Posted by psgels on 20 August 2009 with categories: Aoi Hana



This entry starts with a spoiler so you may want to look away if you’re skimming through this paragraph. Holy crap, they actually broke up, and this doesn’t look like they’re going to get back together at this rate. It’s a bit of a shame though. It’s a bit predictable that Fumi is going to end up with Akira after all, since I really liked how originally this series didn’t seem to go down the clichéd road of childhood friends becoming lovers. Nevertheless, this was yet another truly excellent episode for Aoi Hana.

Anyway, I have no idea what’s going to happen with this series. Everyone says that this series is only going to last for 11 episodes, but I really doubt this. The reason why Michiko e Hatchin and Ristorante Paradiso had so few episodes was because they had a really strange broadcasting policy: Ristopara had a bunch of hiatuses in the beginning, while Michiko e Hatchin had one of the weirdest broadcasting policies I’ve ever run into when it kept getting to hiatuses one week and air double episodes the next. With Aoi Hana however, every episode aired like it was supposed to, and I find it really hard to believe that it’s already going to be over in three weeks. Speaking of which, is it already known which series is going to be the next one to fill in the Noise time-slot, or is that even unknown? Because in the case of the latter, we might have ourselves a 26-episode series here….

Anyway, what struck me the most in this episode was the incredibly cold way in which Yasuko talked to Kyouko, who found out that Fumi was dumped through Akira. That was absolutely nothing like what I expected from her. She must have been really upset with her sister marrying the teacher that she was in love with, and so she vented all of her frustrations on Fumi and Kyouko. In that way, she’s even worse than Fumi in her sulking about her past crush. And it took me a while to realize how similar the two of them are. It’s really a huge shame that they broke up, but unfortunately it really seems that Fumi has lost her feelings for Yasuko.

Also, the drawings and animation in this series are incredibly good when two people are touching each other in some way, whether messing with each other’s hair, hugging, or just holding each other’s hands. Those are the scenes that you can almost feel coming to life.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

11 Responses

  1. TJR says:

    Eh? Noitamina/Noise shows tend to run for only 11 episodes now (or 22 eps. for a rare two-cour run), so that would actually be the norm. DVD listings for Aoi Hana and Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 also confirm 11 episodes for each.

    At any rate, Aoi Hana is an ongoing manga, and the show covers 3/4 published volumes, so there isn’t enough material for a two-cour set.

    No word on the next NOISE series, unfortunately. The time slot is a flop, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Fuji discontinued it. However, there’s still a slight chance (I’d argue that it’s too late in the game, but you never know) that they might surprise us with an announcement……

  2. AlexS says:

    Psgels: would you mind trying not to put a spoiler so prominently at the beginning of your entry? (I’m talking about the break up)

    Because I’m dependent on the subs, I often skim the beginning of entries about episodes which I have not yet seen (not really voluntarily, just hard to avoid). So it would help if you could delay a bit that kind of information. Usually you are pretty good at it, and I realize it is often difficult to avoid (I did not read the rest of the entry, so perhaps it was hard to discuss it in any other way).

    I like when you introduce the entry with a general comment that does not reveal much, but gives an indication of your appreciation. I also often check the rating you gave before watching the episode (it helps manage expectations).

  3. psgels psgels says:

    AlexS: Ah, sorry. Since I also watched this episode with subs I assumed that most people had already seen it. Thanks for reminding me of this. I thought that it was a pretty mild spoiler since the previous episode also hinted it, but if it’s too much I’ll take this into account for the future.

  4. specracer says:

    It always surprises me how much this show sticks to the manga, but if they keep going at this pace their going to start catching up to the manga. I certainly hope they don’t do like Claymore and create an ending to a manga that is no where near finished.

    Maybe they’ll do like Narutaru(shadow star) and find a good place in the manga to stop

  5. AlexS says:

    psgels: Thanks for modifying the entry. You’re right, it’s a mild spoiler, but I was still wondering from last week if it was just a tantrum or something more serious, as it turned out to be.

    You are right about the subs, and I have now watched the episode (which I liked a lot). But since I use your entries to know what is out, I never watch an episode before seeing it coming up in your blog.

    Otherwise I agree with specracer: better to leave the anime unfinished than to abruptly terminate it with a lame ending.

  6. kaei says:

    You’ve mentioned in a previous post how you consider Fumi was being selfish and “sulking” about her past crush — I confess I didn’t read all the comments so so apologies in advance if you’ve already gotten into an extended discussion of this already — I just wanted to suggest that when Fumi was bringing up her past crush, she wasn’t doing it from a self-pitying place, but more of an empathizing “Oh, I know exactly what you’re going through, because I totally just went through something really similar myself with someone else, and it was unrequited, so I know exactly how you feel! But it’s okay now, because you can find love again, and now I’m happy, with you–” and instead of getting that emotion across, Sugimoto smacks her down.

    Anyway, just wanted to point out an alternate viewpoint, since it casts a more sympathetic light on Fumi (and I totally blame Sugimoto for their breakup. Grrrr Sugimoto.) Of course you’re free to disagree :)

    Thanks as always for your thoughts!

  7. Sapphire says:

    I don’t know if Fumi and Akira are supposed to end up as a couple, but I really hope they don’t because it wouldn’t be credible at all. I would easily believe in Fumi’s love for Akira, she’s obviously attracted to girls and she has liked Akira since they were kids – her feelings could naturally develop into something deeper. However, Akira never showed any romantic interest in girls (she’s even at least slightly interested in guys, or else she wouldn’t have gone to that double date with Kyouko) and she never looked at Fumi as something more than her best friend.

    If this series had 52 episodes, maybe they could find a way to make us believe that Akira is/will be in love with Fumi. As they only have 3 episodes left (at least for now), I really hope they stay realistic.

  8. terrorist says:

    @Sapphire
    I totally agree with you, 11 episodes aren’t really enough to develop Akira. However there were a lot of hints which showed us that Akira maybe hadn’t realised but she had some interest in girls. For Example I remember 2 special moments.
    First one: When Ikumi said she liked someone Akiras doubts were: “I think that the person she likes is a girl”. Why would normal teenager would assume so. ‘Cause Achan likes girls as well! Well at least deep inside her heart she does. xD
    Second One: When Fumi confessed to Achan that she was going out with Sugimoto, Achan thought: “Somehow I am not surprised at all”.
    So Directors’ve put a lot of work and thoughts in this series and I love it so far. Hope ending’s going to be as believable as characters has been :)

  9. Sapphire says:

    @terrorist
    ” When Ikumi said she liked someone Akiras doubts were: “I think that the person she likes is a girl”. Why would normal teenager would assume so. ”
    I think Akira thought Kyouko was in love with a girl because she was a bit flirtatious towards A-chan when they first met (Kyouko even told her she was adorable or something). Besides, your own sexual orientation has nothing to do with your perception of other people’s preferences.

    ” When Fumi confessed to Achan that she was going out with Sugimoto, Achan thought: “Somehow I am not surprised at all”. ”
    She could have noticed something different about Fumi since they were kids, but never really figured out what it was. And again, that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s attracted to girls too.

    However, Akira does seem like she hasn’t put a lot of effort into figuring out her own romantic feelings, she just seems to worry about being a good friend. It definitely leaves an open space for a lot of development, but at this point, I can’t see anything as a hint showing a deeper feeling for Fumi.

  10. Mooniecat says:

    The best place to end in the anime from the manga point would be to just end at the break of school years. It is still possible because they seem to be kinda setting up for it.

  11. Amadora says:

    First of all, very nice blog you have here. Second, I like reading your reviews for this particular series. I’ve been looking for another shoujo-ai series to watch now (after completing Marimite), and immediately watched Aoi Hana as soon as I found out about it. It’s too bad about Sugimoto taking out her anger on Fumi, I thought they made a cute couple. I’m slightly disappointed it’s only 11 episodes though. (It’s such a weird number. . .why not 13? lol) I look forward to your upcoming reviews. :)

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:41 PM)
    @Wicked, think you hit the nail on the head there. The characters one of the main reasons I am not too gone on it.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 10:04 PM)
    Mob Psycho is well paced for a 10 minute show I think. It’s got a lot of these pseudo cliffhanger to play for jokes. The stories get better, it’s the characters that’s not as interesting as one punch man in my opinion
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 08:46 PM)
    Hmm, haven’t read Mob Psycho 100 much(just checked what its art looks like) so can’t comment on that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:43 PM)
    @masky, it does have better art but a much weaker story. I get the feeling the Mob psycho anime will be a five minute show.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 07:17 PM)
    Dunno, Mob Psycho 100 does have better art than ONE’s OPMan. Its still rough, but yeah.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 03:36 PM)
    @wicked, I wonder how that will work out, as ONE’s style is a bit of an acquired taste.
  • wicked
    (Thursday, Feb 11. 2016 12:59 AM)
    ah, they decided to go with ONE’s art style instead of really pretty it up with Mob Psycho 100
  • oldyang
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 06:36 PM)
    Ajin is interesting, but the character design is weird. Everyone looks lifeless and angry.
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:55 AM)
    it’d actually be a shame for them to make it into I Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, or worst
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:54 AM)
    @Aidan, Yeah that guy tries really hard to make it more than just fanservice though. I have a weird respect for people that can play ridiculous concepts straight.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 06

Before I begin to talk about this episode, let me soapbox a little about the English title for this series. The English title for this series is ERASED and I really dislike it. It has a rather lazy feel to it and sounds like it was designed to be noticeable instead of having any connection […]

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – 05

Congratulations Yakumo. You finally discovered your spark for Rakugo. And all you needed to do was dress up like a woman to do it. This may harken back to what his master said, his Rakugo is too perfect. So this play put on by Rakugo performers was really the thing he needed. By dressing him […]

Schwarzesmarken – 05

For something that definitely feels rushed, this was a pretty good episode for Schwarzesmarken. I really cannot emphasize enough at how much of a shame it is that this series looks to be cut down to fit into a single cour. If given a two cour run I think Schwarzesmarken could really shine but sadly […]

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 05

When it rains it pours and Boku dake isn’t pulling any punches. Hinazuki is gone and the only hint of her we see is what looks to be her dead body in front of her parents, one of whom is panicking. With this we have two possibilities. Either they happened upon Hinazuka’s dead body or […]

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – 04

Well it seems like I have to eat my words as Yakumo is quite the ladies man. Which is odd when he clearly doesn’t have any interest in interacting with women. Yakumo has a fruitful love life despite his apathy towards love in general. Yakumo and Sukeroku’s relationship has certainly gotten more easygoing as the […]

Schwarzesmarken – 04

This episode starts with a groan as we meet a new member of the cast, that being Theodor’s sister who on first sight hugs with with the ever so traditional “Onii-chan!” The sister does bring some good developments to the table, namely the machination the Stasi has in store for her, but I really wish […]

Boku dake ga Inai Machi – 04

There certainly is a layer of dread from this episodes beginning as we see happy events unfold. Things are looking up, history is changing, Kayo is finally getting out of an abusive relationship with her mother and finding happiness. But much like Satou is feeling, there is a unease at these developments. Things are going […]

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu – 03

From the looks of things this series will be focusing primarily on the past of Yakumo as the stylish opening seems to place emphasis on the characters of the flashback. Rakugo is surprisingly abset this week as World War II causes Yakumo to be left behind as his Teacher and Sukeroku go out to entertain […]

Schwarzesmarken – 03

Schwarzesmarken remains a strange specimen of an anime, while still not excelling it is clear it has the potential to. So why is it not a great anime? Well it’s beating the same point as my last post but I do think characterisation is key here. In this episode we had two characters introduced whose […]

Latest Reviews

Gangsta. – 58/100

Gangsta is an anime with a lot of things going for it. A mature cast, gritty themes, a interesting setting and a trio of main characters who can carry the show. However due to a number of factors it never quite reached its potential. The main trio of characters are unconventional and quite interesting with […]

Gakkou Gurashi! – 80/100

Gakkou is one with a good facade as promotional material would have you believe it was some dime a dozen moe slice of life. I was one who wasn’t fooled by the cute cuddly exterior but I was truly surprised with just how good this anime ended up being. Gakkou is one of those rare […]

Little Witch Academia The Enchanted Parade – 81/100

I wonder when it was that a film being childish became a flaw. As a medium grows it takes steps to aim to mature itself and seek a more intellectual level of presenting entertainment. Animation did it as Anime aimed to explore terrontry that cartoons refuse to explore and video games only recently broke away […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks Review – 85/100

For a long time now this adaption has been the dreams of many a Fate fan with many believing it would never come to pass, but now that it is here is it everything that we dreamed? Short answer to this is no, long answer is nearly. I feel this show will have many divided […]

Shirobako Review – 80/100

When you see a harem anime and sigh as the breasts of the female lead jiggle with every step and wind that can flip a skirt it’s easy to forget that somewhere in Japan a group of people worked hard to get that jiggle right and draw each frame of animation. The hardships of the […]

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]

Clipboard01

Kyousogiga Review – 90/100

Everyone’s taste is different, and that’s a wonderful thing because that allows us to have so many different forms of media that all aim toward their own niche. My blog is obviously written from the perspective of my own taste, and even when a show doesn’t cater to it (which is nearly always), I love […]

Clipboard04

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Review – 80/100

Noucome! You do not want to know how long I have been waiting for a series like this. More than half a decade, at the very least. Finally a series comes along and puts the incredibly overused harem genre in its place. And it actually does it well. Thank you! So to elaborate: the harem […]