of the Mikage family's gruesome rite of killing off female descendants with strong tennyo powers in them. Said powers suddenly awaken, preventing her from getting killed.
From here on, the story goes darker, deeper and angstier as we're thrown into the mess that Aya suddenly finds herself in, being hunted by her own family all of a sudden. She has to deal with the fact that her twin brother has turned into a reincarnation of an evil man from the past, and she has to make sure Ceres doesn't take over her body completely. This leads to some great action scenes, as Ceres emerges to fight the Mikage family from time to time, with her astounding powers.
And then there's the love, the beautiful, yet sad love that is Aya's and Toya's love - Toya is the guy who saved her, but also a Mikage henchman, which means he's out to get her. However, he slowly falls in love with her, and her with him, despite the two of them being enemies. Now they must find a way to live out their love without the Mikage family or Ceres, who has a vendetta against the Mikages, getting in the way. Of course, there's Yuhi, and there's actually some mutual love between Yuhi and Aya as well, creating a love triangle that can rip Aya apart.
The characters in the anime are all very realistically portrayed. From Toya's quest to find his place in this world to Aya's struggles to remain herself through all that happens around her. The love that slowly develops between Toya and Aya is never forced, and their relationship progresses nicely over the course of the series.
The side characters are all good too, and despite not having so major roles, they fulfill them excellently, and they are portrayed very well too. Most of the characters you will see have some depth to them, which causes your heart to be with them as well, and not only Aya and Toya.
I'm also fond of the character development that takes place during the course of the series - at the end I could see how much they had matured, obviously having learned a few things about life and love during the events that took place during the course of the series.
Studio Pierrot did a nice job on the animation, and despite it being a bit old, it's very good. The lighting effects are very well done, though the same can't always be said about the special effects - they had their moments they too, though. The overall detail is very good, but there's one thing that bugged me, and that was the fact that their hair seemed transparent when in front of their eyes. You can't see your eyes through a layer of hair >_
A very original plot line, immersing a young woman on her 16th birthday, into a world of danger and constant threat while those who are around her and those who she loves are hurt. With love triangles that are sometimes heart wrenching and at other times very sweet. And with a very important message which you will be blatantly told if you haven't already figured it out by the end of the series.
Characters that are simply amazing, follow them all through their pain and trials that they have to overcome. All are excellently portrayed and their feelings
really reach you. The romance between some of the characters is just grand, it really gives and shows you the true feeling of love.
Soundtrack is just amazing, opening song: Scarlet, must be hands down one of the best openings for an anime. The background played throughout the anime is outstanding with beautiful instrumental and piano music. The voice actors, just wow, their acting, the feeling they put in each character, it is just outstanding, some scenes I actually think in the recording studio the voice actor actually cried.
What is so good about this anime?
For an anime that was released in 2000 the art is simply amazing. The plot line is so intricate and very original. The romance between various characters that really portray their anguish, sadness, happiness, confusion, and love. An amazing soundtrack that completely fits the mood and just makes you want to listen to the songs over and over again. I have to say, this is one of the best romance anime's out there. Enjoy this series.
"The victor is the one left standing." So quoth Aki, local sage and official series craziest person, which is really saying something for this series. I mean, between Toya, Aya's cousin, Aya's OTHER cousin, Yuji, Mrs. Q, Grandpa Mikage, and Aya herself, we got crazy coming out of the walls.
There is precisely one good thing about this series, which is the opening, "Scarlet" by Junko Iwao. Not the weird animation, just the song. I have the Japanese version and the piano only version and they're quite pleasant and pretty.
You want generic tropes with good ol' 90s animation? You got it! Toya's got like double or
triple plot amnesia which gives him extra doses of mangst, because what's a bad shoujo without amnesia? He then meets Aya and for reasons unbeknownst to me, cept that she got through his "cool dude mystique" and decided that he was safe and that she felt safe with him she falls in love with him, because I guess you fall in love with people because of that? Even though she knows nothing about him and barely knows him. Toya then "rediscovers his memories" and then gets Harry Potter syndro-I mean, convenient headaches! And goes back to the dark side! And then we find out that his memories aren't his memories after all! Because some time ago he was brought in covered in bruises and given false memories that gave him pain when he thought of Aya. When did any of THAT happen, exactly? Who cares, because ONWITHTHESTORY!
And if you think THAT didn't make sense, I'm not going to get into the rest of the plot because it REALLY doesn't make sense. Possession, reincarnation, abusive scumbags, spoiled kids with creepy obsessions, underage sex, incest, lots and lots of obsession, attempted child murder, attempted fratricide, stalking, sexist stereotypes... It's got all kind of fun in it, I guess.
It also really bothered me that the Smart Dude had incredibly tiny glasses which wouldn't have helped if they were normal-size anyway cause he had these ridiculous bangs in the way and I kept grumbling to myself "cut your friggen hair you incompetent you're a SCIENTIST" and I LOVE long hair on men so this was incredibly confusing.
Also, common sense? Hahahahaha WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THIS IS A TERRIBLE SHOUJO NO ONE USES THEIR COMMON SENSE HERE! It's verboten! (I like shoujo but gods help me I can't STAND this anime).
Despite the implications of the ending (it's hilarious, really, you just have to lose your sanity to appreciate it), this series also presents a double standard that's tropic of reverse harems. Women don't get harem endings (where the end result is left open to interpretation and more than likely they have an open marriage), so one of the guys (there are typically only two) have to either die or vanish. It's typically the hotter one, so the underdog who's "better" for the woman (despite her preferences hahaha women making choices what's THAT about, amirite??) gets a chance. Well after the woman's lost her virginity, anyway, since that's a BIG part of their character development, donchaknow? Interestingly, guys in harem stories typically don't lose their virginity, if they have it, although male harem stories arguably have the men get sexually assaulted far more often, as a gag joke, so... Yeah I don't think it evens out but trying to understand this series hurts my brain.
Anyone telling you this series has character growth is a LIAR and you SHOULD NOT listen to them. Unless they mean that after about 18 episodes characters with pretty much zero personality suddenly get backstory at 100 miles an hour. Backstory does not equal character growth but sure, whatever floats your boat.
You want a good shoujo? Well... watch "Yona of the Dawn". It's arguably a reverse harem set in a fantasy world. It's hilarious -on purpose- and well-written and includes a lot of great character development and the animation is pretty. The "Sailor Moon R" film is also a great shojo film about a superpowered woman rescuing her male hubby who is endangered by his ex-boyfriend. Just don't watch this. Don't.
Story: Ayashi no Ceres starts out like an average shojo anime with a mysterious, aloof love interest (naturally), fantasy elements, and a love triangle, but unlike other shoujo, this is based on a Watase Yuu work, so expect a lot of drama and some darker moments (see incest). This show ends up moving in some wild and frankly implausible directions, even aside from the usual angst and drama we come to expect from a shoujo anime. It's not light, that's for sure.
Art: What can I say? It's typical Watase Yuu, but the art, especially for the male characters, is delicate and pretty. As with
most shoujo, it's colorful. I imagine if the work was done today, the colors would be even more vivid and glossy and less faded, but they're not at all bad.
Sound: The theme song was awesome. :)
Character: Unfortunately, as happens with many anime that suddenly choose a villain from among the main cast, we can't really say much about the characters because their personalities change wildly when they suddenly become villains or suddenly embody the reincarnated soul of a vengeful spirit (yes, it happens). The characters become plot devices themselves. Events move this story along rather than the characters.
Overall: If you like your romance staid and centered on relationships and characters, then this anime is not for you. If you like your soap operas full of drama, unlikely plot twists, and fantasy, then this may be for you. If you're a Watase Yuu fan, go for it.
Why can't we have more Shoujos like this!This show is full of win!
Let me get this out of the way.The main reason why i can't give this a 10/10 is because I wish the main character,Aya could do more or be more PROactive.
However,her role is well defined and established in this story,never did i feel that she had no reason to do what she did.Which is not something i could say for most anime these days.
And at least she has some real character and personality.Not being made artificially strong just for the sake of the tired 'strong girl"trope,implying girls need bs plot armor to be
The 2 dudes she loved are allright,and do have a meaningful love triangle.
a heroic yuuji and our emo boy Toya.
Fortunately both of them are more complex than they seem.And you kinds get why she choose the one.(hint.Nice guys finish last). Unlike some shows, this nice guy isn't a loser.He makes some tough choices and goes through a lot.
The other guy is tied too well to the plot for me to go too deep into him.
He is a lost dude whose struggle to find himself isn't cringe worthy
This show is very ecchi for a shoujo.There are shonen harems with less service than this.That is because this anime had a source material which was once a PORN manga for GIRLS( Girls like porn too lol)
But the show knows when how to tell a serious story.Or tone it down when it needs too.
The story also has Aya host a spirit called Ceres(Goddess host from TWGOK is the best modern equivalent) .She is the" Diana to the Tenri.She basically is gonna kill if she doesn't get what she needs.
There is a whole mystery surrounding Aya ,Ceres and her family line.Conspiracies and corporations around.One of the best original Conspiracies in anime around.
I love the fantasy in this anime, it has well established rules
so when the fantasy happens, it didn't feel that the author pulled stuff out of nowhere to make stuff happen(unlike madoka).This can get very over the top,but it has a realism to ground the story.
The villans ,I'd say one of them needs a tag team of Keima,lelouch and Kira to take him on.He is a very focused dude who works towards the shows theme,"perfection".He isn't just the bad guy.More is shown rather than said for this dude ,which is what makes him stand out.
The other villan seems so generic at first.However,he has however one of the most realistic motivations out there.
The violence is brutal.and i've seen a lot of violent anime on my day.......
When I say "Is shoujo a dead genre" ,This is the kind of show I am talking about!
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Characters: The relationships of the family members were the most fascinating in the series. Aya and Aki had the typical brother/sister relationship of bickering and understanding, but after their 16th birthday it became more intense. Aki now desired the maiden inside of Aya. Aya also had a lot of growth, as she fought to control Ceres and save her brother from their power-hungry family. All of the characters have inner demons that they are constantly fighting in order to protect the ones they love.
Mysterious Ceres is the type of shoujo series that you can't take too seriously but you can still really enjoy it to the max. It's a story filled with a lot of drama, love triangles, teenage angst...not to mention, it's got that whole crazy sci-fi, mystical and trans-generational angle thrown into the mix as well. With all of that, it should suffice to say that we've got ourselves a pretty complex story going on with this anime series, but even so, it's really not that hard of a story to follow....and that's precisely why I'm giving this story high marks because no matter how awesome
a story maybe, no matter how super smooth and modern the art might be, if the story isn't told well enough to make a connection to it's audience then it fails as a program....and ultimately it all amounts to a steaming pile of crap. So even though this show, Ceres has had it's uber-EMO moments with all these characters that are either suffering from some sort of bipolar or MPD = Multiple Personality Disorder, I still give it high marks because not once did I roll my eyes in disgust nor did I get bored with it. Mysterious Ceres does tell a good enough story that you'll be able to follow through to it's conclusion all the while being entertained the whole time.
The animation isn't the best in the world, there's a lot of freeze-frame shots during the fight scenes and sometimes you have the characters making these jumpy, erratic movements when they walk, run or fight. Plus I spotted a few inconsistencies with the coloring as well as with some characters' wardrobes and even inconsistencies with the lengths of their hair. Do I care about all this? Am I that nit-picky? No, but it might bug other viewers so I'm stating it as a matter of fact.
Overall, to me at least, all those flaws and errors made the show more unique and somewhat valiant. Also all those little imperfections in the series help to create [however unintentionally] a kind of vintage feel to it all, like it was something out of the late 80's/early 90's.That's how I was able to cope with it anyway.......
Both the OP and 1st ED Theme songs have this very 80's retro vibe to them. The OP especially sounded like one of those cheesy 80's soap opera theme songs. It's all kinds of dramatic and melancholy. And then there's the 2nd ED Theme was more of that forgettable 90's electro-synthesizer POP sound. Was this on purpose? Who knows....but it does kind of fit the overall feel of the series since it did kind of look a lot older than it actually is.
I think the most important thing to keep in mind when watching this series is that this is really a love story, even though there are tons of action scenes with lots of gunfire, explosions and bloodshed. That somehow even with all the dual personalities, back-stabbing and betrayals worthy of most soap operas, the plotline still remains incredibly basic which is that everyone wants or is somehow connected to the Aya/Ceres character.
At first while watching episode 1, I thought “GAH! What a yucky cheese-fest!” but as soon as they get to Grampa's house for their birthday “celebration” things got pretty good pretty fast.....and that's what make this show a good show to watch! It's not just a cheesy soap opera in anime form nor does it adhere to just one type of basic shtick. This series has a whole bunch of stuff to offer, of course it has the more obvious romance and drama elements, but there are tons of gritty, bloody fight scenes, suspense, shocking revelations and freaky plot twists. Though sometimes I do think they get carried away in some scenes, like for example, which government is going to allow some agency [multi-conglomerate, big business, mafioso or otherwise] to fly a helicopter around the city armed with live ammo and missiles to go around chasing civilian cars and blowing up the highway in the process?
But even with those incredulous moments, I still must say it was a very good story that will shock you and leave you questioning, “how will it all end?”
Though Mysterious Ceres isn't considered a 'bishonen' anime exclusively, in my book, it still falls in that category since it's jam packed with lots and lots of extremely good-looking, if not somewhat effeminate, pretty boys! I'm not opposed to bishounen animes...in fact, the more the merrier I say. However I do think these guys kind of looked too similar. Only their hair and eyes were colored differently but they were basically from the same mold as if they were the products of mass production not unlike a certain factory line of Ken dolls. Speaking of mass production, Ceres' face seemed to be the main template being used when drawing women's faces, tho it was rather ingeniously explained away in the story as simply being a coincidental phenomenon thru genetic heredity.
Personality-wise, the main thing I noticed was that the dudes seem to do way more crying than the girls and while it's nice to see a little male sympathy & compassion, they did seem to go a teensy bit overboard with all that bawling, but it's to be expected sometimes with female oriented shows where the girls are empowered in all sorts of ways while the guys are considerably much weaker and also much more emotional.
Also I thought that the Mikage family at times seem a bit too overwrought with all this drama with people dying all over the place it was like something out of one of those ancient Greek tragedies. Every time you met a 'family' member they had a tale of death and personal tragedy to tell, it made you wonder if anyone had a happy childhood or even a happy adulthood for that matter.
All in all this was a pretty good series and despite it's shortcomings art-wise and music-wise, it was still a pretty compelling story that was told in a way that's enjoyable and pretty easy to follow. It's the kind of story that will get a reaction out of you. I found myself saying “Daaaaaaaamn!” out loud lots of times and there are many episodes that will end leaving you wide-eyed with shock and racing with anticipation to see what happens next in the following episode.
It's a show, I would definitely recommend to those interested in this type of show or is a fan of shows with lots of bishounen
let me give you a warning, I didn't expect this wasn't going to be that great. Its been from my mind , "ok going to watch it because it seems very interesting and not going to be a great story just another romance plot with dramatic shocking moments for anime with pretty boy and girls" Though i do cry but sometimes force myself. I do cry on Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal, Makoto Shinkai's films for example. Thought in series just a force but for this series, I WAS WRONG!!!! This is my second series to cry so hard with Elfen Lied.
If not seen that show too, you better :)
I watched this only 8 episodes yesterday and then Saturday the rest of the time till right now. I forgot that i finished the whole thing till 23 thinking, "OMG I AM in near the last episode already" let me tell you i didn't get tired one bit.
The story in the beginning begins a typical shojo high school teenager of Aya hanging with her twin brother Aki and her friends having so much fun like kareoke. Aya happens to be the best singer in her high school let me say. Then a womens bag got stolen and Aya came to grap the bag from the burglar but then fell off the cliff from the bridge when she tripped. though without her dying, she started to float with a strange ancient symbol. though she landed carefully but was about to get hit by a car but a handsome guy came to save her in time. the guy whose name is touya. Thats just the beginning. From then it was time the twins 16th birthday to celebrate but not going with their friends but to grandpa's house. What happens they didn't expect is as a gift a ancient that awakens them of the ancient fairytale. the fairy tale about a women named ceres came down to heaven and something to her precieces is taken by a man who wouldn't let her leave so beared children together. so yes mixed humen of ceres and the mans blood. Which happens was a true story. For Aya she is the awaken of CERES and AKI is the man who beared her children. So for that rule is Aya for any women that is born a CERES has to be killed from her whole family. So yeah start out cute to intense sci fi, fantasy. Yes has a bunch of love triangle soup opera going on and some cartoonie faces but you forget that. Its not just for girls, its for boys to love this show too. LOTS OF VIOLENCE AND BLOOD!!!
the characters, you might love all of them. Though be one character might hate is Touya. AT first might but then later on the series get to love him which i really did too for wondering why AYA loves them. I promise you, you will. Sadly, characters you'll get to love will die tragically. I kept screaming in my mind with tears.
The theme song "Scarlet", i loved it before found it was in the series. When it was i was surprised my favorite voice japanese voice actress sang this and is the voice of ceres :) Great theme that won't get sick of.
So its an OUTSTANDING SHOW that shouldn't be missed which is my personal favorite :)
For other stuff enjoy which is in the manga FRUITS BASKET. Made me cry more in the manga than the anime did. Enjoy that one too :)
This is my first review so i'm going to do my best ^^ First i'm going to say that i read the manga first and fell in love with it so i decided to check the anime out to see if it stayed true to the manga. Coming into it without high expectations and thinking that they might have strayed from the story, watching it i should have kept those same expectations because the anime brought it out so perfectly.
I give the story a 9 because to me the story was completely original. Celestial robes, and incarnations have never been brought out this
way. Yu Watase mixed blood and gore well with romance and drama. It flowed smoothly and was fast paced exactly like the manga. Right when i thought things couldn't get any worse it did and kept me hooked till the very end. The romance was brought out perfectly not too mushy and over the top and was original how Watase brought it out.
Understand the show is old and not up to date on new technology so this art then was considered exceptional. I love that they stayed true to Watase's original look. The only thing I ever hated about her drawings were how a bang covered one eye but yet we could still see that one eye. That they could have not used. But overall the art was great to me.
Same thing an old anime so the sound wasn't great at all. Not bad enough to stop watching but there were some weird sounds that didnt belong where they put them.
The characters were well developed and expressed themselves greatly. Every character had their own problems to deal with and approached them in different ways. But also every character were tied together in a certain way that made everything combine and made problems worse to the point where some of the characters went crazy. Most characters are likeable and some are hateful but all have a backstory to make you sympathize with them.
I enjoyed Ceres fully. I couldnt stop watching once i started. Every bit of information sucked me in and made me want to know how it happened, where it happened, and what they were going to do to solve it. The emotions the characters protrayed made me want to cry with them, laugh with them, and get mad with them.
Ceres Celestial Legend is a show i would watch over and over again. The characters and story are something that will stay on my mind and will be very hard to forget. Ceres will stay with you even if you don't want it to. A very powerful story.
Very Celestial indeed! Contains violence & mild nudity.
Story of adventure & supernatural, Aya being a descendant of a celestial maiden (Ceres). Also goes complicated when her twin brother Aki appears to be a descendant of the man who forced Ceres to be his wife. Aya has a little control when it comes to switching back to herself, how can she take it if Ceres saw Aki? She knows Ceres would definitely kill him, actually, the whole Mikage clan. Luckily enough, she met her protector Yuuhi who was a former employee of her evil grandpa.
Will Yuuhi be on her side forever? Can he also protect
their relationship from all the chaos that's happening?
It's quite similar to Fushigi Yuugi in terms of supernatural genre & the "against all odds" love affair. Still, Fushigi Yuugi comes first to me :). Other than that, they are both great animes! ^^
she has a very long history where a goddess remembers herself because she has to find her own dress in order to return to the divine world, which was stolen by a human being who became her husband and takes a body from every Mikage woman to look for her dress and take revenge on the family.
The plot is captivating: Aya and Aki are twins, and carefree teenagers like many others.
On their sixteenth birthday they are put to the test. Aya discovers she has incredible powers and is sentenced to death by her own family because it is considered a threat. He will soon find
out that he is a descendant of the Goddess Ceres and his brother was his former beloved ancestor of the Mikage family. The one who had stolen his mantle, the hagoromo, preventing it from returning to the sky. Now the Goddess Ceres has awakened and lives in the body of Aya, the two entities cohabiting with several problems. As a plot, I have to say that there are many surprises and facets that embellish and greatly increase the level of this anime.
Plot: From the famous author Watase Yuu. Based on the Japanese legend of the “Tennyo no Hagoromo.” A young man spied a celestial maiden bathing. He saw the "celestial robe" and took it with him. Unable to go back to heaven, the celestial maiden was forced to marry the young man.
Based on the manga with the same title. The series is a a mix of drama, fantasy, adventure and romance. Much darker than the author's previous work. A love story that will appeal to everyone.
Studio Pierrot did a really great job with the animation. The satisfying character designs are so pleasing to
The Japanese voice acting for the characters was exceptionally amazing. They depicted their sentiments persuasively and conveyed their lines with the control and originality. Also, the songs are haunting.
Note: I really like the opening song. Very emotional.
I like how strong-willed Aya is (the main female protagonist). She was able to endure the hardships of her situation and was able to confront the enemy. Her brother (Aki) is vise versa since he lost control of himself. Touya, on the other hand is sometimes too depressing but all of them complimented each other.
I really enjoyed this series because of it's unique plot. The mystery of the Celestial Beings is really intriguing and the romance between Aya and Touya is so heartwarming.
One of the best series for me. Awesome story and music. I would recommend this series to anyone, but be warned... be ready with a box of tissues lol
So I began to watch this thinking it was the ordinary, normal reverse harem anime, with a girl that had the generic standard type of personality and guys surrounding and falling in love with her, because of different things. And boy was I wrong. I can't even begin to point out how wrong I was. I just saw the picture and thought "Hey, stereotypical reverse harem. I'm bored, let's watch", and that, my friends, is how I slowly entered the hell that is Ayashi no Ceres.
The story is about the twins Aya and Aki, though Aya takes the main lead pretty fast.
What I thought
would be the fluffy lovestory with many males around one female quickly became this train to my feels utter destruction. Every stop had tragic events right around the corner, and while we did get to see some romance and happiness, that would quickly get to a point where we would just wait for the next lightning to strike. The tragic events actually came to a point where the characters just couldn't handle it and was like "Yea, it was tragic, but like, we are used to it, so let me freak out a bit and get back to you tomorrow".
The story in itself messed me up pretty badly. But if it was only tragic I wouldn't have watched it to the end. The tragedy in this is so freaking beautifull that I just couldn't take my eyes off.
I know this is an old anime, but the art still kind of took away something of the enjoyment for me. I found myself forgetting to concentrate on the events of the story, only to keep thinking "Just move those mouths two cm down or something". It just really annoyed me a lot, and I thought I would get used to it, but I didn't really. Other than that I guess the art is what to expect.
I don't really notice the background music unless it's totally off, so I guess it was okay. The reason for giving it 8, however, is because of my love for both the OP and the ED's. They just embody the whole feeling I get from the anime, and the OP especially is so powerful and sad. Thinking back I should have gotten a clue, that this wasn't a "Kiss kiss fall in love" kind of a deal...
So let's talk characters, because even though the plot was kind of original (Only kinda), the characters would be the thing that would make or break a show. And these really made it.
Aya, our heroine, starts out just being a normal girl. She is only 15 when the anime begins, and at her 16th birthday, where the anime really takes hold, everything just changes around her. Like, literally everything. She finds out she has a celestial being (I think it was called) inside of her, her whole family wants to kill her, and so she has to flee. The way she grows as a character is outstanding. It's very human, and not as if she is either too weak or too strong all the time. She shows both her strong sides and weak sides. I don't know if I imagined it, but as the anime progresses it almost feels like she matures a lot. Both her clothing and facial expressions. And everything in between I guess.
Toya, a very important character, also really evolves. I would go in-depth with it, but that would be kind of a spoiler.
Same with Aki, Ayas twin brother.
The one, however, I am mostly pleased with is the character named Alec, but I would really suggest people to watch it.
In general the characters mostly have very noticable personality changes in the good way. There is a few exceptions, of course, and other characters whom aren't given any time to shine, but because of the time I can see as to why they did as they did.
Overall enjoyment 9/10
As I started with, I thought this would be a normal reverse harem anime, and then I boarded the train to hell instead. I was not, the least, prepared mentally or emotionally for this bormbardment of feels I got thrown at me. I cried, I hurt, I felt with the characters, and I truly ended up feeling with them in not that much time. Now I feel empty and sad, because even though this anime was tragic, I really loved it. I really enjoyed it. I like anime that can get me to feel something, and with this I went through almost my whole feeling register. So well. I'm sad that I'm finished.
Love is not always how happy you are with the person you care for. It is also understanding them, it is also maintaining what is between the two of you. It is kinda funny to think of the main plot of this story. It is like a lovers quarrel due to the misunderstanding between two person in love. What makes it interesting is the way that little thing turns out into a big one that cause disruption, not only just the two of them, but also the blood running next to them. It is also fascinating to know something
about a myth or historical love story flashing in my eyes. This anime has its twist that you'll never expect it to be. The only thing I kinda doubted is how the bond between the other two main characters bloom. Love should be shown naturally. It does not create a feelings out of nowhere. It always, always have its root. It always come from something lovable, with flaws, but with understanding. Apart from that, the concept of it, how twisted human can be, how different people is from each other, how greed can control emotions, how revenge can turn so bad, it's all in here. And it will just depend on you how you'll see and enjoy this series.
There's always that character who really is like a character. While there is also a character who is more like human than the main one. I think, the best character who show what real human can be is the antagonist of the series. He has the most developed character. Along the series, he learned his mistakes and accept the consenquence of his actions. While he has his good sides, the protagonist of the story is kinda neutral and descending. Yes, the story progress because of her falling in love with a guy with all his heart. However, her changes is minimal, and it is kinda irritating how she can only cry, hurt, use not her powers, for the sake of her loved ones.
SOUND AND ANIMATION: 9
I freaking love the opening song. It's heartbreaking, it is really sad and you can feel the emotions put into the song. It's like its inviting you to cry along with it. Though the language is a foreign one, the feelings suppressed on it is not. The emotions wanted to burst is real. Additional point with the animation of this series which really looks like my first favorite anime, none other than fushigi yuugi. Same author, yes. Though the animation is old, the expression of the character is fine and some of it will really get you goosebumps, or rather excited. The psychotic gesture of one of the characters is really something.
The main historical story is really amazing for me. That's what I enjoyed the most. An angel goes down from heaven, unable to leave the earth and so on. I'm really a fan of stories like this. It has its unique taste on its own. Watching historical anime is already an enjoyment for me. What more if it is a good one?
If you ever write a story, you will sympathize with the author, I guess. Imagine you have written a story, two guys fall sincerely inlove with a girl. Don't you think it is very hard to pick one of the two? If you mold your characters the best way you can? I think Yuu Watase follow her soft side when thinking of an ending. She picked an ending where everybody understands each other, no one was left behind, no one has regrets, all is happy, all has planned. Cliche is not the best term for it, I think it's more of just a peaceful ending.
People are frequently blasted apart with energy. We see them cut clean in two, lose appendages, and spray blood from wounds.
Fights ensue with melee weapons and firearms as well. This results in impaling, gunshot wounds, lacerations, and other forms of trauma. Blood splatters and sprays from injuries.
People are also beat to death with fists. One scene shows a man being punched all the way through his chest.
One scene has a man being tortured to death by getting shot repeatedly. Blood splatters and covers the ground.
Destruction of buildings and cityscape result from the use of supernatural powers.
Mild language throughout.
uses of the word "b*tch".
Celestial beings, heaven, and celestial powers form the core of the plot's points.
Some characters are referred to as "goddesses".
Some characters are the descendants of these celestial beings and manifest a sort of reincarnation of them.
One villain speaks of evolution and explains away love by saying it is merely our biological desire to leave progeny.
Occasional nudity and some unfeatured nudity as well.
There are some fanservice scenes.
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One character behaves in a lecherous and perverted manner.
Rape is discussed as having happened to one character. Spousal abuse is also highlighted.
Some characters live together unmarried and conceive a child as well. One of the characters is younger than 18.
One character claims to have had multiple relations with men for the sole purpose of procreating and claims that men are just a means to an end.
In-vitro fertilization is used by scientists to create offspring for an experiment.
Due to possession by a evil reincarnation of an ancestor, one character develops incestuous feelings against their will before their body is taken over by the ancestor to attempt to act upon these evil urges.
Story was very interesting and unique. It did enough original things to keep me intrigued and frequently surprised me with how harsh it was willing to be.
However, the plot frequently seems to have points that don't make much sense without a lot of thought on the viewer's part.
That said, it remained a very good story that I was satisfied to see followed through.
Most of the characters don't really get developed much aside from our leads. But the leads are likable, so that wasn't to big of a problem.
That notwithstanding, even the leads make some pretty weird decisions now and again that make you question their motivations... or perhaps their sanity.
Very dated, but it got the job done.
Studio Pierrot makes some very angular faces. Preference will determine whether or not that will be a problem for anyone.
Most scenes were very stiff and didn't move all that much. However, the action scenes did go pretty smoothly sometimes. Other times, still frames and dated movement remained the way it was. I suppose that was just par for the course back then though.
OP is beautiful.
First ED rocks and occupies my favorites list for it's sheer 80s-ness. The second ED was less so, but still good.
OST was good and, occasionally, noticeably fitting to the scenes.
The touching love story that kept me interested through all of the supernatural catgackery is definitely a good one. I enjoyed seeing the story get it's positive messages out there in the end.
Fans of shojo, action, and romance will enjoy this show.
A good love story with some likable characters makes for a good motivation for the rest of the supernatural action to get around to making some good points and warming your heart.
Be aware though, this shojo series doesn't always follow common tropes and isn't afraid to include tragedy in it's mix. Those who can't handle tragic occurrences should steer clear.
I do believe that this is the only shojo action anime which I like. It is about Ceres who is trapped in the body of Aya to retrieve her mana which was lost on Earth. The main villian, Mikagi, was trapped in the body of Aki to bring damnation to the world and prevent Ceres from giving the freedom she wants.
The art is beautiful and the soundtrack was all right. Art: 8 Sound: 6
Yuu Watase still creates the main character who is a crybaby just like Miaka Yuki. We have Aya Mikage who is a crybaby and could not defend herself. So yes, here
is another damsel in distress.
Toya is basically Aya's love interest and he always become a good person as the series progress.
The only redeemable aspect of this show is Yuuhi Aogiri, without him this show will be trash. He is kind, loving, and always willing to risk his own life to protect people dear to him. He in fact protected Aya from the Mikage groups. He is also a smart and capable person and I can relate to him in so many ways.
This is just like in Shattered Angels, where the only redeemable value is Setsuna, she has the same likable traits as Yuuhi but she is just more than that. Without her, Shattered Angels would be trash.
Yuuhi is really one of my most favorite male characters and he made this show enjoyable to me. In fact, Yuuhi did his really best to protect Chidori and when he cried in episode 19, I really started to understand how much he really cared for Chidori. I also wanted to cry just like him.
But overall, this anime is still worth watching. It is given a 7 out of 10.
I enjoyed a lot Ayashi no Ceres, yet somehow still have mixed feelings about it. I want to say this is a masterpiece, because it has brilliant moments where you will laugh or cry, but there are also moments where I wanted to hit my head in the wall because of the frustration. (Spoilers at the end)
This anime is fast to watch, with only 24 episodes. The plot is inconsistent at some points but at the end everything ties up beautifully and gives an overall sense to the serie, which is always appreciated.
I find the plot to be quite simplistic at the beginning, then
becoming more confusing and complicated. Lots of questions are left without an answer and I honestly couldn't find any explanation of some of the mayor events in the plot, where everything is safed at the end of the day thanks to the "hero".
Why you'll like it?
This story is filled with emocional deep relationships between the characters, lots and lots of romance and a hard quest. It basically has everything a good Shoujo needs, and more. The evolution of some of the characters will make you fall in love with them!
Because its a very good shoujo, but is also more. Ayashi no Ceres explores the human heart and the search of the self, the risk of playing god. Because behind the simple story, there is a complex and disturbing reality this anime isn't afraid to explore.
Why you'll hate it?
Because of the plot holes and abuse of deus ex machina. Because the female characters are weak and useless, making no sense and needing man to rescue them ALL the time. Even the "strong" female characters are just vessels for man sperm, and stay home while the guys risk their asses out.
I found specially frustrating the Aya/Ceres relationship, where sometimes it looks as if Ceres really cares about Aya, while others she just goes crazy (and still need to be rescued by a man, even though she's "oh so powerful"
Its a Japanese legend (fairytale) turned into a modern time fantasy.
You will follow Aya through a series of traumatic events caused by Ceres awakening inside of her. Ceres is a celestial being that was raped by a man and has reincarnated as her DNA had passed down to the women in the family. She finally awakes through Aya to retrieve her haragomo and take revenge on the Mikage family.
Exellent storyline. Very good plot and character deveopment. Teen angst and romance, blood and violence, beautiful animation. What more could you ask for?
This is one of the best shojo anime that Ive seen.
The manga was 84 chapters, so for the anime to have only 24, it felt really cramped up, especially towards the ending. I felt like it needed more episodes to expound on the plot. Hence my rating. Other than that, I love everything about Ceres!
This anime was a classic! It's not your normal reverse harem shoujo type themes! It has a darker tone, definitely not for kids below 15. The plot was original and impressive.
The characters were all great. I liked that Yuu Watase always make it a point to create her side characters really likable. All the more so, for the main ones.
was astonishing, a little old-ish but (personally) it's how I like my anime anyway so it doesn't bother me at all. Music was a phenomenal as expected for a shoujo theme - Scarlet was so emotional, really fits the story.
I must warn you, this is one' bittersweet series.. so don't expect a happy ending, but do watch this anime..it's really good! Another Yuu Watase masterpiece!
Don't go into this show thinking it'll be your typical magical/fantasy Shoujo. Ayashi no Ceres is a dark and often-times terrifying anime with a lot packed into 24 episodes. From start to finish, it's an intense ride.
1. The Story
The titular character, Ceres, is from the legend of a celestial being who descends onto Earth and has her celestial robe stolen by a human man when she's taking a bath. The man forces her to become his wife, hiding the robe from her, until many years later she retrieves it and is able to return to the heavens. Her story is based off a fairy tale,
and personally I found this the most original thing about Ayashi no Ceres - the marriage of the fantastical with hard reality and science. If you ever wondered what modern man would do with an angel if they ever found one, this show attempts to answer just that. Another interesting feature in the story is how everything is given an explanation - granted the science of it probably isn't very accurate, but even Ceres herself is (sort of) made sense of.
The anime is very plot-heavy - almost from the get-go you're tossed into its story, which just continues to build tension up until the very end. There's lots of drama, action, tragedy and horror - definitely nothing you'd expect from your usual Shoujo. But there are enough light-hearted and funny scenes in the earlier half to balance all the darkness.
Ayashi no Ceres is also incredibly gory and violent - the show doesn't shy away from gruesome deaths or killing off characters in horrendous ways. And that's what I like about it - the anime is bold and uncompromising, especially given its target audience of adolescent girls. Other mature themes include attempted rape, incest, abuse and psychological trauma, to name a few. But nothing feels forced, it all fits in to the context of the story or characters, so the show doesn't delve into such things just for the sake of being 'edgy'.
That being said, you do get a heavy dose of the usual cliches like amnesia, false memories, coming back from the dead, the miracle-worker Q-san and a plot-device in the form of Mana. But given how such an intricate story concludes within 24 episodes, there are fewer holes in the plot than would be expected, and the tropes can be forgiven - most of the times.
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2. The Characters
The main protagonist is a regular 16-year-old girl named Aya, who by virtue of her bloodline is suddenly thrown into a series of horrible events that really make you feel for her, even if her character comes off a little poorly constructed at times. She's joined by a host of others, all different enough in their own ways to bring something new to the table.
The show focuses more on the story than it does on character development - few of them get any real growth, which is a shame considering the drastic events they have to go through. But they all have enough backstory to keep them interesting and relatable.
The show is also pretty kind to one of the main antagonists, Kagami - we're given enough insight into his past and thought-process to understand why he is the way he is. Sadly the same can't be said for the main baddy (not gonna spoil anything here), who really needed a more valid excuse for himself.
Without giving too much away, the most intriguing character was definitely Ceres herself. Is she good? Is she evil? Is she justified in her actions? The show tosses a lot of the characters at you and leaves you to pass your own judgement - with the exception of Aya, who you're supposed to root for throughout.
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3. The Pairings
While the pairing isn't _the_ main focus of the anime, it's definitely a large part of it. Again it's a little disheartening that the show had to resort to shoving in a love triangle, but with that ignored, the main pairing is nicely done. It's paced out pretty well throughout the show, and Aya is refreshingly honest with her feelings and decisions. She doesn't dilly-dally like most Shoujo heroines and is proactive in her love life at least (if not in much else), which is such a breath of fresh air.
Considering how much the characters have to put up with, the romance is believable and sometimes the only ray of hope against the depressing backdrop. I personally liked it, even if it wasn't anything to write home about.
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4. Art & Music
Although the drawing style - especially for the characters - may come off a bit outdated for modern-day viewers, the show does a brilliant job of creating atmosphere through the background designs. For instance, scenes take on vulgar, disturbing reddish hues when you know something bad is about to go down, and really help make the moment more dramatic. In contrast, the more tender scenes are accompanied by music pieces that really fit the mood.
Scenes that are meant to be scary really come off so, and the show doesn't shy away from being grotesque at times. So despite being over a decade old, Ayashi no Ceres holds itself up well. Not a pinnacle of animation, but decent enough to get you through it, and sometimes good enough to leave an impression.
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In conclusion, it's worth watching if you're looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, especially in terms of Shoujo anime. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, with enough twists and turns to keep the viewer's attention. It's an unforgiving story - bad things happen to good people - but that's also part of its charm. Ayashi no Ceres is a rare gem that doesn't set out to please anyone, but to tell a story - and what a great story it is! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would definitely recommend it. And since everything concludes within the span of 24 episodes, it's not like you've lost a lot by watching it.
It's graphic, disturbing, unforgettable and the ending isn't a particularly happy one, but then why should it be? Watch Ayashi no Ceres if you want a show with a story the creator was really passionate about - otherwise, I dunno, stick to those shows about cute girls doing cute things.