Diamond Daydreams – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: Diamond Daydreams, Diamond Dust Drops, Kita e
Genre: Drama, Romance
Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA
Released: January 20, 2004 – April 5, 2004
Based On: Kita e visual novel by Red Entertainment
Director: Bob Shirohata
Produced By: Studio DEEN
US Distribution By: ADV Films

Major Japanese Cast

Atsuko Akanegi: Eriko Ishihara
Akari Harada: Akeno Watanabe
Suomi Kitano: Mayu Amase
Karin Shiraishi: Hiroko Takahashi
Shouko Saibara: Urara Takano
Kyouko Asahina: Mamiko Noto
Sanae Akanegi: Sayuri Sadaoka
Kenji Kurata: Yuuji Takada
Kurokawa: Takahiro Sakurai
Haruto Nagasawa: Makoto Tsumura
Takeda: Masashi Ebara
Yuu: Masakazu Morita

Major English Cast

Atsuko Akanegi: Jessica Boone
Akari Harada: Kelli Cousins
Suomi Kitano: Luci Christian
Karin Shiraishi: Kira Vincent-Davis
Shouko Saibara: Allison Sumrall
Kyouko Asahina: Kaytha Coker
Sanae Akanegi: Marcy Rae
Kenji Kurata: Chris Ayres
Kurokawa: Blake Shepard
Haruto Nagasawa: Greg Ayres
Takeda: Mike MacRae
Yuu: Brandon Scott Peters

Scores

Animation: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Story: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Music: 7/10 (x 4 = 28 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 6/10 (x 2 = 12 pts)
English Dubs: 7/10 (x 1 = 7 pts)
Gut Score: 7/10 (x 5 = 35 pts)

Total: 142/200 (71%)

Review

Diamond Daydreams is a series of two-episode short stories about 6 different girls who live in Hokkaido. Each of the six girls face a unique problem that each of them has to work through. The tying thread between all six stories, other than the last episode which features all six girls, is the ability for the six girls to work through their issues with the help of their friends and to end the story in a better and more hopeful state than they began the story. All the girls also believe in the idea that if one sees diamond dust – which is basically when ice crystals float through the air in fog-like conditions when it is very cold – their dreams will come true or that, or if they see it with someone they love, their relationship will be successful.

The first story is about Atsuko, who helps run her family’s fish shop and is in an arranged marriage she doesn’t like. The second story is about Karin, who is ill and needs surgery, but refuses to have it done since her father died during a surgery. The third story is about Kyouko, who is an aspiring film maker who is willing to put making a successful film above everything else – including her friends and boyfriend. The fourth story is about Suomi, who is an ex-figure skater who was injured in an accident with her best friend, which consequences resulted in her estrangement from her friend. The fifth story is about Shouko, who runs a relationship advice radio show despite her own broken-down personal relationships. The final story is about Akari, who learns that her father has a terminal illness.

The nature of this series makes it somewhat difficult to review since it truly is six different marginally-related stories merged together into a single series. While I think most of the individual stories are, in fact, quite interesting and entertaining, they may be a little too short to get any real long-lasting satisfaction out of them. If this were a series were the girls all knew each other, and then we every now and then went through each girl’s issues while there was a broader plot at work, I think the series would have worked a lot better.

The animation is probably about average. The close-up animation is pretty sharp, but I’m not really sure that the character designs really work all that well. I’d also say that the music is about average too, with a should-be-better opening, but a very good ending theme.

Overall, I don’t think I’ve ever recommended a series rated this low, but I think that the individual stories in this show are good enough to warrant a watch through this series, even if the series as a whole doesn’t necessarily leave a lasting impression.

First Watched: March 2008 – July 2008
Do I Own: No
Do I Recommend: Yes

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2 thoughts on “Diamond Daydreams – Anime Review

  1. No, I’m hoping to get out some more episode reviews tomorrow. I’ve just hit a busy streak in real life again. Yay for pre-posting all of these reviews lol. But I was way WAY behind on those too.

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