Seraphim Call

Title:Seraphim Call
セラフィムコール (Japanese)
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Notables: ASAKAWA Yuu
Animation - SUNRISE
R1 License - Media Blasters
A series of stories featuring 11 girls facing different dilemmas in the futuristic city of Neo-Acropolis on a man-made Japanese island in the year 2010.

(1999, TV Show, 12 episodes. R1 license by Media Blasters.)
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 8 8 8 8 8 8 Ggultra2764 [series:1844#1552]
Seraphim Call was a different approach for me with its storytelling. Instead of having a linear plot, each episode was an individual story focused on a dilemma that one of the 11 girls was facing with their age range being from junior high school to young adult story. Many of the stories consisted of coming-of-age trials for the girls or in the case of the young adults, reflecting on the lessons that they learned in adolescence. The situations faced were believable enough and each girl had a different personality you could admire and relate with as you seen them face their dilemmas. About the only trace of linearity in the storyline is in the final episode where each of the girls cross paths with each other.

There were even different approaches to how each story was portrayed which stood out for me. One episode, for example, featured the story being witnessed through the "eyes" of a stuffed animal. Another one was entirely seen with only a single character throughout much of the episode as I witnessed her inner world and struggles.

This avant garde approach delighted me quite a bit. But this anime title is an acquired taste due to the greater focus on characterization and individual stories. Those expecting a more complex or linear plot may be disappointed to see this title.

Last updated Monday, June 30 2008. Created Monday, June 30 2008.

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