Anime: Seraphim Call
Seraphim Call is an Anime series by Sunrise from 1999, with character designs by Aoi Nanase. Seraphim Call may be considered avant-garde in several respects. For example: it is an anthology of individual stories while most other anime is serialized. Each story takes place in the year 2010, in a futuristic city named Neo-Acropolis on an artificial island in Japan. Among the city's residents are 11 girls, each facing a different dilemma.
Tropes that appear in Seraphim Call
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Ayaka, who spends her money frivolously.
- Bottle Episode: The second episode takes place entirely in Tanpopo's bedroom and is all from the viewpoint of a camera in one of her stuffed animals.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the first episode. After daringly riding to the rescue, miraculously overcoming her fear of talking to men, and expertly defusing a bomb with a minute to spare - all before the halfway point of the episode - Yukina wonders aloud if it was really okay to wrap things up so nearly before the commercial break.
- Does Not Like Men: Yukina. So much so, that getting too close to any guy will cause her to faint dead away, to the point where she's invented an auto-deploying airbag to cushion her landing when this happens.
- Filming For Easy Dub: The series relies a lot on limited animation, but the last episode goes out of its way to avoid showing the characters' mouths when they speak.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Tanpopo, despite her age.
- Humongous Mecha: Yukina uses one in order to avoid men.
- Male Gaze: Most obvious in the last episode, with a lot of focus on the characters' chests and legs to avoid showing their lips.
- Parent with New Paramour: An unusually realistic handling of this trope (and of a post-divorce family in general) is part of Chinami's episode, as she tries to deal with her mixed feelings on meeting her mother's serious boyfriend.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shion Murasame and her younger sister Sakura.
- Shrouded in Myth: The dilemma facing Kasumi, who has seen the legends about her grow considerably in just a few years.
- Slice of Life
- Sweet Tooth: Chinami has one.
- Tareme Eyes / Tsurime Eyes: One of the only ways nearly-identical twin sisters Shion and Sakura can be told apart.
- Time Travel: A plot point in episode seven, when Saeno goes back in time to give a book about pi to her younger self.
- Tomboy: Hatsumi, who believes she can't possibly be feminine.
- Twelve-Episode Anime
- Twenty Minutes In To The Future: The series was made in 1999, and takes place in 2010.
- Twincest: Shion and Sakura; not explicit, but they repeatedly exchange declarations of love and kisses.
- The Unreveal: The fourth episode initially ends with the viewer not seeing Miyabi's painting of Hatsumi, but then after the credits we actually get to see it.
- Wham Shot: At the end of episode two, when it's revealed in the final scene that the stuffed animal acting as the observer's lens through which the episode's story is told really WAS observing - it was connected to a hidden camera.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Several of the characters have odd hair colors, such as blue, green, and pink.