First Impression: Clione no Akari

Opening thoughts on the Clione no Akari short form series

Clione no Akari is a short (literally nine minutes including a full OP) based on an online novel about two students who befriend a bullied girl. The first episode introduces us to Takashi and Akari, two students who don’t participate in the bullying of the sickly Minori, but aren’t strong enough to prevent it. As the episode ends, the two chat with each other about Minori, but make no definitive decision about whether they should get involved with her or not.

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I’m not sure if I’ll continue to watch Clione no Akari. It’s so very amateurish, feeling more like a really good starter project by a group of college kids making a visual novel app than a real anime. But despite all that, there’s something there, something meaningful, something maybe worth tuning in for. Episode one gets something really, really right. Even if the bullying and insults felt over the top (though maybe not…middle school is pretty rough), it takes so much character and strength for many of us to stand up for what’s right when you’re that age, and it’s maybe just as hard to do the same in adult situations when we’re older, when building a relationship means getting into someone else’s messes and making them your own. I’ve been where Kyoko is when she she explains her lack of doing…and that sincerity makes me think that this series might be worth watching.

— TWWK

Otaku. Dad. Occasionally Korean. Enjoys Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Meg Ryan movies. Self-anointed sushi chef. Ghibli. Oregairuuuuu. Forever stuck in the 90's. Thinks the 80's was better than it was. Jesus is King.
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  • Marina
    13 July 2017 at 12:13 am

    You’re with me on the uncertainty about whether this is a show worth following. I do want to see the two kids befriend our bullied girl. “College starter project” is a great way to describe this though, since it definitely feels like there are essential qualities missing in the first episode.

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  • R86
    13 July 2017 at 12:52 am

    I agree with both you and Marina. To me this show fails the Believability Test. I find myself doubting that kids who are maybe 13 years old can have such a deep and mature thought life. But who knows? Maybe I’m selling 13-year-olds short.

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