Octavia: After a much needed wonderful nap and bandaging up my wounds, I am now ready to blog Aoi Hana broadcasting from my sister’s computer. I soooo picked an awful time to bring my laptop in to be fixed.
Anyhow, on to my first real blog! I really hope I don’t disappoint anyone *bows* Alright, so I am here to blog the anime Aoi Hana based on the popular manga series by Takako Shimura.
Like every yuri or yaoi or friendship series this episode begins with a flashback , with pretty soft tones for the colors and some mediocre crying from one of the main characters whom we aren’t introduced right away. The only thing we hear someone complaining “You are always quick to cry, Fumi-chan” Huzzah! That’s one character!
As the flash back ends we see one of the main characters arise from her sleep. She reminded me of Motoko from Azumanga except with glasses and smaller boobies, Then, the opening ques in.
*gasp!*Both characters go to a prestigious all girl school; if this doesn’t scream stereotype I don’t know what does.
The viewer is introduced to Akira Okudaira; a hyper girl with a thick head she will so be on top *shot*
She meets up with Fumi -chan *the girl from the beginning* and saves her from a train molester which apparently are very frequent in Japan…why has this not happened to me?
Exchanging pleasantries the two characters go their seperate ways. A-chan attends Fujigaya girls academy and by the end of class she is already noticed by one of her classmates…in a nice special way that she is totally unaware of. *sniff* I smell future dramatic conflict with this special one!
Fumi-chan attends Matsuoka school for young girls. Fumi has already grabbed the attention of one classmate who starts harassing her to join the drama club. Fumi politely declines stating that she is not interested in joining any clubs. She IS Motoko in disguise!
Now, when you encounter someone new and interesting or feel some sort of attraction to someone, you wonder if you will ever meet that person again. These characters do and they are so darn lucky that these long lost childhood friends have mothers who keep in touch. Seriously, they sucked at being close friends, shessh couldn’t even write one letter to each other.
So obviously, the pair do meet up again that very evening and suddenly the memories come flooding back. Oh, and what does A-chan say to Fumi-chan; her long lost childhood friend? *cue in screenshot!*
The episode pretty much ends from there, Fumi-chan’s cousin who we seen in the beginning is given a surprise cake in celebration of her engagement; Fumi-chan looks hurt. Sooo not only does this girl not say no to train molesters, she is in love with her cousin and some how is lost in her own world to realize that is getting married. What a happy family!
The next day, A-chan sees Fumi-chan crying on the train platform and offers her tissue, awww how sweet! Young love is so sappy isn’t it?
Art Impression: The art in this series is beautiful. The characters are drawn out in soft hues and the lines are bold and sharp like in other animes, instead the lines are more like pencil markings. The background is what really stands out and creates this gentile atmosphere. The water colors in the background are what makes the anime look more like a piece or art more then a series of layers and screens. It if the plot doesnt keep my interest looking at the wonderful art definantly will.
Overall impression: I quite enjoyed the first episode and I am looking forward to the second one. I am interested to see how the relationship will develop and if it will stay more on the friendship side of thing or bloom into something more. Though the characters may seem slightly stereotypical, it is realistic enough. I can’t wait to blog the next one!
Octavia’s Episode Rating: 8.5/10
How much Octavia is looking forward to the next episode: 9.5/10