Anime Review: “Aiura”

Ayuko-aiura-34209007-400-225When the new season of anime is full of high action shounen tropes, it’s nice sometimes to calm down with a cute, short anime. This is exactly where Aiura comes in. Each episode is only a max of four minutes, including opening and ending themes. Normally, I tend to avoid these “micro-anime” like the plague as I don’t feel they have enough time for plot development, but it was a nice repose from some of the crazy anime available today.

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Focusing on three high school girls, this charming little anime introduces Ayuko Ueharaa new high school student. Just finishing up middle school last year, she is accepted into a high school where she knows no one. She meets the two friends, the energetic Kanaka Amaya and the unmotivated and laid back Saki Iwasawa. At first, Ayuko is shy and confused at Kanaka’s energy, but the trio quickly become close and the series follows the three girls in their first year of school together.

shorts_spring2013_06_2Each episode focuses on a few short events including introducing the homeroom teacher, who is ironically a lot like Saki. The class representative takes attendance, and the girls chat. In one episode, the girls have to study for finals, and the go over to Kanaka’s house. Instead of hanging out in her room, they meet in Kanaka’s brother’s room. When he arrives home, he complains, but allows the girls to stay, as Kanaka’s room is a disaster zone.

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Despite how short it is, this is an adorable series for anyone that needs a slight break.The characters are fun and though there is not really a plot, it’s still worth a watch. You could probably finish all twelve episodes in less than an hour. The style of animation is a bit child-like, but this only adds to the charm.

Final Words

At first, I didn’t expect much when I turned this series on. But, that really wasn’t the point to this anime. I looked up the manga, and it turns out this short format was perfect for the original format. It’s a simple four panel manga that is meant to do exactly what I’d enjoyed the anime for: a simple, cute, and refreshing break. If you have a bit of time to kill, I definitely recommend it.

I would give this anime…9/10 (rating scale)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Azumanga Daioh!, Lucky Star, Cromartie High School

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“gdgd fairies” Review

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“It’s ‘levi-OH-sah,’ not ‘levio-SAH!'”

As far as anime goes, it’s obvious that “gdgd fairies” is adorable. Three chibi fairies named shrshr (shiru-shiru), pkpk (piku-piku) and krkr (koro-koro) have tea parties and practice magic while being silly and cute. But, that might be all it is.

Pronounced “gu-dah gu-dah” (yes like the cheese), the title is not really explained much, except as a motif for fairy names. There is not plot, save for a few things referenced in later episodes. Each episode consists of a tea party with a topic, mostly ending in silly banter, a visit to the Room of Spirit and Time (which ironically looks kind of like the Hyperbolic Time Chamber from Dragonball Z) to practice magic, and then a

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That’s up for debate.

visit to the Dubbing Lake, where the voice actors ad-lib scenes. The animation seems to be somewhat motion capture, especially in the Dubbing Lake scenes, so it’s relatively nice and fluid.

This anime could be described using one word: silly. It seems to be a show thrown together by people that might have been working on bigger projects and just wanted to do something fun and cute to decompress from other things. It is still an adorable anime, and if you just want a giggle, I’d recommend checking it out.

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It seems to be geared toward young girls in elementary school, planting it firmly in the kodomomuke genre. I think my favorite part was actually the Dubbing Lake, since it’s almost completely ad-lib, and the fourth wall is broken a few times by the voice actors, which I think is completely adorable. They also accidentally create a few characters during these sessions that come back later on (my favorite was pk-chan’s dad).

Final Words

If you like plot-heavy anime, this is not going to be one of your favorites. However, if you’re looking for just something cute to pass the time, I’d highly recommend it.

I would give “gdgd fairies”… 6.5/10 (rating scale)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Lovely Muuuuuuuco!, Tengami Bachi (Letter Bee), Girls und Panzer

“Assassination Classroom” Review

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“Hand over the lollipops!”

School can be boring sometimes; everyone knows that. But, if you have an alien monster for a teacher, it couldn’t be all that bad. At least that’s what the members of class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High might have thought.

As part of the deconstruction genre, this anime is what a lot of people would call “weird.” If you’re unfamiliar, a deconstruction anime generally looks at anime themes and how real people might react to them, as opposed to traditional characters that would normally just accept the tropes and circumstances (a good example of this genre is Puella Magi Madoka Magica). The anime starts out simple: the bottom rung class of the academy has been assigned this weird alien teacher and must kill him before the deadline or the

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“If we let him keep painting, he won’t be cranky later.”

world might blow up. If they do make it though, they get a huge bounty reward.

However, as the anime continues, it reveals what an excellent and skilled teacher this alien monster actually is. He helps them turn into the best class in the academy, which pisses off a lot of the other students who are used to being number one, and ruins the educational tactics of the principal. There’s also a few dark twists and secrets revealed that really explain quite a few things including why the classroom was created as an assassination classroom instead of letting the government just take care of the threat.

I was surprised how deep the story went. It revealed quite a lot about the students and even taught them things that no school would traditionally teach them with the intent to pass these lessons onto the viewer. As the students worked to kill their teacher, they learned more about themselves and the world, turning somewhat into a traditional school or slice of life genre at a few points. There are war games, missions, and even threats the entire class has to take on together, with the help of their super-powered teacher of course.

Final Words

As with most deconstruction animes, it takes a very dark turn, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the story. It does get a little slow at times, but those times actually are used to reveal surprising aspects of the characters. It shows how a real person might react when faced with a world-ending threat, and how that can bring out the best in someone. I also found it amusing how much fun their mission seemed to be, despite the seriousness of it. The message within it is clear: your circumstances don’t define you.

I would give “Assassination Classroom … 9/10 (rating scale)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Kill la Kill, Psychopass, Azumanga Daioh!

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