OP: 「あらなみ」 aranami by tacica
In the spirit of Minare, this review was written with a glass or two of spirits. Nami yo Kiitekure’s first episode shows a lot of promise as a seinen anime about the highly relatable feeling of venting your personal frustrations with the world around you. Koda Minare’s transition from an easily irritable waitress to a high-profile talk radio host taps into the fantasy of discovering your true calling through the dedication and tenacity within yourself.
The first half of Episode 01 has a unique yet meaningful twist to it as Minare’s symbolic fight with a bear ends with her conquering it in a one-on-one fistfight. It begins with a future scene where Minare has to stage an encounter with a bear while she reads listener letters. But while she was meant to be torn apart by the bear from what the producers came up with, she creates a scenario where she uses all of the strength she can muster to face off against the bear and comes out on top through her refusal to give up.
It’s what gives the anime that admirable shounen-like affirmation for the older crowd that would aspire to be able to use any creative endeavors as an outlet to let out all of our bottled-up feelings. Talk radio alone is a great subject for such analysis considering how much of talk radio is unleashing one’s id to vent and create a character around your impulses. For Minare, it ends of being exactly what Matou Kanetsugu sees in her stage presence since her impulsive desire to tell-it-like-it-is is the kind of personality that is emblematic of what people seek out with talk radio. From political pundits to shock jocks, the most prominent in talk radio are people who express their inner feelings to a wider audience no matter how outrageous or bawdy they sound.
It’s for this reason that Nami yo Kiitekure makes for a wickedly fun anime based on its concept alone. The first episode introduced us to Minare as a person, a waitress, and a radio host. But what it accomplishes is setting the stage for her to completely tear the world around her to shreds as she vents about the trials and tribulations of getting older, trying to hold an unstable job, and having bad luck in the dating scene. It’ll be exciting to see what comes of the series as the rest of the episodes roll out.
ED: 「Pride」 by Harumi