Strawberries!

I have been a fan of Yaoi for some time now and I thought of trying Yuri. Out of curiousity and also because I’ve read that they have some of the best stories. Which I have proven when I watched Loveless and Gakuen Heaven. And I decided to give Yuri a chance.

To explain a little about Yuri, also known by the wasei-eigo construction as Girls Love (garuzu rabu?),[3] is a Japanese jargon term for content involving love between women in anime, manga, and related Japanese media.[4] Yuri can focus either on the sexual or the emotional aspects of the relationship, the latter sometimes being called shojo-ai by western fans.[5] (according to Wikipedia)

As of last night, I was able to watch my first Yuri Anime. That is, Strawberry Panic. When I initially watched the anime, I was thinking it may just be a typical love story but it is not. The story begins when Aoi Nagisa transfer to St. Miator school, when the current Etoile Hanazono Shizuma (representative for the 3 schools) took an instant interest to her. Much to Nagisa’s shock and confusion. Transferring to an all girls school and losing the capacity to move everytime you make an eye contact with a beautiful girl, who wouldn’t be surprised?

Let me explain the environment first, there are three schools (sister schools with different expertise) whose students are living in one dorm, the Astrea dormitory also known as the Strawberry dorm. The schools are distincted by the design and color of their uniforms. St. Miator’s Girls’ Academy are recognizable by their black dress with lace collar and cuffs.  St. Spica’s Girls’ Institute has its students wearing a white coat and white short pencil cut skirt plus a brown ribbon. St. Lulim’s Girl’s School with their pink blouse and short skirt. Out of the three schools, St. Miator and St. Spica had always been rivals in everything. From academics to choosing the Etoile.

The Etoile, a pair of girls that serve as the representative for all three schools. They are, aside from the Student Council, the primary face of the schools to outside and to all the students. They are mostly the pride of everyone, senseis and students. And the Etoile are  chosen through a special Etoile election.

While you are watching the series, you may ask: “why is there only 1 Etoile when you have just mentioned that it should be a pair?”. That, my dear, is one of the mysteries you have to watch out for. Hey, don’t call me mean. The thrill of finding out why would give you something to look out for. 🙂

As I have said earlier, the focus of the anime is shoujo-ai (girl to girl love). It focuses on two main love teams, Nagisa and Shizuma (St. Miator’s) & HIkari and Amane (St. Spica). If you are not into girls love, I suggest you think twice before watching. Although there are no direct scenes of lovemaking, there are still some heavy implications of sexual activity between the girls.

Let’s talk about the songs, the opening songs (yes, there are 2 opening and 2 ending songs), the opening songs are Shōjo Meiro de Tsukamaete and Kuchibiru Daydream both by Aki Misato. Aki Misato’s beautiful voice gave justice to both these songs while the Himitsu dolls gave the ending songs an equally intriguing video, be sure to watch out for those, the ending songs are Kajitsuteki Borderline and Ichigo Tsumi Monogatari.

Whew! That was a long one! For those who likes Yuri, go ahead and try watching this anime. If you’re looking for a good story, give this a whirl. I’m sure its worth your time.

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~ by darkmagician on March 5, 2008.

3 Responses to “Strawberries!”

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  2. mmm…. to be honest I have never really tried yuri myself. I guess I have always just watched anime that takes my interest. I have nothing against any genre, so to be honest your overview on strawberry panic has inspired me to start watching the series. Great blog you have! *thumbs up and points to 10 stars!*

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  3. thank you very much. It’s nice to know someone appreciated my review. 🙂
    I’ll try to update as much as I can.

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