Clione No Akari Episode 1 First Impression Review

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 The studio Drop has existed for 13 years. They’ve mainly served as an outsourcing studio with credits in over 500 anime, but yeah, this is the very first time they’re the main animation studio of an anime. The story centers around an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl named Minori. After one rainy day, she doesn’t turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl’s two school friends, Takashi and Kyouko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town…

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Animation wise, there’s not much for me to hate besides the weird eyes and the skin tones being overall a little more tan than I’m used to, but that’s just a personal thing. It’s an average episode all around, but I was surprised that it turned out to be a short instead of full-length. There’s way too many fucking shorts this season and I did have higher hopes for the story though. Depiction of bullying in anime/manga is always iffy, the popular kids verbally abusing the girl got quite annoying.

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I have to admit, I did chuckle a bit when she tripped on the bucket, it was so out of nowhere so it caught me by surprise. It would’ve been nice if they established this starting point in the first episode, or maybe even the second. But the way this is paced, it appears this synopsis won’t be fulfilled till 4, maybe 6 episodes. The idea of “a mysterious email” linked to “a summer festival taking place at a near town” could go a lot of ways, but I know that they will find the most boring way to use this. In short, this first episode is trash, it may get better, but the beginning is already really bad. All in all, this really wasn’t a good hook for what I assume is gonna be a mystery based on the summary.

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