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INFO FILE
Title:
NieA under Seven Vol.4: Under Seven Blues
Format:
Bilingual DVD
75 minutes
Production:
Takuya Sato
yoshitoshi ABe
NieA Project
Pioneer
New Generation Pictures
Comments:
We are left with a lot of questions.
Overall Rating:
80%

Animefringe Reviews:
NieA under Seven Vol.4: Under Seven Blues
By Cynthia Lasley

We are at the end of our story. NieA has been missing for days. Mayuko wavers from concern to anger at the missing Under Seven. All this turmoil is affecting Mayuko. Sheís very depressed. She doesnít know whether to be angry, worried, sad, or glad that NieA is gone. Before she left, NieA heard mysterious communications from the Mother Ship. Is that where she went?

Mayuko goes to work, to school, to work, and home to her empty room. She has a never-ending struggle for enough money to sustain her life. Sheís painfully shy but shows so much anger at the moochy NieA that it scares her. NieA seems to bring out the worst in everyone.

This anime has been much lighter in tone and content than Lain was. Yet it still hasnít been a flat out comedy. Mayuko thinks about the meaninglessness of life. What will she do after she graduates from college? The future is blank to her; she canít imagine it. She seems unaware of all the people who care about her. She doesnít know how to have fun. I think this lifestyle must resonate with the age group she represents in Japan. There is an aura of hopelessness that permeates the story.

The extras this time are all the Japanese DVD cover artwork, two music videos, the non-credit ending #2, and some footnotes about Japanese customs used in the 13th episode. It looks like the Japanese issued one more DVD than we did, since there are 5 covers. One of the music videos features Karna in all her Chinese-emulating glory, and the other features our AM 11 PM 7 pervert, Chada.

This is the last DVD in the series. It hasnít been a very energetic story, excepting NieAís tendency towards property damage. I liked the characters, and they were given enough personality for us to care about them. However, I think it would have been a more satisfying story with better writing. I canít give it an A, but it deserves more than a C. Youíll have to decide for yourself.



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