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Jun 21, 2018
(Review is spoiler-free.)

The agonizing wait for a good vanilla yuri anime has ended. Asagao to Kase-san brilliantly delivers a finely crafted lesbian love story, with romance and drama blended in perfect proportion.

Vanilla yuri fans have had a rough time when it comes to original anime or adaptations. Although there have been tons of series with undertones of lesbian relationships, outright and/or serious lesbian romance hasn't really graced anime since Sasameki Koto and Aoi Hana (2009) or Sakura Trick (2014). With the recent advent of adaptations of derivative yuri series Netsuzou Trap and Citrus, I had hoped that this would herald a revival in good old read more
Dec 23, 2015
Preliminary
TL;DR: Very light-hearted, fluffy, and sweet read that will enamor any girls' love fan!

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Story: The premise is relatively simple. Haru, a young, sheltered woman, is married off to Sensei, an older woman who writes novels for a living. Having no idea of what is expected of her as Sensei's wife, Haru putters around awkwardly as she tries to settle down and resolve her feelings - and Sensei is too busy to notice! It's a very light premise that mostly serves to set the stage for the blossoming romance and the slice-of-married-life fluff. There's not much to keep track of: there's the two main characters and read more
Nov 24, 2015
TL;DR: Pleasant, lighthearted fare with hints of romantic friendship. Great for slice-of-life, comedy, and shoujo-ai readers!

I love Fujieda Miyabi's works. They are very easygoing works that are great entry-level reads for the slice-of-life and shoujo-ai genres. "Alice Quartet Obbligato" does not stray from this, although it has a much heavier focus on slice-of-life and character. That said, it still has hints and traces of romance for the girls' love reader to enjoy.

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Story: Consistent with Fujieda's works, this manga has a very simple premise that acts more like a backdrop than an actual story. Four girls work to design and make clothes in the clothier shop read more
Oct 21, 2015
This review is spoiler-free.

TL;DR: Stuffed the essence and all the good things of the Tamayura franchise in around an hour: heartwarming from the first minute to the last, substantial and realistic character development, great pacing, and the same relaxing atmosphere we all have loved. I look forward to watching the next two movies!

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Story: The first movie did not really give viewers much of a clue as to how the four movies will end the story of Potte and friends - and all the better for how great they started things off with this movie. The conflict - centered around the characters' plans for the future read more
Oct 20, 2015
TL;DR: Trademark relaxing "healing" as expected of the franchise, small hints of the end of the story between the four girls. Works well as a recap or refresh episode after "More Aggressive".

If new to this series, I recommend watching the OVA and two TV seasons before starting this - however, this movie works as an introductory piece as well.

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Story: It actually feels much like an extended normal episode of Tamayura, and the longer airtime led to substantially more and higher-quality scenes and interactions between the cast. The relationships between the four main characters and the supporting cast remain the same as ever. It definitely has read more
Aug 31, 2015
TL;DR: A very short and fun story with Fujieda Miyabi's trademark fluff and vibrance. You can't go wrong with reading this in one sitting!

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Story: Very quick and decisive pacing, perfect for the premise shown in the synopsis. Each chapter did its part to develop the characters' relationship and advance the story with very little filler. Don't get me wrong here - it's still fluffy, but it definitely does not waste time!

Art: Simple backgrounds and pleasing character aesthetics are Fujieda's trademarks, reflecting his focus on the characters in his works. Very easy to look at!

Characters: Nothing extraordinary or outstanding - there is a clear power differential read more
Aug 24, 2015
TL;DR: "Virgin Night" stands alone as an explicit film that focused not on titillation but on the awkwardness and tension surrounding two teenagers as they have sex for the first time. Watches more like a drama film than a sex tape. If you want something to fap to, look elsewhere - if you're up for some drama and character interaction with some sex in it, this is right for you.

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Foreword: "Virgin Night" is adapted from the manga by ecchi/hentai mangaka Tanaka Yutaka, most popularly known for "Ai-Ren" or "My Lovely Ghost Kana". Most of his works include vanilla sex to depict the characters' loving and read more
Aug 14, 2015
TL;DR: A fantastically fluffy and sweet shoujo-ai slice of life series, guaranteed to be a treat for the shoujo-ai fan. Remains enjoyable for other readers thanks to vibrant interactions and quality slice of life content. Read slowly!

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Story: Focuses on the friendship and blossoming romance between Seriho, the owner of the Amber Teahouse, and Sarasa, a high-schooler who works in the tea shop on a part-time basis. The story is mostly sequential - there is a sense of progression as the chapters go on - but there is an episodic feel to it in that each chapter involves different, disconnected events in the lives of the read more