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Tokiwa is a quiet seaside hamlet far from the city and the hometown of Sayaka Shirakawa, an artist's daughter going steady with a local boy. It's based on a dating sim game, hence the swift divergence of the story into tales of five girls who are so "different" that it takes different hats and hairstyles to remind you which is which. The storyline, however, takes on an element of doom and gloom-such as the rumor in the village that Sayaka's father paints corpses-in accordance with the Japanese tradition that holds that summertime is the best occasion for ghost stories, in order to keep the blood cold. Later episodes veer away from Sayaka to incorporate Akira, a student returning to the town for the summer vacation who discovers that his childhood friend Itsuki appears to have become a shrine maiden. A third man, Hiroshi, also encounters a local girl in the third episode, and once more what appears to be a simple tale of young love drifts into unexpected revelations and implications of tragedy. As with One: True Stories and several other anime of recent years, this title appears to exist in two incarnations back in Japan, both with and without the more explicit scenes. N