“So why did you want to kiss me?"
"We're friends aren't we?" Callum shrugged.
I relaxed into a smile. "Of course we are."
"And if you can't kiss your friends who can you kiss?" Callum smiled.”
― Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses
Aqua Blue Cinema is as pure as innocence and fresh blades of grass, soaking in crystal clear water.
The story is very simple. Yui, an actress, and Tae, who is older than she looks, meet on a small cliff facing the shore. After Yui falls of the cliff into the sea, she loses her necklace, which was given to her by an ex-girlfriend who she really loved. Yui blames the incident on Tae, and so Tae must work as her assistant to pay for the necklace. As they interact with each other, each girl learns more about the other.
The characters are drawn very simply, but the art gives off the impression that Yui is an adult and that Tae is in junior high, when really they're not. Even though they're drawn ordinarily, they still look nice, and their body proportions are realistic. (Sorry if that sounded wrong, I didn't mean it that way.) The backgrounds are light and as ordinary as the characters, but it makes everything so much easier to look at.
The characters are nothing outside- of- the- box, but there is effective character development in this series. I think Tae and Yui are great together, and I like both of their personalities. Yui is easygoing and natural at acting, and Tae is so cute and gullible, but still tries to work everything out.
Combined with the epilogue at the end, I could say that I enjoyed this series since it was so innocent yet so simple when describing the relationship of a movie star and high schooler, set in a realistic environment with a realistic conflict and moderate amounts of drama and slice of life. read more