January 07, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 01

Ai Yori Aoshi


Ugh. Well, it's a romantic comedy, and it's harem-style. My expectations will be very low, accordingly.

Let's see... the art is good, looks great, you'll like it especially if you like really big eyes. I'm a little more partial towards medium to small eyes, so I'm a little turned off, but it's all very colorful and appealing.

Aoi has the unfortunate distinction of falling into my least favorite category of character: the subservient female. It's even worse in this show. She's been trained since she was a child to be Kaoru's wife. So we've basically gone as subservient as possible. I'm sure she'll show the requisite (small) amount of backbone throughout the show, but generally just cater to Kaoru and blush a lot.

I'd also like to point out that it's not that I immediately hate characters of this type. After all, I do have a thing for Belldandy.

If you've ever seen a show like this, you know how it starts. Two people, destined to be together, finally meeting after long enough that they basically forget each other. Then other women/men get in the way of destiny, but eventually love triumps.

Oh shoot, maybe I should have warned you about the spoilers.

Alright, I won't guarantee that everything will work out for the best (I've only watched one episode, after all), but come on.

In this twist on the normal story, Aoi and Kaoru met during their childhood... and... Oh wait, no, not much twist there.

The worst part about the genericness of this first episode is the fact that you have to be beaten over the head with the fact that the duo don't know each other, despite the fact that through flashback, you will be keenly aware that Aoi is looking for Kaoru. Most people probably know the premise of the show before watching it anyways, so do we really have to suffer through a whole episode of this? Apparently so.

Rating: C+

Posted by Kei at January 7, 2004 09:23 PM

I rated this Series A++. I totally LOVED it, the love between Aoi and Haoru is totally beautiful and innocent. I've watched the Ai Yori Aoshi and the Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi.

I've watch many different anime, and each anime has their own typical style of drawing and this one has done beautifully in its own way.

Ai Yori Aoshi is a romance/comedy series and my friends and I have to agree on one thing after watching the whole series is that, the feeling we get after watching it is like walking through the park on a beautiful spring day where all the flowers bloom. So by the time you reach the end you are left with a gentle refreshment feeling.

Posted by: Kagome at March 9, 2005 04:32 AM
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