Aiura is a bite-sized SoL anime based on a 4koma manga of the same name. It’s presented in a 4 minute format, but cleverly manages to use this to its advantage without feeling cramped or rushed. Aiura is a whole lot more subtle than the likes of other comedic shorts Teekyu or Ai Mai Mi. It’s fun in a different way.
Our 3 main characters are high schoolers Ayuko, Saki, Kanaka. Despite having distinctly different personalities, they get along well and quickly become good friends. Ayuko is the most polite and level-headed, while Kana and Saki could be tagged as a boke/tsukkomi duo. Kana is wild and enthusiastic, while Saki is more serious and sedate. The trio is the main focus, and the main source of comedy. The writing is fresh and fairly realistic – the gags don’t rely on hyperbole or complete randomness here. Auira touches on parody but the best of its humor seems to come naturally from its characters because they’re so likable. The writing is tailored for the short format, and the result is well executed.
Aiura is also visually superior to most short anime. Character models are gorgeous, and backgrounds are carefully drawn before being splashed with vibrant watercolours to make even a regular highschool look impresive. The colours used are quite gentle, emphasizing the charm and light-heartedness of the show. background music is mixed in nicely and sounds great. The ED is almost soothing. As for the OP… I’ll leave that for you to find out.
So, should you give Aiura a go? Yes.
It’s a quality series and you’ll know whether or not you’ll like it within just a few episodes. If you’re after something deep and suspenseful this is not the show for you. However if you’re looking for a fresh (and often hilarious) slice-of-life, then go for it.