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[In Which I Review] Anime series from 2000

Quasar

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Love Hina was one of the first anime I watched more-or-less as it aired (and among the first I watched, period). I remember liking it specifically because it had energy. Motoko was my favorite girl.

I also miscategorized it as shoujo, which shows how much I fucking knew about Japanese cartoons back in 2000 A.D.
It probably was my first exposure to non actiony/scifi type anime (the only kind I saw as a child).

And really it was all about Naru, even if she was a psychotic.
 
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Arilou

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It's not that I'm young: I watched multiple series from this time, I just never watched Love Hina.
 

Bull

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Was mostly a jab at Quasar's "the first non sci Fi I saw as a child". Don't mind me... I'm just feeling my age lately :)

I went to Gen Con this last year with a kid from our local gaming group, and I mentioned going to Gen Con in '96, and he commented that he was 5 in 1996. *sigh*
 

acksed

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Subbed. Nice idea, Jhiday!

I have never watched the Love Hina anime, but it was one of my main manga series and I loved Mahou Sensei Negima. A.I. Love You was in some ways the prototype LH, and you can certainly see some of Naru in Twenty.
 
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Quasar

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Was mostly a jab at Quasar's "the first non sci Fi I saw as a child". Don't mind me... I'm just feeling my age lately :)

I went to Gen Con this last year with a kid from our local gaming group, and I mentioned going to Gen Con in '96, and he commented that he was 5 in 1996. *sigh*
Oh. I didn't see Love Hina as a child. I mean that this was my first exposure to non action/scifi anime, which is all I saw as a child.

I wish i saw Love Hina as a child. That would make me quite a bit younger.
 
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Bull

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Oh. I didn't see Love Hina as a child. I mean that this was my first exposure to non action/scifi anime, which is all I saw as a child.

I wish i saw Love Hina as a child. That would make me quite a bit younger.
Ahh, ok. :) Carry on then. :)
 

Jhiday

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2000 also falls in a hole for me, between the stuff I watched on TV as a kid/teenager (from Sailor Moon to Eva & Escaflowne), and the point where I joined my college's anime club and got to watch the "current" stuff of 2002-2004. (And, aside from Boogiepop Phantom, none of the 2000 series were "classic" enough yet to be considered for the schedule, unlike, say, Cowboy Bebop.)

Pierrot is interesting because while they did a lot of crappy shounen, they also occasionally pulled out something really well-done and often a bit unusual. (like Victorian Romance Emma)
Since I'm not really interested in shonen adventure, I've (fortunately ?) had little exposure to that part of their output. What I've really watched from them are shows more off the beaten path, such as Twelve Kingdoms or Still, the World is Beautiful, that have none of those quality issues. (This reminds me I really should check Emma out at some point.)

So it's not like I'm particularly biased against them. It's just that "Pierrot-animated shonen from the 00s" is enough of a warning flag that I know what to expect.

... Apparently, it looks like this category should be broadened to include "action shojo" too, if today's entry is any indication.



[#26] Ceres - Celestial Legend (Ayashi no Ceres)
(24 episodes)

What's it about ?

Adaptation of an urban fantasy manga series, by the creator of Fushigi Yuugi.

Characters

Do you know of the tale of Ceres, the angel who got captured by some guy and was forced to marry him ? How romantic ! And totally the kind of story you tell a girl when she's just a toddler.

Aya, our protagonist, still starts off as a perfectly normal high school girl. She's got generic friends, goes to karaoke, and so on. Sure, a kooky old fortune teller predicts her doom and she's been having creepy dreams, but that's teenage life, right ?

Aki, her twin brother. They bicker quite a bit, but it's clear they do care for each other.

There's a mysterious dude who miraculously saves her from being run down by a car after falling from an overpass. And of course by the time she finds her wits to thank him, he's already disappeared.

Then, on their 16th birthday, Aya & Aki are suddenly brought to a huge family gathering. Every single distant uncle and aunt is there, looking grim and saying nothing. It's more than a bit spooky, and looks more like a cult than a birthday celebration. A box is given to them... and suddenly Aya gets shivers and just can't open it. Aki opens it in her stead... it's some mummified hand that explodes and shlashes him, drawing blood.

Gramps announces that AKI is thus the True Chosen Heir of Ceres, and the now useless Aya must die.

... Okay, I did not see this twist coming.

Production Values

Oh, hello again, studio Pierrot ! I see you're still having trouble putting any actual animation in your shows.

... Which is a shame, since there's some actual directing skill at work here, trying its best to extract tense and moody atmosphere out of a lacking budget.

(Also, no fanservice worth mentioning.)

Overall Impression

Hmm. The crappy animation is very distracting indeed. On the other hand, I'm quite intrigued by the premise, and the seemingly effortless way the show quickly builds up an oppressive and eery mood. As such, I'm curious on where this is going.

I'm a bit on the fence here ; I guess a lot depends on whether the anime got a proper ending resolving the plot. There's a decent chance of that (it started to air just after the manga concluded), but I wouldn't be averse to some confirmation.
 

KoboldLord

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Erm, I remember Ayashi no Ceres being a trainwreck, particularly in the last half. I watched it as part of my anime club, and for some time afterward it got occasional mentions from a number of the members of club in the sense that they 'hoped this new show wouldn't be another Ayashi no Ceres'. It's been over ten years since then, though, so I don't remember most of the specifics. I remember that the main guy wanted to confine the main girl to re-enact the story with the angel with her, who was actually a space alien or something that kept reincarnating in the girls of the family, but it feels like there should be something even worse that I'm not remembering.
 
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