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Old 2009-07-04, 05:50   Link #121
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The first episode was pretty enjoyable. I'm definitely looking forward to ep 2. It's too early to say but it looks like this might be the "yuri done right" series that I've been waiting for.
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Old 2009-07-04, 15:47   Link #122
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The bad: Quoting CR -- It’s only available in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, American Somoa, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, & Virgin Islands.

The good: there's more than one way to skin a cat, and given the huge first-episode praise, I'll try to watch it.
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Old 2009-07-04, 19:20   Link #123
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Really loving the first episode. It has such a gentle, nostalgic feeling. The direction rather reminds me of Koi Kaze's style, but with a higher budget.

I wonder about the nun at Achan's school. Is it really a Catholic school? I always figured that the sorts of schools in Marimite, etc were Christian in name and style only, and had no actual trace of theological teaching or religion. It would add more possible dramatic material if it was, at least.

I think it's interesting how it plays with a lot of classical moe dynamics...the border between Fumi's cool appearance but shy interior, childhood friends, etc...but because it presents it in a far more "classy" non-pandering manner, the sort of people who would usually disparage moe shows won't likely disparage this. Like, there are two shows this season which feature little girls randomly peeing themselves, but one will be popular on ANN and the other one won't.

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So, who's fansubbing this dealie?
CrunchyRoll is airing a legal simulcast of the show (http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Aoihana)

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Some groups are apparently going ahead with fansubbing this so I guess CR isn't planning on asking them to stop.
Or are, and the groups are ignoring them.

When Strike Witches was airing, BOST TV contacted a number of "fansub" groups releasing pirated versions of the show and asked them to stop, yet they still continued to.
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Old 2009-07-05, 06:42   Link #124
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Just watched episode 1, and let me just say that this is one of Kasai's best (though Honey and Clover's first episode reigns just a tad more for me). Love the music here, the OP sequence especially, though it is a bit disappointing to see nothing more but manga covers in the ED. My only complaint so far is Akira's voice, I can see a certain squeakiness to her voice but not that high-pitched; it's very unnatural so to speak. Everything else I'm enjoying immensely, from the color palletes (which gives off a nostalgic feel to the show), the way the show gives more thought on the character's body language, and to the subdued tone of the whole thing. This may be the first yuri anime (manga are a different thing entirely) I've ever enjoyed, and yes, I am one of those yuri-lovers who doesn't worship the daylights out of Marimite. Shocking, I know.
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Old 2009-07-05, 13:09   Link #125
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...This may be the first yuri anime (manga are a different thing entirely) I've ever enjoyed, and yes, I am one of those yuri-lovers who doesn't worship the daylights out of Marimite. Shocking, I know.
My favorite "yuri" anime:

1. Simoun
2. Oniisama-e
3. Marimite
4. Blue Drop
5. Candy Boy
6. Ice

Aoi Hana looks as if it could easily join that list, based on the manga and ep1. I'm not a huge fan of Utena and no fan at all of Strawberry Panic, despite liking Nabatame Hitomi.
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Old 2009-07-06, 13:32   Link #126
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A little late but i throughly enjoyed the first episode of Aoi Hana. Very colorful and i just loved the dialog and the music the colors just drew me in instantly and i dont think it could have been done any better including the bgm. Character animations were solid and imo quite beautiful. The pacing is just right for what this series is. Its a been a while since we a good Yuri i am looking forward to a lot more. I am so excited i can hardly stand to wait for episode 2. I havent been gitty like a school girl about a series in a long time but Aoi Hana just might do it for me. Great adaptation so far.
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Old 2009-07-07, 03:24   Link #127
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J.C. staff + Kenichi Kasai is a great combination for me, and a serious yuri romance is just an added bonus.
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Old 2009-07-07, 03:43   Link #128
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J.C. staff + Kenichi Kasai is a great combination for me, and a serious yuri romance is just an added bonus.
Speaking as a manga reader, and someone who's experiencing Kenichi Kasai's way of directing, it's easy to tell that he was behind the first episode. The way he handles the characters are very common with each series. He'll do so much with this material.

So is it true that this show will only be 11 episodes? If that's true, i can't even see then getting to the fourth volume. Not even the end of the third.
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Old 2009-07-07, 04:37   Link #129
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Speaking as a manga reader, and someone who's experiencing Kenichi Kasai's way of directing, it's easy to tell that he was behind the first episode. The way he handles the characters are very common with each series. He'll do so much with this material.
I'll be honest I didn't even know J.C. Staff and Kenichi Kasai were working on this show until I recognize elements from the studio and the director while watching the episode.

As for the manga I haven't read it, I'll probably will when the series is done. The mangaka's other work Hourou Musoko looks very interesting though.
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Old 2009-07-07, 04:43   Link #130
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As for the manga I haven't read it, I'll probably will when the series is done. The mangaka's other work Hourou Musoko looks very interesting though.
Indeed, Kourko Musoko is another great title. I'd love a future anime adaptation by the same team.
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Old 2009-07-07, 05:23   Link #131
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So is it true that this show will only be 11 episodes? If that's true, i can't even see then getting to the fourth volume. Not even the end of the third.
Amazon released the DVD schedule of this series:

http://tinyurl.com/me8h22

...and according to the number of the DVD planned and run-time for each DVD, it's going to be 11 episodes.

I seriously hope this becomes a very solid DVD seller so it may consider doing a season 2.
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Old 2009-07-07, 05:32   Link #132
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I seriously hope this becomes a very solid DVD seller so it may consider doing a season 2.
Same here. Even so with it being 11 episodes, we shouldn't see any anime original material at all. The real question is at what part of the manga will they end this series at. I can't wait to find out.
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Old 2009-07-07, 05:40   Link #133
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Very nice and girly show, for a yuri show, is a compliment.

One thing about the atmosphere of the storytelling is that it already feels a bit dark and dour at spots. I wonder how.. grim things will get when the inevitable curveball comes..
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Old 2009-07-07, 06:00   Link #134
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I wonder about the nun at Achan's school. Is it really a Catholic school? I always figured that the sorts of schools in Marimite, etc were Christian in name and style only, and had no actual trace of theological teaching or religion. It would add more possible dramatic material if it was, at least.
In Takako SHIMURA's other works, Hourou Musuko, a character is ridden by guilt Catholic-style and want to absolve. I shouldn't say anything more than that due to rules regarding spoilers (from another series, at that), but i can see that the mangaka takes Christian concepts seriously. (As much as i can understand anyway... i'm not a Christian, but being an Abrahamist for 24-years teach you to sense whether something is related to the teaching of your faith-- no matter how remotely.)

I hope i don't step on anyone's toes with this post.
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Old 2009-07-07, 08:52   Link #135
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When I started watching I was actually pleasantly shocked to see that J.C.Staff was the studio behind this. The animation quality is almost 2x of the usual stuff they churn out recently.

Then again they've recently upped the ante a bit. Maybe they're getting better funding now? Here's to hoping that the new Shakugan no Shana series gets a good working budget. Hoepfully Aoi Hana will be the benchmark of animation for future offerings from this studio.
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Old 2009-07-08, 14:26   Link #136
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Loved ep2, as well. Seemed at least as subtle and full of feeling as the manga. Really think Takabe Ai is doing a wonderful job with Fumi. Not a voice I expected, but a good inspiration of hers or the director's or sound director's. Thought the backgrounds were beautifully atmospheric.
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Old 2009-07-08, 14:28   Link #137
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Spoiler for Episode 02:


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It's pretty obvious, so non-manga readers shouldn't have any trouble.
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Old 2009-07-08, 16:09   Link #138
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Watching the first episode of Aoi Hana, it seems like a decent show so far, but nothing more special than that. I'm going to attribute this mostly to the show being one that builds up very slowly, like Maria-sama ga Miteru or Aria, so I don't think that it's too much of a problem. So far, I've got a bit of a gripe with both of the leads: Akira is a decent enough character, but her voice really grates on me. Fumi sounds a lot better, but the "taciturn wallflower" character archetype has never done much for me. Then again, I'm seeing a lot of potential for potent drama, so I'm still quite optimistic about the show. And having Ikuhara being involved in any way is automatically a very good sign.
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Old 2009-07-08, 16:30   Link #139
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I'm really like how they're executing the reactions from the characters (both subtle and deliberate), and there are some less important animations that make me go back and see them again.

Spoiler for episode 2:
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Old 2009-07-10, 02:58   Link #140
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This made for a good start, though it's not quite as gripping for me in the way that Kimikiss managed to be (not even gonna bring up Nodame or H&C since those were really stellar). Regardless, it's still looking promising because of the wealth of side characters that catch my eye as well as the character backstories, which should hopefully prove to be compelling.

Music was nice and subtle like I'd predicted and I like the way that piano piece just fits right into the show.
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