|Title (English)||Blue-Green Years|
|Title (Japanese)||Mizuiro Jidai||Art Sample
|Notes||English name: Aqua Age or Watercolor Age; Dates: April 4, 1996-Febrary 27, 1997;
Number of episodes: 47
Genre(s): comedy, drama, middle-school
|Synopsis||The untranslatable title refers to the typical colour of girls' junior high school uniforms. This is a story of school life, centered on the heroine Yuko and her friend Taka, the latter being a mildly rebellious girl.|
I didn't at first find that the characters came vividly to life; it all seemed a bit too generic, and there were other "school"
series I rated above this.
However, after four episodes its gentle charm becomes hard to resist. Yuko, with her maine of glossy black hair and bright hair ribbon, is a cute little girl. And the episodes shown do have some gritty insights into the ubiquitous after-school clubs. The duo enrol for music club, only to find that they have to bash a wooden block with iron rods for hours, week after week. When one starts skipping class, the senior girls are furious, and pick on the duo for having non-regulation hairstyle and scarf knotting, and they are "sorted out" by having their hair forcibly restyled (plaited)!
The club incident also reminds me of the Kimagure Orange Road school tennis club - Kyouske & co. have to sit and watch the seniors hitting balls to and fro.
|Credits||Creator(s): Yuu Yabuuchi
Voice Actors (regular characters): Masami Suzuki (Yuko Kawai), Chieko Higuchi (Takako Takahata), Jun Akiyama (Hiroshi Naganuma)
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|Date||1996 April 4 - 1997 Febrary 27|
|Production||NAS, Comet, TV Tokyo|
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