Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na

Title:Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na
Brighter Than the Dawning Blue
Crescent Love
夜明け前より瑠璃色な -Crescent Love-
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The aftermath of the disastrous and bitter war between the people of earth and the moon has resulted in a hundred years of an uneasy peace and very limited interactions between them. In the hopes of improving their relations, princess Feena Fam Earthlight of the Moon Sphere Kingdom has decided to spend a year on earth in a homestay with the Asagiri family. While Asagiri Tatsuya might not remember the princess, she does remember him and is looking forward to spending a year living and attending high school together with him.

Based on a bishoujo game by August Soft.

12 TV Episodes
Animation by Doumu
Aired on Oct 4, 2006
Episode Details 
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 6 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:1467#1552]
Considering this baby's adapted from an eroge game, I guess I can't be too surprised with how cliched and absurd this title is. The "princess staying at the commoner male lead's house" and the blossoming love interest that develop between them reeks of convenience and the various characters seen throughout this title are two-dimensional archetypes you'd find in one form or another in other dating sim games or sci-fi titles, even with the hostile tensions played up between those among the Earth and Moon. The conflict for this series between the Moon and Earth isn't too intriguing either due to the lack of depth and focus on it as it mostly plays second fiddle to the love story built up between Tatsuya and Feena.

The characters are drawn well for this series, with female character designs looking attractive, cute and/or beautiful without overdoing things. However, other elements of visual presentation are on the subpar side with washed-out color and mediocre animation, especially when things escalate with the plot where we see spaceships traveling to and from the Moon.

Overall, I'm rather indifferent to Brighter than the Dawning Blue as I've seen enough titles like this having been rehashed in one form or another just to cash in on sales of their dating sim/ eroge game source material. Unless you're fairly new to dating sim spinoffs such as this, you can skip this without missing out on much.

Last updated Monday, February 03 2014. Created Monday, February 03 2014.
Watch 7 7 8 7 6 6 Dreamer [series:1467#2279]
The synopsis made this series sound like it would have been good. Notice the past tense.

Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork and animation was on the below-par level. Colors weren't rich but rather bland. Character designs were equally as bland. Not a lot of detail. But then, at times the background would be well done with good details and color.

The OP was a slow piece with female vocals... almost want to say a lullaby of type. It wasn't too bad really but not my flavor. The soundtrack (mainly the opening episode) had some nice light orchestra... as one would expect from some space epic. From there, there were light pianos, violins and similar string instruments.

Series and Episode Story
As someone else had mentioned, this series lacked any originality. You had the typical caring sister type, sudden girlfriend (not immediate) moving into the house, and the childhood friend who lives next door. This isn't to say the show was boring but rather predictable at times. One thing that I had a hard time with was the whole kingdom (monarchy) on the moon. I just couldn't get over that anomaly, especially when you consider today's society.

There was some light humor, and a lot of which really didn't make me laugh. The conclusion was a light surprise, which was a welcome.

overall, this series was hardly a watch. I had a tough time getting through the episodes and nothing really stood out.

Last updated Thursday, March 24 2011. Created Thursday, March 24 2011.
Watch 7 7 8 4 7 6 Xenoknight [series:1467#2967]
A very warm and refreshing story of a past war and how a love formed against social boundaries can stand to stop history from repeating itself...

This anime has it ups and downs, but in the end, it was worth the trouble to see it. It’s a very nice story of a boy who made a promise to a girl one night, though he was unaware of her social status at the time. She turned out to be the princess of the moon and he doesn’t realize it until several years later in his life when they finally meet again.

Their chance encounter will bring romance, drama, tragedy, betrayal, corruption, laughter, pain, action, and resolve as they face what its like to bear the fate of two planets destined to be at war.

It sounds simplistic yet fairly interesting, doesn't it?. Don't worry; it'll turn out to be a great title. On the same level as Gift Eternal Rainbow, we are reminded how love can tackle any hardship.

Check out my award list to see some of the best anime titles in the world!

Never forget Xenosaga.

Last updated Monday, July 20 2009. Created Tuesday, August 26 2008.
Watch Stretch [series:1467#628]
I was racking my brain in search of an explanation for this show, when a lightbulb went on in my head. I checked the keywords, and, sure enough, there it was: "Dating Sim Spinoff". Other than the premise of a member of Lunar royalty staying with an Earth family, this show has very little original about it (and it is kind of hard to believe that a monarchy would develop on the moon). As I watched the prologue dealing with the history of the war between the Earth and the Moon, I asked myself if this show was really comic, or was it going to be serious? As it turned out, The jokes aren't exactly hilarious, and the one about Jin continually having his pay docked is really getting old. Actually, the one thing which I found most amusing about the first episode was that some of the "spaceships" in the prologue looked a lot like pre-Dreadnought battleships! The ongoing plot has few surprises, though there are some mildly interesting touches like discovering that Feena and Tatsuya once met as children (how often does that happen in anime?) or Wreath's alternate identity. This seems to be what I call a "smile show", i.e, seldom funny enough to actually make me laugh. It's worth a watch, but I've degraded it to my "meal show" which I can watch while eating; if I miss something, it's no big deal. This series has one of the most absurdly implausible conclusions I've ever seen in anime; I found myself laughing repeatedly at how utterly ridiculous it was. Two-dimensional characters--all good or all evil--were a distinct drawback. At one point a shocking turn of events took place, which was actually encouraging because almost anything would be an improvement over the predictable way things were turning out; but no dice, the plot quickly returned to it's previous course, with a laughable explanation how. Don't get your hopes up when it comes to Crescent Moon; the humor was very modest and the romance very restrained. I cannot concieve of ever rewatching it.

I guess it's only appropriate that Lunar fansubs jumped on this project...

Last updated Wednesday, January 24 2007. Created Saturday, October 14 2006.
Watch Jan-Chan [series:1467#967]
It might be easiest to consider this as being the latest feel-good high-school romance series to present itself. Obviously based on a very simple and formulaic computer game, with all of the characters appearing to have been created in an over-used cookie cutter, so expect a silly romantic harem story of first-loves and high-school-friendships.

I actually like these types of series, mostly because I don’t expect much other than a few smiles at the comedy and a vaguely entertaining story line. Too bad that this story is a bit bland and simplistic. In any event, its worth a quick watch, but nothing more.

As this is strictly one of those fun high-school-romance formula series – here is a list of the main characters. (So judge for yourself)

Asagiri Tatsuya – A senior in high school known to be very kindhearted and friendly, although he does have one very strange habit. Ever since childhood, Tatsuya has gently pinched the nose of his close friends as a sign of affection.

Asagiri Mai – Tatsuya’s younger sister, who both adores and is adored by her older brother. She attends the same high school as her brother and plays the flute.

Asagiri Sayaka – Tatsuya and Mai's older sister and the head of the Asagiri household, Sayaka is a member of the United Earth Government. It was Sayaka who helped arrange the homestay for the princess and is her responsibility for the safety of the princess while on earth.

Samon Natsuki – Tatsuya’s childhood friend and nextdoor neighbor. She and Tatsuya are in the same high school class and work together in her father’s restaurant. While she does not have a boyfriend, she is very close to Tatsuya and is always in his company.

Samon Jin – Natsuki’s slightly pervy and very flirtatious older brother. His outrageous behavior is always causing his younger sister to fly off the handle and try to thump some sense into him.

Samon-Ojisan – Sayaka and Jin’s kind and level-headed father. His is the owner, operator and chief of the restaurant Trattoria Samon, where his two kids and Tatsuya work together as wait-staff.

Midori Tohyama – A fellow student at high school and sempai of Mai. She and Mai both play instruments in the orchestra. She is in the same school year as Tatsuya and is flustered that he does not pay more attention to her.

Earthlight Feena Fam – The princess from the Sphere Kingdom of the moon. She appears to fondly remember Tatsuya (and his uncommon affectionate habits) from some time earlier.

Mia – The personal escort and handmaiden of the princess. The cute Mia is very shy and easily flustered by the strange customs and habits of earth.

Last updated Saturday, November 01 2008. Created Thursday, October 12 2006.

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