There’s not as much that interests me this season as last, but I thought I’d take a look at a few of the shows starting this Summer. I spent a while catching up on and finishing various anime I’d already started, but now I’m onto the new shows. First up is yuri anime Aoi Hana.
Aoi Hana looks to be this season’s slow-paced anime. It’s gentle, sweet and a bit angsty, and while there’s probably nothing groundbreaking here, it makes for a nice, relaxing watch.
The art is soft and muted, using watercolour backgrounds and character art that is unremarkable but attractive. The real draw looks to be the character interaction, both between Fumi and Akira and between the two girls and their various classmates.
The first episode covers some familiar ground setting the scene. The childhood friend trope is a well-used but effective one, and Aoi Hana’s use of it is hardly original, but it sets the relaxing tone for the series. The episode manages to cover the teenage girl slice-of-life side of things without coming across as fetishistic – this isn’t the yuri show to go for if you’re looking for fanservice, but I imagine most people would have realised that from the promo art and trailers.
Overall, this show looks as though it will be great for both yuri fans and those who enjoy slow-paced slice-of-life anime.
Onto a different topic – this is mostly real life stuff so go ahead and skip it if you’re only here for the Aoi Hana coverage.
I’ve been a little lazy with the blogging lately. I’m not sure I’ve been particularly busy, but somehow I manage to waste the day away nonetheless. I must admit that much as I like having moved out of the house I was renting in Sheffield (especially the part where I never have to live with either of my ex-housemates ever again) being at home tends to be a drain on my energy and motivation because there’s rarely a need/excuse for me to leave the house, and my parents are still rather overbearing even now that they’ve eased up a lot since my starting uni. I also need to at least make an effort to get a temporary job and the prospect of this terrifies my reclusive self, which has been a bit of a downer as well.
Also, weirdest search term I’ve had for a while. I’m not sure if it’s the inclusion of square brackets, or the fact that it’s the only popular Code Geass pairing that I don’t actually like (and have never mentioned) that confused me.