「わたしは星に届かない」 (Watashi wa Hoshi ni Todokanai)
“I Can’t Reach the Star”
Ah another season, another romance, another…yuri? That’s right boys and girls, the (sub-)genre of pure love and cute girls is back yet again with another adaptation to tickle hearts and forge a few fantasies. Not that Yagakimi is going to be following recent trends mind you; as our handy dandy preview indicates this is one yuri which most certainly isn’t like the rest. If you live for fan service and want the spicier things in life you better turn away now because Yagakimi is going to be romance. Pure, wholesome romance.
Right off the bat Yagakimi certainly works to separate itself from the pack. Romances for example aren’t well known for their visual prowess (outside of detailed eye shots), but here? Well Troyca apparently didn’t get the message. No matter opinions on characters and story (we’ll get to that in a moment) it’s hard denying this show is sporting some serious production values, with artwork and animation (and even some funky first person perspective) nicely emulating the manga and soundtrack choices keeping to the soft, cutesy feel Yagakimi’s source works hard to maintain. It may only be early days yet, but should this quality be kept up for the rest of the season I am going to be one seriously happy camper.
As for the premise itself Yagakimi doesn’t waste too much time on the details just yet. We have our new junior Koito Yuu (Tadaka Yuuki) who has a problem with feeling love (or at least converting fantasy to reality), a stunning and charismatic senior Nanami Touko (Kotobuki Minako) who seemingly has all the answers (at least in Yuu’s mind), and the wide cast of side characters who I guarantee will start factoring in once this story gets rolling—particularly the likes of Sayaka and Seiji (hint hint). It’s your basic romance setup which thanks to a confusing confession from Touko seems poised to degenerate into the usual shenanigans (hello citrus), but one I can assure you will not. This series as will be seen shortly is very much a slow burner, it’s focused hard on steady, organic development and relationship building over quick release fan service and other assorted goodies. It may have kissing and the like (as though you could ever do without that), but heavy petting and potential rape? Not in the slightest. Yuu’s and Touko’s relationship is treated rather like those in more conventional romances (ex. Kimi ni Todoke), where the focus on sounding out feelings and either accepting or rejecting them. It may take a bit of time for this aspect to properly reveal itself, but when it does this series will really come into its own.
Just have to wait for the details behind Touko’s abrupt confession and interest in Yuu to start emerging next time to get an idea of what path this little love story is going to be following.
While Yuu’s confessor may be a teenager, you’d think the poor kid would realize if he didn’t have an answer for over a month (!!!) that he was rejected. If a girl likes you she’s not going to make you wait and will leave you plenty of opportunities to figure it out—I guarantee it.
OP: 「君にふれて」 (Kimi ni Furete) by Riko Azuna