Posted by psgels on 10 April 2008 with categories: Allison to Lillia


Okay, this is going to be the first series that I’ll be blogging for the current spring-season. At first sight, this series looks rather underwhelming when compared to the rest of this season, but as I watched this episode, I suddenly realized that I’ve actually got lots of reasons to blog about this series.

First of all: the people who worked on it. The director of Mokke, adapting a story from the writer of Kino no Tabi. Of course it’d be interesting to check out to see such a combination. Add to that the art director of Hi no Tori and Madhouse who’ll be doing the animation. It’s pretty clear by now that the animation isn’t detailed at all, but I don’t care, as long as the series looks good. And that’s definitely the case for this series.

Then there are the themes, which lay an interesting parallel to the other series that appeared this season. During the Spring Season of 2007, a lot of series featured a veteran, travelling and taking care or protecting a relatively weak partner. In Seirei no Moribito, Balsa took care of Chaggumu, Wellber no Monogatari featured Tina that took care of Rita, in El Cazador Nadie watched over Ellis and in Claymore Claire had Raki around her, just to name some examples. The current season features a lot of spunky females that have to deal with a guy that’s on a level above them: Itazura na Kiss, S.A, Crystal Blaze, Toshokan Sensou (of which I’ll post my first impressions once Kaiba and Junjo Romantica air) and Vampire Knight.

In all of these series, the male character acts as a sort-of brake. These females do pretty stupid things at times, mostly due to their inexperience, but so far they’ve always been protected by their male companion, to hold them down so that they don’t lose complete control. Allison to Lillia, however, is different. Will is basically a wuss, and instead Lillia is the stronger one, even though she does make naive decisions, just like the other female leads of the series I just mentioned. Where does she end up with this? Well, crashed out of her plane and with Will unconscious for a part of the episode. In Allison to Lillia, there isn’t just one character that’s just “better”. Allison and Will both have their own strong points and their weak points, and so far they’ve complemented each other pretty well.

Then there are the influences by the writer of Kino no Tabi. This series is both subtle, and it makes you think. In this episode, Allison and Will stay the night at the house of a woman who lost both her sons in the war. At the time, Will was unconscious, so she just had to offer them a place to rest, even though she immediately recognized that they were involved in the war. Against two youngsters like that, she of course can’t do anything to stop them, so instead she just lets the two stay the night, while clearly voicing her own opinion about the war. As the episode progresses, her relationship with Allison and Will subtly changes.

Then there are the side-characters. I love it when a series puts time into even the insignificant ones, to make them more than just cardboard figures. I don’t think that this series has featured any character that at least didn’t have some kind of personality or story. So yes, I’ll be blogging this. It’s quite quiet at times, but I like series that are quiet, yet deal with serious topics as war and similar things. With 26 episodes, there’s plenty of potential for this series to work with. There were a few details that were wrong with these episodes (one of the woman’s son’s uniforms seemed to fit Allison a little too well), but this is just nitpicking.

7 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    Good points:
    -simmilar to both Mokke and Kino No Tabi
    -animation by Madhouse
    -Nana Mizuki and Mamiko Noto are in it
    -has good potential

    Bad points:
    -nothing really….maybe after more episodes

    Btw…..why did you start with episode 02?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Ah, thanks for reminding me to put the first episode under this category. I already talked about the first episode here:

    http://psgels.net/2008/04/04/some-quick-first-impressions-allison-to-lillia-kurenai-and-xxxholic-kei/

  3. Denizen says:

    Damn, I can tell this is gonna be a series with slow subs. Oh well, sometimes the advantage of shows of this calibre is that they don’t leave you hanging, meaning you aren’t as anxious for subs as you would be with a fast-paced show.

    When this does get subbed, i’m certainly watching it.

  4. DmonHiro says:

    Well…this might be slow with subs couse the dialogue is a lot harder then the rest of the shows this season, but I’m sure someone WILL pick this up….a little insider infromation for you

  5. lucky_huh? says:

    World Masterpiece Theatre, kind of vibe is what i get from this anime and so far, i’m loving it, i’ts very nice and nostalgic with its 20’s, 30’s settings XD. Once again i thank you a thousen times for bloging this series cause, you seem to be the only one bloging this, sad, very sad inded T_T.

  6. Autonomous Monster says:

    Well, subs are out, and I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed with this series. First episode felt poorly written- characters dull and the plot insubstantial. Thankully this episode went a good ways towards fixing that, but it’s thrown up a wallbanger all of its very own; the woman.

    Suddenly up and deciding to forgive Roxche for her loss? Because of two idiots who spend the night in her house? Arse to that. I know it’s a convention in anime, and fiction in general, but it’s never been a particularly convincing one, and this show failed to sell it even more than usual.

    Hopefully it’ll get better (I’m first to admit that judging a series on its first two episodes is hopelessly premature), but it’s now firmly behind Kaiba and Kurenai in my expectations (hell, Soul Eater might overtake it at this point).

  7. dm says:

    I think one of the son’s uniforms fits Allison as well as it does because the son is actually a daughter — that’s what I thought the first time I saw the photograph, anyway. I’ve been surprised that everyone is calling them “sons”.

    I’m not sure why this series has me as excited as it does, but it jumps to the head of the queue whenever a new episode is available.

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