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Posted 9/5/11
Extremely moving story!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 9/5/11
I love the show. It is moving and has a good storyline.
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Posted 9/21/11
Excellent show from start to finish.
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Posted 12/31/11
I loved this anime and found something very interesting later as I thought about it. This anime in a subtle way gives a hurrah to Pro Life or at least the value of life

I say this not to start a big debate over abortion and such but instead make some interesting observations about the characters.
A key question that came to my mind after watching it was why did daikichi's grand father a 70 year old man (I will act on the assumption that grandpa is not Rin's biological father) take in this child and her mother. He encourages the Massako to keep the child and gladly steps in when Masako leaves?
Why do that?
I believe that the answer lies in that Grandpa valued life. Notice that Grandpa was gardener and loved plants as well as planted trees to commemorate the births of his Kids, I believe that the reason he did that was because he valued life no matter how small, wanted or unwanted. He saw Rin and said this child is a precious thing and should not be discarded or neglected because of inconvenience.
Some of this is also emulated by Daikichi as he keeps the flowers and tree traditions alive. Daikichi also begins to understand as he interacts with Rin that she is a precious life that needs to be watched, nurtured, and loved. He also questions why would anyone give up something like this, a concept he has to wrestle with when talks with Massako. Also the way Daikichi treats people especially women and Rin shows something not often seen in anime often male characters tend to be bumbling perverts, cold hearted jerks or clueless dopes. Daikichi shows respect which also shows a value for life.
In light of this concept the anime did not venerate Massako for her choices and that was good. It gave a fair view to her side but does not allow for any animosity toward her even if you did not like her choice. I am also unsure of the Japanese perspective on things like Abortion so I won't presume anything on that point.
Like I said not trying to start any debates over this just pointing out some observations that I made. and I would be happy to hear any responses to my observations yea or nay.
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Posted 1/4/12
I happened to finished all the 12 episodes of it.. [sadly ] I am frightened to read the manga becoz I dont want to be disappointed. I hope in the near future when I have already overcome my fear, I will love the manga just as i like the anime itself. I find its drawings ( or sketch or whatever! ) similar to the anime called "House of Five Leaves" but not all.
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Posted 2/25/12
I started watching this becuase I'm the single father of a six year old. With that coloring my expectations, I found this series extremely touching and relevent.

I then made the mistake of checking out the manga.

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Posted 2/26/12
It's amazing...

I finished the manga in 1 night, it was excellent, but of course, things didn't go as I wanted them to...
I wanted Rin and Kouki to be together but:

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