Monthly Archives: August 2008

War or Art

In the "Heroine" and "Behind the Scenes" episodes, the focus of the narrative shifts from the individual romances to the social world of Strawberry Panic. The vehicle for this social analysis is the Strawberry Dorms’ annual drama production. The first episode narrates the decision … Continue reading

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More than Friends, Less than Lovers

  In "More than Best Friends" Yaya and Hikari make up. Yaya’s shocking actions notwithstanding, they retain a deep and real connection with each other, a shared history of significant memories and significant places they connect with each other. Following … Continue reading

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Love’s Cost

  "The Roar of the Waves" shifts the narrative back to Hikari’s romance with Amane. Nevertheless, there is a strong connection between this episode and the previous one. The events that happen in this episode amount to a commentary on the issues raised … Continue reading

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Full Stop

In "Summertime", Nagisa and Shizuma fail miserably in trying to advance their relationship. After spending an unhappy day studying French on her summer vacation, in an unsatisfying reprise of "Personal Tutor," Nagisa finds herself alone with Shizuma, out in the dark, watching fireworks from … Continue reading

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Love Apart

"Meteor Shower" juxtaposes Nagisa’s vacation at the beach with Shizuma’s lack of vacation at Miator. While Nagisa enjoys herself with her friends, and Shizuma rather resigns herself to her work, both of them have the other very much on their … Continue reading

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Learning a New Language

Two stories entertwine in "Personal Tutor." The overt story is about how Nagisa, far behind in her French, gets herself up to speed to pass her final exam; but mixed with this is the story of Nagisa and Shizuma’s love … Continue reading

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Short Notes on “Memories”

  What is there really to say about "Memories?" We learn that Nagisa is easily frightened by scary stories, and when she retreats into Tamao’s bed at night for comfort, we see how much a child she is, and how … Continue reading

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