Aiura currently airs on Crunchyroll for FREE viewers. Each episode of the 2013 anime runs for four minutes, with approximately one minutes allotted for the opening song and another minute for the end credits. Only 12 episodes were animated. The show is based on a four-panel comic strip that was later published in several graphic novel manga books.
I never thought it would be possible for high school girls to be so... boring. But such is the case of Aiura, a sweetly drawn anime that had plenty of potential, but never went anywhere.
Right at the start, we meet 15 year old Ayuko, who is starting her first day of high school. She is quickly joined by Kanaka, a deep-voiced red-head who has a bad habit of re-naming people at will, and Saki, a tall, boyish blonde who enjoys ignoring Kanaka's antics.
In the background are a few smaller characters, including Kanaka's aloof little brother Souta, the prissy class representative Mei, and their lazy teacher with an odd personality, Sumiko.
Each episode opens with Kanaka being goofy, a hobby she takes a little too seriously. Ayuko shyly goes along with the odd torture that is Kanaka, at least until Saki delivers a blow to Kanaka's antics. On occasion, the girls will do something a little bit cute or funny, but these segments are few and far between.
It's a shame more wasn't done for this slice-of-life program, as the animation is pretty good. CGI is kept to the bare minimum of accents, much like the second season of Sailor Moon Crystal, and the style of drawing is neat and a little on the cute side. The final episode has some impressive imagery involving a gorgeous sunset and a pretty midnight sky, but these segments come too late to spice up the show.
At four minutes an episode, it's very easy to binge watch the whole series in one sitting, if you can get through the tone-deaf opening and dreary ending song. Aiura isn't a bad show, it's just one that didn't really try.
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Codename Sailor Earth is a lifelong anime and wrestling fan. IRL she is cartoonist Koriander Bullard, formerly Koriander Ake, a happily married Chicagoan. Her favorite anime is Sailor Moon. A baby in the late 80's, the first anime titles she ever saw were Speed Racer, Voltron and Robotech.