Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai: Slowly and Steadly

Currently finished: Episode 7

While series like Tiger and Bunny, [C], Ao no Exorcist, entered the midseason drag, Ano...(let's just call it Ano Hana for short), is slowly but steadily climbing. At the moment, I think it has overtaken every other series and has become my new No. 1 series for the season.

The story manages to lighten up quite a bit here and there while maintaining a very heavy-hearted tone overall. On top of that, as the story progresses, it starts to slowly reveal the somewhat complex relationships, both past and present, among these childhood friends.

Another thing I really like about it is the rapid shifts between the two extreme ends of the emotion spectrum: one moment it could be making you burst into laughter, the next moment you'd be sobbing from the sorrow you're feeling. To me, the contrast between the two extremes brings out much stronger emotion, but to some, this extreme bipolar shift drive them nuts. I guess it depends on how you like strong emotions to be presented to you.

Lately I haven't been awarding any animes with a "Second Look" score because none has touched me enough for not waiting till the end of the series before adjusting my first impression score. But Ano Hana is so good, I will award it:

Second Look Score: 96

1 comment:

yoekix said...

Will take a look at it when the season is done. In the mid of exams period now. Not much time to watch ...