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  • [Summer 2017] Lights of the Clione Discussion Thread

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    クリオネの灯り

    A short about a girl whose illness and dire family situation made her an easy target for bullying, and her friends that are called to attend a summer festival that is connected in some way.

    Airs: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    Studio: Drop

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    The story centers around an illness-stricken, constantly bullied orphan girl named Minori. After one rainy day, she doesn't turn up at school, having been admitted into a hospital in a distant town. Two months pass, and the girl's two school friends, Takashi and Kyouko, receive a mysterious email with no sender listed. The email reveals a summer festival taking place at a nearby town...

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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Minori sure had it rough there, being sick all the time, being bullied, and worst of all being orphaned as her parents are both dead. I'm expecting this to be quite an emotional roller coaster ride from the look of things. She has amazing friends in Takashi and Kyoko, but unfortunately so much crap is going on in the classroom that they can't reach her. Pretty sad how this is shaping up to be, and that end scene there with the cats and the fish just about sums things up.

    Seeing that it's a short that I'll probably stick with this show, but seeing that there are so many of them this season that I'll have to sort things out between those first before getting a clearer picture of what direction I will go.
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1

      Wow, so Amazon is even picking up shit like this now? I would've thought for sure that Crunchyroll would give this its mercy run when nobody else wanted it. Or maybe they just didn't realize it would be so bad.
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      • #4
        Episode 2

        So now it goes back to the time when Takashi and Kyoko became friends with Minori, who was spacing out while looking at fish at the pet shop after being accused by bullies of disconnecting the air tube that nearly caused that fish to die. And then came Takashi and Kyoko making a promise to look out for each other. Pretty emotional stuff going on here seeing that Minori's situation is really sad. But at least she gets to experience happiness for a change when they go to the aquarium. That was pretty sneaky of Kyoko saying that the third ticket is for a seafood chef and not Takashi seeing that none of these fish are on the menu.

        So I'll keep going for an episode or two before deciding on this show.
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        • #5
          Re: Episode 2

          Well at least it was a bit less depressing than episode 1 was. Still I get the feeling this show is only being nice on occasion to be cruel later. You can't trick me!
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          • #6
            Episode 3

            So after getting two friends who won't bully her in Takashi and Kyoko, she gets another one in Nanami. It takes quite a lot of courage in this school to be friends with her seeing that there's an unwritten rule there that those who side with Minori also get bullied. While it is great that Minori has gotten an amazing person to become friends with her, unfortunately this school is just messed up. Next time, Takashi, Kyoko, and Minori are off to the aquarium, but while it presents an opportunity for Minori to improve her outlook, that was a pretty ominous sign there at the end.

            So with that, I have a decision on my hands seeing that this is a pretty good season for short-format stuff, and I'm only going to carry two shows between this, Netsuzou Trap, and the two half-length Tuesday shows.
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            • #7
              Episode 4

              It's now off to the aquarium, and the three amigos have a great time. And for Minori, it's a temporary escape from her grim reality. Among the things they see are the titular clione in a special exhibit. Everybody sure is enjoying themselves as the place is empty with a storm going on. While that's happening, Minori's aunt is really worried sick about her, and pretty soon Minori will realize how bad her situation is once she gets back out. That was quite a nice way for the characters to bond, but of course things should only get more depressing from hereon out.
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              • #8
                Episode 5

                It was fun while it lasted. Just when those three got to the clione exhibit, the aquarium closes. The significance of the clione is explained here in that they are mollusks without shells, which reflects on Minori in need of protection. So while they would like the fun times to continue, it's back to reality and Minori isn't even coming to school now. Most likely, her health has something to do with that, but nevertheless this is about as happy as things are going to get with nothing but sad times ahead. That trip was a nice escape from the grim reality, but of course they realize that they will have to get back to reality, and what a troubling one it is.
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                • #9
                  Episode 6

                  And after all that, it's back to when the first episode takes place with Minori gone missing. It's just Takashi and Kyoko returning to the aquarium where the clione exhibit has ended and they happen to run into Nanami there, who happens to also live in the same town and commuting to the next town over for school. It was really tough being kept in the dark, but they see Nanami again at the festival in the next town over as she sent that text from a hand-me-down cell phone. While it's great to be back, they do realize that something is definitely up about Minori with that long hospital stay.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 7

                    Takashi and Kyoko said they would do everything they can to protect Minori, and their first test comes at the festival in the next town over as those three boys that had been bullying her are working at a takoyaki stand there. It's a good thing that somebody realized that those boys would get in serious trouble if they were found working a job, but nevertheless it goes to show that trouble will always seem to follow Minori. Nanami and those "Takoyaki Sisters" were quite a big help there in getting those boys off their backs. It will be interesting to see what happens next as this is the first time in awhile since the aquarium visit that those three got together with Minori's hospitalization and everything.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 8

                      Realizing that so many familiar faces are at the festival in the next town over that the three decide to lay low by the lighthouse. There, they see their hometown in a much different light than before, and that's exactly what happens with Minori as they understand her much better now. Good to see everybody getting along there. But now comes the next question as to who sent that text as it wasn't Minori who sent it. Seeing that it appears she snuck out of the hospital that I wouldn't be surprised if it is the doctor or aunt who sent that text so that they would come and get her back to the hospital. Anyway, those three were just trying to get to know each other because they will need every bit of knowledge to get through this crisis.
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                      • #12
                        Episode 9

                        So while Minori didn't send that text message, she did write it as her cell phone doesn't have texting services available. Even so, she couldn't bring herself to sending those messages even if that weren't a problem as she ended up deleting all of them except that one that Takashi and Kyoko received. That just goes to show how grim her reality is being hospitalized and having limited contact with the outside world. And then the rain comes forcing the kids to spend the night under shelter and after the rain, Minori has vanished. Quite sad to hear about Minori's story, but at least she's got friends she can count on.
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                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Episode 10

                          So Minori just passed away as she ended up back in the hospital before kicking the bucket. Really sad that was as Minori is gone just like that. Pretty much, she had the choice of staying put and dying there or go out of town to a better hospital where she's more likely to recover, but still is a longshot, and in the end she chose to stay put realizing that she wants one more happy moment before passing on. So while Minori is no longer there, questions still remain as to who sent the text and everything.
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                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                          • #14
                            Episode 11

                            So through some miracle, Takashi and others manage to read the text messages that Minori said she deleted, and it chronicles her life during her hospitalization since the last time she was at school. And then the importance of that clione cell phone strap is explained as it's a symbolization of togetherness. Quite a sad story that was, especially the part where she gets along with an old man who passed away just after getting acquainted with her. So now that everybody knows about her time in the hospital that now they need to figure out what to do next. One more episode left.
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                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                            • #15
                              Episode 12 (Finale)

                              And so, it ends with everybody looking towards the future. Minori won't be there, but at least everybody is learning from their experiences with her as those bullies finally realize why it's a bad idea to be bullies as they are living with a burden for the rest of their lives being unable to apologize to Minori, while Takashi and Kyoko are determined to fulfill their promise to Minori by using their cell phones as an extension of her. Pretty sad that was, but her death is what made those kids change for the better. Those imaginary scenes were something.

                              Overall, this show does a great job of character development and being an emotional ride in spite of its short run time, all while it does a solid job with the drama. However, this show is hindered by some really serious problems with the biggest ones being the animation quality and the numerous cringeworthy moments that happen in this show. In all, the drama made this show worthwhile as it made for a solid roller coaster of emotion.

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