Studio : Madhouse Studios
Licenced by : Media Blasters
Length : 26 Episodes
Year : 2006
Genre : Drama - Romance - Shoujo - Shoujo-ai
Nagisa Aoi is a new student in Astraea Academy, an all-girls school. Nagisa loses track of where she is while she's admiring the uniforms. She then meets a stunningly beautiful girl with long grey hair. At their first encounter, the girl makes a move on her when they had just met! Nagisa is stunned, and stops frozen as if the girl had the ability to do so.
Nagisa's transfer runs smoothly and now it's her time to greet "Etoile" (meaning 'star' in french) the leader of the three schools that compose of Astraea Academy. It's the grey-haired girl again and she makes no hesitation to make another move! Why does Etoile take an immediate liking to Nagisa?
Added : 2006-04-12
Synopsis by : Himitsu
Last update : 2008-08-13
Last update details : Seiyuu modified
Score : 7.7
Number of reviews : 10
Official #1 : Media Work's Strawberry Panic! Website (Japanese)
Official #2 : Official Strawberry Panic! Website (Japanese)
OP1 : Aki Misato - Shoujo Meiro de Tsukamaete
OP2 : Aki Misato - Kuchibiru Daydream
ED1 : Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu - Himitsu Dolls
ED2 : Mai Nakahara and Ai Shimizu - Ichigo Tsumi Monogatari
2006-10-21 -- Episode(s) 7 by Static-Subs & Gakido. BT Link
2006-10-21 -- Episode(s) 7 by Static-Subs & Gakido. BT Link
2006-10-21 -- Episode(s) 6 by Static-Subs & Gakido. BT Link
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Posted by : bubbleum
Posted on : 2008-02-10
So... how long has it been? If my memory serves me right it must be about 6-7 months, 6-7 months since I entered the spectacular world of Strawberry Panic... And here I am now, starring in front of the screen, trying to find a way as some kind of a plotter to make you watch this amazing series. Easier said than done though, especially when I just can't find the right words to describe the Best drama/romance anime (and not only anime) I've ever seen.
"The setting is lush Astraea Hill, where three famous all-girls schools are built. It’s the first day of school, and the cherry blossoms are scattering to the ground. Nagisa meets Hanazono Shizuma, the top student in the school, and her breath is taken away by her beauty. But when Shizuma takes a liking to Nagisa, love and chaos soon follow..." Well, do we honestly need anything else? Looks interesting enough to give it a try, not to mention that I got hooked even by the fillers. Nice start, intriguing development in the latter episodes and phenomenal ending.
Oh, and just one piece of advice - better don't mute or skip anything if you want to truly feel the drama, otherwise you shouldn't have bothered watching the series from the beginning. And for the guys&gals who watched only for the ecchi scenes - don't make a fool of yourselves, go find a hentai or something... I'm really sorry for you though.
Not much I can say here, interesting characters with their own personalities and different characteristics - loved them. It's true that some of the minor characters deserved more screen time, but I don't think that's a serious flaw. Also the japanese seiyus did an outstanding work, giving life to the characters.
Wonderful. Amazingly drawn landscapes, spectacular architecture of the three schools, dorms, library (remember the kiss attempt under the window... the play of light and the window's design were majestic), even the locks of the doors - drawn in the tiniest detail. Also the different colors of the trees during the autumn and the fallen leaves on the ground... that's something words cannot describe, you just have to see it. I didn't like the art of the characters in the first episode, looked way too skinny, but very soon got distracted by the amazing animation and the beautiful school uniforms, so in the end I actually got used to way the look. Also the computer animation fitted quite smoothly and it contributed to the overall sublime view of the series.
Personally I liked the two OPs, the EDs were not that bad too and overall they fitted the soft look of the series. But definitely the classical themes were just something special - played in the right places, helped a lot for actually feeling the sorrow and joy.
I'm just going to quote what I posted somewhere else - "The truth is this anime got me unprepared - I was expecting something wicked(the very first yuri/shoujo ai I’ve ever watched and in a naive way I was sure it was going to be the last), but in the end Strawberry Panic got on top of my anime list absolutely deservedly."
And for the people who think that SP is a Marimite rip-off - Strawberry Panic is not and never will be a version of Maria-sama. I'm not saying they don't have a few points of contact, not at all... But just from that the two series have a school girl as a main heroine and the setting is in a all-girls school to conclude the two animes are the very same, the one's a version or a rip-off from the other one, that's not serious at all.
They both have things that the other one doesn't has and that's why they both deserve place in the heart of the fan.
In conclusion - if you really want to miss the best drama/romance anime, be my guest. But if you don't, then better get ready for 26 episodes of cute characters, amazing animation, witty charm and heartbreaking melodrama. You better find some tissues, they'll come inhandy, believe me...
Posted by : Kitsilver
Posted on : 2008-02-06
Some aspects are totally over-the-top and nonsensical, or simply awkward. Like when this character burst into fake sounding tears and another one shouts, in a different scene, "You are the chosen one!" Saying that one line in English –when all the rest is in Japanese - makes it even effective at jolting one out of the story. There are also a few character interactions, especially in the beginning, that had me going "What the heck?!" because it's just too far removed from how people usually act, even in anime. This one pair, especially, kinda creeped me out. Villains they might be and important for stirring up the plot, but really they are just so...creepy. >.>
But I kept watching, mostly because of the relationship between the two main characters. Nagisa is so cute and bubbly and happy, while Shizuma has this air about her, something intense and mysterious and aloof, yet lonely. Wanting to see how they act together, how they end up changing each other, made me keep watching. And I'm glad I did.
Though the show is stuffed with many things weird and unnecessary, some moments stand out in their earnestness and simplicity. (minor spoilers ahead) Like the episode where cool and composed Shizuma truly laughs after a small mishap with Nagisa. Or another episode where they’re apart and one can just tell they're thinking about each other, that their world isn't quite right without the other. Then there's the scene where a child sees through Nagisa's cheerful facade to the tears beneath, and her friends make her a batch of cookies to help her feel better. And where Shizumu lets Nagisa go, believing it's for Nagisa's own sake even though one can see how much it hurts them both. The moment when Nagisa expresses her true feelings for Shizumu, though voiced silently and almost in farewell, is another one that got to me.
There are many flaws to Strawberry Panic, but I ended up liking it anyway. It’s not the best out there, but if you like stories that focus on relationships and characters struggling to come to grips with their feelings, this may be one to check out.
Posted by : Amex_Yohko
Posted on : 2008-01-24
As you know, 2008 is not a very good year for shoujo-ai/yuri. At least for now. So I decided to rewatch one of my favorite shoujo-ai anime of all time, Strawberry Panic. How good it is? Well, you can see down there...
I don't know how to explain this one but this is the weakest part in this series. However it is not THAT bad. The story follows the life of Nagisa Aoi, who just transferred to Astrea Hill. While she staying there she also uncovers the mystery that surrounds Shizuma Hanazono, the only Etoile at Astrea Hill. The main story also focused on romance between Hikari Konohana and Amane Ohtori which are not the main characters. The only my problem with the story is it moves pretty slow, but being a shoujo-ai, it doesn't need to be as 'fast and furious' as shounen ones. It is safe to say it is a marriage between shoujo-ai and slice of life although it is not the perfect one. Being a 26-episode series mean some of them are not going to stick to the main story at all. Some are dedicated to minor characters and some are just lighthearted fillers. I give 7 for story.
Possibly the best part of this series. Most colors you seen in this show are soft ones which makes the entire surroundings has more feminine feels. Even the backgrounds are nice too see like the schools, the lake, the church, the lounge, the dorm and some minor details like flowers and grasses. In my opinion, Astrea Hill could be the most wonderful place to live in if it exists. The animation quality also excellently done which means it is something that the director and producer have worked for so long even though it is not as good as other 2006 anime like Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu and Ouran High School Host Club. I bet Strawberry Panic is the best anime I ever saw in art/animation department alone. I give 9 for art/animation point.
I'm not very interested in opening and ending themes used by this series even though they are belong to this series. I do like the opening songs(they were two of them) which has strong feminine theme. Actually I prefer the background music little bit better than opening and ending themes. The classical music are very good even it feels this anime is feels more like European than Japanese one. Unfortunately you might hear the same music over and over again. The background music was good but I wanted more of them. I give 8 for sound/music point.
Being an anime that takes place in high school environment, it should have lot of characters like we saw in real life. All of the main characters have unique hairstyles and hair colors but the unnamed ones that only appears in background only have black and brown. That was not a problem to me because most main characters often pops out along with the unnamed ones. For their development, there is almost nothing I can speak of. This is not a shounen anime and so they don't have to be well-developed like shounen ones. I admit I do like some minor characters in this series although they did not get the screen time as they should. I give 8 for characters point.
I admit I do like the fanservice used by this series that was not the real reason I watched this show. The series' demographic is seinen so I already prepared for some fanservice but surprisingly there are not as many fanservice as other seinen anime are. In fact some shounen-ai/yaoi anime like Gakuen Heaven have more fanservice than this one. I know some of you may disagree with me but the fanservice thats aimed towards teenage girls and adult women are not as obvious as the ones that aimed towards teenage boys and adult men are. Forget about pantyshots and bouncing breasts. The fanservice that you about to see in this show are bath and shower scenes that we usually saw in some live-action movies. This anime also includes sex scenes even they are not as erotic as they heard. I was relieved that this anime did not aimed for fanservice even I do like some of it. Another thing I enjoyed most in this anime is the art and animation quality which I already mentioned before. I give 9 for enjoyment point.
Strawberry Panic may not the best shoujo-ai anime ever made but it has it own charm which the fans of genre can appreciate. I give the overall point of 9 out of 10 for this anime.
Posted by : du5k
Posted on : 2007-08-18
I with most people's opinions; Strawberry Panic is a love it or hate it series, due to its heavy shoujo-ai content. Well personally I do not mind shoujo-ai, but sadly that's pretty much the only thing the show has to offer. I count it as a romance series though, as I can see some rather good elements of it in the shoujo-ai.
I guess it got off a pretty bad start with over-friendly characters and the same kissing-fainting thing EVERY TIME the Etoile. Ok, that's stupid, but luckily with the plot it got over after a while.
After the "introduction" episodes the side stories began for the side characters, and I got to say… it isn't very interesting. This brings the main attention to the main plot but also does not have much to offer. It does have a rather nice ending, but there wasn't really a good build-up to it.
And frankly, the whole Etoile concept is fairly boring. It wasn’t really given a clear explanation of what it is, and it being used to drive the main plot. This differs from a series with a similar concept, Otoboku. Otobuku gets over with the Onee-sama thing quickly, but the Etoile business gets draggy.
Blushing is DEFINETELY overused in this series. Maybe that's how they wanted it due to the shoujo-ai genre, but overusing it can hardly be able to deliver a good story.
Other than that, the shoujo-ai genre can be pretty interesting, as it is rarely seen.
The animation's pretty slow and with low fps (frame per second… frame detail). But that's ok, but what's up with the MTV style ending theme? Even if the style is similar to that of the main story, it seems highly inappropriate. And frankly the actors didn’t really even act properly.
Music and Sounds
The opening theme is fairly nice. I could have enjoyed the ending theme more without the MTV though; it's distracting and doesn’t suit the series.
A fairly good romance and if you would like shoujo-ai, you'll definitely love this series. For me, I think there should be more content than that, so that explains the score I give.
Posted by : crazy3jackal08
Posted on : 2007-08-14
This would be my first review posting, and honestly watching this anime motivated me to actually spend time to write one up. This anime isn't close to the typical genres I normally watch. I'm not into typical romance animes or any of that sort, but for some odd reason the first episode caught my attention.
The Opening song kept my ears and eyes glued to the screen, then everything took place from there. I love the animation and characters, I don't believe I have ever watched each character in an anime so closely. I wanted to learn more about everyone. The anime keeps your focus, entertains and keeps the suspense going making you want to know what is going on.
There are also some funny moments that are pretty spontaneous that actually made me laugh out loud which is something I normally do not do. When the anime ended I was quite happy and sad at the same time. I never had that feeling of enjoying an anime so much. Maybe its because this is one of those unique animes I never came across and glad I did not miss out on.
Posted by : Molenir
Posted on : 2007-04-18
Strawberry Panic is a yuri anime that starts out strong, then falls into incoherence. With gaping plot holes and little side character development, its sad thing for me to admit, but the best part of this anime, was the ecchi shower and bath scenes.
As an example, at the beginning, we are introduced to Hanazono Shizumu, the Etoile, a student who is the head of the 3 schools. Her job as Etoile is among other things, is to mediate between the schools. She is the most respected and loved student in the schools. However, later we are told that the Etoile is a dual position; one that is shared between two people. Not only that, they don't even have to be in the same year. So when one Etoile graduates, we are apparently not supposed to ask, what happens to the other part of the Etoile. This is just one of several obvious plot points that made no sense.
There was a lot that was enjoyable about this show though. The character designs were great. The artwork: terrific, and the music, enjoyable to listen to. Also, the voice actors really did a great job, especially the one who voiced Aoi Nagisa, the primary character. In addition, there were some moments of genuine humor, particularly early on in the anime.
The special effects in the show, i.e. the sounds of rain, wind, etc. were terrific until episode 18 whereupon we are forced to endure endless dramatic crashes of lightning and thunder. After about the 20th crash of thunder, I simply couldn't take anymore and had to mute the episode from that point.
Simply put though, this show just didn't resonate with me. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of yuri or shoujo-ai, but even still, the emotions felt for the most part superficial. The relationship between Nagisa and Etoile simply never felt right where the relationship between Nagisa and her friend Tamao felt right. Also, I simply didn't care for Amane and Hikari. Many of the episodes just dragged on and the story itself could have been much tighter. Overall, it felt like they could have told the same story in fewer episodes. Forcing myself to sit through them made finishing this series feel more like a chore then entertainment.
Despite the flaws however, I did for the most part enjoy watching this show. However, I can't see myself ever going back and watching it again. It simply isn't good enough. As I said at the beginning, the ecchi is sadly, the best part of the show and that isn't enough to make me want to revisit this show again.
Posted by : xxscrimagexx
Posted on : 2007-04-09
This is one of the best romance/shoujo anime ever. I just don't how anyone with a romance interest can rate such a low score on this. Even though the story itself is kind of contradicting (Christian school and it's full of lesbians?) but the most important part wasn't left out. And that was love.
Music: 10 - The opening and the ending were perfect for this anime! The background music and also other add-in musics were on spot too. This is the strongest point of the anime!
Character: 9 - Many varieties of characters with different emotions and backgrounds; deserves a high rating. But one thing I find missing is the major/minor character development. The minors were involved in the stories but only a couple of them were developed.
Animation: 7 - The style and the drawings stayed inconsistent. And the only part of the story that took my breath away was at the beginning. Then slowly, it fell apart. However, as more characters got involved, the style of the drawing stayed the same, and sailed smoothly towards the middle to the end.
Story: 8 - It wasn't that great of a story but the theme was interesting. The background developments of the characters took me by surprise because they were very detailed. The ending was kind of shocking for me and it definitely deserves a high score. The element that was missing, which led to this 8 star rating, was consistency of the story. It changed the focus and topics too quick and you'll know what I mean when you watch it.
Overall: 9 - Overall, it was a really great anime. And please don't watch it just for the harem/ecchi/lesbian, because that will mean that you'll miss the whole and main point of the story. Although many people think this is a rip-off of Maria-sama ga Miteru, I think is that Strawberry Panic is the more loose and unsophisticated version of Maria-sama ga Miteru.
Posted by : chaosranger
Posted on : 2007-03-28
This is one of those anime where it turns out to be a personal preference thing as compared to what reviews would make of it.
Me... Well, I got nothing from this show but I will try to put my opinion aside and rate it as to how I saw it.
This story had potential to be good but this was bad. The only reaction I got from this show was towards the end where I started feeling sad for some of the characters. Call it a tug-a-war with emotional feelings amongst some of the characters where a lot of them get hurt.
This reminds me of a low budget 1970's European movies with real bad acting.
At times, it's like listening to a broken record or a scratched CD where it just repeats over and over again.
There where some magnificent scenes of color when dealing with the seasons but a few scenes where computer animation was involved just didn't fit in with the animation.
I can care less about the girl-on-girl situation, I just want to see a good story animation and this, for me, didn't deliver. I got more "emotional feelings" from Maria-sama ga miteru (mainly the second season) then watching this.
Ending note: On the second seasons ending credits video: kids say no to drugs! -.-'
Posted by : Yuun
Posted on : 2006-10-21
I was really looking forward for this series when it was first announce and was quite shock that it was classify as Shoujo-Ai but I still give it a try anyways. I found out that the actual art and the anime’s art were very different. For instant, the wallpapers and images of the OST and DVD were really well drawn and characters were really beautiful. Sadly the anime itself weren’t that good.
Sincerely, this anime starts off really promising and I was looking forward for the next every time the end of one episode. Sadly the finale is quite normal and wasn’t heart throbbing nor exciting at all. Yea… I was disappointed with the ending though I was quite surprise with the sudden twist. I’m not a Shoujo-Ai fan but I don’t judge an anime just because of its genre. As the matter in fact, I’m a fan of Maria-sama ga Miteru (Mariamite) which is another famous Shoujo-Ai series as well which seems to be adapted by Strawberry Panic into it’s story premise. So Originality wise, Strawberry Panic was a let down or rather a copy cat of Mariamite. Strawberry Panic in my eyes is just like a copy of Mariamite with slightly a little boost in character’s and environment.
Well I also adore Chikaru which appears to be my favorite but sadly she got too little screen time. Furthermore, there’re times when the yuri-ness (Skinship between females) gets way out of hand that I got this funny shivers. I’m a tolerant person so I won’t just say that I’m STRAIGHT so I don’t watch such anime with such scene but still there’re times when I just got the chill down my spine which I can’t help it… Perhaps the level of shoujo-ai in this series were much too amazing beyond my imagination. What I found really disturbing is the ending of every episodes featuring 2 REAL GIRLS having their ‘fun’.
Overall, this isn’t really a bad anime after all. The music and songs were nice and exciting. The characters were refreshing and interesting. I also like the environment settings which seem to take appearance of central Europe during the Old Times. Most of all the seiyuus (Voice Actress) did a very good job in bringing up the characters. Furthermore, the story plot and conflict were really interesting as well. Being a guy myself and originate from an All Boys School, I never thought of such Dramatic Things would have happened in an All Girls School.
This anime could have been better seriously if it were to be made a bit more generally rather too into Shoujo-Ai which obviously often sided with certain viewers who can accept them. Mariamite did a good job in this area and I really enjoy it but Strawberry Panic fail to meet my expectation much to my disappointment.
Not recommended to those who wanted to try out Shoujo-Ai series as their first and people who were not interested in Shoujo-Ai series. (I would recommend Mariamite for starters.) Strawberry Panic perhaps was more Dramatic comparing with Mariamite so unless you’re into hardcore dramas in shoujo-ai series… STAY AWAY~!
P/S: Guys seriously went extinct in this series... damn... someone gotta balance up the yin yang~!
Posted by : Youki18
Posted on : 2006-07-20
Opinion on this anime is somewhat divided. For some veiwers, this anime is well to put it bluntly 'girls-on-girls fest' and is outrageously unwatchable, but for others it is truly a creative work of art.
After watching Strawberry Panic I have come to the conclusion that although this anime is quite contraversial and some parts may have been unecessary, it's not so much as 'girl-on-girls fest' as a world that only has girls in it and in all I've watched I haven't seen any boys in it at all... to the characters relationships with girls is normal and that is what gives show such an interesting dynamic.
Music 8/10 Music suits the show very well, and unlike some anime I'ved watched, and the end of each episode it shows part of the actual Japanese music clip which I found really cool.
Animation 8/10 Beautifully drawn characters,
Story 7/10 It focuses on the lives on two young girls, one in acadamy and they other in . Drags on in some places, but for those who can stomach this anime, you won't really care.
Strawberry Panic, although a little bit too much for me, tries to create an ultimate female world and it's worth the watch, but I can't guarantee that everyone will watch it all. You'll either love it, or you will hate it.
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