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Jul 29, 2013
Aiura (Anime) add (All reviews)
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).

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Apr 28, 2013
Yuri Seijin Naoko-san is a crazy little piece. It's a little hard to describe, but if you're familiar with the "denpa" aesthetic, you'll get this.

There really isn't any story to be had here. Misuzu's sister left a while back and she's been replaced by a perverted alien who goes by the name of Naoko. Craziness ensues. The focus is obviously on the rapid-fire gags which will be hit or miss. There's one scene in which Misuzu dreams of her older sister which added a nice contrasting touch of nostalgia; it was very well done. Overall, it's all over the place, but that's the point.

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Apr 28, 2013
One word: Underwhelming. Being a fan of Mamoru's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, I was unfortunately let down by Wolf Children.

I'm ambivalent when it comes to the story. It is told in a very charming manner, but suffers in terms of pacing. I wasn't able to connect with the dramatic moments, particularly in the beginning with the father, with the conflict between the siblings toward the middle, and the end. It all felt incredibly predictable and haphazard. It couldn't even develop the conflicts so that they felt more believable or meaningful--it felt like empty drama. Wolf Children shines brightest during the peaceful and read more
Apr 27, 2013
First review. I just finished this so it's fresh on my mind and I absolutely must write about it.

What we have here is a typical story executed in a wonderfully original way. KyoAni blends the comedic and dramatic into a nostalgic exploration of adolescence topped with their particular charm. I found myself laughing, cringing, and tearing up multiple times throughout. It's an emotional roller-coaster, yet I feel it manages to avoid the realm of melodrama by contrasting drama with gags. It does what Toradora failed to do for me. That said, I feel the show could have used one or two more episodes to read more