I have been tracking this series on my radar ever since Admiral Erica, over at Yuri General Staff HQ, gave advanced warning of the most anticipated yuri anime of 2009. Besides I really enjoyed my visits to Kamakura too.
Have read complaints that the Aoi Hana manga is boring and I was worried that crybaby Fumi would annoy me tremendously but the seemingly innocent conversation between Chizu and Fumi, with all those emotional undercurrents there from the outset but only coming to the surface in the wake of cake, bodes well for my enjoyment of this show.
I didn’t give this series much consideration until Washi’s introduction of Sugura. Who hasn’t appeared yet. Neither have the subs at time of writing. Which is tough since this first episode is dialogue-heavy. But I’m enjoying Shinbo’s direction and pleasantly surprised by how the male lead is not simply being dragged into something but is doing the dragging of female chara instead.
This seems too violent for Author’s taste; certainly the gore of the OP gives fair warning but Hitagi’s pen knife surprise really delivered the latent violence, the sense of menace was disturbing yet intoxicating. Also a freshly unsqueaky vocal delivery by Chiwa Saitou.
Before Kara no Kyoukai, I would run for the hills when I heard TYPE MOON-inspired anime. But further reconsiderations as well as hashihime’s note about Tanaka Rie and Maaya Sakamoto (even if I’m not as dedicated a fanboy as DM) being in the voice cast pretty much guaranteed that I would pick this up regardless of which side of the moon this went.
I confess to being utterly confused by the first episode but the fight scene was fun to watch and Canaan had some delightfully cute moments that subverted the whole Noir vibe set up by the SRS BZNS opening narration. It will great if an interesting plot starts to become clearer to me but, right now, I’m just enjoying the gorgeous girls and gratuitous violence.