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First Date: Aoi Hana

My first impressions of a new show.


 
 

Quick Stats:

Title: Aoi Hana
Studio: J.C. Staff
Genre: Shoujo/ Yuri
Availability: Simulcast on Crunchyroll

Ratings (of 5):

Story: ♥♥♥
Animation: ♥♥♥
Characters: ♥♥½
OP/ED Themes: ♥♥

Overall: ♥♥½

ONE-LINER: Girl meets girl, girl rescues girl from train molester, girls realize they were childhood friends...the usual.

 
 


Thoughts:

Aoi Hana is the tale of two girls who were friends in elementary school until they had to separate because one was moving to another town. She-- Fumi –moves back to the town right before her first day of high school. She's a litle bit emo because the cousin who was staying with them (and on whom she had a crush) is leaving.

Cue Akira, also starting her first day of high school, at a different all-girls academy in town (how many ARE there, anyway?).  She's worried about whether she'll be able to make friends at her new school, in spite of the fact that she's a cute and outgoing young woman.

The two run into each other literally on the train platform. Then, once on the train, Akira saves Fumi from a train molester, and the two talk briefly on their way to their separate schools. Later, when their moms get together for a reunion, they realize that they're old pals.

If you want to know more about what happens after that, you'll have to watch the show. That said, it's a very pretty show-- think of it as a less glam-y Maria-sama ga Miteru (in fact, Akira's brother makes fun of her for talking about an elegant young woman, asking if she says “gokigenyo”-- a common greeting in the Maria-sama world).

So far, though, there's nothing about either the characters or their story that really intrigues me. Fumi is a shy girl who cries easily, and Akira is a perky tomboy-- neither is breaking any molds, at least this early on (though there's assuredly potential). But neither made me like them very quickly.

In fact, I found myself mildly annoyed by one of them. When she's being cute, Akira doesn't sound that much older at 14 than she did at 6 (or however old they were as kids). And if I hear her tell Fumi that she's cries fast again, I'm going to want to smack myself.

But as many of you know, I'm rarely a fan of the slow, quiet slice-of-life show, and yuri isn't enough to get me interested-- I'm not especially into Maria-sama ga Miteru, either. If you're interested in a less formal, more “normal Japanese girls” version of MariMite, then this could be the show of your dreams. If you were hoping for a lot of yuri fanservice-- look elsewhere.
lanaswifton July 13, 2009 at 5:37 p.m.
You're too kind. I watched the first two eps and found it boring as shit.
Dream moderator is online on July 13, 2009 at 6:46 p.m.
Being into the whole tightly close-knit girl friendship genre with titles like Utena and Maria-sama ga Miteru, I'm honestly not sure what to think of Aoi Hana at the moment. The two former titles were rich in depth with the characters and their personalities. Aoi Hana barely has any of that and it feels like each character is assigned a personality. I'll give the show at least one or two more episodes before I determine whether or not it will be worth watching the whole series.
Zeouterlimitson July 13, 2009 at 7:06 p.m.
Went into it without any expectations of knowledge of what it was and enjoyed it.
  Coming back for more :-)
JohnnySakeon July 14, 2009 at 5:50 a.m.
The first episode seemed like a bit of an initial set up of the characters. It's too early for me too to make a judgment of it yet, even in light of the fact that I really, really like Maria-Sama. Let's see what they do with the characters and I'll have a better feel for it. Give everyone a chance to have more activities in and out of school and how they are handled. If the show's creators can make me care about the characters, then they are doing something right in my book.  At least I can legally watch it locally on Crunchyroll.

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