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Jun 24, 2009 7:25 PM
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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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That was different from what I expected. No tail, no scales, no gills. And a fair amount of humor.

This looks like it will end up being a "cute girls doing stupid things" series, but it might go along some other path as a fantasy, so I'll at least watch one more episode.
Jun 24, 2009 8:09 PM
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Are there subs anywhere yet??? It came out just today, so I'm kind of unsure.
Jun 24, 2009 8:10 PM
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Are there subs anywhere yet??? It came out just today, so I'm kind of unsure.


I have no idea - I watch raws.
Jun 25, 2009 12:15 AM
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Nice, opening by marble.

dbaranyi said:
No tail, no scales, no gills. And a fair amount of humor.

I liked it this way. Rather calm story but not too boring, Miyamori's dark aura and baseball-like throwing for example :D

Urin (thats a name NOT to be romanized >.<) seemed to have broken a seal and the ring got cursed?
I don't know where it's supposed to go, let's see in the next weeks.

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Jun 25, 2009 12:16 AM
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No, they arent any subs yet. I am still waiting for a fansub to release the first episode.

Jun 25, 2009 9:00 AM
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It was better than I expected... but then again my expectations were really low.

But I'm surely in love with the opening song. I can't wait for the single to come out :3
Jun 25, 2009 11:02 PM
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Gave it a 2/5. It was pretty bad. The characters were all annoying (Marin = ditz, Urin = crybaby, and Kanon = bitch)

The line "oh he must be a good guy since he gave you such a pretty ring!" didn't sit well with me either.

Aria this most certainly is not.
Jun 26, 2009 1:04 AM
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Damn, this show is going to make me a lolicon... I really am clueless about what will happen in this anime, but seems relaxing so far. I got Aria vibes from the episode. We'll see what will happen.
Jun 26, 2009 4:29 AM
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That was a decent start. Somehow, this episode felt pretty unique, especially because of the art style and unusual animation techniques. The characters already look strong enough, and I'm sure that we can expect great development later.

imo, it's nothing close to Aria though, it reminded me more of Pretear. Hopefully, this show will realise its potential better than Pretear did.
Jun 26, 2009 1:48 PM

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I got Aria vibes from the episode.

Well, that's bound to happen since Umi Monogatari and Aria have the same director, Junichi Sato, who also directed Kaleido Star, a couple Sailor Moon series, Pretear and the second Shugo Chara anime. There's also Reiko Yoshida who did the screenplay on Aria in the Umi staff.

I for one liked the first episode.
And those chibi faces are damn funny. But some of Kanon's reactions were way too exagerated i think.
I'm just curious as to how the mahou shoujo stuff will fit in with the story and how come Kanon will also be 'magical' :P



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Jun 26, 2009 2:38 PM

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Decent first episode. The OP is nice & mellow and the animation is better than expected. As long as the storyline isn't going to follow any clichés, it could turn out somewhat interesting. Overall, the ep caught enough of my interest to keep watching.

Oh and, I liked Kanon's dark & gloomy moodswings.
Jun 26, 2009 2:40 PM

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Gave it a 2/5. It was pretty bad. The characters were all annoying (Marin = ditz, Urin = crybaby, and Kanon = bitch)

The line "oh he must be a good guy since he gave you such a pretty ring!" didn't sit well with me either.

Aria this most certainly is not.


I agree, but the unique art style made me give it a slightly better score. I hope it gets better.
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Jun 26, 2009 2:59 PM

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The show does have a unique vibe to it and its also kinda cute and funny. At the same time, it seems to be building on some kind of fantasy storyline so I'll keep watching it.

It's calming, but not boring and the animation seems pretty good.

You can't expect too much just from a first episode.
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Jun 26, 2009 3:27 PM

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So far pretty interesting~

There was more humour in it than I thought there would be :3. Is it just me, or did Kanon remind anyone of Kyoko from Skip Beat XD? I couldn't help but laugh at her dark aura :P

As expected, I'm loving the art and animation. I don't know where the story is going but the ending was pretty good in capturing my interest.

Overall I like the calm, laid back, slice-of-life feel of the anime. What I really like most about this episode was the gorgeous music. LOVED it. Beautiful instrumentals I must say :)

Opening and ending are also really nice. I like the cute Little Mermaid reference in the ending :D
Jun 26, 2009 4:20 PM

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Yeah I thought that was better than my expectations.
I think it has a good atmosphere to it. It is pretty interesting so far and I like the characters.
Jun 26, 2009 4:44 PM

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It got my attention, but I need a few more episodes to effectively judge it.

I do enjoy Kanon's character though, as she seems to be channeling a sarcastic-deadpan-Maaya-Sakamoto type vibe.
Jun 26, 2009 5:44 PM

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It was interesting enough to make me want to see the next episode, with Urin breaking the seal at the end. However, I do hope that they don't play up the gags and Marin being a ditz too much. Lol at all the guys looking at her clothes, though. I also liked the OP and ED, particularly the ED animation with The Little Mermaid story.
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I thought this episode was a decent start, i found the fortune teller girl kind of annoying since her dark phase just kept repeating but normally shes fine, im intrigued to see where this series goes though so they did a good job in establishing some suspense. I really didnt like the opening or the ending but thats just my opinion, probably too slow paced for my tastes. I do like the main character though (the blonde) her sister was kind of annoying though
Jun 26, 2009 10:41 PM

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I liked it enough to stick with it for another couple of episodes.

However, while the "Aria-esq" opening was a nice counter to the girls energy the music was totally inappropriate for the dramatic turn of events at the end of the episode. It was like somebody forgot to turn of the piano music.

From the look of the underwater peoples' hair and costumes it would appear they inhabit the same ocean as Spongebob Squarepants where water doesn't necessarily behave like water; which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Jun 26, 2009 11:15 PM

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Strikes me more as a fanserviced up Sketchbook or Kamichu! than it does Aria, honestly. It's probably worth following for a couple episodes just because the genre is usually successful, but I'm a skeptical at the moment. Who knows, really.

I will admit, however, that it was much better than I expected. I only picked it up to put off writing a paper, so in that sense it was a rather pleasant surprise.
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Jun 27, 2009 1:47 AM
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Well reasonable start ,even thought this is not my kind of anime I think I might continue watching this hopefully it gets more interesting

Kanon is a little annoying but I think I can put up with her attitude ^^
Jun 27, 2009 4:36 AM

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I saw riya's name in the ED credits under a song name, but I didn't hear her sing, nor is her name anywhere in the Umi Monogatari page in MAL.
A future OP/ED maybe?
Jun 27, 2009 6:02 AM
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I saw riya's name in the ED credits under a song name, but I didn't hear her sing, nor is her name anywhere in the Umi Monogatari page in MAL.
A future OP/ED maybe?

According to Wikipedia, the ED was sung, as well as composed and edited by Itou Masumi, but the lyrics are by riya.
Jun 27, 2009 7:00 AM

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It was much better than I expected, the soundtrack was always present, and the animation style they use to introduce humor can turn out to be interesting if not abused.

As with most songs by marble I'll probably enjoy the OP more and more as I hear it again, but the ED really caught me right off the bat, the Little Mermaid slideshow along with Urin's reactions is very cute and interesting, and Masumi Itou's vocal is as great as always.

Definitely a pleasant surprise for me as the 1st anime of the new season I watch.

EDIT: On another topic, I don't quite understand why this show is being compared so much to Aria, the only things I can see in common between them are that both are slow-paced slice-of-life, both are directed by Satou and both have cute girls surrounded by lots of water.
I don't think the chemistry between the characters nor their reflections upon the world they live in will turn out to be similar to Aria. For instance Marin's optimism in my opinion is more similar to SZS's Kafuka, though not as twisted, than Akari's, and the first cliffhanger ending hints more at a fantasy setting than one focused on exploring factors such as the umibito society and the boundaries between them and humans(even though I'd like the series to do that later on).
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The animation was just ... wow. I really liked it. And it feels really relaxing serie ~ And I liked the characters, especially Kanon.

Waiting forward to next episode ! ~


Jun 27, 2009 9:12 AM

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I really liked this episode. The art is gorgeous, and the BGM is so peaceful.. And I was impressed for a mahou shoujo to start like this. Can't wait to see the next ones!
Jun 27, 2009 10:40 AM

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the thing that stood out the most was the music. gave the whole episode a smooth feel to it. its not a bad start.
Jun 27, 2009 12:33 PM
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Both the music and the animation just oozes "Aria" out of its pours. It's enough to get me to watch it since I feel like I'm getting more Aria.
They even used the same commercial break cut that Aria used, with the characters talking as the series title shows up on the corner of the screen.
Jun 27, 2009 1:44 PM

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Nice animation, beautiful. I'm amazed. I hope next episode will bring something new to the plot. The end of the 1st episode was promising.
Urin - horrible name:/
Jun 27, 2009 4:35 PM

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I liked it.

The animation syle is superb, really nice. Music was really soothing and peaceful. Lots of humour in this episode and I liked Kanon a lot. Good start for the summer season. ^^
Jun 27, 2009 10:03 PM

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Agh ... so far I can't stand this anime ... I admit I LOVED ARIA so MUCH ... but this ... this doesn't feel like ARIA at all ..
Jun 27, 2009 10:08 PM

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Great animation. Hopefully the characters will get less annoying as the show progresses.
Jun 28, 2009 12:59 AM

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I enjoyed the first episode more then I thought I would and will be watching another episode before I work out if I will continue watching it. Really loved the ending with the Little Mermaid.
Jun 28, 2009 1:41 AM

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I find it quite decent, though my expectations were a bit high, so I didn't like it as much as I probably should. The opening is rather intriguing, I'm curious to see how the things between Marin and Kanon will really develop. And I really hope the animation quality doesn't drop in future episodes, it's just so pretty.
Jun 28, 2009 2:44 AM

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Aria vibes? You got to be kidding.
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Jun 28, 2009 4:04 AM
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I feared until the very end of the episode that it was going to be another ARIA/Kaleidostar, but thanks God, there was more than just slice of life with the apparaition of... well, something evil we don't know yet. I don't particularly like the characters nor the setting or direction, but at least, I didn't fell asleep in this introductionary episode (contrary to Kaleidostar, ARIA and ARIA The natural episode 1).

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Jun 28, 2009 4:55 AM

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was ok but nothing more. lets see how this will turn out, but i think i wont stick to it.
made me kinda sleepy~~


Jun 28, 2009 9:29 AM

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I wasn't even planning on watching this, but I'm glad I did. It was quite a pleasant surprise! I really liked the art and music, and the characters seem pretty interesting -- Kanon's evil aura cracks me up. :P
Jun 28, 2009 11:21 AM
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I had pretty low expectations for this series but I'm glad I watched it. As for those saying they don't get the Aria vibe some are feeling, I don't think it's to the extent that some are taking it. I don't think the vibe comes from the characters or anything but more around the setting it takes place in and the music. The opening and ending themes also give off that relaxing quality that Aria has.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the next episode goes. I just hope it doesn't focus too much on the fanservice or Marin's lack of clothes because that may kill the series for me.
Jun 28, 2009 11:27 AM

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Good first episode thusfar.

Art and animation are nice and this show looks like it could become something really nice.

Had a lot more humor than I expected it to have. Expected a more serious, maybe even drama-filled show. If they keep it the way it is now, I'll definitely watch more.
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Jun 28, 2009 11:59 AM

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I didn't expect much watching this but I must admit that it's not bad, though not great either.

And this is definitely a show for lolicons and DFC loving people. At first I thought Kanon was a boy and I was like "Wtf? Why's his mother undressing in front of him?". XD

Anyways, it was really cute and overall I felt this episode quite relaxing, especially the music. The kind of show that I might watch from time to time when I'm bored.
Jun 28, 2009 12:32 PM

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Ohh I love water and mermaids. Cute girls nice animation and music. I'm diggin it.
Jun 28, 2009 1:15 PM

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4/5 from the first episode and got me wanting to watch the next one.

Different to what i usually watch, liked the music don't think ive heard that kind in an anime ive wactched before.

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Jun 28, 2009 2:13 PM

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iLike the art. OP/ED was nice.
Jun 28, 2009 3:05 PM
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To me, it felt more like Sketchbook than Aria. Still, fairly strong start, so I'll be keeping going with this one.
Jun 28, 2009 10:38 PM

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Hmmm that was an interesting start to the show. But uh... what's up with the whole evil thing in the end? This isn't going to turn into some weird supernatural defeat-an-evil-spirit show is it?
Jun 28, 2009 11:26 PM

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Great style, appealing character designs. For the love of Junichi Sato I must keep going.
Jun 29, 2009 7:33 AM

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The ending was quite unexpected.



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Jun 29, 2009 10:24 AM

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I love the art style, especially the eyes for this one. And gotta say, it is more than I expected myself. Rather good and interesting indeed. :3
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Jun 29, 2009 11:38 AM

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I liked this first episode, but I have the feeling that it will go downhill after the next two episodes or so. I absolutely like the animation and the music. Four seiyu from UmiMono are also in Shugo Chara, haha!
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