OP: 「ハイスクール[ANIME SIDE] -Bootleg-」 (High School [Anime Side] -Bootleg-) by 高垣彩陽 (Takagaki Ayahi)
「かみさま、アリスのこいが、えいえんにかないませんように」 (Kami-sama, Arisu no Koiga, Eien ni Kanaimasen You ni)
“God, I Pray That Alice’s Love Will Never Be Realized”
This ain’t no city of stars! Let’s move on from all the la-la-ing ~
One of the most glaringly annoying things on this anime, is hands down, Nino’s singing. And not her performance singing – I mean her la-la-la-ing and it’s not even to a particularly good melody nor is it the proper way solfeggio or way of “singing”/reading music. The pitch is definitely getting to me so I’ll try to ignore the singing children voices from here on out.
Anyway! Complaints aside, I think the story is fine. I haven’t read the manga, but I’ve read numerous complaints that the story is told “out of order”. I don’t think it deters from the basis of the story and at least, it’s not confusing. You have a young Nino who is good friends with Momo growing up and they both encourage each other to sing. They have a relationship that’s seemingly closer than just neighbors and “friends” but as kids, I’ll say that it’s deep infatuation (rather than love). When Momo skips town one day, Nino doesn’t really know why but decides to sing a melody which she sees in the sand, in hopes that it reconnects her with Momo. We quickly find out that the melody is written by a young Yuzu (who is coincidentally drinking milk? Why so short then?) and they form a friendship where Nino sings Yuzu’s songs, helping her bring her friend back. Yuzu is a lot easier to read and he clearly likes Nino but he also says goodbye after some time together, leaving her with nothing but a song written in sand. Flash forward to the present…
and they finally meet again in high school.
While there’s nothing wrong with the backstory and the childhood friendships between Nino and Momo/Yuzu, I feel like it’s way to mature for young kids. I remember when I was young, I used to play in the sand and build sand castles – not write music (maybe I just wasn’t talented…) and I definitely wouldn’t hold a boy’s hand (ew, cootles much?). So I feel like “love” is a strong word to use on two very juvenile relationships. That aside, I still like how they built up the relationships that Nino already has with these two boys and why seeing them again might mean a lot! I’m a huge fan of ”second-girl/guy wins” tropes so even without seeing much of Momo (super biased), I already know that Yuzu is the guy that wins in my heart. I like men that know what they want (and he knows that he likes her!) and I like seeing the main protagonist learn to love someone else that they didn’t have their hearts set on earlier on.
With that all said, the ending sequence is beginning to grow on me, and the animation style is starting to slowly get more bearable (or I’m just used to it now) so I can see myself sticking around to see just who Nino picks. Obviously the best case scenario would be either Momo or Yuzu but the worst case scenario would be a cliffhanger or NO ONE at all! So I pray that that’s not the case. The other characters are beginning to get a bit more of the spotlight too and is that another side romance I see brewing? Cute!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: This ain’t no city of stars, the la-la-ing from Nino is getting on my nerves. She needs to sing an actual song! That said, I’m usually a second-boy-wins fan so here’s to Yuzu! He clearly gets friend-zoned so hard =( #fukumenkeinoise