Sunday, October 12, 2008

Allison and Lillia (Ended): Ends Well, Too Well

For a split second in the last episode, I thought for once they're going to carry out a real tragic ending. Immediately, I realized that's not going to happen. People nowadays just like happy ending too much. No one wants to see the cold hard reality brought out by tragedies. Guess what, I was right. Not only they destroyed near perfect tragedy ending, they did it in the cheapest way.

Put my feeling against the ending aside, Allison and Lillia really exceeded my expectations in many ways. Though there are some obvious shortcomings, such as blatantly incorrect physics and aerodynamics, and inconsistent plot devices, everything else in this series is just so well made that all those problems almost doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I like it so much that I'll create a new award for it -- since this falls into the Light Drama category, and Library wars has already been crowned that title and I really don't want to take it away, I'm awarding Allison and Lillia

Best Long Season Light Drama Anime of 2008

Obviously, Library Wars would become Best Short Season Light Drama of 2008. Even so, it still creates a problem: technically Spice and Wolf should be competing in this category too, and I liked Spice and Wolf so much that I believe it should earn a "best of" award. However, there is nothing can remove Library Wars from its position at this point, I'll have to figure something else go give to Spice and Wolf.

Final scoreboard (out of 5):

Drama: 5 (Great!)
Comedy: 4.5 (Many funny moments)
Action: 3 (Physics just doesn't in some of them)
Art/Animation: 4.5 (Not so much on the Allison half, I like Lillia half much better)
Sound/Music: 4.5 (Light, fits in pretty well)
Character: 4.75 (Though some are heartless, they do kind of explain why eventually)
Plot: 5 (Very well made with many cliffhangers)
Ending: 3.5 (They should at least explain a little...)

Re-watch value: 3 (I think it's still interesting second time through)

Overall (not average): 4.85 ~ Very good

Recommendation: If you like light drama, this should be among top 5 in 2008 you should watch. But if you're not interested in light drama, don't bother, because there is nothing else but light drama.

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