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Seraphim Call

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Genre: Drama
Company: Sunrise
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 10/6/1999 to 12/22/1999

In the year 2010, life in the city of Neo-Acropolis is normal. Within the confines of the normality there exists the extraordinary, buried deep inside people. Eleven girls’ lives are examined at crucial points, times when they mentally and emotionally are growing up and facing the girls that they are and the women that they will become.

summary by Mugs

 

Reviewed: 04/27/2003 by
Grade: 86% av-Mugs

Highs: Inventive; unique episodes

Lows: One or two episodes don’t maintain the brilliance of the rest

While the borderline incestuous lesbian sisters might lead you to thinking this is a standard shoujo anime, there’s so much substance here it’s almost frightening. Seraphim Call is certainly a unique show: the first eleven episodes each deals with a different girl and, with one exception, have no connections with each other. What’s striking about the episodes is that while they deal with the typical concerns of love and girls growing into women, the format of the episodes themselves is pure brilliance. This anime is unconventional in its storytelling and is both refreshing and entertaining to watch. One of the best episodes features the perspective of a stuffed animal and a girl who so lives in her own world that no other character is seen or heard during the episode. Episodes 5 and 6 contain the exact same footage, reordered slightly to show it from the perspective of different siblings; I can’t tell if this was an exercise in creative freedom or the ultimate in animation budget saving.

After eleven episodes, all of the characters are brought together for a finale. This finale is probably one of the weaker episodes, since eleven characters are tough to work into one episode. It feels like mini epilogues for each of the previous stories, and on that level it works.

The animation is fluid, and all of the colors of the rainbow are represented in the girls’ hair. In short, this is a cute show that perfectly follows the norms of most shoujo anime in the art department. The opening track, Pray, is a beautiful song that has had plenty of play time on my speakers. Every episode gets its own ending song, and some of them are quite good; during the show, there is only instrumental music, mostly piano pieces played to good effect.

If you’re looking for a show with a long, twisting plot, then this one isn’t for you. On the other hand, if short, well-conceived and artistically inventive stories about growing up seem like something you’d enjoy, then I wholeheartedly recommend this one.


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