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Old 2014-07-07, 17:38   Link #21
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Well, that was adorable

I believe this series might be just what I need to get some optimism back into my life. Colorful (Seriously, so much color), cute and simply, well, sparkling. Naru does the normal girl role pretty well; particularly liked the part where she mentions that a part of her still likes thing as they are, after all, there are advantages to a routine and lots of risks when you change it, so it's never easy to go for something new. Definetly makes a more convincing argument than just being shy (though that's a valid point as well). Hana, on the other hand, it's basically the perfect counterpart, absolutely shining, optimistic and focused on what she desires. Not to mention adorable and hilarious.

Yes, it's a tried formula, but there's a reason why it continues to be used. Yes, not everyone will like it, but when the show itself is telling you not to mind people's opinions or disbelief, that's a hint you should be picking up.

The character design might take a bit getting used to, but everything else works very well, and boy, this show can look beautiful when it wants and needs to.

Definetly sticking with this.

Oh, and I think we can all agree this had yuri subtext written all over it?

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Old 2014-07-07, 18:41   Link #22
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Holy heck, that was an insanely pretty first episode.
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Old 2014-07-07, 18:49   Link #23
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Holy heck, that was an insanely pretty first episode.
Not to me yet. Got so hype I rushed and watched it in very low res. Still liked what I saw.
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Old 2014-07-07, 20:32   Link #24
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The animation was gorgeous for this one. Well done Madhouse, you did good.
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Old 2014-07-07, 21:12   Link #25
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Hana who have why to much energy and Naru who just so shy this is going to be fun
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Old 2014-07-07, 22:04   Link #26
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I couldn't help but think of some of the personal stories told in a recent book I was reading, about nikkeijin Brazilians living in a specific part of Japan. Some of the people interviewed for that book were going through various levels of schooling at the time, and each had their own perceptions and reactions to the situations they had found themselves in at that time.

One common thread was how, in the eyes of the nikkeijin (who, to some degree or other, had spent much of their formative years in a Brazilan environment), there was an absence of "human warmth" in their interactions with the students born and raised in Japan as "Japanese". Even in cases where the children actually spoke some Japanese, their expectations had been built on the more open encounters they had had with other Brazilian schoolchildren, which left them feeling a sense of "coldness" coming from their new classmates.

But on the other hand, many of the Japanese students themselves did not quite undestand (or, in many cases, were in hurry to) why this was so. In their view, building deeper inter-personal bonds was seen as a more private and gradual affair, with much less emphasis on public displays of forwardness or affection..

(Brazil itself has changed in the decade and more since that book was published, but it's an open question as to whether or not these kind of issues have improved for more recent generations of nikkeijin in Japan.)


While Princeton is a far shout from São Paulo, I felt a sense of resonance with how Hana was acting, and how (badly) the Japanese students around her were reacting.

In her mind, the sheer sense of enthusiasm she has built on the back of her formative memory of Japan has driven her to try and reach out as eagerly as possible. After all, she's come all this way, so why wouldn't she dive right in? And yet, perhaps the ideal of "Japan" in her head has not quite caught up with the reality of what she might expect to find once she got back there. (Or maybe she simply doesn't care either way.)

But on the other hand, it seems that in the area where this series is set (where the arrival of a foreign transfer student seems to be viewed as more of a big deal), the same kind of misunderstandings and assumptions are driving people away from someone who is so flagrantly confounding their sense of how to go about things.


To be fair, Hana's brand of enthusiasm is probably not all that common in New Jersey, either. But even if only a handful of people open up to her offers of friendship, it should be fine so long as they are each meaningful in their own way. (And quite frankly, if others are too conceited to give her a shot, it's not the end of the world.)


Okay, now I want there to be a Brazilian nikkeijin character in the show. "I'll try some yosakoi, if you do the same for samba..."
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Old 2014-07-08, 00:58   Link #27
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Loved the first episode. The visuals are gorgeous (I'm a sucker for the oriental aesthetic) but it was really the characters and story which carried it for me. Indeed, I think the area which differentiates this from pretty much all of the other Kirara yuri subtext anime I've followed for a while now is that it's not a 4koma series, and thus can be expected to have a plot. How deep or powerful that story can become remains to be seen, but for the first episode at least, I would happily describe it as "dazzling".

Minor note about the show's title which might be obvious but I was thinking about what it might mean, and subsequently realized it was an abbreviation of the names of the main characters. Hana, Naru, Yaya, Machi, Tama.

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By the way, a little tidbit I just noticed. Remember how surprised and then thrilled Hana was when Naru finally introduced herself and exclaimed "what a beautiful name"?

Well, the hand clacking instrument that is a requirement for whatever form of yosakoi dance one does (the wooden instrument Naru went to the roof to return to Hana) is named a Naruko.

The similarity might have contributed to Hana's delight and surprise (though just a speculation). ^^
I won't rule out any other speculations and this certainly is a neat tidbit but I also thought Hana's comment was a bit metaphorical. I suppose wordplays like this might be a bit cliche, but Naru's name (なる, no kanji given) sounds exactly like the word 成る, which means "to become". Since so much of Naru's character is about wanting to change herself, and become a dazzling existence in the world, I thought that her name and Hana's remark at that point in particular were extremely fitting for the moment that Naru took a step towards becoming a new person.
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Old 2014-07-08, 01:02   Link #28
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Very pretty episode, but I can't say I enjoyed Naru's whining throughout the episode.

Being insecure is one thing, but being on the verge of tears as if her life was a soap opera was a little too much.
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Old 2014-07-08, 01:21   Link #29
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...Minor note about the show's title which might be obvious but I was thinking about what it might mean, and subsequently realized it was an abbreviation of the names of the main characters. Hana, Naru, Yaya, Machi, Tama.
Very well could be! ^^

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Very pretty episode, but I can't say I enjoyed Naru's whining throughout the episode.

Being insecure is one thing, but being on the verge of tears as if her life was a soap opera was a little too much.
Well, I could see how someone might respond to how she was portrayed like this. I would not take that angle on things, personally. I guess I lean a bit more towards how posters like Flareknight and Requiem-x expressed it so far.

However, maybe further episodes will help us to get a little clearer insight into what makes her tick.... ^^
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Old 2014-07-08, 02:20   Link #30
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Hmm, is it me or Hana moves like a ninja? I mean, there's no way a normal school girl could do that!

Other than that, I think Madhouse did a great job on this adaptation. The colors are so vibrant, I think the guys who did the stunning adaptation of NGNL did this.
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Old 2014-07-08, 02:28   Link #31
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I was waiting for the girls doing cute things of the season.

And wow. This one blew my mind with its visual Oo
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Old 2014-07-08, 02:56   Link #32
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I was moderately interested in watching this after seeing the cute artwork for it, but I wasn't expecting to be blown away. So I was super surprised by how utterly beautiful this was! Seriously, what a treat for my eyes! Everything looked positively magical (which I suppose was the point ). It definitely helped that the girls were all cute in their own ways. I found myself identifying with Naru in a way that was almost too close for comfort though ._.

I can't wait to watch more!
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Old 2014-07-08, 06:29   Link #33
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I didn't like how Naru kept putting herself down throughout the episode. She was on the verge of depression. Hopefully, her meeting with Hana is going to give her a more positive outlook on life.

Everything else was great, particularly the gorgeous visuals. I feel in love with Hana instantly. Her design and her energy are very appealing. Definitely the star of the show, so far.
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Old 2014-07-08, 06:44   Link #34
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Having seen my fair share of cute girls doing stuff series (and probably suffered through half of those), I can say that this is probably the best pilot of such shows I've seen.

On the other hand I'm the reverse for everyone else in regards to the characters. I actually really like Naru, insecure depressive personality and all, and it feels like someone's pouring acid down my ears every time Hana's on screen.
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Old 2014-07-08, 06:56   Link #35
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I'm in the minority judging from the comments so far. No doubt it's a very beautiful show (the ephemeral dancing scenes are especially stunning) but I'm not particularly intrigued by the story or any of the characters at the moment, which has a very by-the-books quality to it.
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Old 2014-07-08, 07:10   Link #36
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I was totally blown away by the 1st ep, the visual was stunning and the music was just as good. I really like the way they coordinated the girls' dance in the OP, which made it a lot more appealing to listen to.

Character wise, I like both Hana and Naru. Having seen a fair share of people with a timid personality I can sympathize for her not wanting to change, but Hana on the other hand is just explosive and it's lots of fun to see her jumping around.

All in all it's a very powerful premier. I was way more impressed by this opening ep than Aldnoah Zero's.
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Old 2014-07-08, 07:39   Link #37
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Love the first ep. !!!

Naru is the type of character that I like to see and cheer for. I can understand her situation because I have a similar problem in my real life. I can understand why some people will find her annoying but Naru needs sometime to develop her character and I think that's one goal of this show.

Like Hana said, she's still has a lot of space to fill in something. She may be unlikeable for now but it doesn't mean she has to stay that way forever.
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Old 2014-07-08, 10:39   Link #38
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Well, I could see how someone might respond to how she was portrayed like this. I would not take that angle on things, personally. I guess I lean a bit more towards how posters like Flareknight and Requiem-x expressed it so far.

However, maybe further episodes will help us to get a little clearer insight into what makes her tick.... ^^
Just to be clear, I have no problems with Haru being dramatic like that. As I said, when you're stuck in a routine, it is not easy to change, and there are people who can't handle seemingly simple stuff like admitting to enjoy things as easily as one would think.

I do have a bit of an issue with the show taking us there too fast, mind you, one more episode of build wouldn't have hurt. That being said, I have no problem with geting to Yaya being jealous as fast as possible, since it's for the better to show how much she cares about Naru as fast as possible (She came off a bit mean spirited to me first time I read the manga).

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Don't know about animation staff, but this has the same director as NGNL.
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Old 2014-07-08, 13:54   Link #39
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Oh my word the visuals!! Madhouse you always know how to spend your budget well. Besides the gorgeous visuals I actually thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Story may not be special (besides yosakoi dance) but it does have charm which is a big plus in my book. Also being directed by Ishizuka Atsuko (director of No Game No Life and Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo) and already becoming one of my favorite anime directors just with those two, this episode too clearly demonstrates how well she directs and weaves this simplistic story into something magical. I'm very excited to see where this one goes.
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Old 2014-07-08, 17:30   Link #40
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Honestly I think it's interesting to see the kind of friends Naru acquires and the differences in how things turn out. There are things in common between Hana and Yaya (fairly outgoing personalities, able to chase things that they gain interest in, and their attachment to Naru) but in the end it was Hana who was able to help boost Naru up and assist in taking those key first steps forward.

Certainly was possible to build things up slower with Naru so it didn't feel like she reached a breaking point so early. But at the same time I get wanting your first episode to leave on a high impact moment and move things ahead.

Naru is pretty believable in the sense that she's not just uneasy about stepping out of her comfort zone, but she does appreciate the status quo. Certainly can understand that desire to just keep things as they are. Sure it's not making a big change for you, but it's comfortable. Glad Hana made her appearance to act as a catalyst for Naru to start stepping out even just a little.
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