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Ai Yori Aoshi, Volume 5: With All My Heart (Episodes 21-24)

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  • Actors: Tony Pope, Karen Strassman, Akiko Hiramatsu, Satsuki Yukino, Kaori Mizuhashi
  • Directors: Akira Tsuchiya, Daisuke Shimoda, Mitsutaka Noshitani
  • Writers: Katsuhiko Takayama
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BWVCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Thomas Lent on April 6, 2004
The harem aspect of this series has always been a crutch for the most part because the romance between Aoi and Kaoru could hold the story together on its own. Don't get me wrong, the over the top humor is good. But, as these final episodes show, it's the moments that involve this young couple's time together that make the series shine.
It's too hard to give details about this disk without spoiling the story. But be rest assured that many of the themes expressed in the first few episodes in the series are echoed here near the end. But is it the end? Episode 24 winds up including some preperation for a second season. While some conflict is resolved, some things were not allowed to happen. Doubts are left dangling over each character.
On a side note, Aoi's father is the most powerfully developed character I've ever seen. In a matter of seconds his character, disposition, and power is unavoidably revealed. This is another moment when the English dub falls short. Compared to the intensity of the Japanese track, the English voice is that of a teddy bear. More could have been done to assert this character as a dignified and unapologetic man of power.
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In this last DVD of the series, we get the last four episodes. The episodes are as powerful as the first five, serious and touching, with some humor. First Aoi is ill and the household learns just how hard it is to run the manison. Then Aoi and Kaoru get closer as they visit the grave of Kaoru's mother.
The last two episodes deal with Aoi's family trying to pull the two apart. These last two episodes were powerful, where we meet Aoi's father, yet different than what I pictured the ending would be like. Not a bad ending, just different.
There are extras, including a tiny five minute long, all in Japanese, 25th episode. Also, the inside fold-out promises another series to follow. Called Ai Yori Aoshi "Enishi"(Fate) it should be coming to DVD in early 2004.
A great, surprising, ending to a perfect series.
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I am too familiar with and well aware of the areas in which Ai Yori Aoshi may be criticized. And on an intellectual level I would agree. There is absolutely no purpose to Tina's overtly perverse and rude behavior, which was for all intent a grossly distorted crack at American conduct. Taeko may have been more amiable had the character not been a stereotypical clumsy but well-meaning goof of a beauty who is the most endowed among the cast. And Aoi is so subservient, deferring her own wishes, ambitions and aspirations to a weakling that had abandoned her in the first place that it defies reality and suspends disbelief. And its most significant failing may be said to be its dishonesty. To begin with exposition of a profound romantic premise that after four episodes takes not just a detour, but a full 180-degree turn to become something less and driven by slapstick and fanservice is just deceitful and misleading. As a romantic drama, the title is guilty of all its shortcomings.

But what if the original intent had not been to create a romantic drama, but to sell a product that is highly popular among male demographics? And what if success in this business venture was to be found in illustrated literature that falls under a genre in which a harem was not only common, but fundamental? Moreover, what if author and artist Fumizuki Kou was a skilled and gifted writer able to conceive strong situations that test his characters and thus move his readers? And, that despite his need to eat and pay rent or the mortgage, his respect for his own artistry forbids him from producing entirely unsubstantial material, that he devises a plan to bring about warmth, richness, and dimension to the product.
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Ai Yori Aoshi is a great series. It's about relationships. Kaoru is a college student who is also the disowned heir of a prominent family. Aoi was his fiancee through an arranged marriage. One day after many years she comes to the city to find him and rekindle their old marriage arrangement. At first Kaoru is skeptical, but after seeing Aoi's pure heart and devotion to him he accepts her as his betrothed. There are several other characters thrown into the mix. All of them are cute girls and all of them have it bad for Kaoru as well. Lot's of comedy, lot's of love and friendship. Ai Yori Aoshi is great! I love this series!
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