With the episodes only 3 minutes each, THIGHura wastes no time delivering what it does best, delicious thighs and fresh voice acting.
It's an adaption of a 4 koma slice of life, so don't expect much plot or progression. This show has great animation to make up for this though, and coupled with its bright colour palette and characters, it'll easily make your day a little more cheerful.
Watch if for the:
- Voice acting earsex
Anime shorts are quickly becoming a new trend in the industry, and while quite a few people see them as nothing more than annoyances and most times space consuming drivel, it really isn’t the case, as they more than in one way help to promote the industry. They can be viewed as akin to indie developers, there are a lot of animation studios in japan but not all of them have the manpower or prowess to continuously dish out 24 minute episodes for 12 weeks. Shorts give a chance for the smaller studios to make a name for themselves using very limited resources, and just
as ‘The Walking Dead’, an indie game, won the 2012 VGA, some smaller companies are capable of producing something special.
One of the rules of writing is never to use a single word several times in your work in relation to its length, so I hope you’ll forgive me as I’m going to use the word ‘adorable’ several times in this review.
This 4-Koma adaptation follows the lives of 3 high school girls; Saki, Kanaka and Ayuko. At first glance Aiura doesn’t seem to have much going for it, the 3 lead girls are indeed adorable in both design and personality but it looks like something that can get old pretty quickly, delve a little bit more into this show and you’ll find that…..it’s actually more than enough.
‘Slice of life’ from the name itself we know entails something inspired from everyday life but most of these shows use a ‘dream approach’, inserting characters in situations where very few normal folks actually get to experience, but Aiura is surprisingly something that is seriously rooted in real life, the sheer relatable scenarios and interactions between characters give it an extremely natural, casual and life like feel that makes it a times seem like a reality show shot with hidden cameras. The jokes and antics are also extremely adorable and heart-warming but unfortunately I can’t claim if it’s something that will be up everybody’s alley, luckily enough the length of the show ensures that 2 episodes (~6 minutes w/o OP/ED) is more than enough for you to decide if it’s something you want to continue.
As far as production values go, the show performed well above average than most of its other anime short counterparts, a lot of resources were put into character designs resulting in an art style that more close to adorable than moe. Animation was also surprisingly something that wasn’t cut back on, characters are always in motion but the over budgeting of some scenes may result in characters performing rather over extravagant movements. As a lot of effort was put into the design of characters and animations, it’s no surprise that everything else was sub-par; in particular the design of the environments and landscape was unfortunately quirky and poor.
A HELL of a lot of praise has to be given to the seiyuus, they really bought the girls alive despite all three making their debuts in this show, they are really prospective star seiyuus that we will hope to hear more from in the future, I will be lying if I said I didn’t have a nosebleed a couple of times, in short, the seiyuus were adorable. The animation and series of montages shown from the OP is something extremely unique and memorable as it features several alluring designs of doting crabs and Steve Jobs striking several gestures and poses of world domination, not to mention the several adorable chibi designs of the girls.
Despite the very natural feel of the show and main characters, the supporting characters kind of brought the show down a bit, most of them had quite farfetched personalities, from a teacher that dresses as a student to one that gives very a little damn about what she says and how she acts around her students, it all adds up to the shows biggest backdrop, it hardly has any serious moments. This may sound like a strange thing coming from a comedy show but the show is over excessive in its use of gags and jokes and rarely ever shifts to a serious tone for even a second.
The interaction between the girls is prime example of the phrase ‘fun to watch’; when all three are on screen the show truly sparkles, a lot of kudos has to be given to the writers for coming up with a script that flows so seamlessly and natural from line to line. Kanaka’s gags and pranks are a joy, with Saki and Ayuko’s response even more of a heart warmer. However it’s not always perfect in tinsel town; Kanaka’s baka personality isn’t always solemn as always intended, Saki’s cold attitude seems a bit antagonistic a times and Ayuko seems from time to time a bit out of place in the group, making up for a cast of slightly weak characters.
In my opinion, the characters are purposely flawed, another impressive note the writers have managed to introduce is how one character is able more times than often, to balance or cover for another’s weakness, usually in one person’s response to another’s show of weakness. The result of this is an almost complete concealment of an individual character’s flaw and a further improvement to characterization than if the character already started out without any flaws at all.
The first sentence of the ED reads: “They were pointless conversations, but they were fun the nonetheless”, this more than explains the whole ethic of the show, a directionless tale of everyday life driven by a very interesting cast of characters, slice of life has never been so Adorable.
I fell in love with Kanaka Amaya!! i really like this anime because they're so funny especially Kanaka who makes me really llove this anime.. every episode was very nice that it makes you beg for more because of it short time,,, it also makes you rewatch it again and again.. the only thing that i don't like in aiura is the time..seriously, only 4 minutes and 12 episodes? with epic characters?! no way!
but still i rate it 10/10
First show this season that I finished, and I liked it. Sure it's only 4 minutes and you can finish it in less than an hour, but I'd be lying if I said it wouldn't be a very fun hour. Aiura will just keep you in a good mood, and for that alone I recommend it. Each episode has a different story from the rest, but each one is pretty funny, and none of them are bad. The characters are all very funny, all 3 of them (plus the teacher, who is like the second best teacher ever). I'm sure you'll like all three girls.
The animation is very nice, and I like the character designs. The best part of this show though, is its opening. This is one of my favorite openings, simply for the fact that it combines crabs and Steve Jobs. The randomness! The best part is that that Jobs died of cancer, which the crab is the zodiac of. Yeah, a little messed up if that was their goal, but every time I see the opening I just burst out into laughter because I always see something different each time. Watch this show if only for the opening.
Story: This anime is very short because it's twelve four-minute episodes, so it doesn't have much story to it. I like story as much as the next person, but because this is about the lives of three best friends in high school, I really don't mind it at all. Though there are moments that I ask myself why a certain scene exists, I just don't focus on it as much. With that said, I rate this portion a 9/10.
Art: Unless the stuff I usually watch, this anime is very cutesy in art. The style is much simpler than the styles used in anime such as
Black Bullet, Ouran, and all that stuff. Still, I love it all the same because I don't see anything that's annoying. It also gives my eyes a break from not seeing so many things in one place, you know. 10/10
Sound: The beginning theme, I just skip over because it takes up most of the anime time, and it's not that enjoyable to listen to, but I know why it's there. The beginning of the anime is where all of the energy is, and the end is usually much calmer, which leads to the very cute ending theme. I can just listen to the ending all day without getting bored of it. I'd also give this a 9/10.
Character: Most people could say that characters in an anime like this make it super annoying. I don't find that to be the case. The three main girls, Saki, Kanaka, and Ayuko are very enjoyable. You have your energetic type, the serious one, and the girl who just sits back and lets things happen. Some of the background characters are enjoyable, too, even though they aren't in the episode that much. The homeroom teacher is so chill that I don't mad at her for doing nothing as much. 10/10
Enjoyment: This is all really cute and relaxing. This is not like some other shorts that tries to be funny by putting over exaggerated moments in them. This anime is really calm, and we need stuff like this. Just a slice of life that's really about life. If you're a person who wants to see actiony or very funny things, this anime may not be for you, but for relaxing purposes, give this a watch. 10/10
Overall: I don't have really much to put in this section because I pretty much explained it all above. The conclusion score is a rounded up 10/10.
I dived into this 66 minute show amidst glowing reviews, expecting a short and sweet morsel of slice of life that you really don't see in your typical 12 episode series. I was wrong.
While the show runs for 12 episodes and has a total running time of 66 minutes, the actual show itself, barring the repeated use of OPs and EDs boils down to only 32 minutes of ACTUAL content.
And while the art and voice direction is very polished, the whole thing is soiled by a disappointing display of mediocre slice of life that surprises no one. There's absolutely nothing new here if you're
even remotely familiar with the genre. Many have been quick to defend this show on account of the girls' beautifully rotoscoped interactions with their legwear, but even that doesn't do enough to distract from the disappointing mediocrity that is Aiura.
This show leaves no lasting impressions except for a sense of innate aggravation that you may or may not experience after sitting through 3 minutes of absolutely nothing and then skipping through 2 EDs and an OP only to experience 3 more minutes of nothing. The story goes nowhere, and some might even wonder why some characters were even introduced at all, because you just want to see more of them and they never appear again. A real squandering of story-telling potential, if you may. That alone hurts more deeply than having sat through this show.
As a final note, the final 3 minute "episode" isn't even a real episode.
Rather, it is merely a retracing of the first episode, only with the girls wearing different outfits.
No closure, no real ending. It's over before it's even begun and you sit there wondering why you even bothered.
To be fair, this series is very short (3 minutes per episode with the OP taking up 1 minute each time) so I forgive it for not having much content in it.
...Though that excuse is thrown out the window when you spend each episode making 3 jokes at the most that fall flat due to late reactions, idiotic faces and just flat out boring interaction between the characters. None of the three main girls feel like they have much to offer except when combined with the other two for support. The side characters are just there to fill in roster spots and the setting
is your normal everyday Japanese.
To be honest, there's not much to say about this show. It was one of those "here's your daily dose of moe" shows that you watched between episodes of longer shows that season, and that was pretty much it. Hell, the last episode just screams "JUST FINISH IT ALREADY" when you watch it.
I admit, the artstyle is nice and it's not something you see in every show nowadays. And for those who like to find attractive qualities in little girls, this show exploits it. From thighs to side boobs, this show tries to hide it's perverted side but it just falls out and lands in your lap. Though I guess this is just me overall and that's the only redeeming factor I found to enjoy.
Overall, it's a SOL 3 minute show for the casual SOL 3 minute fan. Nothing more.
This is a series of shorts, so it must first be understood that my review is not critical because of its length, but because of what it is unable to *achieve* given its length.
Aiura is a slice-of-life show adapted from its 4-koma origins. Similar to many other adaptations from 4-koma manga revolving around entering high school and making friends (a staple of slice-of-life at this point), a story will not be its strength. Instead, the attachment to the slice-of-life genre is primarily generated by its characters and comedic value.
The premise given is "what happens when there is nothing happening." Two minutes and thirty seconds for
nothing happening, huh.
So, given its incredibly short length (four minutes per episode, but subtract one minute for the opening, and thirty seconds for the ending, and you have a meager two minutes and thirty seconds to work with), it would be a miracle that any character development should be established. So? What does that leave?
And is this show really funny?
No. Unfortunately. It really is as it advertises: nothing happening.
A "dreadful" rating is almost inevitable, not because of this format of animation, or even its short length. Rather, the generic position of the production and a lack of any creativity on the writers' part.
There is a tendency for slice-of-life stories to lack structure and plot. This, I can accept.
But an absence of events or odd situations to encourage fun and antics? I cannot justify giving this a rating above three.
Alright, now that it has been established that the story is something that Aiura cannot rely on, that leaves the characters to bear the burden. Specifically, the characters' actions (since the show features generic personalities that can be established immediately - there is an idiot girl, there is a cool-headed tall girl, and there is the happy medium girl with the pleasant personality).
However, most of the exchanges are just conversations. Specifically, lackluster conversations between characters that *should* have some semblance of chemistry.
To be very blunt, this was very boring. Not necessarily because the characters themselves were boring, but because there is nothing to gain.
At least the art is good. Cute characters. Nice colors. Clean animation. The studio definitely put in the effort. But not much else to comment on.
The voice acting always felt slightly "off". The greatest example being Souta (Kanaka's younger brother), with a voice that only resembles a girl who is not even trying to sound like a boy.
The rest of the cast lacks the "gusto" heard in anime. It almost feels as if they had voices that can be heard in some relaxed podcast environment. It is *too* relaxed. This is the first time I have actually had anything to criticize in regards to voices.
As for the music...well...I suppose the opening was amusing, and the ending tune was adequate...but nothing else I feel the need to comment on.
I consider myself amused easily. Yet this did not manage to amuse me after the first minute of the absurd opening sequence.
The experience was not unpleasant, and I did not feel frustrated or anything. But I certainly would not say I enjoyed it... Enjoyment is a subjective thing. Many people who watched this show liked it, and that is just fine and dandy; okie-dokie.
I managed to finish this show because of the low time commitment. Anyone capable of wasting half an hour to an hour can finish all twelve episodes.
Personally, I would not recommend this show, but I would not dissuade anyone from seeing it either if they wanted to, considering how little time one would need to invest.
Aiura delivers on what it promises, providing a comedic, slice-of-life look at the lives of three high-school aged girls in short, digestible segments.
The jokes are full of biting sarcasm and wit, a welcome deferral from the bombastic, and oftentimes over-the-top comedic style so commonplace in anime. Beautiful watercolor backdrops bring a breath of fresh air to what would otherwise be a tired, and overused setting for a show.
Despite the short run time of each episode, the writers bring depth and clarity to each characters personality, and define them well within the show. Catchy opening and closing tracks are the
perfect compliment to a fun, and adorable show that can be enjoyed in its entirety over a single Sunday afternoon.
I can't work out why but I really enjoy this.
The lighthearted artwork and the soundtrack are both good and the characters work well together despite only having 3 minutes to develop.
The sudden, obvious comedy always makes me laugh.
Yes, its a short anime, but it had no progression at all. It was just the most basic of basic SoL.
The style was very good, and everything was detailed. It added to the calm atmosphere. Very soothing colours, no bright or vivid colours. andfluid animation to boot. Plus, DEM THIGHS. Almost perfect. Also Steve Jobs in the OP, WAT?
Nothing spectacular, but the ED was soothing, and the OP was catchy.
Really didn't flesh out anyone, so took no liking to anyone. But nothing bad.
Kept me sane throughout the weeks. Twas enjoyable
As most SoL's go, nothing really happens. However, Aiura does a good job of having nothing happen in a comfortable, realistic manner. Nothing all that extraordinary happens, nothing feels out of place, and everything seems seemingly plausible. It never tries hard to get a punch line across. Rather, it tells sorts of jokes you and your friends might experience. Laid back, relaxing, chuckle-worthy humor that becomes an inside joke for the next few years. It's all quite enjoyable, and it never feels stilted or rehearsed. Everything is fluid and organic in this work.
Beautiful backdrops, smooth animation, Aiura looks fantastic. I'm talking excellent. The only issue
I had was one frame seemed unfinished, and there were a few reused shots, albeit recolored characters.
Fitting soundtrack with good intro and outro songs. Not only that, the VA work is impressive. It's as natural as VA work can get. There wasn't anything over the top for the characters to call upon top-tier VA work, and there was a song that was used a lot throughout the short runtime, so I can't go 10/10 on this score, but it's still very, very good stuff.
Each of the 3 mains are unique. Not only that, while they are influenced by some tropes, they are, in themselves, separate from your stereotypical triune cast. They're witty, friendly, and a lot of fun. Not only that, everyone has great character design and exemplifies different characteristics that are all realistic and fun. Granted, one teacher is in the show for barely 2 episodes, and her only purpose is to be 'cute,' so that was unnecessary. Either way, it doesn't boggle much down in the finished product.
I'm always wary with SoL productions, especially 3-minute ones. However, this one was astonishing. It was a ton of fun to watch, and I'm very disappointed that this show wasn't a 22-minute per episode production. Granted, many of my praises may have been stretched thin in that run-time, so I'm quite content with the current product, but I'm definitely hooked on the franchise and will check out the 4-koma along with keeping an eye out for a S2.
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It is hard to gauge a rating for such a short series. Aiura is a set of 12 episodes spanning 3 minutes each. It is set in high school and focuses on three female students as they become friends through a fairly regular set of events. The show is great for some quick, light-hearted fun/comedy and can scratch that itch when you're keen on watching some slice of life. However, there isn't much depth to the show, as one would expect having a 36 minute run time. Hence, it is unlikely that Aiura will leave a lasting impression on you. Nevertheless, this does not mean
that the show is bad either. The production quality is just as good as any other 12-26 episode series, which can especially be seen in the voices for the three main leads.
For anyone who has watched shows like this before, this may not be interesting to you as it is nothing new. However, I do recommend it to anyone who has half an hour of free time and wishes to watch something relaxing and funny.
"Ah... chabashira." The first line of this anime couldn't better represent what is about to come. For those who don't know, chabashira is when tea stalk floats upright in the cup after pouring tea and is considered a good luck charm.
As it suggests this show is about "nothing," but a very pleasant nothing. Its about the moments when life just feels pleasant, just like a completely "meaningless" good luck charm that just feels nice. Its a slice of life show that does not put heavy emphasis on the comedy but instead it focuses in the mood.
The animation is impressive for a short anime. While the
characters don't move a lot, they are always drawn with lots of detail and are even sometimes cleverly framed. The lack of movement doesn't mean that the animation is lazy, nor that it relies only on pretty pictures. Movement is beautifully rendered each time its necessary.
The character designs are to give special praise for. Not deviating from the standard "moe" designs they clearly show character designer Hosoi Mieko's vast experience creating simple designs with sublime detail. The characters are always clearly distinguishable from the background art, never fighting against it, and bringing life to every scene.
The humor always fits the mood and is nearly guaranteed to bring a smile. While not exceptional, it honest and simple contributing to the feel of the anime while keeping in harmony with everything else.
Aiura is all about the mood, definitely worth trying considering its short length. I would also recommend watching it in one go. Each episode effortlessly flows into the next one resulting in a very pleasant ride.
That moment when you wanted to asks the director/producer... Why is there a fucking 2 min of an actual content of the anime within a single episode of the overall 12 ep of Aiura? I mean, i understands the amount of repetitive work, difficulty of synchronizing sounds with animations or mouth movement, and keeping their art qualities. But 2 min of an actual fucking content? Aiura could've been made into a fun to watch slice of life anime if it wasn't for that 2 min of an actual content. Although, Iwasawa Saki thighs (other as well, but hers was the best... xd) definitely compensates for
the lack of content, and opportunity for different form of story development, or a character development in general just to make the story, a good story to watch at the very least. Type in, "Aiura thighs" in google images man. Or just watch the anime. THIGHS ARE FUCKING EVERYWHERE! But i like that idea tho. Most anime tend to focus their camera work on boobies, or a person's entire face. Thighs is new for me. I guess that works too.
Btw, the OP is 1 min long. The ending is too... 59 sec to be exact but yea. So skip to the first minute of the episode of Aiura that you're currently watching to see the actual content of that 4 min. If there's someone who would kindly consolidate the entirety of the short length 2 min of an actual content. 12 episodes * 2 min/1 episodes = 24 min. Yeah. We would get a single 24 minute episode like the ones from each of the episodes in Re:zero (they like to skip their own OP, and ED). And lmao did i just do a cancellation calculation method just for that shit? (Spoiler alert, yes i just did. It wasn't a spoiler but yeah. Fuck).
Nonetheless, the characters are pretty cute, like-able, has that perfect VA for each of the character (both in personality and appearance). So a huge props to them for that *claps*. Cmon you too.
Yes i like it when you ignores my demands like you give no fucks...
And i enjoy these 2 min of content per episode because of them (P.S thighs too). And that male teacher VA, Sugita Tomokazu, makes the entire gag even more hilarious lmao. Well pretty much. The overall slice of life content is pretty good. The cuteness (moe) and the comedy, plus the character as well. But the flaws of it would pretty much be the anime minute length per episode. But give it a try. The anime is pretty fun to watch tbh not gonna lie
Aiura is an extremely short watch.
Episodes are 4 minutes in length, but the actual length of the content in the episodes is 2 minutes due to the 1 minue bumpers for the OP and ED songs, making the total watch time should you skip those less than half an hour.
There isn't a story to mention, Aiura is quite literally a collection of animated shorts depicting the characters interacting. Usually accompanied by slapstick humor or characters delivering lines in a deadpan way.
The characters meet and become friends. Then the clips of shorts begin.
The art isn't trying to look good, but there's always something endearing about drawn
animation with imperfect lines. The backgrounds and characters are both drawn in this style, and while it isn't visually appealing, it's a nice down to basics approach to the animation.
The VAs are fine, The OPs and EDs together being the length of an episode themselves seems too long, and could have been shortened to 30 second bumpers instead.
Characters are simple and don't get any development, but that's expected of shorts. There's the straight man character and her obnoxious companion that befriend a shy, short statured protagonist. The characters interactions range from slapstick comedy, lucky star esque conversations about nothing, and annoying the people around them.
The rest of the cast is filled out with people with generally apathetic attitudes towards the antics of the main cast.
I think Aiura is worth a watch if you're just looking for a quick bit of cgdct animation to watch between larger series. It's nothing spectacular and it's not offensively bad.
Aiura is a very pleasant, short slice of life series. Each episode is only 4 minutes long so it's a great time-killer and mood lifter.
The "story" consists of three girls who share the first semester of high school together. Don't even worry about it since it's obviously not the point of this show.
Relaxing atmosphere, nice use of colors, the actual animation isn't bad at all. For a short series, it's incredibly well-made. The aesthetic will probably remind people of KyoAni's Lucky Star and Nichijou, but the actual presentation and execution is evocative of Ichigo Marshmallow (to the point where there's an explicit visual reference).
and relaxing for the most part. OP was fun, ED is sweet. Moods are captured well in this show. Voice acting is phenomenal, every character sounds "like themselves".
No real development, but that's to be expected. Characters remind me of the ones from Ichigo Marshmallow. They all fit together well.
Only bad thing is not enough loli-voice teacher and Kyon.
Overall, I really enjoyed it. It does what it sets out to do and it does it well. It's also quite funny; there's a good sense of timing.
Anyway, if you like skirts and schoolgirl legs, watch this. If you like SoL, watch this. If you're praying for more Ichigo Marshmallow, watch this. Cute girls, watch this. Have time, watch this.
Aiura to me was a really random show. The show itself is only like 3 minutes since it had an opening and ending song. There is not plot what so every in this anime. Everything seemed really random and funny at the same time. It had its moments and downsides. If you plan to watch this don't expect much from it unless you are killing time.
I really enjoyed Aiura. The characters are great, i love the opening song and even though nothing really happens, this anime made my day. Too bad that the episodes are so short thou. This is a slice of life anime about 3 girls doing random things. :D Anyone who likes short anime series or wants to watch funny and random "not so serious" anime, should definitely watch this! But if you are looking for anime that has some kind of depth in it, i suggest you to forget this anime.