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|Well, I wanted slice of life, and I certainly got it.|
At first glance, this anime is really pretty simple. Two middle school children awkwardly figure out love and have all of those awkward moments where they can barely talk to each other because they’re not entirely sure how to yet. However, this anime is great because of its simplicity, since it’s able to convey a lot through character interactions even with the minimal plot. The characters manage to have ups and downs that are nowhere near as dramatic as other anime would have, but it’s still extremely interesting to watch.
Maybe one day they’ll even be able to sit together without the need for that 2 feet of space between them
The slower story really allows many different sides of the main characters to show through as well. Akane may be shy and anxious, but you can really see how she acts differently around her family or close friends. The same goes with Kotarou, since he’s unexpectedly active in his community and at first glance, his desire to become an author isn’t really that overt. Putting the two together, it really is heartwarming to see how they began becoming friends despite their initial awkwardness. Getting past that now, it’s nice watching them slowly grow closer and affect each other’s outlooks on life, like Akane influencing Kotarou to show his novels to people. There are a lot of misunderstandings between the two of them now, but that too seems like an unavoidable part of youth. Akane’s jealousy is kind of cute, and when it comes down to it, at least she admitted her interest in wanting to talk to Kotarou more.
The side characters also add a lot to the anime. The side stories of Setsuko and her boyfriend are pretty funny, and watching Roman go after the teacher is also amusing. It’s nice that while the story mainly focuses on the main couple, the other characters also add life to the background and show how there’s way more to the school than just Akane and Kotarou. Speaking of backgrounds, they certainly are putting a lot of effort into them. While the character designs are simple (and the background characters are often CG), the actual scenery is always really detailed and interesting to watch on it’s own.
At first I was amazed at how generic the anime started out to be. There’s not a whole lot of special aspects to the setting or the characters. However, that’s probably where the charm of the show lies. Now I’m just amazed at how well this anime conveys the general awkwardness of being a middle school student. The pacing is really slow and you could argue that not a lot happens in an episode, but the characters and the interactions they have are just really believable and often adorable. I want to cheer on Kotarou while he tries his hardest to talk to Akane, and there’s some part of me that cringes (fondly, somehow) whenever he gets excited and starts boxing with the light’s string in his room. I can also really relate to all of those scenes with the characters just awkwardly staring at each other from afar without really speaking to each other. The kids are all pretty cute, and watching them grow seems like it will be really entertaining. …I’m just a little concerned with Kotarou’s interest in Dazai, if only because
shinjuu the one thing I picture when thinking about Dazai is this guy.