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|Diamond Daydreams Vol 1 - Atsuko Karin|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Atsuko Akanegi is a simple girl helping her mother run the struggling family business. She works hard, stays out of trouble and tries to not let life get too complicated. But then, she discovers that she has an arranged ma... more »
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Everybody Want's To See Diamond Dust
Keith A. Jones | Philadelphia PA | 05/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The unrelated stories of Diamond Daydreams have more in common then what your lead to believe. For one all of them have a deceased father but only Karin seems to be really effected by this. Another is that these girls are young teens and the guys they fall for are grown men but so far only one man understands that problem. Everyone seems to have a different take on what diamond dust actually does but one is that the person you see it with is your true love. The style and story of this series can sometimes feel like a soap opera and though it can get a little girly you start to get hooked into the unique plot.
I have to say that Diamond Daydreams is starting to impress me because I already have no idea where the story is going but I like that surprise feeling of every episode. Every two episodes there's a new girl to find out about and they'll continue this until the sixth girl is introduced. I'm very curious to see how they get these girls to meet up. My only problem with this series are some of the scenes are boring and ineffective and it makes you wonder about the future episodes potential. The settings are great and the animation is perfect for this style, maybe this series will exceed my expectations."
A Chick Flick? Yes, but still a good one.
S. Bell | Iowa | 06/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This unusual story follows the lives of six young women, of various ages, living on or visiting the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The characters have little in common at first, other than dreams of love and happiness, symbolized by the magic of diamond dust, a winter phenomenon that is supposed to ensure happiness to those who see it.
The first story is of Atsuko, a twenty year old living with her mother and helping run the family business. She feels trapped by her family's financial circumstances and a approaching arranged marriage, when a stranger enters her life. She finds herself drawing closer to this man, but is he truly the answer to her problem?
The second story involves Karin, a girl of about fifteen who's been hospitalized with a life threatening ailment. In order to avoid dealing with her problems, she escapes into a web blog where she documents her dreams. She eventually acquires an ardent fan, and has hopes of romance. But before the story ends, she must face disappointment, along with some unpleasant truths about herself.
The production quality of this series is quite good, and the voice casting isn't bad at all. The stories themselves don't have simple happy endings, but both characters find reason for hope, which makes the whole thing pleasant to watch. Female angst is not everyone's cup of tea, but a bit of patience with this story can definitely pay off. Take a chance, Columbus did."