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Default 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

Hello and welcome to G-Views, where SoL reigns supreme, moe is respected and Dokuro-chan sucks poopie. Well, here I am again, already pumped to write the 2nd Double Slammy episode. This time, we're entering anti-Tupac territory with two shows that are similar in genre, yet very different in execution. So let's dig in to my 2nd specialty with the two following, starting with Aoi Hana.


Alternative title:
Sweet Blue Flowers (English)
Genres: drama, romance
Themes: coming of age, high school, yuri
Number of episodes: 11
G-Rating: 10/10


Plot Summary: Fumi Manjoume, an introverted, bookish teenage girl, is beginning her first year of high school at Matsuoka Girls' High School. She enters the school year with her heart broken by a previous relationship. At about the same time, she reconnects with her best friend from ten years ago, Akira Okudaira, who is now attending Fujigatani Girls' Academy as a first-year high school student. As they reconnect, they both deal with their own respective romantic problems, and help each other get through them.

For all who love yuri, the number of shows that examine women-loving women seriously are far and few. The number of such shows that manage to make lasting contributions toward positive depictions of them is even more few. The number of those that are also able to stand as superior examples of storytelling in general is fewer still. Like Utena in its time, Aoi Hana does all of these things.

Fumi's quiet strength, Akira's dependable friendship, Yasuko's conflicted immaturity, Kyouko's desperate desire, Kou's patient devotion, and many other facets of humanity meet in this simple but beautifully crafted portrait of young life and love.

The music...well, shoujo-ai and classical music have been a powerful pair since Utena. Basically, if you're a fan of classical music, then you'll have no trouble at all here.

The animation is a different style from the usual stuff that I watch, but in a good way. It's both cute and marvelous at the same time. I see it as somewhat of a mix between Haibane Renmei and Saki.

As of this writing, both the anime and manga are essentially unfinished tales, and so I'm under even more of an imperative than usual to avoid spoilers. That being the case, there's really not a whole lot more I can say, except "pray for a second season".


Next up, Sasameki Koto:
Note: For some stupid reason, there's a lack of good Youtube vids I can use to show the greatness of this show. I do hope my words will suffice to intrigue my readers into checking this one out.


Genres: comedy, psychological, romance
Themes: yuri
Number of episodes: 13
G-Rating: 8/10

This is the only good vis I could find. It contains the OP, so consider it a sneak peek.


Plot Summary: Sumika Murasame is deeply in love with her cheerful classmate and friend Ushio Kazama. Ushio is openly lesbian but... she's likes cute girls, and Sumika, top student, class representative, black belt in karate, is all but cute. Even worse, Sumika herself is terrified of endangering her friendship with Ushio and chooses to maintain the status quo, as much as it pains her to hide her feelings...


The Little Yuri Series That Could. It wasn't the flashiest anime ever, or the most exciting, but it flowed along in a warm, gentle, and funny way, bringing smiles both happy and sympathetic. It captured the manga perfectly, and maintained a fantastic balance of humorous and dramatic moments.

If I have a regret, it's one that there's just no avoiding for this show: with the sole exception of Tomoe/Miyako (who don't really get a lot of couple moments), the yuri of Sasameki Koto is thoroughly unrequited.

Even more so than Aoi Hana, the final episode of Sasameki Koto left no doubt that it's an unfinished story. The manga continues on with no real end in sight. This is a good thing and I don't begrudge it, but I can't deny it's frustrating to have the anime come to an end this way. All we can do is hope for a second season.

Music: Similar rating as Aoi Hana, except this one has more humorous melodies in it, mixed with classical music goodness.

Animation: Fluffier than Aoi Hana, but of course since it's a comedy.

Oh, one important note: Although this is a great comedy, it has a slow start. I think it was supposed to star off slowly to show that it's not just a laugh out loud fest. Be patient and I assure you that your patience will pay off.


2009 was a great year for the yuri nation. We had about 6-7 anime last year with yuri themes in it, which were both pretty good and didn't make a mockery of the genre. All these shows were very well done and in my opinion, accessible to both yuri fans and non yuri fans alike. You could enjoy these shows and not get upset at all, because they're that darn good. 2010 so far, isn't as epic as last year, but it's coming along nicely, even if it did have some low blows., the good far outweigh the bad this year.

In conclusion: The reason why I feel so optimistic about these two shows in particular, is that they're accessible to both Y and non-Y fans. Both have their attraction to them. Both have great storytelling and follow their excellent manga counterparts very well, both will entertain you in either the dramatic aspect, or the humorous one. I GUARANDAMNTEE that both these shows are accessible to anyone, even tupac! That's right, I said it. I promise you that even tupac would like these shows. His allergies CAN'T be this strong.
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Default Re: 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

What's with all the yuri lately? LOL

Another nice review!
I can relate with trying to find videos on youtube and not finding them.
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Default Re: 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

That's because yuri will one day be finally recognized as a major genre, beating yaoi once and for all, thus becoming a major contender stepping out of yaoi's shadow. I can feel it. Oh yes.
The power of girl love in anime is very powerful if done correctly and not ridiculed. Like these two shows for example.
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Default Re: 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

I've seen Aoi Hana but not Sasameki Koto. Good reviews. I thought Aoi Hana was a really good show.
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Oh you're missing out dood. If you enjoyed Aoi Hana, then you should have no trouble at all enjoying Sasameki Koto.
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Default Re: 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

I think I'll give it a watch. I still have to finish Maze. Once I do I'll watch Sasameki Koto.
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Default Re: 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

ah yes, I'm psyched to learn your final thoughts on the show. I'll be looking forward to it once you're finished.
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I've heard about these! I'm actually still debating on weither I should or not
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Do not fret Suki-chan, your chastity will not be destroyed by watching these shows, if that's what's worrying you right now.
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Default Re: 48+49 Double Slammy 2: Aoi Hana and Sasameki Koto

I usually don't like yuri but Aoi Hana I finished in one day. I particually didn't like the ending but the anime was very good.
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