Reviews: Amuri In Star Ocean

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I found out about this obscure anime from another fairly obscure anime by the same director, namely Brigadoon Marin And Melan by Yoshitomo Yonetani. After watching fansubs of all three episodes of Amuri online I had some pretty mixed feelings. The visuals were breath-taking and the main characters were likeable and sympathetic, but it was hard to tell exactly what the heck was going on, so much that it took a second viewing for me to understand it. I still can't tell the difference between Amuri's and Suzu's powers, and the main villain was an especially under-developed character. The whole thing also felt very rushed and the blatant shoujo-ai and Lolicon fanservice was rather off-putting. Despite its shortcomings, though, Amuri is still an enjoyable show with some of the most amazing CG I've ever seen and infectiously catchy music. It shares certain elements with Diebuster and Elfen Lied, goes into some rather dark territory and subjects its young heroines to some serious harm, but they are able to triumph against the odds anyway. If you like sci-fi, crazy fight scenes, and good music, then this show is right up your alley. That is, if you don't mind a thin plot and the sight of young girls kissing.