OP: 「ノスタルジックレインフォール」 (Nosutarujikku Reinfooru) by CHICO with HoneyWorks
“The Sound of Rain”
This first episode left me with a myriad of emotions — some good, some bad, and some that I don’t even understand.
So, Koi wa Ameagari no You Ni hits all the right notes when it comes to an aesthetically pleasing show that breaks from the traditional mold. Its art style may not resonate well with everyone at first, but after a few minutes it’s not too hard to ease into things. Add on the wonderfully detailed scenes, crisp lines on both the characters and the background, and some awesome close up shots of characters’ faces and you can almost taste the quality that’s oozing out of this show.
That said, nicely drawn scenes and crisp animation alone can’t hold up a show. Luckily, Koi wa Ameagari also has a great cast of characters that help tie together all that beautiful visuals. Now, before going any further, let me be honest and say that I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Tachibana pursuing Kondou. I think on a deeper level I understood what this could all mean which is why I picked up this show to intro, but on the surface I remember having some second thoughts for picking this one. Let me say that after watching the first episode, I’m really, really happy that I ended up not wussing out. Age, gender, or whatever other else be damned – something as pure as what Tachibana feels for Kondou can’t be contained by societal norms. Case in point, the scene where Tachibana was embracing Kondou’s dress shirt could have been made into something extremely lewd. Instead, we were given a flashback that established just what triggered these feelings in Tachibana, hinted at the nature of what kind of injury she’s dealing with, and reinforced that Kondou is just a damn good guy.
On a side note, can I also repeat just how awesome Kondou is? God, when I first saw his character design I was afraid he was going to be a dopey middle-aged guy who the story was going to force on us. Instead he’s this down-to-earth single father that is just trying his best to be a good person both in and outside the restaurant. Awesome personality aside, I think the one thing that really made me love him was how he projected himself on the guy that was constantly trying to get Tachibana’s number. While I haven’t hit that point in my life yet, it was a small reminder that we’re all going to grow old one day and when that time comes I hope I can also look back and chuckle.
All-in-all, I think we have a strong show that’s well equipped to tackle the topics it wants to focus around. With a great cast of characters and some stellar art to help tell the story, I don’t think you’ll go wrong giving Koi wa Ameagari no You Ni your time. Especially if you’re looking for a show that’s a little different in all the right ways.
ED: 「Ref:rain」 by Aimer