Ayaka: A Story of Bonds and Wounds

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Japanese: AYAKA ‐あやか‐
English: Ayaka: A Story of Bonds and Wounds
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2023 to Sep 17, 2023
Premiered: Summer 2023
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Blanc.
Source: Original
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Theme: MythologyMythology
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.441 (scored by 1255512,555 users)
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Ranked: #70032
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Popularity: #3420
Members: 41,174
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Ten years ago, a volcanic eruption brought Japan's Ayaka Islands to the brink of destruction. Since then, Yukito Yanagi has lived with foster families on the mainland, but he has isolated himself from others following a disturbing incident. Due to the wishes of his late father, Makoto, Yukito is brought back to his birthplace on the day of his middle school graduation. There he meets Makoto's disciples and learns of the supernatural state of the region. Mysterious life forms known as Mitama inhabit the islands, but their potential to feed off humans' negative energy and turn into ferocious monsters called Ara-Mitama endangers the islanders' lives.

Yukito discovers that, like his father, he is a Ley Master—a special individual with abilities akin to magic, tasked with pacifying the Ara-Mitama. As he learns to overcome his trauma and control his powers, Yukito decides to follow in his father's footsteps and become a first-rate Ley Master to protect the peace of Ayaka.

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Ayaka was released on Blu-ray in two volumes from October 25, 2023, to November 22, 2023.

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"AYAKASHI" by angela

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"Flashback (フラッシュバック)" by saji


Sep 21, 2023
I liked this anime it was good but there were things that could take it to the next level.

Character development wasn't the best and could have been better. They could have gone deeper in the connections between the characters and some of the conflicts between them. I believe that if they had more than one season they would be able to dwell into the characters more and make them more nuanced.

Animation was okay, it isn't the worst or the best I've seen. The Ara mitama could have been better animated and "drawn" to better fit in as they feel a bit out of place.

The ...
Sep 21, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Hello to all of the readers around the world in MAL.
STORY: The story is so predictable IMO and disappointing in some manners such as character development and the plot is boring overall. the only characters that I cared about are Jingi and Ibuki. the Main character is ok but he needed more development. There is no villain in this story which makes the stakes lower and ara mitamas are not good villians the most problems with this show is by its story and there are no impactful scene that you will remember in the next few years.
ART/ANIMATION: in this department I ...
Sep 16, 2023
Yeap...this was, and still is, hot garbage.

You would think that from the writing group of studio GoHands's most famed series, K Project, the anonymous GoRA would have another jewel on their hands. But this is 2023, not 2012, and what they had for the always risky anime original show that is Ayaka (or its full name - Ayaka: A Story of Bonds and Wounds), yeah sure, it was INDEED a story of bonds and wounds, but this somewhat simple story, to put it simply, is an absolute chore to sit through.

Just about the only thing that I appreciated about this show is the setting: similar ...

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