「ささめきこと」 (Sasameki Koto)
Girl-on-girl action at a co-ed school? I feel sorry for the guys attending there.
I’m not entirely sure why I watch yuri anime now and then, but it definitely isn’t the reason mentioned above. They’re rarely about lesbians going at it and usually focus on the emotional baggage… err “aspects” instead. That’s fine though. Male viewers can watch yuri anime in hopes of understanding the female species better and becoming that sensitive guy they all like. (Okay, maybe not.) For me, I think I watch this genre to try and figure out exactly what it is girls see in this stuff. I often enjoy it as well, so that doesn’t hurt either.
In this self-titled first episode, we’re introduced to the two female leads of the series, Murasame Sumika (Takagaki Ayahi) and Kazama Ushio (Takamoto Megumi). The premise is simple. Ushio is a naive girl who is only interested in cute girls. Her best friend Sumika however is not fond of her tastes because she always gets rejected by girls who are straight. In reality though, Sumika’s disproval of Ushio falling for the next girl and getting all excited about it actually stems from the fact that she secretly likes her. The story follows these two as Ushio tries to find a cute girl who likes her in return, while Sumika wrestles with the difficulty of coming out of the closet.
We get to witness the full roller coaster of emotions this entails right away as Ushio falls for the cute senpai she works with at the library. Having noticed her new flavour of the month, Sumika discourages Ushio from pursuing this any further and suggests that it’ll end the same way as always — she’s going to get hurt. Despite losing the support of her best friend, Ushio chooses to go with her feelings, only to find out that her senpai already has someone she likes. Her senpai later learns that this guy actually likes Ushio, causing her to completely resent her for it. Emotions run high on both sides over their failed crushes, leaving Sumika to comfort Ushio.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming into this series, but they managed to establish the difficulties Sumika and Ushio have to deal with in a single episode. Through this first heartbreaking ordeal, I’ve already taken a liking to their friend Torioi Kiyori (Katou Emiri) in particular, because she lightens the mood whenever she’s around. From what I’ve read about the manga, things should pick up a fair bit once more characters get into the mix. This includes their (male) classmate Akemiya Masaki (Shimizu Ayaka), who is visibly infatuated with Sumika. On a separate note, Saitou Chiwa also has a role here as Taema Miyako, but I’m sad to report that she’s no Senjougahara Hitagi.
If this is a taste of things to come, I can probably sit through a few more to see where this is headed. I did finish Aoi Hana this past season after all, and found it a nice “change of scenary” compared to the other stuff I was watching. I’d recommend doing the same if you’re into yuri anime, otherwise you’re probably better off watching something else. Both the opening and ending themes are by Kiyoura Natsumi, whom I haven’t heard anything from since Sketchbook ~full color’S~. Yuri anime always seem to get all the nice slow songs, as is the case here.
* In retrospect, I probably should’ve mentioned the series that aren’t being simulcasted. Those seem to be fewer and farther between.