August 01, 2004

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

When I woke up today, I decided that what would really make my day is getting a whole bunch of angry comments on my website.

Considering the various methods at my immediate disposal, I felt the best way to accomplish this would be to right a review of an anime that is generally loved by most (and hated by a few). I don't believe there's much of a middle ground with Ghost in the Shell.

Technically, the anime is amazing, especially given ithe time it was released. It looks great, the action scenes are amazing, and the music fits the film very well.

I think that the movie is poorly paced. It starts out quickly with a few action scenes, then goes into the doldrums for most of the film. The action isn't really the focus of this film. The real meat of Ghost in the Shell is in the "cerebral" other moments. Frequently, I think that calling something "cerebral" is just a nicer way of saying slow and pretentious (see: Texhnolyze).

In its defense, it does pose the question of what makes a person a person, and where the soul ends and begins in a world where high technology reigns, cyborg bodies, cybernetic implants and other improvements are an afterthought. This movie only wants you to think about it, though, it doesn't really supply much else, and that includes a plot.

Ultimately, I don't believe that Ghost in the Shell is a great movie. Technically, yes, but a question just isn't enough for me in a movie. The action and much of the rest of the stuff in the movie just seems like an excuse for philosophical discussion, and because of this, the plot seems contrived or muddling at times.

But maybe there is a middle ground, because while I don't think this is a great movie, I also don't hate it. Given its status in the history of anime, everyone should watch it at least once.

Rating: B

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Episode 1

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

"Section 9"

It was only a matter of time before the Ghost in the Shell universe was tapped again, and with the Stand Alone Complex TV show and the new movie, that time is now!

When I first heard about this show, I was curious as to how they could reconcile the matureness of the movie with the realities of a television show. Watching the first episode of Stand Alone Complex, it's obvious that it wasn't entirely possible. Luckily, most of these changes are inconsequencial. The lack of big bloody explosions doesn't really take away from the show, nor does the fact that Motoko no longer needs to strip down to use her thermoptic camo (oh, and that means the guys can use it now, too).

The visuals are a step down from a movie, which is no surprise, but are still quite good (there's a small amount of CG filler that looks less convincing, but passable). On the other hand, I'd say that the music received an upgrade with Yoko Kanno creating the score for the show.

From what I can tell, the show focuses more on the action side of Ghost in the Shell, which some people would say is missing the soul of the movie. (But where does a movie's soul begin and end...)

This is an introductory episode, so while it has some good action, a good amount of time is spent on, well, introductions. As a package, this show does look good though. If it has a real downside, it's probably that it will alienate half of Ghost in the Shell fans who are looking for more cerebral dialogue and questions. For that half, I guess you'll just have to wait for the movie.

Rating: A-

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August 06, 2004

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Episode 2

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

"Runaway Evidence"

Stand Alone Complex is more proof that anime creators are allergic (or completely incapable) of creating a show that has constant style, theme and mood throughout. Despite the fact that I do not like the mech designs for the Tachikomas, I can understand why they might be designed that way, and don't really feel like it takes away too much from the presentation of the show. But then you take their voice into account, and I suddenly have the urge to scratch my eyeballs out.

This is more of my gripe with anime in general, however. You just can't have a show (with a few exceptions) that resists these silly grabs at humor. I don't think a squeaky, helium-sucking computer voice makes this show better. I don't think there's really anything particularly funny about that voice.

I mentioned that I wasn't crazy about the mechanical design in this show so far. Ghost in the Shell (the movie) had a very dark feel to it. The rounded curves of the designs for Stand Alone Complex, feel quite out of place to me. Yes, these are different entities, but given the connection, I expected something closer to the movies.

Also, even though characters in the movie did some superhuman things, the over-exaggerated anime super bounciness is in full effect in Stand Alone Complex, in everything from Makoto and the rest of Section 9, to the bouyant, hyperactive tanks.

The weakness of the show's format is apparent in this episode. Having each episode stand alone (get it?) breaks up the continuity of the show. There's no connection from segment to segment, so you don't feel like you're really going anywhere (at least not yet).

On the postive side, Yoko Kanno's music is brilliant, as expected. It accents the action of the show while not dominating it, and Kanno's versatility as an artist shows through in the various themes and songs from Stand Alone Complex. The animation is also very good, doing the action scenes well, detailed and sharp.

I have a few gripes with the show, but it's still well worth a watch.

Rating: B

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August 08, 2004

Neon Genesis Evangelion Episode 1

Neon Genesis Evangelion

"Angel Attack"

Because I just can't get enough of reviewing shows that I will inevitably get flamed for saying anything bad (or good) about, I decided to check out the new Platinum edition release of Neon Genesis Evangelion, another in a long lineage of polarizing anime titles. You'll either love it, or you'll hate it, but everyone should probably watch it, just because it's such a centerpiece of Japanese animation.

The show looked great for its time (even though its age is beginning to show compared to current titles), and the character and mechanical designs still hold up.

In the first episode, things get going right away, which is a method of introduction that I greatly prefer over the usual "introduce two of the characters, then add one more character in each subsequent standalone episode before the real story starts". We're introduced to Shinji and Rei, and briefly to the conflict Shinji has with his father. There's also the matter of an enormous creature destroying parts of Japan, and Shinji's going to have to fight it (that's about as fast as Shinji finds out about it, too).

Evangelion does a good job of maximizing emotional output in a short amount of time. In the course of a few minutes, we can see a lot of Shinji's flaws, which seem to stem from his rocky relationship with his father. He thought that his father's sending for him was perhaps because his father's feelings had changed over the years, but in the end, his father had need of him, seeing him as little more than a tool.

But after Shinji begins to realize what's at stake if he doesn't do what his father asks, he rises to the occasion.

Great first episode.

Rating: A

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Episode 3

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

"Android and I"

Unfortunately, I'm almost positive I missed the point of this episode. I get the impression that I am missing the big connection between some films that are very important to the plot, and what actually went on.

Feeling left out of the joke, I still think this was a pretty good episode.

Standalone Complex's CG isn't perfect, but in most cases, it's hard to tell the difference unless you're really looking for it. The show is gorgeous, though, and I don't just mean "the most popular female cyborg in anime history".

This episode brings up (partially) a theme near and dear to Ghost in the Shell: what is the soul. And in classic Ghost in the Shell fashion, it doesn't really answer the question, or really expand on it, other than to pose the question. The greater plot deals with nostalgia, and some people's inability to let go.

This was a a surprisingly slow-paced episode for a show that seems to focus mostly on the action side of things, but not fall asleep slow, as many anime shows tend towards.

Not quite what I was expecting, but still good.

Rating: B+

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August 09, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 12

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Kiss"

You probably don't need too many guesses to figure out the plot of this episode, but in case you don't want to think about it, I'll just spoil it for you: it's about business.

Okay, so it's about kissing. And oh is there a lot of kissing. It's exhaustive. Every possible couple and then some. Okay, so I didn't have you going that time either.

I actually liked this episode of Ai Yori Aoshi. I guess I'm a sucker for first kiss episodes, but I was happy to see Aoi finally show a little initiative, and see her get what she wanted. Also, considering the kind of emotional hoops these sorts of shows make you jump through, it's always nice to see our frequently maligned hero and heroine actually get to be together, uninterrupted by a) inconvenient appearances by long-lost parties, b) a parade, c) sudden illness, or d) god.

There's also some backstory on Mayu and Kaoru, which more or less reminds us that Kaoru really is a swell guy, and deserves the line of girls that inevitably want to win his heart. Aoi also gets a chance to remind us that she's really the girl who deserves to win him.

Still, it's a nice episode.

Rating: A-

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August 10, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 13

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Star Festival"

Ah! My Goddess is obviously not the be-all-end-all of this sort of show, but I couldn't help but think that this episode was an amalgamation of many of the episodes of Ah! My Goddess, mixed into one. You've got Kaoru working all the jobs to buy that special gift for Aoi, and then a line that's almost straight out of Ah! My Goddess about being together this year, and every year after that, etc.

The "twist" of this episode, is pretty obvious almost from the get-go. It's not that bad, though, and doesn't take away a lot fromt he episode.

It's very convenient, for the purposes of creating emotional moments, that Aoi's confidence in herself is almost nonexistant. The second Kaoru shows disinterest towards her, her entire emotional fabric seems to come apart, leading inevitably to a scene where Kaoru makes everything better, while Aoi cries and is relieved. I guess it's hard for me to accept this girl who is so fragile that she goes to pieces at the slightest sign of problems. You'd think she would have figured out that Kaoru actually really does like her. Makes you wonder what might happen if something bad came to pass, and how she'd be able to deal with that.

Of course, this show is the guy's point of view, so of course the female is going to be constantly reinforcing Kaoru's control, and his command of the situation. This has pretty much been my biggest complaint with the show, and doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Complaints aside, this is your average episode for a show of this type, nothing really special, but nothing really wrong with it.

Rating: B

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August 11, 2004

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Episode 4

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

"Intercepter"

It's episode four, so that means I'm scheduled to comment about the show's music. Of course, Yoko Kanno composed the score for Stand Alone Complex, which means two things: 1) I've already commented about the music, and 2) it's very good.

This episode's fairly action light (and Makoto light, but she still gets her moments), but has an interesting plot that further cements the feel of the world of Ghost in the Shell. Overall it feels a little far-fetched, but you're strung along well enough that it isn't a huge impediment to enjoying the episode.

Another solid episode of this series.

Rating: B+

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Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 14

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Servant"

I like to joke about how I love watching anime at conventions. There's nothing like packing a bunch of anime fans into a dark room and showing them anime. The best part would have to be the random laughing at things that aren't funny at all. You never know what minor thing will set someone off. Once one person starts, it's pretty infectious. The most ridiculous case I've personally experienced would have to be in the last episode of Comic Party, when one of the characters did "look I'm being devious" fangs, the whole room cracked up.

Then there was the time at AX a few years ago, watching a screening of Escaflowne: The Movie, when the entire room oooh'd and aaah'd at the black Escaflowne's billowing cape.

Rambling segue aside, I thought that there were actually some genuinely funny moments in this episode.

However, I'm still generally irked by Aoi and Kaoru's relationship. First of all, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. They've been at the same point for what seems like forever. Sure they hit a little bump in the road every once in a while, but that's about it. On top of that, I'm just completely turned off by Aoi's worship of Kaoru. I know that she probably appeals to many, many guys, but I just don't like her subservient housewifeiness. When she's not wrong, she apologizes, when Kaoru does something wrong, it's almost as though she thinks it's her fault.

I guess the problem isn't that there is no conflict, it's that there is no conflict between the two of them. Hopefully, something happens to spice it up a little.

Rating: B-

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Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 15

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Feelings of the Heart"

I feel like I haven't given Ai Yori Aoshi's art enough credit yet. From scene to scene, it is an extremely good looking anime. The characters and backgrounds all look great. The attention to color is particularly good.

There's a lot more of Aoi talking about the fervent nature of her love for Kaoru. You know, if this wasn't an anime, I think her feelings would actually be considered pretty creepy.

This is a semi-recap episode. I think it's like a midway jumping on point for people who hadn't been watching the show to begin with. It basically sets up (recaps) Aoi and Kaoru's relationship, and how they first met, in case you forgot what's going on with all the recent mushiness.

I guess I'm a sucker for watching the two of them get to enjoy their relationship (something you almost never get in shows like this), so I enjoyed this episode quite a bit. It also featured none of the annoying supporting cast, which made me even happier.

Rating: A-

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Episode 2

Neon Genesis Evangelion

"The Beast"

You have to wait for most of the episode until you find out what happens in the aftermath of the first episode and the beginning of this one (though, given the state of things, your best guess is probably right).

After a fast introduction to the series, things slow down a bit in this episode, introducing a few ideas, groups, themes, as well as letting Shinji slowly acclimate to his new surroundings (convenient for the viewers as well).

The pacing is very good, and it's one of those rare episodes where you actually feel surprised that it's over.

Rating: A

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August 18, 2004

Marmalade Boy Episode 1

Marmalade Boy

"I Want to Fall in Love - 'He's Handsome, But I Can't Forgive Him!'"

Since I liked this episode, I'll get my gripe out of the way first.

Yuu can dunk? Come on...

Anyways, Marmalade Boy is an older series, almost ten years now, inspired by a fairly popular manga. It tells the story of Yuu and Miki, and their relationship, which begins when their parents decide to swap partners and remarry.

No, really.

Obviously, Marmalade Boy doesn't really hold up in the production department against the shows of today, but the music and voice acting is still pleasant, and the art is good (though some of the color choices confuse and bother me).

Watching something like that, you're really going for the story and the characters, which is something that Marmalade Boy does well. In this episode, we get the introduction to the premise, and the main characters of the story (well, at least a good number of them). It's fairly standard as introductory episodes go, nothing really spectacular. Having read the manga, I have faith that it's going somewhere, but by itself, it's not immediately captivating. It is, however, rather charming.

Though it's nice that the first relationship curveball gets thrown right in the first episode.

Rating: B+

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Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 16

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Shores"

I like the fact that despite how many other girls are throwing themselves at him, Kaoru never falls into the trap of showing anything that could really be seen as romantic interest back at them. He only goes into that mode with Aoi (usually when they're alone), which is nice.

In this episode, Aoi puts on a swimsuit for the first time (one piece, no surprise) as Kaoru and gang head out to the beach. Of course, Aoi manages to make wearing a sexy swimsuit for Kaoru turn into something she has to apologize about.

I'm still very torn about Ai Yori Aoshi in general. On the one hand, I think it has moments where it's very, very good. Generally, those are parts with Kaoru and Aoi. The parts where it breaks down is whenever it involves the supporting cast (Tina is the worst offender). However, sometimes I can't get over Aoi's character, and her absolute subservience to Kaoru. If it weren't for those few gripes, I think this would be a spectacular show, as you can tell the creators "get" how to do the romance part. Not to mention the fact that the music is great, and the art is amazing for a tv show.

This was a fun episode, though, and gets added to my list of favorite romantic anime beach episodes (right, no genre stereotypes there!).

Rating: A

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August 20, 2004

Marmalade Boy Episode 2

Marmalade Boy

"Side Effects of a Kiss - 'I Don't Know What He's Thinking.'"

I'm amazed at the restraint shown by the creators of Marmalade Boy in holding back on the titular reference until the second episode.

The first episode of Marmalade Boy was mostly character introductions. That was a good starting point, but in the second episode, we start learning about the characters' pasts. The love triangle gets set up (Ginta, Miki, Yuu), and we get teased about the love rectangle (Arimi).

The show wastes no time in diving right into Miki's mixed-up feelings for Yuu, and I'm guessing this is one of the last chances she'll have to only have Yuu to feel mixed-up about.

Maybe it's just the nostalgic charm of old anime series, but Marmalade Boy has a nice, light-hearted feel to it which doesn't seem to happen much in recent anime series. There's no excessive fanservice, outrageous character archetypes, or other fluff (at least not yet), to interfere with the story. It's a refreshing change of pace.

Being a fan of the manga, I was really impressed by how well they transferred the feel and mannerisms of the manga to the anime. The colors aren't really what I expected (as I mentioned before), but the characters' facial expressions, and the way they talk and act are very much in line with what I had pictured from the manga.

Rating: B+

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Last Exile Episode 1

Last Exile

"First Move"

Another day, another Gonzo show. Last Exile is steampunk, which in my book means airships and brown, and in many other people's books means cool. For anyone uninitiated on the concept, it's generally a fantastical look at the progression of the Victorian age with technology that involves the use of steam engines.

This was a fast-moving first episode, which made me happy, providing a quick, action-packed introduction to the world of Last Exile and the main characters, Claus and Lavie, two pilots who deliver messages via their vanships.

The animation is top notch, as you'd expect from a Gonzo production, but is slightly heavier on the CG than usual (and that's quite a bit, for Gonzo). While the CG generally works, it isn't a good integration. Whenever a CG sequence (or CG object) appears, it moves unnaturally in the environment, and breaks the immersion of the otherwise gorgeous visuals of the show.

The setpiece of this episode is a huge airship battle that Claus and Lavie find themselves in the middle of. This first episode was light on plot details (other than the details about the setting), and exactly what fate has in store for Claus and Lavie, but given the quality of the animation and the world concept, I definitely want to see more.

Rating: A-

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August 21, 2004

Tenjou Tenge Episode 2

Tenjou Tenge

"Defeat"

Writing a review for every episode of anime I watch, sometimes I focus on pretty minor things to comment about. In the case of this episode of Tenjou Tenge, it happens to be Aya's knees. They look weird.

That's actually just my nitpicky way of saying that I'm not a big fan of the art on this show. On the other hand, I loved the art in the manga, and I have to say that it is a mostly faithful adaptation, art-wise. The only problem is, like with many manga adaptations, the art just isn't quite good enough for me. It looks close, but not quite, and that irritates me.

Now, if you've never read the manga, this won't be a problem for you. On its own, I think the art is pretty good (though I'm not crazy about the faces). I think I've already registered my unhappiness with Souichiro's look (which I didn't like in the manga either).

Really, though, there's not much new with Tenjou Tenge. It's very similar to other shows in this vein, albeit a more graphic take. The characters talk about fighting in much the same way other fighting anime characters philosophize, and the fights are good, but not spectacular. In its defense, this episode doesn't feature the greatest fight, considering it's just Souichiro getting the life beaten out of him by an enraged Nagi.

It's better than Ikkitousen was at this point, though. (And they both have annoying, similar-looking female main characters!)

Rating: C+

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August 22, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 17

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Waves"

The best part about this episode is that Taeko gets her try at being the girl who looks incredibly hot, and how did no one really notice it until she took her glasses off and let her hair down?

Of course, this is anime, so most guys probably thought she looked pretty hot even with the glasses on and hair not down.

After a run of good episodes, I guess I was bound for a letdown. This episode runs the gamut of a whole bunch of bad genre cliches, like the girl with good intentions (Chika) trying to get a couple together, and causing more trouble than they started with. It even goes all the way to a firework-interrupted confessional.

I never noticed this before, but Tina and Mayu have clashing hair colors (yellow and purple, respectively) which reflects the fact they're always on each others' cases. That's Anime Viewing Comprehension 101.

When this show is good, it's when we get to see Aoi and Kaoru together. When it's not, it's when it's got everyone else involved. Unfortunately, Aoi and Kaoru have barely a word together in this episode, so what we end up is a cliche-heavy, average story.

Rating: B

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Madlax Episode 6

Madlax

"Will - Leave"

Madlax is so much like Noir it makes my head hurt. It also makes me want to fall asleep, which is one of the more unfortunate parts of its imitation.

The last episode was about Madlax, so this one's about Margaret. It follows the Madlax formula, with a good amount of flashbacks, mysterious, portentous imagery, and a whole lot of stuff not happening. There's an amusing scene where Margaret's maid, Elinor, gets involved in a fight with one of Margaret's classmates.

Other than that, there's little to no plot or character advancement, and I'm really struggling to maintain interest in this show until, inevitably, the answers start to come out.

Rating: C-

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Samurai Champloo Episode 3

Samurai Champloo

"Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1)"

It's been a long time since I've watched an episode of a series with such a cruel cliffhanger.

The fellowship is broken in this episode, as Mugen and Jin decide to split up and abandon Fuu. The three of them all eventually end up in the same town, however, in a situation that is clearly (blatantly) inspired by and an homage to Yojimbo, one of Akira Kurosawa's most well known and loved movies. The most obvious homage is the scene in which Jin's conversation in the restaurant, which is almost line for line from Yojimbo.

The plot of this episode revolves around two Yakuza clans which are battling over control of the town our heroes find themselves in. As you might expect, Mugen and Jin find themselves on opposite sides of the fight, with Fuu stuck in the middle.

The show is still fun to watch, with great animation and good fight scenes (whenever they pop up), and the stories are engaging enough. In some ways, this is the "hip hop" successor to Cowboy Bebop's jazz, but the score isn't nearly as effective or utilized as in Cowboy Bebop (not having Yoko Kanno probably has something to do with this).

Still, if you watch this episode, you're going to want to watch the next.

Rating: A

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August 23, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 18

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Bedsharing"

I like the fact that in this genre of anime, it's so expected that every female who comes into contact with the main character will fall in love with him, that the development of these feelings can just be glossed over, and called up when necessary.

Case in point, we all know Tina is in love with Kaoru, because after all, that's what girls in these shows do. So when she starts admitting her serious feelings for Kaoru, it's no surprise, despite the fact there's been little to no reinforcement, other than a little bit of jealousy here and there.

My favorite part of this episode is the complete seriousness with which Aoi freaks out about the laundry getting wet when the rain comes down.

The episode's pretty absurd. Tina and Kaoru go to the zoo, they go on this ride where Tina ends up being dressed in a wedding gown and Kaoru gets chased by a giant ostrich. Kaoru sees Tina, feelings boil to surface, rain falls down on pair, finds refuge in love hotel. Frank admission of various feelings, blush blush.

Of course, nothing happens, because if there's one thing that the main male characters in shows like this are, it's faithful.

This episode does make you like Tina as a character a lot better though. She's not just being a disruptive, crazy drunk, and her "real" personality is a lot more appealing (plus they draw her with some cute crazy expressions this episode).

Hey, if they could make me like Tina, they must be doing something right.

Rating: A-

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August 24, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 19

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Lap Pillow"

Ugh, with all the girls vying for Kaoru's affection, is Chika really necessary?

At episode nineteen, it feels a little weird to be a) introducing new characters, and b) having a filler episode. By my calculations, with the few episodes left in this show, it can mean only one of two things: 1. this show is all filler episodes, or 2. the big Aoi-Kaoru relationship blocker is going to show up soon.

So, this is the Chika episode, where she comes to the realization that the AYA gang is really part of her extended family, through a set of somewhat contrived events tailor-made to deliver this earth-shattering realization. It's not as bad as I just overdramatized it, but there's nothing too special about it.

Any episode of this show that features stuff at sunset (and that's quite a few of them) is a good showcase of the gorgeous animation and color use in Ai Yori Aoshi. If everything wasn't so darn pretty, I'd probably enjoy this show a lot less.

Rating: B

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August 27, 2004

Ai Yori Aoshi Episode 20

Ai Yori Aoshi

"Cure"

At this point in the show's lifetime, I don't think there's much more I can say about the production side of things. The animation and art is gorgeous, far ahead most other shows of the time. The music fits well and there are many memorable tracks.

There's still a few episodes left, so there's still a chance there will be some sort of story arc. While I am enjoying the show, I wish there was a little more character development, rather than the string of one-shot episodes that the show favors. There's nothing wrong with it, but you just don't feel Aoi and Kaoru going anywhere. There's no conflict or tension. We know Aoi and Kaoru love each other unconditionally, and there's not much drama from that.

In this episode, we get teased about Kaoru's past a bit, but it's nothing we didn't know already. Though it's probably the most interesting part of the episode, it is also more or less inconsequential, as Aoi glosses past it with a declaration of love.

With more character development, plot or dramatic tension, this could be an even better show. As it is, it's light show with gorgeous production.

Rating: B

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