Aoi Hana – Retrospect
Since it’s finished, here’s the review for the series~.
I was clueless about the series when I intended to watch it but I still watched it because I wanted a dose of slice of life anime. I didn’t even knew that it has yuri elements.
I don’t know but I just feel annoyed whenever I see entries about Fumi that regard her as a lesbian. I think I can contemplate with her situation. She was never seen with a guy and by the looks of it, she must have studied on all-girls school through out her educational career which really heightens the chance that she’ll be attracted to her same gender. I really think given the chance of meeting a guy would improve her perception to relationship and thus help her recuperate with her inclination towards the she-gender. Given this much sense, I regard her not as a lesbian but simply as an ordinary girl/lady, who haven’t graduated yet from the confusion stage of her sexual orientation.
I’ve taken a liking to A-chan because she is so impulsive towards Fumi’s feelings. She truly comprehends Fumi, which I find rather impressive even though their connection and relationship had a lapse for several years.
The touch of realism from this anime didn’t failed me as a viewer. I like Fumi and A-chan’s childhood memories a lot. Partings are always like that, but what amazed me here was their re-encounter with each other as grown ups, which of course includes the circumstances when they helped out each other(A-chan actually helped out Fumi throughout the series o_o).
I think I’m appalled with the sudden fuss with Fumi’s relationship with Sugimoto. I’m not appalled with the reason why they broke up but how it was concluded. Even so, I kind of agree with what the series is trying to say with regards to relationship, that it should never be briskly done. If you would compare Fumi and A-chan’s relationship, it somehow sums up the fact that real relationship and grasp with the other person’s feelings is not that quick to happen and materialize. It was a good call though that Fumi finally realized the right decision regarding the awkward situation with Sugimoto on their relationship. It might have been the hardest way to learn the things but atleast Fumi is now enlightened on how to manage herself from now on, of course with the help of A-chan.
I also like the drama club arc of the series, especially the children’s play which is the “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry even though it wasn’t that much given focus. I think, the Conceited Rose from the play, which is actually the Conceited Man from the real book represents Sugimoto. She wants to be admired by that someone from the past but what she did when she was rejected was to escape from it all by transferring to another school. Meanwhile, the Wuthering Heights play was rather a reflection of how she views other people. She even noted that the characters from the novel, especially Catherine, was selfish, while not realizing that she herself is selfish by what she did to Fumi in their short-lived relationship. (haha, come on guys, do the research work XD)
The plot and story of the series didn’t really appealed to me that much but I enjoyed the pacing the series took and how Fumi’s character developed from the crybaby when she was a toddler to a more mature character. It was a short watch but I liked how A-chan kept on supporting and cheering Fumi through out the mischief in her relationship. I’m glad Fumi finally somehow realized and reciprocated A-chan’s support and attention to her.
To sum it up, I think the anime was great in capturing the sense of realism of relationships, (might it be homo or hetero couple). I think even though the plot devices were cliché, the series was able to do justice on how they presented it to the viewers through a different brush stroke. I’m referring here on how the series was able to successfully establish the vague yet distinct relationship among the characters. Yes, I believe it was the characters that made the series a great watch.
This is my first what-you-call-it “yuri” anime, and I haven’t checked out Marimite yet which means I don’t know if it is right to compare it to that series. But hey, the series didn’t really focused on that part, and actually I didn’t feel that what I’m watching is yuri.
Just a lil information, the manga is still ongoing — which actually leads me to a bewilderment whether the ending of the anime is just an ending for a certain volume or a fabricated ending by JC Staff. I’ll be reading it soon so maybe I’ll be able to put up an update for it.