Diamond Daydreams: Complete Collection
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The bitter-cold winter of Hokkaido meets the warmth of the human heart, as six women suffer through their own tragic love stories before fate brings them all together. "DIAMOND DAYDREAMS is a nice example of how anime can break out of its stereotype and present the kind of mature, intelligent stories that often don’t get told in Western animation."
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ATSUKO is a 20 year old girl who works at her family's fish market with her Mom. Her Father passed away and left them in debt. They may have to sell the market to pay off the debt. Atsuko was promised to a young man with tons of money. He really loves Atsuko adn tries to do what he can to win her affection and save her market, but Atsuko resents being forced into a marriage that she doesn't choose. She meets a man that is in his 30's and plays sax at a jazz club. She finds his way of life refreshing and liberating. She is torn between doing what is going to make her family happy and following her heart.
KARIN has a medical condition that requires surgery. She is scared and doesn't want to go through with it. Her Father died on the operating table when she was a small girl. She lays around in the hospital putting off the inevitable. She gets encouragement from her loving brother, her doctor, and a secret admirer on the internet. She falls in love with her doctor and begins to discover that she isn't alone. The people around her may give her the strength to go on living.
KYOKO is an up and coming film maker. She won an award in an amateur film festival. Ever since then she drives her friends crazy and takes their help making her movie for granted. Her selfishness and obsession drives away the one she loves the most and causes her to lose her vision. With nothing left she must face herself and rediscover the reasons she loves film making.
SUOMI was born to be on the ice. She and her friend Hanna pledged to do their best and win medals together. That's in the past though. An accident has ended their friendship and Suomi's desire to skate. Life goes on leaving her dreams behind. A chance to skate again pops up and she must decide what to do. Will she seize the day, or will she let the chance pass her by.
SHOKO is a radio host. She has a show where she gives relationship advice to the bewildered. She has relationship troubles of her own though. Living alone with a fly by night lover isn't an ideal situation. She soon discovers that she has a stalker. She is happy for the attention, but a little freaked out by it. After she crumbles and realizes that an unhappy woman has no business giving advice to so many people, she gives up and falls apart on the air. At her darkest moment her stalker bursts in and gives her the encouragement and appreciation that she needs to realize how truly important she is.
AKARI has lived alone with her Dad ever since her mother died. She works and tries to keep the two together, but her Father is a mess. He's always drinking and panning for gold. Her situation is tough, but she soon finds out that Dad has brain cancer. She doesn't have much time left to spend with him, but she has a supportive friend. She may be able to have one last special moment with Dad before he dies.
This anime is mostly great, there are a few stories that don't quite hit home for me. Kyoko, the film student, is kind of an insufferable bitch and it's hard to like her. She becomes a nicer girl in the end of her story though. The story of Suomi was a little weaker than the others, but also had a strong ending. Overall this series is awesome, and one of those hidden gems that you feel blessed to find. The soundtrack, and animation are excellent. There are also some very familiar voices. Luci Christian, Vic Mignogna, Chris Patton, Jessica Boone, Kira Vincent-Davis, and Brittney Karbowski all play some great characters. This is a sentimental and touching series that brings a happy tear to your eye.
They have kind of a bonus episode at the end that incorporates where all the girls from all 6 stories kinda meet in the town and get to talk to each other on one way or another.
Overall, if you like short stories, then give it a try, but do not go for it if you only like nude scenes, action, adventure, a lot of drama, etc. in a story because it is not there in this one.
Not everyone will care for this anime, certainly not kids. I'd say it's oriented more to older teens and adults. I'd rate it heavy PG at most, R would be overdoing it.
Diamond daydreams is definetely a series worth watching! Don't miss it!