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» Company
Geneon Animation
» Running Time
300 Minutes (12 Episodes)
» Genre
Drama, Romance, Comedy
» Type
TV Series
» Final Score
» User Rating
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Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~

» written by Animesou [Discuss]

Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ takes place two years after Aoi and Kaoru were first reunited in the original Ai Yori Aoshi. While there is no overall main story, there are several small plots that take place over the course of the series. Special attention is given to Chika, who appeared late in the original series, and to Tina, the American who can barely speak English because she is so Japanese.

I hate to start a review on such a negative note, but the fact of the matter is, Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ does absolutely nothing to advance the plot of the original, nor does it answer any questions you may have had about it. It exists purely as an extra set of filler episodes for fans of the original series. In fact, the main storyline (the love story between Aoi and Kaoru) while present is hardly of any importance with the exception of one episode, and that failed to satisfy my hopes for the series.

Putting all that aside however, it is still an enjoyable series that contains many happy moments to remember. The last few episodes are the most emotional, but at a cost. There is very little comedy in these episodes, and the change of pace is somewhat out of place. Still, there is some payoff for getting to the end.

By the time its over, nothing of Ai Yori Aoshi’s story is resolved, so it looks like another sequel is inevitable. Despite my opinion that ~Enishi~ does not live up to the original, I still love the characters and hope that another sequel is in the works.

The Breakdown
6.5 looks like a low score, but it really isn’t that bad. If you enjoyed the first series then I suggest you give this one a try as well.


» The Pros
More time to spend with the characters for fans of the original.

» The Cons
Lacks an overall story and direction.

» Animation
The animation was pretty much just like the original. It could have definitely used a few more frames to make the character's motions more fluid. The artwork was still very nice though.

» Sound
The music is still good, though a few new background themes would have made things a bit more interesting. Kaoru's voice still freaks me out.

» Story
Endless filler. I wanted to see Kaoru and Aoi's relationship advance further than it did. It is usually interesting to watch, but there are some boring moments.

» Recommend
It's difficult to recommend this anime to anyone except the most hardcore of Ai Yori Aoshi fans. The reason being that only they could forgive its shortcomings. Casual fans will be disappointed, and newcomers won't know enough about the characters to enjoy it. I also have to note that there is quite a bit of ecchi content in this anime, though it is still for the most part innocent.


» Other Information
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles





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