Aiura

TV (12 eps x 4 min)
3.061 out of 5 from 2,696 votes
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Kanaka, Saki and Ayuko are three girls who, as fate would have it, meet each other just before starting high school. Kanaka accidentally bumps into Ayuko, ruining the girl's ice cream cone, and their friendship soon follows! Together, the trio navigates high school life, whether giving each other nicknames, racing each other to class, or just having fun.

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Episode 1

The Day Before

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Episode 2

First Day of School

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Episode 3

Home Room

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Episode 4

Sensei

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Episode 5

Incident

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Episode 6

Younger Brother

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Episode 7

The Amaya Household

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Episode 8

Club Activities

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Episode 9

Dreams

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Episode 10

Problem

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Episode 12

See You Tomorrow

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hamletsmage
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Ah, the first year of high school. When people from all the middle schools joined one community and made new friends. I mean... that was high school right?  Story: So, unlike a lot of other short episode anime that revolve around high school girls (Teekyuu/Plastic Nee-san/Ai Mai Mii etc) this particular anime is not about gag comedy as much as it is about just normal day-to-day life for 3 girls entering their first year of high school. The story shows that while they are different in both height and demeanor, they can become great friends. Because of the slow pacing, the short episodes only allow minimal peeks into the girls' lives, but I much prefer this to the rapid craziness of other, similar shows.  Animation: The girls are very moe, with big, sparkling eyes and slightly blushed cheeks. Their expressions are often exaggerated for comedic effect. The backgrounds tend to be muted, pastels that are given enough detail to make them recognizeable. I couldn't find much flaw with the movement sequencing, and overall, it's a cute show.  I mean, just look at the moe blob of cute! Sound: The OP is... confusing because there is no explanation to crabs or Steve Jobs in the entirety of the anime. Some speculation is that it's a very misguided cancer reference, but that's never been confirmed. The music, however, is very upbeat and cute. The ED is slower, much more suited for the slice of life style.  But seriously, why the crabs?  Characters: The 3 main characters are given about as much development as can be expected in a 4 minute episode. I personally preferred some of the side characters, like Souta (who is far more calm than his sister Kanaka) and Misuzu, who looks adorable in her lab coat. However, that does not mean that the main 3 girls are in any way bad as characters. They have their quirks and enough depth to make them interesting.  Should you watch this? Sure. It's cute, it's short, it's a great introduction if someone's never watched slice of life before.  This review brought to you by the DAMC

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