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MRHowley

  • Joined Jan 28, 2014
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Special A

Jan 28, 2014

Overall - I give it a 5 out of 5 stars just for my sheer love of the series but in the case of breaking down the different areas it falls to 9/10.  My son has gotten me into anime after a long absence.  I grew up on Voltron and Speed Racer when there was only four available channels to watch TV if that is any context.  This particular show or series was a lot of fun.  it had highs and lows and added enough intrigue to keep you going from episode to episode.  I know I will watch this series again.   I should actually remove some more from the story ranking since it didn't come out with another season.  There was more than enough material to carry them through a second season without getting tired or deriviative.

Score justification:

Story - I will say that you have to let this one bake.  I have seen it in other reviews and I agree that the story does not start humming untol the 5th or 6th episode.  I also like the message it conveys throughout the series of friendship, togetherness, loyalty and, of course, love.  Point deducted for the slow start.

Animation - Let me just say the 'regular' animation of all the characters was great.  It definitely helped draw out their personalities.  The issue I have with it is the emotional caricatures used when angry sad or blue.  Understood why it is used but the regular animation was so good, i grew annoyed when they would move to the bubble stuff.  Shout out to the animation when a tender or 'love' moment showed up.  I though that was a neat touch.  Still doesn't make up for the overuse of the secondary animations in my opinion.  

Sound:  All sounds songs and bakground music was great.  Everytime I heard the opening music or the soft guitar chord int he background it made me get that slight smile like Kei when he is thinking of Hikari.  

Characters - I thought hte character development was great after the first 5 episodes.  I deducted a point because it would have been nice to see how some of the relationsips develop and if other characters do find a love interest. 

Great, Great, Great series.  Recommend it for everyone.

9/10 story
8/10 animation
10/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

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