OP: 「Won(*3*)Chu KissMe!」 by Tomatsu Haruka, Iguchi Yuka, Aisaka Yuka, Igarashi Hiromi, Fuchigami Mai, & Toda Megumi
「桜色のはじまり／やきそばとベランダと女の子」 (Sakurairo no Hajimari/ Yakisoba to Beranda to Onnanoko)
“Sakura-colored Beginnings / Yakisoba, Verandas, and Girls”
Seriously, just confess your love for each other already! Though it’s not like I’m not enjoying watching them flirt. Yuri banzai!
Yuri, Yuri, and More Yuri!
Disclaimer: This is a yuri anime. Do I need to say that? Is it obvious enough? Oh well, disclaimer given – if you don’t like yuri anime, I don’t know why you’re here, because this is really yuri. Seriously, super yuri. These girls are mad gay for each other. And it’s awesome!
What most struck me about this show is that it wasted no time. This is not a serious yuri story – though those can be good too, there being a lot of area to mine drama in figuring out one’s sexuality on top of the usual love-and-dating thing – and they’re not really going for subtle subtext. Maybe this is more a story about romantic two-girl friendships (trope!) rather than true schoolgirl lesbians (also trope!), but if so they’re hiding it well, because these girls seem to really love each other. And by these girls, I mean main characters Takayama Haruka (Tomatsu Haruka) and Sonoda Yuu (Iguchi Yuka). This is the first episode and we’ve already had multiple kisses! Not that I’m complaining, it’s just wow, stunned. Usually the kiss is saved up to make the eventual climax even more satisfying, not blown right off the bat in the first episode.
I just made that into something dirty, didn’t I? Moving on.
Making anime is a business, and businesses are out to make money. That’s something I always try to remember, if only because I’m only able to write about anime because I make money elsewhere. With that in mind, there are (broadly) two ways to “make” money: generate new cash flow (Ex: through increased sales) or cut costs and make the same money with lower expenditures (Ex: lower animation budget). The art direction in this episode pointed to them trying to do the latter, but in an artful and tasteful way that I actually enjoy. I’m talking about all the minimalist cuts that appear throughout the episode. In watching this episode I got a major Acchi Kocchi meets Saki vibe, the former in the animation & atmosphere and the latter in the yuri, and the former works for the same reason that Acchi Kocchi did – simple backgrounds and reaction shots drive down costs even while they focus our attention on what the director wants us to see (the characters, their reaction) rather than the extraneous details that aren’t important (the backgrounds, other characters). In a more “serious” or “realistic” series this wouldn’t fly, but in a more laid-back slice of life affair it works wonderfully, and adds a cartoony charm that I find endearing.
I instantly found myself attached to Haruka and Yuu, and not just because they’re cute, funny, work well as a couple, and because they’re totally gay for each other. Okay, so actually those are the exact reasons. BUT what I also liked were the beta couples that are already forming. Once again, they wasted no time – within minutes of Haruka and Yuu entering their class, they had new friends and we had more couples to ship. Even though we haven’t seen much from them yet I tentatively approve, because as great as Haruka and Yuu-chan are, life is always more fun when more cute girls are involved. Why just two girls when you can have six all at the same time?
I feel like I made that into something dirty again, but I stick by it. More cute girls, banzai!
Going forward, I expect more yuri! What? That’s not the kind of hard-hitting, no-one-would-expect-that-otherwise blogging you’ve come to expect from Random Curiosity? Well deal with it, because come on, look at that yuri. Look at it! As if I have to encourage you, ya bunch of perverts. Readers no ecchi.
I’m not sure whether I’ll continue blogging this, but I’ll definitely be watching it, so feel free to check in this me on twitter for my impressions and/or to gush about yuri lovin’. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Yuri, yuri, & more yuri! Three couples full of (potential) yuri + multiple kisses in Episode 1. YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION #桜Trick 01
- She’s super sensitive. Must not think dirty thoughts, must not think dirty thoughts, must not think dirty thoughts…
- Yuu-chan already has yuri hanger-ons!? That cheater! Also, whatta pimp.
- A clingy and jealous Haruka is fine too.
- I will never kiss a kawaii school girl until I pass out. Probably good because I don’t want to go to jail, but still…zetsubou!
- Haruka proposed to Yuu-chan in Episode 1? This really is moving fast!
- Yuu-chan has already learned to show a little affection to get her woman to shut up. Is my cynicism showing? Sorry, hold on…happy happy yuri time yay!!
- Haruka is a D-cup. I believe it.
- And suddenly physics fuck yooooou!! I would complain more, and I don’t especially want to see more out-of-place action moves like that, but let’s face it, it sort of makes sense. Yuri this intense distorts the laws of the universe. Behold the power of yuri!
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Don’t break the chain, Nerds & the miracle of human consciousness, Urgency & the rush to come, and Explain yourself. My current combo counter: Writing chain, 1 day long. Editing chain, 2 days long.
ED: 「Kiss(and)Love」 by Tomatsu Haruka & Iguchi Yuka