July 01, 2013

Mystery Meat: Aiura

Today's Mystery Meat is Aiura. It has the reputation of "Thighs! Thighs!" and I did see that even starting with the first episode.

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The art looks like JC Staff, especially the backgrounds, but they weren't involved in it.

It's another micro-anime. Episodes are one minute of OP, 2 minutes of material, 30 seconds of ED, and another 30 seconds of material for a total of 4 minutes. But it doesn't seem as if it's trying to be a breakneck comedy so much as a nice place to visit, and the pace is very comfortable, even a bit languid.

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But it doesn't really work. The storytelling pace is about right for a normal 24 minute episode, and just about the time that things are getting moving, all of sudden there's the ED right in the way, and we're out of time.

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And, well, I didn't get into it. After four episodes I was bored and had no urge to watch any more.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Mystery Meat at 01:28 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Series really tend to split into categories of "Watch once a week" or "Watch at once".  There's a lot of reasons this happens, but Aiura was great to toss in between other episodes of series.  Week over Week, it's a nice 4 minute chunk of cute.

But in 1 shot, I can see it not working so well.  Like any SoL series, it tends not to marathon well.   Also, a few of the jokes later in work, but it's mostly just short SoL antics. 

And KanaKana being hilarious.

Posted by: sqa at July 01, 2013 02:25 PM (ehYGU)

2 She was a lot of the reason I got bored. I didn't find her even slightly amusing.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 01, 2013 02:58 PM (+rSRq)

3 I thought the way Mei fell into her teacher's trap and became the class rep in 03 was pretty funny, but not much of KanaKana/Kanakon's antics were. The note file is full of "huh" (no, really -- becase my format requires a per-episode tag and there's nothing to write).

Actually, no, there's one note.

When I formed taglines, for AIURA I put down "hopefuly not as bad as Yuyushiki; 3-minuters again?". Needless to say I turned around completely on their relative merits once the shock of HD art settled down a bit (of course Steven is not going to like Yuyushiki either).

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 01, 2013 03:11 PM (RqRa5)

4 I like it; it has a gentle dreamy feel to it.  Not sure if that would work if the episodes were longer.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 02, 2013 05:17 AM (PiXy!)

5 I had a crazy thought this morning that left me chuckling for several minutes: How about harvesting this show for the top rotation, but taking nothing but thigh-shots like #1 and #3?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 02, 2013 11:47 AM (+rSRq)

6 It might get a little over sold on being the "thigh fetish" series (mostly as there isn't too much to say about it), but it sounds good.

They are great sets of legs. 

Posted by: sqa at July 02, 2013 12:07 PM (ehYGU)

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