This feels more like a forlorn romance than the usual harem-moe romp that typifies many dating sim adaptations.
Music, and Motes in the Wind
This show is clearly set on building a certain atmosphere, and it’s all wrapped up in the music and animation. While talk of light music may call to mind a different show, the music here is less hyper-cutsie pop and more…well, to be perfectly frank I’m not terribly knowledgable about music, so all I can say is beautiful. Especially the titular song, which Ogiso Setsuna (Yonezawa Madoka) sang so wonderfully at the end. But the animation was what did the bulk of the work building the atmosphere. They cast such a soft glow over the school, where even the light coming in through the windows conveyed a sense of idyllic nostalgia, which is impressive since they almost made me feel nostalgic for a school life I never had.
I have to give credit to the writers for creating characters who are imperfect, even unlikable. Yanagihara Tomo (Kashiwagi Miyu), the manipulative band-crushing devil who will do anything to become the school fair queen, is the most obvious example, but protagonist Kitahara Haruki (Mizushima Takahiro) is perhaps a better one. I started off kind of disliking him for his know-it-all attitude and tendency to lecture people he just met, but he was also right with his lectures, and he treats Setsuna far more like a normal girl than anyone else does. I appreciate a guy who doesn’t treat women like fragile flowers! Same with Setsuna herself, who lets herself get pushed around and was being unintentionally arrogant in thinking the whole school fair would fail if she didn’t enter a popularity contest. My only concern is that while they’re not flat characters, I’m not terribly interested in them either. (Yet.) That’s purely subjective though, so your mileage may vary.
Looking Ahead – The Other Girl
Without a whole harem of heroines running around, there’s only one more girl that needs a proper introduction, and that’s the thus far sleeping Touma Kazusa (Nabatame Hitomi) – though there’s a roughly 1000% chance she’s the piano player that Haruki has been playing with. I don’t plan to blog this show any further, so feel free to hit the comments if you want to discuss it more.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s all atmosphere, music, & imperfect characters in #wa2anime’s premiere
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