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Aiura Episode #01 Anime Review

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Aiura Episode 1
Aiura Episode 1
Highschool is about to start and Ayuko is just hoping she’ll grow into her uniform.

What They Say:
They don’t always see eye-to-eye, but that just makes these high school girls’ daily lives more fun. “Their lives happen when nothing is happening” in this anime based on the lackadaisical four-panel manga. *This story features high school girls, but there’s not much romance, and comedy has its place. Don’t expect too much extravagance.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Aiura joins the ranks of other short form shows, though it clocks in at four minutes an episode. But even that’s a bit deceptive as it’s opening sequence is the first minute itself, which is pretty fun to watch with all the crab aspects. The show revolves around a trio of friends and it starts off by introducing us to Ayuko as she comes across a pair of girls who bump into her and causes her to loose her food. There’s some amusing mistaken age issues going on here and Ayuko’s reactions to the two girls and what they say is priceless in its very, very relaxed way.

In Summary:
Aiura right out of the gate does strike you as something different and it feels like it’s going to try to be a bit more story and character driven, even though humor factors into it. With a gorgeous design for the backgrounds and the overall character animation, there’s a kind of semi-theatrical flair about it that lets it stand out from other short form shows that almost go for the paint by numbers approach to design. With this episode, we don’t even get any names of the characters really and the main trio has not formed as they’re all about to enter highschool, though we get Kanaka and Saki together briefly to see how they are before Ayuko gets drawn into it all. There’s a real charm here in the pacing, music and general mood of the show that has me really hopefuly that this could be something very enjoyable.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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