Allison to Lillia

Title:Allison to Lillia
アリソンとリリア (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
In an alternate reality, the world is occupied by two countries, the Roxcheanouk Union, or "Roxche", and The United Kingdom of Bezel and Iltoi, or "Sous-Beil". Wil, a teenage citizen of Sous-Beil, is enjoying his summer when his old friend Allison, now a pilot with the Sous-Beil Air Force, pays him a visit. The two run into an old man who is notorious for telling long tales to whoever will listen. Despite their skepticism, they become intrigued by his story of a hidden treasure. The story gains a measure of validity when the man is abducted right before their eyes!

Original creator: Keiichi Sigsawa
Animation by MADHOUSE.
26 TV Episodes.

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Watch 8 8 7 6 5 5 Ggultra2764 [series:1737#1552]
Someone needs to inform Madhouse and whomever else made this series on how to properly write up a script that actually makes enough sense. Allison and Lillia is divided into two halves exploring the adventures that two childhood friends get caught up in. The first half of the series focuses on Allison and Wil while the second half focuses on their daughter Allison and her friend Trieze. At the very least, I will give the show some kudos for creating a likeable cast of characters and creating a good sense of adventure with the several adventures that we see of both duos throughout the show. In addition, the visuals aren't all that bad sporting decent details with scenery and suspenseful moments of animation coming from the tense situations faced by the prominent characters, in particular scenes involving plane movements that occur quite frequently throughout the series. The rendering of CG animation with said scenes though does tend to stick out quite prominently.

Beyond these praises though, Allison and Lillia's writing is in quite a bit of shambles. The pacing to the series feels rushed to the point where characters lack proper fleshing out except where it is required to advance the plot. The logic concerning character actions and the consequences to them tend to get frequently ignored where, for example, the villains tend to make decisions that don't make much sense or Allison in the show's first half is free to commandeer planes at her own leisure without consequence from any of her military superiors. The sloppy writing also leads to some glaring plot holes that stick out enough and the ways in which characters are able to overcome ordeals with an antagonist quite often happen way too conveniently and usually don't have much believability to them. And while the characters are likeable, their developments seem quite hollow thanks to the lack of proper fleshing-out meaning I could care less about the romantic developments that the series pushed with its pairings throughout both halves.

Shut your brain off and you might find Allison and Lillia to be an enjoyable, family-friendly adventure series. Leave it on and you'll be fuming over the sloppy writing and pacing you come across at various points throughout this fairly mediocre series.

Last updated Tuesday, July 12 2011. Created Tuesday, July 12 2011.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:1737#628]
(Two episodes watched):

You would think that Hayao Miyazaki had a hand in this series, what with the character designs and abundance of antique aircraft. I detect a deHavilland Tiger Moth and a Heinkel HE-51 (but a two-seater?). One nice touch: the control surfaces actually move! Anyway, this seemed a little boring at first, but got interesting after the old man was abducted and Wil and Allison pursued his captors. At the end I'm left curious to see what's going to happen.

Last updated Saturday, April 19 2008. Created Sunday, April 13 2008.

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