OP: 「ココロニツボミ」 (Kokoro ni Tsubomi) by eufonius
“This Flower Blooms”
There’s fuwa-fuwa, and then there’s fuwa-fuwa. This show is part of the latter.
What a fantastic and impressive start to a show that’s designed to just make us feel good. And when I say good, I mean it in a sense that you’re eating a multilayered cake that just gets better with each and every bite. Starting with the icing on top, it should be pretty clear that this is a story about Yuzu as she learns how to live life out in the real world. Picking up a job at an amazing inn and getting to work alongside other foxes, she’s getting an opportunity to learn just what it means to be “one of her own”. Not bad for the first thing that would hit out theoretical tongues, but this is only the beginning. Moving on to the cake itself, you have the five other characters (six if you include Okami) who each have their own unique personalities and quirks. With some foxes looking out for their own good while others are trying their best to make do until the future comes, you have five contrasting characters to help flesh out Yuzu’s coming-of-age experience. Last but not least comes the filling hiding inside that cake, which in this show’s case would be the little life lessons and tidbits that gracefully sneak their way in. Whether they come from outside characters like a playful pharmacist who tries to loosen up the stiff Satsuki or the ever watchful Kiri who seems to have an eye on everything and acts accordingly, its these moments which really tie everything together.
Now if cake isn’t really your thing — it doesn’t matter all that much. Alongside all these fantastic little bits and pieces that make up the various elements of the show, there’s this amazing sense of bonding that comes from Yuzu and Satsuki. Drawing from some of the knowledge I have from previewing this show, let me tell you that if this first episode is anything to judge the show off of, we’re in for one hell of a ride. And while I’d love to dive into more details, let’s just say that there’s a bit of a role reversal with Yuzu utilizing a lot of what she’s learned throughout her time working at Konohana Kitan.
Overall, I thought this first episode was quite good. The art and music captured the lighthearted nature of the source and the story did a great job at bringing everything to life in just the way I pictured it in my head. The seiyuu did a bang up job and the little hints at what’s to come were appreciated from someone who had read a good chunk of the original material. All-in-all, if you’re looking for an easy to watch show that’ll get you feeling great, look no further than Konohana Kitan!
P.S. THE OPENING IS BY EUFONIUS OMFG.
ED: 「春ウララ、君ト咲キ誇ル」 (Haruurara, Kimi to Sakihokoru) by 此花亭中居の会 (Konohana Kitan Nakai no Kai)