After watching the first episode of Takako Shimura’s Yuri manga Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers), I was simply amazed by the characters, theme (YURI!!!11!!), animation and most of all, the OP (Look at the above pic if you don’t understand). And all done by the Hayate owned animation studio J.C. Staff, if only they managed to get the animation for Hayate at this level…
First of all lets go over whats this Yuri series is all about; (From Wiki)
Fumi and Akira were best friends when they were little, with Akira always looking after the crybaby Fumi, but that all ended when Fumi’s family moved away. Several years later, Fumi’s family returned, and she and Akira happened to bump into each other on their way to school. They became friends again, quickly slipping back into old patterns. Shortly after, Fumi began dating a cool, attractive upperclassman who, coincidentally enough, had ties to Akira’s current school, the prestigious Fujigaya Girls’ Academy. (NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!1111111111!)
(Sorry… I just had to do that…)
So the plot kind of reminds me of the main plot in Tonagura!, two childhood friends wall lovey dovey until the moment one has to move away due to unintentional circumstances, only to come back a decade later. Which is basically the same for this, but more mature.
This first episode was basically introducing all the main characters (Akira and Fumi’s families and classmates at school), showing the first meeting in years between Fumi and Akira, only to not noticing each other at first, some short flashbacks into the past when Fumi and Akira were together 24/7, until the day that Fumi’s family had to move, which made Fumi cried loads out in the park in private, since Fumi has the personality of crying easily when something happens.
But what truly amazes me in this anime is that the awesome animation quality and lighting, and in my opinion the best animation J.C. Staff had ever done for its projects. For example during the flashbacks, the old smeared brown/golden tint in the animation is brill, and the characters outline in the visuals had a glow on the lines, making them stand out in the whole scene. Also the present scenes, the backgrounds looks like its a sketch with watercolours added in, pretty much like a children’s story book illustrations. But I swear I’ve seen this style from somewhere before. Look at the following screen shots to witness the awe;
The episode also included a wide variety of characters including Nuns, Loli’s, Molestors and many more. Including an unintentional molest attack at Fumi during the train ride at the beginning of the episode, and Nuns about when Akira was walking up the hill to her new founded High School, starting as a freshman. As you can see below.
Ever get the feeling that there’s a lack of male characters in this anime? (Excluding Fumi and Akira’s fathers, Akira’s brother and the teachers. I mean the students)
They both go to All-Girls schools! Maybe even Catholic! (Hence, the nuns we saw earlier…)
In my opinion, Fumi has the meganekko and reading books 24/7 aura on her, like many other meganekkos like Nagato (TMOHS) and Tabitha (ZnT).
As you can see below;
And now onto the fact that Fumi has a crybaby side to her, for example, the flashback back in time on the day that Fumi is moving away and with the possibilities of never ever seeing Akira ever again;
This episode also have alluring scenes that seems to me to be similar to some other animes out there. For example:
So with all that said, I’m DEFINITELY going to continue to watch this quality anime, and it also seems that this is also simulcasting on Crunchyroll… mhmm… Well with a heartwarming first episode like this it seems that in future episode will be even more awesome than the first.
Strong hopes for the future for this anime and J.C. Staff to keep up with the godly animation which is one the main points I am continuing to watch this… And hope for an awesome ending when this series comes to the end of the TV broadcast run.
I now end my post.