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18384 No. 18384 [Edit]
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>> No. 18388 [Edit]
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This is out already?
According to Moetron's schedule this doesn't air until tomorrow and I can't find any torrents of it anywhere.
How'd you get it?
Plz help
>> No. 18392 [Edit]
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ep 1 was great definitely gonna follow this
>> No. 18393 [Edit]
This is going to my "Next comikets" list.
>> No. 18395 [Edit]
So, are they gay?
>> No. 18398 [Edit]
Pretty much.

Now, it seems very generic and the time is all fucked up; but I had a couple of laughs. Will give it a chance.
>> No. 18411 [Edit]
This wasn't too bad. I'll also follow it.
>> No. 18415 [Edit]
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I found this anime to be hopelessly tedious because the characters are so disagreeable, which removes all of the eroticism from the supposedly titivating parts of the show.
without that this show is plain boring.
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Wasn't expecting this anime to go all out with the yuri. Thought they might just heavily imply it and toss in some cock teases and stuff...
This honestly felt like I was watching porn at times and it was really the last show I expected to have flying naked people in the OP.
>> No. 18460 [Edit]
If they get into some scissoring before ep.6 I might aswell pick it up.
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I can't tell if this was meant to be ironic.
>> No. 18462 [Edit]
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Fuck yeah, show the laws of gravity and physics who's boss!
>> No. 18464 [Edit]
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why would they go through the trouble of doing the line art for background characters but not color them in? It just makes them stand out more than the main characters in my opinion, and thus delivering the opposite of the intended effect.
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I wonder what the budget is for this show.
>> No. 18511 [Edit]
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These girls are insatiable.
>> No. 18521 [Edit]
God, I hate balance of light in this show. Why for the god sake everything is so bright?! It hurts my eyes even with Flux installed.

Also, this:
Style is quite weird...

On the other hand I really like action despite it's lightness... it remind me ToloveRu... main difference is huge amout of gayness and lack of harem shit.
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Where the guys who worked on this affiliated with hanabira at all or were they just trying to mimic the series? becuase this show sure as hell reminds me a lot of hanabira.
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oh my goooooood...
This anime... this anime is too much for me! it's just so great!
>> No. 18623 [Edit]
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what was with the almost random polka dot pattern placement in this ep?
>> No. 18626 [Edit]
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This show is single handedly saving anime as we know it.
>> No. 18627 [Edit]
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God I love this anime.
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ep 5, not as incredible as the previous eps.

and are these the cheapest looking backgrounds in an anime ever or what?
>> No. 18687 [Edit]
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Even with it's almost non existent budget I love this anime.
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Even by anime standards that's a really over sized hair accessory. Looks almost like she tied a large rag to the side of her head.
>> No. 18738 [Edit]
Lately I've been thinking. Doesn't it seem a bit odd that they're always making out like there's no tomorrow, yet they never go any further than that? Women in anime molest each other all the time, so it's kinda strange they wouldn't have done that here.

I think the industry is still in the process of testing the yuri waters and trying to find out how far they can push it without bothering viewers. Used to be a lot of anime would have implied relationships between girls. Even Yuru yuri didn't go all 'that' far. now we have girls kissing while rolling around on the floor with detailed saliva sound effects and all but they're afraid to touch each other's boobs. whats up with that?

Whatever, still the best anime of the season hands down.
>> No. 18746 [Edit]

>I think the industry is still in the process of testing the yuri waters and trying to find out how far they can push it without bothering viewers.

What you said pretty much. The sales of this might affect the industry considerably. If it'll bomb entirely we won't get anything similar anytime soon, if it'll succeed we can probably expect more blatant yuri in future SoLs (although not to this extent).

As for me I think they went as far as possible without turning it into genuine H anime. It goes a step or two too far for my tastes actually. I'm not sure what's better between going this far and doing the whole 'they blush sometimes and they held hands in the last episode!'. Frankly I think I'd simply prefer one kiss towards the end to seal the deal without making it pseudo pornographic.
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any chance that we'll at least get an implied rape scene at some point, even if it's just a joke?
>> No. 18763 [Edit]
I'm actually surprised this was even made considering how poorly Yuyushiki did with sales. I'm not sure how long production took but this feels like a rush job, so I doubt it was started in light of yuru's success.

>they went as far as possible without turning it into genuine H anime. It goes a step or two too far for my tastes actually
Yeah really. While I found it incredible to see them going that far with this type of anime, it still makes me uncomfortable in certain way at times. There's something about girls kissing that leaves me caught in a trance or giggling like an idiot, but at times things get a bit awkward with this anime and like you say it feels almost like watching porn. It's like eavesdropping on a innocent scene between two kids flirting, then becoming uncomfortable and leaving once they start having sex.

The way they're often kissing doesn't really feel very romantic, and comes off more like gratuitous fan service. It definitely would have been better if they built up to it more to give it more impact. like with Kotone and Shizuku, who's kiss on the roof top felt much more meaningful. It really reminds me of the hanabira games, where the girls get to know each other and hold hands for all of maybe 10 minutes before scissoring and eating carpet for the rest of the game.
I'm left feeling a tab bit conflicted by this anime becuase part of me doesn't mind at all being pandered to as a fan of yuri, but the other part was expecting a typical cute sol with hints of yuri in good fun like we see every season. like imagine if in the recent Non Non Biyori if they graphically depicted Hotaru acting on her urges and sexually forcing herself onto Komari. while it may be amusing to think about, were it to really happen and be cannon I'm sure it'd bothered a lot of fans. Then again there was that scene in yuru-yuri when chinatsu forced herself on akarin so I dunno.

That's all just a minor nitpicking though. All the same I'm still loving this anime.
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>> No. 18794 [Edit]
This pang in my heart and mild erection. Is this the true vanilla flavor of pure Yuri?
>> No. 18795 [Edit]
no i think thats the first signs of a heart attack
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It is. Sakura Trick is too lewd for me but this hits the sweet spot.
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So what are the laws in japan concerning same sex marriage anyway?

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>> No. 18858 [Edit]

Considering how conservative Japan is it'll take take like 3 decades to actually pass any law in regards to that. But let's not talk about this, derailing threads towards sociopolical bullshit is never fun.
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Japan doesn't have a huge religious inclination against homosexuality like there is in the west.

Mainly the issue is muted by homosexuals themselves. Unlike the dildo-parading Pride people who make their entire self-identity based on their sexuality and get militant over gay rights in the US, Japanese homosexuals don't want to make a big deal out of it by fighting for gay marriage. Japanese gays haven't been subject to a long past of persecution so they don't have a self-righteous victim complex about it so they don't put a high value on being able to have rights like marriage. Japanese gays don't feel as if they are risking losing friends or being disowned or even hurt if they come out. It's just a fear of an awkward conversation and their honne being exposed. Basically being gay in Japan is on par with any other aspect of individuality.

The average Japanese conservative isn't against homosexuality for 'moral reasons' like western conservatives are, but will say something like "oh it's a shame, you are very pretty/handsome, you're wasting potential mates" or "Oh dear, you won't have children. That's a shame."

Plus the benefits of marriage afforded to western couples (tax breaks, visitation rights in hospitals, shared bank accounts) are either unneeded, nonexistent or much less of a big deal in Japan, so there's no need to push for legalising marriage (vis a vis in the US, a gay person's partner can't visit him or her in a hospital room, and they are not considered to be "next of kin" in the event of a death).

I agree that gay marriage may become a thing in Japan, but not by way of internal pressure but a desire to save face in the international liberal wankfest. Don't want to look bad to the self-righteous after all.

it may not seem like it but I'm actually pro-marriage equality. Doesn't mean I can't be critical of gay people or leftists I don't need to explain shit
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very informative, thanks.
>> No. 18915 [Edit]
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She's catching on!
>> No. 18974 [Edit]
This right here is a cult classic, a chef d'oeuvrea buried under false preconceptions and unfounded criticism. This gem is hidden because it does not shine; it is buried because its tone is that of abyssal black. Sakura Trick pries into to the darkest corners of our subconscious, the most visceral of our cognition, the most carnal of our urges, and the most primal of our instincts. Its sublimity will ever be debated yet always remain objectively irrefutable; the fundamental insight it provides into human and perhaps animalistic nature may shape the basis of sexual psychoanalysis for centuries to come.

On a superficial plane, Sakura Trick appears to be an anime which caters to the most lowly and deprived among men. Conceited critics dismiss it without a second thought. As self-important as these self-proclaimed critics are, they fail to realize that Sakura Trick is indeed a trick, and they are the ones being tricked. Sakura petals, or cherry blossoms, are commonly associated with a sense of beauty and innocence in Japanese culture. As discussed by Ango Sakaguchi in his Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita, sakura petals are often a means to enhance the atmosphere of a given scene, be it melancholic, resplendent or sensual. Used famously in 5 Centimeters per Second, the sakura petals created an immense yet artificial atmosphere which proved successful in fooling the average viewers incapable of critical analysis. What many critics fail to realize, however, is that Sakura Trick is playing them beyond this level. The entire surface layer of Sakura Trick is a euphemistic veil obfuscating the dark and uncanny subconscious that it explores; any tangible material is a metaphor for its meticulous meta-analysis of the metaphysical mentality’s pubertal metamorphosis.

As brilliantly put by Charles Baudelaire, “La sexualité est le lyrisme des masses.” In Ulysses, James Joyce subverts gender conceptions by deconstructing sexual stereotypes; in Lolita, Vladimir Nobakov delves into the abnormal subconscious perversion of paedophilia; in Doctor Glas, Hjalmar Soderberg studies sexual catharsis through murder; in Aquarion EVOL, Shoji Kawamori studies the manifestation of repressed sexuality as love. Time and again, great thinkers have demonstrated the immense potential of sexual psychoanalysis in narrative form.

Sakura Trick fulfills this potential.

The exterior story of Sakura Trick is straight forward - two damsels unknowingly in love with each other: Sonoda Yuu and Takayama Haruka, start high school in the same class with four other apparent lesbians. This premise alone poses innumerable questions of pertinence - most of which are problematized further and explored as the series progresses. Why are two girls romantically interested in each other? Why are there four more girls of questionable sexual orientation in their class? Were they perhaps affected to some degree by Haruka’s and Yuu’s display of intimacy, implying a nurture over nature determination of sexuality? Do their behaviors suggest abnormalities in their amygdala activity, or is such behavior governed by the wider cerebral hemispheres? Hailed as the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud once said, “The sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology.” The stringency and inadaptability of the traditional approach practiced by psychologists is to blame for this. Sakura Trick is unshackled from such rigidities - by investigating high school girls in late puberty, a time and setting in which sexuality is at its most volatile, and doing so through homosexuality rather than the vapid norm, it sheds light on the enigma which has eluded psychologists for centuries.

Perhaps most important and counter-intuitive of all, Sakura Trick explores male sexuality through the scope of lesbianism. Je veux te baiser, baisez-moi! What are the reasons for a male to be aroused by the prospect of a relationship between a couple that cannot produce offspring? When exposed to intercourse in explicit yuri, it is plausible that lust for the opposite gender can override the notion of evolutionary feasibility. Despite the lack of explicit intercourse in Sakura Trick, the male viewers still experience a craving for the girls’ well-being instead of feeling jealousy and contempt for one of them as would be rational. This paradox challenges not only the Darwinian theories of evolution, but also Freud’s famous sexual analysis. Freud wrote, “A man's heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality, and vice versa.” Sakura Trick proves the exact contrary: heterosexual men more than put up with the homosexuality in the series. According to psychologist Henry Havelock Ellis, “Reproduction… is highly complex and not yet clearly understood. It is not necessarily connected with sex, nor is sex necessarily connected with reproduction.” Havelockian philosophy noticeably makes its mark throughout Sakura Trick; by taking hold of this anomaly in human behaviour and untangling its implications, it explores the darkest depths of our consciousness which borders between flesh and mind.

In his essay The Sexual Abberations, Freud discusses human disposition to perversions, namely paedophilia, as an original and universal disposition of the human sexual instinct which is not limited to the psychologically ill. Sakura Trick takes this theory beyond mere discourse and puts it into practice. The characters in Sakura Trick are impeccably crafted, not only in their characterization and likability but primarily in their support of the psychological study that the series is. Rather than all being equipped with sexually inviting traits, several characters are simply “cute”, for lack of a less vulgar word. A certain je ne sais quoi of the girls are successful in generating not just physical, but more importantly emotional cravings from the audience.

The brilliant technique of Sakura Trick’s probing into the atavistic lust is most aptly demonstrated through the analysis of the two main characters: Haruka and Yuu. On the one hand, Haruka is characterized by her lascivious and manipulative personality, emphasized curves, seductive voice, and red hair indicative of her prurience. On the other hand, Yuu has an innocent demeanor, an underdeveloped body, a sweet voice characterized by childlike roughness, and bright amber hair adorned with flowers – all of which are suggestive of a girl in the early stages of puberty. By contrasting these characters, Sakura Trick follows in the wake of Vladimir Nobakov and his analysis of the abominable erotic attraction to the so called “nymphets”. A range of recent research by neurologists suggest paedophilia’s origin as a deep-rooted predisposition that does not change, rather than the previous theory of causation from psychological influences. Perhaps influenced by this paradigm shift, Sakura Trick attempts what has never been done before – bringing out, in men, pseudo-paedophilic reactions to girls older than the previously stipulated maximum age of thirteen. This is achieved through the stark contrast between Haruka’s maturity and Yuu’s infantility which tampers with the viewers’ preset dispositions. The additional fact that it succeeds in bringing out such abnormal responses not only in the susceptible older population, but chiefly among the young, truly underscores the groundbreaking impact of Sakura Trick.

La peinture parle d'elle-même, il n'y a rien à dire; to describe the artistic qualia of Sakura Trick would be to describe colour to the blind, wisdom to the young, or life to the unliving. The artistic exaltation of this series is unmatched. The visuals are primarily based on a minimalistic design reminiscent of Frank Stella’s later paintings, yet some of the most visceral moments of the series display an unlikely resemblance to abstract expressionism. This visual style is augmented by subtly and tactfully altering its background or occasionally foreground objects into abstract patterns or drawings depending on the situation and atmosphere. Certain patterns such as polka dots reoccur frequently throughout the series, showing inspirations from early pop-art but crafting a style most avant la lettre. In a masterful display of expertise in art-direction, these aesthetic shifts are extremely frequent yet uncontrived and never interfere with the viewers’ immersion. This mysterious and radical style vividly complements the metaphysical nature of the series, reinforcing its character as an original pastiche of the modernist movement. It is an embodiment of the ideals that SHAFT had in mind for but failed to accomplish in their shows such as the Monogatari Series and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.

Another of Sakura Trick’s aesthetic perks is its use of letterboxing: further cinematic flare is added to the already immersive series through the occasional framing of the video in bars. As subversive as Sakura Trick is, however, it boldly makes use of white bars rather than the traditional black. In addition exuding an ephemerally fey charm, the white letterboxing holds several implications that one may only speculate on. Does it symbolize the series’ immense depth as it creates a dual-layered letterboxing on monitors that do not match its aspect ratio? Is there a subconscious impact on the viewers that we know not of? Does it reflect the series’ nature as an antithesis to conventional psychology? Incidentally, Sakura Trick shows an abnormal and seemingly perverse focus on the characters thighs. In any other context, this would be plain pandering to the lowest common denominator. Nevertheless, in the context of sexual analysis one will realize the use of thighs as a study of fetishistic reactions to sexually inert objects. Sakura trick is sublime not only in the depth of its investigation, but also in its breadth.
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Enjoyment may be an important factor of anime-viewing for the ordinary viewer. For experienced critics such as I, however, enjoyment cannot be a factor when examining a show of such depth and complexity. Attempts at analyzing Sakura Trick’s implications and unraveling its messages necessitate great concentration and effort, which is further exacerbated when so much of my blood flows elsewhere than my brain when viewing this show. On the other hand, the simple premise and tempting characters would undoubtedly provide great entertainment to the average plebeian who lacks the skills of critical analysis.

There have been numerous undisputable masterpieces among anime, such as the Ishihaya Tatsuya’s strikingly realistic classic Clannad or the warfare extraordinaire Code Geass by Taniguchi Goro. Sakura Trick will not join their ranks; its surface is too generic, its presentation too provocative and its messages too obscure. Its take on the abysmal is an illumination in one person’s despair, but a paroxysm of another’s perversion. It will remain underground – treasured by the most avant-garde among intellectuals for its edifying if horrifying insight into the fundaments of sexuality. Philistines and self-proclaimed critics alike will shun Sakura Trick, but you can’t fault them for that. It takes wisdom to appreciate its subtleties, and courage to side with the unpopular opinion. Sed domi maneas paresque nobis novem continuas fututiones. The time of Sigmund Freud’s sovereignty over psychoanalysis has passed; Sakura Trick is the herald of a new era that is to come.
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This final episode is quite a doozy.
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I'm amazed it took them so long to get around to this sort of thing.
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I'm also amazed it took their classmates so long to figure things out with them playing tonsil hockey any chance they get.
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Totally didn't expect that, thought she'd forever be another Natsume/Ayano who just can't spit it out. She's got balls, I've got to give her that.

The show kinda bombed sales-wise so don't expect a sequel. As for yuri we're still doing pretty fine since Akuma no Riddle and Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san will start airing in just a couple days.

The OST is worth giving a listen, it has a couple of great tracks I think.
>> No. 19003 [Edit]
I fucking love this show's op.

>The show kinda bombed sales-wise so don't expect a sequel.
I expected this after yuyuski bombed. What I don't understand is why they keep making anime like this (not complaining) in light of how poorly they always sell. It's great and all, but when you look at the track record of past similar anime one would have to be nuts to make something like this from a financial standpoint. or was this anime just that cheap to produce that it didn't matter? either way, I think it just goes to show the anime industry is willing to take more risks than people give it credit for.
>> No. 19005 [Edit]

You don't really know what caused Yuyushiki/Sakura Trick to bomb. Kinmoza and Non Non Biyori had some yuri undertones, too (not even that much lighter compared to Yuyushiki) and Kinmoza was successful enough to warrant a sequel and Non non turned out to be quite the blockbuster (considering the genre and seemingly non existent budget).
>> No. 19006 [Edit]
>Non Non Biyori had some yuri undertones, too (not even that much lighter compared to Yuyushiki)
No, it did not
>> No. 19007 [Edit]

Yeah, I'm sure the likes of >>17794 and >>17918 never happened and it's just a delusion of mine.
>> No. 19008 [Edit]
yeah, it did. Hotaru was clearly gay for Komari.
>> No. 19009 [Edit]
Just because she adores her in a motherly way does not mean she wants sex with her.
You probably also think Hidamari Sketch and Aria are yuri anime.
>> No. 19010 [Edit]
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Aria was all easily just friendships, you'd need some really think yuri goggles for that one. Hidamari Sketch on the other hand had Sae and Hiro, who were practically a marred couple. You'd have to be as dense as a generic harem MC to think nothing was going on there.

If you think Hotaru's affection for Komari is reflective of motherly love, I think you have some issues to work out with your mom. I mean I get where you're coming from, but Hotaru is way past that point. It wouldn't be very out of character if Hotaru molested Komari in the show, which seems to be what it takes for some people to believe a girl is attracted to another girl. The same people who would be convinced haruka and Yuu are only close friends if they didn't make out multiple times in each ep to prove otherwise. Although I'm sure even with that there are those who would still claim they're just 'experimenting'.
>> No. 19012 [Edit]
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>It wouldn't be very out of character if Hotaru molested Komari in the show
Please stop
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I don't think you understand what 'undertones' means.

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